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Rexford Dewey Christensen, 88, Orofino

Rexford Dewey Christensen, born in Blackfoot on June 3, 1924, died in Orofino on Dec. 29, 2012 of natural causes. When he was almost a year old, his mother carried him a block down the street to visit her friend who had that day given birth to Edith Clark. Rex met her the day she was born, and would marry her 19 years later in 1944. They were married for 68 years. At the end of World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps as a radio operator on a B-29. He worked for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for over 20 years and as a police chief for Amtrak in Los Angeles, CA for five, before retiring in 1982 to Blackfoot.

He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served with Edith in the New Jersey, Morristown Mission and in the Idaho Falls Temple, and he served as Patriarch in the Blackfoot Idaho South Stake.

Rex was preceded in death by his parents, William Dewey and Elva Christensen; daughter, La Rae Call; grandson, Rick LeBaron and great grandson, Logan LeBaron.

He is survived by his wife, Edith; daughter, Annette LeBaron (Doug) of Orofino; son, Kevin (LeeAnn) of Twentynine Palms, CA; son-in-law, Lynn Call of Ogden, UT; 16 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Orofino Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with burial following at Riverside Cemetery in Orofino. In lieu of flowers, you may send donations to a non-profit organization for Parkinson's disease research.

Photo: Rexford Dewey Christensen


Rexford Dewey Christensen, 88, Orofino

Rexford Dewey Christensen, 88, Orofino, passed away Dec. 29, 2012 at his residence.

A visitation will be held Saturday, Jan. 5, at 9 a.m. at the Orofino Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with funeral services to follow at 10 a.m. and burial at Riverside Cemetery.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Grace Ellen Huffman, 87, Lenore

Grace Ellen Huffman, 87, Lenore, passed away Dec. 29, 2012 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

Memorial services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Michael Tim McHale, 65, Orofino

Michael Tim McHale, 65, Orofino, passed away Dec. 28, 2012 in his home.

No services are planned at this time. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory are caring for arrangements.


Donna Fay Plotnik, 83, Weippe

Donna Fay Plotnik, 83, Weippe, passed away Dec. 24, 2012 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

No services are planned at this time. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Wayne O. Blue, 79, born in Orofino

Wayne O. Blue passed away Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, in Lewiston.

He was born Aug. 11, 1933, in Orofino to Everett and Gladys Blue.

He served in the U.S. Navy for five years during the Korean War. He was an owner-operator trucker for 30 years. Wayne and Karen Hovey were married Aug. 20, 1960.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Karen; his son, Brad and Lori Blue of Hillsboro, OR; his daughter, Brenda and Joe Funaro of Lewiston; his brother, Oren Blue; sisters, Cora Miller of Kamiah and Betty Skinner of Othello, WA; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Cecil, and his parents.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home and Crematory is handling arrangements.

Photo: Wayne O. Blue


Josephine M. Duff, 90

Josephine M. Kayler Gilbert Duff, 90, of Lewiston, died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

Cremation has taken place and no services are planned. Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.


Orin Leroy 'Lee' Squire, 75, Orofino

Orin Leroy 'Lee' Squire was born in Billings, MT on Oct. 24, 1937, to Georgia Maxine Squire, and as a young child, he was adopted by Jack E. Squire, who was his "dad".

Lee passed away Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 in Orofino.

Lee grew up in Euclid, OH, where he graduated from Euclid High School, and then joined the United States Marine Corps. After completing his term with the Marines, Lee then joined the US Navy, from which he retired after 22 years, as a Chief Warrant Officer 4.

Lee met Phyllis Coon in a high school math class, and in 1958 they were married. Together they had three beautiful daughters. Lee and Phyllis were a powerful force working together through the years, in their family and their many contributions to their community, no matter where the military or life sent them. They maintained decades-long relationships with many people, who remained dear to them throughout their lives together.

While he was in the military, Lee pursued a college education between deployments, and in 1980, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Old Dominion University in Virginia. This degree opened the path to achieve his lifetime goal to be an attorney. After retirement from the Navy, Lee was off to law school and his next career.

Utilizing one last move provided by the military, Lee, Phyllis, and their youngest daughter, Jackye, moved to Moscow where he was accepted to the University of Idaho College of Law. He and Jackye attended college together for two years, a truly rare and unique opportunity for a father and daughter.

After obtaining his Juris Doctorate degree in 1985, Lee was given the opportunity to share office space with attorneys John Swayne and Steve Calhoun in Orofino where he and Phyllis put down deep roots. Lee was an active member of the local Kiwanis Club, as well as the Marine Corps League and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Over the course of his legal career, Lee was the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney of Clearwater County, and served as the City Attorney for Orofino, Pierce, Weippe, and Kamiah. In 1999, he was selected to be the Magistrate for Clearwater County in the Second Judicial District of Idaho. This appointment was a great honor to him, and he took being a Judge very seriously.

In 2004, Lee retired due to the declining health of his beloved Phyllis. He cared for her through the years of her illness, until her death, after 50 years of marriage, in July, 2008. Lee was devastated by her death, but he knew they would be together again one day.

In 2010, Lee began corresponding with Shirley Van Kirk, with whom he had attended the same high school, she being a year behind him. After a brief courtship, they were married in July, 2012. While their time together was short, their love for one another was obvious and genuine.

Lee is survived by his loving wife, Shirley; and his three daughters, Laura Meier and her sons, Charles and Zachary; Tammy Gerberding, her husband Bob, and their children Daniel and Andrea; and Jackye Squire. He is also survived by Shirley's children, Richard Van Kirk, his wife Mary, and their children Jared, Sarah and Madelyn; Joaline Garvey, her husband Shad, and their children Courtney and Ashlyn; and Laurena Karrle, her husband Ben, and daughter, Shayna; and by Shirley's sisters, Donna Carron and Nanette Meyer, and her husband Bob. Lee was predeceased by his parents, and his brother, James Squire. Lee also leaves behind many, many long-time and much-beloved friends.

Services will be held at the Best Western Lodge at Rivers Edge in Orofino on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at 3 p.m. The family requests that, if possible, attendees whose calling has required the wearing of a uniform, active duty or retired, to please wear your uniform to the service. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Squire Family Education Foundation, Clearwater County EMS Department, the Orofino Kiwanis Club, or the charity of your choice.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Orin Leroy 'Lee' Squire


Joyce Buchholz, 87, formerly of Weippe

Joyce Buchholz, 87, of Lewiston, passed away Dec. 25, 2012, from age-related causes at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston. She was born Nov. 28, 1925, to Howard and Minnie Snyder (Bonner) in Weippe. She graduated from Weippe High School.

Joyce married Harold R. Buchholz Nov. 5, 1946, in Vancouver, WA. She lived in Weippe until 1976, then in Moscow for nine years before retiring in the Lewiston Orchards in 1985.

Joyce was a caregiver for family members and loved to cook and bake for her family. She traveled to Europe, Mexico, Canada and extensively in the United States with her husband and children. Joyce went to Branson, MO, five times and loved all kinds of music, but especially Lawrence Welk and country music.

Survivors include her husband, Harold R. Buchholz of Lewiston; son, Greg Buchholz of Bonney Lake, WA; daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Bruce Wyatt of Lewiston; grandsons, Chris and Christy Buchholz of Oakland, CA, and Jonathan and Jamie Buchholz of Seattle, WA; granddaughters, Monika Buchholz of Bonney Lake, Jennifer and Todd Clovis of Asotin, WA, and Jessica and Ryan Thompson of Lewiston; great-grandsons, Jackson Buchholz of Oakland, CA, and Cameron Clovis of Asotin; and great-granddaughters, Cassie Clovis of Asotin and Lyla Mae Thompson of Lewiston. Joyce is also survived by several nieces and nephews and many good friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, mother, four brothers and two sisters.

Visitation and viewing are from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston. A funeral service is at 10 a.m. Saturday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston and burial is at 2 p.m. at Weippe Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Idaho State Veterans Home. The family would also like to thank Diana Stamper, Joyce's personal caregiver and all the staff at the Idaho State Veterans Home for the wonderful care Joyce received.

Photo: Joyce Buchholz


Dorothy Silflow, 94, formerly of Southwick

Dorothy J. King-Silflow, 94, passed away Dec. 21, 2012, at Guardian Angel Homes in Lewiston.

Dorothy was born Sept. 11, 1918, in Southwick, to Walter and Clara Bateman; she was the third of five sisters. She grew up in Southwick while helping her widowed mother Clara and her sisters, and as a young woman worked as a housekeeper in the Southwick community. She played women's basketball at Southwick High School, from where she graduated in 1937. In 1938, she married Thomas E. King of Southwick. Tom and Dorothy farmed in Southwick for more than 40 years and raised two daughters, Diane and Sarah. She also helped and cared for many aging family members, including her mother and father-in-law. In 1981, Tom and Dorothy moved to Lewiston, where they lived until Tom's death in 1987. In 1992 she married Harold Silflow of Cameron. Harold and Dorothy lived first on the farm in Cameron, and then in Lewiston.

She worked for many years on the family farm, helping to drive grain truck, cooking meals for the farm work crews, and raising her children and grandchildren. She was an avid homemaker and an outstanding cook and baker. She was well known for her quilting, crafting, and artistic abilities. She enjoyed quilting and sewing, woodworking and painting, crochet, tatting, and numerous other craft projects. She will be forever remembered for "Mrs. King's Biscuits and Gravy" and for "Dorothy's Lemon Pie." She loved fishing and was well-skilled at catching fish even when others could not.

She was a member of the Lutheran Church in Cameron and made many quilts for the church bazaar there. She was also active in the Orchards United Methodist Church in Lewiston, and was active in Eastern Star.

Husband, Thomas E. King; and sisters, Bessie Bateman and Edith Wells preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, Harold Silflow of Lewiston; sisters Juanita Reece of Lewiston and Aletha Brown of Kamiah; daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Leonard Eldridge of Clarkston, WA; daughter, Sarah Swartz of Kent, WA; granddaughter, Jennifer Eldridge of Clarkston; grandson and granddaughter, Kenneth and Lillian Eldridge of Evergreen, CO.; great-grandsons, Thomas Eldridge of Australia and Maxwell Eldridge of Evergreen, CO; and stepdaughter and stepson, Kathy and Gary Garland of Cameron.

Services were held Thursday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home, 920 21st Ave., Lewiston.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation in Dorothy's name to the Kendrick-Juliaetta Ambulance Fund, the Cameron Lutheran Church or the Orchards United Methodist Church.

Photo: Dorothy J. King-Silflow


Lt. Col. (Retired) Richard L. 'Dick' Moore, 79, Ahsahka

Lt. Col. (Retired) Richard L. 'Dick' Moore, age 79, passed away December 19, 2012 of congestive heart failure at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Lewiston.

Richard (Dick) L. Moore was born April 11, 1933, in Iowa City, Iowa to Edward Louis and Dorothy Agnes Moore. He graduated from Iowa City High School in 1951, and entered the Air Force in 1953. He was accepted into the Aviation Cadet program and by 1954 had trained as a navigator, radar operator and bombardier, and received his commission as a second lieutenant. He and Mary Jo Reid were married on Oct. 2, 1954, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Galveston, TX. Their first station was Mountain Home AFB where they spent three different tours from 1954-1965. Dick rose steadily in training skills and rank, going from a navigator in the KC-97 to becoming a navigator in jets, (the B-47) then on to pilot training. He earned his pilot's wings in 1958, and became a co-pilot in the B-47. In 1965, while on alert in Alaska, he was asked if he would like an assignment to Vietnam as a pilot of the T-39, and he promptly accepted.

During his year in Vietnam he was promoted to Major, and flew missions daily, carrying military commanders, visiting dignitaries, and reconnaissance films. Decorations awarded during his tour in Vietnam include the Bronze Star and first through third oak leaf clusters to the Air Medal. In 1967 Dick was given the assignment of becoming an instructor pilot in the T-37 at Reese AFB, in Lubbock, TX, where he would remain until his tour of 20 years ended He retired from the Air Force as a Lt. Colonel at the age of 39, and immediately returned to college, where he earned two degrees at Texas Tech University in Range and Wildlife Management. Upon receiving his Master's, he was called by the Corps of Engineers to report to the Dworshak Reservoir Project in Orofino where he would be in charge of elk mitigation.

Dick spent almost 18 years on the elk project, from 1981 to 1998, and witnessed the growth of the elk herd from 237 head in 1982, to a population of over 1,700 by 1995. He retired from the Corps following his 65th birthday, on May 1, 1998.

In 1999, his wife, Jo, retired from teaching and the two embarked on a retirement "hobby" which continues to this day, building and becoming innkeepers of the High Country Inn on the Old Ahsahka Grade.

During the years Dick spent in Orofino, he continued his life's interests, one being a Boy Scout leader of Troop 566, where son Edward attained the rank of Eagle Scout (the other two sons, Richard and Scott had become Eagles in Lubbock.) Until recently, Dick served as a member of the Board of Review for potential Eagle Scouts in Orofino. Other long-time interests were membership in the Knights of Columbus, also the patriotic 4th Degree of the Knights. He was a life-long communicant of the Catholic Church, and was active in parish work.

During the thirty-plus years that Dick and Jo have lived on the "hill" outside of Ahsahka, he enjoyed being "captain" on their pontoon boat on the reservoir, kokanee fishing, and a true accomplishment was the building of their earth shelter home, which took 10 years to complete, from 1982 -1992.. Most recently he especially enjoyed playing with and reading to great granddaughter, Jasey Rae. Whenever the inn had guests, he liked serving as bartender and meat carver. Dick will be sorely missed as a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jo at the family home; and 5 children, their spouses, 17 grandchildren: Jude and Jack Vosika of Jackson Hole, WY (Josh, Zach, and Jacob,) Richard and Cathy Moore of Ahsahka (Justin, Nathan, Elizabeth, Jessica and Hank Peterson, Melissa, and Josh,) Sharon and Joe Cardona of Boise (Teresa and Michael Wilchester, Karin, Kristina, and Joseph,) Scott and Anne Moore of Dublin, OH (Alex and Patrick,) Edward and Traci Moore of Boise (Olivia and Dominic,) and three great grandchildren.

Celebration of Dick's life will be held Saturday, Dec. 29, at 10:30 a.m., St. Theresa's Catholic Church, followed by a luncheon in the Little Flower Room.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held later at the Idaho Veterans Cemetery in Boise.

Memorials may be given to St. Gertrude's Monastery, 465 Keuterville Rd., Cottonwood, ID 83522; Clearwater Valley Hospital (CVHC) Foundation, P.O. Box 2169, Orofino, ID 83544; or Boy Scout Troop 536, c/o Pat Larson, US Bank, P.O. Box 1240, Orofino, ID 83544, or any troop or council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Photo: Lt. Col. (Retired) Richard L. (Dick) Moore


Dale Klaudt, 54, formerly of Orofino

Dale Marvin Klaudt, 54, of Lewiston, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Dec. 15, 2012, at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, OR, after a short and courageous battle with leukemia. He passed away peacefully in the presence of his loving wife Debbie and his brother Ron. Dale's final days were spent surrounded by family and friends who were grateful for every moment they had with him.

Dale was born April 16, 1958, to Raymond and June (Stringer) Klaudt in Missoula, MT. He grew up in Orofino, where he graduated in 1976. Dale went to work at the Jaype Lumber Mill in Pierce for a short time before transferring to Clearwater Paper in Lewiston, where he worked for more than 35 years. Dale married the love of his life, Debbie Paris Vicory, on May 3, 2003.

Dale was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman. He could often be found four-wheeling, camping, or hunting with his brother-in-law, nephews and friends, and he especially looked forward to his yearly trips to Alaska to fish with his brother. Some of his greatest and proudest days have been taking his mother huckleberry picking in the Blue Mountains. Dale was also the king of one-liners. He continued to find the joy and humor in every situation, even throughout his illness. Most importantly, Dale was a compassionate and giving husband and friend who let his love for Jesus Christ shine through in everything he did. His company was a blessing to many. He made everyone feel important, and his family, friends, and co-workers knew they could rely on him for support, encouragement, and laughs.

Dale is survived by wife, Debbie Klaudt of Lewiston; parents, Ray and June Klaudt of Clarkston, WA; brother, Ron (Rita) Klaudt of Juneau, AK; sister, Coral (Theron) Bruce of Peck; and stepsons, Joseph, Jeremy, and Jeffrey Vicory of Sacramento, CA. He is also survived by brother-in-law, Jody (Melinda) Paris of Lewiston; father-in-law, Mike Paris (Maura) of Dayton, WA.; uncles, Jerry (Ella Mae) Klaudt and Neil (Caryl) Klaudt of Missoula; nieces, Cicely (Nathan) Bernard of Yachats, OR, and Sara (Steve) Whitney of Juneau; nephews, Jeremy (Krista) Bruce of Wasilla, AK, Jason (Trisha) Bruce of Campania, Italy, Jarel (Megan) Bruce of St. Maries, Cody Paris of Clarkston, and Dustin Paris of Lewiston; niece, Amber Paris of Boise; eight great-nieces and great-nephews; many cousins and friends; and his ever-faithful MinPin, Bruno.

A memorial service was held Saturday at Mountain View Funeral Home 3521 Seventh St. in Lewiston. A glorious celebration of Dale's life is going to be planned in the spring with family on his birthday.

Photo: Dale Klaudt


Raymond Alvin Keough, 84, Kooskia

Raymond Alvin Keough, 84, Kooskia, passed away Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

No services are planned at this time. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Eva Ellen McIlraith, 87, Orofino

Eva Ellen McIlraith left this world Dec. 5, 2012.

She was 87 years old, born July 12, 1925. Eva lived life to its fullest. She married her high school sweetheart, Orval (Hub) Hubbard and they had two sons, Lane and Rick. Eva was positively and actively involved with her sons, grandchildren and great grandchildren all her life.

In addition to raising a family, she worked outside the home for 15 years at the Clearwater Forest District (CTPA) for the State Fire Warden. Later in life, her passion became golf and she was one of the original members of the Orofino golf course. Eva and Hub, along with others, helped fund and construct the golf cart storage sheds at the course which were then donated to the course. Eva was a superb golfer, won many tournaments and brought home numerous trophies.

After the death of her first husband, Hub, Eva married Lee McIlraith on Valentines Day 32 years ago. Lee was her constant companion, best friend and in the end caretaker.

Eva was preceded in death by her parents, John and Estell Jasper, and first husband, Orval Hubbard. She is survived by husband, Lee McIlraith of Orofino; sister, Billye Nurmi of Lewiston; sons, Lane Hubbard (Joni) of Liberty Lake, WA and Rick (Robin) Hubbard of Orofino; grandchildren, Stuart (Amy) of West Richland, WA, Troy (Denise) of Coeur d' Alene, Rick (Jason) of Seattle, WA, Jamie (Joanna) of Deary, Nathan (Cecilia) of Alameda, CA, Josh (Becca) of College Station TX, and Jannae and Taylor of Orofino; and great grandchildren, Kimberly, Morgan, Travis, Jacob, Jared, Noland, Estella, Magena, Cole, Taya, Brodie and Ridge.

Eva was a life-time member of the Order of the Eastern Star Valeria Chapter #76, McCall. She requested memorials be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Eva was loved by her family and her spirit will remain within us. Service is Saturday, Dec. 15, at 10a.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel, 939 Michigan Ave, Orofino, ID. 83544, (208) 476-5228.

Photo: Eva Ellen McIlraith


Eva Ellen McIlraith, 87, Orofino

Eva Ellen McIlraith, 87, Orofino, passed away at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino on Dec. 5, 2012.

There will be a funeral service at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel with burial to follow at Riverside Cemetery in Orofino.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Gary Rudolph Adkison, 58, Orofino

Gary Rudolph Adkison, 58, Orofino, passed away Dec. 1, 2012 at his residence.

No services are planned at this time. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Suz'en Bryant, 52, formerly of Orofino

Suz'en E. Bryant, 52, of Lewiston, passed away Nov. 11, 2012, at her home. Suz'en was born March 14, 1960.

Suz'en grew up in the Orofino area, living on Hollywood Boulevard. Later she moved to Lewiston with her pride and joy, her only son, Lucas.

Suz'en loved the outdoors, fishing and camping or just exploring. Suz'en also loved going for drives in the evenings and going to the casino to play and visit. She became close to a lot of the employees. Suz'en considered most of her friends as family and was always in her neighborhood helping out in any way she could. Suz'en had a kind heart and helped a lot of people and never asked for anything in return.

Suz'en loved coming out to Lapwai to help out at the Dairy on Webb Road and would bring milk to her friends.

She is survived by her son, Lucas Bryant of Lewiston.

Suz'en, you will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved you.

"I will lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety." Psalms 6.


Jacob Christopher Walk, 21, Orofino

Jacob Christopher Walk, 21, Orofino, passed away peacefully at his home Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012.

Memorial services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

An account has been set up at Lewis Clark Credit Union for those who would like to help his family with expenses. Call Danielle Hardy, 476-3713 with any further questions about the account.


Max L. Stewart, 89, formerly of Orofino

Max L. Stewart, 89, a Lewiston resident, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston.

Max was born Oct. 1, 1923, in Harvard, to Benjamin and Cecile Canfield Stewart.

He grew up and attended grade school in Harvard and went to high school in Potlatch, where he graduated in 1942.

In 1943 Max enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served in the 10th Mountain Division. He trained in the mountains of Colorado at Camp Hale during the winter. He later served in northern Italy and was awarded two Bronze Stars for his service. He was discharged on Dec. 8, 1945.

After his enlistment, Max came home and went to work for Potlatch Corp. in Potlatch.

On Feb. 6, 1946, Max married Ardith L. Trotter in Moscow. They continued to live in Potlatch until December 1947, when they moved to Lewiston.

Max went to work for Clearwater Power Company in September 1947 as a lineman. In 1978 they moved to Orofino, where they made their home on a 24-acre piece of property. He retired in March 1981 after 34 years with the power company. Max became a gentleman farmer and raised timber on his land until they moved back to Lewiston in October 2001.

Max loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed hunting and camping and working with his saddle horses and dogs.

He is survived by his wife, Ardith of Lewiston; his sons, Bill (Shari) Stewart of Lewiston, Mike (Barbara) Stewart of Moscow and Scott (Nan) Stewart of Red Bluff, CA; a brother, Rollo Stewart of Salem, OR; and his sisters, Fern Stewart of Lewiston, Nita Mantz and Audrey Cada both of Potlatch. Max is survived by six grandchildren, Tracy Miller of Castle Pines, CO, Todd Stewart of Genesee, Brooke Stewart of Lewiston, Aaron Stewart of Grants Pass, OR., Brandon Stewart and Leann Stewart of Red Bluff.; and his five great-grandsons, Cole and Treat Miller of Castle Pines., Samuel Stewart of Genesee, and Peyton and Mason Stewart of Grants Pass.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Homer Stewart; and sister, Helen Young.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions be made to a humane society of one's choice.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Idaho State Veterans Home for their care of Max for the past five years.

There will be a private family graveside service held at a later date. Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.vassar-rawls.com.

Photo: Max L. Stewart


Sherri Mathews, 71, formerly of Weippe

Sherri Mathews, 71, of Lewiston, passed away Nov. 17, 2012, in Lewiston. Sherri was born Feb. 16, 1941, to Jack and Virginia Jared.

She grew up and went to school in Weippe, where she met and married Pete Mathews in 1958. She graduated in 1959 and she and Pete eventually moved to Lewiston where they raised a family.

Sherri loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping and many years of fishing.

Sherri is survived by her sister, JoAnne Schlader of Weippe; brothers, Tom Jared of Weippe and Don Jared of Phoenix, AZ; sons, Chris Mathews of Lewiston and Joe Mathews of Portland, OR; daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Ron Milton of Asotin, WA; and grandchildren, Kelsi and Ronnie Milton of Asotin and Corey and Jake Mathews of Lewiston.

Sherri was fun and had a good sense of humor and was dearly loved by her family and will be greatly missed. Love you Mom.

A memorial will be held for Sherri this spring in Weippe. For more information please contact Michelle.

Photo: Sherri Mathews


Brandlilyn Nicole Claffey, 33, Orofino

Brandilyn Nicole Claffey, 33, Orofino, passed away at her home Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012.

There will be a Memorial Service held at a lsater date by the family. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Brenda Ann Worth-Proffitt, 48, Orofino

Brenda Ann Worth-Proffitt, 48, Orofino, passed away at her residence near Orofino Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the First Baptist Church in Orofino.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Harriet Anita Cady, 86, Orofino

Harriet Anita Cady, 86, Orofino, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, WA.

A Funeral Service will be held Friday, Nov. 30, at 10:30 a.m. at the Orofino Tabernacle Church with burial to follow at Cook Cemetery.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in care of arrangements.


Rex Pixley, 79, Lenore

Rex Pixley, 79, Lenore and formerly of Harpster, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, WA.

Viewing will be held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday November 28, 2012 at Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia.

The Funeral Service with Military Honors will follow at 2 p.m. A covered dish dinner will follow at the IOOF Hall in Kooskia. A private interment will take place at Tahoe Mountain Rest Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia.


Bryon Anthony Vessey, 18, Weippe

Bryon Anthony Vessey, 18, Weippe, passed away at his residence Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2012.

There will be a visitation held for Bryon Vessey, Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Wesleyan Church in Weippe. A graveside service will follow at 12 p.m. at the Weippe Cemetery.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Louie H. Ogden, 94, Pierce

Louie Harold Ogden passed away on Nov. 7, 2012 in Pierce at the age of 94.

Louie was born on Cream Ridge near Kendrick on May 15, 1918 to Louis Charles and Jessie Pearl (Chapman) Ogden. He was the youngest of four children.

He spent his early years on Gilbert Ridge and attended Gilbert School. The family then moved to Peck where he lived until moving to Pierce in 1965.

Louie enlisted in the military during World War II. He made it through basic training and was headed to his first posting when it was discovered that he had one glass eye (lost in a hunting accident at age 14). When asked how he passed the eye exam during his physical, he said, "I memorized the eye chart." He was a true member of "The Greatest Generation".

After returning home, he worked for numerous logging companies as a bucker. He also kept up the family home in Peck and cared for his mother.

Louie was seriously injured in a logging accident which resulted in a knee replacement and early retirement.

After retirement, he liked to sit on one of the many benches on Main St. and visit with whoever was passing by. He had several nicknames, but his favorite was probably 'Sidewalk Louie'. In his later years, Louie drew a moose tag (first time applying for it) and got one. After he was well into his 80s, he was doing "parts" run for some of the loggers and on his 90th birthday, Louie was given the "key" to the town of Pierce.

Over the last years he had suffered several serious accidents and had his knee replaced again. Since his last fall, he has been cared for by his friend, Tracy.

Louie never married, but was a loving uncle to his niece and nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Jessie Ogden; sisters, Iola Ogden, Viola Mahoney; and brother, Ed Ogden; brother-in-law, Owen Mahoney; and sister-in-law, Nina Mae Ogden.

He is survived by his nephew, Ed Ogden, Pierce; niece, Jane Richards, Moyie Springs; great niece, Amanda Richards, Moscow; and great nephew, Andrew Richards, Sidney, MT; and numerous cousins in the Lewiston area. He is also survived by many friends (you know who you are).

As his request, no funeral service will be held. Memories of his life will always be with us.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Lila J. 'Jean' Johnston, 70, formerly of Cardiff Spur

Jean passed from us to the arms of God Nov. 9, 2012, in Seattle, WA. We learned a lot about life from her in the years God blessed us with her.

She was born to Raymond and Gertrude Payton March 4, 1942, in Lewiston. Jean had three brothers and one sister. Growing up, she spent time in and around Lewiston, lived in Montana, then the family settled in Cardiff Spur, and she graduated from Pierce High School.

Jean married Garl L. Stephens in 1960, and together they had three children. He passed in a logging accident in 1969. Jean then married Neil C. Johnston, whom she was married to for 43 wonderful years. Together, they had three children.

She was preceded in death by two sons; BJ, who died in 1971, and Mike, who passed in 2007; as well as her parents and one brother.

Family was everything to her. She would do anything to make sure they were cared for. Some of her favorite times were when the family would gather at home for biscuits and gravy, enchiladas, ribs, or almond chicken (or whatever the cook's choice was). She never had to ask her family twice if they wanted to come to an enchilada feed. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It really didn't matter if they were just sitting around talking, or engaged in a game (she schooled us frequently and remains the dice throwing champion), she just loved having her family around her.

In addition to spending time with her family, she enjoyed playing cards with friends, camping, cooking, going for drives in "her" pickup truck, and her dog, Angel. She spent springtime in Vermont, visiting family and friends and helping make syrup on the family maple farm. Every one of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren carry one of her crocheted afghans.

She was very devoted to God and her church. She never wanted to be in a leadership position, but she always led by being a very humble servant of God. On Sunday mornings she and Neil would cook breakfast for the children of the church so that they could learn about God's love with a full stomach.

After raising her children she began work at Tri-State Convalescent, and Life Care in Lewiston as a cook.

Jean is survived by the love of her life, Neil; her four children, Val Wachtel, Steve Stephens, Brian Stephens, and Jim Johnston, and their spouses; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; all of the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley. She is also survived by two of her brothers, Jim Payton of Lewiston and Wayne Payton of Nampa; as well as her sister, Deanna Wise of Weippe.

We're so very thankful for the years that we had to learn everything you had to teach us. From how to cook and how to be a devoted parent that NEVER gives up on anybody. We truly are the most blessed family of all time for having you as our mom, grandma, wife, and friend. In your words, "See ya later..."

Photo: Lila J. 'Jean' Johnston


Jeanette Adelaide (Wernecke) Boehm, 87, former logging camp flunky

Jeanette Adelaide (Wernecke) Boehm went to be with her Holy Father Nov. 4, 2012, in Lewiston.

Jeanette was born April 12, 1925, in Genesee to Albert and Farol Wernecke. She had one brother and five sisters.

Mom lived her younger years in Genesee, where she graduated in 1944, and then went to Headquarters to be a flunky in the logging camps. She moved to Moses Lake, WA, where she met Donald Boehm while working at the Turf as a waitress. They married in 1948 in Genesee at St. Boniface Church. They were married 49 years when Don passed away July of 1996.

Our mother was very fun-loving and had a lot of spirit. She loved riding her horse, Lady, and working with her dad in the farm fields. She loved her family dearly. Her favorite hobbies were traveling, painting, reading, crocheting and playing with her grandchildren.

She is survived by six children, Dale Boehm of Hot Springs, AR, Laura and Steve Baker of Juliaetta, Burton and Carol Boehm of Camano Island, WA, Mary and Walt Davis of Seattle, Loren and Roslyn Boehm of Arlington, WA, and Linda and Chuck Silleman of Clarkston,WA. She is also survived by her sisters, Heneretta Dahmen of Moscow and Essie Carlson of Troy. She leaves behind 19 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 7 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her dad, mom, husband, one brother, three sisters, one grandson and two nephews.

The rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Tuesday at All Saints Church, St. Stanislaus, followed by Mass at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Memorials may be made to All Saints Catholic Church, St. Stanislaus in Lewiston.

Photo: Jeanette Adelaide (Wernecke) Boehm


Ronald Glen Durfee, 56

Our father, Ronald Glen Durfee, passed away Nov. 2, 2012, of health complications. He was 56.

He is survived by his children, Travis Durfee, Veronica Durfee and Austin Durfee, all from Clarkston; WA; three beautiful grandchildren, Lilly and Jazmyne Durfee and Grace Minugh; sisters, Sharon Rodgers of Lewiston, Bonnie Cross of Nampa, Sue Bronson of Nampa and LeAnn Callear of Orofino. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Minnie Durfee, and his brother, Dean Durfee.

Ron was born in Pocatello, Dec. 3, 1955. He lived most of his life in Clarkston. Ron worked construction, and had a great love of the outdoors. He was a fun-loving guy who enjoyed hunting, fishing and going camping, along with many other outdoor activities. He was very involved in his children's sports and interests. Ron will be forever remembered for his open heart and willingness to give. He got the most gratification in life from watching his children grow and the love he had for others. In the recent years his greatest love was playing with his grandchildren.

There will be a celebration of life covered-dish gathering at 5 p.m. Saturday in Floch Hall at the Asotin County Fairgrounds. The family would like to invite all who knew Ron to come share their stories and remember a man who never knew a stranger.

Photo: Ronald Glen Durfee


Judy Ann Jasper Fuller, 61, Orofino

Judy was taken by the Will of her Savior, Jesus Christ to join him in Glorifying our Father on Nov. 4, 2012.

Judy was born late in the evening on April 27, 1951 in Madison, WI with her twin sister, Janet Marie, who did not survive the pre-mature birth. They were the third and fourth children of Morris Eugene Jasper and Dolores Marie Lauer Jasper, who were both WWII veterans, she working as a nurse and housewife and mother to 12, and he mostly a truck driver and in later year's supervisor of a water/sewer district.

Judy attended Catholic schools in Spokane, WA until moving to Orofino in the sixth grade where she became a budding artist, struggling flute player, Maniac Cheerleader and treasured by all who knew her. Because of her small size and poor eyesight (the effects of a preemie birth), she became shy and reserved but was well-liked and fun-loving. With so many mouths to feed at home, you can rest assured there were no luxuries or frivolities for anyone. All the kids worked, including Judy who had a paper route and spent countless hours babysitting. Her most favorite early childhood memories are of skating on the pond at Manitou Park near their home in Spokane. High school memories center around band and the love of her life, Dennis Fuller, who she married on Jan. 23, 1971.

Judy found her calling by being a wonderful mother to two loving daughters and a willing helpmate to her husband. The girls were both born in Lewiston where Dennis attended Lewis-Clark State College graduating in 1976 when they moved to Seattle where he pursued an acting career. Judy started working when the girls both got in school and was a clerk at a small frozen pizza factory, a pizza supply house, a chicken hatchery and got into rolling dough at Izzy's Pizza, then Round Table Pizza in Eugene, OR where the family had moved in 1986. With the financial realities of raising a family, the acting career had fizzled out and Dennis was employed in the Field Underwriting and Audit sections of commercial and worker's comp insurance companies for many years, up to the present. In 1999 Judy had an industrial disability and settlement enough to pay some bills and buy new appliances. She never worked outside the home again.

Jude read books by the score and most of her free time, not involving the kids or Dennis, were spent over a mystery novel, a Pepsi and a cigarette. She quit the smokes in 1995 and quit the Pepsi a few years later, but never quit the book-collection. When the daughters moved out, Dennis' dad, Howard moved in and they all discovered Gold Wing motorcycles and long-distance touring and camping and the three spent many weeks a year riding the western USA. They also became active in the leadership at the local, state then regional level for the Gold Wing Road Riders Association where they made many acquaintances. Judy never really liked motorcycling, but wanted to go with Dennis, so swallowed her fear enough to semi-enjoy all the wonderful sights they found.

After the sudden illness and death of her Dad, the Fuller's purchased the family home in Orofino and moved in to take care of her Mom and his Dad, who lived next door and who passed away a few years later. Judy and Rusty spent many years of congenial companionship and prayed The Rosary every day and kept the television very warm. With such a large family, the ladies spent untold hours visiting with relatives, children and grandchildren. After their grandkids started coming in 1999, Judy and Dennis started spending extended winter periods in Phoenix, AZ, where both daughters live. Dennis travelled a lot for work, and Judy was happy to use his "air-miles" at any time to visit the kids.

Judy's happy life was tragically altered when she abruptly developed lung cancer which metastasized to many parts of her body and she quietly fought for her life until hearing the call of her Lord to Heaven. She was preceded by her twin sister, and both parents. She is survived by her husband; daughters, Stacy Lynn and Aaron Marie, and granddaughters Sierra, Maya and Jordan and grandson, Jacob. She will also be missed by all 10 of her brothers and sisters and her beloved in-laws, and her memory will be honored as well by over 100 nieces and nephews.

Judy was the kindest, sweetest, most generous and loving woman known to many of us. Although she'd get spitting mad at Nancy Pelosi, you never heard her utter a mean or hateful word about anyone. She lived her life as a faithful friend and as a servant of the Lord.

A Scriptural Rosary will be said starting at Noon, with a Funeral Mass sung at St. Teresa's Catholic Church in Orofino on Friday Nov. 9. Burial will be at the Riverside Cemetery in Orofino at a family service. There will be no viewing. Arrangements are by Pine Hills Funeral Home.

Photo: Judy Ann Jasper Fuller


Frank Harold Avry, 95, Orofino

Frank Harold Avry, 95, went to be with our Lord, Friday Oct. 26, 2012 at Royal Plaza Care Center, Lewiston. Frank was born at Robertsdale, PA on July 3, 1917 to Gabriel Louis Avry and Marie Louise Avry, nee LeGal.

The family moved to Youngtown, OH in 1927 where he went to grade and high school. He was very active in sports.

Frank was preceded in death by his mother and father and five brothers and one sister: Ephriam, Gabriel, Paul, Joseph, and twin brother John and sister Cenderine.

He married Ruth Cossey in June 1943. Ruth died in June 2002.

He is survived by his two children, Frank Clyde Avry (Norma) of Lebanon, IL and Paula Ketcher (John) of Pryor, OK; and four grandchildren, Christine Schmidt of Belleville, IL, Sarah Juelfs of Columbia, IL, James K. Floyd of San Antonio, TX and Bogard Floyd of Gloucester, VA; and eight great grandchildren, Erica, Zachary, Lindsey, Avery Marie, August, Greyson, Keller and London Avry.

In October 2003, he married Mildred West of Youngstown, OH and she died March 17, 2006. He is survived by three step children, Richard West, Dennis West, Carol Francesskelli all of Youngstown, OH; five step grandchildren and eight great step grandchildren.

Nov. 25 2006, he married Esther Jenner of Kamiah. He is survived by Esther and three step children, Pamela Mettler of Palm Beach, FL, Bruce Jenner of Hidden Hills, CA and Lisa Jenner of Kamiah; in addition to 10 step grandchildren and 2 step great grandchildren.

He was drafted into the Army in November 1941 and was at Jefferson Barracks St Louis, MO on Dec. 7, 1941. He attended aircraft maintenance school and Las Vegas gunnery school. After a time at Vegas and Kingman, AZ he was assigned to Piute, TX as a member of a B17 bomber crew as crew chief and top turret gunner.

He continued training in Dyersburg, TN and Langley Field, VA. In January 1944 he flew to Belfast, Ireland with his crew in a B17. He was then assigned to 351 Bomb Group, 511th bomb squadron. He flew 27 missions over Germany and the plane was shot down by enemy fighters on May 28, 1944 and he became a prisoner of war in Germany for 11 months.

After a time in an interrogation camp he was sent to the German Prisoner of War camp Stalag Luft IV. After spending that summer and early winter at that camp and with the Russians moving to the West, he was moved on Feb 2, 1945 by train to Stalag Luft III (Lang Wasser, Germany) camp No. 5 near Nuremburg, Germany. As the Amercian Army began to advance into Southern Germany, he was to be moved again to another prisoner camp in Moosburg, Germany. During a road march to this camp he escaped and evaded captivity for almost two weeks until he was liberated by American Forces.

Frank was awarded the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Purple Heart and the POW medal. He retired after serving 30 years in the U.S. Air Force as Chief Master Sergeant. Frank was a Rotarian for 34 years.

A Christian memorial service will be held on Monday, October 29, at 2:00 PM at First United Methodist Church of Lewiston, 1906 Broadview Drive.

Burial will be thereafter in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.

Photo: Frank Harold Avry


Annabell Rose Schilling, 89, Orofino

Annabell died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center from complications of surgery, following a fall.

Annabell Rose Schilling was born Sept. 8, 1923 in Spokane, WA to Hester and Edgar (Ned) Pearsall. She was the youngest of three girls in the family. Her oldest sister was Bonnie Spencer, who passed away last summer. Her next oldest sister was Eva Spencer, who is also deceased.

Annabell met and fell in love with Herman 'Sonny' Schilling when he came to Orofino from North Dakota with the CCC's in the 1930's.

Sonny and Annabell were married June 2, 1941 and had 71 wonderful years of marriage, celebrating with a big family gathering last year for their 70th anniversary.

They have five children: Robert 'Herm' and (Kathy) from Chimacum, WA, Sandi Cree (Bob deceased) from Mill City, OR, Gloria Goade (Greg) Boise, Les Schilling (Andrea) from Orofino and Vickie Buchert (Larry) from Spirit Lake.

They also have many grandchildren and great grandchildren, the newest of which (Gloria's grandson, Oscar) was born just two weeks before her death.

Annabell taught pre-school in her basement for 20 years or more--having many children of her former students. She ran a tight ship, but they all thought highly of her and her teaching methods.

Annabell had a great sense of humor--some of you saw that, maybe some didn't know that. But a story she shared with her kids was how she and her sisters when they were young took red fingernail polish and painted their sleeping father's nose. I think he chased them out of the house when he woke up, but I also think all of them had a good laugh over it--even him!

Sonny adored Annabell and she loved him with all her heart. Mom and dad had a special little saying to each other: He saying, "I love you" and her responding with, " I love you the mostest." They continued that little love response even as she lay critically ill in her hospital bed.

They recently were moved to Brookside Landing for needed help--our mom did not want to give up her home (she and dad helped build it) and it was their home for 58 years. It was very hard for her, but it was a necessary move and she admitted it was a nice place, just not home. We children are so thankful for the care they have gotten at Brookside.

Mom and dad are charter members of the Ascension Lutheran Church and have been attending there for 50 years of more.

Their family wants to thank mom and dad's very dear friends, Lila and Roger Myers, who have been so caring and kind and such thoughtful friends to mom and dad.

She is survived by her husband, Sonny, who resides at Brookside in Orofino.

Services will be at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino Friday, Oct. 26, at 1:30 p.m. with burial at Weisman Cemetery. A memorial reception will be held at the Senior Center following services.

Donations may be made to the Orofino Senior Center in lieu of flowers.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photos: Annabell Rose Schilling


Vivian Lucile Miles, 97, Orofino

Vivian Lucile Miles, 97, Orofino, passed Oct. 20, 2012.

There will be a Memorial Service held Saturday, Oct. 27, at 1 p.m. at the Weippe Wesleyan Church.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.


Orvall C. Stuffing, 84, Orofino

Orvall Clinton Stuffing passed away Oct. 20, 2012 at his home. He was born April 14, 1928 in New York City to Orvall and Helen Stuffing. He attended school in New Jersey. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1945 and served time in Virginia, New Orleans, Cuba and Florida. He was discharged from the Navy in San Diego, CA and moved to Orofino.

Orvall bought the Jean's Bakery from Floyd Benson, which he owned and operated it until 1992. He met and married Janice Robison in 1983. In Clint's younger days he enjoyed hunting, camping with his friends and the many trips on his motorcycle to wherever his heart desired. He would tell his wife Jan that he loved to feel the wind on his face and feel all was well with his world. He never missed a chance to talk to a stranger and loved to pass out free cookies to kids that came to his Bakery. He loved all his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He loved his home, watching the flowers grow during spring time and the deer and the horses that roamed the fields. We can't forget to mention his girls-the kitties. He loved them, fed them and he worried about them. If they got sick he cried over them and off to the vet they went.

There is a whole lot I could say about this man, my Husband, but will leave it for another day. We will miss him but he will always be in our hearts. Time always goes forward, it never stands still.

He is survived by his wife, Jan, and his children: Stanley and significant other Lori Montgomery, Evelyn Henderson; Todd and Tracy Stuffing; Jodine Alm and significant other Danny Weiss; four step daughters: John and Rhonda Pederson; Jeff and Carrie Tenny; Richard and Shelly Kero; Renee Midstokke and significant other Jeff Gibbons. There are 16 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his brother-n-law, Joe Couch, and son-in-law, Ron Henderson.

There will be a Memorial Service held Saturday, Oct. 27, at 11 a,n, at the United Methodist Church in Orofino.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Orvall Clinton Stuffing


Ralph Bud Taylor, 72, Orofino

Ralph Bud Taylor passed away at his Orofino home on Monday, Oct 15, 2012. Bud was born to Hazel Marie (Lynch) Taylor and Ralph Hans Taylor on May 30, 1940 at Council.

He was a graduate of Orofino High School and Lewis Clark State College. He received an honorable discharge from the Army National Guard in 1961.

Bud married Micki Steinbruck in 1962 and they later divorced. He retired from Contractor's Northwest in Coeur d'Alene where he began as a laborer and worked his way to contractor and retired as Safety Manager.

Bud is survived by his daughter, Rhonda Taylor Trail; granddaughter, Kylie Trail; and son-in-law, Tim Trail, of Lewiston. Bud is also survived by his sister, Lillie Marie Barger; niece, Linda Barger Engle and nephews, Dale Barger and Jim Barger of Orofino. He is predeceased by his son, Bradley; his former wife, Micki Taylor Steele; and his brother-in-law, Lester Barger.

A Celebration of Life memorial will be held in Bud's honor at the Orofino VFW Hall on Saturday, Oct. 27, at noon.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.

Donations in Bud's honor may be made to the VFW Post #3296 in Orofino.

Photo: Ralph Bud Taylor


Bud Taylor memorial service scheduled

A Celebration of Life memorial will be held in Bud Taylor's honor at the Orofino VFW Hall on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 12, noon.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Elaine Gleason Rinehart, 71, Orofino

Orofino native Elaine Rinehart passed away Friday, Sept. 14, 2012.

Elaine was born in Orofino April 25, 1941, to Charles H. and Stila Harlan Gleason. She spent her childhood in Orofino and went to schools there.

As an adult she lived in several places around the U.S., including Charleston, S.C., and Denver, two places which she particularly enjoyed. Her grandfather, John P. (Jack) Harlan, was a well-noted historian and local authority on Lewis and Clark; she inherited her love of history from him. She also inherited her memory and recollections of family history from her mother and her well-noted temper from her father. She shared with her family many stories and fond childhood memories of the times she spent with her "grandpa" and her much loved "Daddy." She loved interior design and always had a new home improvement project in mind.

Elaine is survived by her sister, Carolyn Mattson; two daughters, Jo Frederiksen, The Woodlands, TX, and Michele Rinehart (Tommy Nash), Fort Lee, NJ; three grandchildren, Clinton Garrett, Portsmouth, NH, Gavin and Chloe Nash, Fort Lee, NJ; and six nephews and two nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Stila; a sister, Harla Matson; and niece Susan (Sue) Mattson Brown.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Clearwater Humane Society, P.O. Box 2063, Orofino, ID 83544, or a charity of choice.

At her request, no services will be held. A remembrance, in accordance with her wishes, will be held at the convenience of the family.


Ralph Bud Taylor, 72, Orofino

Ralph Bud Taylor, 72, Orofino passed away at his home Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012.

Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Elizabeth McKinney, 93, formerly of Weippe

Elizabeth was born Dec. 23, 1918, to Jewell Owen and Mary Mawlam Battles as the second of six siblings, all of whom preceded her in death with the exception of one sister, Margaret Berniece Battles who lives currently in Lewiston. She is also survived by one daughter, Elizabeth Ann Rippleman; one granddaughter, Veronica J Edgerly; and one grandson, John B. Rippleman; as well as many close relatives.

In the summer of 1937 she married the only love of her life, John A McKinney, in Nezperce. The couple lived in Weippe and in 1939 she gave birth to her only child, Elizabeth Ann.

Then in 1941, just before World War II, John was hired by the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) in the city of Baltimore and relocated his new family there. After America was drawn into the war, Elizabeth served her country as a "Rosie the Riveter" and was quickly promoted to quality inspector of the B-17 and B-29 bomber planes. When John was drafted into the U.S. Navy in 1943 she returned, with her daughter, to Weippe, to await John's discharge from the Navy. Upon discharge, the family returned to Baltimore, where John's position was reinstated in the Social Security Administration.

In 1950, John was transferred to Lewiston as a claims reviewer with the SSA. Elizabeth then focused on homemaking and raising their daughter.

The tragic death of John in 1954 forced her into the job market, where she worked as a photography assistant with Fran Rader Studios, as well as a bookkeeper at Reintjes Beverage Distributors. She returned to her family mill and ranch in Weippe around 1970 and worked as bookkeeper until 2000, when a stroke ended her ability to work and she was brought back to live with her daughter in Lewiston. In 2003, she developed Alzheimer's symptoms and was no longer safe without 24-hour care. She then became a resident of Life Care in Lewiston until her death at 5:30 a.m. Oct. 13, 2012. She will be missed.

There will be a graveside service at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Lewiston Orchards at the Garden of Communion section of Lewis Clark Cemetery near Mountain View Funeral Home.

Photo: Elizabeth McKinney


Robert Michael Una, 64, Orofino

Robert Michael Una passed away peacefully Oct. 7, 2012, from cancer with family at his side.

He was born to Bob and Martha Una on Nov. 4, 1947. He had a twin brother, Patrick Thomas Una, who passed away in 1993; and a sister, GerryAnn and husband Buck Shapansky of Sequim, WA. He graduated from Orofino High School in 1967. He married Julie Sands in 1967 and they had two children, Kerry Marie Una of Salem, OR, and son, Robert Jarrett Una of Phuket, Thailand. They later divorced.

Robert joined the Spokane Labor Union and worked with his grandfather Tom Kiiskila on dams, roads and bridges. His favorite one to work on was Dent Bridge. He worked in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, and then went to Alaska. He was in the union, worked on the Alaska pipeline, Valdez oil spill, tank farm, Prudhoe Bay in Alaska, and on roads. While working at Swan Lake Dam near Ketchikan, AK, he met his wife, Adeline. They were married in 1982. They lived and worked in Alaska until they retired and moved to Asheville, NC, where they spent their winters. They spent their summers in Orofino. He loved to travel, calling Lewiston his home for the past 14 years. He loved his getaway home in Orofino, where he could visit with his friends and reminisce. He loved the hills and mountains, fishing and hunting with his friend Steve Bonoparte.

A diamond in the rough, he had a heart of gold, helping anyone who was in need, never turning anyone away. He leaves many relatives, friends, his children and wife of 30 years; his extended family; stepson, Jack and wife, Kathy Anglin; three sons, Kenny, Joey and Drew of Anchorage, AK; stepdaughter, Teresa and husband Robbie Sullivan of Anchor Point, AK; three daughters, and two granddaughters, Mariah and husband, Jason Marvel of Anchorage, Corina and husband Steven Eckeman and daughter Kora, all of Asotin, WA, and Jessica and daughter, Sadie Kerr of Boise.

Cremation has taken place, and a celebration of his life will take place at a later date with friends and family.

Photo: Robert Michael Una


Irene Johnson, 94, born on Cream Ridge

Irene Johnson was born March 23, 1918, on Cream Ridge near Southwick, and passed away at the Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Center Oct. 7, 2012.

Irene was predeceased by her parents, Harvey and Tacie Southwick; her husband, Harry E. Johnson; and her eldest son, Richard E. Johnson. She is survived by her youngest son, Dale W. Johnson of Burnaby, B.C.; her daughter-in-law, C. Kay Johnson of Lewiston; three grandchildren, Aric, Kayd and Tacie; seven great-grandchildren; a large extended family and many friends.

Irene lived in Lewiston for over 70 years and was a member of First Baptist Church since her marriage there in 1941. In addition to the church, she was an active participant in the Happy Campers Club and the Priscilla Whitman Chapter of the Mother's Club. She will be remembered for her devotion to her family, her outgoing personality, her warm hospitality, her wonderful smile and sense of humor, and her enjoyment in playing pinochle.

A memorial service celebrating Irene's life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Lewiston First Baptist Church, Eighth Ave. and Eighth St. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her name to Lewiston First Baptist Church.

Photo: Irene Johnson


Kenneth Carol Lemmon, 81, Orofino

On Oct. 1, 2012, Kenneth Carol Lemmon, best friend and dearest love of Gerri, quietly slipped away at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. He was a man of strength and character and will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.

Kenneth was born to Clyde and Ethel (Brotnov) Lemmon on March 9, 1931 in Brawley, CA. He started school at the old Coeur d'Alene mille site on Upper Fords Creek Rd., and then attended Pierce Elementary School until midway through eighth grade. He graduated from the eighth grade at Vancouver, WA, after his father found work in the shipyards as a welder during World War II. The family then returned to Clarkston, WA his freshman year and he worked summers with his mother packing fruit in Wawawi. They moved back to Pierce his sophomore year and he graduated from Pierce High School in 1949.

While still in school, Kenneth worked for Camas Prairie Railroad as a gandy dancer and later as a spiker for Potlatch Corporation, nailing down rails. After finishing high school, he went to work at Hailey Pole Company.

He joined the Army in January of 1951 serving with the 94th A.A.A. "Hell on Wheels", achieving the rank of sergeant. He was stationed in Germany during the Korean Conflict. He was discharged in January 1954 and upon his return, he again worked for Hailey Pole.

Kenneth and Geraldine Alice Roby were married on Oct. 15, 1955 at the Orofino Methodist Church and they made their home in Pierce. The family grew to include daughters, Katrina and Connie. At this time he was a pole truck driver and also drove chip truck. The family made their way to White Sulphur Springs, MT, where he found work driving logging truck and it was there that son, Kurt was born.

In 1962, he started driving concrete truck for Conco Ready Mix during construction on Jaype Mill near Pierce, eventually becoming batch plant operator and superintendent for Columbia Sand and Gravel and Central Pre-Mix. His portable plant took him many places including a pier on Swan Island, near Portland, OR, a missile house in Kent, WA, and assorted canals and bridges all over the west. He was involved in construction of Little Goose Dam in Washington, Milner Dam in southern Idaho, Southway Bridge in Lewiston/Clarkston and the concrete runway construction at Nellis Air Base in Las Vegas, NV and Malstrom Air Base in Montana.

His work was a very important part of his life and he provided a comfortable one for his family. He retired in 1993 and was able to spend time camping, gardening, RVing, working in his shop and reading. He provided loving care to his aging parents and to his wife as she recovered from multiple surgeries. It brought Kenneth great joy to be reunited with his "49er" Forester family and he enjoyed monthly gatherings with them.

He was a member of the Washington-Idaho Operating Engineers, a past Noble Grand of the International Order of Odd Fellows and a proud and loyal supporter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Ethel and his brother, Gayle Rand.

He is survived by his wife, Geraldine, and his children, Kathy Steinbruecker and husband, Tim Norton, Connie Robison and husband, Mike, Kurt Lemmon and wife, Lani. He is also survived by grandsons, Kane Steinbruecker (Nicki) and Cody Steinbruecker (Ashley).

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the doctors and staff of Clearwater Valley Hospital, who provided such considerate and compassionate care of Kenneth while he was a patient there.

At his request, no services are planned. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Kenneth Carol Lemmon


Kenneth Carol Lemmon, 81, Orofino

Kenneth Carol Lemmon, 81, Orofino, passed away Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

At his request, no services will be held. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory are caring for arrangements.


Terrance Lynn Patrick, 69, Orofino

Terrance Lynn Patrick, 69, Orofino passed away at his home Monday, Oct. 1, 2012.

Arrangements are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Ben S. Aitken, 77, formerly of Weippe

I've traveled many places, forded a thousand rippling streams.
Crossed the open prairie, seen where men had lost their dreams.
Paused on the mountain, heard the wind blow thru the pine.
Watched herds grazing, on grass so tender and fine.
Rode ridges and canyons deep, where men of old have trod.
Felt the early morning sun, the rim rocks warmed by God.
Saddle a mountain mustang, the frost is in the air.
Hear the whistle in his nose, sense his glassy stare.
Take me back to a canyon rim, in mornings blue misty haze.
A mountain stream tumbles down; its beauty once held my gaze.
Bury me there upon a ridge, for my time here is done.
Leave me, the Canyon Ghost, at the setting of the sun.

By, "Barbed wire" Ben Stewart Aitken- Cowboy Poet- September 20, 1935- September 26, 2012

He is survived by his daughters, Cheryl Shoemaker, Shirley Snyder and Joyce Howe, his wife, Phyllis, and her children.

Services will be held Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. at Salmon River Community Church, 1102 S Main, Riggins. Cremation is under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette. Condolences may be made to Ben's family at www.shaffer-jensenchapel.com.

In lieu of flowers, please give the gift of a tree-"Give a tree" gift cards@ arborday.org They can be sent to P.O. Box 1001 Nampa, ID 83653.

Photo: Ben Stewart Aitken


Alois 'Al' Kaufmann services set

Local services for Alois 'Al' Kaufmann, 87 of Orofino who passed on Wed., Aug. 22, 2012 at his home will be Saturday, Oct. 6.

A Rosary will be recited at 10:45 a.m. and a Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6. at St. Theresa's Catholic Church, Orofino, with Father Sipho Mathabela officiating.


Ben Stewart Aitken, 77, formerly of Weippe

Ben Stewart Aitken, 77, of Nampa and formerly of Weippe, passed away Wednesday Sept. 26, 2012 at home.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Riggins Community Church, 1102 S. Main, Riggins.

Cremation is under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette. Condolences may be made to Ben's family at www.shaffer-jensenchapel.com.


Ron Wilson, 51, attended school in Pierce

Ron G. Wilson, 51, Kooskia passed away Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at Syringa General Hospital in Grangeville.

Ron was born Dec. 21, 1960 at Lewiston, a son of Bernard and Darlene Stratton Wilson. He attended schools in Pierce and Kooskia graduating from Clearwater High School in 1979. He entered the US Army and served until 1984. Following his discharge, he lived in Texas working as a delivery man for a florist and later worked as a machinist building prostheses. He moved to Kooskia in 2010.

He enjoyed building model cars and trucks and loved hunting, fishing, camping and spending time in the outdoors.

He is survived by his mother, Darlene Rich of Kooskia; his brother, Scott and Leona Wilson of Kooskia; brother-in-law, Monte Massey of Kooskia; his nieces, Cally Massey and Brandy Massey and Dakota; his grandmother, Virginia Stratton of Lewiston; his aunt Sheryl Literal of Asotin, WA; his cousins, Cam and Rory Wallace and Tammy Stratton. He was preceded in death by his father, Bernard; his sister, Sue Massey; his grandfather, Lonnie Stratton; his grandparents George and Jules Wilson; and uncles, Doug Stratton and Larry Stratton.

At his request, there will be no services. Cremation is under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.


Jim Keeler, 99, Clearwater County woods worker

Jim Keeler, 99, of Clarkston, passed away Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at Riverview Residential care in Clarkston, WA.

Jim was born Nov. 18, 1912, up on Cedar Creek Ridge above Kendrick, to Millie (Mann) and Charles Keeler. Millie and Charles were parents of Olive, Helen, Jim, Iris, Irene (infant baby girl who died at birth), and John Keeler. All have preceded Jim in death.

Jim lived on Cedar Creek Ridge until he was 18 months old, and then moved with his parents to Little Bear. He lived on Little Bear and attended Kendrick school through the sixth grade. He moved back to Cedar Creek Ridge and attended Gold Hill School at Linden, through the eighth grade. He attended the Gold Hill Church in Linden. After graduation from Gold Hill School he moved to Spokane and attended Lewis and Clark High School for one year. He returned to Kendrick to work as a trapper with his brother-in-law, York Martin. That venture didn't pan out so he returned to the family farm on Cedar Creek Ridge. Times were tough so Jim worked where he could, mostly in the woods at Headquarters, Pierce, Weippe, Dent, Elk River and Bovill.

In 1935 Jim married Dorothy Reed of Clarkston. They had two children, Ron and Judy. They were later divorced. From 1935 until 1941 Jim worked at the creamery in Kendrick. Later in 1941, just before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, he moved to Kellogg to work in the mines. He worked at the Bunker Hill, Sunshine, Lucky Friday and other area mines as a contract Diamond Drill and explosives operator.

In 1942, he married Mildred Tallon (Burkhart) of Kellogg. In 1944, Jim and Mildred, Jim's son Ron and Mildred's son Charles Tallon moved to California to seek employment in the war effort. Jim quickly found employment with the Hercules Power Company manufacturing explosives for the U.S. military. Jim worked for Hercules for a few months but couldn't deal with the "powder headaches" from the nitro, so he got a job with Standard Oil Company of California (Chevron) loading ships at the port in Richmond, Calif. In early 1945, Jim was drafted for military duty, but because of the importance of his duties with Standard he was granted a deferment. After the war ended, Jim continued working for Standard Oil at various locations in California. In 1946, Jim and the family moved to Tracy, CA, where he worked in the pipeline department as a stationary engineer operating large steam-driven oil pumps that pumped oil from the oil fields in Bakersfield to the refinery in Richmond. While in Tracy, in addition to working for Standard, Jim sold Studebaker cars and cut meat at the Tracy Quick Freeze. In 1957, he was transferred to Antioch, CA, and then in 1964 he was promoted to station chief and transferred to Atascadero, CA, where he retired in 1975.

After retirement, Jim and Mildred moved to Pismo Beach, CA They stayed in Pismo Beach until 1986. The whole time Jim lived in , he took his vacations in Idaho. He spent most of the summers before and after retirement camping at Priest Lake and trout fishing the various streams and creeks in northern Idaho. In addition to camping and fishing, Jim was an avid "rock hound." He spent many years searching the Northwest for "treasure." He cut and polished rocks and made custom jewelry for over 40 years in Antioch, Pismo Beach and Clarkston.

In 1986, Jim and Mildred moved to Clarkston. They joined the First Christian Church in Clarkston and became active as volunteers at the Asotin County Food Bank. Jim served as food bank president for 18 years, retiring six years ago. Jim lived in his home in Clarkston Heights until three years ago. He sold the home and moved into Royal Plaza where he enjoyed good care, good friends, good times and lots of food. Shortly before his death Jim moved to Riverview Residential Care in Clarkston where he received warm loving care, good food and a great view of the Clarkston Country Club Golf course.

Jim was preceded in death by his mother and father; all his siblings; and his beloved wife, Mildred.

He leaves behind his son, Ron Keeler, and daughter-in-law, Judy of Victor, MT; daughter, Judy Miller of Sandy, UT; stepson, Charles Tallon and daughter-in-law, Andrea of Lewiston; grandson, Kevin Keeler and wife, Andrea of Clayton, CA; granddaughter, Lori Morales and husband Alex of Pittsburg, CA; granddaughter, Sabrina Hughes and husband Michael of Danville, CA; grandson, Thomas Tallon and wife Carol of Brentwood, CA; grandson, Cris Miller of Salt Lake City; UT; granddaughter, Ericka Williams of Salt Lake City; great-grandson, Nickolas Keeler of Clayton; great-granddaughter, Stephanie Keeler of Clayton; great-grandsons, Dallas and Alex Miller of Salt Lake City; great-granddaughter, Katryna Williams of Salt Lake City; great-granddaughters Kayla and Sarah Tallon of Chico, Calif.CA; great-grandsons, Spencer and Quinton Hughes of Danville,; great-granddaughter Brittney Hughes of Danville; niece, Peggy Snyder and husband Chuck of Lewiston; and many other nieces and nephews. In addition to family, Jim leaves many friends and associates in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley, especially Jim Bailey, Betty Jahn, Joanne Huntley and the many volunteers at the food bank.

There will be no services. In lieu of flowers, Jim suggested memorial donations be offered to the Asotin County Food Bank.

Photo: Jim Keeler


Celebration of Life set for James 'Jim' Allen Willis

There will be a Celebration of Life held for Jim Willis Saturday, Sept. 8, at 11 a.m. at the Orofino City Park.

Those who would like to bring a potluck dish to share are welcome to do so. A lawn/camp chair is also suggested.

Jim passed away suddenly July 28, 2012.


AJ 'Andrew Jonathan' Davis, 19, Orofino

AJ 'Andrew Jonathan' Davis, 19, Orofino, died Aug. 31, 2012 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center ICU in Lewiston, from a severe ear infection causing a blood clot in his brain.

He was born April 20, 1993 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. His parents are Pamela Vanderpool, Billy Watson and Jeffery Vanderpool; sisters, Anna Cannon, Nicky Watson and Mikalya Vanderpool; brothers, Brandon Watson and Paul Vanderpool.

He worked for Northeon of Orofino.

He is survived by great grandmother, Georgia Watkins; grandparents, Sherri Weber, Steve Weber and Andrew Davis; aunts, Tracy Weese, Zoe Davis-Takini and Tanya Whiteley; uncles, Tchad Wiley, Robin Whiteley and Jeff Davis; cousins, Alax Contreras, Jamie Weese, Bean 'James' Weese, Justin McKey, Austin Whiteley, Anna Whiteley, Tristan Whiteley, Haden Whiteley, Garrett Whiteley, Daniel Davis and Sean Davis and numerous other loving family and friends.

AJ was preceded in death by great grandfathers, Jerry Watkins and William Daivs; great grandmother, Elsie Davis; grandmothers, Linda Davis and Grandma Watson; brother, Cody Watson and pet dog, Buck Davis.

Services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Orofino at 2 p.m. Sept. 22. The family would like to ask that you wear AJ's favorite color, camouflage. Pastor Hale Anderson will officiate. Honorary pallbearers are Justin McKey, Bean Weese, Austin Whiteley, Daniel Davis, Tristan Whiteley, Haden Whiteley, Sean Davis and Garrett Whiteley.

Any donations should go to Pamela Vanderpool at 278 106th St., Orofino, ID, 83544 to help with the services.

AJ was a kind and giving person, in the end donating his organs. His death gave others the chance to live. It is a comfort to know that part of this beautiful young man lives on.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.

Photo: AJ 'Andrew Jonathan' Davis


Vernie Ray Sinclair, 51, Weippe

Vernie Ray Sinclair, 51, Weippe, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in a logging accident near Kooskia.

A Celebration of Life and potluck will be held Saturday, Sept. 1, at 2 p.m. at the Browns Creek family home in Weippe.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Dolores Marie Jasper, 90, Orofino

Dolores 'Rusty' Marie Lauer Jasper passed away Aug. 26, 2012 in Orofino. She was born Nov. 12, 1921 on a small dairy farm in the village of Shiocton, WI, near Green Bay, WI the fourth of six children born to William and Mary Lauer who both had twin siblings who were married to each other.

After graduating from high school, Dolores studied nursing at St. Mary's Hospital and Nursing School in Green Bay. Upon graduating as a registered nurse, and with World War II before us, she enlisted in the United States Army Nurse Corps and was commissioned a 1st Lieutenant, and later, a Captain. She met her future husband and lifelong love, Morris 'Gene' Eugene Jasper, in New York City, while both were waiting to be shipped to the European theater of war. They sailed together to England aboard the RMS Queen Elizabeth, the superliner of the Cunard line that had been converted into a troop ship.

Gene Jasper was a 1st Lieutenant in the 82nd Airborne and served throughout France, Holland, Belgium and Germany, including the Battle of the Bulge. After the war she attended art school in Denver, CO, while Gene attended business school there. They married in 1947 and lived briefly in Illinois and Wisconsin before moving west to Spokane, WA, in 1952. As their family grew to 11 children, Rusty worked on and off as an RN at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, while Gene worked for Consolidated Freightways. In 1963, they moved to Orofino where Gene worked for Star Motor Freight and Riverside Water District mostly, and Rusty worked, periodically, as an RN at Clearwater Valley Hospital and was a fulltime Mom, then Grandma.

Rusty was preceded in death by her husband, Gene, in 2001. She is survived by her brother, Donald Lauer of San Antonio, TX; and 11 children: Mary Lee Montgomery of Spokane. Cindy Ponozzo of Orofino, Judy Fuller of Orofino, Bill Jasper of Coeur d'Alene, Jenne Byrne of Arrow Junction, Bob Jasper of Lewiston, Jon Jasper of Lewiston, Jerry Jasper of Bonney Lake, WA, Lorri Bertin of Altadena, CA, Tom Jasper of Orofino, and Tim Jasper of Walla Walla, WA. She is also survived by 30 grandchildren, 12 great-grand children and many nieces and nephews.

The rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Thursday at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. The Latin Tridentine Requiem Mass will be celebrated by Father Michael Irwin of Coeur d'Alene at St. Theresa's Catholic Church (Kalaspo Ave. and C St.) in Orofino on Friday at 10 a.m., followed by graveside service and burial at Riverside Cemetery in Orofino. A reception will follow at the Orofino City Park.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Clearwater Valley Hospital Foundation 301 Cedar Ave. Orofino 83544. Arrangements have been entrusted to Pine Hills Funeral Chapel. Inquiries and online condolences may be sent to pinehillsfc@frontier.com.

Photo: Dolores 'Rusty' Marie Lauer Jasper


Dolores Marie Jasper, 90, Orofino

Dolores Marie Jasper, 90, Orofino, passed away at Brookside Landing in Orofino Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012.

A Rosary will be held Thursday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31 at St. Theresa's Catholic Church with burial to follow at Riverside Cemetery in Orofino.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Richard Louis Hughes, Sr., 73, Orofino

Richard Louis Hughes, Sr., 73, Orofino, passed away at his home Friday, Aug. 24, 2012.

Memorial services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Alois 'Al' Joseph Kaufmann, 87, Orofino

Alois 'Al' Joseph Kaufmann of Orofino passed away Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 at home, four days before his 88th birthday. Al was born in Beaverton, OR, Aug. 26, 1924 to Gus and Anna Kaufmann. He spent the first 62 years of his life in the Beaverton-Hillsboro Oregon area. He completed grade school at St. Mary's Catholic School for Boys in Beaverton. He did not attend high school as planned because his father became ill and Al worked to assist with the family chicken/egg farm.

He worked as a truck driver all of his life, beginning with the Farmers Co-op in Hillsboro and retiring from Terminal Flour Mil in Portland. He enlisted in the Navy in May of 1943 and served in the Pacific on the USS Cimarron, an oil tanker, until his discharge in 1946.

He married Margaret McMahan Oct. 24, 1946 in Portland, OR. Together they raised six children in Hillsboro. Margaret passed away Oct. 26, 1982. He married Ethel Waibel Hunter on Sept. 1, 1984 and his family increased with the addition of her two sons. Al retired at that time and moved to Orofino where he spent many hours hunting and fishing.

He was an excellent gardener and there were always plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit for anyone who came by. He was active in St. Theresa's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He volunteered many hours at the church and was always ready to work at the annual parish fundraiser 'doughboy booth' at the Clearwater County Fair.

Al is survived by: Ethel, his wife of 28 years; his six children Mary Ann (Joe) Munda, Stephen (Diane) Kaufmann, Betty Jo (Norm) Van Dyke, Jean (John) Clason, Mark (Lisa) Kaufman, Phillip (Jody) Kaufmann; stepsons, Dan (Kristie) Hunter and Keith Hunter and special friend Diane; as well as 15 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandson. He is also survived by his brother, Robert Kaufmann; sisters, Agnes Keel and JoAnn Westwell, He was preceded in death by his brother, David Kaufmann; sisters, Alice Kaufmann and Sister Jane Frances Kaufmann, SSMO and his grandson, Brian Thomas.

Services will be at St. Matthew's Catholic Church, Hillsboro, OR on Friday, Aug. 31. Rosary will be at 10:30 a.m. followed by funeral mass at 11 a.m. Burial will be at St. Matthew's Cemetery. A memorial mass will be celebrated in Orofino at a later date.

Memorial gifts may be made to Mt. Angel Seminary Fund, One Abbey Dr., St. Benedict, OR 97373, for the education of priests.

Photo: Alois 'Al' Joseph Kaufmann


X.E. 'Bus' Durant, 90, former county commissioner

X.E. 'Bus' Durant passed away Aug. 18, 2012, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. He was born May 11, 1922, in Lewiston, to Xavier and Nellie Durant. Bus was raised in Weippe, with his sister, Verla, and as he always referred to him, the "kid" brother, Benny. He and Benny have remained close all these years, including having lunch on Thursdays, usually at Station 3, in Clarkston, WA. Bus and his wife, Mary Ellen, visited Verla and her husband, Paul Ennis, and their children in Boise and Sun Valley many times.

Bus told great stories about growing up in Weippe and Clearwater County in the 1920s and '30s, including taking a family car trip to the Chicago World's Fair in August and September of 1933. He attended Weippe schools through many of those years, although he moved to Lewiston for his senior year and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1940. He attended the University of Idaho, was in the ROTC program, and served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II. He was discharged from the 95th M.P. Battalion in August of 1946, having served primarily in France and Germany. Upon leaving the Army, Bus returned to the University of Idaho and graduated in 1947. His parents had established a general merchandise store in Weippe and one in Pierce. In the late '40s, Bus bought out his parents' store in Pierce, while Benny took over the store in Weippe.

Bus married Mary Ellen Ripley in 1949, and they continued to operate Durant's General Merchandise and Durant's Grocery for many years. Bus served on the City Council and as Mayor of Pierce including during the Centennial Celebration in 1960, which also was attended by Idaho Gov. Bob Smylie. The event was very successful and is still celebrated annually as Pierce 1860 Days. Bus also was a partner in a cabin located off the Laundry Creek Road, eight miles from the North Fork of the Clearwater River, where he allowed many friends and family members to stay while they hunted and fished. Bus liked to prospect for minerals in that area.

Bus and Mary Ellen sold Durant's General Merchandise in 1978, but Bus didn't retire. He was elected Clearwater County commissioner and served for 15 years before retiring and moving to Lewiston in 1993.

In 1948, Bus set up a trap range in Pierce and started a long career of trapshooting. Bus served as president of the Camas Prairie Trap Shooting Association in 1962 and 1967 and was past president of both the Orofino and Pierce gun clubs. In 1964, he was elected ATA Western Zone vice president, remaining on the ATA Executive Committee through 1970 while serving four years as vice president, one year as president of the ATA in 1969, and one year as president ex-officio. In 1975, he was appointed to the Central Handicap Committee and he served as chairman of the Handicap Committee for many years while traveling all over the United States to handicap shooters for ATA-registered events. He was ATA president when the organization's Hall of Fame was dedicated in 1969, and he was enshrined into the hall on Aug. 15, 1989. Bus won many trapshooting awards and was well-known for the time and effort he devoted to trapshooting and for his willingness to help a fellow trapshooter. He participated in many changes to improve the sport, which benefited trapshooters nationwide. He attended the Grand American Trapshoot, held annually in Vandalia, OH, every year from 1962 until 2006, a string of 44 consecutive years and a number he was very proud of. He so wanted to make one more trip to the Grand, but declining health prevented a last trip to his favorite event, which has been moved to Sparta, IL.

Bus was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Ellen, in 2006; and his sister, Verla. He is survived by his brother, Benny of Lewiston; and niece, Vickie Smith of Weippe; his nephew, Scott Ennis of Cupertino, CA; and nieces, Paula Ennis, of Stowe, VT, and Lynn Ennis Iozzo, of Gladwyne, PA; as well as brother-in-law, Herbert S. Ripley and wife Mary of Lewiston; and nephews, Mike Ripley of Lewiston, Richard Ripley of Spokane, WA, Dan Ripley of Bellingham, WA, and Jeff Ripley of Kennewick, WA.

Services for Bus are planned for 11 a.m. Monday at CrossPoint Alliance Church, located at 1330 Powers Ave., in the Lewiston Orchards.

Memorials can be made to the University of Idaho or Lewis-Clark State College, as Bus and Mary Ellen each established education endowments at both institutions.

Mountain View Funeral Home in Lewiston is entrusted with the arrangements.

Photo: X.E. 'Bus' Durant


'Luke' Clifford Leo Brazeau, 78

'Luke' Clifford Leo Brazeau died early Sunday morning, Aug. 19, 2012, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino from respiratory failure.

Luke was born on Sept. 5, 1933 to Leo and Georgette Brazeau in St. Maries. Luke loved life, the Lord Jesus, his wife Lynda, his children, family and friends.

Luke is survived by his wife, 6 children, 15 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and a younger sister. He was preceded in death by his father, mother and older sister.

A viewing will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and a graveside service at Fraser Cemetery between Greer and Weippe on State Highway 11 at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25.

There will be a 'Share Your Favorite Memory' Potluck at the Peck Community Center in Peck immediately following the services. Wear casual dress please.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.

Photos: 'Luke' Clifford Leo Brazeau


Dorothy Mae Wright, 74, formerly of Orofino

Dorothy Mae Wright left for a better place early on the morning of Aug. 16, 2012. She was born on Jan. 13, 1938 in Weiser to Marvin and Nora (Purcell) Pound. She grew up on a Mann Creek ranch and graduated from Weiser High School in 1956.

After high school, she enrolled at the Lewis Clark Normal in Lewiston where she met and married Dave Wright on Aug. 30, 1958. The couple would soon have celebrated 54 years of marriage.

As a graduate of Central Washington State University in Ellensburg, WA, Dorothy began a teaching career that began in Kamiah and ended in Orofino with stops at Lake Quinault, WA, Benton City, WA, and Peck along the way. After 22 years in the Orofino area, she and her husband retired to the family ranch on Battle Ridge where they began to raise cattle and trees. In late summer and fall, she became a "coaching widow" with never a complaint by indulging her husband who was trying to get the coaching bug out of his system.

Dorothy was a loving, caring person whose family was her life. She was extremely proud and protective of her grandchildren and their activities and accomplishments and she never forgot a birthday, unless, possibly, it was her own. She loved to cook and sew for her family and friends and had a special love for the wildlife found on Battle Ridge and the surrounding mountains. A daily activity was a late afternoon drive for that very purpose.

She leaves behind her husband, Dave; two sons, Jeff of Orofino and Rob (Laurie) of Coeur d'Alene; four grandchildren, Jordyn, DJ, Jaime, and Stephanie; and a brother, Ron (Paulette) Pound of Weiser. She will be sorely missed by all who loved her.

Services will be held at the Trenary Chapel in Kooskia on Monday, Aug. 20 at 11 a.m. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials could be beginning school supplies for needy children sent to either Orofino or Kooskia Elementary Schools.

Photo: Dorothy Mae Wright


Anne Veseth, 20, Moscow

A Rosary will be held Friday, Aug. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church at Polk and First St. in Moscow for Anne Veseth who was killed Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012 when she was hit by a falling snag while working with a U.S. Forest Service crew on suppression of the Steep Corner Fire near Headquarters. The Rosary will last 30 minutes.

Saturday, Aug. 18, at 11 a.m. a funeral service will be held at the Nazarene Church, Sixth and Mountain View Rd., Moscow. The service is expected to last 1.5 hours. The church can seat nearly 1,000 people. A Forest Service Honor Guard will be present.

Immediately following the service, the family invites everyone to a luncheon at St. Mary's Catholic Church in the parish hall adjacent to the church. Those attending need to be prepared to walk several blocks because parking may be an issue.

There will be no graveside service.

Flowers may be sent to either of the churches. Memorial donations may be made to: St. Mary's School Foundation, 412 North Monroe St., Moscow, ID 83843 in memory of Anne Veseth.


Homer H. Kling, 95, formerly of Clearwater County

Homer Hamilton Kling, 95, passed away on Aug. 11, 2012. He was born Oct. 1, 1916, at Lewiston to Albert E. and Theodora (Hamilton) Kling.

He grew up on the Kling ranch near Anatone, WA which was homesteaded by his grandfather in the 1880s. He attended school at Anatone and graduated high school in 1934. He was a hard worker alongside his dad, improving the ranch cattle herds and partnering in purchasing pasture land near the Grande Ronde River. He served in the Navy during World War II as a gunner's mate, primarily on Liberty ships.

After the war, he dated his sister's roommate, Eva Bonner, and they were married March 16, 1946, at Orofino. The couple's first residence that summer was a ranger station lookout. Homer began working in the woods as a sawyer. His employment was mostly in the Pierce and Headquarters areas of Idaho, and his family resided at Weippe. He also continued to help out at his parents' ranch until he took over the ranch following their deaths in 1954. In 1956, he moved his family to Clarkston, WA and his employment was at local sawmills, including PFI, where he retired in 1970. Homer was seriously injured twice at PFI and worked extremely hard with physical therapy to regain the use of his leg and arm.

Homer always had a second job selling various products door to door. Eventually, he sold Shaklee nutritional products full time until his retirement in 2006 at the age of 90. He attributed his robust health to good nutrition. His sales accomplishments earned him awards of automobiles and travel trips. He truly enjoyed the association with his customers throughout the Lewiston-Clarkston area. Homer was known for his honesty and integrity, which showed in his daily business practices.

Homer was an active member of the Clarkston United Methodist Church and attended every Sunday until his health declined in December 2011. Some favorite family photos show him wearing an apron doing dishes in the church kitchen. He will be remembered as a great story teller - mostly about his experiences during the war and his days working on the farm or in the woods. His memory of younger days was amazing!

He enjoyed reloading his own ammunition for target practice and hunting, as well as owning various rifle types.

His wife, Eva, passed away in 1994. He married Mabel Bott in 1995. She passed away in 2010. Homer was a resident of the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston at the time of his death. He received the Mike Crapo Spirit of Freedom Award in November 2010.

He is survived by his sister, Carolyn (Mrs. Karl Kaess) of San Diego, CA; his four daughters, Marilyn (Rich) Croy of Coeur d'Alene, Janice (Mike) Hargrave of Nampa, Sharon Kling-Grzybowski of Myrtle Creek, OR, and Karla Terry of Vermilion, OH; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Edward Stanton Kling.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston. Burial will be at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston. The family suggests donations, in lieu of flowers, to Idaho Veterans Assistance League North, 821 21st Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501.

Photo: Homer H. Kling


Joel 'Jody' Wilson, Jr., 73, Orofino

Joel 'Jody' Wilson, Jr., 73, Orofino, passed away Aug. 10, 2012 at home.

He was born Sept. 4, 1938 to Joel Wilson and Bessie Proctor. He grew up in Crane Meadows and then moved to Glenwood near Kamiah where he graduated from the eighth grade. He later moved to Orofino.

He worked for the U.S. Forest Service at Canyon Ranger Station until he retired. He was a long standing member of the NRA.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Anne Wilson.

Survivors include his sister, Josephine Sherard of Orofino; nephews, Leonard Sherard or Kansas City and Donnie Sherard of Orofino; cousins, Oscar Wilson and Denny Wilson of Reubens, Gene White and Bill White of Orofino, Alice Wilson of Texas; grand nephews, Brian Sherard of Orofino, Aaron Sherard of Reubens, Kevin Sherard of Orofino, Isaac Wilson of Reubens and Gavin Sherard of Orofino.

There will be a graveside service for family and friends.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Donald W. Starr, 68 Pierce

Donald Starr, a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. He died of heart failure at the age of 68.

Don was born Feb. 1, 1944 at the top of the Greer Hill in a model A car to John and Bonnie Starr. He attended 1st through 12th grades at Pierce Schools, graduating in 1962.

He worked at Cardiff mill, St. Regis Plywood mill in Libby, MT, for about 8 months, and 33 years at Potlatch Jaype Plywood mill, where he retired. Don was very interested in gold prospecting, reading, studying history and taking hikes with his dog Snoopy. He liked huckleberry picking and giving pieces of pie to almost everyone he met.

On March 20, 1970, he married Janet Aileen Fisher, and she survives at the family home.

Don was preceded in death by his mom and dad and daughter, Gina Lynn Starr Barber. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, his son, Daniel Marc Starr (wife Amy) and granddaughter Evelyn; granddaughter, Angel Lynn Starr; and grandson, Dan Raymond. He is also survived by his great-granddaughter, Alexis Lynn Marie Martin. Survivors also include his brother, Darrel Starr, of Orofino; and sister, Marlene Trammell of Lewiston; as well as numerous aunts and cousins.

A memorial service will be held Monday, Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Pierce Play Park across from the Pierce Community Center.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Timberline Schools, Pierce Free Public Library, or the Pierce Community Center.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory of Orofino is caring for arrangements.


Donald William Starr, 68, Pierce

Donald William Starr, 68, Pierce passed away Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in Pierce.

Memorial services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for the arrangements.


Barbara Jean Wityczak, 64, Orofino

Barbara Jean Wityczak passed away in her Orofino home with her family beside her on Aug. 5, 2012. She was 64.

Barbara was born on May 7, 1948 in Los Angeles, CA to Christopher and Frances V. (Matetich) Brennan.

She graduated from Reading Senior High School in Reading, PA class of 1966.

Barbara married Frank Michael Wityczak in May of 1971 in Reading, PA.

She worked for Teleflex International in Limerick, PA from 1969 to 1996 and the family then moved to their current home just outside of Orofino, Idaho. There she worked at Community Action Partnership from 2005 to 2010.

Barbara was a devoted member of St. Theresa's Catholic Church since moving to Idaho. She also was a board member of the Clearwater Youth Alliance, CSAW (Clearwater Substance Abuse Workgroup), the ManiYAC Teen Center, and the Orofino Drop-In Center. Barbara also ran Maniac Productions and was a founding member of the ManiYAC Teen Center.

Barbara leaves behind her husband, Frank Wityczak, of Orofino; her sons Jesse Wityczak of Astoria, OR and Joseph Wityczak of Moscow; her sisters, Lynn Hinsey and Joan Hoyen of West Reading, PA;. Jean Brennan of Morgantown, PA; and Christina Cubbitt of Virginia Beach, VA; and two brothers, Daniel Brennan of Hamburg, PA and David Brennan of Reading, PA.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Christopher and Frances Brennan.

A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 11 a.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.

Photo: Barbara Jean Wityczak


Margaret Dugger, 83, Orofino

Margaret Dugger, a wonderful woman who loved deeply, cared greatly and laughed often, has reunited with Jim Dugger, her best friend and soul mate, in eternity.

She passed away peacefully on Aug. 1, 2012 at Clearwater Valley Hospital of heart-related complications at the age of 83.

Margaret was born Nov. 13, 1928 in Morrowtown to Everett and Lucy Leachman.

Margaret attended school in Morrowtown, Forest and Winchester where she met her loving husband, Jim Dugger. They were married on March 5, 1945 and resided in Forest, Grangeville and Nezperce. They eventually moved to Orofino in 1962.

Margaret was a nurturing and very loving mother of three children, grandmother of seven and great grandmother of four.

She had an unwavering commitment to her family and her faith and was always willing to assume the role of caretaker, mentor and confidante to friends, relatives and to others in need. She actively participated in activities for various civic and charitable organizations. She was extremely creative and could provide solutions to almost any obstacle. She demonstrated this creativity in her love of painting, gardening, sewing, crafts and restoring antiques. She was an active member of the Orofino Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, James Dugger; parents, Everett and Lucy Leachman; and brothers, Dale, Clifford, and Ed Leachman.

She is survived by Michael Dugger of Orofino, Donna Peters of Bloomington Il, Clayton Dugger of Freeman Creek; sisters, Linda Oversby of Chewella, WA, Leta Weidner of Post Falls , and brother, Harvey Leachman of Craigmont.

Services will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Orofino.

She will be missed greatly by her family and by those whose lives she touched. May she rest in peace and love forever.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Margaret Dugger


James 'Jim' Allen Willis, 64, Orofino

James 'Jim' Allen Willis was born March 4, 1948 in Oakland, CA to Doris and Harry Willis. He died suddenly July 28, 2012.

Jim grew up in Oakland where he was employed by Pacific Gas & Electric. In the 70's he moved to the foothills of Calaveras County where he continued to work for PG&E as a Water Systems Repairman for 33 years. He wanted to leave the city life and go where he could indulge in his passion for dirt-bikes and the outdoors and share it with his wife, Sara Stone, and their children Blaine and Naomi. When Sara and Jim divorced, he continued to live in Hathaway Pines with his daughter.

Upon retiring in 2005 he was finding California too crowded and moved to Orofino with his wife, Karen, mom and brother. He joined PLAY (Public Lands Access Year-round) and became involved with rights of motorized recreationists being able to ride on public lands. He was the current president of PLAY, a life-long member of the American Motorcycle Association and member of the International Oldtimers Motocross where he still raced.

Jim loved riding his horses, racing motocross and going trail riding and camping with family and friends. Jim always loved working on bikes and helping kids to not only ride but learn how to repair their own bikes. Moving to Idaho and owning enough property for our horses and growing hay fulfilled his retirement dreams.

Jim died doing what he loved most: riding dirt-bikes with friends on single-track trails in the North Fork area.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Chuck. He is survived by his children, Blaine and Naomi Willis of California; wife, Karen of Orofino and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Jim, you will be sorely missed by many, and may you ride your bike forever.

Photo: James 'Jim' Allen Willis


Lacey Anders Eddy, 31, former Orofino teacher's aide

Lacey Anders Eddy 31, of Riggins, passed away July 26, 2012. Lacey was born Nov. 2, 1980 to Tony and Robin Anders.

Lacey grew up in Lewiston and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1999.

She married Ben Mack and they had a son Gabriel. They later divorced.

Lacey married Chester Eddy and they moved to Lenore and she worked at the Orofino School District as a teacher's aide.

They later moved to Riggins, and in 2011 she started working at the River Rock Restaurant. They became her work family and they fell in love with and opened their arms to her.

Lacey's son Gabriel was her world and she loved and cared for him beyond measure.

Besides her husband, Chet, she is survived by her son, Gabriel Thomas Mack; her dad, Tony Anders, Culdesac; her mom and dad, Robin and Dennis Spickler; brothers, AJ Anders, Darin Spickler, Keith and Angie Spickler, Dusty and Tina Spickler, Shawn and Jerid Hilderbrand, all of the Lewis Clark valley; and grandparents, Yvonne Stevens, of the Tri Cities, WA and Dave Anders of Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Edgar and Betty Keen of Lewiston.

Lacey loved camping and the outdoors, and her work family at the River Rock in Riggins. Above all, she loved her son Gabriel and went above and beyond for him.

She will truly be missed.

Services were Friday at Malcom's Brower Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston. Online condolences may be left at www.malcomsfuneralhome.com. Select the Web Memorials tab.

In lieu of flowers, an account has been set up in Gabriel Mack's name at the Pinetree Credit Union in Riggins.

Photo: Lacey Anders Eddy


Jaxon Jay Weldy, 3, Lewiston

Our precious "Little Man" Jaxon 'Bubs' Weldy, 3, of Lewiston, passed away July 30, 2012, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino from a sudden illness.

He was born Dec. 17, 2008, in Lewiston, to Elizabeth and Travis Weldy.

Jaxon wanted to be a fireman when he grew up. He played with fire trucks often. He loved playing and teaching his baby sister and best friend, Bella. He played ring-around-the-rosy with her.

He always enjoyed watching Bob the Builder and Mickey Mouse.

He loved doggies and kitties and he absolutely loved to dance. He enjoyed playing squirt gun hide-and-go-seek and blowing bubbles with grandmas.

He played soccer and video games with daddy. He played with Matchbox cars, toy planes and blocks. He helped his daddy fix things. He sang all the songs he knew on the radio. He loved to dig in the dirt, drawing, eating Top Ramen and bath time with mommy and sissy.

His favorite movie was "Cars." He enjoyed anything that had to do with Lightning McQueen, Toe Mater and Mack. He also enjoyed his new car bed that his uncle had just gotten him.

Jaxon had to talk on the phone with everybody who happened to be on the other end. He enjoyed swimming, building Lego castles, and sleeping with mommy and daddy.

He was so excited to go to school this month. He would often smell flowers that his mommy would get or that he would pick himself. He was a smart and very intelligent young boy who loved to clown around.

Jaxon is survived by his parents, Elizabeth and Travis Weldy of Lewiston; sister, Bella of Lewiston; grandparents, Loyann Knapp of Clarkston, WA, Cathy Weldy of Lewiston and Henry Weldy of Lewiston; great-grandparents, Lloyd and Deanna Knapp of Juliaetta and Maxine Owens of Lewiston; uncle, Andrew Collins of Clarkston; aunts, Heather Cook, Lacee Jackson and Desire Anderson, all of Lewiston; great-uncles, Doug (Shelley) Weldy of Lewiston, Jim Bloodsworth of Lewiston, Lew Bloodsworth of Lewiston, John (Cyndi) of Rhonert Park, CA; great-aunts, Dolores (Greg) Flores, Robin Weldy, Nadine Anderson of Lewiston; great-great aunts, Jeannie Lane of Harrison, MI, Pauline Rhode of Harrison, MI, Donna Segerlind (Larry) of Okemos, MI, Susan Deer Hall of Grand Ledge, MI; great-great uncles, Glenn (Betty) of Bay City, MI, Richard Knapp of Coleman, MI, Gerald Deer (Joan) of Cadillac, MI and Richard Deer (Terry) of Charlotte, MI; great-great aunt-in-law, Bonnie Knapp of Roscommon, MI; special cousins Kaeley and Levi of Lewiston; and many cousins across the country.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, Ollie Owens; great-great uncle, LeeRoy Knapp of Roscommon, MI; and great-great grandmother Evabelle Deer Deppa.

Public viewing is from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston. The funeral is at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with interment to follow at Normal Hill Cemetery.

Before his untimely death, he got to experience his first camping trip, which included learning to fish and riding a four-wheeler with daddy while spending precious time with his family.

Photo: Jaxon Jay Weldy


Jaxon Jay Weldy, 3, Lewiston

Jaxon Jay Weldy, 3, Lewiston, died Monday, July 30, 2012, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

Public viewing is from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston. The funeral is at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with burial to follow at Normal Hill Cemetery.


Daniel William Sullivan, 88, formerly of Cavendish/Teakean area

Sullivan, 88, formerly of the Cavendish/Teakean area, passed away July 12, 2012, at Life Care Center in Lewiston.

Dan was born Feb. 20, 1924, to George E. and Hazel (Long) Sullivan on a farm near Washtucna, WA. His father died when Dan was nine. He attended schools in Washtucna, graduating in 1942.

He was drafted into the Army, serving in the European Theatre from 1943 to 1946. He drove trucks and jeeps in Holland, France, Normandy, Belgium and Germany, and fought at the Battle of the Bulge. For a time, Dan was one of Gen. George Patton's drivers. Dan married Gladys Wegner Feb. 29, 1948, at Cameron. They farmed at the Barr ranch at Riparia, WA, for a short time before moving to Cavendish in 1949. They bought a farm and made it their home for over 60 years.

He was a member of the Cattleman's Association, and various farming organizations. He enjoyed being a member of 'The Farmers' bowling team. In 1960, several neighbors learned they were about to lose the community park at Cavendish because it was not being maintained, so LeBaron Park Inc. was established. Dan helped with the logging and clearing of the land, drilling a well, building picnic tables and installing outhouses and fire pits. He served as president for the group for several years.

In 1967, Dan suffered a heart attack, spending many weeks at Gritman Hospital in Moscow. After his recuperation, he continued to farm and raise cattle. Dan also drove the Cavendish school bus for several years.

In the early 1970s, he realized his lifelong dream of learning to fly and owning his own Cessna 172, flying around the Northwest for many years. When the plane was sold, they bought a boat and spent restful hours at Dworshak Reservoir.

Dan was a member of Cameron Emmanuel Lutheran Church near Kendrick. After moving to Lewiston, he and Gladys enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Audrey Winn and Beulah Blankenship; brothers, George and Bernie Sullivan; and a daughter, Joanne, and her husband, Ralph McAllister.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys, of Lewiston; daughter, Lynda (Bob) Roberts; sons, Randy (Durelle) and Dale (Christy) Sullivan; brothers Syd (Janice) and Clark (Carol) Sullivan; eight grandchildren, Kevin (Angie), Eric (Kathy), Col, Stephanie, Jenifer (Jamie), Mark, Dayne, and Clint (Robyn); six great-grandchildren, Ashtyn, Riley, Blake, Brynn, Jake and Dylan; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service and celebration of Dan's life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 920 Eighth Ave., in Lewiston. Memorial contributions can be sent to Interlink Volunteers - Faith In Action, 817A Sixth St., Clarkston, 99403 or LeBaron Park Inc., in care of Dean Gimmestad, Rt. 1 Lenore, ID 83541, or a memorial/donation of your choosing.

Photo: Daniel William Sullivan


Gordon Ralph Hueth, 85, Weippe

Gordon Ralph Hueth, 85, Weippe, passed away Friday, July 27, 2012, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Weippe at 11 a.m.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Leonetta E. Stanton, 89, Kamiah

Leonetta E. Stanton, 89, Kamiah, died Friday, July 27, 2012, at St. Mary's Hospital in Cottonwood.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 2, at Trenary Funeral Home Chapel in Kooskia.

Graveside Services will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 3, at Kamiah City Cemetery in Kamiah.

A covered dish dinner will follow at the American Legion Hall in Kamiah. Arrangements are by Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia.


Patricia Ann Axtell, 65

Patricia Ann Axtell of Clarkston passed away July 16, 2012, at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center after her long, six-year fight with cancer.

Patricia was born in Butte, MT, to Michael and Marion Hennelly on June 26, 1947. Patricia attended and graduated from Whitehall High School in Montana. She received a secretarial certificate from Lewis-Clark State College. She was employed by Servatius News Agency, Twin City Foods and Clarkston School District as a bus driver for 30+ years where she loved taking all of the kids to school and games.

Patricia is survived by two daughters, Brenda Bashir-Trout of Stamford, CT, and Rhonda and Eric Stuart of Fraser; four grandchildren, Adam Bashir of Stamford, CT, Josh and Samantha Stuart of Fraser, Nicole Stuart of Orofino and Alisha Stuart of Pueblo, CO; three great grandchildren, Justin Stuart of Orofino, Addyson Stuart of Fraser, Rylee Deal of Orofino, and a new great-grandson on the way.

Patricia enjoyed life to its fullest and loved to garden, crochet, travel, volunteer and spend time with friends. Patricia volunteered at the Pautler Center, Civic Theater, NAIA and was an active member of her church.

Services were conducted July 21. She was laid to rest at the Vineyard Cemetery.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Lewiston Civic Theater in honor of Patricia Ann Axtell.

Photos: Patricia Ann Axtell


Jerry William Blanchard, 84, Greer

Jerry William Blanchard, 84, Greer, passed away at his home Tuesday, July 24, 2012.

Memorial services will be held in Tacoma, WA. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Linda Sue Day, 65, formerly of Weippe

Our loving mother, Linda Sue Day of Lewiston, passed away Thursday, July 19, 2012, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center at the age of 65.

Linda was born Dec. 8, 1946, at Orofino, to parents Paul James Wyatt and Mary Ruth Farence of Weippe. She spent her early years at the family ranch located on what is now Wyatt Road outside of Weippe. She attended school in Weippe and graduated from Weippe High School in 1965. Upon her graduation she married Darell Chenault and they moved to Edwards Air Force Base, CA, outside of Rosemond. In 1968 her first son, David Ray Chenault, was born at Edwards Base Hospital. Linda and Darell later divorced, and Linda stayed in California, later meeting and marrying Joe Rodarte. In 1980 Linda and Joe divorced and Linda moved back to the Weippe area. She went to work for the Community Action Agency, and in 1983 she married Robert (Bob) Allen Day. In 1984 her second son, James Allen Day, was born, and in 1985 she was blessed with her third son, Brandon Lee Day. In 1988 Linda and Bob moved to Lewiston, and in 1989 they settled at their longtime home on Warner Ave. in the Orchards. Linda left Community Action and for a year she and Bob headed a house for abused and abandoned children in Idaho Falls.

When she returned to northern Idaho, Linda went back into the food service industry, managing the kitchens at Farmhouse Fraternity at the University of Idaho, and Sigma Kappa Sorority at Washington State University. After several years of commuting to the universities, she took over as Food Service Manager at Northwest Children's Home in Lewiston. She retired from the children's home in 2002, and she and Bob managed the campground at Myrtle on the Clearwater River until they both retired for good in 2006. They enjoyed their retirement until Robert's death in November 2010, and Linda resided at the family home on Warner battling various ailments until her passing.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Mary Ruth Wyatt of Weippe; husband, Robert Allen Day of Lewiston; sister, Ilo Larson of Lewiston. She is survived by sisters, Jean Stacey and her husband, Elwood, of Pierce, Sharon Miles and her husband, Grant ,of Weippe; sons, David Ray Chenault and his wife, Alane, of Lewiston, James Allen Day and Brandon Lee Day of Poulsbo, WA; grandsons, Mitchell Ray, Cody Alan, and Braeden Dealney Chenault of Lewiston; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Our family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center for the amazing care and support they have delivered to Linda over the past several years.

Mountain View Funeral Home, Lewiston, is handling arrangements for the family. Due to our mother's request there will be no formal service

Photo: Linda Sue Day


Sharrai Celebration of Life planned

A Celebration of Life will be held for Larry Sharrai Sunday, July 29, from 4-6 p.m. at the Orofino Golf and Country Club. It will be a party.

He passed away June 11, 2012.


Robert Foster Naden, Sr., 79, Peck

Robert Foster Naden, Sr., 79, Peck passed away July 18, 2012 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 23, at the Orofino Community Church. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Carol M. Armitage, 89, formerly of Fraser

Carol M. Armitage passed away peacefully on July 15, 2012 at the Guardian Angel home in Post Falls.. Carol was born on Feb. 23, 1923 in Clarkston, WA to Albert and Agnes Schroeder from Fraser. She graduated from Weippe High School. She then enrolled in a junior college in Los Angeles, CA. Upon completion, she worked for the Filipino Chamber of Commerce for a brief time before returning to Fraser.

On Feb. 14, 1942 she married Jay Armitage of Southwick. After Jay's discharge from the Army during World War II, they farmed in Fraser for 15 years. Carol was a member of the White Pine Rebekah Lodge in Weippe and served as Noble Grand.

In 1960, they moved the family to Coeur d'Alene. Carol worked in retail stores and retired from Rosauers as a Bakery Department Manager.

In 1991, Jay and Carol moved to Lewiston. After 67 years of marriage, Jay passed away on Oct. 21, 2000. Carol is preceded in death by Jay; her parents; and sisters, Gail Taylor and Linda Reynolds.

She is survived by children Gerry (Marie) Armitage of Fraser, Sherry (Steve) Johnson of Lewiston, Kathleen (Mike) McGuire of Wenatchee, WA, and Mike (Eva) Armitage of Coeur d'Alene. She also has 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

Carol loved antique shopping, cooking, and gardening. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date for family and friends. The family would like to thank the Guardian Angel staff for the wonderful care that they provided.

English Funeral Chapel and Crematory of Coeur d'Alene is handling arrangements.

Photo: Carol M. Armitage


Susan E. Mattson Brown, 51, Orofino

Sue, 51, Orofino, passed away July 13, 2012, after a courageous four-month battle with cancer. Sue was born Dec. 19, 1960 in Orofino to Jerry and Carolyn Mattson. She graduated from Orofino High School in 1979. On Oct. 30, 1993, she married Lorne Brown and they had their daughter, Danielle Rae Brown, in 1994. They later divorced.

She worked for Coleman Oil in Lewiston, Atkinson Distributing, Tripco Inc. and Nightforce Optics in Orofino.

She is survived by her daughter, Danielle; her mother, Carolyn; her sister, Cheri and husband, Montie Walker; brother, Doug and wife Mary Ann Mattson; brothers, Rusty and Mike Mattson; niece, Misty Walker and fiancé', Jason Habeck and her daughter, Allie Chaye. Sue was preceded in death by her father, Jerry.

A celebration of Sue will be Friday, July 20, at the home of Ed and Dawn Lanphier, 199 Debertin Dr./ Orofino Golf Course Rd., from 5 to 9 p.m. Please bring a covered dish, your own beverage and lawn chairs. In lieu of flowers, a college savings account for her daughter has been established at Potlatch No. 1 Federal Credit Union.

Sue, we love and miss you so very much. You will be in our hearts for a lifetime and forever in our souls.

Photo: Sue E. Mattson Brown


Betty Smolinski Crutcher, 73, Orofino

Betty Smolinski Crutcher passed away in her home at the age of 73 on Wednesday, July 11, 2012. She was born June 6, 1939 to Wallace and Bertys Smolinski. She grew up in the Fraser area where she loved to work outside with her dad on the family farm. She attended schools in the area and graduated from Weippe High School in 1957.

Betty married Robert Pollock in 1958 and moved to Pierce. They had two daughters Susan and Peggy. A lot of the summers were spent at Pine Creek and the Bungalow region in lumberjack camps. This marriage ended in divorce and she moved to Lewiston for a short period of time.

Betty moved to Orofino and in September of 1966 married James Crutcher. Jim had a daughter, Bonnie and four sons, Jim, Joe, Bill and Don so she became an instant mother to five more children. Betty and Jim celebrated 44 years of marriage. She not only worked hard at raising her children, she worked for the lunch program at Orofino Elementary for rwo years and Orofino High School for six years. While working for the school district Betty learned to make her infamous "cinnamon rolls."

In 1978, Jim and Betty purchased the Oasis Bar and, along with his brother, Bill, they turned it into "the hottest bar in town." During the 25 years of ownership, Betty prepared many Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for local patrons and friends.

We will miss our daughter, mom, sister, grandma and aunt. She could brighten up a rainbow and we will always cherish our visits, cookies, phone calls and giggles. Betty never let any dust settle under her and her lovely home was always open. She took great pride in her home and beautiful flower gardens. Her gardens were decorated with yard sale items…she loved a good yard sale so much that she started having her own and made it an annual event. Many local residents came just for her cookies, pies and (yes) her infamous "cinnamon rolls."

Betty is survived by her mother, Bertys Smolinski; sister, Shirley Lutes and her husband Keith; and brother, Jerry Smolinski and his wife Cheryl. Surviving children are Susan Harris and her husband Bill, Peggy Klamke, Bonnie Buntin and her husband Mark, Joe Crutcher, Bill Crutcher and his wife Jan and Don Pitcher; 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her father, Wallace Smolinski; husband, James Crutcher; and son, James Crutcher Jr.

The family would like to invite everyone to a "Celebration of Life" potluck. Please bring a dish to share and memories of good times and share in the tribute to our daughter, mom, sister, grandma and aunt. The "Celebration of Life" will be held Saturday, July 21, 11 a.m. at the Peck Community Club.

Photo: Betty Smolinski Crutcher


James O'Neill Lineberry, 79, Pierce

James O'Neill Lineberry of Pierce, died July 8, 2012 in Orofino, Idaho. He was born Jan. 22, 1933 in Carroll County, VA to Coy C. and Allura Coltrane Lineberry. He is survived at the family home by his loving wife Mary Ann. They were married Jan. 22, 1988.

Jim's parents and three of his brothers, Rex, Earl, and Phil, preceded him in death. He is survived by his brothers Linden, Kelly (Lois), and Dallas (Gail) Lineberry. He is also survived by his children Walter, Ruby, Wesley, and Forrest, and stepchildren, Carla, Cindy, William Jody (deceased), Laura, Jean, Sue, Jo Ellen, Rod, Cindra, Scott, Steve, and their families.

Jim was raised at Hebron, VA, graduating from Woodlawn High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict, stationed in Guam as a jet mechanic. Later, he graduated from Danville Automotive College in Virginia with an automotive degree. He then received a degree in diesel mechanics from Nashville Auto Diesel College. He spent many years as a logging contractor in Pierce as a partner in Supak and Lineberry Logging. His hobbies included NASCAR and outdoor activities.

Graveside services for Jim will be held at the Riverside Cemetery in Orofino at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 12. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Legion, the Howard Bradbury Museum, or Pierce Free Public Library.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.

Photo: James O'Neill Lineberry


Reita May Webb Legault, 94, Orofino

Reita May Webb Legault passed peacefully July 3, 2012 at Brookside Landing in Orofino. She was 94 years old.

Reita was born April 21, 1918 in Twin Falls to Robert and Doretha (Young) Webb.

She graduated from Roswell Idaho High School in 1938.

Reita Webb was married to Richard Legault in Elko, NV in 1938 and later divorced in 1960.

She started working as a cook in the 1950's in various restaurants in the Kooskia area. Then in the 1970's she went to work in a lodge on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River owned by Harrah's of Reno, NV. It was a very exclusive lodge catering to numerous celebrities where she cooked for them. Among her favorite memories was cooking for Lawrence Welk. She then went to work for Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association (CPTPA) at Headquarters where she retired after some 20 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Doretha Webb; her son, Dick Legault; and sisters Jo Ruka Vina and Fawn Wilson.

She is survived by her daughter Sally O'Brien of Orofino and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

At her request, there will be no services. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photos: Reita May Webb Legault and Reita with Lawrence Welk


Bobbie Lee Mullins

Bobbie L. Mullins, 75, of Clarkston, WA, passed away Monday, July 2, 2012, at his home. He was born March 16, 1937, to William M. Mullins and Reba E. Stapleton in Fullerton, KY.

Bobbie married Linda F. Zimmer Oct. 15, 1982, in Orofino.

He spent four years in the U.S. Air Force, from 1954-58, as an Airman 3rd Class. He worked for the city of Orofino from 1979 until his retirement, and was also court bailiff for Clearwater County from 1995-2000.

Bobbie is survived by his wife, Linda; his daughters, Rhonda L. Zaddock of Michigan and Wanda I. Mullins of Florida; sons Bobbie L. Mullins Jr. of Michigan, Sean P. Mullins of Florida, Timothy L. Zimmer, Thomas L. Zimmer and Todd L. Zimmer, all of Michigan; brother Donald R. Mullins of Orofino; sisters Wanda (Wendy) Enger and Inez Mullins, both of Clarkston, and Irene Miller of Grosse Ile, MI; and 17 grandkids and nine great-grandkids. He was preceded in death by his father, William M. Mullins; mother Reba E. Stokes; and brother, George Mullins.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston. Les Taylor of Clarkston will officiate at the service.

Photo: Bobbie Lee Mullins


Samuel 'Sam' David Howell, 20

Samuel (Sam) David Howell was born Nov. 14, 1991, in Lewiston, to his parents, David and Marcella (Karki) Howell. He died in Lewiston on June 21, 2012, at the age of 20.

He graduated from Lewiston High School in 2010 and then worked with his family at Howell CNC and Machine.

Sam loved his spiritual brothers. He also loved the outdoors, going hunting, camping and riding motorcycles. He loved being with his family and friends. Sam was always there to help his brother, Thomas, and sisters, Sara and Lily. He helped everyone and enjoyed making people happy.

Sam is survived by his parents, David (Evis) of Lewiston and Marcella (Billy) of Weippe; his brother, Thomas of Lewiston and sisters, Sara and Lily of Weippe. He also is survived by his grandparents, Kenneth and Shirley Karki of Lewiston, Robert and Darlene Howell of Lewiston, and Janice Buck of Lewiston. Sam has many aunts, uncles and cousins who he loved very much. We all will miss him very much.

Services will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, at 1434 Ripon Ave., in Lewiston. Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston, WA is handling arrangements.


Margie Annette Goodall, 64

Margie Annette Goodall, 64, passed away Friday, June 15, 2012 at her residence in Lewiston. She was born July 2, 1947.

Cremation will take place. There will be a graveside service held at the Weippe Cemetery Friday, June 22 at 11 a.m. Following the service at 12 p.m., family and friends are invited to a fellowship luncheon at the Rebekah's Lodge in Weippe.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Larry Sharrai, 76, Orofino

Larry began life in Topeka, KS born to Clarence and Carrie Sharrai March 21, 1936. The family later moved to Twin Falls, and it was here in his late teens that he met Jo; his love, his wife and his partner for life.

He passed away Monday, June 11, 2012.

He served in the US Navy and then attended the University of Southern California before returning to Idaho, eventually settling in Orofino and working as the manager of the Employment Office until his retirement.

A long devoted member of Rotary, Larry lived for fellowship and the opportunity to be of service to others. He will be remembered for his newspaper columns, "Sharrai About That", and for the many fine singing performances over the years.

Larry's family includes Jo; Kevin and Jean Anne Sharrai of Rathdrum; Kecia Sharrai of Boise; and Adam and Noelle Sharrai of Valdez, AK; grandchildren Jayce, Carson, Tyler, Delaney, Ethan, Jane and Jess. He was preceded in death by his mother and father and siblings, Tiny Crystal, Bartholomew, Elsie, Oscar, Albert, Eula, and Mary.

If life is measured by the friends and love we create, Larry is top of his class.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Rotary Scholarship Foundation, Orofino Rotary Club, P.O. Box 482, Orofino, ID 83544, which will continue his desire to be of service to others.

There will be a Celebration of Life for family and friends, (partying, golfing, socializing, eating and drinking), will occur on July 29 at the Orofino Golf and Country Club.

Photo: Larry Sharrai (file photo)


Bonnie Louise Pearsall Spencer, 93, Orofino

Bonnie Spencer passed away June 9, 2012 in Orofino of congestive heart failure.

She was born Oct. 2, 1918, to "Ned" and Hester Pearsall in Lewiston. She had two sisters, Eva and Anna-bell. Growing up, her parents followed the agriculture industry and lived in the Lewiston/Clarkston area before finally settling in Orofino.

On Aug. 5, 1936, Bonnie married Chester W. Spencer and they built their home on Orofino Creek. A year later, daughter Patricia Louise, "Patsy" was born and in 1944, son, Marvin William, was born.

During the war, they briefly lived in Vancouver, WA, while Chet worked in the shipyard, but headed right back "home" as soon as they could.

Bonnie and Chet moved to Orofino's Riverside in 2001, and lived with their daughter, Pat, after Chet had a stroke.

In 2011 she moved to Brookside Landing in Orofino and has been there since.

Bonnie was a wonderful cook and homemaker, never allowing a visitor to leave without first being sufficiently fed. She loved to flower garden, did beautiful needlework, raised fancy chickens, dogs, cats and "mothered" any stray that happened by. It didn't matter if they were two or four legged, or flew.

Many trips to the countryside for picnics or camping would find Chet digging up a bucket of "good dirt" for his sweetie because it would "work in good to their rocky hillside."

In 1959, her first grandchild was born. In all, she would have five grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.

In her 93+ years she had witnessed many changes to family, the area, our country, and technology. She was very fascinated with being able to talk with grandchildren using the computer and actually seeing them talk back to her via Skype. She loved her many nieces and nephews and thought of them equal to her grandchildren.

Bonnie got a kick out of referring to herself as "living a 'hunderd' years."

We will miss being reminded to put our coats on, get our hands and feet warmed up, eat something and to close the door because there is a draft. Lucky for her the weather is perfect and the company lovely where her final home is.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar Owen "Ned" Pearsall and Hester Ollie Davenport; sister, Eva Pearsall Stevens; son-in-law, Bill Baldwin; brothers-in-law, Louie, Hank, John, and Evertt Spencer.

Survivors are daughter, Patricia (Baldwin) of Orofino; son Marvin Spencer of Orofino; grandchildren. Debra Jean (Joe Venneman) Boise, Don (Chris) Baldwin of Couer d'Alene, Diana (Keith Hamby) Oneonta, AL, David (Melanie) Baldwin of Boise, Betsy (Billy Ellis) Springdale AR; sister, Annabell (Sonny Schilling); sister-in-law, Rose Spencer Buchert.

A visitation will be held from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino on Thursday, June 14 prior to the service, which begins at 2 p.m.

After the funeral, a graveside service will be held at Weseman Cemetery, with Pastor Tristan Harvey officiating.

Friends and family are invited to a dinner at Orofino VFW following the graveside service.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Bonnie Louise Pearsall Spencer


Larry Lee Sharrai, 76, Orofino

Larry Lee Sharrai, 76, Orofino passed away Monday, June 11, 2012 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

He was born March 21, 1936.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Kathleen Leona Stewart, 65, Kamiah

Kathleen Stewart passed away on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 after a long fought battle with cancer at her Kamiah home surrounded by her family and friends.

Kathy was born on April 29, 1947 in Portland, OR to Bill and Esther (Miller) Buskala. She graduated in 1965 from Corvallis High School in Oregon. Kathy then joined the US Army and remained on the East Coast after she completed her tour of duty. She took great pride in being a veteran and serving her country. In 1974 she was reunited with her Nimiipuu family and over the years she spent time with loved ones in Portland, Oregon and Idaho. She attended Portland State University and worked in the health care field. She also worked for five years at the Casino in Worley while living in Plummer.

For the past 12 years, she has been with her partner, Walter Broncheau. They made their home in Kamiah. Kathy was very close to her new family and considered them her own. She was proud of being Grandma Kathy to their children and grandkids. Kathy had a zest for life that encompassed every minute of each day. Reading kept her current with events and issues; she had strong opinions and convictions and wasn't afraid to state them, which many will remember fondly. Strangers would become friends instantly from her amazing ability to be compassionate and caring. Most will remember her commitment and dedication to rebuilding the North Fork Church and the joy it gave her. Kathy was known for her tough strong exterior and will be remembered for her strength and grace and her deep faith battling cancer and commitment to family, church, and community. She also served as a trustee for the church.

Kathy was preceded in death by her birth father, Bill Buskala; birth mother, Esther Williams; stepfather, Buck Williams; adopted mother, Lela (Long) Tolles; sister, Loretta Brown; brothers, Jimmy Miller, Jonny Buskala, and Tom Long Jr.

Surviving her is her loving partner, Walt Broncheau; sisters, Claudia Welala Long, Mya Buskala, Vera (Bonnie & Bill) Ewing, Virginia Barnhart; and brother, Kenny Williams. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins who were all very special to her. She will truly be missed by all that knew her.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be conducted at the North Fork Church in Ahsahka at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 9. A covered dish dinner will follow at the Teweepuu Center in Orofino.

Photo: Kathleen Leona Stewart


Kathleen Stewart, 65, Kamiah

Kathleen Stewart, 65 died Thursday, May 30, 2012, at her Kamiah home.

Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 9, at Ahsahka-Northfork Presbyterian Church in Ahsahka.

Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia is assisting the family.


Clifford Eugene McIntosh, 86, Pierce

Clifford Eugene McIntosh, 86, Pierce passed away Friday, June 1, 2012, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

He was born July 31, 1925.

A visitation will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino on Thursday, June 7, from 4-6 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 8, at Pine Hills. Burial will follow at Lewis Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston.


Helen Arlene Bashaw, 94, Orofino

Helen Arlene Bashaw, 94, Orofino passed away Friday, June 1, 2012, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

A visitation will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino from 1-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 7. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 11, at Pine Hills. Burial will follow at Weseman Cemetery near Orofino.


Jack Norman Kime, 66, formerly of Orofino

Jack Norman Kime, 66, of Clarkston, WA passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, WA from complications related to pneumonia.

Jack was born Nov. 24, 1945, in Vancouver, WA, to parents Earl and Eleanor Kime. He attended school in Clarkston and Orofino before graduating from Pasco High School in 1964.

After graduation, Jack was married briefly to Linda Lunders and attended Columbia Basin College, where he studied welding, drafting and design. He began fine-tuning his lifelong vocation in auto body repair, working for employers in the Tri-Cities and Boise areas. Jack continued his education at Boise State University and applied his talents during his service with the Army National Guard from 1966 to 1972.

Returning to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley in 1972, Jack became shop foreman at Chuck's Auto Body from 1973 to 1988. It was shortly after his return that he met and married Caryl Jurries. They were married from 1973 to 1983 and welcomed a daughter, Stormi Dawn Kime.

In 1983, Jack experienced a life-altering moment when he was captivated by the skills of a firefighter as he put out a fire. Within days, he professed his dedication to the Clarkston Fire Department and joined the volunteers, where he served as captain for more than 20 years and as president of the Clarkston Fire Department Volunteers for more than 10 years. In 2001, he traveled to Ground Zero in New York with others as department representatives. He was humbled to receive the honor of his peers when he was chosen as Firefighter of the Year in 2011.

Jack became reacquainted with a high school classmate, Diana Snodderly, and they married in 1984. They enjoyed much time together in the dream home he constructed over the course of two marriages and nearly 30 years.

Jack worked from 1988 until his unexpected retirement in 2002 at Bob Jackson's Auto Body. His work was an art; nothing less than perfect would do for him.

Although his appearance changed much due to a battle with esophageal cancer, his relentless work ethic, integrity and dedication was ever-present. He continued to partner with friends to build street rods, attend car shows and "wheel 'n' deal" for his next pet project. He could often be found at Mr. K's Table of Truth, just "telling lies to the boys."

Jack was happiest at work. Be it leading the weekly fire meetings, spearheading charity events such as MDA Fill the Boot, National Night Out, or being the calm but firm leader voicing order to his fire family to keep them safe at work.

Jack is survived by his daughter, Stormi; granddaughters Ravyn and London of Mesa, AZ; two sisters, Nellie Flatt of Malden, WA, and Charlotte Roberts of Kennewick, WA; a brother, Harley (Bud) and Jan Kime, of Kennewick; four stepdaughters from a previous marriage; along with 10 additional grandchildren, one great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews who adored their Uncle Jack. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A celebration of Jack's life will be conducted at a later date in July. Memorial donations can be made to Clarkston Fire Department Rescue One at 820 Fifth St., in Clarkston.

Merchant Funeral Home of Clarkston, WA is caring for arrangements.


Betty Alice Wittman, 84

Betty Alice Wittman, 84, passed away May 27, 2012, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. She was born April 30, 1928, to Charles Preston Nash and Edith Matilda (Gates) Nash, in Snohomish, WA. She graduated from high school at Kalama, WA, in 1946, and was an LCSC graduate in 1970.

Betty married A. Francis Wittman on Sept. 15, 1947, in Orofino. They lived in Culdesac from 1957-74 and lived in Lewiston from 1974 up until 2012. She worked as a licensed practical nurse at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center from 1970 to 1984.

She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, American Legion Auxiliary, the Lewis-Clark Antique Power Club, All Saints Parish, and was a volunteer at the Idaho State Veterans Home. She enjoyed crocheting and embroidering, reading, working in her flower garden, traveling, fishing, spending time with family and watching her Western TV shows.

She is survived by her husband, Francis, five children, 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one daughter and a brother and sister. Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Lewiston. Please sign the online guest book at www.vassar-rawls.com.

Photo: Betty Alice Wittman


Penny Lee Coon, 65, Orofino

Penny Lee Coon, 65, died peacefully with her family at her side at Aspen Park in Moscow on May 26, 2012 after a long, difficult battle with Huntington's disease.

Penny was born to Leon and Norma Marshall on April 24, 1947 in Moscow. She joined her older sister Madeline and brothers Floyd and Richard at the family home in Ahsahka and attended school in Orofino.

Penny married Kenny Olmstead in February 1968 in Ahsahka. Together they raised their children Tammy, Kirk, Dulsey and Robin. They lived in Orofino where Penny worked at Hayes Food and Riverside Lanes. Penny made many friends during those years that she remained close to.

Penny and Kenny Coon were married on December 13, 1984 in Pierce. They lived for many years in Pierce and later moved to Orofino. Penny was a homemaker during most of this time. She enjoyed many hobbies including quilting, toll painting and flower gardening. Many in her family enjoyed the beautiful handmade gifts that Penny gave them through the years. She spent innumerable hours quilting and painting with ladies around Orofino and again built many lasting friendships.

Penny's family meant everything to her. She enjoyed having family dinners and holidays together. All of her children and grandchildren were blessed to have countless special times in her home enjoying her wonderful cooking, playing with Grandma in the craft room or digging outside in the dirt with her. Those were the times that Penny's eyes lit up and her beautiful smile played across her face.

Penny is survived by her husband Kenny and daughter, Tammy (Gerry) Davis of Orofino; Kirk (Carla) Olmstead and Robin Olmstead of Lewiston and Dulsey Olmstead of Spokane Valley, WA; her sister, Madeline Umphenour of Kamiah and her brothe,r Floyd (Dianne) Marshall of Winchester. Her grandchildren include Brandi and Ashley Kuykendall and Ryan Schlieper; Steavie and Tarron Olmstead Forsman; Danielle (Jerry) Brown; Saxxon and Dallin Vaughn and Tristan Painter. Penny is also survived by four great-grandchildren Haili and Graci Nelsen and Alecia and Alexis Brown. She is preceded in death by her mother and father and brother Richard Marshall.

A memorial service will be held at 11 am Friday, June 1, at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. There will be a potluck dinner following the service at 1 p.m. at the Orofino City Park.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Huntington's Disease Society of America at HDSA.org.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Penny Lee Coon


Raymond LeRoy Moore, 60, formerly of Orofino, Pierce

Raymond LeRoy Moore, 60, passed away Friday, May 11, 2012, at his residence in Lewiston. He was born Nov. 18, 1951, to James L. Moore and Phyllis (Wood) Moore, in Clarkston, WA.

He graduated from Kamiah High School in 1970 and attended Lewis-Clark State College from 1991 to 1993. He lived in Kamiah from 1951 to 1971, then in Pierce until 1976. He then lived in Orofino until 2004, Mount Vernon, WA, from 2004 to May 2012, and finally in Lewiston. He worked at the Potlatch Jaype mill from 1971-2000 and various electrical jobs until March 2007.

Raymond married Peggy Warren Jan. 1, 1971, in Pierce. They later divorced.

He enjoyed being out in the woods, spending time with his children and grandchildren and spending time with his companion, Rosemarie Moses. He was the protector of the family and always enjoyed helping others.

He is survived by his daughters, Bridjett and Brent Bushey of Lewiston, Salena Moore of Pullman, WA and Kerrie and Victor Matos of Oklahoma; sisters Charlotte Hendren and Steve Dahlin of Sequim, WA, Linda and Paul Kent of Idaho Falls, and Roberta and Tim Monroe of Coeur d'Alene; grandchildren Jasmin, Ryan, Bethany and Alexis, all of Lewiston; and beloved pet Cody. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hilda Phyllis and James L. Moore; stepmother Marjorie Moore; and brother James A. Moore.

Graveside service is at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Kamiah Cemetery. Larry Terherst will officiate. A private viewing was held.

Photo: Raymond LeRoy Moore


Herman C. 'Dusty' Rhodes, 74, Orofino

Dusty Rhodes passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at home after a short battle with cancer.

He was born Dec. 31.1937 to Walter and Beulah (Rhodes) Reffett of Orofino.

Dusty worked construction in Alaska, Idaho, Washington and Texas. He retired in 1993 from the Operating Engineers out of Spokane, WA. He loved going to the coast and spending winters in Arizona. His special thing was the annual hunting trip with his son and nephew.

He is survived by his wife Linda at home; his son, Charles and Kriss Rhodes of Hayden; his daughter, Lori and Wayne Galland of Rathdrum; three grandchildren, Raela and Eric Rhodes and Heather Galland; and one great granddaughter, Chloe Chapman all of the Hayden area.

He was preceded in death by his parents Walter Rhodes, Beulah Reffett and step father John E Reffett of Orofino

As per his wishes there will be no service. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of the cremation and he will be put to rest at Memorial Gardens in Hayden where he wanted to be close to his family.

There will be a gathering at the house in Orofino for those who wish to come and remember him on Saturday, May 19, and a family gathering in Hayden when he's put in his final resting place.

Photo: Herman C. 'Dusty' Rhodes


Cecil D. Daniels, 69

Cecil D. Daniels of Cherrylane was called to rest Thursday, May 3, 2012, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. His golden heart stopped beating after a long battle with Vascular Dementia.

Cecil was born Aug. 8, 1942, to David P. and Zelma (Porter) Daniels in Kendrick. Cecil married Vivian Corbett in Orofino, Sept. 14, 1960. From this marriage came two sons: Cecil G. and David P. Daniels. When Cecil wasn't busy being a mechanic, he was farming, logging or truck driving. He enjoyed spending time hunting, fishing, camping, mushroom hunting, picking huckleberries, boating, Sunday drives with his family and just hanging with friends and family.

Cecil's family who greeted him at the gates of heaven included his grandmother, Effie; his parents, David P. and Zelma Daniels; his sister, Francis Swan; and his uncle, Vester Daniels. Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Cecil G. and Hilarie, and David P. and Janice Daniels; his grandchildren and in-laws include: Amanda Dawn Hasenoehrl and Ray, Keri Daniels and Michael Stalder, and Emalie Daniels. His great-grandson, Kegan Stalder, whose visits he thoroughly enjoyed, also survives. Cecil's step-grandchildren are Dawn and Mary Barrett. His brothers and sister-in-law are Phillip D. and Richard C. and Nora Daniels. Last but not least is Cecil's favorite sister, of whom he spoke of often during the end of his illness, Christine Brown and husband Jeffrey. During the many conversations with Cecil, he always asked about his nephew, Kelley.

The family deeply appreciates the wonderful care St. Joseph Regional Medical Center and Orchards Rehabilitation and Care provided for him. We would like to extend a special thank-you to a very close friend of Cecil's who was there for him and provided a shoulder for him to lean on during the difficult periods of his illness. May God bless you for everything.

A memorial service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at Spalding Park. There will be a closed funeral to follow at a later date.

Photo: Cecil D. Daniels


Leman Lesley Stewart, 91, Orofino

Leman Lesley Stewart, 91, Orofino, passed away Friday, April 27, 2012 at his residence in Orofino.

At this time, there is no memorial service planned. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Goldie Mandy Vicory, 78, Orofino

Goldie Mandy Vicory, 78, Orofino, passed away April 25, 2012 at her daughter's residence in Orofino.

A memorial service is pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Milton Eugene Lind, 88, born at Teakean

Milton Eugene Lind passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at the age of 88, due to complications of multiple myeloma. He was born Oct. 19, 1923, in Teakean to Paul and E. Grace (Raby) Lind. As a young boy, he moved with his family to Kendrick, where he attended school, survived typhoid fever, learned the ethics of working hard and the joys of small town living. Upon high school graduation, he signed up to serve in World War II. Milton served in the U.S. Army 344th Field Artillery Battalion, 90th Division. He was with the Headquarters Battery, drove truck on to Utah Beach, Normandy, France, and laid communication lines. Upon his return home from the war he began work as a mechanic for Zimmerly Air Transport in Clarkston, WA. He then worked at Hillcrest Aircraft and enjoyed many years at Gustin Aviation in Lewiston.

Milton married Joyce Megenity July 20, 1963, and adopted her children, Cindy and Greg. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He did not consider himself a learned man yet all who knew him believe differently. He didn't speak with many words so when he did, it was a good idea to listen. Milton (Milt or Uncle Milty to his friends) was a skilled mechanic and craftsman. He could fix any motor, be it steam, diesel, gas or electric. Pilots from far away would bring their planes to him for repair. His frugal way brought creative solutions to many mechanical problems. He kept automobiles running long after others had given up hope. He brought new life to old steam tractors and engines. If it was intended to run, he could envision how and kept it going. Woodworking was another hobby he enjoyed and he was a skilled whittler. On a dare, he succeeded in building one scale paper model airplane per day in 2010.

Milt was a trustee at the Orchards Methodist Church, served for many years as a member of the Lewiston Orchards Irrigation District board, was proud to be a Kendrick Pioneer and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Baker-Lind Post 3913 in Kendrick. Upon his retirement, he enjoyed his coffee time with friends around town. He liked to retell the jokes and stories his friends and he shared along with a shake of the head for political drama. He and his son enjoyed time together as members of the Experimental Aircraft Association here in Lewiston. Milt was proud to have had the opportunity to visit our nation's war memorials in Washington, DC, through the Honor Flight program for World War II veterans.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Leon and wife Ruby; and brother, Wayne, whom the family lost to combat during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Joyce; his daughter, Cindy Ulmen and her husband John of Lewiston; their children, Jeff with wife Jennifer and their children, Nathan, Nicholas and Jessica, of Boise; Jason with wife Cherie and son Jacob of Meridian; Michael of Bellevue, WA.; and Marcia of Moscow; his son, Greg Lind of Lewiston, and his children Ben with wife Stephanie and daughter Bella of Junction City, KS; Sara Kennely with husband Roger and daughter Lizzy, of Navarre, FL; his brother Robert (Bob) and his wife Daisy of Springfield, OR; sister-in-law Ella Mae James of Cornelius, OR; several nieces, nephews and their families.

All who knew Milt respected him. Most loved him. Please join us in remembering him at his graveside service at 11 a.m. April 28 in the Veteran's Honor section of Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston. Dinner will follow at the Orchard's United Methodist Church, 1213 Burrell Ave., Lewiston. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) Scholarship Program or the Orchards United Methodist Church.

Photo: Milton Eugene Lind


Nadean O. McKelway, 94, formerly of Peck, Orofino

Nadean Orene McKelway, 94, passed away Saturday, March 31, 2012, at Guardian Angel Homes in Lewiston with her family by her side. Not only was she a beloved wife, sister, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother, she was also our wonderful and cherished mother.

Mom was born June 25, 1917, in Dusty, Wash., to William (Pink) and Freda Greer. In 1919, the family moved to a cattle ranch near Peck. Mom often spoke of the hard work and hard times the family of seven endured during those harsh years just to survive. In later years, the stories about the "old days" were often retold to relatives, friends and grandchildren on warm summer evenings, over a plate of cold watermelon. The inspirational stories were always about family, hard work, good food and an abundance of love.

Mom attended school in Peck and later transferred and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1937. She married John McKelway, a good-looking doctor's son from Orofino, Nov. 10, 1939, in Lewiston. They made their home at Riverside in Orofino and had the pleasure of eating their first meals in their newly built home and from the same table which was brought in the hold of a sailing vessel by the first McKelway who came to the shores of America more than 100 years before.

Mom and dad moved to Lewiston and settled in the Orchards in 1952. Two of the many benefits that this union produced were their children, Jim and Tonna.

Keeping the family fed and doing all the domestic chores that a stay-at-home mom did in the '50s and '60s, mom later took on sewing for others and eventually, when my sister and I got older, she worked at the Renee Dress Shop in downtown Lewiston doing alterations. She passed down her talents for sewing and cooking to her daughter and granddaughter.

Mom and dad were always busy. Together they joined the Crankers Club, enjoying the functions and where they made many lifelong friends. As a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, she was involved with our school activities while we were growing up and participated in the Mother's Club. She also took on additional sewing for the children's home on Mission Creek. She and dad worked together in their garden growing fresh produce, not only to eat, but also for the simple love of it. They traveled many places in their trailer home with my sister and me in tow, where lasting memories were created. For their 55th wedding anniversary, my wife and I took mom and dad out for a night of dinner and dancing. The happiness on that occasion will always be a wonderful memory.

Years later, when mom began showing signs of dementia, dad was always there for her with his love and undying support. Mom and dad's marriage was a marriage made in heaven that lasted 66 years until dad's passing in 2006. My sister and I were loved and nurtured by two very special parents.

Our family expresses our sincerest love and deepest respect for the wonderful people at Guardian Angel Homes. The "angels" at the Cottage will always be remembered for the care, support and love they showed mom for the eight years she spent there. We have been truly blessed by their care and devotion to her.

Mom is survived by her son, Jim McKelway and wife Chere' of Lewiston; her daughter, Tonna Guilfoy and husband Gene of Moscow; her sister, Francis Wilson; brother Raymond Greer; her grandchildren, Brennan McKelway of Lewiston and Chelsa McKelway of Clarkston, WA; and great-grandchildren Talia, Dylan, Cain and Jonny. She was preceded in death by her brother, Burel, and sister Vretta (Sis).

A vigil service was conducted Tuesday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home, followed by the recitation of the rosary. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Stanislaus All Saints Parish, with Monsignor Andrew Schumacher as celebrant.

Photo: Nadene Orene McKelway


Derek James Griffin, 18, formerly of Orofino

Derek James Griffin, 18 of Lewiston, died tragically on Thursday March 29, 2012. Derek was born on Sept. 25, 1993 to Billy and Nonie Bettes Griffin in Portland, OR. Derek grew up in Portland until seventh grade when the family moved to southern Oregon for a while before moving to Orofino.

While in Orofino. Derek volunteered at the teen center, helping teen children after school and Derek really made an Impact there.

In November of 2011 Derek and his family moved to the Lewis-Clark valley.

Derek attended Orofino high school, before attending Clarkston, WA and Lewiston high schools.

Surviving Derek are his parents, Billy and Nonie Bettes Griffin; Derek's siblings, Brandon and Breanna Griffin of Puhrump, NV, and Nathan and Shantel Griffin of Lewiston. Also surviving Derek are his grandparents, Ralph and Nona Bettes, of Orofino, Kathy and Joe Robinson of Kooskia, and Bill Griffin and Kim Linker, of Happy Camp, CA, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, friends and cousins.

There will be a Memorial Service Wednesday, April 4, at 1 p.m. at the Living Word Missionary Baptist Church, at 707 Preston Ave. Lewiston.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Derek Griffin Memorial Fund c/o Sterling Savings Bank or mailed to 921 F. St. Lewiston Idaho.

Those wishing to leave the family condolences may do so at www.malcomsfuneralhome.com, under the web memorials tab.

Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral home is handling the arrangements.

Photo: Derek James Griffin


Carol Joyce Wunderlich-Dugger, 66, Orofino

Carol Joyce Wunderlich-Dugger, 66, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and life-long friend to many passed away on March 28, 2012, after a courageous battle with a rare form of cancer.

Carol was born on Christmas Day, 1945, to Gene and Alice Wunderlich, at the Burns Hospital, Orofino. Gene and Alice were unable to come up with a name for their newborn, so Dr. Robinson said that if they didn't name her soon, he would name her "Christmas Carol" - and so the name was given.

She joined her two sisters at their home in "Jingle Town" where she lived a happy childhood with many of her playmates who are still her dearest friends today.

Carol participated and was awarded title of Princess in the IOC Orofino Lumberjack Days Royalty in 1964.

She attended twelve years of high school in Orofino graduating in 1964, and received her degree in Education from the University of Idaho in 1971. She married her high school sweetheart, Michael Dugger, on May 21, 1966. The surprise of their life came when they were told by her doctor (during delivery!) that they were having twins. Jenifer and Jeffrey Dugger were born in 1970. Although they moved to Walla Walla from 2000-2006, Orofino has remained their permanent home since 1971.

Carol was active in the Orofino community by serving on the Clearwater Valley Hospital Board, the Clearwater County Memorial Library Board and as a treasurer for the Clearwater Historical Society. She was a member of the American Association of University Women, the Hit and Miss Club and the Orofino Methodist Church. Part of her working career included employment as a writer/editor with the USFS Clearwater National Forest, an English/History teacher at Orofino Jr. High School and a clerk for the Clearwater County Board of Commissioners.

Carol adored her grandchildren and loved spending time with her family. About 10 years ago, tea parties with her granddaughters, sisters and friends became a special hobby. Carol was a ferocious reader and a prayer warrior. She hated to cook (when they built their home she made sure the kitchen was the smallest room in the house) but she loved good food, and she loved to travel, vacationing often on the Oregon Coast. With her full-of-life personality, wit and charm, Carol touched the lives of the many people with whom she had contact.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Mike; her daughter, Jeni and husband, Mike Fitzgerald; son, Jeff Dugger and wife, Jocelyn; grandchildren, Hannah and Paige Dugger, and Caden and Emma Fitzgerald; sisters Judy (Dean) Brandt, and Norma (Hank) Carpenter; mother-in-law, Margaret Dugger; brother-in-law Clayton (Jodelle) Dugger and family, and sister-in-law Donna (Bob) Peters and family; nephew Mike (Patty) Wilks; nieces, Melanie Finch and Alison (John) Chatfield; and her great nieces and nephews Holly, Jordan, Kira, Christopher, Dalton, Brandton, Wyat and Samantha; and her great-great nieces Rhylee and Kennadi; aunts Peggy Wunderlich, Norma (Johnnie) Somers; and cousins Linda (George) Reed, Larry (Nancy) Wunderlich, John (Cindy) Somers, and Russ (Evie) Closson.

Carol wrote in a Christmas letter that she had the best family in the world - but her family could not have asked for a more wonderful person in their lives. There are no words to express how much she was loved and how much she will be missed.

All family and friends are invited to A Tea Party Celebration of Life in Carol's honor which will be held at the Best Western Hotel in Orofino, on April 4, 2012, from 2 - 4 p.m. Ladies, tea hats are welcome and encouraged! In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Orofino Methodist Church, P.O. Box 424, Orofino, 83544 or the Clearwater Historical Society, P.O. Box 1494, Orofino, 83544.

Photos: Carol Joyce Wunderlich-Dugger


Edward A. Leachman, 87

Edward Alavador Leachman passed away March 26, 2012. He was born March 15, 1925 on Craig Mountain, to Everett A. and Lucy Leachman, the oldest of seven children. He was raised in the area surrounding Lewiston, living in many locations with his parents in his younger years, and cowboying for ranches on the Snake and Salmon River breaks until he joined the U.S. Army during World War II.

He served in Europe until the end of the war, where his outdoor experience and marksmanship as a young man and his courage under fire made him a trusted hand with a Browning automatic rifle. He continued as a military policeman in Germany for a short time during the postwar occupation. Upon return to the Lewiston area after the war, he became involved in the timber industry, where he worked in Bovill and Lewiston, retiring from the Lewiston Potlatch mill as a scaler in 1991. His love of timber abided until his death.

In 1951, he married Jeanne Harris, with whom he raised two daughters and two sons, all of whom still live and work in Lewiston. He loved the outdoors and continued to hunt with his sons until no longer able in recent years. His family fondly remembers many outdoor experiences and his love of horses and mules from his younger years as a cowboy. He was active in the Lewiston Masonic Lodge for more than 40 years and was involved in the York Rite and the Shrine.

He is survived by his widow, Jeanne; his sons, Jack (Barbara) and Tom (Ronna); his daughters, Terry (Alan) Clark, and Laurie (Charlie) Leachman-MacDonald, all of Lewiston; his brother, Harvey (Edith) of Craigmont; sisters, Lita (Jim) Widener of Post Falls, Linda (Charlie) Oversby of Tukwila, WA, and Margaret (Jim) Dugger, of Orofino. He had four grandchildren, Randy (Christina) Clark, Dan (Ashley) Clark, and Diana Leachman of Lewiston, and Jake (Chelsea) Leachman of Pullman, WA; and one great-grandchild, Corbin Clark; at the time of his passing. He was preceded in death by brothers, Cliff and Dale.

Graveside services will occur at 1 p.m. Friday at the Lewiston Normal Hill Cemetery.

Photo: Edward A. Leachman


Carol J. Wunderlich Dugger, 66, Orofino

Carol J. Wunderlich Dugger, 66, Orofino, passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at her residence.

A celebration of her life will be held Wednesday, April 4, at 2 p.m. at the Best Western Lodge at River's Edge Conference Room in Orofino.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Sharon Powell, 70, ran Orofino skating rink

Sharon Kay Powell, local business owner and life long Grangeville resident passed away on Thursday, March 22, 2012 after a lengthy illness.

Sharon was born June 14, 1941, Grangeville to Jay and Lois Warden. The house she was born in was located on the same spot that the Print Shop is located today. Sharon attended schools in Grangeville and in her younger years in Washougal, WA and Business School in Washington. She worked at Western Auto, where she met her husband, Roy, and Madison Lumber Company. Then she went on to own Western Auto in 1968 to 1973 and Print Shop & Office Supplies from 1986 to 1998. They also ran the local roller skating rink for many years in Grangeville, Kooskia, Kamiah and Orofino.

She married Roy A. Powell on August 18, 1962 in Grangeville. They would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year.

She was preceded in death by her parents Jay and Lois Warden: brother, Douglas: in-laws, Lloyd and Sue Powell: and a sister-in-law, Nancy Sue Powell.

She is survived by her husband, Roy of Grangeville: her sister and brother in-law Christopher and Lois Haagen of Puyallup, WA and nephews and niece Brad Stickney, Richard Haagen and Rachell Haagen. She is also survived by a sister and brother in-law Gay and Tucker Lindsey of Lucille; brother in-law Don Powell of Yakima, WA, and numerous nephews and nieces.

She enjoyed antique cars and their 1924 Dodge. Until she wasn't able, she also loved traveling to Hungry Ridge with Murph and Marge and the gang, trips to Canada and snow birding in Arizona and Mexico. She was a member of the Cranker's Club for 49 years and a member of the Elks Lodge #1825, helping run the bingo stand for many years. She helped Roy when he was the Grangeville Fire Chief. She even got to travel with Roy to Appleton, WI to drive back the brand new fire truck. She also loved drinking her morning coffee and doing the crossword puzzle.

The family would like to thank the Grangeville EMT's, the staff at Syringa General Hospital and Dr. Griffis for their care. And special thank you to Bernard DeHaas and Bob and Betty Beckman for their help and support.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, March 29, at 1 p.m. at the Grangeville Christian Church. Inurnment will follow at Prairie View Cemetery. Services are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity. Send condolences to the family to: Blackmerfuneralhome.com.

Photo: Sharon Powell


Rev. L. Marshall Campbell, 85, former minister here

The Rev. L. Marshall Campbell who served the Orofino Cavendish Peck United Methodist Church from Feb. 1954 to Nov. 1958 died March 9, 2012 following a tragic accident. He was 85. A pedestrian, he died of injuries sustained from being hit by a car while he was out walking in his Des Moines, WA neighborhood.

Rev. L. Marshall Campbell

Rev. Campbell was born in Darrington WA, Nov. 29, 1926, the oldest of three sons of Paul and Ina Campbell. He graduated from University of Puget Sound, earned his Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1951, and was awarded a Master of Sacred Theology degree from Yale Divinity School in 1952. After ministering in Palouse and then Orofino, he served on the Methodist Church Conference staff, and later churches in Camas, Edmonds and Port Orchard, WA. Rev. Campbell was very active, always volunteering and helping somewhere, and he loved to learn and travel. He participated in over 40 Road Scholar (Elderhostel) trips.

He and his wife, Joan, had four children, two of whom (John Paul and Donna) were born in Orofino. Joan died in 2008. He is survived by sons, David (Debbie) and John (Joanne); daughters, Donna (Curtis) and Kathleen (Joe); brother, Eugene (Doe); stepsisters, Margaret (Cliff), Norma, and Nancy (Roger); nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The family can be reached c/o Donna Campbell Stock at 18226 154th Place SE, Renton, WA 98058 or soupstock2@msn.com.

Memorial services will be held at the Des Moines United Methodist Church, 22225 9th Ave S., Des Moines, WA, on Saturday, April 14, at 2 p.m. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be sent to University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner, CMB 1067, Tacoma, WA 98416; to the/Multifaith Works, 1401 E. Jefferson St, Suite 401, Seattle, WA 98122, or to the Orofino Peck United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 424, Orofino ID 83544.


Alvin 'Cub' Loren Fay, 94, Orofino

Alvin 'Cub' Loren Fay, 94 of Orofino passed away at his home March 22, 2012. He was born Aug. 16, 1917 in Juliaetta, the youngest of 11 children.

He married Eva Mae Howard in 1950 and they reared three children.

Cub served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945.

He retired from the Camas Prairie Railroad in 1982 after 41 years as a section foreman.

A favorite memory of his was as a youngster he rowed across the Clearwater River in the winter during the ice flows in a row boat to get across the river.

Cub had a love of music and played guitar, sang and yodeled in a local band which also aired over the radio in the late 1930's and early 40's.

He was an annual participant in the Orofino Lumberjack Days for years and won many of the competitions.

At 82 years old, Cub built his own shop, which he spent a lot of time building bird houses, wishing wells and planters. He was always tinkering with something.

Cub raised a large garden every year. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman into is late 70's.

Survivors include: his wife Eva Mae Fay; son, Gary Fay, daughters, Irene Dowd and Rosetta Christopher; two grandchildren, Loren and Shane Dowd; six great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by five sisters and five brothers.

A graveside funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, at the Melrose Cemetery in Peck. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Alvin 'Cub' Loren Fay


Jack Larry Hester, 68, Ahsahka

Jack Larry Hester, 68, of Denver, CO, died Saturday, March 17, 2012 at his home in Ahsahka. He passed away with his family by his side. Jack was born Oct. 9, 1943 to Jack Hester Sr. and Helen Scott in Denver, CO. Jack was a diesel mechanic who worked for several trucking companies.

Jack was a long time resident of Denver, CO. Throughout most of his life, Jack loved to fish, hunt, and spend time with friends and family.

Preceding Jack in death were his mother and father, Jack and Helen, as well as his sister, Cheryl Clements, and a granddaughter, Montana Rose Peoples.

Surviving Jack are his sons, Frank and Albert Hester; daughters Lovena (Kirk) Vallem, Patricia (Curt) Peoples, Diana (Cam) Parrott; his sister, Claudia Hester; as well as 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

At Jack's request there will be no public service. The family requests that donations be made in Jack's name to any drug and alcohol treatment facility.

Malcom's Funeral Home of Lewiston is handling the arrangements.

Photo: Jack Larry Hester


David J. Faerber, 85

David J. Faerber, 85, a lifelong Uniontown, WA farmer, passed away Tuesday, March, 20, 2012 at the Avalon Care Center in Pullman, WA.

David was born Feb. 28, 1927 on the family farm south of Uniontown to Walter E. and Clara (Mayer) Faerber. He grew up on the farm and graduated from Colton High School in 1944. Dave served in the US Army from 1950 to 1952 when he was honorably discharged.

He spent his entire life farming until his retirement in 2010. Dave married Dolores Kunze on April 25, 1953.

Dave is survived by his wife of 68 years, Dolores at the family home in Uniontown; his children John (Theresa) of Spokane, WA; James (Mary) of Moscow; Anthony (Joy); Marilyn (Keith) Dahmen of Colton, WA; Gwen (Mark) Heitstuman of Peck; Pamela McCord of Spokane; David R. Faerber of Midlothian, TX; Victoria (George) Berryman of Spokane Valley, WA; Andrea (Bradon) Arnzen of Cottonwood; 10 grandchildren, Joshua, Shauna, Clinton, Brittany, Timothy, Joseph, Samuel, Sara, Tyler and Claire; 1 great grandson James; his step grandchild, Sandra (Chris) Miller; three step great grandchildren, Jade, Khol & Fianna; his brother, Thomas Faerber of Uniontown and his sister, Eilene Holmberg of Spokane. Dave was preceded in death by his parents; siste,r Ernestine Dahmen, and brother, Carroll Faerber.

Visitation will be held at Kimball Funeral Home in Pullman, WA on Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Rosary Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 24 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Uniontown. Funeral Mass will be celebrated following the Rosary at 11 a.m. with interment following at St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery.

Kimball Funeral Home of Pullman is caring for the family. Memorials may be sent to Morning Star Boys Ranch, PO Box 3130, Spokane, WA 99223.

Photo: David J. Faerber


Morgan Faith Keane, 8, Orofino

Morgan Faith Keane was granted her perfect heart on March 17, 2012 at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital in the arms of her mother and father. Morgan was born on April 14, 2003 with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and courageously fought through open heart surgeries and lengthy hospitalizations.

Morgan's life would seem short to many, but for those who were touched by her, understood that the quality of existence far exceeds quantity of time in which you live it. Her contagious smile and sparkling eyes could melt the hearts of those around her and though she was small in size she had a big voice.

She possessed strength, perseverance, and the ability to overcome incredible odds and physical challenges. Her courage led us to believe that each day is a blessing and an opportunity to create lasting memories. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She looked forward to swimming and boating in the summer, roasting hot dogs and trick or treating in the fall, making snowmen and sledding in the winter, stomping puddles and celebrating her birthday in the spring.

Morgan loved animals of any kind, but had a special spot in her heart for cats, especially tigers. She was an amazing artist, loved school and was eager to learn. She was very proud of her Honor Roll ribbon she earned for the 2nd Quarter of 3rd grade. She admired her older brother, Braeden and was a proud big sister to Danica and Macy.

Morgan is survived by her loving parents, Dan and Angela (Marvin) Keane; brother Braeden; and sisters Danica and Macy, all of Orofino. She is also survived by paternal grandparents, Peter and Karen Keane, Centreville, VA; maternal grandparents, Chris and Susie Marvin, Orofino, and Tyler and Rosanna Kanetake, Kaneohe, HI.

Also surviving are: great-grandparents, Charles and Florence Ricci, Pompano Beach, FL; Alice Maybury, East Longmeadow, MA; Homer and Barbara Marvin; Darlene Anderst; and Sandy Davis, all of Lewiston; aunts Nicole (Justin) Louchart, Lewiston; Stephanie Daniel, Centreville, VA; Heather Gillespie, Portsmouth, VA; uncles, Aaron Marvin, Whitefish, MT; Matt (Angela) Keane, Washington, DC; cousins Grady Louchart and Taylor Keane. Morgan also leaves behind an extensive medical team, too numerous to mention, that provided Morgan with love and dignity in her life and also in her death.

She was preceded in death by her beloved cat, Lucy.

There will be a celebration of her life Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 1 p.m. in the Orofino High School gym. A potluck will follow at the National Guard Armory, Orofino. At the request of her sister, Danica, we invite you to wear pink, Morgan's favorite color.

In her honor, memorials may be made to: The Morgan Faith Keane Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1173, Orofino, Idaho 83544.

Photo: Morgan Faith Keane


Dorothy Rider, 78, Pierce

Dorothy Rider, 78, Pierce passed away Friday, March 16, 2012.

Arrangements are under the direction of Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston.


Gladys Bryant Doll, 93, formerly of Orofino

Gladys Doll passed away in Snohomish, WA on March 8, 2012. Glad was born Aug. 2, 1918 in Orofino, Idaho, the fifth of six children of Orofino-area homesteaders John Bryant and Lydia Lavina Stearns Bryant.

Glad graduated from Orofino High School in 1936 and the University of Idaho in 1940 where she was a Kappa Alpha Theta. She married Gilbert Doll on Aug. 14, 1940. They were the first couple to be married in the newly rebuilt (current) Orofino Methodist Church after the earlier edifice was destroyed by fire. They had two children, James Bruce (1941) and Barbara Ellen (1944). The family lived in Idaho, Nevada and Utah, where Gil was stationed with the U.S. Forest Service. Glad stayed home with the children, and occasionally held a teaching or clerical job. Their son, Jim Doll, died in a tragic parachute accident in 1960.

      

Photos: Gladys Bryant Doll

Glad was active in PEO, bridge club, and the Presbyterian (and Congregational) churches. She enjoyed reading, singing, travel, friends; and children; especially her grandsons: James Clyde Keithly (Melissa), and Jeffrey Bruce Keithly (Maya). Late in life her joy was time with her four great grandsons: Lancelot Mowilos, Orion Keithly, Quinn Keithly, and Luke Keithly. She was preceded in death by her parents and her five siblings, Don Bryant, J.Arlie Bryant, Eula Bryant Reem, Vera Bryant Werner, and Maxine Bryant Musiel.

In retirement, Glad and Gil traveled the southern US in an RV. They moved to Green Valley, AZ with other Forest Service friends. They traveled to Alaska, Canada, Mexico, England, Wales, Scotland, Spain, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania.

After Gil died in 1996, Glad moved to Snohomish to be close to Barbara and Bruce Keithly and their family. She will be missed by her family; including a sister-in-law, Dot Jorgens; many nieces, nephews, friends, and the staff at Emeritus of Snohomish where she lived.

A service celebrating Glad's life will be held May 5, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Snohomish.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Snohomish, 1306 Lake View Ave, Snohomish, WA 98290 or the charity of your choice.


Edna Alice Lewis, 94, formerly of Orofino

Edna Alice Lewis, 94, Boise, was called home by her Lord Jesus on March 10, 2012. She was born Oct. 14, 1917 in Upton, NM to Levi Richard Jones (Bud) and Anna Marie Miller. Edna was the oldest of eight children and spent her childhood years in New Mexico, Texas and California. She was a graduate of Poly High in Riverside, CA.

In the depth of the Depression in 1936, she married Wayne Curtis Lewis and their marriage lasted 64 years. Edna was a hard working, humble lady all her life. For example, she worked the swing shift as 'Rosie the Riveter' during World War II. All the while, she was raising her two sons, Roger and David, since Wayne was in the Army in Europe. Her job was to assemble aircraft instruments for the war effort.

Edna loved to garden, canning, cooking and going hunting and camping with her family. She and Dad loved the mountains of Weaverville, CA for 33 years, until they moved in 1998 back to Orofino, Wayne's birthplace.

Edna lost Wayne in 2001 and in 2011 she moved to Boise to be near some of her family. She was a huge Boise State University Bronco fan and was so excited to step on the blue with her grandson, Ken Lewis, Bronco Chaplain.

Edna's friendship to all was very contagious and she will be missed by all who knew her, who she regarded as VIPs.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne; her mother, Anna, and father, Bud; sisters, Rachel and Marie; brothers, Gerald and Levi (Lee); three grandchildren, Angel, Larry and Carrie Lewis.

Edna is survived by her brother, Art (Lucille) Jones of Yreka, CA; sisters Mabel Pitteroff of Sparks, NV, and Anna (Rex) Dick of Nampa; her son, Roger (Pat) Lewis of Boise; grandchildren, Ken (Judy) Lewis with daughters; son, David (Martha) Lewis of Orofino and Darel Lewis, with Shawn and Morgan; Matt (Jennifer) Lewis, with Wyatt, Savannah; Melinda (Bob) Grissom; and Tina Lewis, grandchildren Ashley and Michael. She is also survived by step-grandchildren Leslie (Jeff) Olsen with Brandon, Amy; Chanell (Ryan) Hernandez, with Bailey, Mercedes; Carrie (Michael) Knight with Natasha, Cameron, Khristian (Ubaldo) with Kristian, Karina, Kyran. She also leaves numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

There will be a visitation at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel on Monday, March 19, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Following visitation, Edna will be buried alongside her husband in a graveside service at 11 a.m. at Orofino's Riverside Cemetery. There will be a second memorial service at 10 a.m. March 26 at Grace Assisted Living in Boise.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at Brookside Landing in Orofino, Grace Assisted Living in Boise and St. Luke's Hospice in Boise for their wonderful care, especially Brian Greenwood, St. Luke's Hospice Chaplain.

Photo: Edna Alice Lewis


Erle H. Daniels, 92, formerly of Cavendish, Orofino

Lewiston resident Erle H. Daniels, age 92, died Sunday, March 11, 2012, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center due to causes related to age.

Erle was born to Fred Hobart Daniels and Anna Brown Daniels Bloom Dec. 23, 1919 and grew up in Cavendish. He attended country schools in the Cavendish-Teakean area.

Erle was part of a second generation, on both sides of his family, born in the same homesteaded region of Idaho.

His mother described Erle as a child who took apart and put together all kinds of things just to see how they worked. So it was natural that he became a machinist in the service, a logger and a builder, collected tools and always enjoyed fixing things.

Following four years of honorable military service in Africa and Europe with the Army Third Division during World War II, he returned to Orofino and married Lauretta Jean Profitt Daniels in 1947. They raised three daughters together.

While living in Orofino and Lewiston in the 50's and 60's he owned and operated Erle H. Daniels Logging and logged forests in Idaho, Montana and Oregon. Erle continued his self-employment in the 70's and 80's by building and remodeling homes. He also owned and enjoyed horses during this period.

During more recent backwoods travels, he would point out roads and campgrounds that he originally cleared, especially those in the North Fork area surrounding Cold Springs.

Erle and Vivian Fey Bartlett were married in 1975 and lived in Kendrick until 1992 when they returned to Lewiston.

Erle is survived by his wife, Vivian; his three daughters and their husbands, Sherri and Dick McMillen, Susan and David Dokken, Lisa and Jeff Brice; stepdaughter Diane Hill and husband Stan Hill; and stepson, Terry Bartlett and wife Lisa Bartlett. He is also survived by his sister, Vivan Stewart and brother, Dale Bloom and wife, Jan Bloom; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and recently his sisters, Wanda Wood and Elaine Mathison.

Erle touched many lives and had a great number of friends and relatives, all of whom he appreciated and remembered very well. Some of the younger ones thought of him as their dad, too. He enjoyed friend and family gatherings, dancing, camping, hunting, fishing, playing cards, gambling, fixing things, storytelling, and reading.

A Celebration of Life service and reception will be held Saturday, March 17, at 11 a.m. in Somerville Hall at the Episcopal Church on 8th Street and 8th Avenue in Lewiston. Cremation has occurred. Malcom's Brower-Wann is the handling arrangements. Online condolences may be made at the funeral home's web site, www.malcomsfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a loved one in need or to a cause of your choice. Dad often said, "Charity begins at home."

The family wants to thank all those who assisted in his care, visited and sent their condolences.

Photos: Erle H. Daniels


Herman James Travis, Jr., 76, born in Southwick

Herman James Travis Jr. was born in Southwick, Oct. 20, 1935, to Herman James Travis Sr. and Lois May Travis (Christensen). He passed away March 11, 2012, at his home in Kendrick, succumbing to lung disease that he had battled for more than a year.

Jim is survived by his sisters, Donna Norman of Clarkston, WA, Shirley Crane of Grangeville; his brother, Don Travis of Craigmont; and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his close friends, David and Debbie Middlekoop of Kendrick and their daughters. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Wanda Russell; and his nephews, David and Donald Bryant.

At a young age, the family moved to Grangeville, where Jim graduated from Grangeville High School in 1954. After graduation he attended business college in Spokane, WA for two years, where he took accounting and business classes. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1958 and served his country for two years, being honorably discharged in March 1960. Jim moved to Kendrick and eventually purchased property in Brady Gulch in 1963. He owned and operated the Table Supply Store for many years in downtown Kendrick. He also managed the motor freight office and did many other carpentry and construction jobs during his lifetime.

His property in Brady Gulch was the site of many gatherings for family and friends. For years Jim hosted local motorcycle races, where he cooked and entertained for competitors and spectators. At the grocery store, Jim was known to extend credit to many people, urging them to buy what they needed and pay him when the crops came in or they got paid.

Jim's family and friends were very special to him. He always remembered his nieces and nephews with a crisp $5 bill at Christmas gatherings. He was generous with his time and talents, always ready to help a friend or neighbor in need and stick around after the job was done for a cool refreshment and visit.

A graveside service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at the Kendrick Cemetery on Sperry Grade.

Photo: Herman James Travis, Jr.


James Carl 'Jim' Finke, 76, Orofino

Jim Finke passed away March 7, 2012 at his home surrounded by his loving family at the age of 76 after a five-year battle with lung cancer. He fought it with great courage and strength, never complaining.

He was born in Kendrick to Carl Finke and Neva Ware Finke on Feb. 28, 1936. Jim moved from Southwick to Orofino in 1952. He graduated from Orofino High School in 1954 and married Shirley Bullock on June 19, 1954. Together they had three sons, Corby, Terry, and Randy. Jim and Shirley were married for 57 years.

He started working in the woods when he was 16 through the summer months for his father's company, Carl Finke Logging. He then worked full time once he graduated from high school. In 1974, he bought into his dad's logging company and with his brother Butch; they formed Finke Logging Co, Inc. The company worked for Potlatch Corp throughout all of these years. The company is now owned by Jim, Butch, Corby, Terry and Randy.

Jim was a board member of Associated Logging Contractors (A.L.C.) and Associated Logging Exchange (A.L.E.) and was a member of Orofino Golf and Country Club. He was also a member of Clarkston Golf and Country Club for about 10 years. Being an avid supporter of youth baseball throughout his years, Jim was especially proud of the fact that he and others started back up the American Legion program in the early 70's. Jim was honored in 2007 when he and Shirley were chosen as Grand Marshals for the Orofino Lumberjack Days.

Jim enjoyed working on his property, the old Finke homestead in Southwick. His interests included watching sports, gambling at the casino, golfing and gardening with his great-grandson Peyton. Anyone who knew Jim knew he got great pleasure in razzing his grandkids, though he loved them dearly. Nothing was more important to him than his family; he always knew what everyone was up to (thanks to his new found love of Facebook).

He was raised and lived by the old school ways, always true to his word and everyone had great respect for him. Being the hard worker that he was, Jim got a little discouraged in his last few years when he was unable to get out and see the logging jobs and enjoy the woods he loved so much.

Jim is survived by his loving family: wife, Shirley; brother Butch Finke; sister, Pat LaFon; children Corby and wife, Kelly, Terry and wife, Jan, and Randy; grandchildren, Justin Brazeau, Melissa Finke, Wendy Leavitt, Christy Finke, Heather Finke, Megan Finke, Scott and Codi Bowles, and Cory Bowles, and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Neva Finke, and sister Sharry Wilson.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, March 17, at the Best Western Lodge at Rivers Edge at 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Jim's honor to Orofino Golf and Country Club.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.

Photo: Jim Finke


Rusty Eck, 67, Orofino

Rusty Eck, 67, of Orofino, retired firefighter, passed away Tuesday March 6, after a grueling battle with cancer.

He was born to Carmen and Leona Eck on April 25, 1944 in Moscow and spent his early years in Elk River. During his childhood, he was known far and wide for his shenanigans and hi jinx. He graduated fourth in his class from Elk River High School and attended the University of Idaho.

After high school, he was drafted into the Army, where he served in Thailand for one tour. After being honorably discharged, he started a 46 year career in wildfire. He worked for the Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association as a fire warden and later as the fire and program planner, where he was a constant fixture on people's scanners throughout the region.

Rusty met Marlene Moran at a dance, and a lifelong love affair ensued. The couple married July 25, 1969 and made their home in Elk River where they made many lifelong friends. They had two rollicking boys, Chad and Cameron, and enjoyed living at the Fire Patrol. He was promoted in 1984 and the family moved to Orofino where Marlene still resides.

He enjoyed participating in national fire assignments, ranging from New Mexico to Arizona, and was a fixture in most local parades with his beloved 1914 White fire engine. His "fill in" gig with the local band, The Paradons, turned into a 17-year run playing bass and singing throughout the region to their many fans. After his retirement in 2006, his new passion in life was preserving local logging history with his "crew". They enjoyed many days talking with old loggers and documenting pictures from the past.

Rusty is survived by his wife, Marlene; sons, Cameron of Orofino, Chad (Kayte) and grandchildren Paige and Rory of Bend, OR; mother, Leona, and brother, Greg Eck, both of Coeur d' Alene. He was preceded in death by his father, Carmen, and brother, Neil Eck.

The family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association in lieu of flowers. The memorial will be held Monday at 11 a.m. in Orofino at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel. A potluck is to follow at the VFW Hall, 330 Michigan Ave.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Rusty Eck


Allene Marie 'Pat' Shrader, 86, Orofino

Allene Marie Shrader, 86, of Orofino, passed away Monday, March 5, 2012, at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

'Pat' as she was affectionately known, was born July 12, 1925 in Rock Springs, WY to John Wayne Patterson and Hazel Smith.

She was a long time member of the Methodist Church, past president of Eastern Star, a member of the United Methodist Women's Group, and a member of the Peck Community Club. One of the things she enjoyed most was working at the Senior Center where she had many special friends. She loved her family and she was especially proud of her grandchildren.

Pat is survived by her sister, Anna Mae Patterson of Colorado Springs, CO; sister-in-law, Lucie Shrader of Delta, CO; son, Mike and his wife, Clarice of Williamsburg, VA; daughter, Elizabeth and her husband, Brock Steiner of Orofino; son, Alan and his wife, Susan of Boise. She has 10 grandchildren who have blessed her with several great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. Inurnment will be held at a later date.

We will miss her greatly and her memory will live on through all of us.

The family suggests that memorials may be made to Riverside Physical Therapy where Pat had many sweet friends and received such good care.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Allene Marie 'Pat' Shrader


Nancy Noble, 90, formerly of Orofino

Nancy Noble succumbed to the complications of old age Feb. 16, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. She had been a resident of Spring Creek Manor in Eagle since July of 2010.

Nancy was the youngest of five children born to Harry and Jessie Cromie Nov. 27, 1921, in Gore, New Zealand. She attended grammar school in Balfour and completed her high school education in the boarding school at Gore. Christened Anna Christina, she was nicknamed Nancy at an early age by her father, a moniker that stayed with her for the remainder of her life.

After graduation she moved to Wellington for employment. While living and working in Wellington she met the love of her life, Emery Noble, a United States Marine serving in the Pacific during World War II. Emery and Nancy were married Aug. 20, 1943, in St. Andrews Church in Wellington.

At the conclusion of WWII, Emery returned to Orofino and sent for his bride. Nancy boarded a ship in Wellington with other war brides immigrating to the United States. The ship landed two weeks later in New Orleans. From there she went by train to Chicago and then to Spokane, WA where Emery met her and brought her to her new home in Orofino. In 1952 she became a naturalized citizen at a ceremony at the Clearwater County Courthouse. She remained in Orofino until 2005.

In 1955, after her children were born, she began working at the Clearwater Tribune and was employed there until she retired. She will be remembered for the spirited pace of her walk to and from work each day.

Nancy was active in the Orofino community. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, P.E.O., Orofino Community Concerts, and the Orofino United Methodist Church. She was a judge and exhibitor at the Clearwater County Fair, and a dedicated spectator at her children's school events.

As a lifelong supporter of education, Nancy volunteered as a tutor, assisting many adults in Orofino to become proficient readers. She was a faithful patron and volunteer at the Orofino Community Library. Nancy was a stickler for proper grammar and the correct use of the English language, a holdover from her education in New Zealand.

She is survived by her four children; Mary (Cam) Houlgate of Eagle, Charlie (Ellen) Noble, of Ketchum, Dick Noble of Seattle, WA and Bruce (Peggy) of Post Falls; and two grandchildren, Shawn Noble and Kimberly Noble of Seattle. In New Zealand she leaves behind a nephew, Ross Fraser, a niece, Elizabeth Oliver and several grand-nieces and nephews. She has two nieces in Australia, Margaret McNaught and Jean Goule, and their adult children.

Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Emery; a granddaughter, LeAnn; her parents; her sister, Molly Fraser; and three brothers, Jim, Jack and Alec Cromie.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. March 24 at the Orofino United Methodist Church. Bring your favorite memory/story to share.

Photo: Nancy Noble


Russell James Treib, 53, Weippe

Russell James Treib was born on June 25, 1958 in Elgin, ND to Peter John Treib and Agnes Irene (Becker) Treib. He passed away on Feb. 21, 2012 due to complications related to dialysis.

He married Tamara (Hueth) Treib on Dec. 22, 1977 in Weippe. They celebrated their 34th anniversary on Dec. 22, 2011. The couple had two children, Bryan Treib and Renee (Treib) Denison.

Russell attended school in Lemmon, SD and Lewiston. He worked for Ponderosa Construction in Weippe and then moved to Calder with the company and continued to work at the mill until he had an accident in which he lost his right arm in 1981. He loved working for the owners of Ponderosa Construction, Eldon and Lela Hutchins, they were very special to him.

After the accident, Russell became Mister Mom to his two children. He was the best at it and took his job very seriously. He kept all of us fed and taken care of. Russ loved to cook and could make the best pickles, pickled vegetables and lasagne ever. You never left his house hungry. He always kept the lawn taken care of and helped his in-laws as much as possible. He rode motorcycles and four-wheelers and loved to get up early and ride. He did a lot of visiting people and loved to joke and laugh with everyone. He always had candy for all the kids. He was a loving husband, father, Poppie, father-in-law, son-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend. He always thought of others and what he could do for them.

Russell is survived by his wife, Tamara Treib; his son and daughter-in-law, Bryan and Nicki Treib of Orofino; his daughter and son-in-law, Renee and Travis Denison of Lewiston; his brother and sister-in-law, Reggie and Pam Treib of Mandan, ND; his sister-in-law, Judy Treib of Lewiston; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gordon and Mary Alice Hueth; his uncle and aunt, Sam and Darlene Treib of Orofino; his aunt, Violet Treib of Lewiston; and numerous other brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends.

Russell was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Agnes (Becker) Treib; two brothers, Ronald and Rodney Treib.

A memorial service honoring Russell's life will be held Friday, March 23, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Weippe, followed by a potluck dinner at the IOOF Hall.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Russell James Treib


Mary Porter James, 91, formerly of Orofino

Mary Catherine Porter James was born Feb. 22, 1921, in Payette to Ida and William S. Strode. She went home to be with the Lord Feb. 25, 2012, in Lewiston, surrounded by her adoring family.

Mary attended school in Payette and graduated from Boise State College. She taught at a country school in Indian Valley. During this time, she met and was courted by Hershel Porter, who traveled nearly 100 miles each way to see her. Mary left teaching after one year and married Hershel on Dec. 27, 1941, in Nampa. They operated the Richfield Transmission and Service Station on Bridge Street in Clarkston, WA until Hershel's death in 1966. Mary continued to operate the station with her son, Bill, while she attended Lewis-Clark State College. After graduating, the station was sold and Mary taught school at Tammany, Centennial and McGhee elementary schools until she retired in 1990. She was an active member of Alpha Delta Kappa during the time she taught school and for many years after retiring.

She married Bill Cermak of Orofino in 1972 and Leslie James of Clarkston in 1992. They both preceded her in death.

Mary loved the outdoors. She rafted the rivers, hiked and camped. For many years, she participated in Take Pride in America (TPIA), a volunteer organization committed to restoring the Lewis-Clark Trail. She often involved her children and grandchildren in her trips to the mountains and rivers and helped instill a love of the outdoors in all of them. Her vast knowledge of plants, trees and the environment led to Mary's early dreams of becoming a forest ranger. Unfortunately the times prevented women from such careers, so Mary lovingly shared her knowledge with her children and grandchildren.

Besides anything outdoors, Mary loved to read. Her home was filled with books of all genres. Even after her illness took away her ability to read, she would rearrange her bookshelves and take a book with her when she went for a ride in the car.

Mary was a deeply religious woman who was a longtime member of Emmanuel Baptist and First Baptist churches. She later joined the First Presbyterian Church in Clarkston. She took pleasure in sharing stories and lessons from the Bible with her grandchildren and often sat them down around the table so she could talk to them about the Bible.

In addition to her husbands, Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Ina and Louise; and her infant children, Robert and Susan. She is survived by her sons, William and his wife Connie, Daniel and his wife Diane, and Stephen, all of Clarkston; and her daughters, Carol Imel-Burris of Spokane, WA and Patricia Johnson of Clarkston. Mary leaves behind 13 grandchildren, Tracy, Jenny, Kim, Heidi, Todd, David, Amy, Angela, Danielle, Karly, Lisa, Robert and Michelle; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

The family would like to thank the staff at Orchards Rehabilitation and Care Center for taking care of our mom and for their kindness and consideration at a difficult time.

Mary's funeral will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston. She will be laid to rest at Vineland Cemetery beside her precious Hershel.

Please sign the online guest book at www.merchantfuneralhome.com. Donations in Mary's name can be sent to the Alzheimer's or Cancer Association.

Photo: Mary Catherine Porter James


Julius E. Trukositz, 64, born in Orofino

Julius E. Trukositz, 64, of Potlatch, passed away at his home Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012.

Julius was born Nov. 18, 1947, in Orofino, to Matthew Trukositz and Nellie Grace Trukositz (Drube) of Greer. Julius attended the first and second grade at Orofino Elementary School, then continued his education in Cottonwood, where he attended Prairie schools and graduated in 1966. Julius served in the military for 22 years total, serving a tour in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Purple Heart and many other service medals. After Julius retired in October 1990, he spent his time doing what he loved to do best, fishing, hunting, throwing darts and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his two sons, Robert and Jerry Trukositz; and their mother, Tuk Trukositz; his brothers, Bob Dupea (Diane) of Moscow and Matthew Trukositz (Pamela) of Panama City, FL; sister, Betty Steffensmeier (Larry) of Rocks Springs, WY; and also by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Wayne Dupea; and sister, Arlene Hewitt.

A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday at Normal Hill Cemetery, 1122 Seventh St., Lewiston.

Photo: Julius E. Trukositz


Raymond George Scoles, 89, Orofino

Raymond George Scoles passed peacefully surrounded by his family, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012. Ray was born in Winchester on Feb. 13, 1923, the oldest son and second oldest of seven children born to Earl and Rosanna Scoles.

After graduating from Orofino High School, Ray served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. Following his return to Orofino he worked as an apprentice baker at The Bakery where was smitten with Miss Nellie Nelson, who later became his bride of 64 years. Ray worked a variety of jobs before launching a 31 year career with the U.S. Postal Service, starting as a clerk and retiring as Postmaster. His dedication to family was apparent in that he worked two jobs for many years. You could see him at the Post Office during the day and cleaning the Ponderosa every evening. His strong work ethic and care for customers guided him to work weekends during the holidays to make sure everyone received their packages.

Ray is survived by his wife, Nellie, at their home; sister, Doris of Lewiston; sister, Alyce of Carlsbad, CA; son, John of Orofino; son, Ted and Lorrie of Dutch Harbor, AK; son, Steve and Annie of Orofino; son Jim and Kristi of North Pole, AK; daughter, Deena, of Moscow; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Anna Mae; and brothers, Weston, Bob and Jerry.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Pine Hills Funeral Chapel, 939 Michigan Ave., Orofino. Burial will be at 1 p.m. at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens, 7th and Cedar, Lewiston.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory of Orofino is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Raymond George Scoles


Frank Atkinson, 40, formerly of Orofino

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene, OR for Frank Atkinson of Eugene, who died Feb. 16, 2011 of heart failure. He was 40. Visitation will be from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the funeral home.

He was born Dec. 22, 1971, in Salem, OR to William and Betty Reynolds Atkinson. He married Bee Atkinson on Jan. 20, 2004, in Coeur d' Alene.

He was a programmer with Farwest Steel.

Survivors include his wife; his parents, now of Orofino; a daughter, Leigh-Ann Jones of South Africa; three brothers, Chris of Lewiston, and Toby and Mike, both of Orofino; two sisters, Peggy Byers and Lori Nanninga, both of Lewiston.

Arrangements are by Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene.

(Reprinted with permission from The Register Guard: registerguard.com)

To be part of a live stream of the funeral services, see this Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/302180459842654/.

Photo: Frank Atkinson


Donald Lee Bloom, 75, OHS grad

Donald Lee Bloom, 75, died on Feb. 7, 2012, at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, WA.

He was born Sept. 12, 1936, in Peck, to the late Violet Craddick Bloom and Elbert Bloom.

Don graduated in 1955 from Orofino High School in Orofino and attended the University of Idaho and Washington State University. He then worked for WSU until moving to the Seattle area in 1977.

Don spent most of his career in higher education as a facilities director and worked on capital projects for various colleges in Washington State. He enjoyed his work very much and hoped to continue until he was 90; in fact, he tried retirement a couple times and quickly discovered that it was not the life for him. Don had an outstanding work ethic and rarely missed a day of work.

When he did take time off from work, he loved to travel with Donna, his wife of 32 years. The warmer the location the better; Hawaii and Lincoln City, Oregon, were two of their favorite places. Another true love throughout his life was his four-legged companions; he received his first dog at age four and was a dog lover since. Don loved photography and always looked forward to catching up with old friends and classmates at reunions.

Don will be missed by his seven surviving children, Rick Bloom, Chris (Deb) Bloom, Steve (Vicki) Bloom, Lisa (Scott) Smith, Lauren (Ric) Brandt, Sean Anderson and Rochelle (John) Hill. He also leaves behind sisters, Ruth Watson and Beverly (Ed) Langley, 13 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, and many lifelong friends. Preceding him in death were his mother and father; brother, Bernard Bloom; sister, Doris Glantz; an infant sister; and his wife, Donna Bloom.

Services will be held Feb. 21, 2012, at 11:00am at Holy Family Parish in Kirkland, WA.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Don's name can be made to Holy Family Parish in Kirkland, WA or to Shriners.

Photos: Donald Lee Bloom

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John P. Wyatt, 93, formerly of Weippe

John Preston Wyatt, 93, of Lewiston, passed away Jan. 31, 2012.

John was born May 21, 1918, in Joplin, MO, to John P. Wyatt and Bertha A. Roth. He grew up in Newtown, MO, and graduated from Ravenna Missouri High School in 1934.

After high school, he moved to Arkansas with his father and worked in logging. He worked for the Ford Motor Co. in Kansas City, MO, and in Ford's Willow Run Assembly Plant building B-24 Liberator bombers.

Shortly after the Japanese navy bombed Pearl Harbor, John joined the newly formed U.S. Army Air Corps and took flight training in Wyoming as a waist-gunner on the B-24 Liberator heavy bomber. After completing flight training, John and the crew of the future Delectable Doris flew their bomber to England via Florida, Brazil and Morocco, picking up a mascot monkey on the way. The crew of the Delectable Doris flew 30 combat missions over Nazi-occupied Europe from their base in Hethel, England. They bombed German positions behind Omaha Beach on D-Day and were the lead plane for the entire 8th Air Force in its final mission.

John was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and various campaign medals and citations. His crew credited him for saving their lives on a mission where the plane returned with extensive damage - the maintenance chief counted more than 400 holes in the plane. He was honored by the Veterans Administration and the state of Idaho for his military service on Veterans Day in 2010.

After his military service ended in 1945, John returned to Arkansas, where he met and married Doris Tackett in 1949. The couple moved with their young son to Weippe in 1950, where John ran heavy equipment maintenance shops as the master mechanic for Schmidt Brothers Lumber Co. for 23 years and Carl Nelson Logging for 10 years.

After living in Weippe for 43 years and raising seven children, John and Doris retired to Lewiston in 1990.

John was a lover of the outdoors and an avid fisherman. He also loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, John P. Wyatt; his mother, Bertha A. Roth; and his aunt, Bell E. Wyatt.

John is survived by his wife, Doris Wyatt of Lewiston; sons, Bruce Wyatt and wife, Jan, of Lewiston, Tom Wyatt of Lewiston, John Allen Wyatt and wife, Sue, of Weippe, Jeff Wyatt and wife, Roseann, of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and Joe Wyatt and wife, Fran, of Reno, NV; daughters Phylis Sexton and husband, Bill, of Sacramento, CA, and Cathy Beach and husband, Ted, of Pasco, WA; 11 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Idaho State Veterans Home or to a charity of the donor's choice. Please sign the online guest book at www.vassar-rawls.com.

The family would like to thank the Lewiston Idaho State Veterans Home for the support, attention and compassion shown to John P. while in their care.

Photo: John P. Wyatt


Art Neumayer, 88, Orofino

Art Neumayer passed away at his home in Orofino on Jan. 29, 2012. He was 88 years old.

Art was born Sept. 2, 1923, at Bonners Ferry to Alois and Natalie Neumayer. He attended school at Bonners Ferry where he became an outstanding boxer, being undefeated through his high school years. He was recruited by Gonzaga University, receiving an athletic scholarship for boxing. After attending Gonzaga for a year, Art was drafted into the Navy and served in the Pacific during World War II. After his discharge, he returned to Gonzaga, where he went on to win two Pacific Coast Championships and was chosen Outstanding Athlete in 1947. He was later inducted into the Gonzaga Hall of Fame. Art graduated from Gonzaga in the spring of 1949.

In that same year, he married his high school sweetheart, Florence 'Murphy' Jordan. They moved to Orofino that fall where he began his 38-year coaching and teaching career for the Orofino Maniacs. Art and Murph raised three children during that time.

Art is survived by his wife, Murph at their home; son, Tim, his wife, Kay, and their three children, Danna, Brandy and Casey and families, six grandchildren living in Virginia, Quin, Dylan, Allison, Jordan, Nolan and Austin and families. He is also survived by his brother, John Neumayer and wife, Donna of Lewiston; sisters, Dorothy King and Polly Parisot of Coeur d'Alene; brother, Jim Neumayer of Bonners Ferry; sister Helen Harris of Portland, OR; eight great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Art was preceded in death by his brother, Phillip; son, Dennis; father, Alois; mother, Natalie; daughter, Patti Adams; sister, Jo Ann McNall; and brother, Gene Neumayer.

A rosary will be said on Friday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. A funeral mass has been set for Saturday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m. at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Orofino with burial to follow at Riverside Cemetery, Orofino.

Memorials may be made to the Art Neumayer Scholarship Fund at Orofino High School., 300 Dunlap Rd., Orofino, ID 83544, (208) 476-5557.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Art Neumayer


Ronald S. Johnson, 71, born in Orofino

Ron went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at home. He was born Sept. 14, 1940, to Lepha M. and John Silas Johnson in Orofino.

He was a class of 1958 Clearwater Valley High School graduate. Shortly after high school, Ron joined the U.S. Army. He attended basic training in Fort Bragg, NC, finishing his military career as a paratrooper.

Ron lived in Kooskia for most of his life. He was a well-known and respected member of the community.

In his younger years he was involved in various road construction projects, including the new White Bird Grade. He worked in Alaska for Sealy Logging Co. He owned and operated Johnson's Trading Post on Main Street in Kooskia for several years.

As an antique dealer, he was an avid mediator between buyers and sellers of all things collectible. Ron was very knowledgeable of the Native Americans from his years of study and the friendships he formed with the local Nez Perce Indians. Ron enjoyed reading, especially about the Native American history. At anytime, anyone could ask Ron about the history of the Natives and he could go on for hours; of their battles, their chiefs and their travels. He knew so much about them, their history and their culture.

Ron learned many of the Nez Perce ways throughout his life. He learned how to spear salmon at night by the light of a torch from the teachings of his Native friends.

On Nov. 27, 1997, Ron married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Violet J. Moffett. Together they traveled extensively throughout Oregon, down to New Mexico and back visiting family, friends and collectors. In September 1995 they opened Purple Feather, still on Main Street of Kooskia.

Ron enjoyed all sorts of activities with his wife and children including hunting, fishing, fireworks, picnics, going to the casino, cooking and exploring the Idaho hills. He loved to share his knowledge, his stories and was always the best for his jokes.

Ron is survived by his wife, Violet; his three sons from a previous marriage: R. Si Johnson and C. Scott (Lola) Johnson, both of Nampa, and John JJ (Kristin) Johnson of Washougal, WA; his daughter, Alita (Shane) Reed of Kooskia; daughter Laci (Tolly) Taliaferro of Seven Points, TX; son Conway (Erica) Potter of Tri-Cities, WA; grandchildren Kenny, Jawn, Riki and Miki Reed, Caitland Charley and Whitney Kaschmitter, Presley and Riley Johnson, O. Nykol and T.J Taliaferro; as well as five great-grandchildren; in-laws Deborah Simler, Wanda Dunn, Dixie Morris, Vivian (Donald) Seubert, Sharon (Juan) Saez, Charles (Peggy) Moffett and Chester (Karen) Moffett; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by both of his parents; his sister, Daisy Fiscus; and his niece, Marcy Wilson.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston. Burial is to follow at the Riverside Cemetery in Orofino.

Photo: Ronald S. Johnson


Wayne Isaac Shriver

Wayne Isaac Shriver, 86, Orofino

Wayne Isaac Shriver passed peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. He was born in Orofino to Ralph and Edith Shriver in 1925, the youngest of four sons.

Wayne graduated from Orofino High School in 1943. He spent the summers of 1942 and 1943 working for the Forest Service on lookouts in the Clearwater National Forest. He served in the Merchant Marines in World War II. After the war, he worked for the U.S. Post Office in Orofino and was postmaster for two years. His remaining working years were spent as an electrical contractor in the Orofino area.

He served on the Orofino City Council and as mayor. He also belonged to the Rotary Club of Orofino and was an early member of Orofino Celebrations, Inc. (OCI). He loved and was loved by many.

Wayne married Corrie Calland in March 1947. He is survived by his wife, Corrie at their home; son, Ron and wife, Leslie Shriver of Orofino; daughter, Debbie Heebink of Spokane, WA; son, Ken of Big Lake, AK; 12 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Stan, Morris and Neil.

Services will be at 1 p.m Saturday, Jan. 28, . at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel, 939 Michigan Ave. in Orofino.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Norma K. Hedrick, 87, Orofino

Norma Kent Hedrick, a longtime resident of Orofino passed away Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at the age of 87. She was born on Feb. 2, 1924 in Ashton, ID to Norman and Leona Kent. She married Robert Thomas Hedrick on March 31, 1941. After working construction in numerous western states and farming in southeastern Idaho, Bob and Norma settle in Orofino in 1965. Norma worked at the Konkolville Motel for 27 years before retiring in 2001.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, in 1991 and son, Donald, in 1988. She is survived by son, Keith Hedrick and wife, Renee, of Orofino; son, Dennis Hedrick, and wife, Janet, of Brush Prairie, WA; five grandchildren including, Jeremy Hedrick and Joni Hedrick of Orofino and David Hedrick of Peoria, IL; seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She enjoyed her many friends and loved being around her family. But the real highlight for her was time spent with her grandkids, Jeremy and Joni. Her eyes would light up as if she was a young girl at the mere mention of their names. She also loved to watch all kinds of sports, but one that she really enjoyed was Nascar. She knew most of the drivers, their records and had one favorite driver that you better not complain about.

A visitation will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Orofino from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, prior to services. Funeral services will be held on 2 p.m. that day at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Orofino.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Norma K. Hedrick


Naomi Zella Johnson, 89, formerly of Headquarters

Naomi Zella Johnson Willis Ward, 89, of Lewiston, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 at Kindred Care and Rehabilitation Center in Lewiston, of causes related to acute leukemia.

Naomi was born May 26, 1922, to Jacob and Martha Hatchett Willis in Clarksville, AR. The family moved to Oregon when she was 14 years old. After graduating from high school, she attended beauty school and became a licensed beautician. During World War II, she worked for Boeing Corp. in Seattle, WA helping in the assembly of B-17 bombers.

She married J.D. Ward Dec. 9, 1944, and they moved to Headquarters, following the war. She continued to style women's hair as well as working in the Potlatch cookhouse in Headquarters. She and J.D. moved to Lewiston in 1971 due to his health issues. Seven years after J.D.'s death, she married Mervin Johnson, who preceded her in death.

Naomi was a part of the community of mothers who helped raise the kids of Headquarters. She trusted in God and prayed for her kids and many others continually. She was a member of the House of Faith, formerly Faith Tabernacle Church. She loved fishing for steelhead with Mervin, family and friends on the Snake and Clearwater rivers. Mom is probably best known for being an encourager to those she encountered in life. She had many fond memories of her times visiting with her special friends at Wedgewood Terrace prior to moving to Kindred Care and Rehab.

She is survived by her brother, Porter Willis of Ontario, OR.; son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Beth Ward of Russellville, AR; daughter Sue Moser of Lewiston; three grandchildren, Brian Pearson, Melody Ward and Robin Trafford (Ward); five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Jimmy; six brothers, Velmey, Henry, Charley, Harvey, Austin and M.F. (Bill) Willis; three sisters, Robie, Marie and Ruth (Evans); and two grandsons, Steve and James Pearson.

A memorial service will be conducted to celebrate her home-going at 1 p.m. Jan. 28 at the House of Faith Church, 2502 16th Ave., Lewiston. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to LOV-Life of Victory television station.

Photo: Naomi Zella Johnson


Robert Earl Thomason, Sr., 78, Orofino

Robert Earl Thomason, Sr., 78, Orofino, passed away at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino Monday, Jan. 16, 2012.

A military graveside service will be held at the Idaho Veterans Cemetery, Boise at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, 2012. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory of Orofino is caring for arrangements.


Alyce Ann Kessler, 72, Orofino

Alyce Ann Kessler, 72, Orofino, passed away at Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston, WA, on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012.

No services are planned. Burial will take place. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Orofino is caring for arrangements.


Beulah I. Vrieling, 96, formerly of Orofino

Beulah Vrieling, 96, Grangeville, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 2, 2012 at the Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Beulah was born to John and Melissa Gorst, March 30, 1915 in Jenkins, MN, one of eight children. She moved to California in 1935 and married Howard Riek in 1936. They moved to Orofino in 1944, they had three children. Robert Riek, Marilyn Krieger and Ronald Riek, who survive her along with their families. In 1973 her husband passed away.

She met George Vrieling and they were married March 2, 1976 and lived in Grangeville for 32 years before George passed away on Dec. 14, 2008.

She enjoyed fishing, going to church and all of her families. When she married George, she gained a family of five. They survive her, Helen Walker, Johanna and Orville Biggers, Bertha Arends, John and Jeanette Vrieling and George and Ruth Vrieling and many grandchildren.

A celebration of her life is being held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at the Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville. Burial will follow at Orofino. Memorials are suggested to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 371, Grangeville, ID 83530. Send condolences to the family to: Blackmerfuneralhome.com.


Robert 'Bob' Henry Kottkey, 70, formerly of Orofino

Robert 'Bob' Henry Kottkey, 70, of Wallace passed away Dec. 30, 2011 at Kootenai Medical Center of Coeur d' Alene. Bob was born April 22, 1941 in Wallace. Bob was the son of Henry and Muriel (Jenkins) Kottkey.

Bob attended and graduated from the Wallace High School of Wallace in 1959. He then went on to attend the University of Idaho where he earned a degree in forestry. Bob became a Forester, making him the third generation in his family to enter the forestry field. Bob worked in California and Orofino before returning to Wallace where he continued his forestry career.

Bob was a member of the Osburn Lions Club, the Shoshone County Sportsmen's Association, and the American Society of Foresters. He loved the outdoors, including hunting, fishing, picking huckleberries and gardening. Bob also loved to spend time with his family, especially his nephews.

Bob is survived by his brother Steve and his wife Diana Kottkey of Clarkston, WA; and three nephews Robert Kottkey and his significant other, Barbara, Kirk and his wife, Monica Kottkey of Lewiston and Kevin and his wife, Kristy ,of Forest Grove, OR; and numerous cousins. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, and several aunts and uncles.

Cremation was held and memorial services will be held on Thursday Jan. 12th, at 11 a.m. at the Kellogg Funeral Chapel of Kellogg with Rev. Ken Bartle officiating. There will be a reception and a gathering of family and friends at the Broken Wheel Restaurant of Kellogg following services.

The family suggests that memorials may be made to the Shoshone County Sportsmen's Association, P.O. Box 705, Wallace, Idaho 83873 or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Shoshone Funeral Services and Crematory of Kellogg is entrusted with funeral arrangements. To leave an online condolence, see: http://www.shoshonefuneralservice.com/home.html.


Adella Rose Christensen, 85, Orofino

Adella Rose Christensen passed away on Dec. 31, 2011 at the family home in Orofino after a lengthy battle with chronic leukemia.

Della was born at Southwick to Glen and Alma Betts on July 7, 1926. She attended school in Southwick and graduated in 1943. She married Donald Christensen that same year.

Don and Della lived at logging camps up the North Fork of the Clearwater River and at Finke Logging Camp by Pierce before moving to Orofino. Della did books for William Cummings and for Christy Company, the log skidding carriage company that Don founded. She also worked on the Clearwater County election board for many years.

Della enjoyed her huge garden and flower beds. When not working in the garden, she was busy canning and cooking for her family and friends. She loved camping and travelling to the Washington Coast to go "clamming". She was a gracious hostess who always had a cup of coffee and delicious meal ready for her guests. She was a hard worker and dedicated friend to many.

Della is survived by her husband, Don; her daughter, Doris Christensen and husband, Greg Field of Waimanalo, HI; her son, Steve Christensen and wife, Robin of Orofino; four grandchildren, Dylan Stanfield of New York, Don Christensen II of Everett, WA, Amber Bridgewater of Parma and Jonathan Christensen of Orofino; and five great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Eugene Betts of Coeur d'Alene.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Phillip Petersen and the nurses of Clearwater Valley Hospital for their dedicated care of Della. A special thank you is extended to Les and P.J. Finney for their care so she was able to remain at home during her final days.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Clearwater Memorial Public Library, P.O. Box 471, Orofino, ID 83544.


Madge L. Pea, 94

Madge Pea, 94, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at Guardian Angel Homes in Lewiston.

Madge was born July 14, 1917, to Charles and Alice Cleveland at Gifford. She lived all her life in the Gifford area, graduating from Gifford High School in 1936.

She married her high school sweetheart, Earl Pea, May 24, 1936. She was a stay-at-home farm wife who cooked for harvest crew, drove truck, worked cattle and raised kids. She was very active in the community and a charter member of the Gifford Homemaker Club. She was a member of the Nez Perce County Cow Belles, Women for Agriculture, and was a 4-H leader for 12 years. Madge loved to quilt and with five other ladies in the community met every Wednesday and made hundreds of quilts.

She is survived by two daughters, Janet and Dean Held of Portland, OR, and Mary and Denny Dau of Lenore; six grandchildren, David Held of Portland, Lynrae and Tom Hubbell of Tacoma, WA, Susan and Josh Sutton of Seattle, WA, Stan Dau of Reubens, Margaret and Kim Munson of Riggins, and John Dau of Lenore; three great-grandchildren, Jessica Munson, Hannah Munson and Guthrie Sutton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl; three brothers, Don, Max and Merle; and sister, Betty.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston.

The family suggests memorials be sent to Joe Thometz 4-H Scholarship Fund, Nez Perce Extension, 1239 Idaho St., Lewiston, ID 83501.

Photo: Madge Pea


Ethel May Polillo, 83, formerly of Weippe

Ethel May Polillo passed away unexpectedly on Christmas Day, 2011. She was born February 1, 1928 in Ellensburg, WA to Alexander Spence and Ethel May Vanderkar. The family moved to Weippe where her father was a logger and her mother owned and ran the local cafe. After graduating from Weippe High School in 1946, Ethel married her high school sweetheart, Roscoe Glenn Snyder and they had two children, Kathleen and Steven. Roscoe died in 1948 and Steven died in 1950.

In 1955, Ethel married Clyde Pryor, affectionately known as Mr. Pryor by all. They were married for 12 years before Mr. Pryor passed away in 1967. Ethel was a career postal employee, working her way up from postal clerk in Weippe and Lewiston, Idaho to Postmaster in Othello, WA and Seaside, OR. The majority of her career was spent at the post office in the Richland, WA. In 1972, Ethel married Tom Polillo, also a career Postal Service employee. The two of them have lived in Kennewick, WA since 1974. In 2004, Ethel's beloved daughter Kathleen passed away unexpectedly.

As an avid gardener, Ethel displayed her passion for flowers in her beautiful garden on Canal Drive. Ethel loved spending time with the Red Hat Society ladies, solving crossword puzzles and staying in contact with her many friends and family on Facebook. She had an incredible antique doll collection which was her hobby for years. Ethel was the best wife, mother, mother-in-law, sister, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother in the world. The family loved her advice, wisdom, stories, hugs and candor. She was truly loved by all and will be deeply missed.

Ethel was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, Roscoe Snyder and Clyde Pryor, her children, Steven and Kathleen, and her brother, Al Spence.

Ethel is survived by her husband Tom, his children Rikk, Ron, Martha (David), Steve (Karla), her son-in-law, Andy Pollard (Glenna), granddaughters Rachel Lalley (Tim), Sarah Geisler (Jason), great-grandchildren Regan, Koen, Austin, her sister, Mary Ann Chapman and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held graveside in Weippe on Friday, Dec.30th, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Heart Association.

The family invites you to sign their online guestbook at www.muellersfuneralhomes.com.

Photo: Ethel May Polillo


Robert L. Wolf, 85, Dworshak Dam worker

On Dec. 24, 2011, a faithful husband, loving father and grandpa slipped away from us. He was surrounded with family and friends as he passed away peacefully at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston.

Bob was born in Peola, south of Pomeroy, WA, Feb. 21, 1926, in a little cabin on the family farm to Christopher C. and Mary Alice Wolf. He was one of 10 children. He attended Peola Grade School for two years, Holy Rosary Parochial for six years and graduated in 1943 from Pomeroy High School.

He farmed wheat, barley and cattle on his father's farm in Peola from 1943 to 1950. He served in the U.S. Navy for three years and 10 months from 1950 to 1954 as a machinist mate 2nd class, receiving the Good Conduct Medal. Bob then returned to work on the family farm for four years. In 1960 to 1963, he began work as a warehouseman on the missile bases in Spokane, WA and in Nebraska. Once again, he worked on a cattle ranch known as the Tucannon Cattle Ranch. He finally found his niche working as a warehouseman in heavy construction from 1965 to 1988. He was well known as a reliable worker they could count on to remember all the part numbers. During this time, he worked on the dams being built on the Snake River, including: Lower Granite, Lower Monumental and Little Goose. He also worked on Dworshak Dam. He retired in 1988 in Clarkston.

He married Carol Donnally Wolf on April 30, 1966. They had 45 wonderful years together. During those years he enjoyed gardening. He loved a beautiful rose garden. They never missed a bazaar and loved to take family to the sausage feeds to help raise funds for the churches. During retirement he also found joy in a daily walk with his wife, many with his grandchildren and of course the family dog. He was a man who was a friend to all and if he joked with you, you were known to be one of his favorites.

Bob is survived by his loving wife, Carol Wolf; his brother, Jim Wolf of Clarkston, WA; his sister, Jeannette Fischer of Pomeroy; his stepchildren, Bill Steele and Ross West of Clarkston, and Cheryl Stumpo of Aurora, CO. He was a loving grandpa to Rebecca Lewis, Brad Steele, Gordon and Grace Stumpo, Sean and Patrick West; and three great-granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his parents and seven siblings, Joe, Wilbur, Jeanne, Mildred, Sam, Helen and Phil. There is a great Wolf family reunion in heaven as we speak.

The family would like to sincerely thank the nurses, care providers and staff at the Idaho Veteran's Home for all their loving care and good humor.

We will be celebrating Bob's life Friday with a rosary to be recited at 10:30 a.m. and a funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., all at Holy Family Catholic Church in Clarkston. A luncheon will follow for all who would like to attend. The Rev. Root of Holy Family Catholic Church will officiate. Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is handling arrangements.

Memorials may be sent to Holy Family School or a charity of one's choice.

Photo: Robert L. Wolf


Gale R. Aspelund, 63

"The most important thing in the world to me is my Lord and my family. Without honor, pride and respect for one's self and others, there is nothing." Gale R. Aspelund, 63, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

He was born Oct. 14, 1948, in Miles City, MT. He graduated from Lewiston High School and joined the U.S. Navy, where he served for 22 years.

His parents, Myrad and Mildred Aspelund, preceded him in death. He is survived by his sons, Dale and Pandora of Anacortes, WA, and Dante and his partner Debbie Byram of Lewiston; his sisters, Cheryl Holbrook of Lewiston and Debbie Hislop and husband Jeff of Spirit Lake; his brother, Doug Aspelund and wife Debbie of Lenore; his beloved granddaughters, Lottie and Olive of Anacortes; his adopted granddaughters, Jessica Byram and Rebecca Cable; and many nieces, nephews and loving friends.

Gale was a very good man who took great pride in serving his country and for the men and women who still do. Family was very important to him and he was proud of the men his sons turned out to be. He enjoyed fishing and camping, loved to play pool and Yahtzee, and really loved to win. His smile would light up anyone's world.

A viewing will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston. He will receive full honors graveside at 2 p.m. Friday at Normal Hill Cemetery.

Photo: Gale R. Aspelund


Irene Isabelle Trenary, 99 ½, Kooskia

Irene Isabelle Trenary, 99 ½, of Kooskia, Idaho died early Saturday morning Dec. 17, 2011 at the Haven of Rest in Kamiah. She was born May 29, 1912, to Roy B. and Jennie Belle Duncan Weld on the farm near Chaseley, Wells Co. ND. She enjoyed all the various events that went along with growing up on their farm that her parents homesteaded in 1906. The family moved to the Kooskia area in 1928 and she graduated from Kooskia High School in 1931.

She and Claude Vale Trenary were married on Claude's 25th birthday June 22, 1935 in a unique ceremony while flying over the Lewis Clark Valley in Zimmerly's airplane. This unusual wedding location was because of Claude's infatuation with flying.

Over the years Irene and Claude made many trips in their airplane and later their motor home to various parts of the country and world.

Irene worked in all aspects of the family businesses which included the lunch counter early on and eventually she was in charge of housewares and gifts, both in the Trenary Hardware Store. In 1950 she became a licensed funeral director and served for many years with her husband in operating Trenary Funeral Home where her knowledge of and love of families in the region was of great value to both Claude and later her son, Mark, in serving the community as funeral directors.

She was a faithful member of the Kooskia Presbyterian Church where she was involved with the ladies Presbyterian Club. She spearheaded the rummage sales that they held for many years. Irene was a charter member of the ladies group in Kooskia called the Thirteen Club, which started with 13 members. Being a people person, she loved doing care packages at Christmas time and for many newlyweds. She was a very giving person and especially enjoyed giving cakes to families who had lost a dear one or when someone was ill. Irene sent thousands of birthday, sympathy, get well and wedding cards for the Presbyterian Club, as well as for herself. Irene valued her numerous friendships with many members of the Nez Perce Indian Community.

However, her primary calling was that of wife and mother in which she excelled. She was the person who kept all family ties together by her great communication skills. To a number of her nieces and nephews she was affectionately called "Aunt I".

Her husband died in 1999. She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Myrtle Smith Hurd, Webster Weld, Luella Jordan Wyckoff, and Robert Weld. Surviving are her daughter Sharon White McLean, son Mark Trenary, grandsons Bryan Trenary and Lance White, step grandsons Rob and Ryan Dennison, Byron and Brett McLean and 11 great grand children as well as her nieces and nephews.

A Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday and from 10-11 a.m. Thursday at Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia with a Celebration of her life following at 12 o'clock noon Thursday Dec. 22. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery at Kooskia. A covered dish luncheon will take place after the burial at the IOOF Lodge building in Kooskia. Funeral director grandson Ryan Dennison of Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Trenary Funeral Home is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Irene Isabelle Trenary


William Eugene 'Bill" Snook, 80, Orofino

Bill Snook

William Eugene 'Bill' Snook, 80, Orofino, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, from causes related to dementia.

Bill was born Jan. 16, 1931 in Spokane, WA, to Melvin and Lily Agnes (Redford) Snook. He was the middle child of three in the family.

His early years were spent in the logging camps around St. Maries and Priest River in north Idaho. The family moved to Orofino when he was 15 and he graduated from Orofino High School in 1949.

Bill worked in the woods with his father during his teen years. Later he joined the Air Force and spent four years serving his country. A majority of that time was in Germany. After he was discharged, he decided to attend the University of Idaho and pursue a degree in teaching. Following his college graduation, he went to the Los Angeles area of California to teach. He spent the early part of his career teaching fifth and sixth graders. Later he taught at a school for troubled teens.

He marred while in Germany and they had two children, Anola and Eugene. Following a divorce, Bill returned to Orofino and worked independently on various projects for people.

He met Bernita 'Bea' (Leavitt) Gustin in Orofino and they were married April 16, 1989 in Clarkston, WA. Her children, Kent, Denise, Tasha and Tonya, were all grown but were always helpful with projects that Bill and Bea needed done, such as getting wood.

The couple bought the Snook farm on Harmony Heights from his father and lived there for about 10 years before moving to town. Bill loved to spend time in the woods on his four-wheeler.

Bill was a long time member of Alcoholics Anonymous and tried to help others through the struggles he had experienced. He enjoyed visiting with friends at the Ponderosa and all over town when he met them. He also loved playing Santa Claus.

He spent several years as a trustee of Joint School District #171 and was an advocate for the children and their needs.

In his later years, he joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Eugene.

He is survived by his wife, Bernita 'Bea', Orofino; two sisters, Evelyn Olsen, Orofino and Mary Lou Dion, Coeur d'Alene; his daughter, Anola and her husband, Rick Bunting of Vista, CA; Bea's children, Kent Gustin of Clarkston, Denise Gustin of Clarkston, Tasha Snyder of Willowa, OR, and Tonya Doughty of Cottage Grove, OR; grandchildren, Nicole and Kristen; step grandchildren, Rickie, Jared, Amy, Stevie, Lynn, Adam, Jeremy, Jason, Jeffery, Juliann, Gary and JaRae. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

There will be a viewing from 10-10:45 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Orofino Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. He will be buried Monday in Vineland Cemetery in Clarkston.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Clearwater Humane Society, P.O. Box 2063, Orofino, ID 83544.

A special thanks to A Compassionate Care and all the caregivers who have helped so faithfully care for Bill during his illness.

Photo: William Eugene 'Bill" Snook


Wanda June Keeney Grim Stephens Stevic, 87, Orofino

Wanda J. Keeney passed Dec. 6, 2011 at Brookside Landing in Orofino. She was born Dec. 7, 1923 to Alonzo and Clara Keeney in Wahpeton, ND. She graduated from Fargo High School, Fargo, ND on Jan. 10, 1942. Wanda then graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder CO. After 10 years of service she retired from the Air Force Accounting and Finance Center in Denver, CO. She stayed and worked in Denver as an office manager for a certified public accountant for 20 years.

She was a Baptist for many years and then upon her remarriage to Marion Stephens became an Episcopalian. She was a devout member of St. Paul's Anglican Church in Midland, TX.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, Alonzo and Clara Keeney of Fargo, ND; her first husband, David Grim; daughter, Shelly Grim of Denver, CO; sister, Leora Scheid of Dent, MN.; brother, Harold Keeney of Sacramento, CA; second husband, Marion D. Stephens and third husband, William Stevic of Odessa, TX.

Wanda is survived by her son, Steven and wife, Chris Grim of Orofino; granddaughter, Sheri and husband, Jim Kondo of Dallas, TX ; three great-grandchildren; Austin, Gavin and Makalin Kondo of Dallas, TX; step-daughter, Virginia Stephens and husband, Kirk Lansdale of Denver, CO.

In respect for her wishes, cremation will take place and no services are planned. Pine Hill Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Wanda June Keeney Grim Stephens Stevic


Wanda June Keeney Grim Stephens Stevic, 87, Orofino

Wanda June Keeney Grim Stephens Stevic, 87, Orofino, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011 at Brookside Landing Retirement Community in Orofino.

At her request, cremation will take place and no services will be held. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Murray Don Anderson, 83, Orofino

Murray Don Anderson passed away Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011 at his home after a lengthy struggle following surgery.

Murray Do Anderson

He was born July 20, 1928 to Oliver and Alma Anderson at Grand Marais, MN.

After spending his youth attending school and fishing, not necessarily in that order, in 1949 he joined the U.S. Air Force, served in Okinawa and was honorably discharged in 1952.

On Sept. 6, 1958, he married the love his life, Lindyce Nivala Anderson. They lived in Grand Marais until moving to Orofino in 1970. In 1972, they started A & B Electric, Inc. and in 1984 they sold the retail business, but he continued working in the commercial refrigeration and heating and a/c field until his retirement in 1990.

He loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman. He spent many hours at the river with his four-legged friend, Sassie.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years; son, Daniel; daughter-in-law, Carol; and grandson, Eric, all of Orofino; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and all of his sibling: Guyal, Jim, Joyce, Doris, Ione, Judy and Evelyn Claire.

A celebration of his life will be held on Dec. 4 from 1-4 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), 330 Michigan Ave. in Orofino. Burial will be at a later date in Grand Marais, MN.

Memorials may be sent to the Orofino Kiwanis Foundation, P.O. Box 1317, Orofino, ID 83544.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Murray Don Anderson


Crystal Dawn Hixson, 24, Orofino

Crystal Dawn Hixson, 24, Orofino, passed away Monday, Nov. 21, 2011.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, Nov. 26 at 2 p.m. at the Orofino Tabernacle Church in Orofino. A potluck will follow.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Cleo Altmiller, 55, Lenore

Cleo Altmiller, 55, of Lenore, died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. In remembrance of a very dear mother, daughter, sister and friend, Cleo is now in her happy place enjoying her life just as she did here on earth.

No words can express what she meant to all. Her smiling face and tender personality is called beauty. She will be missed.

To celebrate her life, please join us at the VFW on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 3 p.m. A potluck will be held afterwards, so please bring a dish to share along with your memories.

Photo: Cleo Altmiller


Bonnie Jean Delaney, 89, born in Peck

Bonnie Jean Delaney, 89, Spokane, WA, passed away Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011 at Fairwood Retirement Community and Assisted Living in Spokane.

She was born March 13, 1922 to Heram and Martha McCollister in Peck.

A visitation will be held Saturday, Nov. 26, from 9-10 a.m. at the Orofino Tabernacle Church in Orofino with a funeral service to follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Bonnie Jean Delaney


John Jacob Tierney, 100, coach at Weippe

John J. Tierney, a former superintendent and high school coach, passed away Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, at the age of 100. He was born April 11, 1911, to William and Louise Tierney at Thorncreek, near Genesee. He attended Lower Thorncreek Grade School and graduated from Genesee High School in 1929. He later attended the University of Idaho, graduating with an education degree in 1936.

John Jacob Tierney

John taught and coached at Cambridge High School during 1936-37. From the fall of 1937 to 1941, he coached and taught at Ferdinand High School. He became head basketball coach and teacher at Grangeville High School in the fall of 1941. Later that fall, he was hired as superintendent and coach at Gifford High School. While at Gifford, he met grade school teacher Sylvia Kirkpatrick of Reubens. They were married Nov. 25, 1942.

Tierney was superintendent and coach at Weippe until 1950. In the spring of 1950, he resigned and moved to Lewiston, where he and Sylvia operated Tierney Grocery on Thain Road in the Orchards for six years. They then operated the Tierney IGA Foodliner for another 18 years before selling the business and retiring in 1973. John was an avid sports fan. While attending the University of Idaho, he worked at the college sports desk and created a column called "Tierney Tips" - which attempted to predict sporting results.

Tierney loved to bowl. He starting bowling at Orchard Lanes and formed his own league. Later, he became secretary-treasurer of the senior bowling league at the Imperial Bowl. He resigned in 2000 after 21 years of service.

During the 1940s, John and his brother Richard operated a traveling roller skating rink. They set up in the many gyms and dance halls in northern Idaho and eastern Washington, moving to a different location each day.

John is survived by his wife, Sylvia; sons, Ron of Lincoln City and Lannie of Portland; daughter, Karen Gailey and husband, Doug, of Boise; brother, Richard of Lewiston; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by sisters Mary Moehrle, Teresa Kuhn, Mabel Schlueter, Margaret Fleiger, Louise Moehrle and Evelyn Reisenauer; and brothers, William and Edward.

Rosary service will be recited at 10 a.m. Tuesday at All Saints Catholic Parish at St. Stanislaus Church. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 followed by burial at Normal Hill Cemetery in Lewiston.

An online guest book is available at www.vassar-rawls.com.

The family requests that any memorial be made to the choice of the donor.

Photo: John Jacob Tierney


Danielle E. Chilberg, 67

Danielle Elaine Granger Chilberg passed away quietly Nov. 18, 2011, after a long illness, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, from complications from small-cell lung cancer and more recent brain cancer, with her loving husband at her bedside.

She was born to John Merle Granger and Grace Lund Granger Oct. 1, 1944, at the Grace Hospital in Detroit. She was raised in the Los Angeles area, Bellflower, CA and settled in Kendrick after her marriage to Duane Chilberg, a longtime wheat and cattle rancher on Cedar Ridge.

She was employed for many years at San Juan County Bank as a loan officer in Friday Harbor, WA; employed many years with Boeing working in planning at the Seattle, WA facility; and more recently in medical insurance billing in Orofino, for two different offices before her illness.

She is survived by her husband, Duane, at the family home; her sister, Marilyn Granger Willick, of Redding, CA; her children, Ray Burdick of Moscow, Theresa Burdick Parker and husband, Bill Parke,r of Juliaetta, and Marie Burdick Avalon of Albuquerque, NM; stepdaughter, Yvonne Newberry of Moscow; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

You are finally at peace with our Lord in heaven our beloved Dani FOREVER and ALWAYS. You will definitely be missed by all who knew you well.

The family wishes to thank Dani's dear friend Janice Van Hook for her loving care and support at the hospital, the caring staff at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Carondelet House and Dr. Drakes.

A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday at the Kendrick Assembly of God Church, with the Rev. Marvin Preussler officiating.

Memorials may be made to Carondelet House- SJ Foundation, P.O. Box 816, Lewiston, ID 83501; or JK Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 182, Kendrick, ID 83537.

Photo: Danielle E. Chilberg


Aretha Harvey Chilton, 98, Orofino

Aretha Harvey Chilton, born April 8, 1913, passed away Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. She was the second of seven children born to Ora J. and Lillie Martin Harvey at Harrisburg. She attended the rural school there through the seventh grade. The family moved to Kamiah where she graduated from high school in 1930. Aretha attended the University of Idaho where she earned a degree in education. She went on to teach at rural schools for 10 years in Winona, Harmony Heights and Greer. In 1935 she moved with the family to Orofino.

Aretha married Lee Chilton on Aug. 12, 1939. They continued to live in the Orofino area where they raised their family of three children. As her family grew, she became very active in their activities. She was a leader for Camp Fire Girls, a leader for 4-H groups, den mother for Cub Scout groups and little league baseball coach.

Aretha did substitute teaching in the Orofino school system for several years. She served as Orofino city librarian from 1959 to 1961. She then accepted the personnel assistant position for the Forest Service with the Clearwater National Forest. After her retirement in 1975, she and Lee traveled throughout the lower 48 states, Alaska and Canada.

Aretha kept very busy with her numerous hobbies. She taught herself to do pine needle basket work, lapidary work, wood carving, needlework, quilt making, gardening, card making and wood work.

After Lee's death in 1985, she devoted much of her time to doing volunteer work for Hospice, her church, RSVP, the hospital auxiliary, the Board of Community Guardians and as service officer for the Retired Federal Employees for 20 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee; her parents; brothers, George and Harry, and two sisters, Bessie Harvey and Lorene Secrest.

Aretha is survived by daughter, Kay Jacobs of Lewiston; daughter Carol of Post Falls; and son, Richard of Oregon City, OR. She is also survived by her brother, Omer Harvey of Lewiston; brother, Finas Harvey of Boise; sister, Ernestine Ball Northcutt of LaGrande, OR; plus many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The family requests that donations be made to the Senior Center of Orofino, P.O. Box 93, Orofino, ID 83544, in lieu of flowers.

A visitation will be held Tuesday, Nov. 22, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Orofino Tabernacle Church in Orofino. A memorial service will follow at the same location at 1 p.m.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Aretha Harvey Chilton


Aretha L. Harvey Chilton, 98, Orofino

Aretha L. Harvey Chilton, 98, Orofino, passed away Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

A visitation will be held Tuesday, Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Orofino Tabernacle Church in Orofino. A memorial service will follow at the same location at 1 p.m.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Charles 'Bud' William Pedersen, 78, WHS graduate

Charles Pedersen passed away Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, after a long and brave battle with cancer, with his two sons, Redgey and Guy, and family by his side.

Bud was born March 24, 1933, in Spokane, WA. He graduated from Weippe High School. He was in the National Guard and was a Korean War veteran. Bud worked at the Potlatch Mill for 42 years before and after his military service until his retirement from Potlatch.

Bud was an avid race car fan; his two favorite drivers were A.J. Foyt and Kyle Busch. He also spent a great deal of time at the Banana Belt Speedway in Lewiston and raced go-carts in Spokane with the World of Outlaws. He loved motorcycles and cars; he bought and sold many makes and models and there was always a car or motorcycle that he just had to have!

Bud was married to Dorothy Solom and had two sons, Redgey and Guy. They later divorced. He married Lois Sunberg and together raised his two boys.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents, Harry Pedersen and Lois Eastman; and his biological father, Oswald (Oz) Johnston. He leaves behind his brothers, Gary Pedersen and Conrad Pedersen; sister. Alma Faye; sons, Redgey and Guy Pedersen; grandsons Jesse and Greg; granddaughter Kelly; and great-grandson Dylan Pedersen.

We greatly appreciate all the help and wonderful people from St. Joseph Hospice and ask that any contributions be sent to St. Joseph Hospice.

There will be a celebration of life at noon Sunday at Rowdy's Steak House. Bring your best stories and share. God Bless - the Pedersens.

Photo: Charles 'Bud' William Pedersen


Norman J. Olson, 49, Orofino

Norman J. Olson, 49, Orofino, passed away at his home in Orofino Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011.

Memorial services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory are caring for arrangements.


Mary Louise Litchfield, 91

Mary Louise Litchfield, 91, passed away Sunday Nov. 6, 2011, at Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston, WA, from complications of a hip fracture.

Mary was born April 30, 1920, to Erastas Clifford Aplington and Mary Sophia Oliver, in Clarkston.

She married Charles Nelson Litchfield Jr. just four days after graduating from Clarkston High School. They eloped and were married in Bonners Ferry June 1, 1938. They were happily married until his death in 1973. They raised five children and lived on Warner Avenue in the Lewiston Orchards until 1978. For several years she worked as a nurse's aide for a convalescent center in the Orchards, earning enough income to put several of her children through school. She moved to Yakima in 1978 to be near one of her sons and lived there for 33 years.

Mary worked at the S.D.A. Community Services in various capacities since 1957, both in Lewiston and also in Yakima. She helped make thousands of quilts over the years to donate to those who needed them. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed reading - especially scripture.

She was a great mother, very gracious, always helping others and putting others ahead of herself. We will miss her dearly.

Mary is survived by her daughters, Lana Lee and Joe Decicio and children of Sandpoint, Idaho, and Barbara and Ransom Bentley of Ahsahka; sons Steve and Colette Litchfield of Yakima, and Doug and June Litchfield of Lewiston; sister Lucille Hogan of Sparks, Nev.; grandchildren Cliff Decicio, Frank Decicio, Rick Decicio, Randy Decicio, Dan and Beth Litchfield, Robert Butler, Louise and Brian Hofer, Marc Litchfield, Elena Litchfield and Lacie Bentley; great-grandchildren Jeromy Decicio, Aaron Decicio, Jolana Decicio, Jared Litchfield, Tiffany Kite, McKayla Butler, Justin Wiese, Chelsia Weise and Samuel Hoefer; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Nelson Litchfield Jr., daughter Nancy Jean Wigant, and sisters Vivian Nichols and Nadine Bertran.

At the request of Mary and her family there will be no services. Merchant Funeral Home of Clarkston is handling arrangements.

Photo: Mary Louise Litchfield


Norma Ruth Pettengill, 78, Peck

Norma Ruth Pettengill, 78, Peck, passed away Thursday, Nov. 4, 2011 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel with burial to follow at Riverside Cemetery.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.


John A. 'Jack' Woodland, 82

Jack Woodland passed away Oct. 28, 2011, after a prolonged battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

Jack was born Nov. 12, 1928, in Lewiston, to Lester and Loretta Woodland. He attended St. Stanislaus Catholic School, later graduating from Lewiston High School. On May 21, 1949, Jack married Anna Anderson of Lenore.

He was a member of the 148th Field Artillery Battalion for the Idaho National Guard. Jack proudly served his country in the Korean War as a master sergeant from 1951-53. Upon returning from Korea, he and Anna settled in Spokane, WA, later moving their family to Sandpoint. Jack worked for the Spokane International Union Pacific Railroad until he retired in 1988.

Retirement brought the couple back to Lewiston, where Jack, along with Art Court, started the National Guard coffee group. This camaraderie was something Jack loved and looked forward to each week.

Jack was a man of many interests. First and foremost, he loved spending time with his friends and family. To know him was to know his boisterous laugh, his big heart and his larger-than-life presence. Jack knew no strangers. He found great joy driving and tinkering with his stock cars, Model A, Baja Bug, motorcycles and boat.

Jack is survived by his wife of 62 years, Anna of Lewiston; children, Ed and Kathy Woodland of West Palm Beach, FL., Terri Woodland and Arnie Rathbun of Coeur d'Alene, Connie Woodland and Richard Ballard of Sandpoint, Tom and Jane Woodland of Gooding and Jackie Woodland and Steve Acarregui of Boise; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerry and Sandy Woodland and Jim and Pat Woodland of Spokane.

Jack was preceded in death by his infant son, Mark, and sister, Peggy.

The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Thursday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, followed by a graveside service with military honors at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens.


Elizabeth Pierce, 52, born in Orofino

Elizabeth (Liz) Pierce of Lewiston passed away Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, surrounded by her family and friends.

Elizabeth Jane DeForest was born Aug. 15, 1959, in Orofino, to Joyce and Gerald Lee DeForest. She graduated from Lewiston High School in 1977. Liz had a huge heart and believed in helping others, as she always did. Liz married David Simpson, and they later divorced. She married Samuel (Ed) Pierce June 24, 1984.

Liz is survived by her husband, Ed; her sons and their families, Timothy and Mel DeForest of Clarkston, and Jerry and Corine DeForest of Lewiston; her mother, Joyce Payton of Kamiah; her sisters, Harriet Kalm of Lewiston, Aurora and Ken Riley of Clarkston, WA, and Melinda Carranza of Clarkston; her brothers, Calvin Hines of Kamiah, and Gerald and Melanie Hines of Lewiston; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; many nieces and nephews; and great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Liz was preceded in death by her father, Gerald, and her stepfather, Gale Payton.

There will be a service for Liz's family and close friends at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lewiston Community Center. Bring your favorite covered dish.

Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home and Crematory in Lewiston is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Elizabeth Pierce


Thelma Z. McPherson, 98, formerly of Clearwater County

Thelma Snyder Stevens McPherson, the widow of John J. Stevens and James B. McPherson, died of infirmities of age at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011.

She was born at Fraser to Henry C. and Ella Smith Snyder. The family moved to Fords Creek, Orofino and then to Pierce, where she went to grade school and high school.

She attended Lewiston Normal School (now Lewis-Clark State College) and the University of Idaho at Moscow, and graduated from Idaho State College at Pocatello.

Thelma taught school for many years at Bliss, Boise, Pierce and Kamiah, and in Girdwood, AK.

In 1963, she was awarded the first certificate of appreciation in recognition of 13 years of devoted service to the public school children of Idaho. She continued to teach until 1980.

She lived most of her life at Pierce and Kamiah. She moved to Myrtle in May 1993. Thelma enjoyed bowling, gardening and the outdoors.

She is survived by two daughters, Ella E. Joyce of Cavendish and Carol J. Brown of Myrtle; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Howard W. and Leo B. Snyder; and two sisters, Ruby Halliday and Opal Walsvig.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Pierce Cemetery. Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Thelma Z. McPherson


Stephen Douglas Pruitt, 58, formerly of Orofino

Stephen Douglas Pruitt was born on October 21, 1952 in Moscow. He was the only child of Wilmer Wesley Pruitt and Lucille Poore Pruitt. Always an Idaho native, Steve was raised in Orofino and Kamiah along the Clearwater River in the northern part of the state.

He received his Bachelor of Architecture from University of Idaho, Moscow in May 1977. Steve was active in the Greek system at U of I as a proud Sigma Nu. He met Collett Marie Warren, an Alpha Phi, the first week of their freshman year. They began dating their sophomore year, and in August 1975, the two were married in Collett's hometown of Elko, NV. Upon graduation, Collett and Steve car camped across Europe and Scandinavia for four months before settling in Coeur d'Alene.

In July 1978 they moved to the Wood River Valley where they raised both of their daughters. Gariety Warren Pruitt was born May 1984, and Kaley Warren Pruitt arrived February 1988. Both girls affectionately called him 'Papa'. Steve's father 'Bus' passed away December 1987, and he lost his mother December 2010.

Steve and Collett moved to the Wood River Valley so Steve could practice residential architecture. He was a licensed, registered, AIA architect for 33 years, designing homes in California, Nevada, the Pacific Northwest and even Arkansas. He designed the family's current home in Zinc Spur in 1983 where the girls grew up and still come home to today. He founded his own firm Architecture Plus in 1986. Steve was passionate about designing creative and functional homes. He formed many lifelong friendships during his career; he had an innate ability to listen, envision, and enable his clients to realize their ideal homes.

Throughout his life, Steve firmly believed in contributing to the communities he lived in. Always enthusiastic, he was an avid parent volunteer during Gariety and Kaley's entire school careers. From leading the architectural project at Hemingway to repainting the hallways of WRHS, he enjoyed being an active father. Within the community, he also served with: Blaine County Planning & Zoning, Lions Club, Sawtooth City Homeowners Association, Building Contractors Association of the Wood River Valley, Mountain States Chapter of AIA, Laughing Stock Theatre Company, Ketchum Arts Commission, Wood River Economic Partnership, and Ketchum Community Development Corporation. Recently he was particularly proud of his role in the creation of the Ketchum Town Square, Art on 4th, and the Kagan Park.

His adventurous soul led him to many places in the world. He and Collett have fond memories of their travels to Europe, the Caribbean, and India. He cherished the Sawtooth Basin and camped with his family at their property in Smiley Creek every summer. As the girls grew up, the Pruitts took many memorable family trips to the National Parks of the West and the big cities on both coasts. Steve also backpacked with friends and took annual trips with Kaley throughout the state of Idaho. While Gariety was living in South America, Steve and Kaley visited her in Paraguay and together they hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru. His adventures at home included creative cooking and being behind the wheel of his treasured 1914 Model T 'Toady'.

Steve had a love for the stage, and it developed into quite the family affair. Over the years, all four Pruitts performed side by side. He was a familiar face in many Laughing Stock productions, beginning with his first chorus role in 1979 in Mame. Some of his most favorite roles were: Nicely Nicely in Guys & Dolls, Will in Oklahoma, the Coach in Damn Yankees, Sancho in Man of La Mancha, a townsman in Christmas Carol, and of course, the Emcee in Cabaret. As the theater became a second home for the Pruitts, the fellow players became, and always will be, their second family.

Steve's love for his girls has been his motivating force throughout his adult life. This was most apparent when he was diagnosed with a malignant aggressive sarcoma in his spine in July of 2010. He withstood radiation, a one-of-a kind tumor resection surgery, chemotherapy, clinical trials, and alternative medicine. He was treated with skill and compassion at the Mountain State Tumor Institute in both Twin Falls and Boise, and most extensively at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

Through the grace and generosity of family friends in Newton, the Pruitts were able to enjoy a lot of time together in this crucial year. Steve and Collett watched proudly as their daughters began their careers in New York City. Gariety is pursing Dual Master's Degrees in Elections & Campaign Management and Latin American & Latino Studies at Fordham University. After graduating from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Kaley is now dancing and choreographing professionally as well as working in arts administration.

Despite Steve's brave and difficult battle, treatments did not stop the growth of the tumors. The Pruitts returned to the Valley to enjoy its beautiful Indian Summer with family and friends. Just before dawn on Monday October 3rd, Steve passed peacefully at his Zinc Spur home surrounded by Collett, Gariety, Kaley, and their beloved dog Mavis.

There will be a celebration of Steve's life on his birthday, Friday Oct. 21, 2011. It will be held at the NexStage Theatre starting at 7 p.m., with the program beginning at 8:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, Collett, Gariety, and Kaley suggest a memorial donation to Laughing Stock Theatre Company or Hospice and Palliative Care of the Wood River Valley. Although his time was too short in years, his life was lived fully; Steve will always be remembered and celebrated by those who knew and loved him.

Photo: Stephen Douglas Pruitt


Thomas R. Pease passed away Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, at Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston. He was surrounded by his family at the time of his passing. Tom was born Jan. 24, 1928, in Spokane, WA, to Alice Gilbert Pease and Richard C. Pease.

He grew up on the family farm near Lenore. As a young boy of 14, he worked for the railroad at Lenore. Tom went to school in Lenore, Orofino and Lapwai, leaving school at age 17 to enlist in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He trained in Fort Lewis, WA, and served with the 65th Combat Engineers, attached to the 25th Infantry Division on the island of Honshu, Japan, reaching the rank of corporal. He was honorably discharged in 1947, moved to Clarkston, WA, and began working at Solberg-Currie Olds auto dealership.

It was during this time that Tom met his true love, Irene Adamson. They married June 4, 1948, and celebrated their 63rd anniversary this year.

Through the following years Tom worked a variety of businesses including: Kauffman Buick, Tom Smiths Nut Shop, Singer Sewing Co., Seven-Up sales and delivery, and Crescent Manufacturing. Tom and Irene purchased the Clarkston Heights Market in 1960 and ran it until 1964. He also worked in sales at Gray Buick for several years.

In 1967, Tom began a new phase in his life when he began employment with the National Bank of Commerce as a loan officer. Tom enjoyed his time with the bank, through the mergers with Rainier and eventually SeaFirst, until he retired in 1982.

Tom was a 49-year member of the Elk's Lodge of Lewiston. He was a longtime member of the Clarkston Moose Lodge, spent 41 years in the Clarkston Lions Club, was Lion of the year in 1983-84, co-Lion of the year 1992-93 and took particular pride in his responsibility as sight chairman for 21 years. He was also a life member of the Clarkston Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Tom enjoyed hunting and fishing in his younger years - training and instilling respect for the outdoors in his children. He loved to entertain his friends and family with jokes, stories and personal anecdotes. The boys at Station 3 coffee club will never be the same without Tom. He will be greatly missed by all.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Robert J. Pease. He is survived by his wife, Irene; his children, Mike Pease and wife Mickey of Phoenix, AZ, Stan Pease and wife Kristi of Snohomish, WA, Resa Whittum and husband Ron, and Rob Pease and wife Kelly, all of Clarkston; and the delight of his life, his six grandchildren, Ryan and Thomas Whittum, Justin and Trevor Pease, and Rob and Lorie Alexander; and four great-grandchildren, Emma and Kacen Whittum and Josh and Emily Alexander.

Private interment services for family will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at Normal Hill Cemetery in Lewiston. All are welcome for a memorial service to be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Moose Lodge in Clarkston. The family asks that you come with your stories as we toast Tom's journey through life.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the VFW, Clarkston Lions Club Sight Program, Elks Rehabilitation programs or a charity of the donor's choosing.

Photo: Thomas R. Pease


James Edward Lawrence Jr., 54

James went to be with our creator Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. James was born to James and Verna Bernice Lawrence Dec. 12, 1956, in Clarkston, WA.

His family home was in Lapwai. He attended grade schools in the Lapwai area and high school at Chemawa Indian School in Salem, OR He later attended welding school at United Tribes Technical School in Bismarck, ND, where he met Natalie Little Owl.

James and Natalie were married in April 1981 and gave life to his only child, Jaime Nadell Lawrence, but divorced in 1984.

James was an enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe.

He enjoyed being with family and friends, listening to music and watching movies. He was a very giving and friendly man who was always smiling and had much love for his family.

James is survived by his daughter, Jaime Lawrence-Bad Bear; son-in-law, Vincent Bad Bear; and granddaughter, Jaivin Bad Bear; all of Crow Agency, MT; brothers, Bruce and Roger Lawrence, both of Lapwai; sisters, Mary Lawrence and Marcia Villegas, both of Lapwai; nieces and their spouses, Vestal and Antonio Smith, and Verna Taylor and Randall Higheagle, all of Lapwai; grand-nieces, Jasmine Smith, Asia Taylor, Kiara Smith and Kelani Smith, all of Lapwai; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Sr. and Verna Bernice; maternal grandparents, Caleb and Mary Carter; paternal grandparents, Osias and Ellen Lawrence; and nephew, Michael Taylor Jr.

The family would like to thank the staff and doctors at the Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation Center in Orofino for their care.

A memorial was conducted at the Pi Nee Waus Community Center in Lapwai. Funeral services were Wednesday, also at the Pi Nee Waus Community Center, followed by the burial at the Nez Perce Tribal Cemetery and dinner at the Pi Nee Waus Community Center.

Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of the arrangements.

Photo: James Edward Lawrence Jr.


Henry 'Mike' Morrison, 76, Orofino

Henry (Michael H.) Morrison the "miracle man",got his last "Miracle" of all--he went to be with the Lord on Friday, Oct. 7, 2011. This ended 17 1/2 years of fighting ill health here on earth.

He was born in Garfield, AR, April 17, 1935 to Virgil and Nova (Duke) Morrison.

Mike married Patricia A. Pedersen on April 17, 1957 in Boise. Their three precious children were also born in Boise.

Mike did many things in his working life and allwere done with much gusto. In his retirement years he especially enjoyed his family, fishing, mowing the field and growing tomatoes.

He is survived by his wife, Pat, at their Orofino home. He is also survived by his daughter Debbie (Tim) Ringer of Grangeville; sons, Michael Steven Morrison of Pocatello and Daniel Scott Morrison of Anchorage, AK; brother-in law, Max L. Pedersen in Alaska; four grandchildren, Michael Brandon (Kandi) Morrison, Kendra Marie (Josh) Nelson, Jenifer Nicole Morrison and Jordan Ann Leininger; plus three great-grandchildren, Alexis, Michael Alan and Ezekiel; and a niece and two nephews in Arizona and California. He also leaves behind a dear friend, Wayne 'Perk' Perkins, Orofino, and an old high school buddy, Floyd Gambrel of Eden.

He is now in the arms of those who preceded him in death; his parents and his sister, Virgie Pedersen Truchot.

At his request no services are planned. His ashes and the ashes of his beloved poodle, Foxy, will be spread over the open field at his home on Eureka Ridge.

We miss you, but are so grateful your struggles and pain are over--now you can run and frolic with your little Foxy that you missed so much. Rest in Peace.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory are caring for arrangements.

Photo: Henry 'Mike' Morrison


Joann K. Hansen, 79, formerly of Clearwater County

Joann K. Hansen of Asotin passed away Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, at Riverview Residential Care Center of a brain tumor. Joann was born Dec. 23, 1931, to Josef Schmid and Clara Pritchard in Fraser.

Josef went back to Germany and could not return because of the outbreak of World War II. Clara married the Rev. Emmett Bonner Feb. 1, 1934. Joann had five brothers, Emmett Lee, Tim, Terry, Jim and Philip. She also had three sisters, Joy, Mona and Willy Jo.

Albert Hansen and Joann were married April 2, 1949.

Through the years, she worked in the logging camps and worked in the office for Potlatch as a key-punch operator. She was a substitute teacher for area schools, and she taught piano lessons every morning that they lived in Headquarters. Joann loved her family and God with all of her heart, mind and soul.

Joann and Ab traveled all over the world helping as missionaries; their favorite place was in the Philippines. Joann was the person who people called when they needed prayer. It didn't matter what time of day that you needed prayer, she was always available. Joann held several positions in Aglow. Her love and compassion for women shined through whenever she found a woman in need.

Joann loved to be outdoors doing something. She loved to hunt, fish, go camping with her family, gardening and skiing. She was a great decorator and loved to change the appearance of her home with various antiques and treasures from her children and grandchildren. She always tried to go to all of the grandkids' concerts and activities. Her grandkids called her Gigi.

Ab and Joann have five children whom they raised in the Headquarters area: Chuck, who is deceased, and his widow Lonna of Lewiston; Kim and his wife Yolanda of Gig Harbor, WA; Quinn Hansen of Clarkston, WA; Craig and his wife Jeanne of Lewiston; and Scott and his wife Cheri of Lewiston. Ab and Joann have 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Joann was also preceded in death by her husband Ab; brother, Emmett Lee Bonner; sister, Joy Bullock; and grandson, Shon Hansen.

Condolences to the family may be sent to www.merchantfuneralhome.com.

A celebration of life will be conducted at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Abundant Life Church in Clarkston.

Photo: Joann K. Hansen


Clifford Logan Immel, Jr., 83, Ahsahka

Clifford Logan Immel, Jr., 83, Ahsahka, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2011 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Orofino, is caring for arrangements.


Henry Leroy 'Roy)' Clay, 84, Orofino

Henry Leroy 'Roy' Clay, longtime resident of Orofino, passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino after a sudden and unexpected illness. His children were with him at his bedside when the good Lord called him home.

Roy was born in Lewiston on Jan. 22, 1927 to William F. Clay and Marcelle Nadine Hengen. He was the oldest of three children. The family relocated to Portland, OR, during his high school years where he worked in the shipyards learning various trades and skills. After graduating from Franklin High School in Portland he attended Oregon State University in Corvallis studying engineering.

Roy married Rose Marie Lenz December 28, 1947. Having missed Idaho, Roy and Rose moved to Orofino where he worked in the Orofino Creamery. Roy also put his skills to work in the construction field where he built and remodeled many homes, including his own which he lived in at the time of his death. In 1957 Roy purchased the Fountain in Orofino and eventually decided to remodel it, renaming it the Ponderosa Restaurant. It later became the Ponderosa Restaurant and Brass Rail and is a thriving business today. On Nov. 10, 2002 Roy lost his wife and best friend of 55 years.

Roy leaves behind his most precious gift of all, his three children who were the center of his life; Katherine (Kathy) Hanson and her husband, Larry, Lucinda (Cindy) Freeman and her husband, Fenton, and Michael H. Clay and his wife, Sandy all of Orofino. Other survivors of the family include seven grandchildren, Jeff Hanson, Boise; Janelle Burns, Portland; Rachell Larsen, Orofino; Stephanie Craner, Palmer, AK; Nikki Anderson, Orofino; Hope Coleman, Orofino; and Cory Medley, Orofino; and eleven great-grandchildren. Roy also leaves behind a half-brother, Allen Hengen, a half-sister, Joyce Hanson and a step-sister, Arlene Snowden.

Throughout the years, Roy established friends all over the Northwest, many of them high ranking politicians who often sought advice from Roy regarding local issues. Roy cared about his community and cared even more for the people who lived in Orofino. To help make a difference, he ran for City Council in 1970 and won. In 1974 he ran for Mayor and served twelve years as the Chief Elected Official of Orofino. After a break in Public Service, he was asked to fill a vacancy on the City Council which he accepted. He subsequently won re-election and was running for the City Council again at the time of his death. Between being Mayor and his tenure on the City Council, he served a total of 28 years as a public servant. The only thing he cherished more was his family, his business at the Ponderosa and his love of flying. Oh, how he loved to fly.

Roy served as President of the Orofino Chamber of Commerce as well as President of the North Idaho Chamber of Commerce (NICC). The NICC is a non-partisan organization that has enormous influence with the Idaho Legislature. He believed in standing up and making his voice heard, especially if proposed legislation impacted local government or private sector businesses. Throughout the years he was asked to run for the State Legislature but declined. He remained nonpartisan because he felt he could better serve his community and business environment without taking heated sides.

Roy received many awards throughout his lifetime. Other than his children and family, he was proud of his work trying to ameliorate the jurisdictional differences between the Nez Perce Tribe and many public entities in North Central Idaho. As a result of his dedication and perseverance, Harvard University awarded him an Executive Leadership Certificate. As a result, he and three other individuals from North Central Idaho were asked to speak before the Harvard Law School, the Harvard Business School, Harvard faculty and the students during a week-long speaker tour relating to conflict resolution. What Roy didn't know was that there were world renowned professionals from all over the globe in attendance looking for new strategies dealing with conflict. They couldn't figure out what was working in North Central Idaho. It was a very positive week where he and his group showed extraordinary leadership.

Final services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, at the Best Western Lodge in Orofino. Pine Hills Funeral Home in Orofino is in charge of the arrangements. Burial will take place in Lewiston at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations may be sent to Clearwater Valley Hospital, 301 Cedar Street, Orofino, ID 83544.


Elvita Judd, 90, formerly of Fraser

Elvita Judd passed away Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at age 90 of age related causes. Born Anna Elvita Green on July 23, 1921 in Blaine, KS, she was the 13th child of James and Josephine Green.

Elvita moved to the Fraser area in 1939 where she met Claud R. Judd. They were married Sept. 20, 1941 and raised five children together. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary before Claud passed away in 2007. In their early life together, Elvita was a mother and homemaker while Claud worked at Schmidt's lumber mill and helped his father farm. Later, they took over the family homestead and became life long farm people. After retiring they remained living there.

Elvita was very active in the local community.: She belonged to the Fraser Ladies Get Together Club, Clearwater County Homemaker Extension Club, Clearwater Valley Hospital Auxiliary, and was the Fraser News reporter for the Clearwater Tribune for many years. She was a 60-year member of the Fraser Grange, a leader in the Fraser Boosters 4-H club for 50 years and in 2001 she was inducted into the Idaho 4-H Hall of Fame. She was a good cook and known in the community for her pies and in 1968 was chosen Clearwater County Homemaker of the year. She also received numerous awards at the Clearwater County Fairs. While Claud served in the Idaho Legislature, she was a member of the Idaho Legisladies group. She was appointed by then Governor Cecil D. Andrus to serve for three days in place of then Senator Marguerite McLaughlin.

Elvita took pride each year in her beautiful flower garden and had a big vegetable garden which provided canned food for the family. She enjoyed playing cards and hosting people for dinners and gatherings. She was an active member of Our Lady of the Woodland Catholic Church in Pierce. She was a hard worker, very good mother, and loved spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 12 siblings; husband, Claud; and son, Melvin. Survivors include sons, Larry (Cindy) Judd and Don (Sharon) Judd of Lewiston, Howard (Diane) Judd of Coeur d'Alene and daughter, Loretta Judd of Spokane, WA. Elvita is also survived by grandchildren Dave, Toni, David, Cara, Kristin, Leanne, Julie, Brian, Raina, Matt, Brett and Scott and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. Burial will follow at the Fraser Cemetery and a potluck dinner will be at the Fraser Community Center afterwards.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Fraser Community Center in care of Marie Armitage, 234 Jackson Rd., Orofino, Idaho 83544 or charity of your choice.

Photo: Elvita Judd


Lester Franklin Steward, 47, Orofino

Lester Franklin Steward, Orofino, passed away Monday, Sept. 19, 2011 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. He was taken from us with our dad and younger brother Timothy beside him leading him into the arms of heaven. He was 47.

He was born Oct. 21, 1963 in Orofino to Vena and Bill Steward. He graduated from Orofino High School in 1983 and from Lewis-Clark State College as a computer drafter in 2000, acquiring a job with Cuddy and Associates immediately thereafter.

He took all his tasks seriously and showed diligence and pride in every one ensuring they met all their deadlines. He was a precise draftsman, loving his job and co-workers.

Lester is survived by his mother, Vena Steward; brothers, Billy and wife Chris, Ken, Ron and Jon; sisters, Dena Rose and Tracia Young.; many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. He took special moments with each one of them giving them all cherished memories and loved making each one feel as if they were his favorite.

He will be forever be loved and missed while he walks in heaven with all our loved ones, dad and Timmy by his side and his aunts and uncles and grandparents holding him in their comfort.

We love you Lester and we're so grateful to call you our brother.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Sept. 23, at 11 a.m. at Covenant House Christian Center, 12517 Hartford Ave. in Orofino.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.

Photo: Lester Franklin Steward


Gary James Stewart, 71, Weippe

Gary James Stewart, 71, Weippe, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino of sudden heart failure. We lost our wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He touched lots of hearts in his life time.

He was born Dec. 31, 1939 in Orofino to Stella and Leonard Stewart. He has five siblings, Beryl and (Hank) Spencer of Pierce, Leonard and (Janet) Stewart of Coeur d'Alene, Anita and (Bill) Lear of Peck, Neona and (John) Davis of Pierce and Richard and Judy Stewart of Lewiston. He has many nephews and nieces that love him very much. He would do anything for them.

He married the love of his life, Shirley Stout on May 13, 1966 in Weippe. They have two daughters, Betty and (John) Stinson of Pierce and Ronda and (Leo) Binder of Orofino; five grandchildren, Gary and Cheri Stewart, John Stinson, Brandon and Nikki Binder; five great grandchildren, Jordon, Tyson, Jaimie, Alyssa and Leighton.

Gary and Shirley lived at Grangemont for 32 years before moving to Weippe where they lived at the time of his death. They spent 45 years together.

Gary worked many different jobs in his lifetime. He enjoyed logging the most. He retired in 2002. He enjoyed having the grandchildren around. He always called them his babies. He always made sure his family was taken care of, even if it meant he went without.

Gary loved to go camping, fishing, hunting and riding his 4-wheeler and going on long rides with his sons-in-law and grandsons. He always called his grandsons by Hey #1 (Gary), Hey #2 (John) and Hey #3 (Brandon).

Services for Gary will be Friday, Sept. 23, at 1 p.m. at the Weippe Community Hall. A potluck will follow. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. On Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, the family is having a private celebration of Gary's life to spread his ashes.

I cried when you passed away, although I loved you dearly, I couldn't make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest. God broke my heart to prove to me he only takes the best.

Dad's Gone Fishing

I went for a walk the morning after my dad passed away. The angels started to cry with me as I walked, I wasn't alone. I felt strong arms around me. It was the Lord and he said to me don't cry my child your dad is with me now and going fishing. I had to laugh to myself who says God doesn't have a sense of humor, and he's taking my dad fishing.

--by Daddy's Little Girl, Ronda

Photo: Gary James Stewart


Leroy A. Altmiller, 76, former Clearwater County Sheriff

Leroy A. Altmiller, longtime resident of Lewiston, passed away Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston after a long struggle with cancer. He was born in Ahsahka, Oct. 9, 1934, to Albert and Ruth Altmiller. He was the oldest of four children.

He spent his youth working in the woods and exploring the North Fork of the Clearwater River. He graduated from Orofino High School, where he lettered in boxing, baseball, football and track.

Leroy met his future wife, Janice Maxwell, when he was nine years old, on a trip to visit his cousin. When Leroy returned from his service in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War, the two married in 1955 and moved to Bremerton, WA, where they welcomed their eldest son, Jon. They soon moved back to Kamiah, where Leroy served in local law enforcement as an officer and later as chief of police. There, they welcomed their second son, Jerry. The family moved to Headquarters and later to Orofino, after Leroy was elected Clearwater County Sheriff, serving for 10 years. The family then moved to Lewiston, where Leroy acted as security director of Potlatch Corp. for almost 20 years. He was a respected member of the law enforcement community nationwide and is remembered as a just, strong man.

He loved the outdoors and spent as much time as he could fishing, hunting and camping. He shared his enthusiasm and knowledge of archery and guns with many in the community, running an archery shop after retirement and offering hunting advice. Leroy was a master-class competitive shooter and taught many law enforcement officials and young shooters, including all three of his granddaughters, this skill. Leroy was a loving husband, and devoted father and grandfather.

Leroy was a member of St. James Catholic Church and active in the Knights of Columbus until his health began to decline.

He is survived by his siblings, Darla Alteneder, Sharon Walk and Robert Altmiller; as well as numerous nieces and nephews; his wife of 56 years, Janice Maxwell Altmiller; his daughters-in-law, Jean Cleto Altmiller and Carolyn Altmiller Copeland; his granddaughters, Amy Altmiller Eddy and husband Kevin Eddy, Jennifer Altmiller Kaufman and husband Joe Kaufman, and Amanda Altmiller Wilkins and husband Jerry Wilkins; grandson, Jacob Denny; and his great-grandchildren, Noah, Kate and Glory Eddy, Sam and Natalie Kaufman, and Jolie Altmiller; as well as another great-granddaughter, Peyton Wilkins, who is due to arrive near what would have been Leroy's 77th birthday.

He was preceded in death by his two sons, Jon and Jerry Altmiller. We know the three of them are having a joyful reunion up in heaven.

A vigil will be conducted 6:30 p.m. Friday at St. James Catholic Church, and a memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Saturday at the church.

Memorial gifts may be made to American Cancer Society or the charity of the giver's choice.

Photo: Leroy A. Altmiller


Ellen Wisdom, 79, Weippe

Ellen Wisdom, long time resident of the Weippe area, passed away Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, at Providence St. Mary's Medicall Center in Walla Walla, WA, surrounded by her children.

Ellen was born Aug. 19, 1932 to Jess and Marie Stout in Twin Falls. She married Glen Jones Aug. 7, 1947. They had six children. The marriage later ended in divorce.

Ellen married Jake Wisdom in June 1977. She became widowed in Decmber of 1991.

Ellen was a member of the Rebekahs Lodge in Weippe, serving as Noble Grand and Chaplin in 1990. She was nominated and received the Decoration of Chivalry by her sisters of Rebekahs.

Ellen worked as a school bus driver for the Weippe School. She also worked with children with learning disabilities. She assisted in the dietary program for the first kindergarten class in Weippe.

Ellen is survived by her children: Connie and Steve Spencer, Kathy and Rick McIntosh, of Weippe, Steve and Melody Jones and Troy and Amy Jones of Walla Walla, Dawn Thompson of Waldport, OR, Allen and Viola Wisdom of Grangeville, Yvonne and Jim Logan of Hermiston, OR, Ron and Connie Wisdom of Lewiston, Dan and Grace Grigsby of Irigon, OR, Pauline and Jerry Hill and Marline Sanders of Boise; many grandchildren and great grandchildren who she loved.

She was preceded in death by her parents Jess and Marie Stout; her husband, Jake Wisdom; and two of her children, Debbie Jones and Arthur Jones, Jr.

Pine Funeral Chapel and Crematory of Orofino is in charge of arrangements. Memorial services will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, at 11 a.m. at Pine Hills.

Photo: Ellen Wisdom


Lois Anne Hoffman, 84

Lois Anne Hoffman, former Winchester resident, died of renal failure Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. Lois was born April 26, 1926, in Cottonwood to Dr. William C. and Gladys McGrath Loft. In 1944, she graduated from St. Gertrude's Academy in Cottonwood.

She was set up on a successful date with Donald J. Hoffman by his sister Marie. Don and Lois were married July 28, 1945, and they survived the arrangement for 41 years! She lived next door to her mother-in-law during those years and they became the best of friends.

Lois was a longtime member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Lewiston.

She is survived by her children, Tricia Hoffman of Boulder Creek, CA, Judi and Rich Puckett of Lewiston, Bob and Jill Hoffman of Bend, OR, Lori and Tim Tautfest of Craigmont, Rick and Carla Hoffman of Winchester, and Marci Hoffman of Clarkston, WA; 15 grandchildren, Alissa, Ryan, Jason, Jeremy, Brianne, Brandon, Eric, Britney, Jennifer, Justin, Mark, Alyson, Joshua, Heather and Destiny, and their spouses; 22 great-grandchildren; a brother, Bill Loft of Lenore; brother-in-law, Vern Uptmor of Lewiston; sisters-in-law, Jan Loft and Rita Loft, both of Spokane, WA; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding Lois in death were her parents; husband, Don; her brothers, Robert and David Loft; and sisters, Dorothy Haas and Mary (Kaye) Uptmor.

As a young woman Lois had her first flying experience doing barrel rolls in a two-seater open cockpit plane. She loved it! This gave her and Don, a U.S. Army Air Corps staff sergeant, something fun to talk about! Lois spent most of her married life taking care of her family of six in Winchester, just "The" look in her eye meant you better stop doing that; she never had to raise her voice.

She was quite an accomplished artist, creating pencil drawings and oil paintings. Dancing was another favorite. Lois and her brother, Bob, were hometown jitterbug champions. She danced with Don anytime she could get him on the dance floor.

In 1978, Lois was hired by Dr. John Dertinger, dentist, as office manager for his practice. She thought she didn't have the skills to do the job as "just a mom" but spent 20 years in that role. She loved working with the staff and talking with the patients - many of whom became great friends.

After retiring at age 71, she enjoyed many travels with her sister, Kaye, her friend, Wilma Greene, and a special highlight, vacationing in Australia with her daughter, Trish. She also enjoyed many visits with other family members.

A memorial service will be conducted for Lois at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Lewiston.

Memorial contributions may be made to Operation Smile, Winchester Quick Response, Paralyzed Veterans or a favorite charity. She was dearly loved and will be missed by all!

Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is handling arrangements.

Photo: Lois Anne Hoffman


Randall Lee McHaffie, 64, Orofino

Randall Lee McHaffie, 64, Orofino, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011 at his residence.

Memorial services will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, in Orofino at Big Eddy Marina. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Frances Alberta Fry, 90, born at Grangemont

Frances Alberta Danner Fry was born Dec. 21, 1920, and left this Earth to join her husband in heaven on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at her home in Life Care Center of Lewiston. She was born in Grangemont, the oldest girl of 14 children, to Ethel and Warren Danner.

She is survived by her siblings, Harriet Fullerton, Ethel Brownfield, Martha Osborne, Norma McCumber, June Geidl, Robert Danner, Joyce Haley and Elmer Danner. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Harry L. Fry; her parents; and her siblings, Lawrence, Earl, Laurel, Wayne and Leslie Danner. She is also survived by her children, Karen and Jerry Lundin of Helena, MT, Shelley and Bruce Dyer of Lewiston, and Larry and Sheri Fry of Meridian; and her grandchildren, Kris and Rob Hamann, Lenny and Connie Lundin, Ericka Jenkins, Ken and Heather Dyer, Jaymee and Jim Laws, Tyler Fry and Kelli Fry; and great-grandchildren, Austin, Devin and Logan Lundin, Hannah and Carly Jenkins, Paige, Emma, Audrey and Rosie Dever and Katie Dyer.

She and Harry were married Feb. 28, 1942, in Lewiston.

She was a strong and extremely resourceful little woman who was called on to take care of everything when Harry was seriously injured in World War II. For the two years that he was in the hospital recovering, she worked and cared for their daughter Karen. Later, she and Harry had daughter Shelley and then son Larry.

Throughout her life, Frances worked hard. She liked to keep busy, and was an accomplished seamstress and gardener. She canned, baked, knitted and crocheted. Crocheting was a huge part of her life and she donated more than 500 hand-crocheted lap robes to the Shriners Hospital, as well as making a personalized afghan for every member of her and Harry's families.

She was an avid bowler for Seven-Up for many years. She was a member of the Daughters of the Nile, past worthy matron of the Order of Eastern Star, past president of Orchardettes Gardening Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, and was a member of the Order of the Amaranth.

She was very creative and did ceramics, beautiful paintings, and she loved to sing. She loved to travel and always kept her overnight bag packed and ready to go. She was willing to help anyone in need. In 2003, Frances went to live at Life Care Center in Lewiston. There she was loved and cared for, and referred to by most everyone as "Mama." Her family would like to extend a special thank-you to the nurses and aides who cared for her.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Lourdes, 2015 13th Ave., Lewiston. Burial will follow at Normal Hill Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were handled by Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston.

Memorial donations may be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital or the charity of your choice.

Photo: Frances Alberta Fry


Velma Louise Allen, 95

Our mom, grandma, great-grams and sister passed away peacefully in her sleep early Sunday morning, Sept. 4, 2011, at Guardian Angel Homes in Lewiston where she had been a resident since October 2010.

She was the oldest daughter of Carl E. and Sarah Alice McCorkle Bowles having been born in Craigmont June 30, 1916.

As a young girl she liked to spend time on the Little Salmon River with her grandparents, James and Rozella Yarbrough McCorkle. She was a good swimmer and it was not unusual for her and her friends to swim across the Snake and Clearwater rivers often during the summer. She also liked playing baseball.

She attended Lapwai grade school and Lewiston High School. She was a hard worker and did house cleaning when she was in her teens. She loved clothes and spent most of her money being fashionable.

On Sept. 12, 1936, she and Earl Myers were married and shared a love of dancing, camping and fishing for 36 years.

During the '40s, she worked in the box factory at Weyerhauser, and later C.C. Anderson's. A move to Asotin put her working for Bob and Thais Spickard at the grocery store. In 1950, Earl was transferred to Craigmont by McMonigle Chevrolet. Velma worked with him doing books and selling appliances.

She was a gifted knitter and gave knitting lessons while in Craigmont. She enjoyed belonging to bridge club and entertaining. Velma was a gourmet cook.

The Chevrolet garage closed in 1958 and they moved to Lewiston, where she managed Hughes dress shop and later was credit manager at J.C. Penney's. She enjoyed bowling and was on a team of Penney's employees for several years.

In 1959, Earl won a trip to the Bahamas and they enjoyed it very much.

Earl died suddenly in May 1972. She met an old acquaintance, Seeley Allen, and they married in September 1973.

At this point she retired from Penney's, and she and Seeley started wintering in Southern California where they enjoyed golf and making new friends. They bought a 24-foot camper and loved going to the North Fork and camping on Weitas Creek. Her favorite camp was Three Rivers, and she had a special "hole" on the Lochsa where she always caught her limit. Seeley passed away in August 2007.

Velma is survived by two daughters, Ula Rae and Gary Moser of Lewiston, and Marilyn and Bob Nelson of Bellevue, WA; eight grandchildren, Kelly and Trent Dibble of Bothell, WA, Kerry Moser of Colton, Marilee and Dave Finney of Coeur d'Alene, Mitch Moser of Lewiston, George and Jackie Moser of Kent, WA, Molly Powell of Lewiston, Lance and Kristina Nelson of Bellevue, and Stephanie and Dan Moen of Sandpoint; great-grandchildren, Ryan Dibble of Manhattan, NY, Chris Dibble of Savannah, GA, Ben Jacobs stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, AZ, Kevin, Kensi and Clay Finney of Coeur d'Alene, Jacob and Allie Powell of Lewiston, Jonah and Caleb Moser of Kent, Ty and Ashby Nelson of Bellevue, and Ben and Nathan Moen of Sandpoint; and her sister, Geraldine (Ann) Hermann of Lewiston.

She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands, Earl Myers and Seeley Allen; brothers, Jim, L' Wayne, Harold and Francis Bowles; and a sister, Betty Lou Taylor.

We greatly appreciate the wonderful care given to our mom by Guardian Angel Homes. You are the best! Also a very special thank you to Loretta Gietler and Irene Williams her caregivers before going to Guardian Angel Homes. Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of the graveside service to be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Normal Hill Cemetery in Lewiston.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Gina Quesenberry Foundation, 356 W. Reservoir Rd., Lewiston, ID 83501 would be appreciated.

Photo: Velma Louise Allen


Sharon Sue Weber, 56, formerly of Clearwater County

Sharon passed on to be with loved ones in heaven on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011. She was born May 5, 1954, in Pomeroy, WA to Ed and Sue Smith.

She lived in Headquarters for five years before moving to Lewiston, where the family lived for eight years and then they returned to Headquarters. She attended grade school in Lewiston, Headquarters and Pierce, and high school at Timberline High School in Pierce. Sharon went on to complete two years at Walla Walla Community College, Clarkston Center, majoring in computer technology.

Sharon fell in love with Jim Weber and they were married Sept. 23, 1972. They lived in various places of the region and settled in Lewiston.

She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Clarkston, WA.

Sharon loved spending all the time that she could with her grandchildren, caring for them and making things for them. She was also very musical. Being outdoors, camping, riding four-wheelers and picking mushrooms and huckleberries were among a few of her favorite things to do - even though she never made it back to the car with many berries.

Surviving Sharon are her husband, Jim Weber of Lewiston; daughter, Margie and Sean, and Jamie Weber; son, Josh and Mandi Weber; parents, Ed and Sue Smith; brothers, Ted and Lorrie Smith, and Dan and Terri Smith; eight grandchildren, Rusty, Janie, Kelsey, James, Sammy, Abbi, Graci and Jaron; and many nieces and nephews.

"Sissy" was a one-of-a-kind, special person and we will all miss her dearly.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1107 14th St. in Clarkston, with the Rev. David Naumann officiating.

Mountain View Funeral Home is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Sharon Sue Weber


Charles 'Scott' Lefferts, 49, Weippe

Charles 'Scott' Lefferts went to be with his Lord, on Aug. 25, 2011. He got his strength and courage to fight the battle of cancer from his Lord. He never lost his sense of humor during this time.

Scott was born Dec. 17, 1961 to Charles and Judith Lefferts. He was raised in Weippe. On July 26, 1986, he married Kathy Olson. They loved each other and were "stuck" together like glue.

Scott loved to hunt, fish, listen to music and spend many special hours with his family and friends.

Scott is survived by his wife Kathy; his mother, Judith; sisters, Juanita and Wayne Gash, Tracy and Todd Stuffing; nephew Derek Reagan; and niece, Darci Reagan.

When Scott married Kathy his family grew to include Billy, Jolean, and Karen Olson, John and Sue Wyatt, Nikki and Chad Towslee, Kacey, Chris, and Olivia Cagle and Mindy, Fred, and Wyatt Michaelscheck.

He was preceded in death by his dad, Charlie Lefferts; grandparents, Elsie Allen, John Lefferts, Cecil Allen, Irene Diebel, Ernie Diebel; and father-in-law, Billy Olson.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday Sept. 3, at the Weippe Wesleyan Church.

Memorials may be sent to the Weippe Wesleyan Church, 1919 Musselshell Rd., Weippe, Idaho 83553. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in caring for arrangements.

Photo: Charles 'Scott' Lefferts


Ward Lee Frost, 94

Ward Lee Frost, 94 of Grangeville passed away peacefully Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011 at the Grangeville Health and Rehab. Center not far from where he was born on a homestead in 1916 on the Joseph Plains near Boles to Joseph and Myrtle Lee Hanks Frost.

Ward was the third from the youngest of nine brothers and three sisters; he attended Spring Camp School riding a horse with Cassie Cox Warren until he got his own pony "Shorty".

His father worked away from the homestead a lot so the family shared in running the ranch. Clarence, the second to oldest, took care of the stock. His mother ran a "tight ship" as dad said. They all packed pails and loaded water barrels on the pack string and hauled water for the garden. Their livelihood depended on the garden.

Some winters they would drive the stock, load all the kids in a wagon and come spend the winter at Ward's grandparents place on Sunnyside up out of Lenore. Come spring, they would head up and over the Gifford Grade.

The family spent some time in Pendleton, OR, where Ward's father worked for a natural gas plant. Ward's father was killed in a gas leak on July 3, 1925. The family brought their father home and buried him in Normal Hill. They sold the homestead and moved to Lewiston Orchards on Preston where his nephew Dale Frost and niece Rhonda Frost still live.

Dad and Mom left the Red Bird Ranch and moved to town so dad could play baseball on the 1937 American Legion Team and he worked as a bartender at Canner's Inn. That never lasted, farming and ranching was in his blood, so back to Red Bird. Dad took the first Census and rode all the back country of Waha and back to the Salmon River on mom's horse Rocky. They covered a lot of miles. He said, he made about $400 and that was a lot of money. They left the farm in 1946 and bought the White Pine Bar in Weippe, and sold it in 1948 and moved to Orofino and mom and dad divorced. In 1951 Ward married Shirley Anthony and took in five kids, in 1951 he had a son, his only son, Jack.

Shirley died in March of 1961; he then married Betty Lindstrom and family of seven. She passed away in 1992 in Nezperce, so he moved up to St. Maries and lived for 10 years with his daughter Sharon. They enjoyed hunting Floodwood together, camping and fishing. He raised his garden with Sharon.

He knew his days were shorter, as he said, and moved to Woodland to spend time with his son Jack. His health got worse and he entered the nursing home in Grangeville.

Dad loved his grandsons, Dee Peterschick of Plaza, Richard Priebe, Jess Matthis and Wade Matthis of Elk River, Danny, Jim and David Frost. He had a good time fishing and hunting with them. He loved his step grandkids and was "Gramp" to them all. He got real proud of his first born great great grandkids, Sarah, Libby, Hunter, Ashton, Jose and Maddie.

Dad has friends far and wide. He loved to tell a good story! We will miss you Dad! So tell some good one's up there and we will all meet again.

He leaves 4 grown children, 16 grand children, 20 great grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren and lots of step grandkids and great step kids.

At his request no services are planned. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home of Grangeville.

Photo: Ward Lee Frost


Esther Holly Kirkland, 91, Orofino

Esther Holly Kirkland, 91, Orofino, passed away at Clearwater Health and Rehab in Orofino Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011.

Services are to be held at a later date in Walla Walla, WA. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Orofino is caring for arrangements.


Daniel G.R. Shreve, 67, Orofino

Daniel G.R. Shreve, 67, Orofino, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, in Lewiston.

A celebration of life/covered dish dinner will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 2682 Larson Rd., Weippe. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Shirley Irene Harrington, 75, Orofino

Shirley Irene Harrington was born Sept. 18, 1935 to Joseph William and Katherine Ann Kaberline in Denver, CO, and passed Aug. 12, 2011 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Cancer may have won the battle, but Shirley won the war. Cancer could never change who she was.

She spent her early years in Colorado before the family moved to Fresno, CA. She married Albert Senior in October of 1955. The family moved to Los Angeles in 1962 were she worked at Jorgensen Steel. The marriage ended in divorce in 1973. She continued to work and raised her son and daughter. She married Bert Harrington in December of 1982. He convinced her to retire and travel with him. They settled in the area were he was raised. When she arrived in Orofino she fell in love with the river, the valley and the people. They operated Vacationland Hotel and RV Park on Highway 12. In 1995 they converted the park to Riverview Estates, a senior citizen's mobile home park and remodeled the hotel into a duplex. They continued to operate the business until it was purchased to enlarge the neighboring Canoe Camp site in 2002. Bert passed in May of 2005 and she decided to move into Brookside Landing. Because of her declining health, she moved to Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation in March of 2008. She dearly loved her "family" there. They became the children and grandchildren of her heart. She made the decision to spend her last days there surrounded by people that loved her as much as she loved them.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bert and great-grandson, Austin Stump, great-granddaughter, Prudence Watson and nephew, James Dukes.

She is survived by her son, Joseph (Cindy) Senior of Kingman, AZ, daughter, Christina Lymberopoulos (Mike Lee) of Orofino, brothers and sisters: George (Jan), Ted (Louanne), David (Lori), Don (Debbie), Jayne Dukes, La Jean Pendergrass of California and Joyce (Rex) Pevehouse of Orofino, Idaho, many nieces and nephews, nine grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Services will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, at Pine Hills at 11 a.m., interment at Riverside Cemetary and a potluck at the Senior Center at 12:30 p.m.

Donations may be made to Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation Gazebo Fund 1204 Shriver Road Orofino, Idaho 83544.

Photo: Shirley Irene Harrington


Shirley Irene Harrington, 75, Orofino

Shirley Irene Harrington, 75, Orofino, passed away Friday, Aug. 12, 2011 in Orofino.

Funeral arrangements are pending with Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.


Vaudus Helm, 73, Orofino

Vaudus Helm passed away on Aug. 8, 2011 at home with her two daughters by her side.

She was born on Nov. 15, 1927 at Chester, Idaho to Oriah and Elsie Helm. She was raised on the farm with one brother and five sisters.

She moved to Pocatello, Idaho at age 17 to work on the railroad with two of her sisters during World War II.

She married Ted Winters, the boy next door on Feb. 28, 1947. They moved to California so that Ted could work at the race track with her brother Mosier. They had a daughter, Donna while living there. They returned to Chester to work on the family farm. A son, Curt and a daughter Teresa were born there. They later moved to Idaho Falls when Ted got a job there and raised their family there. She was living in Orofino at the time of her death.

She was a wonderful mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was the kind of person who always put others before herself. She made the best fried chicken and homemade bread in the world.

She was very ill for years but never complained. She just enjoyed the time with her family and was thankful for the small pleasures in life. Her wonderful smile and special spirit will be missed very much.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Delpha, Wanda, Naomi, Veva and Marcia, a brother Mosier; and a grandson, Roy Fonnesbeck.

She is survived by daughters, Teresa Van Kirk (Robert Van Kirk) and Donna Fonnesbeck (Dee Fonnesbeck), and son Curt Winters; five grandchildren, Andrea Fonnesbeck, Lyndee Aardema, Brittany Goetz, Sean Moen and Randy Pardini and three great grandchildren, Bradley, Ava and Ella.

Services will held at the Orofino Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 13610 Fremont Ave., on Friday Aug. 19, at 11 a.m. Interment will be at the Wells Bench Cemetery.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel caring for funeral arrangements.

Photo: Vaudus Helm

Robert Jett Hohnstein, 79, Cardiff Spur

Robert Jett Hohnstein passed away peacefully Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at Life Care Center in Lewiston, of renal failure. He was 79.

He was born at the family home in Elk Creek, Clearwater County, March 23, 1932, to Fredrick and Daisy May Laws. He was adopted as a child by Henry Hohnstein after his father's death.

He was raised in Cardiff Spur and attended school in Pierce.

Robert married June Ellen Knapton Feb. 19, 1951, in Lewiston. They made their family home in Cardiff Spur and shared 36 years together, having six children. June passed away in February 1987.

He married Alysann Anderson in December 1987 and they continued to live in Cardiff until moving to Lewiston. He worked for Potlatch mill in Headquarters as a loader operator for 41 years until his retirement.

Robert was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Pierce. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. After retirement, he enjoyed buying, restoring and selling items at his yard sales. He liked riding his Schwinn motor scooter around Lewiston, and looked forward to visits with his family and friends.

Surviving are his wife, Alysann of Lewiston; his children, Roger and Kyoko Hohnstein of Portland, OR, Bob and Hildie Hohnstein of Lewiston, Susan and Jim Gustin of Orofino, Dianna and Mike Reece of Waitsburg, WA, Rory Hohnstein of Clarkston, WA and Karen and Todd Wilson of Post Falls; his grandchildren, Yashuhiro Yamamoto, Ashley Reece, Wesley Hohnstein, Samantha Gustin, Kasen and Kanyon Hohnstein, and Tyler, Jensen and Jaxsen Wilson; a sister-in-law, Lillian Laws of Thompson Falls, MT; and brother-in-law, Jim and Rose Knapton of Stites.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife June; three brothers, Doyle Laws, Wes Laws and John Laws; and a sister, Esther Wilson.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston. His graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Pierce Cemetery. The services will be followed by a lunch and all those attending are invited to share.

Photo: Robert Jett Hohnstein


Florence T. Tackett, 86

Florence T. Swanson-Tackett passed away Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, at the Lewiston Life Care Center. She was born Oct. 25, 1924, in Deary to Alvin and Violet Olson.

She grew up in Deary, where she met and married Herman Swanson of Troy. They had three children, David, Myrtle Ann and Steve. Herman died in a logging accident at Headquarters in 1971. Florence then married John Tackett, owner of John's Saw Service in 1972. She spent 20 years helping John serve their friends and the public at the saw shop before John passed away in 1992.

In her earlier working career, she had several different jobs working in retail stores in Lewiston and Clarkston, as well as being a homemaker.

Florence enjoyed playing bingo at many establishments in her younger years. She also enjoyed her Sunday drives, gathering firewood and going to motorcycle races to watch her son, Steve, race. She was known as the Fossil Bowl "mom" by all the riders. She was always willing to cook pancakes and eggs before the races, and have spaghetti for the boys after the races.

Surviving Florence are her children, David Swanson, and Ann and Warren Watts, all of Clarkston, WA,and Steve and Sue Swanson of Lewiston; along with her grandchildren, Diana Blimka, Brenda Krier, Teresa Overall, Ashley and Casey Swanson and Rhonda Stuart; five great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; her brothers, Dorman and Tim Olson; her sisters, Margie Heustis of Deary and Lorraine Perry of Spokane; and several nieces and nephews.

Florence was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands, Herman Swanson and John Tackett; her brothers, Walt, Bill, Lawrence, Richard and Dale Olson; and sisters, Joan Pinks and Ella Mae Olson.

A graveside service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens, with Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Photo: Florence T. Swanson-Tackett


Marla Eileen (Goffinet) Forsmann, 77, formerly of Peck

Marla was born Dec. 16, 1933 to Gordon and Elizabeth Goffinet in Orofino. She was raised in Peck and graduated from Orofino High School in 1951.

She married Arnold Forsmann in 1956. They moved to Yakima, WA then Seattle, WA and returned to Peck when Arnold retired. When Arnold passed on she moved to Kirkland, WA to be with her only daughter and lived there until her death on July 27, 2011.

She enjoyed many crafts including gardening, crocheting, sewing, embroidery, crossword puzzles, picture puzzles and plastic canvas.

She is survived by her daughter, Janet of Kirkland, brother, Donald Goffinet of Lewiston, brother, Virgil (Irene) Goffinet of Lewiston, three nieces and three nephews.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, Aug. 6, at 11 am, at Vineland Cemetery in Clarkston, WA.

Photo: Marla Eileen (Goffinet) Forsmann


Floyd Gordon Snyder, 87, Weippe

Floyd Gordon Snyder, formerly of Weippe passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center after battling a long and extended illness.

Floyd was born to Denver and Sylvia (Teed) Snyder at the family home on the Weippe Prairie May 20, 1924. He was a fun-loving and mischievous boy who was raised in a family of eight children (five boys and three girls). Floyd was eight years old when his father passed away, and his mother passed away when he was eleven years old. The close-knit family of children managed to stay together with the help of their grandmother, Lillian Teed.

During those years, Floyd was educated in the Weippe schools. When he was fourteen years old and a freshman in high school, he worked nights in a lumber mill on a green chain and went to school by day. Floyd was a proud member of Weippe's first six-man football team and he played on the school's basketball team.

Floyd married his high school sweetheart, Barbara (Wells) Snyder, May 27, 1944. During their years together, Floyd worked on their ranch to develop a herd of Hereford cattle. He also worked 20 years in the logging industry for Frank Fromelt after which he continued working for various other logging operations. In off-seasons, he worked at various locations as an operating engineer through the Operating Engineer's Local 370 running heavy equipment. In 1973 the couple sold their ranch and moved to Weippe where they still own their home.

Floyd loved basketball. He attended referee classes and served as a referee for high school games. He also played for several years on Weippe and Pierce town teams. For three years, he coached basketball to a group of boys from their fifth grade year through eighth grade. This group of boys later went on to win the state championship in their league. Floyd was really proud of the boys' accomplishment.

Floyd enjoyed hunting, camping, fishing, team roping, going to auction sales, and serving as a livestock project 4-H leader. He never knew a stranger, and he always enjoyed visiting with other people. He also enjoyed listening to music provided by family members. Family was very important to Floyd.

Surviving Floyd is his wife, Barbara, of 67 years; his daughter Gwen (Burton) Greenfield and her husband Vic; his grandchildren Ted Burton, Kim Burton, and Russ Burton and his wife Elena; and his one great-grandchild, Aleska Burton. Also surviving Floyd are two sisters, Marie Vanderpool and Lillie Thiessen and her husband Gordon; numerous nieces, one nephew, and numerous cousins. Floyd was preceded in death by his son, Roger Snyder; his parents; his brothers, Robert, Bert, Ellis, and Louie; and his sister, Mary.

The family would like to sincerely thank the doctors, nurses, and caregivers who provided Floyd care during his long illness. A special thanks to Dr. Gregory Buratto, his doctor of many years.

Funeral services will be held at11:00 am. Monday, July 25, at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. A graveside service will take place at the Weippe Cemetery followed by a potluck dinner at the White Pine Rebekah Lodge in Weippe.

Photo: Floyd Gordon Snyder


Floyd Gordon Snyder, 87, Lewiston

Floyd Gordon Snyder, 87, Lewiston, passed away in Lewiston Wednesday, July 20, 2011.

Service arrangements are pending with Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Orofino.


Jeffrey Paul Ott, 53, Pierce

Jeffrey Paul Ott, 53, Pierce, passed away Sunday, July 10, 2011 at his home.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Doris Bonner Lyda, 77, Orofino

Doris Bonner Lyda, 77, passed away Friday, July 8, 2011, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, within a month of a cancer diagnosis. She died peacefully with her loved ones by her side. She was born in the family home in Orofino, to Blaine and Cleta Bonner Jan. 6, 1934. She lived her life to the fullest in beautiful Clearwater County.

Doris Bonner Lyda

She met her life's partner when she opened the family door to a disheveled but handsome young man needing help with a deer. Doris and Perk Lyda were married July 15, 1949, in Orofino, and would have celebrated their 62nd anniversary this Friday. The young couple spent their honeymoon years living at Johnson's Mill where Perk worked, while Doris honed her wonderful cooking skills. It was at this time their loving daughter, Kathy Ann, was born. She died in 1996.

In the late '50s, Doris wanted to follow her dream of becoming a nurse and attended school in Lewiston. She discovered she was much too tenderhearted for this and happily moved into cosmetology, where she delighted in visiting with her clients as she met their beauty needs.

She loved being outdoors whether to work or play. Perk became a professional fishing guide on the Clearwater River and they met many wonderful people, some of whom were famous, from all over who came here to fish with them and enjoy Doris' great cooking. These lasting friendships led to many interesting traveling experiences, several to Nashville where they often were invited backstage at the Grand Old Opry. But Doris was happiest when at the ranch they bought in Grangemont, where they nurtured a commercial Christmas tree farm for 26 years, and rode four-wheelers in the summer and snowmobiles in the winter.

Her close-knit cousins are more like sisters and brothers, and she loved spending time with them on trips to Montana, the Oregon Coast, at the Clearwater County Fair and at the Bonner Mountain Music Festival. Also precious to her, were the times spent with friends, especially the campouts at Wilderness Gateway, playing cards or Bunko, and at weekly jam sessions she and Perk hosted.

Doris was always kind and generous, and patriotic to the bone; she was also spunky and never afraid to speak her mind. She endeared herself to many and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, Perk; and dog, Buffy; at their Orofino home of 55 years; her "girls," Cheri Jenks and Karen (Bird) Goodwin; and many cherished cousins and friends. Doris was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Kathy, and brother, Glenn Bonner.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Orofino Riverside Cemetery, just below the American flag. Phil Bonner will officiate and a small dinner for family only will follow.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Clearwater Humane Society, P.O. Box 2063, Orofino, ID 83544, is suggested.

Photo: Doris Bonner Lyda


Janet Louise Stevens Kingen, 63, born in Orofino

Janet Louise Stevens Kingen was born in Orofino on Nov. 1, 1947 to Ken and Eva Stevens. She passed away Saturday, July 9, 2011.

She attended Orofino High School in the early 60's. She married the man of her dreams, Pete Kingen on Jan. 2, 1965 in Orofino. They made a home in Weippe and later moved to Pete's family ranch in Fraser.

Their daughter, Julie was born in 1966 and a second daughter, Deann was born in 1969. They moved to Lewiston, Idaho in 1974 and raised their family. Janet was a very good loving wife and mother. She traveled to various road construction jobs with her husband before retiring back to the family ranch in Fraser in 1997. She loved to cook, clean, play pinochle, do puzzles and watch movies. She enjoyed her grandkids. Janet loved to help people and she never met a stranger.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Pete Kingen; her daughters, Julie Woods of Post Falls and Deann and her husband Greg Sanders of Canal Winchester, OH; and her grandsons, Brandon Woods and Colter and Caleb Sanders.

She was proceeded in death by her father, Ken Stevens, mother Eva Stevens, sisters, Joan Ann and Linda Montambo.

Funeral services will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino on Wednesday, July 13, at 10 am. Pastor Don Blain is officiating. Burial will be at Fraser Cemetery. A dinner will follow at the Fraser Community Center.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in caring for arrangements.

Photo: Janet Louise Stevens Kingen


Zoie Lorinda McLean, 106, Orofino

Zoie Lorinda McLean, 106, Orofino passed away at Brookside Landing Retirement Community in Orofino Thursday, July 7, 2011.

Services are pending at this time. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Michael Evan Kernin, 68, Dworshak Dam worker

Mike passed away due to lung cancer Sunday, July 3, 2011, at home. He was born Nov. 5, 1942, in Ainsworth, NE, to Evan Kernin and Ruby L. Lewis Kernin.

He grew up in Ainsworth then moved to Kimberly. He served in the U.S. Air Force as an air traffic controller from 1961 through 1965, being stationed at Travis Air Force Base and Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan.

Mike married Joan Greene on New Year's Eve 1965 in Twin Falls. The couple moved to Lewiston in 1968, when Mike went to work on the Dworshak Dam in Orofino.

He worked all over the U.S. and was usually the pipe superintendent or general foreman for such companies as Cal Edison, GSI, Nepco and Kamtech, just to name a few.

Mike completed coursework throughout the years at Boise Junior College, Lewis-Clark State College and Yakima Community College.

He was strong in his convictions and was known for his quick wit. He appreciated great music, good bargains and was always looking to do things "his way." We love you Dad!

Surviving Mike are his sons, Michael R. and Pam of Sitka, AK, Jeness and Ashlee of Lewiston, and Darin and Kim, and Tyson Kernin, all of Clarkston; WA; daughters, Tegwen and Kelly Kaufman, and Heather Kernin, all of Clarkston; grandchildren, Peyton and Drew Kaufman, and Kadan and Tharin Kernin, all of Clarkston, Coltin Kernin of Hawaii, Jadyce Kernin of Lewiston, and Nichel and Alex Kernin, both of Sitka. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents and brother, Gary Kernin.

A gathering of friends and family will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Orchid Room above Morgan's Alley on Main Street in Lewiston.

Merchant Funeral Home of Clarkston, WA is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Michael Evan Kernin


Donna Lorraine Rueppel, 83, Peck

Donna Lorraine Rueppel, 83, Peck, passed away Thursday, June 30, 2011, in Spokane, WA.

Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory are caring for arrangements.


John David 'Jack' Smolinski, 77, Weippe

A lifelong resident of Weippe, Jack, also known as Cadillac Jack, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2011, in Spokane, WA. Jack was born in Fraser - the doctor from Orofino arrived after he was born on a horse. The date was Dec. 29, 1933. He was born to Edward and Ruth Smolinski. Jack has a sister LaVilla (Wink) Tolonen of Clarkston, WA and a brother Glen and Carroll Smolinski of Weippe.

Jack attended school in the one-room schoolhouse through the fifth grade in Fraser and graduated from Cottonwood School in Fraser.

He married Caryl Winther on Jan. 12, 1953. The couple had two daughters, Christine Walsh, and Beverly and Barry Bailey. Their grandchildren are Tammy Anderson, Kimberly and Toby Cox, Larry and Dawn Hesler, and Amy Bond; great-grandchildren, Dylan Anderson, Cody, Kiana and Kalyssa Hesler, and Connor Cox; step-great-grandchildren, Skyler and Graham Hill. Jack was preceded in death by two brothers; one sister; his wife Caryl,; and great-granddaughter, Alicia Hesler.

Through the years he logged for Wallace Smolinski for 16 years during the summers. In 1961, he was employed by Jess Johnstun Mills and then worked the family farm until he retired. His biggest joys were playing cards and traveling to Nevada with friends. He enjoyed poker at the fire hall. His peony flowers were cared for with great pride through the years. Jack was a storyteller and he handed out silver dollars to all of the small children he came across. Jack had fond memories of hunting camp with Uncle Tuff; the two would fish and tell stories, and have a great time.

He helped build the Weippe Volunteer Fire Department building. He was a member and president of the Clearwater County Livestock Sale for many years, served three terms on the Nez Perce Rochdale Board and was on the committee for the ACSC.

Please send any memorials to the Northwest Children's Home in Lewiston.

A private family memorial service will be held at Fraser Cemetery.


Gordon James Boyd, 66, Orofino

Gordon James Boyd, 66, Orofino, passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at his home.

Memorial services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Robert Eugene Decoria, 65, Orofino

Robert Eugene Decoria, 65, Orofino, passed away Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at his residence.

No services are planned at this time. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Moneta Stout Westberg, 68

Moneta R. (Stout) Westerberg, 68, of Pullman, WA, passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at her Pullman home.

Moneta was born Oct. 9, 1942 in Douglas, WY to Walter and Ruth (Bloem) Race. As a girl growing up, she moved with her family to Lewiston where she completed school, graduating from Lewiston High School.

She married George Moon and they later divorced. Moneta married Claude Stout in 1970 and lived in Uniontown, WA where together with Claude they farmed, ranched and raised the family. Moneta and Claude later divorced. In June of 1990 Moneta married Clinton Westberg and since that time they have made Pullman their home.

In addition to the years on the farm and ranch, Moneta also operated the Strawberry Patch, where she crafted floral arrangements. She was a very talented lady who enjoyed crafts, painting, and interior design, working with Blooms Interiors through the years. She was an avid gardener, especially flowers and was an accomplished artist.

Moneta was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who enjoyed time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Moneta was an active part in the life of the Pullman Hospital, serving in different capacity's including the auxiliary.

She is survived by her husband Clinton at their Pullman home; her three sons and their spouses, Bill and Sharon Stout of Uniontown, Bob and Sara Stout of Elk River and Dallas and Mary Stout of Uniontown; two stepdaughters, Carla Close and Claudia Birschauer; two sisters, Sally Bowey and Waletta Foster; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Carmen, and two brothers, Dallas and Terry.

The viewing will be held on Friday at Kimball Funeral Home in Pullman, WA from 1-6 p.m. The memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5, at the funeral home.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation.

Photo: Moneta R. (Stout) Westberg


Charlotte Kathleen Weinmann Montoya, 71, born in Orofino

Charlotte Kathleen Weinmann Montoya, 71, formerly of Orofino, passed away June 18, 2011 in Gresham, OR from complication of pneumonia following cancer.

Charlotte was born in Orofino Sept. 25, 1939.

She lived most of her life in Albuquerque, NM, but had lived in Damascus, OR since 2005.

Charlotte was very creative and made beautiful art work that she gave to friends and family.

She is survived by her son, Gino Montoya of Albuquerque, NM and her sister, Mrs. Joe Kincaid of Damascus, OR; as well as several nephews and nieces. Charlotte was preceded in death by her daughter, RaLee Montoya; her brother, Victor Weinmann; half-brother, Larry Lyon, and her parents, Eugene 'Hughie' Weinmann and Mable Bloom Weinmann Lyon.

A celebration of her life will be held later this summer in Damascus and a memorial service will be held in New Mexico at a later time.

Photos: Charlotte Kathleen Weinmann Montoya


Kelsey Sue Anderson, 19, Orofino

Kelsey Sue Anderson was born May 22, 1992 in Lewiston to Chris and Sue Anderson. Kelsey lost her life on June 9, 2011 in Hagatna, Guam at Andersen Air Force Base.

Kelsey loved playing soccer! She started playing soccer in first grade and played all the way through high school. She loved all her soccer teammates and coaches. In Kelsey's short life of 19 years, she had many hobbies. She loved her horses, photography, riding motorcycles and snowmobiles, camping, hunting and fishing. When she was younger, she also enjoyed jazz and tap dance, as well as piano. But most of all she loved spending time with her family. Her favorite time was when her family took a vacation to Maui, Hawaii. She planned to live there one day.

She was the light and energy of her family and she will be greatly missed, especially her beautiful smile.

She attended elementary through high school in Orofino. She graduated from Orofino High School in 2010. Kelsey joined the Air Force and went to Basic Training in Lackland, TX in August of 2010. She graduated from basic training in October of 2010. Her parents were very proud and attended Kelsey's graduation in Texas. She was then assigned to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam with the 36th Security Forces Squadron.

She is survived by her parents, Chris and Sue Anderson; older brother, Max Anderson of Orofino; fraternal grandmother, Arlene Anderson of Arizona and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and second cousins. She was preceded in death by her fraternal grandfather, John H. Anderson; and maternal grandparents, Garold and Margaret Walker.

A celebration of Kelsey's life will be Saturday, June 18, at Champion Park, the soccer field above Orofino Elementary School at 2 p.m. with a potluck to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Kelsey's name at AmericanWest Bank to Orofino High School Soccer Program.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.

Photos: Kelsey Sue Anderson


John E. 'Jack' Reffert, Jr., 88, Orofino

John E. 'Jack' Reffert, Jr., 88, Orofino, passed away Sunday, June 5, 2011 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 7, at 11 a.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


James William Kress, 82, Orofino

James William Kress, 82, Orofino, passed away at his home Friday, June 3, 2011.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Jane V. Armstrong, 95, Orofino

Jane V. Armstrong was born Dec. 24, 1915, in Winslow, AR, to Harold and Olive Duncan. She was the second child of seven. She had been a resident of Brookside Landing in Orofino for nine years and died Thursday, May 26, 2011, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino with her family by her side.

Jane married Tappy Lee Armstrong in 1941. He passed away in 1987.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her son; Benny Smith; her daughter, Cheryl Armstrong; daughter-in-law, Billie Jo Armstrong; her parents; sister, Irene Hawkins; and her brothers, Jack Duncan, Bob Duncan and Thomas Duncan.

She is survived by her son, Harold and Marsha Armstrong of Chandler, AZ; her daughter, Carol and Alan Hengen of Orofino; eight grandchildren, Robin and Rick Rieck of Cedar Creek, TX; Duncan Smith of Texas, Dawn and Rick Kelly of West Virginia, Lisa and Rob Benke of Tucson, AZ, Ken and Gail Hengen and Marci and Blaine Bonner of Orofino, Travis Hengen and Les Linares of Weymouth, MS; nine great grandchildren, Russell Rieck, Rachel Kelly, Erik Kelly, Erin Benke, Sean Benke, Alan Hengen, Austin Hengen, Amanda Bonner and Andrea Bonner; and sisters, Alma Duncan and Sue Riegers, both of Colorado Springs, CO.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.

The family has requested that donations be made to a charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.


Jane Violet Armstrong, 95, Orofino

Jane Violet Armstrong, 95, Orofino, passed away Thursday, May 26, 2011, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

Cremation will take place and a memorial service will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel Thursday, June 2, at 11 a.m.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Carl Edward Garrett, 85, Orofino

Carl Edward Garrett, 85, Orofino, passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Elizabeth Ferne Mitchell, 81, Orofino

Elizabeth 'Ferne' Mitchell, 81, Orofino, passed away Thursday, May 19, 2011, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. She was born May 17, 1930 to Ervin and Elizabeth Stewart Barney in Butte, MT.

She attended high school in Ennis, MT. She met John W. Mitchell in Montana, where they were married in 1973.

She moved to Orofino with her husband in 1991.She had many occupations: waitress, heavy equipment operator and long haul truck driver, traveling throughout the U.S. She returned to Orofino when she retired in 1992.

Ferne was a member of the First Christian Church, the senior citizens center and volunteered at the Fish Thrift Store.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Gerald Barney; brother-in-law, Joe Mitchell; daughters, Penny and Linda; and husband, John.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Darby Mitchell; her daughter, Dawn Lynn Clark; granddaughters, Tina Welker, Jodi Miner and Faye Maddox; great granddaughters, Myla and Molli Miner and Averi and Paige Maddox; and many nieces and nephews, and loving friends.

A memorial service was conducted Saturday at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Orofino.

Photo: Elizabeth Ferne Mitchell

Ruby Mae Sears, 80, Orofino

Ruby Mae Sears, 80, Orofino, passed away Monday, May, 16, 2011, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

She was a long time member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Orofino. She loved to hunt and fish, listening to the birds, gardening, working in her flower beds, watching the deer in her yard or in the meadow by her cabin. A very kind and gentle lady, she was always caring and thoughtful of others. She takes with her the love of all who knew her and will be greatly missed.

Ruby was born March 15th, 1931, in Stillwater OK, to William and Grace Self.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years William (Whitey) Sears, and extended family; sister, Agnes Beare and her husband, Ben, of Cataldo; grothers, Bill Self of Osborn; Pete Self, and his wife, Ann of Paulsbo, WA; Uncle Jim Self of Caldwell; daughters, Judy Morris, and husband, Rick of Lewiston; Marlous Bortz of Nevada; grandchildren, Rich Morris and wife, Ladena; John Morris and wife, Kathy, Trina Morris; Bill Flatt, all of Lewiston; Kevin Knopes of Post Falls and Steven Knopes. She is also survived by great grandchildren; Tyler Snyder, Shanda and Kylie Morris, Ryan Triplett, Erin and Heather Flatt; plus many others of her extended family, all of whom she dearly loved.

Memorial service for Ruby will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino, Monday, May 23rd, 2011 at 11 a.m. Chaplain Patrick Wolf will officiate. The family is asking that any contributions please be made to the Lewiston Fire Department.

Photos: Ruby Mae Sears


Opal Virginia Walsvig, 99, formerly of Pierce

Opal Virginia Walsvig passed away peacefully Saturday, May 7, 2011, at Clarkston Care Center in Clarkston, WA. She was 99 years young. She was born Sept. 30, 1911, at Dry Fork, WV.

She was one of five children. Her family moved to Fraser in 1913, then to Upper Fords Creek, Orofino and finally to Pierce. She graduated from high school there in 1929.

Opal married Herb Gridley May 7, 1932. They moved to Bliss and farmed until 1955. They then moved to Lewiston. There they bought the Mint Bar and operated it until 1963. Herb passed away February 1966.

Later Opal married Oscar Walsvig. They lived in Riggins for several years then moved to the Clarkston area. They later divorced.

Opal became active in the Trinity Lutheran Church. One of the projects that she really enjoyed was making school bags for children that might not have one. She was an avid gardener and maintained an interest even at 99. Only in her later years did she need help with her garden, but her church friends helped her out.

She kept in touch with many friends throughout the years.

Others preceding her in death included two brothers and a sister. Opal is survived by her sister, Thelma McPherson of Juliaetta; three nieces, Phyllis Himmelright of Clarkston, Ella Joyce of Kamiah and Carol Brown of Juliaetta; a nephew, Bob Snyder of Boise; stepson, Myles Walsvig of New Richardson, WI; stepdaughter, Shirley Dickenson of Gifford; and numerous great-nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 920 Eighth Ave., Lewiston, with burial to follow at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens. Viewing is from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston.

Photo: Opal Virginia Walsvig


Charles Vincent Summers, 86, Orofino

Charles Vincent Summers, 86, Orofino, passed away Friday, May 6, 2011, at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation in Orofino.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at Riverside Cemetery in Orofino. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Arthur Leroy Henson, 72, Orofino

Arthur Leroy Henson, 72, Orofino, passed away Friday, May 6, 2011, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. He was born July 26, 1938.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 14, 2011 at the Orofino Community Church with a covered dish dinner to follow at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 330 Michigan Ave. in Orofino.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Warren Edgar Berkheiser, 88, Orofino

Warren Edgar Berkheiser, 88, Orofino, passed away Monday, May 9, 2011 at his home.

No services are to be held at this time. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory are caring for arrangements.


Charles Vincent Summers, 87, Orofino

Charles Vincent Summer, 87, Orofino, passed away Friday, May 6, 2011 at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation in Orofino.

Services are pending with Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory.


Cora May Montambo, 79, Orofino

Cora May Montambo, 79, Orofino, passed away peacefully on May 4, 2011 in Clarkston, WA.

Cora was born Aug. 23, 1931 to Richard and Virginia Sumpter of Ione, WA.

In 1957, Cora married Ronald Freeman, together they had a daughter, Sandra Leigh, and made their home in California. The marriage later ended in divorce. Cora and Sandy moved to Orofino in 1980 where she owned and operated an answering service. On Feb. 5, 1984, Cora married Bruce Montambo. They moved to Lewiston where she worked as a cashier for local retailers. After 17 years and retirement they move back to Orofino.

Cora enjoyed traveling, collecting art work, painting, her animals, shopping and meeting new people.

Cora is survived by her husband at the family home; five step-daughters, Kay Armenta of Olympia, WA, Lynn Bolz of Weippe, Sandy Montambo of Clarkston, WA, Laura Jared of Clarkston, and Joan Zimmerman of Pomeroy, WA; a sister, Lorena Larsen of Medling Falls, WA. She was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Richard and Virginia; sister, Clara Davaz and daughter, Sandra Leigh Freeman. Of special mention are her beloved pets, Katie and Maggie.

As requested by Cora, no funeral service will be held at this time. A private family gathering will take place at a later date.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Bettilou Irene Pierce, 77, formerly of Headquarters

Bettilou Irene Pierce was born Nov. 25, 1933, in Moscow, to Floyd and Mary Frances Geisendorfer Snow. She passed away April 29, 2011.

Floyd Snow died in 1935 when she was two years old and she was adopted by Walter D. Field when he married her mother in 1936.

Her early childhood was in Headquarters, where she attended school grades first through third. The family moved to Lewiston where she attended Webster Elementary and Lewiston High School, graduating in 1951.

She attended the University of Idaho and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in science and education in 1955. She obtained her master's degree in biology from Kansas City University in 1975.

Betti married Charles G. Pierce June 1955. His career was in the U.S. Marine Corps and they lived in a number of states. She was glad when her husband retired and they settled in one spot. That was a home in Ginger Blue, MO, on the Elk River.

She loved teaching, and first taught high school English in Honolulu, HI followed by teaching sciences in Jacksonville, NC, and Albany, GA, then at East High School in Kansas City, MO, and her last teaching job was junior high sciences at Southwest City, MO. She retired from full-time teaching in 1997 but continued as a substitute teacher for several years.

These are comments from some of her former students:

"We were her kids while she had us and demanded the best out of us."

"She was my favorite teacher at Southwest City."

"I still remember her making me look in the mirror and shout 'I am somebody!' "

"Thanks for everything Mrs. Pierce - you touched a lot of lives."

She moved back to Lewiston in 2007 to be closer to her sister and brother-in-law.

Her second love was weeding in the garden, watching her favorite soap operas, reading mystery novels, chatting with friends and taking care of her two cats.

Bettilou Pierce was a grand ol' gal who inspired many lives with her grit, curiosity, sense of humor and passion for the sciences of this Earth. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Survivors include her three sons, Daniel E. Pierce and Kerry Holloway of Blaine, WA, Charles G. Pierce Jr. and Julie of Newtown, New South Wales, Australia, and David S. Pierce of Pasadena, TX; one grandson; Corbin Pierce; two granddaughters, Alice Pierce and Lila Pierce; sister, Kathryn Talbott and Richard of Lewiston; a cousin, Margaret Snow and her husband, Dennis Anderson of Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles G. Pierce Sr.; her parents, Marifran Field, Floyd Snow and Walter D. Field; her sister, Ruth Frances Field; and her brother, John E. Field.

No service will be conducted and Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is handling arrangements.

Her family suggests memorials to the Nez Perce County Historical Society, Paralyzed Veterans of America or the charity of donor's choice.

Photo: Bettilou Irene Pierce


Cora May Montambo, 79, Orofino

Cora May Montambo, 79, Orofino, passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2011. at Clarkston Care Center, Clarkston, WA.

Services are pending with Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory.


Anthony R. Luongo, 80, Lenore

Anthony R. Luongo, 80, Lenore, passed away at Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston, WA, Thursday, April 28, 2011.

Cremation services will take place as requested. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory are caring for arrangements.


Jeannine Kay Martin, 69, Weippe

Jeannine Kay Martin, 69, Weippe, passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2011, in Weippe.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 6, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the IOOF Rebekah Lodge on Main St. in Weippe. A covered dish potluck luncheon will follow the service.

A second memorial service will take place in Orofino at 4 p.m. in the Homestead Lounge.

Pine Hills Funeral chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


James 'Jim' Crutcher Sr., 86, Orofino

James "Jim" Monroe Crutcher Sr., Orofino, passed away Friday, April 15, 2011 from natural causes. He was 86.

Jim was born Aug. 7, 1924 in Orofino to James Andrew and Mae Fern Crutcher. He graduated from Orofino High School in 1942 and was a member of Troupe No. 205 of the National Thespian Dramatic Honor Society.

He served in the Army in the Philippines during World War II from May 1943 through January 1946 and was awarded two Purple Hearts for being wounded in two separate engagements. After the war, Jim attended Kinman Business University in Spokane, WA and graduated in 1948 with a degree in accounting.

He returned to the Orofino area and worked as a carpenter for local contractors, a bookkeeper for White Pine Planer and Ahsahka Mill and as a custodian for Orofino Elementary School. He also served as Quartermaster of VFW Post #3296 for a period of time.

Jim married Betty Smolinski in September 1966 and celebrated 44 years of marriage. He was previously married to Tiny Williams and Loretta Keeney.

In 1978, Jim and his brother Bill purchased the Oasis Bar and turned it into the "hottest bar in town." During the 25 years of ownership, many Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners were served for local patrons and friends and multiple fundraisers were held for people in need.

An Oasis float was always seen in the parade during Lumberjack Days and there were several trophies on the wall for the Oasis dart, baseball, arm wrestling and billiard teams.

Jim had a love of baseball and the only baseball team worth watching…"Go Yankees!" He also liked to travel with his beloved wife, Betty and his poodle, Angel, who was always at his side. They enjoyed many trips around the area and he was especially fond of Yellowstone National Park.

Jim is survived by his wife, Betty, of Orofino; seven children, daughter Darlene Eisle, Montana, son, Donald Pitcher, Orofino, daughter, Bonnie and her husband Mark Buntin, Bolingbrook, IL, son, Joe Crutcher, Greer, son, Bill Crutcher and his wife, Jan, Lewiston, daughter, Susan, and her husband, Bill Harris, Peck, daughter, Peggy Klamke, Quilcene, WA,; brother, William Crutcher, Walla Walla, WA; sister, Mary Ellen Starkey, Lake Havasu City, AZ; 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents James Andrew and Mae Fern Crutcher and his son James Monroe Crutcher Jr.

The family would like to invite everyone to a potluck, bring memories of good times and share in the tribute to our husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend. A "Celebration of Jim's Life" will be held Saturday, April 23, 11 a.m. at the Peck Community Club.

Photo: James 'Jim' Crutcher


D. Clifford Anderson, 93, Orofino

Clearwater County lost a pioneer with the passing of D. Clifford Anderson April 10, 2011, at Clearwater Valley Hospital.

Cliff was born to Elizabeth J. and Daniel G. Anderson July 23, 1917, on the Wells Bench ranch where he resided for 93+ years. His father migrated from Norway and homesteaded 160 acres in 1905. This ranch has remained in the Anderson family for 106 years. At the age of 14, Cliff moved to town where he "batched" and attended Orofino High School. He rode his horse the six miles to be at home on weekends. He graduated from Orofino High School in 1934 and worked in Spokane delivering laundry and the Idaho State Hospital North before returning to the ranch where he was raised.

On May 30, 1941, Cliff married Gladys M. Flathers, a school teacher from Jerome, who had come to the Wells Bench School to teach. They had two children, son, Craig, and daughter, Greta, and enjoyed 62 years of marriage until Gladys' passing June 8, 2003.

Cliff was primarily a beef cattle rancher, but supplemented that income with work in the woods; as a Soil Conservation District technician, and as a Clearwater County Commissioner.

Cliff believed in giving back to the community and state in which he resided. He served 10 years as a Clearwater County Commissioner during a span of time ranging from 1955 to 1979. During his 1955-1957 term, he was instrumental in bringing Clearwater Valley Hospital to Orofino. He later served 11 years on the Hospital's Board of Trustees, including 10 as Chairman. Cliff also gave 21 years of service on the Board of Directors of the Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association. A life-long Democrat, he was recognized in 2008 by the Clearwater County Democrats for dedicated service. Cliff believed in the future of the youth that was reflected by his life-long service to the 4H program. He also served as a Director of the Idaho Cattlemen's Association; supervisor of the local Soil Conservation District; and, a member of the Idaho Animal Damage Control Board from 1957 to 2005. As a 93-year resident of Clearwater County, he was an invaluable resource for the Clearwater Historical Museum and served a number of years on its board, including acting as treasurer.

Cliff also attended the Wells Bench Community Church, once known as the Anderson Sunday School, beginning as a young child. He was also a member of the Wells Bench Grange No. 378; Clearwater County Pomona Grange, and Idaho State Grange.

Survivors include son, D. Craig Anderson (Pat) of Turner, OR; daughter, Greta DeSola (James) of Robstown, TX; grandson, Jace Anderson of Corvallis, OR; nieces, Joellen McGill (Steve), Lori Kaufman (Larry), and Dana Vargas (John) all of Orofino; cousin, Lillian Stanley (Ted) of Seattle, WA; and, friend and companion, Carolyn Bray of Orofino.

The services are scheduled for Wednesday, April 20, at 2 p.m., at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. Burial will follow at Sanders Cemetery on Lower Wells Bench Rd. There will be a reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Krystal Cafe, 128 Johnson Ave., Orofino. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of D. Clifford Anderson to:

Clearwater Historical Museum
P. O. Box 1454
Orofino, ID 83544-1454

Clearwater Valley Hospital Foundation
301 Cedar Avenue
Orofino, ID 83544

Photo: D. Clifford Anderson


Daniel Clifford Anderson, 93, Orofino

Daniel Clifford Anderson, 93, Orofino, passed away Sunday, April 10, 2011 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at (Sanders) Wells Bench Cemetery, Orofino.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.


James Snyder, 91, Weippe

James Snyder, 91, Weippe, passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

Cremation services will take place as requested. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Richard 'Dick' Medley, 72, formerly of Pierce

Richard 'Dick' Medley, 72, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, April 7, 2011, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

Dick was born Oct. 18, 1938, at the family home in Weiser. Dick was the second of three sons born to Isom and Dollie Medley.

Dick attended grade school in Weiser and Riggins. He excelled in sports and graduated from Salmon River High School in 1956. He began logging with his dad in 1955 near Pollock. Dick married Glory Wisenor in 1957. They made their home in Riggins and were blessed with two sons, Mark and Jeff, and a daughter, Raine, who died as an infant.

In the early '60s he worked for Salmon River Logging. Dick moved his family to Camp 60 and Pierce in 1966, where he was partners in the first tong-throwing machine. He kept busy as an independent contractor skidding and loading logs. Over the years, he earned a reputation around the Northwest for his remarkable and seamless operating skills.

Soon after a divorce in 1973, he purchased Fromelt Logging and formed Medley Co. He logged in the Pierce area and throughout the Northwest for the next 15 years.

On April 14, 1977, he married Janice Province, which included the blessing of being dad to a son, Steve Province. Ambition and adventure led Dick and Janice to pursue several other business ventures including gold mining in Alaska from 1983 to 1985. In 1985, he founded Medley Co. Cedar Mill, which today is a three-generation-strong company that continues to be operated by Dick's son and grandson.

Upon liquidating the logging portion of Medley Co., the allure of a partnership in a shot shell reloader manufacturing company in Rathdrum, Ponsness/Warren, captured Dick's interest. After becoming the sole owner in 1989, Dick and Janice moved to Rathdrum to operate and expand the company. Although Dick and Janice relocated to Lewiston in 2000, Dick remained an active part of this one-of-a-kind innovative business, which still operates today by an exceptional group of dedicated individuals. In the '90s Dick was also involved in several residential land developments with his brother throughout Idaho, including Redheart Ridge at Lenore.

From their home in Lewiston, Dick and Janice were able to be closer to family. Dick's brother Gary and wife Jeanne, and his children, Corey, Nikki and Hope, considered Dick not only as a brother and uncle, but as a best friend.

Over the years, Dick and Janice made many wonderful friends as they enjoyed trapshooting, golfing and traveling together. He was highly competitive and excelled at trapshooting and golf, winning many awards, including delegate for the State of Idaho Amateur Trapshooting Association. Being an avid hunter, he was also instrumental in making sure his grandsons bagged their first bucks.

His love was keeping active, whether it was working hard or playing hard and being surrounded by his family and friends. He left us on a sunny day, while working in his beautiful yard.

Husband, dad, brother, grandpa, uncle and friend - you will be greatly missed. We love you.

Dick is survived by his beloved wife, Janice; brothers and spouses, Gary and Jeanne Medley, and Don and Myrna Medley; sons and spouses, Mark and Mary Jo Medley, Jeff Medley, Steve and Shawn Province; and grandchildren, Ryan and Janel, Wade, Shane, Annette, Lucas, Beth, Katie, Alex, Jacqueline, Emma and Rachael; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Isom and Dollie Medley; and his daughter, Raine Medley.

A celebration of Dick's life will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Clarkston Event Center, 841 Sixth St., with a hosted luncheon.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Lewis-Clark Animal Shelter, 6 Shelter Road, Lewiston, ID 83501.

Photo: Richard (Dick) Medley


Donna Mary Theresa (Salonek) Bloom, 68

Born in Watertown, MN May 12, 1942, Donna spent her career caring for others as a nurse and a nursing administrator. She worked in several hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the Seattle. WA area where she helped make thousands of lives better and more comfortable either in health or near their ends.

Her husband, Donald Bloom, is a 1955 graduate of Orofino High School.

In her final two years, she herself was lovingly cared for by Donald, her husband of 32 years, daughters Lauren and Rochelle, and the staff of Virginia Mason Hospital-where she'd worked as a nurse in the early sixties when she first arrived in Seattle. She passed away March 30, 2011.

Outside of her nursing career, she was a mistress of arts, crafts and the Minnesota hotdish, and had a way of telling stories with so much intricate detail that even she didn't know where or when the story would end. After years of health challenges and finally a diagnosis with a troubling prognosis, and after going home and beginning hospice to be near the things, the people and the little Scottie dog she loved so much, she left this world for the next. But her ornately detailed story lives on.

Donna is survived by Don, her husband of 32 years; her children, Lauren (Ric) Brandt, Sean Anderson, and Rochelle (John) Hill; Don's children, Rick Bloom, Chris (Debi) Bloom, Steve (Vicki) Bloom, and Lisa (Scott) Smith; 12 outstanding grandchildren, and many good friends. She also leaves behind brothers, Paul (Elaine) Salonek, Urb (Rose) Salonek; sister, Anne (George) Lambrecht; sisters-in-law, Marge Salonek and Jean Salonek. She is preceded in death by her mother and father, Theodore and Theresa Salonek, and brothers, Leo and Ted Salonek.

Photos: Donna Mary Theresa Salonek Bloom


Harold H. Smith, Orofino

A Memorial Service was held on March 28 for Harold H. Smith at the Orofino Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall. He passed away at Clearwater Health and Rehab on March 20, 2011.

His wife of 52 years, Helen Y. Smith also passed away at Clearwater Health and Rehab on March 29, 2011. A Memorial Service was held for her at the Orchards Christian Church in Lewiston on April 2.

They will both be missed very much. Their family would like to thank everyone who attended their memorial services, and for all the calls, card and flowers. "Thank you to all the family and friends for all the care and support. We could not have made it through this without you. A special thank you to Clearwater Health and Rehab for all the love and care they gave our parents and to Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory. They were so helpful and caring in this time of great loss of both of our parents in such a short time. Again…Thank you everyone."


Richard Lee Mendenhall, 49, Orofino

Richard Lee Mendenhall, 49, Orofino, passed away at Kootenai Medical Center, Coeur d'Alene, Thursday, March 31, 2011.

Funeral services are pending with Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory.


Helen Yvonne Smith, 71, Orofino

Helen Y. Smith was born on April 19, 1939 in Orofino to Ted and Viola Borders. She was raised in the Frazier-Weippe area and graduated from Weippe High School. She then met her soon to be husband Harold on a blind date and they were married on March 12, 1959. She had 3 children.

While busy being a mom she also worked for Lewiston Painting for many years. She was also a cook in the deli at K-Mart and finally she retired as a cook from the Lewiston school district in 2006.

She was on the LOID Board. Helen loved being an active member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She was in charge of the Junior Girls Unit and held many offices throughout the years. She would always save her quarters so she could play 31. She enjoyed camping and being with family and friends.

She is survived by her three children, Herman and wife, Geneva Smith of Culdesac, Cheryl and husband, Mike Bymun of Duncan, AZ., Kim Smith of Peck; seven grandchildren, Christine Smith and her finance, Sean Stubblefield, Jessica Smith, and Stephanie Harris all of Lewiston, Mike, Mathew, and Max Bymun of New Mexico, Magen Bymun of Arizona, a step-grandson, Glen and wife, Cherie Arnold of Culdesac; four great-grandchildren, Sammy, Katie, Emily and Flee of Culdesac. She loved her children and great grandchildren very much.

She was preceded in death on March 20, 2011 by her husband, Harold. They had just celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary. They were both very much loved by family and friends and will be greatly missed. We love you and will miss you both very much.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Sat. April 2, 2011 at Orchards Christian Church, 731 Warner Ave. in Lewiston. Family and friends are invited to a potluck dinner following the service. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Helen Yvonne Smith


Helen Y. Smith, 71, Orofino

Helen Y. Smith, 71, Orofino, passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation in Orofino.

Cremation will take place as requested. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Orchards Christian Church, 731 Warner Ave. in Lewiston.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Carl Louis Riggers, 89

Carl Louis Riggers went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, March 26, 2011. He died of natural causes at Lewiston Rehabilitation and Care Center. He was born Dec. 21, 1921, to parents John Henry and Mary Sophie Riggers, and was the youngest of nine children. He was baptized at Good Hope Lutheran Church.

Carl attended school in Fairview grade school and graduated from Gifford High School. Upon his parents' deaths, he was destined to carry on farming the same land that his father had homesteaded in the 1890s at Gifford.

On June 1, 1947, Carl married Ruth Lettenmaier of Southwick, at the old Trinity Lutheran Church in Lewiston. Carl had met Ruth at J.C. Penney, where she was a clerk in the men's department, and he came in to buy a pair of gloves so he could work on the farmers' telephone line. Together, they worked diligently to make a success of the farming business, remain active in their community and church, and raise their two children, Judy and Davern.

Carl was a quiet, hardworking person, enjoying others around him, and willing to do what was needed to make the world a better place. He was happy being a farmer, although he was bothered by hay fever and allergic to all of the crops and grasses, except beans and peas. He loved driving combine and tractor, but because of the allergies, he longed for a better way to do it. He was very good with welding and mechanics and, in 1965, he and Frank West used Cadillac parts to construct one of the first air-conditioned combine cabs in the Gifford-Reubens area. He was innovative and ahead of his time.

As a young man, Carl loved to go with the Gifford High School basketball team wherever they went to watch them play and support them.

He liked to ski. He and Ruth went to many different ski areas in the Northwest. For more than 25 years he served as an Agricultural Stabilization Conservation Service (now Farm Services Agency) agent. After being appointed by the governor, he served on the Gifford cemetery board for many years.

Carl loved going to Arizona to spend the winters, first in a trailer, then later building a house in Mesa. He continued until he wasn't able to make the trip. He entered Orchards Rehabilitation Care Center, then Juniper Meadows Assisted Living, and later Lewiston Rehabilitation and Care Center. The family wants to thank all the caregivers who lovingly cared for him.

Carl is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ruth, in the family home; son, Davern Riggers and Rozan of Culdesac; daughter, Judy Lewis and Chuck of Wallace; his grandchildren, Rachelle and Klayton Riggers of Lewiston, and Shawnna Riggers of Mesa, AZ, Lucia Gregory of Seattle, WA and Heather Heidt and Jason of Post Falls; his step-grandchildren, Nichole, Kelzey, Danny and Jessy; his great-grandson, Everett Heidt; brother, Martin and Martha Riggers of Lewiston; and many nieces, nephews and their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings and their spouses, Henry, Herman, Otto, Albert, Emma, Selma, Martha; and sister-in-law Elsie.

Arrangements are being handled by Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston. Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Good Hope Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Good Hope Lutheran Church or a favorite charity.

Photo: Carl Louis Riggers


Catherine Elizabeth Reinfort Shubert, 93, Orofino

Catherine Elizabeth Reinfort Shubert, 93, passed away Thursday, March 24, 2011, at Life Care Center of Lewiston. She was born March 12, 1918, to John and Catherine Reinfort in Sterling, CO.

The family moved and settled in the Winchester area in 1926, where she completed her schooling and graduated in 1935.

On Jan. 18, 1939, Catherine married Frank Shubert at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Orofino. They made their home on the Cavendish Grade, which later became the New Hope subdivision, where they raised their family and farmed. In 1976, they moved to Orofino.

During their retirement years, they enjoyed camping, fishing and playing cards with a number of wonderful friends.

They later moved to Moscow for a few years and Frank passed away in June 1996. Catherine then moved to the San Diego area, and later back to Orofino, where she resided at Brookside Landing for the past seven years.

Catherine was a lifetime homemaker and enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She was a devoted Catholic.

She is survived by her four daughters, Cecilia Hart, Esther Stalnaker, Joan Chase and Pamela Shubert; as well as 11 grandchildren; numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

The rosary and a funeral Mass were held Saturday at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Orofino. Inurnment followed at the Orofino Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials be made to St. Theresa's Catholic Church.

Vassar Rawls Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Photo: Catherine Elizabeth Reinfort Shubert


Roger Joseph Monger, 72, Greer

Roger Joseph Monger, 72, Greer, passed away Monday, March 21, 2011 in Lewiston.

He was born Aug. 26, 1938 in Sandpoint to Anton Monger and Esther Monger Sundhagen. He married Patricia Lynn Hammon in Ketchum on July 14, 1962.

Roger graduated from Bonners Ferry High School in 1956 and worked for a few months as a railroad worker. In 1957, he worked for the Federal Bureau of Public Roads surveying the Lochsa River. Following that he worked at various locations in Idaho including Horseshoe Bend, Lowman, McCall and St. Maries. Roger began work for the U.S. Forest Service in Pierce in June 1976 and transferred to Orofino. He worked at Orofino and Kelly Creek, retiring from federal service in 1987. He worked as a fishing guide from 1987 to 2006.

He was drafted into the Army in 1961 and was honorably discharged in 1963.

He was a member of the Ascension Lutheran Church.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Lynn Monger; son, Kurt Evan Monger and wife, Chris of Palmer, AK; daughter, Deana Penton and husband, Scott, of Moscow; granddaughter Justine Melaina of Idaho; great granddaughter Arianna of Idaho; sisters, Deloris Christopher and husband, Paul of Spokane, WA, and Arlene Gamelielson of Post Falls; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Anton Monger and his mother, Esther Monger Sundhagen.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 25, at the Ascension Lutheran Church with Pastor Stan Hoobing officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the Jackson Baldwin Foundation, 3527 8th St. C, Lewiston, ID 83544.

Photo: Roger Joseph Monger


Carol Ann Norwood, 69, Orofino

Carol Ann Norwood, 69, Orofino, passed away Monday, March 21, 2011 at her residence.

Cremation will take place. Services will be held at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Viola 'Ole' Beeson, 78, Orofino

Ole Beeson passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at Clearwater Valley Hospital. Cancer took her quickly and quietly.

Ole was born Nov. 13, 1932 in Weippe to John and Elsie Leffert. She married Jim Beeson Sept. 20, 1953 in Lewiston. They owned and operated the Conoco Gas Station on the corner of Main and Michigan Ave. in Orofino and also a bulk oil delivery service until Jim's passing in March 1976.

Ole led an adventurous and selfless life. Cooking for a gold mining camp, bartending at Konkol's Lounge and preparing meals for the Orofino Care Center were a few of Ole's many jobs. She was a proud member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a familiar face there volunteering her time and energy wherever it was needed. You could always count on Ole to work hard and serve others. She took great pride in carrying the American flag in local celebrations and parades and could always be found playing Bingo on Thursday nights in the Bingo hall. She was treasurer of the Ladies Auxiliary up until her death.

Ole is survived by her three children, Lindsay and Robyn Beeson of San Clemente, CA; Pam and Kim Jones of Lewiston and Pete Beeson and Paula Heaton of Moscow. She has five grandchildren and one great-grandchild with another one on the way. She is also survived by her brother, Ed and Sharon Lefferts, and sister, Ellen and Rex Knight.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Charlie Lefferts of Weippe.

A memorial service celebrating Ole's life was held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel Monday, March 21. Donations can be made in Ole's name to Ladies Auxiliary of the Orofino VFW.

Photo: Viola 'Ole' Beeson


Viola Irene Beeson, 78, Weippe

Viola Irene Beeson, 78, Weippe, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

A service will be held in her memory on Monday, March 21, at 1 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.


William E. Lane, 82

William E. Lane, 82, most recently of Clarkston, WA and a longtime resident of the Clearwater River Valley, left to take care of his job, drinking beer and chasing girls, Monday evening, March 7, 2011, at Tri-State Hospital. He was "fantastic," until the day he died. You just had to ask him and he'd tell you.

He lived a long and varied life, doing things many people only dream about. He raced cars in North Lewiston and bragged that his speed record for the dirt track could never be broken because the track was later paved over.

He piloted small airplanes and a helicopter. His most famous landing was at night when the strip was covered in snow and he touched down on the wrong side of the lights. The plane flipped onto its top, and the photograph in the local newspaper looked like it had been mistakenly printed upside down.

He loved to run his jet boats, snowmobiles, four-wheelers and rafts and was a member of the Hells Canyon Boat Club, River Access for Tomorrow and similar groups. He also was a member for many years of the Clarkston and Lewiston Eagles lodges, and the Clarkston Moose Lodge.

He was part of the first group to snowmobile the Lolo Motorway from end to end. He rafted the Grand Canyon more than once and ran the length of the Salmon River many times. On one occasion when he was about 70 he floated from Dagger Falls near Stanley to Lewiston on one continuous trip. He was always ready to take on a challenge.

He was a self-made man who came from the poverty of the Kansas Dust Bowl. He was a proud man who always believed he was right. What made it hard to take was that all too frequently it was true.

Bill was born in Syracuse, KA, the eldest of six children of William Ross Lane and Effie Mildred Cochran Lane. His family lived in several locations in Kansas during the first few years of his life, including Syracuse, Salina, Ulysses, Sublette, Garden City and Johnson. The family moved from Johnson to Del Norte, CO, in 1935, then to Canon City in 1938 and from there to Kooskia in late December of 1941.

His formal education ended in the eighth grade, which wasn't uncommon then, but he never stopped learning.

He lived most of his life in the Clearwater Valley, Kooskia to Lewiston, where he had several businesses over the years, including an auto parts store, vehicle repair shops, and general contractor. The number of buildings and houses he built in the Kamiah-Kooskia area for himself, for his businesses and for others is too great to remember.

As a young man, he worked for the U.S. Forest Service running telephone lines through the Idaho backcountry where there were no roads. He and his uncles, Howard and Art Cochran, helped build U.S. Highway 12 from Kooskia to Montana, and he was among the first people to drive it. His two oldest sons, Bill and Mike, were among the first to travel the road from end to end before the gates were officially opened, stopping along the way to fish the Lochsa.

He loved family reunions, especially if he got to do the organizing.

In his last years, when his body and his mind were wearing out and he couldn't do all the things he expected of himself, he spent a lot of hours at the Clarkston Eagles. He had many friends there who looked out for him and treated him well. He cared for them, too. His family is grateful for their friendship.

He is survived by eight children, Sandra L. Lee of Lewiston, daughter of the late E. Jean Branstrom McElhinney; William E. Lane, Michael R. Lane and Cindy L. Miller and husband, Alan, all of The Dalles, OR, and children of Lucille Hayes Virgil; and Jerry R. Lane and wife, Linda of Clarkston, John M. Lane and wife, Rene of Lewiston, Roberta (Melonie) Rohn of Seattle, WA, and Charles L. Lane and wife, Raven of Colville, children of the late Zellamaye Merrill Burkenbine. He also is survived by two step-children, Calvin Booth and Reniece Sandler, both of Coeur d'Alene, children of Lila Perry.

He also is survived by two sisters, Donita Naternicola and Linda Emry and her husband, Gary, all of Boise; a brother, John M. Lane and his wife, Elsie, of Boise and Cascade; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Veanice Lee; and a brother, Jerry Lane.

At his request, Bill was cremated and his ashes will be scattered later.

A celebration of his life is planned from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 20, at the Clarkston Eagles, 505 Maple St. Friends and family are asked to come with a favorite story, ready to tell or written for someone to read, but mostly just to come to celebrate a life lived well.

Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: William E. Lane


Mary Thompson, 82, formerly of Orofino

Homer, AK resident Mary Thompson, 82, died Feb. 20, 2011. Anyone who knew Mary Thompson would have encountered her tireless energy, which could not be stopped by any adversity.

A celebration of Mary's life was held at March 5 at the United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to Hospice of Homer.

Born on April 30, 1928, in Tanta, Egypt, to Harold and Elizabeth McGeoch, Mary spent her childhood abroad. Each year they would get two new turkeys: one named Christmas and one named New Year's. For vacations, the family would take trips to Europe. When World War II started, the McGeochs' returned to the United States, where Mary graduated from high school in New Concord, OH. She then attended and graduated from Muskingum University in the same town. She met her future husband, Jim Thompson, at Lake Chautauqua, NY, while working as a camp counselor. They were married on June 13, 1951.

Mary's husband, James Thompson, was pastor at the Orofino United Methodist Church from 1961-1966.

After having their three children, they moved to Homer in 1966 for Jim's work at the Methodist Church. She learned to carve a moose with the help of her Betty Crocker cookbook, and quickly became accustomed to Alaska life. She became the church secretary and organized Sunday bulletins, hosted dinners and youth dances. She also taught at Homer High School, where she coached cheerleading, swimming and occasionally drove students to competitions in Valdez, AK. In her years of retirement, she was recognized as volunteer of the year by the city of Homer. She continued to invest countless hours into the community she treasured, and was proud to call her home.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Thompson; brother, Fred McGeoch and wife Anne; and daughter, Carol Thompson. She is survived by her brother, Lyle McGeoch and wife Florence; her sons, Fred Thompson and his wife Coni; Rick Thompson and his wife Sharon; grandchildren, Sara Hansen and her husband Tyler; and Zack Thompson; and all beloved friends.

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Photo: Mary Thompson


Fred Partney, 73, Peck

Fred Partney, 73, Peck, passed away at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011.

A service will be held in his memory at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 5, at the Orofino Tabernacle Church in Orofino.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino is caring for arrangements.


Jesse Leroy Mechling, 66, Orofino

Jesse Leroy Mechling, 66, Orofino, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

Cremation is to take place as requested. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. March 26 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Orofino.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Roger Joseph Praest, 70, Orofino

Roger Joseph Praest, 70, Orofino, passed away at his home Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011.

Cremation is to take place as requested. Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Charles Andrew 'Chuck' Johnson, 81, Orofino

Charles Andrew 'Chuck' Johnson, beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather and uncle, passed away in Spokane at Hospice of Spokane, Feb. 11, 2011. He had been hospitalized for pneumonia after recovering from heart surgery in November. He was 81 years old.

Born in 1929 in Langdon, ND, Chuck was one of six children. After graduating high school, Chuck joined the United States Army, which allowed him to see parts of Europe. Upon his discharge, he moved to Minneapolis, MI where he not only studied to become a journeyman electrician, he met his wife, Margaret. They married in 1955, and moved to Orofino in 1956. They had four children, Linda (b. 1958) Beth (b. 1961), Peggy (b. 1963) and David (b.1965).

Shortly after moving to Orofino, Chuck and Marge became two of the founding members of Ascension Lutheran Church. Over the years, Chuck spent many hours working at the church, helping to build it and making repairs, ushering and serving on church council. Chuck worked for Stoddard Electric and eventually became a part-owner of the business. Over the years, he worked on many of the businesses, schools and government buildings in the region. He continued work well past his 80th birthday, because he enjoyed his job and liked to keep busy.

He enjoyed learning new things, particularly about science and history and believed in the power of an education, whether you got it at school or learned through reading.

Chuck is survived by his wife of 55 years Margaret, daughter Beth and granddaughter Alicia, brothers Robert (Fargo ND) and Russ (Othello WA) and sister Joan (Almira, WA) as well as many, many nieces and nephews.

Services will be Saturday, Feb. 26th, at 11 a.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church in Orofino, and will be followed by a luncheon at the church.

Memorial gifts can be made to Ascension Lutheran Church, 215 115th Street, Orofino, Idaho 83544 or the Veterans of Foreign Wars, both in Orofino.


Catherine Mary Wiscarson, 96, formerly of Elk River

Catherine Mary Wiscarson, 96, passed away Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at Clarkston Care Center. She was born March 28, 1914, in Prairie Du Sac, WI., to Richard and Mary Fitzgerald Howlett.

Catherine attended high school in Elk River, graduating in 1933. Later she received her licensed practical nursing degree from St. Joseph Hospital's nursing program in Lewiston.

She married Harry Wiscarson in 1959 in Coeur d'Alene and he preceded her in death.

Catherine moved to Elk River in 1919, where her family built the Elk River Hotel. In 1936, the family moved to Clarkston. It was then that she became an LPN and worked for many of the medical facilities in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley.

In 1969 she moved to Nampa, where she purchased and ran a nursing home until 1980. For the next couple of years she worked in the nursing field in several small communities, Palouse, Elk River and Riggins. In 1982 Catherine moved back to the valley, where she continued working in the medical field until she retired.

Catherine was a communicant of Holy Family Church in Clarkston. She enjoyed crocheting; TV and listening to the late-night radio talk shows.

Surviving Catherine are her two daughters, Shirley Beck of Peteluma, CA and Sharon Castoldi of Worley; one son, Dan Wiscarson of Moscow; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

A recitation of the rosary will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, with a celebration of a funeral Mass following at 11 a.m., both at Holy Family Catholic Church in Clarkston.

Memorial contributions may be made in Catherine's memory to either Holy Family Catholic church or school.

Photo: Catherine Mary Wiscarson


William Allen Day, 81, formerly of Orofino

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino for William Allen Day. A private family burial will be at Orofino's Riverside Cemetery.

He passed away at Safe Haven Care Center in Pocatello Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


William Floyd Vargovich, 71, Orofino

William Floyd Vargovich, 71, Orofino, passed away at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011.

Cremation services are to be conducted by Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory.


William Allen Day, 81, Pocatello

William Allen Day, 81, Pocatello, passed away Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 in Pocatello.

Funeral services are pending with Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.


Frank Randolf Gumaer, 64, Pierce

Frank Randolf Gumaer, 64, Pierce, passed away at his home Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011.

Cremation services will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Orofino.


George Raymond Hobson, 92, Weippe

George Raymond Hobson, 92, Weippe, passed away Friday, Feb. 18, 2011 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

Funeral services are pending with Pine Hills Funeral Chapel.


Oliver Ulen Bender, 85, Kamiah

Oliver Ulen Bender, 85, Kamiah, passed away in Orofino Friday, Feb. 18, 2011.

Cremation services will be held by Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory.


Hathaway memorial planned

A potluck memorial/wake has been planned for Jack Hathaway Saturday, Feb. 19, at 1 p.m. at the Shot Glass Bar in Orofino. The Shot Glass is located on Johnson Ave. near Les Schwab Tire.

All are invited, regardless of whether or not they wish to bring something for the potluck.


Eula E. Abbott, 89, born in Orofino

Eula E. Abbott was born Jan. 29, 1922, to Martha and Miles E. Moore in Orofino. She passed away Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011.

She attended Lewiston schools and married Cody Abbott in Post Falls Sept. 6, 1938. They were married for 72 years.

She is survived by her loving husband, Cody; and children, Cody Abbott Jr. and Candy of Seymour, IL, Linda Olmstead and Jerry of Baker City, OR, Brian Abbott and Margi of Arlington, WA, and Martha Ahrens and Ed of Grangeville. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Evelyn Folen and Mabel Henry; and two grandsons.

Eula worked in the box factory at Potlatch during the war years while Cody was serving in the Merchant Marines. She spent most of her years as a loving homemaker, mother and grandmother.

She enjoyed square dancing, round dancing and golf for many years. She sewed many of their dancing costumes for several years during their involvement with the Twin City Twirlers. She enjoyed traveling and camping, including trips to Alaska, Hawaii and Greece, as well as travels across the United States visiting children and grandchildren.

Eula and Cody were officially recognized by Worldwide Marriage Encounter on Feb. 7, for their loving commitment to their marriage as one of the longest-married couples in the country.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens.

Donations in her memory may be made to Northwest Children's Home, 419 22nd Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501.

Vassar Rawls Funeral Home and Crematory in Lewiston is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Eula E. Abbott


Joyce Jackson, 77, Orofino

Our beloved Joyce Jackson of Orofino passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011.

Known as Joyce to many, Mom was always there for her children, grandchildren and neighborhood children with her warm smile, wonderful sense of humor and loving heart.

Joyce loved nature, art, cooking and dancing. She found pleasure in caring for all of God's creatures. She enjoyed bowling, playing Bunco, baseball and volleyball.

Joyce, her husband, Jesse, and three children moved to Orofino in 1971 for the construction of Dworshak Dam. They fell in love with the area and decided to make it their home where they raised their children and made an abundance of lifetime friends.

Joyce is loved and survived by her husband, Jesse Jackson; her children, Kim Skinner of Coeur d'Alene and Jesse Allen of Orofino. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Babette Castillo. She had 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Joyce touched the lives of many and will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Her kindred soul will forever live in our hearts.

Services will be conducted by Pastor Dan Vaughn at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino on Saturday, Feb. 19, at 10 a.m. A fond farewell will immediately follow at Sanders Cemetery on Lower Wells Bench Rd. All are welcome.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Joyce Jackson


Velma Joyce Jackson, 67, Orofino

Velma Joyce Jackson, 67, Orofino, passed away at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2011.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, Feb. 19, at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel at 10 a.m. with burial at the Sanders Wells Bench Cemetery, Orofino.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


George Luther Lonsbury, Jr., 86, Orofino

George Luther Lonsbury, Jr., 86, Orofino passed away at Clearwater Valley Hospital Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at the Orofino Community Church with burial at Orofino Riverside Cemetery. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Harold T. Strom, 92, Orofino

Harold T. Strom, 92, Orofino, passed away Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 at the Idaho State Veterans Nursing Home in Lewiston.

Arrangements are pending with Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston.


John R. 'Jack' Hathaway, 69, Orofino

The day Jack passed on to the happy hunting grounds, the sky had cleared and the sun had come out to welcome him Jan. 19, 2011. He was surrounded by family. He went peacefully and without pain.

Jack was born June 14, 1941 and spent his early years in the northern suburbs of Chicago. He entered the military in 1962 and was among the first to be deployed to Vietnam. He worked as a crypt analyst with the expeditionary forces.

In 1965 after his discharge in Northern California, he entered college at Sonoma State University where he received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology. In 1970 he moved to San Diego CA, where he intended to work toward his doctorate degree in psychology. However, he went to work for San Diego County probation department . He worked almost exclusively with minority youth. During that time he and a partner developed and implemented the program that is now known as house arrest. He was instrumental in solving several cold case homicides. His eye for detail was amazing. He also taught psychology for National University.

In 1981, he and his second wife moved to Idaho where he went to work as a probation /parole officer. After three years of working with the adult system Jack decided he needed a change, so he enrolled in law school at the University of Idaho. He graduated in December 1986 and passed the bar exam in February 1987. He worked a few months in Lewiston and then moved to Orofino where he worked until his death.

The years he worked in Orofino were his favorite. He enjoyed being surrounded by his friends, He also enjoyed hunting and fishing in this beautiful area.

Jack was involved with families throughout his career, including two marriages of his own, first to Kathy Ward and then to April Allen. He was a very giving family man. If you knew Jack then you knew he was always with the ones who needed him most, often excluding his own family.

He is survived by his children, James W. Hathaway of Warrensburg, MO, Vivian Mckinney and her husband, Daniel, of Independence, MO, Amber Oser and her husband, Todd, of Raymore, MO and grandchildren, Collin, Corbert and Madelyn McKinney, Bailey and Blake Oser; mother, Marvel F. Hathaway of Orofino and brother, David and wife, Diane of Chicago, IL.

In lieu of an immediate celebration of his life, a potluck wake will be held at the Shot Glass Saturday, Feb. 19, at 1 p.m. Jack is gone but he still lives in all of our memories. He will be missed by many.


Ina Marie Jones, 71, born in Orofino

BURLEY - Ina Marie Jones, 71, beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend passed away Monday, Jan 31, 2011 at her home in Burley surrounded by her family.

Ina was born on Feb. 10, 1939 in Orofino, Idaho to Alvin and Deloris Wilson. She graduated from Nezperce High School in 1957. Following high school Ina pursued her dream to become a flight attendant and after graduating she chose to turn in her wings to marry the love of her life, Garth Jones. Ina and Garth were married June 7, 1960, and had four wonderful children.

Ina enjoyed spending time with her family, camping and playing cards. She spent many hours with her grandchildren laughing and having fun playing her favorite video game, Dr. Mario, which usually ended with a victory. Bowling was another passion she shared with her family; earning a trip to national competition in Reno with daughters Joni and Kristine. Her competitive spirit is one that will be missed dearly. Ina also spent many quiet hours toll painting, crafting, and painting her husband's wooden creations; garden frogs and bird houses to name a few. Together they made many wonderful gifts for friends and family to cherish.

Those fortunate enough to know Ina knew she was devoted to her family and friends. Her laughter was one that started deep and erupted with joy. The familiar twinkle in her eye meant something mischievous or comical was afoot. Even while going through her recent battle with breast cancer, there was never a moment that she couldn't make others laugh with her wit and quiet humor. Sadly, while their memories of Ina are not lost, the cherished hugs that she gave them are no more.

Ina is survived by her husband, Garth; sister, Mary (Fred) of Boise; daughters, Debbie (Dallas) Doty of Boise, Joni (Brad) Norman of Idaho Falls, Kristine Jones of Heyburn; daughter-in-law, Christina Lott of Twin Falls; several nieces and nephews; eleven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren with one on the way. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alvin and Deloris Wilson; Aunt Louis Egan, and her son, Robert Jones.

As sad as we are to say goodbye, we have joy in knowing that Ina has gone to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; where she will dance with Him on the streets of gold and wait for us to follow her into eternity. "Amazing Grace", her favorite hymn says it best, "When this flesh and heart shall fail, and mortal life shall cease, I shall possess within the veil, a life of joy and peace."

Memorial services will be held Saturday Feb. 5, 2011 at 3 p.m. at Morrison Funeral Home, 188 S Hwy 24 in Rupert, with urn placement to follow at Pleasant View Cemetery in Burley. A gathering for friends and family was held at New Beginnings in Burley, Friday Feb 4. Services are under the direction of Morrison Funeral Home.

Photos: Ina Marie Jones


Diane Marie Russell, 54, Orofino

Diane Marie Russell, 54, Orofino, passed away Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011 at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation in Orofino.

Cremation services are pending per family request. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Alice Kathleen Goodman, 64, Kamiah

Alice Kathleen Goodman, 64, Kamiah, passed away at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011.

Cremation is to take place. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Harvey Harry Reimann, 74, formerly of Orofino

Harvey Harry Reimann was born on Oct. 1, 1936 in Garrison, North Dakota. His parents, Harry and Regina Reimann, were grain farmers. He had a sister Shirley who was one year younger.

He passed away at his home in Burley on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. A memorial service will be held Monday, Feb. 7, at Rasmussen Funeral Home in Burley with a dinner to follow at St. Mathews Episcopal Church fellowship hall in Rupert.

Harvey attended one year of college and then joined the United States Army. He was stationed in Germany in the medical corps. He enjoyed working in the medical field and qualified as an Army Sharpshooter. After receiving an Honorable Discharge from the Army, Harvey enrolled in and graduated from Radiology Technological School at Grand Forks, ND.

Harvey married Norma Olsen from his home town. They had a daughter, Darcie Lee Reimann, and lived for a time in Seattle, WA, where Harvey worked at Swedish Hospital. They moved to Orofino where eventually they divorced.

Harvey married Ann Pappenhagen [Reimann] on Nov. 10, 1965 at the home of her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Albert Pappenhagen. Harvey became step father to Ken Cottrell and Kay [Cottrell] Field. Harvey was a highly respected X- Ray Technician and both he and Ann worked at Clearwater Valley Hospital for several years. In 1971 he took Ann and Kay to live in Gallup, NM, where he and Ann (a Registered Nurse) worked at McKinley General Hospital. Harvey and Ann moved to Burley in 1977. Kay was nearby attending college at Caldwell. Darcie lived in Boise with her mother and then moved in with Harvey and Ann. They have been very happy in Burley.

Harvey had 38 sober years and was very active in AA. Also in the community, he sat on the Board of Directors of the Syringa Plaza in Burley. This facility houses low income seniors. Harvey was known for certain foods he brought to residents for some of the celebrations and for his sense of humor.

Harvey has always been an outdoorsman, hunting, and most especially, fishing. He and Ann were avid campers and canoed for many years. Harvey was always a good baker and cook. He developed an interest in Dutch oven cooking and even entered contests. He and Vickie Knight won First Prize in the Rupert Dutch Oven Cooking Contest on July 3, 1990 for their Chicken and Bread Dough Dumpling recipe.

When health problems limited Harvey's outdoor activities he took up wood carving, taking classes locally. He won First Prize at the Cassia County Fair in 2009 for his carving of a buffalo.

Harvey's parents, his sister, and his daughter, Darcie, all predeceased him. Harvey is survived by his wife, Ann and his step children, Ken and Kay. He is survived as well by four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Harvey is also survived by his sister's children, Tony Hummel and Peri Houten and their children.

Instead of flowers Harvey and Ann ask instead that donations be made in his name to local chapters of AA or Relay for Life.


Marietta Cross, 80, Orofino

Marietta Cross passed away peacefully on Jan. 24, 2011 in Spokane, WA, surrounded by her family. She was born to Elsie and Marion C. Purington on Oct. 1, 1930 in Weare, NH. She was raised there, graduating from Weare High School in 1948, and receiving her nursing degree from Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in 1951.

In 1967, she moved to Missoula, MT, with her first husband, Warren E. Thamarus, Jr. and their four children. Moving to Montana was like coming home for Marietta, and she had many adventures under western skies. She enjoyed skiing, hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping with her family. She was a member of the Missoula Trap and Skeet Club, and also participated in English Springer Spaniel field trials with her dog "Checkerboom Jake."

In September of 1975 she married George W. Cross, and they established their home in Missoula. She had been working at Community Medical Center (CMC) for two years, and, with George by her side, she continued to dedicate herself to maternal-child health care in Montana. She became the obstetrics nursing supervisor in 1976 and was instrumental in developing the first neonatal intensive care unit for Montana at CMC. She was involved in the program "Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies", the Montana Council for Maternal and Child Health, and the March of Dimes. She was a founding member of the Montana Perinatal Association, and a leader for CMC in Maternal Child Health Education outreach. She served as chairwoman of the Governor's Council for the MIAMI Project (Montana Initiative for the Abatement of Mortality in Infants). She also helped establish the Rocky Mountain Childbirth conference and recently attended the 20th annual meeting. She believed that there was "so much you could do" to promote prenatal care and education, and her career was a shining example of that belief.

Marietta and George retired to the Orofino area in November 1992. They shared an active retirement, participating in the North Idaho Senior Games as well as other events around the country. She received medals in the long jump, trap shooting, shot-put, and discus. She loved all types of music, and was active with the Orofino Dance Club. She also enjoyed reading, walking her dogs and driving anywhere, which she often did to visit family and friends around the country.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Marion and Elsie Purington; her brother, Malcolm C. Purington; brother-in-law, Oscar Straw; daughter, Debra Cross; and an infant son. Survivors include her husband, George; sister, Elizabeth Straw; sister-in-law, June Purington; children, Donovan Cross, Karen Thamarus, Michael Thamarus, Carla Cross, Susan Horstmann (Mark), and Mary Meyer (Carter); grandchildren, Barbie Cross, Chani Dupuis, Dylan Cross, Joshua Cross, Stephanie Horstmann, Steven Horstmann, Carl Meyer, and Cassie Meyer; eight great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Marietta will be missed by all of us, a void never to be filled. We will always be grateful for her compassion, wisdom, and strength. She will live in our hearts forever.

A memorial service for Marietta will be held in Missoula, MT later in the spring.

Memorial donations may be made in Marietta's name to:

Community Medical Center Foundation
2827 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59804

Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinic
301 Cedar
Orofino, ID 83544

Your local chapter of the American Cancer Society

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Marietta Cross


Duane Junior Fredrick, 85, Lenore

Duane Junior Fredrick, 85, Lenore, passed away Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011 at his home.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Marietta Cross, 80, Lenore

Marietta Cross, 80, Lenore passed away at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, WA, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011.

A gathering for family and friends will be held Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Krystal Café in Orofino from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Betty Lou Baeseman, 77

Betty passed away Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. She was born Sept. 8, 1932, in Winegar, WI., to Margaret Elam and John Anderson. Betty grew up in the upper Michigan area.

She and Oliver P. Baeseman were married July 8, 1950, in Bessemer, MI. After their marriage and the birth of their first child, the couple moved to Crescent City, CA, where she worked and lived until moving to Centralia, WA. There she worked at Assured Home Health until she retired in 1994.

Following the death of her husband in 1997, she moved to Orofino.

Betty was a member of Kendrick First Assembly of God for the last 10 years.

Surviving her are six children, Alvin Baeseman and Kathleen Closson, both of Oregon, Oliver Joseph Baeseman, Jacqueline Amrine and Susie Ryan, all of Washington, and Gloria Hooks of Texas; three sisters, Dorothea Gerovac, Lucille Preussler and Beverly Pearcy, all of Idaho; and one brother, Frank Anderson of Washington; as well as 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents, three sisters and two brothers. A celebration of life will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Kendrick First Assembly of God Church, with a covered-dish dinner to follow.

Vassar Rawls Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Rosella Gladys Snyder, 102, Orofino

Rosella Gladys Snyder, 102, Orofino, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011 at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation in Orofino from natural causes.

She was born Feb. 16, 1908, in Kippen to Carroll LeRoy Parkins and Muriel Louisa (Erickson) Parkins. She was their second child and though she cared for her younger siblings like a mother due to her mother's health, she said her childhood was a happy one. She attended school until she was 15 when she decided to quit, a decision she said she later regretted.

Her family members were all musical. Her father played the violin and her mother was talented at the piano. On Sundays they gathered with close neighbors to enjoy the music.

Rosella came to Orofino from Cold Spring at the age of 17 and worked for her aunt and uncle at Erickson's Palace of Sweets. She also sold tickets at the Rex Theatre and played the piano for silent movies.

It was at the Palace of Sweets that she met Eldon Snyder, her future husband. He came from one of the pioneer families of Clearwater County. The couple married on June 5, 1927. They owned and operated the Standard Oil Bulk Plant in Pierce until they purchased a store in Orofino and founded Snyder's Men's Clothing and Sporting Good Store in 1945. Rosella worked there until her retirement.

Eldon passed away in 1989.

Rosella was active in a number of organizations including Daughters of the Nile, Eastern Star, Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary and a charter member of Orofino Golf Club. She was also a member of the Orofino Peck United Methodist Church. Each week until she moved to Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation, she played bridge with a group of friends.

Survivors include her sons, Maurice of Orofino and Elbert and his wife, Angie, also of Orofino; sisters, Vella Quillen and Vernica Sullivan, both of Lewiston; grandsons, A. Craig Snyder of Lewiston and Thomas C. Snyder, Lebanon, OR. She is also survived by three great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.

Besides her husband, Eldon; she was preceded in death by two brothers, Major Parkins and Edward Parkins and a sister, Edna Parkins Johnson.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino with Pastor Hank Herschle officiating. That will be followed by a luncheon at the Orofino Peck United Methodist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

Photo: Rosella Gladys Snyder


Rosella Gladys Snyder, 102, Orofino

Rosella Gladys Snyder, 102, Orofino, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation in Orofino.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Rex E. O'Rourke, 87, formerly of Orofino

Rex O'Rourke, retired Nezperce farmer, was born Jan. 8, 1923, in Cushing, OK, and died quietly at home early the morning of Friday, Jan. 7, 2011.

Rex was brought to this area by his foster father, E.J. O'Rourke. At various times they lived in Orofino, Colfax, east of Spokane, Four Lakes, WA, as well as Nezperce. E.J. O'Rourke later married Hazel Kennedy Rowe.

Rex began school east of Spokane, at a one-room country school. He later attended Nezperce grade school, then the Harbkie School on Russell Ridge, finally returning to Nezperce, where he graduated from high school in 1943.

In November 1944, Rex entered the U.S. Army Transport System at Seattle, where he served on an Army transport seagoing tug operating between Seattle and Anchorage, AK. He was then transferred to an Army troop ship running between Seattle and Hawaii.

On June 23, 1947, Rex married Elizabeth Pearl Martin of Nezperce in the Nezperce Christian Church.

A man of many interests, Rex had been a private pilot, a HAM radio operator, an amateur gunsmith and competition rifle marksman. He served the Nezperce area as an emergency medical technician until his own health began declining. He was a member of the Masons and the Elks. He also provided lay ministry at several churches throughout the area for several years.

Rex was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Pearl; their infant daughter, Mary Lavell; and their adult daughter, Marie Idel O'Rourke. He is survived by his two sons, Merel R. of Nezperce and Melvin Ray O'Rourke of Clarkston; and by two grandsons, Archie Jennings and Robert Eller, both of Nezperce.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Nezperce Cemetery, with a reception to follow at the Nezperce Senior Center.

Further information may be obtained through Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home (208) 743-6541, or by calling Merel at (208) 937-2250.

Photo: Rex E. O'Rourke


Betty Louise Brown, 77, Orofino

Betty Louise Brown was born in Jerome Sept. 8, 1933 to Lereatta Wolverton Brown and Morris Brown, Sr. She died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011.

Her early childhood was spent in southern Idaho, rich with aunts and uncles. Betty graduated from Orofino High School in 1951, where she met the only man in her life, James Alden Brown, Sr.

Betty and Jim made their life home in Orofino, and raised two daughters, Chris and Debbie, and a son, Jim. The pride of her life was her family, of whom there are many members. They include: Christine and Gary McBee, Todd McBee and Stacy McBee; James Aldon Brown, Jr. and Billie Brown; Tansi Pedersen, Roddy and Tony Brown with children, Dakota, Tyra, Mikey, Lilly and Sierra; Tara Wilson with children Matea, Taylor, Payton and one yet to come; and Tessa Brown; Debra and Mike Claffey, Mike Claffey, Marc Claffey, Angie and Elmer Robertson with children, Ariel and Jaden; Brandi Claffey and fiancé Riley O'Brien. She also formed lifelong friends from which the "Wild Bunch" was formed.

During her life, Betty was involved with many organizations in the community. One place you could always count on seeing her was at the elections where she served as an election official. She was instrumental in getting the Clearwater Hospital Auxiliary started. She served on the Riverside Water and Sewer Board from 1993 to the present, for the past six years as chairwoman. Betty was involved in many enterprises in her life, retiring from a full-service drapery shop with partner, Edith Day.

Betty was very artistic. There wasn't any craft, sewing or painting project, to name a few, that she hadn't mastered. She blessed many with the fruits of her talents.

Someone very special in both Betty's life, as well as Jim's, was their lifelong best friend, Leif Howland. Leif, a childhood friend of Jim's has seen Jim and Betty through much of what life has thrown at them. During this last illness of Betty's, he was a godsend to her in every way. He has done so much that the family cannot thank him enough for.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Brown, who passed away on July 25, 1997; her parents, Lereatta McDonald and James Morris Brown, Sr.; and her best friend, Pat Dewey.

A visitation will be held Wednesday, Jan. 12, from 2-5 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. Services for Betty will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel. Interment will be at the Riverside Cemetery following the service. There will be a dinner following at the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Orofino.

Donations may be made to a charity of choice.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Betty Louise Brown


Dollie Grace Colwell, 78, Peck

Dollie Grace Colwell passed away peacefully at Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston, WA on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 surrounded by her husband, four sons, daughters and numerous grandchildren at the age of 78.

She was born Oct. 3, 1932 to John Phillip and Elsie Dick in Peoria, IL She grew up on the family farm in Smithfield, IL and graduated from Yates City High School in 1950. From there, she went on to Saint Francis School of Nursing in Peoria. She graduated with a Registered Nursing degree in September 1953 when she also received an endorsement in psychiatric nursing from Creighton University Saint Joseph Unit in August 1953. After graduating, she continued working at Saint Francis Hospital as an RN until she met the love her life, 'Chuck'.

She married Chuck Edwin Colwell Feb. 27, 1955. After getting married, they made 15 moves within 5 years between Illinois, Montana and Idaho. They finally settled down permanently in Peck around 1961. She worked as a registered nurse in Orofino approximately 3.½ years at Clearwater Valley Hospital, then at State Hospital North for 28 years. She retired from SHN in 1993. Some of her many favorite hobbies were going to yard sales, gardening, canning, sewing and needlepoint.

Their original plan was to have six kids, three boys and three girls. After their fourth son was born, they decided the ratio of boys to girls was now out of balance. Although Dollie always wanted a daughter, she decided then that she would wait and let the boys bring her daughters home; "already trained and with no returns". She loved all her 'daughters-in-law' as if they were her own.

She leaves behind her children: Pat and Becky Colwell of Peck, Gary and Jerri Leigh Colwell of Lewiston, Darrel and Paula Colwell of Peck and Terry and Nancy Colwell of Orofino; grandchildren, Jerry and Lise Colwell, Kathleen and Arby Shown, Joshua and Kelsey Colwell, Madison Colwell, Jennifer Colwell, Jeremy Colwell, Randi Colwell, and Jordan Colwell; great-grandchildren, Michael, Natalia, Ryan, Ridge, Selway, Canyon, Syringa and Trinity; sisters, Marge and Russel Coulter, and Rosalie Smith; brothers, Bernie Dick, and John and Sherry Dick; plus numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents, John and Elsie; brother-in-law, Dean Smith (Rosalie); sister-in-law, Bonnie Colwell Dick (Bernie); and a great-niece, who she was very close to, Rhonda Orr.

A celebration of life will be held Friday, Jan. 14, at the Peck Community Center at 1 p.m. followed by a potluck dinner hosted by the Peck Ladies Club.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Dollie Grace Colwell


Darlene Faith Jackson, 74, Weippe

Darlene Faith Jackson, 74, Weippe, passed away at her home in Weippe on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011.

A visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 13, from 2-5 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. A service will be held Monday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel with burial to follow at 2 p.m. at Lewis Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Ruth Grace Meadows Bausch, 88, Orofino

Ruth Grace Meadows Bausch passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and friends, Jan. 7, 2011 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

Ruth was born Dec. 10, 1922, in Grand Junction, CO to Louis and Grace Meadows. The family moved to Salt Lake City, UT, a few years later. When the Great Depression hit, they moved to Declo to work in the potato fields. Although Ruth and her three younger brothers, Albert, Rueben, and Merle, didn't have many possessions during their younger years, they were richly blessed with strong family values and a hard work ethic.

In 1939, her family relocated to Lewiston where Ruth graduated from high school in 1941. On July 4, 1942, she married Daniel Bausch in Wapato, WA, and they made their home in Lewiston while Dan served in World War II. Upon his discharge, they moved to O'Neil, NB, for a short time then returned to Lewiston where Dan went to work for Clearwater Power Company. Dan, Ruth, and their three children, Woody, Sandy, and Dennis, lived in Lewiston and Juliaetta for eight years before they moved to Orofino in 1955.

Ruth very much loved the home and farm that she and Dan built. She always welcomed guests, whether they were family, friends or strangers, into her home. Ruth would engage guests in a game of cards or entertain them with fond stories of her family. Guests never left her house without a full tummy and a smile on their face.

Ruth was famous for her cooking, especially her buttermilk pancakes and homemade cinnamon rolls. She would graciously share her recipes with anyone upon request, but all agreed that no one could quite replicate the taste because she always added a special ingredient (love) to everything she made.

Ruth lived a life of honesty, hard work, and a love for all people. If she wasn't cooking, cleaning, or tending to other chores around the family farm, she was painting ceramics, making yarn covered hangers, sewing, or crafting. She was well known as a grocery clerk in the old M&K in Lewiston, and Bessents, and the old Hayes stores in Orofino.

Although Parkinson's disease limited her mobility in later years, she enjoyed taking trips to the casino and shopping.

Ruth is survived by her three children and their spouses: Woody and Colleen Bausch, Sandy and Ed Butler, and Dennis and Kim Bausch. She enjoyed her seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren, one brother and his spouse Rueben and Jeanne Meadows, and an abundance of extended family and close friends. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Albert and Merle, and her husband, Dan.

A visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 14, from 2- 5 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.

Services will be held Saturday, Jan. 15, 11 a.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. A potluck luncheon will follow at the Orofino Senior Center. Meat and beverages will be provided. If desired, please bring a side dish, salad, or dessert. Burial will be held at Normal Hill Cemetery in Lewiston at 3 pm.

Memorials in honor of Ruth may be sent to Clearwater County Ambulance Service (CCAS).

Photo: Ruth Grace Meadows Bausch


Fran Goffinet Lukenbill, 89, grew up around Central Ridge

Mom passed away Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, of causes related to living a long, fabulous life. She was 89.

Not wanting to miss the fireworks, Mom decided to make an early and unscheduled entrance into this world while the family was enroute to Nezperce to celebrate the Fourth of July festivities. Born Zillah Maidia Frances Goffinet to Eugene and Elizabeth Goffinet of Central Ridge, on the Fourth of July, 1921, Mom was a firecracker from day one! She was the ninth of 10 children.

She was known to all her family and friends simply as "Scram." She had built a wooden car big enough for a nine-year-old girl to ride in that looked just like the car, "Scrambola," from a popular cartoon strip of the day. The name stuck.

Mom's favorite things were reading, fishing with dad, music and anything that had to do with family. She could still sing harmony to her old favorites until the end. Nearly as cherished as her family were her memories of growing up in Peck and Central Ridge, where the family farmed. Her stories made one think there was no other place quite like it on Earth. Her life and values were formed by small-town farm life and the Great Depression.

Mom married Jerry Lukenbill in 1939, and they spent most of their married life in the Lewis-Clark Valley, where their five children were born and raised. Like most moms, she was the best mom in the world, and we will miss her very much.

She is survived by daughters, Jeaneanne and husband Bill Henley of Marysville, Wash., Kathie and husband Jack Zimmer of Coeur d'Alene, Debbie and Cliff Wogsland of Clarkston, and son Marty Lukenbill and wife Sherry of Lewiston; 10 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; eldest son, Monte; granddaughter, Jerri Kay Henley; her parents; and nine brothers and sisters.

We especially want to thank the wonderful staff at Wedgewood Terrace for the incredible loving care they gave to our mother.

We are going to have a celebration of Mom's life on the Fourth of July in Pioneer Park.

Photo: Fran Goffinet Lukenbill


Kenneth P. Schoenek, 89, Orofino

Kenneth P. Schoenek, 89, Orofino, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. He was born to Paul and Georgie Schoenek in McAllister, MT.

He graduated in 1940 from Bozeman High School. He spent one year in Seattle, WA where he worked for Boeing and attended University of Washington. There he also bought and learned to fly his first plane. He joined the Navy Air Force in 1942. He taught flying until deployed to the Pacific to fly torpedo planes, PBY-1 & PBY-2 targeting enemy shipping. In the spring of 1945 he was shot down. He and his crew of five escaped on a rubber raft. They floated for seven days before being picked up by a plane called "Mother Goose". He said he always thought if they were ever shot down, the only chance to get out would be if he could spin the plane and land on top of the water, like you do when skipping rocks. He did this and they were able to get out before the plane was riddled.

He spent his post war years in pharmacy, graduating from Auburn University, in Alabama.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; his nephew, Paul Sagunsky; and his cousin Dr. Edna Lay of Bozeman, MT.

At his request no services will be held. Cremation will take place. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Kenneth P. Schoenek


Sulo Wuori, 88, Greer

Sulo Wuori, of Greer, passed away Jan. 1, 2011. while in Stevensville, MT. He was 88.

He was born to Raisa and Henery Wuori on Jan. 2, 1922 in Elo, MI.

In the late 1940's, he moved to the Orofino and Pierce area where he worked most of his life in the logging industry until he retired.

He married Sophia Lester on Dec. 18, 1953. She had two daughters Hazel and Erma.

In 1997 he married Betty Weigand in Montana. She has three daughters Beverly, Susie, and Debbie.

Sulo was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed getting out in the backwoods of Idaho.

He is survived by his wife; Betty; her three daughters Beverly Rawls, Susie Hambrick and Debbie Miller all of Montana; daughters: Hazel Parker of Ludowici, GA and Erma Jones of Orofino; nephews and nieces from Michigan and California and several grandchildren in Montana and Idaho.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Sophia, and 13 brothers and a sister.

He will be greatly missed by all his family and numerous friends.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, Jan. 8, at 11 a.m. at the Ascension Lutheran Church , 215 115th St., Orofino, with a dinner to follow.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Sulo Wuori


Betty Jean McIntosh, 67, Weippe

Betty Jean McIntosh, 67, Weippe, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

No services are planned at this time. Cremation is to take place.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Ronald Dewaine Lyons, 51, Weippe

Ronald Dewaine Lyons, 51, Weippe, passed away Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

A graveside service will be held Monday, Jan. 10, at 11 a.m. in Fraser Cemetery near Weippe.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Thomas Patrick Coma, 63, Orofino

Thomas Patrick Coma, 63, Orofino, passed away Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

No services are planned. Cremation is to take place.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Robert Lyle Clem, 72, born in Orofino

Robert Lyle Clem died Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010 at age 72. He was born in Orofino, Idaho to Frank and Ada Clem on March 6, 1938. He was raised in northern Idaho and North Bend, OR.

He joined the Navy at a young age and was proud to have been a SeaBee, serving time in Antarctica (Operation Deep Freeze I & II) and Cuba.

Bob moved to Yakima, WA in 1967 and began his career in radio and television broadcasting. In 1975 he started his own advertising agency. That same year he began traveling extensively across the U.S. and Canada as an entertainer. He was the "keynote" speaker for hundreds of conventions over the next 20 years.

He was a founder of the Yakima Air Fair and in 1995 became the manager of the Yakima Airport. He retired in 2005 and spent most days in his wood shop. He was an avid woodworker and always said that woodworking was his golf game.

He is survived by his wife, Rhinda; two sons, Cory (Marie) and Rob (Patty); a daughter, Marla; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Frankie; four nieces and nephews and everyone else who's reading this.

At Bob's request, a private memorial will be held at a later date. An online guestbook is available at www.valleyhillsfh.com.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made "In Memory of Bob Clem" to the Scholarship Fund at Perry Technical Institute.

To read more about Bob Clem and his involvement in the community while he lived in Yakima, see this Yakima Herald Online article.

Photo: Bob Clem


A.E. (Al) Goodall, 79, born at Southwick

A.E. (Al) Goodall passed away at his home in Lewiston Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010. Al was born in rural Southwick March 25, 1931, to Abrahm and Isabela Goodall, the youngest of seven children.

Al attended school in Orofino before moving with his family to the Lewiston Orchards. After graduation from Lewiston High School in 1949, he joined the U.S. Army. Upon his discharge, he was employed briefly at Potlatch Forests Inc. before going to work for the Camas Prairie Railroad. He worked there for many years and was proud to have earned his 40-year pin at the railroad. While working for the railroad, a treat his kids and grandkids will always remember was the time he had the engineer take them on a locomotive ride.

Al and his wife Jeannie enjoyed the Blue Mountains. They spent a lot of time riding their snowmobiles, cutting firewood, camping or just going for a ride "out in the Blues." Teal Point was a favorite spot for both of them.

He was an avid reader. He also liked a good argument. Whether he agreed or disagreed with you, you could always count on Al to debate you on the topic.

Al is survived by his wife of 37 years, Jeannine Cole; his sister, Edna Pennington; his daughters, Connie Goodall and Debbie Goodall with her family; his stepdaughters, Patty Mincher, Peggy Rode, Ann Jones and Lauri (Larry) Byers, with their families; and his stepsons, Rich Law Jr., Jim Roberts and Bill Copenspire, with their families.

He was preceded in death by a previous wife, Gladys Goodall; his sisters, Alice Delaney, Evelyn Goodall and Muriel Goodall; and his brothers, Bill Goodall and Irvin Goodall.

Al, also known as Alva Ernest, Alvie, Alice, Grandpa Charlie and Grandpa Goodie, you will be missed and we will be drinking Burgie Beers in your memory.

No formal memorial service is planned. Cremation has taken place.

Vassar Rawls Funeral and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


Randy R. Beck, 55, formerly of Orofino, Pierce

Randy R. Beck

Longtime Lewiston resident and businessman Randy R. Beck passed away Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, after a long and courageous battle with esophageal cancer. Randy was born Dec. 10, 1955, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, to Roy and Marge Beck.

He rode home to Orofino from the hospital in his dad's logging truck. It was on this trip that his love for the great outdoors began. His mom and dad were very proud of their little logger man. Randy spent the first six years of his life in Orofino and Pierce.

Randy moved to Lewiston in 1962 and attended first through sixth grade at Orchards Elementary School. He then attended Sacajawea Junior High School and Lewiston High School, from which he graduated in 1974.

It was in the ninth grade, in 1969, that Randy met the love of his life, Susan Bauman. They dated all through high school and were voted the king and queen of hearts their senior year in 1974.

Randy loved sports and played football, basketball and baseball in high school, as well as American Legion baseball during the summer. He was voted Mr. Hustle his junior year in football and was captain of the football team his senior year.

Randy and Susan married June 18, 1977. He was self-employed most of his life as the owner of numerous travel agencies in Lewiston, Spokane and Post Falls, Idaho. He had more than 100 employees during the course of his career and loved them all very much. Most recently Randy had been in financial services as a mortgage broker and private real estate lender.

He was a past board member of the Valley Boys and Girls Club from 1983 through 1987. He was vice president of the board and was one of the first chairpersons of the annual club auction. He was also a board member of the Lewiston Roundup Association and a member of the Rocky Mountain Travel Association, for which he traveled in the United Sates and abroad to promote regional tourism. He was an active member of the Lewiston Chamber of Commerce, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Pheasants Forever and the Rocky Mountain Sheep Foundation.

Randy enjoyed archery, hunting, fishing, camping and four-wheeling with his family and friends. He was an avid outdoorsman in every way. Some of his fondest memories were hunting and fishing with his family, and he has passed his love of the outdoors on to his children.

He is survived by his wife, Susan; son, Riley; daughters, Jamie and her fiancee Zack Bakker, Betsy Sutton and her husband Mitch with son Grady, and Lindsay Biladeau and husband Lee; father Roy Beck; his siblings, Dianne and Larry Smith of Coeur d'Alene, Sam and Martie Beck of Lewiston, Dave and Paulette Bliss of Puyallup, WA, and Lanny and Gwen Watkins of Lewiston; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, and their families, who he loved dearly. Preceding Randy in death were his son, Ryan, and mother, Marjorie.

Randy felt so blessed to have many friends and family. His motto was, "Make today a better day than yesterday." We all have the opportunity to make a difference in someone's life, because as he well knew, so many people made a difference in his.

Randy wished to extend a special thanks to the many health care providers who helped him during his treatment. He cared very much for all of you.

A celebration of Randy's life will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday at Valley Christian Center, 3215 Echo Hills Drive in Lewiston.

Memorials may be sent in the name of Randy Beck to the Jackson Baldwin "Pay It Forward" Foundation at 3527 Eighth St. C, Lewiston, ID 83501.

Photo: Randy R. Beck


Boyd Wayne Snyder, 75, formerly of Weippe

Boyd Wayne Snyder

Boyd Wayne Snyder, 75, formerly of Weippe, passed away peacefully Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010. Boyd was born to Walter and Flarnie Bonner Snyder on Aug. 6, 1935 in Weippe. The youngest of eight siblings, he worked for the railroad with trestles up through Winchester surrounding areas. His various jobs included crop dusting, Schmidt Bros. Mill, Hutchings Lumber, Timberline High School and his retirement for the Ponderosa Restaurant.

His first marriage ended in divorce. He married N. Lynn Spicer Austin, and helped raise her son, Lance. Boyd taught his son, lance to fish and hunt, which they did often. When grandson, Wayne, was born, the first thing he said was, "That boy wasn't born with a fishing pole in his hand." H was an avid hunter and fisherman in the Wieppe area until 1987, when he moved to Orofino. The hunting, fishing and camping stories will continue with them.

Boyd is survived by his wife, Lynn; grandson, Wayne J. Snyder of Moscow; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Lance G. Austin Snyder; five brothers, W. Jay, Martin Lee, Walter Dean, Oren and Norman; sisters, Phyllis Hix, and Delores Brink.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Boyd Wayne Snyder


Heather Marie McLean Lougee, 35, Peck

Heather Marie McLean Lougee, born Dec. 14, 1975 to Dolan and Juanita McLean in Lewiston, passed away in Spokane, WA on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010. She was 35.

Heather Marie McLean Lougee

Dolan and Juanita brought Heather home to Orofino, to her older sister Heidi, and the two of them had many wonderful years growing up. As soon as Heather was old enough to walk she was dancing. When Heather was one year old she won "Miss Personality" at a Centennial celebration in the Orofino City Park.

By the time she was three years old she had her own "baton," all of 12 inches long, and marched in the Orofino parade with Heidi down the streets of Orofino. She was also in youth baseball for many years, and although her legs were not very long, Heather could get to first base before anyone.

Heather grew up in a yellow house next door to the Tabernacle Church and absolutely loved taking her "boom box" to the church's concrete slab, where she spent countless hours dancing. The older she got, the more true and wonderful friends she acquired. Heather was the life of the party.

While in high school, Heather was a cheerleader, a princess in the O.C.I. Royalty her junior year and senior class president, which involved giving a speech in front of hundreds of people.

After graduating from Orofino High School, Heather attended Lewis-Clark State College for a time. She returned to Orofino to work at various jobs, including Orofino Elementary School, A.S.E., and the Clarkston Aquatic Center.

Heather met the one and only love of her life, Allen Lougee, in 1999, and they married in 2005. She could not be happier with Allen. In the marriage, Heather was blessed with the opportunity to help raise Allen's daughter, Katie Lougee. Katie, the daughter Heather always wished for, was a godsend for her, who loved her and fussed and worried about her to her last day.

Heather and Allen lived in Orofino and later moved to Lewiston. In 2006, they moved to Peck, where they stayed. Together they enjoyed numerous camping trips to the North Fork Clearwater River with Katie and their two dogs, one of which was Sarah, Heather's "girl" who will miss her very much.

Our Heather has been called home to take on the new role as an angel, and there will never be a better one. Our lives will never be the same until we meet with you again on the other side Heather. But when we look to the sky your smiling face will always be there to look down at us and your spirit will always be with us.

Heather wrote the following poem when she was nine years old. It was published in the Wee Wisdom Christian Magazine for Children. "As far off as I can see, there is nothing more meant to me, than this mountain where I stand, where God holds my hand."

Until we meet again Heather, We Love You So Much, your loving family and friends.

Heather is survived by her husband, Allen Lougee; stepdaughter, Katie Lougee; parents, Dolan and Juanita McLean; mother-in-law, Phyllis and her husband Don Wyatt; father-in-law, Ned and his wife Claudia Lougee; sister, Heidi Adams-Garcia and her husband Aaron Garcia; nephew, Jesse Adams; grandparents, Courtney and Evelyn McLean; great-grandmother, Zoie McLean; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Preceding her in death are grandparents, Alfred and Genevieve Jenks, and her brother-in-law, Doug Adams.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, at Orofino Tabernacle Church, 1839 Michigan Ave, Orofino. Minister Jeremy Gering will officiate.

Arrangements are being handled by Pine Hills Funeral Chapel of Orofino.

Photo: Heather Marie McLean Lougee


Boyd Wayne Snyder, 75, Orofino

Boyd Wayne Snyder, 75, Orofino, passed away at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation Center in Orofino Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010.

Private memorial services are to be held at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory are caring for arrangements.


Robert 'Bob' Lee Wiester, 88, Orofino

Robert Lee 'Bob' AKA "Wildhorse" Wiester, 88, Orofino was born Oct. 30, 1922. He was adopted and then raised on the family dairy farm near Skamokawa, WA by Elma Josephine (Wilson) and Howard Leroy Wiester.

Robert Lee Wiester

He entered the United States Marine Corp in 1943, completed boot training at Camp Pendleton, CA. After completing advanced training in communication he was assigned to the 5th Joint Assault Signal Battalion with the Fifth Marine Division. He participated in the invasion of Iwo Jima in the Pacific theater, and the landing of US troops on the Japanese Islands after their surrender.

He returned to the farm after his discharge from the Marines in 1946. In addition to his farm chores, he served as a deputy sheriff in Wahkiakum County WA. Later he was elected and served almost five years as the county sSheriff. During that time he attended and graduated from the FBI school in Quantico, VA.

In 1957, he married Marilla (Shirley) Wiester. They were together 44 years until she passed in 2000.

He entered the U.S. Customs Service (the Department of the Treasury) in 1960 spending time in various duty assignments in Montana, Washington and Alaska until his retirement. He and his wife then moved to Joseph, OR, Peck and finally to Orofino.

Bob was active in Amateur Radio (AA7RW), an artist, photographer and gardener. He was a life member of the VFW, a member of the Marine Corp League, the Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite and the Clallam Shrine.

Bob is survived by two sons Robert R. Wiester of Belton MO and Gary L. Wiester of Rathdrum; stepson Dale Olson of Cameron Park, CA and stepdaughter Deanna Kilmer of Shelton, WA. Bob is also survived by two brothers, William (Bill) Wiester of Chehalis, WA, Earl Boren of Glenoma, WA, two sisters, Marie Dorie of Ranier, OR and Marjorie Guy of Stanwood, WA. Eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren are also among survivors.

Bob will be at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel for visitation in remembrance from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 20. He will be interred at the Riverside Cemetery with military honors at 1 p.m. the same day.

Donations may be made in his name to: Wounded Warrior Project, 7020 AC Skinner Pkwy Suite 100, Jacksonville, FL 32256 or WoundedWarriorProject.org.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in caring for arrangements.

Photo: Robert Lee Wiester


Robert Lee Wiester, 88, Orofino

Robert Lee Wiester, 88, Orofino, passed away Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation in Orofino.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20, at Orofino Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel prior to the service from 10-12:30 p.m.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Orofino, is caring for arrangements.


Mary Lorene Childers, 66, Orofino

Mary Lorene Childers, 66, Orofino, passed away at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010.

Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Joseph Silvestri, 84, former area businessman

Joseph Silvestri

Joseph Silvestri died Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, due to complications following surgery. Joe was born Dec. 6, 1925, in Martinez, Calif., to Beppina and Joseph Silvestri.

After graduation from high school in 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving in the Pacific and European theaters. He was discharged in 1946. He returned to Martinez and was married to Joan Ann Eimers on Feb. 16, 1947. They remained married, celebrating 63 years together.

In 1951, they moved to Lewiston, where Joe was employed by the Union Paper Co. He later went to work for Holsum Baking Co. and served the Clearwater-Pierce area for several years. Known as "Holsum Joe," he is remembered in a local book in a chapter titled, "I'm a lover not a fighter." He later worked for Mitchell Distributing, serving the Clearwater as well as the Clarkston and Pomeroy areas.

He and Ann purchased a portion of Mitchell Distributing in 1972 and formed Silvestri Distributing Co., which they both operated until the business was sold in 1995.

Joe was instrumental in the formation of the Asotin County PUD, serving as a commissioner from 1984 to 1995. He was also very involved in the community through the Lewiston Lions Club, serving as president on three separate occasions.

Joe and Ann enjoyed traveling to Europe and seeing the United States. One of their favorite places to visit was the Oregon Coast.

He also enjoyed spending time with his family, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his wife, Ann, at their home; his children, Paula and Dennis Hoene, and Jim and Laurie Silvestri, all of Clarkston, and Nancy and David Allman of Vancouver, WA; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to the Lewiston Lions Club or the local food banks.

Photo: Joseph Silvestri


Richard Lee Legault, 68, Orofino

Richard Lee Legault, 68, Orofino, passed away at his residence in Orofino Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010.

No services are planned at this time. Cremation is to take place.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


The Reverend Monsignor George L. King, 81, Orofino

The Reverend Monsignor George Lambert King died on Nov. 25, 2010 in Orofino after a long illness. He was 81 years old.

Monsignor King dedicated his life to the service of God as a priest in the Catholic Church and was known for his pastoral concern for the parishioners in the many congregations he served.

He was born in Pocatello on June 8, 1929 and attended St. Joseph's Catholic School there He began his studies for the priesthood at Mt. Angel Seminary near Salem, OR and continued his studies at the North American College and Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. Ordained in December 1953, Msgr. King assisted in several parishes around Boise and then studied canon law at The Catholic University in Washington, DC.

After his return to Idaho, Msgr. King served as a priest in several parishes: Idaho Falls, Hailey, Glenns Ferry, Cottonwood and Kellogg. From 1994 to his death, he attended to the pastorate of St. Theresa's of the Little Flower in Orofino, St. Catherine of Siena in Kamiah and Our Lady of the Woodland Chapel in Pierce.

Msgr. King was predeceased by his mother, Mary Primbs King, and his father, Philip D. King. He is survived by his younger brother, Francis, and sister-in-law, Susan, of Denver, CO; three nieces, AnnaMarie King (Theo Parisek) of Rescue, CA, Catherine L. King (Larry LaPensee) of New York, NY, Elizabeth King Humphrey (Philip Humphrey) of Wilmington, NC; and one nephew, Christopher A. King (AnneTone Korshavn King) of Baltimore, MD. In addition, Msgr. King is survived by many cousins and several grandnieces and grandhephews.

The parishioners of St. Theresa's showed much care and concern toward Monsignor during his illness. Special thanks are given to Sister Mary Petronilla currently of St. Gertrude's Monastery in Cottonwood, who served as Monsignor's assistant for many years. The family is deeply grateful to Ethel Kaufman and Sue Kaula who were devoted assistants as well as to Jo Moore. The family also appreciates the care that was provided to Monsignor by Wilma Rapp during the final weeks of his illness.

Msgr. King left this thought, "I am grateful to all who have helped me during my life, although I did not express my gratitude frequently enough. I hope that I can express thanks in Heaven…May God be merciful to me and bless all."

Bishop Driscoll of the Diocese of Boise will preside over a concelebrated mass at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, at St. Theresa of the Little Flower Church, 446 Brown St. in Orofino. A burial Mass will be held Dec. 3 at St. Joseph's Church in Pocatello with internment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a contribution to St. Theresa of the Little Flower Church Elevator Fund.


Dorothy Barbara Kettenburg, 84, Lenore

Dorothy Barbara Kettenburg, 84, Lenore, passed away at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino on Nov. 22, 2010.

Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Beverly Mae Myers, 73, Orofino

Beverly Mae Myers of Orofino, age 73, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, of injuries from a fall. Her family was at her side.

She was born July 25, 1937, in Helix, OR, to Harvey and Mary Bechtel. She had one sister, Marilyn Childers, of Ione, OR. She graduated from Helix High School in 1956 and attended beauty school in Walla Walla, WA. She married Dale Brock in 1959. Together they had two daughters: Elizabeth Brock of Battle Creek, MI, and Barb Marsh of Lewiston.

She was a stay-at-home mom while her daughters were young. Being home to raise her daughters was very important to her. After the girls started school, she worked part time at JC Penny, Skow's Meat Cutting and PFI's seed starter plant. She was a wonderful mother who never missed a school activity. Years later her marriage ended in divorce and in 1987 she married Dennis Myers. She provided a fun and loving home to her family and all who knew her. She also cultivated lasting friendships wherever life carried her and she will be deeply missed by many.

Bev and Dennis did a lot of traveling, including to Mexico, Alaska, California and Michigan. She enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, camping, watching soap operas, picking wildflowers, collecting sea shells, sewing, puzzles and cross-stitch. As her children grew up and had families of their own she enjoyed her role of grandma, especially playing games with the grandkids. She took great pride in being present for the births of Randi and Colby.

She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Dennis, and their dog, Zack; sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Cleo Childers; daughters, Elizabeth and Barb; stepchildren Joey Myers, Suze Jones, and Mike Myers; grandchildren, Randi Marsh, Colby Marsh, Justin Mains, Taylor Mains, Danielle Jones, Nathen Myers, Matt Myers and Kylie Myers; her aunt, Eleanor Arras; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and dear friend, Dorothy Troyers.

Thank you to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center and Sister Margie for all of your help and support. Also, to everyone for all of the cards, calls, flowers and well wishes. Bevy, your memory will live on and you will be forever missed. Mom, you were a great wife, mother, sister, daughter, grandma and friend. May you rest in peace.

In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place. Those wishing to make a donation in her honor may do so to the charity of their choice.

A gathering for family and friends to celebrate Bev's life will be conducted from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at 1036 Hemlock Drive in Lewiston. Please contact Barb for information or directions at (208) 746-4667.

Photo: Beverly Mae Myers


Fred W. Cowger, 96, formerly of Orofino

Fred W. Cowger, age 96, passed away Monday, Nov. 8, 2010, at Life Care Center of Lewiston. He was born Nov. 30, 1913 at Caldwell, Idaho to William and Bessie (Smith) Cowger. At an early age, Fred's family moved to Southwick where his father farmed and had a small sawmill. Fred worked at the mill until he left home.

Fred then worked at the White Pine Lumber Co. at the Band Mill at Grangemont. He later went to work for the Camas Prairie Railroad and worked there until retirement.

He married Bernadine Norris and they lived at Orofino until her death. Later, he moved to Clarkston, WA and married Fern Berry in Clarkston. They were later divorced.

Fred lived in Beaverton, OR for a few years before moving to Lewiston. He became a resident at Juniper Meadows in July 1996. When he required more care, he was moved to Life Care Center of Lewiston.

Fred was preceded in death by his wife Bernadine, an infant daughter, his parents William and Bessie Cowger, brothers Abner, Frank (Hank), and Ernest, and his sister Pearl Haddan.

He is survived by his brother, Harry; and sister-in-law, Dorothene; sisters, Ethel Goffinet and Mabel Cowger; son, Richard of Beaverton, OR; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held Friday Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery in Orofino. Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston is handling the arrangements.


Sylvia Fae Propst Freers, 67, formerly of Orofino

Sylvia Fae Propst Freers passed from this world Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010 at the age of 67 years.

Services were Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the Speaks Suburban Chapel in Independence, MO. Burial was in Oak Ridge Memory Gardens.

Donations may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society.

She was born May 8, 1943 in Orofino to Lester and Cecil (McDaniel) Propst. Sylvia lived in Idaho and Washington before making her home in Independence.

She was a loving wife, mother, sister, daughter, grandmother and friend who will be dearly missed by all. Sylvia lived her life as a devoted Christian and was a baptized member of the RLDS Church, and was currently a member of the Saint's Restoration Branch in Blue Springs, MO. She was an avid gardener, an accomplished painter and photographer who loved spending time with family and friends. Her life enriched the lives of others and they will treasure the memories of their time together.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years and lifelong companion, Fred Freers; their three children, Jerome L. Freers and wife Renee', Stella Freers Preator and husband Chad, and Rene Roxanne Freers Durham; she will be greatly missed and remembered by her mother, Cecil L. Propst of Independence, MO; two sisters, Lynda Propst Rolfe and husband Rob of Lamoni, IA and Diana Propst Hughes and husband Gary of Blue Springs, MO; nine grandchildren, Damon, Logan and Jacob Freers, Kristin and Jason Preator, Trevor Freers, Prestan and Dustin Skaggs and Trace Durham; one great granddaughter, Alexis Stamps and extended family.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.speakschapel.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Speaks Suburban Chapel Independence, MO.

Photo: Sylvia Fae Propst Freers


Montie Charles Lineberry, 45

Montie Charles Lineberry died Nov. 4, 2010 in Lewiston. He was 45 years of age.

Montie was born to Kelly H. and Lois (Humiston) Lineberry on May 7, 1965 in Lewiston. Montie grew up in Pierce and attended school there. He graduated from Timberline High School in 1983.

He started working for Supak and Lineberry Logging at a young age. He worked for the City of Pierce where he was certified to operate the water and sewer system. He also ran equipment like backhoes and snow plows. Montie worked for Rocky Mountain Construction, Sam Moreford Construction and worked for Alferd Schroeder on his ranch. Montie was disabled these past 14 years due to an automobile accident.

He was a very caring person. He was a caregiver for several people including his grandpa, Ken Humiston. To many of his friends, he was a counselor and encourager.

Montie loved the outdoors. He loved hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, ATV and dirt bike riding and shooting guns. He was a collector of antiques and anything with a little value or sentiment. He loved his Harleys and his friends who loved Harleys. Montie had many friends, he love them and was loyal to them. One of Montie's favorite things was his talented black dog, Bandit.

Montie married Sharon Opdahl and they later divorced. He also had a long time companion, Jody Ward, along with her son, Benjamin Michales.

Montie was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Ken and Martha (Eatmon) Humiston and his paternal grandparents, Coy and Allura (Coltrain) Lineberry.

He is survived by his parents, Kelly B. and Lois Lineberry of Clarkston, WA; his brother, Kelly J. and Kari Lineberry of Kamiah; two nieces, along with several uncles, aunts and cousins.

Viewing will be at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Orofino on Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 3-6 p.m. The funeral service will be Saturday, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m. at the Life Center (mile post 69 1/2), 4432 U.S. Highway 12 between Kamiah and Kooskia. Internment will be at the Pierce Cemetery following the service.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Montie Charles Lineberry


Montie Charles Lineberry, 45, Kooskia

Montie Charles Lineberry, 45, Kooskia, passed away Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, in Lewiston.

Visitation will be from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at The Life Center in Kamiah. Burial will follow at the Pierce Cemetery.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Ralph C. Lacey, Jr., 69, Orofino

Ralph C. Lacey, Jr. went to be with our Lord on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010. He passed away at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, with his family close beside him.

Ralph began his life Nov. 1, 1940, in Orofino. He was the first child of Ralph C. Lacey, Sr. and Donna Lacey. He attended Peck Grammar School through sixth grade, began junior high school at Orofino, and graduated from Orofino High School in 1958. He began his college studies at Links College in Boise in June 1958.

On Nov. 1, 1958, his 18th birthday, he married Barbara LeBaron. The couple lived in Boise until May 1959, when they returned to Peck.

Ralph began work for Lashley's Willys Jeep in Orofino, where he remained employed until 1960, then went to work for Mel Johnson at NAPA Valley Motor Parts. Ralph purchased the business in 1969, operating it until it was sold to Clay Hesson in 1991. In his semi-retirement, Ralph began operating Valley Equipment, buying, selling and repairing used equipment.

On the Fourth of July 2008, Ralph and his family began work on his dream cabin in Cardiff Spur. It became a full-time job for Ralph, who often worked from dawn until dusk, and it was finally completed enough by December 2009 for the family to spend their first Christmas there. Ralph loved to spend time with his friends and family hunting, fishing, riding motorcycles and four-wheelers, and just generally being outdoors.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, and older sister, Doris.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara of Orofino; son, Doug, of Orofino; daughter, Brenda, and Tim Clelland of Lewiston; six grandchildren, Danielle and Brandon Butsick, Brittani and Derek Bailey, Dustin Clelland, Matthew Lacey, Michael Lacey and Allison Lacey; and two great-grandchildren, Isabella Bailey and Derek Zaccai Bailey.

The family requests the presence of friends at a memorial service to honor Ralph at 1 p.m. Friday at the Weseman Cemetery followed by a gathering at the Ponderosa Banquet Room in Orofino.

Photo: Ralph C. Lacey, Jr.


Delbert Glen Humiston, 95, Orofino

Delbert Glen 'Debs' Humiston, an Orofino resident always went on a Sunday drive and on Oct. 24, 2010, after he completed his usual drive; drove on to heaven. He was 95.

He was born April 1, 1915 on the family farm in rural Potlatch to Frances W. and Ira (Burden) Humiston. He was raised and attended school there. As a young man, he overcame the loss of one arm and he worked at the Potlatch sawmill and then for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCCs) out of Bovill Camp.

In the late '30s, he moved to the Pierce area and began working for his step-father, Charlie Lang, horse logging.

In 1952, he went to work for what is now Potlatch Corporation in the truck shop at Headquarters, becoming a well known welder. After 25 years, he retired June1, 1977.

On May 2, 1945, he married Edna Barnard McMillen. After his retirement, they moved from the Pierce area to Peck. He moved to downtown Orofino in 1985. In 1998, he wanted to move up on the ranch his daughter, Sharon and her husband, Louie, owned so they could visit him daily. However, the remained very independent up until the day of his death.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and raising a garden, even having a small garden this past summer. In later years, he really loved watching his pigeons fly around his home.

Survivors include daughters, Sharon K. Turcott (Louie), Orofino, and Glenna Rae Delp (Charlie), Vancouver, WA; step-daughter, Joan Decker (Tom), Moscow; step-son, Ellis McMillen (Marlene), Michigan; six grandchildren; 4 1/2 great- grandchildren; and several step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna; and brothers, Eldred and Kenneth.

Funeral services will be held at the Christian Faith Church Center, 1355 Elm St., Clarkston, WA at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 29 with burial to follow at Normal Hill Cemetery. A dinner will follow.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Delbert Glen 'Debs' Humiston


Dorothy Anna Alkire, 90, formerly of Pierce

Dorothy Anna Heitmann Alkire, also known by Anna to some, age 90, of Lewiston, died Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

She was born Sept. 3, 1920, on the Bartlett ranch at Gifford, to Louis and Marie Brammer Heitmann. Her birth announcement read: "Born One Suffragette." Ironically, this became a reality. She believed as Joseph Joubert - "It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it." Watching C-SPAN, and finding someone to debate about it, brought much delight to her. She was always eager to express her opinions, not only in politics, but in the adult Bible class at her church. Her deep interest in reading and learning prompted her to become a part of a weekly book study group, where she developed many wonderful friendships.

Her school years were all at Gifford and she graduated in 1937.

On Sept. 3, 1938, she married Archie George, a teacher and coach. They lived at Gifford, Reubens and Pierce. The marriage ended in 1943. She then moved to Seattle, where she worked at Boeing until the war ended. In 1948, she married Wayne Alkire. They lived in Alaska, Olympia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and Seattle. In 1985, their marriage ended in divorce.

Dorothy, having no children of her own, formed special relationships with many young people, among whom were her many nieces and nephews. She worked for a nonprofit agency in Seattle whose purpose was to coordinate child care in King County to make life better for low-income families. She worked for Alcohol Program Service in Seattle before retiring and moving back to Lewiston in 1997, to be near family members who were very dear to her. She became a volunteer for a time with CASA, an organization concerned about the rights of children. Also very dear to her were her church family and the many outreach programs. She felt so richly blessed by them.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Albert, who died before she was born; her parents; her grandparents; brothers Norbert, Clifford and George; and sisters Adetha and Georgene.

Dorothy is survived by one sister, Carolyn Cronrath and husband, Dan of Lewiston; one brother, Jim Heitmann and wife, LaVonne of Lewiston; brother-in-law, Pete Smith of Clarkston; brother-in-law, Steve Kovach and wife, Bev of Portland, OR; sister-in-law, Millie Heitmann, of Kamiah; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends too numerous to mention.

We are all grateful for her friendship and influence in our lives. She will be missed.

In lieu of flowers, her family suggests memorials be made to the Lewiston Library Building Fund, P.O. Box 617, Lewiston, ID 83501. Dorothy was an avid reader, and appreciated and used the library frequently.

A memorial service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lewiston, with burial at 2 p.m. at Good Hope Lutheran Cemetery in Gifford.

Photo: Dorothy Anna Alkire


David W. Hester, 72, Orofino

David W. Hester, 72, Orofino, passed away at the Veterans Hospital in Spokane, WA on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2010.

Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory are caring for arrangements.


Dana Ann Alberts, 35

Dana Ann Alberts, loving wife and mother passed from this world and returned to the arms of our Lord on Oct. 18, 2010 at the age of 35.

Dana was born on Aug. 13, 1975 to Edson Earl Stewart and Regina Ann Brooks in Ogden, UT. Dana grew up in a family of two brothers and two sisters and always wanted a big family of her own.

Dana met and fell in love with her husband, William, when they both worked as State Corrections Officers at the Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino. They began their life together as husband and wife on July 18, 2001. Dana always told people that she met her husband in prison and always got really strange looks. Dana would get a big laugh and then explain that they worked at the prison together.

Dana always wanted to help people throughout her life and in her last few years, she decided she wanted to become a nurse. She had planned to start school in the winter quarter at Lewis-Clark State College.

Dana is survived by her husband, William Alberts; children, Emily Ann Hathaway (Wyoming), Katita Hurley (New York), Quincy and Shyanne Hurley (Lenore); parents, Edson Stewart (Utah), Reggie and Rick Hutchins (Utah); brothers, Edson (Jennifer) Stewart (Missouri), Clinton Stewart (Utah); sister, Crystal Saravia (Utah); brother-in-law, Robert (Debbie) Alberts (Orofino); Grandma Jennie Stewart (Nevada); Grandma Deloris Brooks (California); and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Dana was preceded in death by her Grandpa Edson Stewart and Grandpa Lynn Brooks.

Donations may be made at Potlatch No.1 Federal Credit Union or Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in her name.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, at the Orofino Tabernacle Church. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Orofino, is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Dana Ann Alberts


Harla Mae Matson, 76, Orofino

Our Mom lost her life to cancer on Oct. 20, 2010.

She was born to Charles and Stila Harlan Gleason In Orofino on April 28, 1934.

Mom graduated from Orofino High School in 1952. After graduation, she worked as a flunky in the logging camps on the North Fork. Mom married our Dad, Gerald Matson on Oct. 31, 1955.Mom worked as a waitress at the Fountain and the Ponderosa, housekeeper at the White Pine Motel and for School District #171 as a cook and server until 2008.

Mom is survived by sons, Kurt of Lewiston, Scott and Kevin of Orofino; daughter, Connie Yates of Orofino and the light of her life grandson, Haydn Matson of Orofino; and sisters, Carolyn Mattson and Elaine Rinehart, both of Orofino.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

As per Mom's request, no services will be held. There will be a potluck for family and friends Nov. 6, 2010 at 1 p.m. at the Scott Matson home, 654 Grangemont Rd., Orofino.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory are caring for arrangements.

Photos: Harla Mae Matson


Delbert Glen Humiston, 95, Orofino

Delbert Glen Humiston, 95, Orofino, passed away at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010.

Funeral services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


John Carson Miles, 98, Weippe

John Carson Miles, 98, of Weippe, closed the final chapter of his life on Wednesday Oct. 20, 2010, in Orofino.

John was born July 8, 1912, in Weippe, the youngest of six children born to Charles and Sarah Dereberry Miles.

He grew up on the family farm on the Weippe Prairie and attended school at the Wilson school on the Prairie and the Weippe Grade School. When John was a teenager his family moved from the ranch to Clarkston, WA. John graduated from Clarkston High School in 1931.

Jan. 12, 1935, John married Vivian Lucile Frey at Lewiston. The couple celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary in January 2010. They had one son Grant Miles.

As a young man, John worked for the CCC and in the woods, and hauling poles. He spent a brief time working for Boeing in Seattle, WA after which he served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

John and Vivian returned to Weippe in1942, where he again worked in the woods and the lumber mills for the next few years. He was also a school bus driver.

The couple purchased the Jacobson Ranch on the Weippe Prairie bordering the place of his birth and childhood. They spent the next 40 years operating their dairy farm, "Whispering Pines Ranch" in partnership with their son Grant, on the Prairie. John had a passion for caring for and doctoring his livestock, often spending more time at the barn than at the house.

He was chosen Clearwater County Grassman of the Year in 1967. In 1992 He and Vivian were bestowed the honor of grand marshals of the Weippe Rodeo.

John and Vivian retired in 1993 when they sold their dairy herd. John had made his home at Brookside Landing in Orofino the past seven years.

A great outdoorsman, John was an avid hunter and enjoyed the mountains, especially the Austin Ridge area, where he set up his hunting camps.

A lover of music John, played the harmonica, and spent hours enjoying Vivian's musical talents on the piano and organ. He was always easy to locate as you could hear him whistling a merry tune as he went about his chores, often running from place to place.

He enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, especially the four generations of his family working and playing together on the ranch. He was a great supporter of his grandson's sporting events especially track. He attended their track meets all around the area, including state competition which, as an Idaho Dairy Association member, he helped to sponsor.

John is survived by his wife, Vivian, residing at Brookside Landing in Orofino; his son and daughter-in-law Grant and Sharon Miles of Weippe; grandsons, Russel and Cindy Miles of Weippe, Randal Miles of Hollywood, CA, Robert and Susie Miles of Maupin, OR, and Ryan and Elissa Miles of Bend, OR. Also surviving are seven great-grandchildren - Jonathan, Christina, Emily and Jeremy Miles of Weippe, Holly and Jack Miles of Maupin, OR, and Cash Miles of Bend, OR; a niece, Janet Hodge, and a nephew, Donald Dean Hall of Seattle.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Dale, Delbert, Virgil, and Cecil Miles, one sister, Veda Lusk, and a grandson, Grant David Miles.

A memorial celebration of John's life will be held at the Weippe Wesleyan Church, at 3 p.m. on Sunday Oct. 24.

The family suggest memorials can be made to The Hilltop Heritage Society, P.O. Box 279, Weippe, ID 83553.

Photo: John Carson Miles


Sharon Ann Loughmiller, 65, Orofino

Sharon Ann Loughmiller, 65, Orofino passed away at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, WA, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010.

As requested, cremation will be in the care of Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Orofino.


John Carson Miles, 98, Orofino

John Carson Miles, 98, Orofino, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

Memorial services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Dana Ann Alberts, 35, Orofino

Funeral services for Dana Ann Alberts, 35, Orofino, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m. at Orofino Tabernacle Church. Visitation will be on Monday, Oct. 25 from 1-4 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.

She passed away Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 at her Orofino residence.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


>Darrell LeRoy Lannigan, 89, drew Dworshak powerhouse blueprints

Darrell LeRoy Lannigan, of Lewiston, died Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, at the Life Care Center in Lewiston. He was 89.

He was born Oct. 16, 1921, in Smith County, KS, to Ralph LeRoy and Myrtle Jackson Lannigan. His father was a corn farmer and owned half-interest in an automobile dealership.

In August 1930, at the start of the Great Depression, the family moved to Idaho, living at times in Caldwell, Porthill and Curlew. For a time, the family lived in East Wenatchee, WA, and worked picking apples. In 1931, the family settled in Bonners Ferry where Darrell attended school. He graduated from Bonners Ferry High School in 1940, then attended Idaho State University at Pocatello. There he studied forestry and surveying.

In October 1940, he met Marie Kerpa of Buhl, who was also a student at ISU. They married June 27, 1941, in Longview, WA.

Darrell enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in November 1943 and was called up Dec. 23. He went to basic training in Amarillo, TX, then attended college for three and a half months, and then preflight school in San Antonio, TX.

They returned to Bonners Ferry in 1945. In September 1948, Darrell moved with his family to Inglewood, CA. Darrell attended Northrup Technical Institute and took aeronautical engineering, graduating in 1950. He went to work for North American Aviation as a design engineer, manufacturing engineer and troubleshooter for the production line. In July 1954, they moved to Palmdale, CA, where Darrell worked at Edwards Air Force Base until 1957. In 1957, he went to work for Rocketdyne, a division of North American Rockwell. In 1959, he worked on the Saturn 5 rocket engine that sent man to the moon.

They lived in Saugus, later called Valencia, from 1963 to 1967. In 1967, he moved to Reno, NV, until July. He then moved to Lewiston, where he drew the blueprints for the powerhouse at Dworshak Dam.

In the fall of 1971, he went back to California to work for Lockheed as an electrical engineer on the L-1011 TriStar. In 1972, he went to Yuma, AZ, to work on the Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne helicopter. In 1973, he went to school for an equivalent degree in anti-submarine warfare electronics. He finished in November 1973 and joined Lockheed's fleet introduction team. In the late 1970s, Darrell lived and worked on the aircraft carriers USS Kitty Hawk and USS Enterprise, where he was in charge of the S-3A Viking submarine chaser. In 1980, Darrell and Marie moved to Subic Bay, Philippines, where he worked as Lockheed's representative for all Southeast Asia.

They returned to Lewiston in 1984 and in 1985, Darrell worked for three months in Burbank, CA, on the stealth fighter plane. At that time, he retired to Lewiston.

He enjoyed the hobbies of woodworking, shortwave radio and fishing with his son.

Darrell was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Lannigan; parents Ralph and Myrtle Lannigan; brother, Arden Lannigan; and sister, Nada Fredericksen.

He is survived by his sister, Donna Robinson, of Spokane, WA; brother, Larry Lannigan, of Caldwell; daughter, Roxanna Lannigan of Lewiston; son, Darrell Craig Lannigan and wife, Linda of Lewiston; grandsons, Jesse, Cameron and Clayton Lannigan of Spokane; granddaughter, Lisa Lannigan of Seattle, WA; and two great-granddaughters.

He will be buried alongside his wife Marie at Normal Hill Cemetery in Lewiston. A graveside service was conducted. Family and friends met afterward at Craig and Linda's home.

Photo: Darrell LeRoy Lannigan


Harla Mae Matson, 76, Orofino

Harla Mae Matson, 76, Orofino, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

Private family services were held. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Dana Ann Alberts, 35, Orofino

Dana Ann Alberts, 35, Orofino passed away at her residence Monday, Oct. 18, 2010.

Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


James J. Dugger, 88, Orofino

James Jerome Dugger, 88, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, of respiratory failure.

He was born to James Patterson and Minnie Christina Dugger on March 30, 1922, the youngest of seven brothers and two sisters. He was born at home on the Camas Prairie near Craigmont. Tragically, his mother died when Jim was 8 years old and his father died when he was 13.

He spent much of his youth living with his older brothers and sisters or boarding at the Winchester Hotel while attending a one-room school at Pine Grove and graduating from Winchester High School in 1942.

As a laborer, Jim helped build the naval base at Farragut. He then joined the U.S. Navy and received training at Farragut graduating as a Hospital Corpsman, 2nd Class, on Feb. 12, 1943. By August, he was in Brisbane, Australia, at a submarine base. He spent the next two years in the Asiatic Pacific. He enjoyed his deployment in the Philippines, as the people were appreciative of American support. On Christmas Day 1945, he was honorably discharged from the Navy.

He returned to the Winchester area and was employed as a woods worker, construction supervisor on the railroad and mill worker at Madison Lumber Company at Grangeville and Nezperce. Most of his career was with the Idaho Transportation Department where he retired after more than 29 years as a maintenance foreman in the Orofino area.

Jim married Margaret May Leachman on March 5, 1946. They celebrated their 64th anniversary this year. Both of them enjoyed supporting the community through various activities such as, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H, Lions Club, Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star Lodge, Community Credit Union Boards and Orofino Peck United Methodist Church. In later years, Jim and Margaret volunteered for RSVP doing various jobs.

His wife and three children and spouses survive him, Mike and Carol Dugger of Orofino, Donna and Bob Peters of Bloomington, IL, and Clayton and Jodel Dugger of Orofino.

He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Jessica Barron, Luke Dugger and Jeff Dugger of Orofino; Logan Dugger of Lewiston; Michelle Smart of Bloomington, IL; Darin House of Peoria, IL; and Jennifer Fitzgerald of St. Maries.

Jim also has six great grandchildren: Hannah and Paige Dugger and Tyler and Katie Jo Barrin of Orofino and Caden and Emma Fitzgerald of St. Maries.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Andrew Dugger, Bill Dugger, Lester Dugger, Blanche Ahlers, John Dugger, Cecil Dugger, Blanda Dell and Marshall Dugger.

Jim never met a stranger. He loved life, family and friends and the beauty of the world around him.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Orofino Peck United Methodist Church at 337 College Ave. in Orofino. Dinner will be provided by the United Methodist Women following the service.

Those wishing to do so may sending memorials to the United Methodist Church at P.O. Box 424, Orofino, ID 83544 or Clearwater Valley Hospital Auxiliary, 301 Cedar, Orofino, ID 83544, or to the organization of their choice.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photos: James Jerome Dugger


Michael George Anderson, 55, CCSO back country deputy

Michael George Anderson passed away on Oct. 10, 2010 at the age of 55 at his home in Kamiah.

Mike was born to Henry 'Hank' and Clara Anderson in Coeur d'Alene on May 16, 1955. Mike graduated from Coeur d'Alene Senior High School in 1973. He went on to earn a degree in Law Enforcement from North Idaho College and a Business Degree from Lewis-Clark State College. He also earned several credits in Criminal Justice from Gonzaga University.

Mike always knew he wanted to be a cop. He started his career in the Pinehurst Police Department in 1976. He then worked for Kootenai County Sheriff's Department as a marine deputy and later became a sergeant. In 1986, he became the Chief of Police of St. Maries. From there he became a captain for the Post Falls Police Department. In 1993, he was elected county commissioner for Kootenai County. Following relocation to Southern California, he worked as Security Supervisor for Knott's Berry Farm. In 1998, he returned to the Pacific Northwest and became the Security Manager for Pike Place Market, later working as the Emergency Service Manager for the Seattle Center.

Following his heart back to Northern Idaho, he went to work for the Boundary County Sheriff's Department. In June of 2009, he moved to Kamiah to be closer to his daughter and grandchildren and began working with Clearwater County Sheriff's Department as their back country deputy, which he really enjoyed. He recently completed his first responder certification. Mike's devotion in serving the community involved him in saving many lives throughout his law enforcement career, as well as his work with the Kootenai County Dive Team and Kootenai County Search and Rescue. Mike was also a co-founder of Mountain West Rescue dogs. He loved all his search dogs, but his favorite was Sundance. Mike volunteered his time and expertise to the people of Haiti. He was also a volunteer for the community of Post Falls.

Mike loved being outdoors and nearly all physical activities. He was good at everything he tried. He particularly enjoyed bicycling and was involved in the Cascade Bicycle Club. He had recently bought a horse and was enjoying learning to ride. He enjoyed skiing, NASCAR races ad spending time with his grandkids.

He is survived by his fiancée, Dana Bontrager; his sister, Marilyn Kossky, of Placentia, CA; brother, Dale Barnes, of Coeur d'Alene; daughter, Brandy Conner and son-in-law, Scott of Sandy, UT; daughter, Suzi Quintal, and son-in-law, Mike, of Kooskia; and son, Casey Anderson, of Great Falls, MT. Mike is also survived by his five grandchildren who were the light of his life; McKenzie age 6, Jake age 3, Hayden and Devin age 2, and Kade age 1, along with several nieces and nephews.

Mike was much love and will be missed.

A memorial service was held in Coeur d'Alene.


Edeltraud 'Edie' Woods, 63, Pierce

Edeltraud Margarete 'Edie' Woods, Pierce, died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010. at Clarkston, WA. She was 63.

She was born June 3, 1947 at Uttingen, West Germany to Otto Leibold and Babetta Kistner Leibold. Edie attended schools in Uttingen.

She married David W. Woods in Uttingen on Dec. 9, 1972.

Edie was a store manager from 1984-1992. She was a member of the Lutheran Church. She loved traditional dancing; the polka and especially the waltz. She was also a talented musician and enjoyed playing the Zither for family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, David, at their home in Pierce; son, Michael Woods, Kent, WA, and daughter, Bianca Ervin, Vancouver, WA.

Preceding her in death are her parents, Otto and Babetta Leibold; brothers Gunter and Karl Hinze Leibold.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m. at the Pierce Lutheran Church.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.

Photo: Edeltraud 'Edie' Woods


Edeltraud 'Edie' Margarita Woods, 63, Pierce

Edeltraud 'Edie' Margarita Woods, 63, Pierce, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, at Tri State Hospital in Clarkston, WA.

Cremation will take place as requested. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Lee Ann Sparks, 46, Orofino

LeeAnn Sparks, 46, Orofino, passed away due to injuries received in an auto accident just outside Orofino Oct. 5, 2010.

Cremation will take place. Private family services will take place at a later date.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Todd Douglas Christensen, 53, Orofino

Todd Douglas Christensen, husband, dad, grumpa, brother, uncle, friend, "A true gentleman with a kind gentle soul and a heart of gold."

Todd Douglas Christensen, Orofino, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Oct. 3, 2010. He was 53. He was surrounded by his family.

Todd was born in Hayward, CA to Cox and Donna (Easton) Christensen on Aug. 22, 1957.

Todd graduated from Carbon High in Price, UT in 1975 and went on to receive his Associates Degree.

Todd had many loves. He loved the outdoors and everything in it from the rocks to the trees. He loved his plants and enjoyed sharing his green thumb with all that needed it. He loved to cook and would cook for anyone, anytime that he could. He also enjoyed tying flies for fishing. A great part of his later years were spent making the happiest moments of his life by building bicycle jumps, bandaging scraped knees, rock hunting, berry picking and anything else he could do with his grandchildren. He loved his many friends and family.

He will be missed dearly by all who loved and knew him.

Todd is survived by his soul mate and wife, Cynthia, of Orofino; daughters, Angel Mullins of Arizona, Kristi Arizmendi and Heidi Rickett of Orofino; eight grandchildren whom he absolutely adored, Kristofer, Austin, Tyler, Kelli, Weston, Jordan, Kyle and Kazjia; three brothers, Dane Horn of Tennessee, Max of Colorado, Bruce of Utah; niece, Keri and great nephew, Kennan of Utah; niece Christie Anna of Hawaii; and numerous other nieces, nephews and friends around the country.

Todd was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and a brother, Kelly.

Cremation has taken place and services will be at a later date.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory are caring for arrangements.

Photo: Todd Douglas Christensen


Sheila 'Gypsy' McBride-Haueter, 64 of Orofino

Sheila 'Gypsy' McBride Haueter died Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010 at 5:15 p.m. after a three week battle with an acute onset of endocarditis.

She is survived by husband, Russell L. Haueter; brother, Kenneth Kent; grown children, Jeff Ropp, Lisa Gardner, Ron Ropp, Angel Saxon and Harvey Ropp; 15 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Viewing will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 8, prior to funeral at the Orofino Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the services.

A private family interment will follow service. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Sheila 'Gypsy' McBride-Haueter


Sandra Kay (Milne) Schloss, 71, Orofino

On Oct. 2, 2010 after a lengthy and courageous battle against the ravaging effects of Scleraderma, surrounded by her loving family and friends, God called Sandy home.

Sandy was born Jan. 24, 1939 to Allan and Wanda Milne in Kalispell, MT. She was raised in nearby Somers at the upper end of Flathead Lake and attended schools in both communities. She completed two years at the University of Montana in Missoula. She married Donald Jenni of Bozemann, and had four children (two sons and two daughters). The marriage ended in divorce. She was later remarried to the true love of her life, Bob Schloss of Orofino in 1975. They would remain inseparable and committed to each other for the next 35 years, spending 18 of those years in Silver City, NM before returning to Orofino in 1996 to build her "forever" house.

Sandy had worked extensively in the medical field as front office coordinator for numerous doctors and as a dental assistant for 15 years in New Mexico. Since her return to Orofino, her interests centered around assisting in the management of a very fine local physical therapy clinic. Her extensive knowledge and familiarity with medical terminology and procedures lead to a home after hours transcription service with doctors in lucrative practices back east up to just before her death. She truly enjoyed her work and always considered her activities as challenging and educational.

Sandy was a devoted mother to her four children (and any other child in the vicinity) and managed to nurture her flock while holding down full time jobs. Her homes were immaculate and no one was treated as a stranger, all were welcome. She loved to play her piano, and if you listened, you could hear the beautiful music as she practiced for church services every Sunday. She was a truly extraordinary person who willingly gave and shared with others.

Sandy loved her family, the many dogs in her life (all were thought of as "puppies", even at age 15), her humming birds, gardening and roses, her music, nearly all wild critters, just about everyone she ever met, and her morning cup of coffee. Above all, she loved her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. All who have known this special woman have been truly blessed. There will be a hole in our lives. Rest well our beloved.

Sandy was preceded in death by an older baby sister (Heather) and both parents, Allan and Wanda Milne. She is survived by her devoted husband, Bob; younger sister, Sharon; her two sons, Michael and Jeffery; daughters, Kandace and Heather; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and a true puppy named "Bugs".

By request, cremation has taken place. Donations may be made to her special little house of worship: Wells Bench Community Church, 1850 Crow Bench Rd. Orofino, Idaho 83544. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sandy's birthday, Jan. 24, 2011 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel, Orofino.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Sandra Kay (Milne) Schloss


Dale 'Fonzie' Fackenthall, 70 Ahsahka

Thomas Dale Fackenthall went to be with the Lord on Sept. 25, 2010. He was born to Tom and Mamie Fackenthall on Sept. 26, 1939 in Orofino.

He was raised in Ahsahka, left home to serve in the Navy before returning back home. He drove logging truck for numerous companies in the area. He retired in 2001 and enjoyed running around and playing in the shop at Hammer Down Wood Products. He also enjoyed it when he would chair the AA meetings and in October he would have had 10 years sobriety.

Dale is survived by his wife Jean of Ahsahka, daughters, Vickie Stephenson of Post Falls and Kathy Hunt of Ahsahka; grandson, Stacy (Scrooge) Hunt of Ahsahka; and sister, Wilma Kliensmith of Coeur d'Alene; and numerous family and friends that knew him by Grandpa or Fonzie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Ila, and brother, Dave.

Cremation has taken place and there will be no service at this time.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Thomas Dale 'Fonzie' Fackenthall


Thomas Dale Fackenthall, 70, Ahsahka

Thomas Dale Fackenthall, 70, Ahsahka, passed away Sunday, Sept. 25, 2010 at his residence.

Cremation will take place and no services are planned at this time.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Pat Lewis Farmer, 73, Weippe

Pat Lewis Farmer, 73, Weippe, formally of Lewiston, passed away peacefully at his son's home in Lewiston on Sept. 13, 2010 after a courageous five year battle with cancer.

A memorial service will be held in his honor at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25. A covered dish reception will follow in the Orchid room at Morgan's Alley. He will be interred at the Fraser Cemetery at a later date.

The oldest of two boys, Pat was born May 5, 1937 at Fort Sumner, NM to Ina and R.C. Farmer. At the age of eight he moved with his father to the Weippe area where he grew up and attended school at the Wilson Creek School House and later Weippe High School.

He married Carol Ann Shirk in January of 1961 in Pierce. They had two children, Debbie and Loyd. The marriage ended in divorce in 1966. He later married Judy Dancy in Lewiston on Aug. 25, 1972. The marriage also ended in divorce on Jan. 1, 2003.

Being multi-talented, Pat worked in various saw mills in the Weippe area including Cardiff and Johnson mills. He then moved his family to Lewiston in 1964 and began his long career as a diesel mechanic working at Paffile Trucking Lines. In 1972 he went to work for Industrial Parts and Machine which later became Tisco until he was recruited by Bud Wenstrom in 1983 to work at Poe Asphalt and worked there until his retirement in 1999.

Pat was a proud member of many organizations including the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, National Rifle Association and American Motorcycle Association. He was passionate about his hobbies including his guns, Harley-Davidson motorcycles and working with young people. Pat was quite a marksman. He was knowledgeable about his guns and promoted the interest by crafting and firing Wildcat Target Rifles. He belonged to the Banana Belt Cruisers and rode Harleys until his right knee just couldn't take to starting the "Old cold Hogs". He spent many years supporting the Nez Perce County Rabbit 4-H program, donating hundreds of hours helping kids build cages and hutches. Pat was the dedicated chauffeur; taking exhibitors to American Rabbit Breeders Association shows and competitions. Driving all night and sleeping in the pickup during the show, Pat would take any group of kids interested in showing and/or learning more about rabbits.

Pat spent his last years residing in Weippe at the family ranch watching deer and elk; feeding his hummingbirds and restoring hit and miss motors to show at fairs and community events throughout Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington. Because of his appreciation for nostalgia, Pat's hit and miss motors brought education and entertainment to people of all ages. He was a longtime member of the Lewis and Clark Antique Motor Club.

He is survived by his daughter, Debbie and Harold Matthews of Coeur d' Alene, their two daughters Angela and Trisha; his son, Loyd Farmer and his three daughters, Christine, Cera, and Katrina of Lewiston; his mother, Ina Twitchell of Anchorage, AK; half-sister, Shirley Twitchell and son Brandon of Palmer, AK and half-sister, Donna Epstein and her three children of Chicago, IL.

He was preceded in death by his father, R.C. Farmer and his brother, Walter Farmer.

The family suggests memorials to St. Joseph Family Hospice 1205 Idaho St. Lewiston, Idaho or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Photo: Pat Lewis Farmer


Victor James 'Jim' Wilson, 65, Orofino

Victor James 'Jim' Wilson, 65 passed away Sept. 19, 2010 in Orofino.

Born in the Burns Building on Victory over Japan "VJ" Day, Aug. 15, 1945, Orofino, Jim was the third of four boys born to Bernard T. 'Barney' and Margaret J. 'Midge' Wilson. He graduated from Orofino High School in 1963. Jim was active in football, basketball and baseball, lettering in all three sports.

He married Peggy Oylear, Feb. 14, 1964. Two children were born in this marriage, Rhonda L. and James D. 'J.D.'. The marriage later ended in divorce.

He married Evelyn Phillips, Sept. 7, 1974, helping raise her children and loving them as his own James G. 'Jim', Rory T. and Robbie I. The marriage later ended in divorce.

Jim worked for Standard Oil and Napa, but spent most of his life employed with Potlatch Forest Industries at their Jaype Plant in Pierce. More recently he was self-employed with Wilson's Handyman Service.

Jim was Clearwater County Commissioner from 1985-1997 and served as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners the last four years. He was an active member of the Lolo Trail Society and the Clearwater Resource Coalition, helping build bridges, gazebos and trails.

Jim loved to dance, ride horses and 4-wheelers, hunt and make things with his hands. He was a passionate man of values and deep convictions and would talk/debate politics at the drop of a hat.

Jim was preceded in death by his father and brother Bernard A. 'Buster'.

He is survived by his mother; brothers, Simon G. 'Skip' and Michael J. 'Jack'; his special friend and traveling companion, Kathie Wiegant; his children: Rhonda L. and husband, Garett of Everson, WA, James D. 'J.D.' and wife, Anja of Custer, WA, James G. 'Jim' and wife, May of Suscian, CA; Rory T. of Fontana, CA, and Robbie I. of Lewiston; and five grandchildren; Sharene, Shane, Sophia, Clarissa and Zach.

A memorial service will take place Friday, Sept. 24th at 11 a.m.. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel, Orofino. A covered dish reception will follow at the Catholic Event Center.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to: "Dave Kludt Natural Resource Scholarship" and mail to ATTN: Associated Logging Contractors P.O. Box 671 Coeur d'Alene, ID 83816 or call (208)-667-6473.

Photos: Victor James Wilson


Jack McCulley, 66, formerly of Orofino

Our son and brother, Jack McCulley, of Grangeville, passed away Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, from complications of a heart attack that occurred the previous week.

Born April 11, 1944, in Cottonwood, with the name James, his Uncle Muggs tagged him with the nickname Jack and it stuck forever more. The eldest son of Chloe Bentley and Marshall McCulley, he grew up on the family farm at Doumecq Plains. The family moved to Grangeville in 1958.

Jack graduated from Grangeville High School in 1962. He enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard in 1965 and served until 1971, earning the rank of sergeant.

The name Jack was appropriate as he was truly a jack-of-all-trades. He could repair and maintain just about anything mechanical. Childhood family stories tell about new toys at Christmas that he immediately dismantled to discover how they worked. As a young man, he worked in the grocery business in Grangeville, Lewiston and Orofino. He learned the meat-cutter's trade and worked many years for Howard's Meats. Later, Jack worked at Gortsema RV. He provided bartending services at a number of places around Grangeville, recently retiring from tending at The Establishment.

Idaho County was the perfect home for Jack as he so enjoyed fishing, hiking and being outdoors. He was on the board of directors for the Grangeville Gun Club and encouraged new shooters to try trapshooting. His mechanical skills kept the club's trap equipment running smoothly and his cooking skills assured the success of the club's annual fire pit beef dinner.

A marriage between Jack and Dorothy Corder ended in divorce. Survivors include his mother, Chloe McCulley; sister Wanda and Arie Koole of Grangeville; brother Wayne and Kathi McCulley of Lewiston; and his long-time friend, Deanna Mortenson. Preceding him in death were his father, Marshall McCulley, and sister, Janice Welke.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville, followed by a covered-dish luncheon at the Grangeville Gun Club. Jack would be honored by your contributions to the charity of your choice. Send condolences to Blackmerfuneralhome.com.


Beatarice 'Bea' C. Brandt, 89

The sweet and kind heart of Beatrice C. 'Bea' Brandt, 89, ceased beating on Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston following a brief illness.

Bea was born in Augusta, KS, on March 3, 1921, the third of 13 children of Willis and Ruth Haynes Collins. She traveled West with her two sisters as a young woman and met and married Leonard H. Brandt on Aug. 8, 1953, in Puyallup, WA. They lived in the Seattle area many years while Leonard worked and eventually retired from the Boeing Co. They were avid hunters and enjoyed commercial fishing in Neah Bay.

After being full time RV'ers for several years, they settled in Clarkston in 1993. Leonard passed away Sept. 7, 1999.

For the past few years, Bea lived at Evergreen Estates residential apartments, where she made many wonderful friends. She was a woman who was easy to love and who endeared herself to everyone she met. You rarely parted from her without her saying "God bless you and keep you safe" and she meant it! She loved the outdoors, watching wildlife and reading every road sign as you drove by it.

She had many friends through her spiritual associations at the Valley Christian and Faith Tabernacle churches. Bea especially enjoyed her Bible study sessions and spent the years after Leonard's death attending church functions, socializing and dining out with her dear departed friend and neighbor, Lavitta Papan. They had many laughs together and referred to themselves as the "Burns Street Twins." The two were well known at all of their favorite venues. Bea also had a special and loving relationship with her granddaughter-in-law, Debbi, and they spent many hours enjoying each other's company.

Survivors include stepdaughters Verla and Greg Robinson of Pierce, and Fran and Larry Gilewich of Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada. Grandsons include Mike and Debbi Duffy of Lenore, Bob Duffy of Twin Falls, Stephen Keeley of Stettler, Alberta, and Brent Keeley of Sherwood Park. Great-grandchildren include Sunny and Darrin Haynes and daughter Harper of Lewiston, Trent, Reid and Kaitlyn Keeley of Stettler, Alberta, and MacKenzie and Matthew Keeley of Calgary, Alberta. Bea is also survived by three siblings, sisters Carrol Conner and Dorothy Balsimo of Winfield, KS, and a brother, Bill Collins, of Oregon.

Bea's life will be celebrated at a memorial service at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston. Her special friend, the Rev. Greg Pedersen of Faith Tabernacle Church, will officiate.

Photo: Beatarice 'Bea' C. Brandt


Kayana Joyce Bacus, 66, Orofino

Kayana Joyce Bacus, 66, Orofino, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010 in Orofino.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Peck Community Center.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Dora Mae Pyles, 88

Dora Mae Pyles, 88, of Clarkston, WA passed away Monday, Sept. 6, 2010, at Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston. Dora was born Feb. 14, 1922, at Enterprise, OR, to Chet and Ethel Mae Cox Hammack.

Dora was raised and went to school in Enterprise, where she met and married Mansel G. Pyles on May 20, 1941, at Lewiston. They were married 69 years.

Dora and her husband moved to Nezperce, where they lived for 30 years. She cooked for the school district and they raised their three daughters there. The family returned to Enterprise and later moved to Prineville and Irrigon, OR. She worked for Lamb-Weston at Boardman, OR. They moved to Clarkston to be closer to family and friends, where they spent the last 20 years.

Dora was a member of New Bridges Community Church and the Eagles Lodge of Lewiston. As a homemaker Dora really enjoyed cooking, gardening, canning, crafts and playing cards. She really loved to fish; "she was a catcher".

Dora is survived by her husband of 69 years, Mansel; daughters, Linda and Don Berry of Orofino, Dodie Giles and Mark Edgar, and Nancy Bonson, all of Clarkston; brother, Willard and Novella Hammack of Prineville; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Weldon Hammack, and sister, Ruth Stinger.

Upon her request, no services will be conducted. The family will be gathering at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Merchant Funeral Home of Clarkston.

Photo: Dora Mae Pyles


Carroll Adkison, 81, built Riverside (Frensdorf) Apartments

J. Carroll Adkison, 81, of Grangeville peacefully passed away at home on Sept. 7, 2010 surrounded by family.

Carroll was born Elbert Carroll Adkison at Portland, OR on August 23, 1929 to Elbert Carl and Georgia Belle Adkison. He went to grade school at Clarkston, WA, then Portland, OR, then moved to Polsbo, WA during his early teens. Carroll married Virginia Bentz on May 16, 1955 at Reno, NV. They have been married 55 years and have 3 children.

Carroll worked at the Kitsap County Press as a 13-year-old and liked to reminisce about all that he learned there as a youngster. He joined the army at age 15 at the end World War II. Carroll teased with his grandkids that the war ended because he joined the army and scared the enemy into surrender.

Carroll and his dad, Elbert Carl, partnered in E. C. Adkison & Son from 1949 - 1964. One of his first jobs with his dad was stuccoing the Lewiston Grain Growers warehouse where the Lewiston Tapadero is now. After the warehouse was eventually torn down, Carroll did the masonry on the new Tapadero building. He started Carroll's Building Specialties in 1965. He formed Adkison Corp July 1976. Carroll loved working. Many people reading this have his handiwork in their home; including stone, tile, plaster, stucco, he was a true artist. Carroll was a general contractor for many years and built several buildings including Pankey's Foods, Cloninger's Market, the Lewiston Social Security Office, Kamiah Burkhart Homes, Riggins Irwin Center (of which he was part owner), Frensdorf (now Riverside) Apartments in Orofino, Kamiah and Grangeville pool houses and the Grangeville City Hall. Carroll always added a little extra to each job he did.

Carroll and Virginia owned Red River Hot Springs from 1977 through 1990. Carroll loved snowcatting the many trails in the Red River area.

Carroll loved their second home in White Bird and found great delight in the gathering of his family and friends there. Carroll was a pilot and he and George Shira enjoyed many hours in the air. Carroll and Virginia shared a jet boat with John and Jeannie Malvich that they enjoyed with family and friends and it brought Carroll absolute joy.

Carroll is survived by his wife Virginia, son Jeffery (Cheri) Adkison, son David (Lisa) Adkison, daughter Jeanna Gollihur (Peter), 15 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and his sister Jean Scott. He was preceded in death by his mother and father and grandson, Evan Gollihur.

A memorial is scheduled Sept. 12 at 3 p.m. at IOOF Hall at White Bird, Idaho with a potluck following the ceremony. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Condolences to the family may be sent at: Blackmerfuneralhome.com.

Photo: J. Carroll Adkison


Kay Eldridge, 66, formerly of Weippe

Kay Eldridge, 66 of Grangeville passed away Thursday, Sep. 2, 2010 at the Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Kay was born July 18, 1944 at Winchester, a daughter of Raymond and Betty Howerton Rupe. She attended school in Winchester graduating from the last class of Winchester High School in 1962. She married Bob Eldridge on Dec. 29, 1962 at Winchester. They lived in Winchester, Weippe and Spokane before moving to Grangeville in 1969. Bob passed away Dec. 29, 2002 on their 40th Wedding Anniversary.

Kay worked for the Free Press/Shopper and Eleanor's Clothing Store in Grangeville some years ago. But primarily she enjoyed her job as a mother, grandmother and wife.

She enjoyed gardening, camping, furniture restoring, arts and crafts, tole painting and especially spending time with her family. She also enjoyed spending time in the outdoors. She was a member of the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene.

She is survived by her children, Scott and his wife Lisa Eldridge and their children Derek and Jared; her daughter Shelly Eldridge Evans and her children, Shannon, Savannah and Bobby. She is also survived by two brothers and their wives, Jerry and Patricia Rupe and Darrold and Judi Rupe and a "of the heart" sister Karen Eldridge. She will also be missed by her good friend Bertha Drury and extended family on Bob's side and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept.11, at 11 a.m. at the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Pastor Harold Gott of the Grangeville Christian Church will officiate. Burial will follow at Mount Idaho Cemetery. Friends may call Friday, Sept. 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Blackmer Funeral Home. Send condolences to the family to: Blackmerfuneralhome.com.

Photo: Kay Eldridge


Harlan Odell Opdahl, 72, Pierce

"When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am." John 14:3

On Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010, Harlan Odell Opdahl, 72, left his worldly shelter to travel to his permanent heavenly home. Harlan passed away peacefully at his home in Pierce, following a heart-related illness.

Harlan was born in Albert Lea, MN on June 17, 1938, to Gertrude and Henry Opdahl. He grew up as a farm kid and graduated from Alden High School in 1956. He attended Waldorf College, earning his Associate Degree in 1958. He married his high school sweetheart, Barbara I. Ramsdell, on Jan. 17, 1959. He owned a corn shelling business for a short while, then in 1965 a vacation trip to the Pacific Northwest resulted in a move west with his family.

Harlan worked in Pierce at Jaype for Potlatch, Corporation, and for several area loggers until 1979, when he discovered a way to unite his love of the outdoors and hunting with a livelihood. Harlan, his brother Duane and their wives purchased an outfitting business which they changed the name to Triple "O" outfitters, and life became much busier for all of them. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were kind enough to get lost 200 years ago in the area Triple "O" Outfitters utilized, and Harlan enthusiastically delved into the history of that historic trek and begin leading trail rides and visits to some of the camps Lewis and Clark chronicled. He shared his love and knowledge of the Lolo portion of the trail with people from around the world.

Harlan was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, an honorary lifetime member of the Idaho Outfitter's and Guides Association, Clearwater Search and Rescue, the North Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee, and served on various committees promoting multiple land use in Idaho. He was a proud endowment member of the National Rifle Association.

Harlan was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to camp, hunt, ride horses, snowmobile and watch Westerns. The spirit of hospitality and generosity was always evident in the Opdahl home. Meals were rarely limited to "just family". Harlan loved the time he spent with friends and family. His Christian faith provided them with a role model, guiding hands and genuine concern for those around him.

Harlan is survived by his wife of 51 years, Barbara Opdahl; 4 children, Gwen and Bob Schryver, Yuma, AZ., Jim and Linda Opdahl, Payette, Diane and Mike Snyder, Baker City, OR, and Sharon and Darrin Hartwig, Lewiston. Other surviving family members include 13 grandchildren, 1 sister, Gloria Peterson of Albert Lea, MN, sister-in-law Violet Opdahl, Lewiston, and numerous much-loved nieces and nephews. If it's true that friends are the flowers of life, Harlan also leaves behind a garden of blessings he called friends.

Harlan was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Gertrude Opdahl, a daughter, Katherine, and his brother B. Duane Opdahl.

A memorial and celebration of Harlan's life will be held at 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 11, at Timberline School. A dinner will follow at Pierce Community Center.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Faith Lutheran Church P.O. Drawer C, Pierce, ID 83546, Clearwater County Search and Rescue P.O. Box 724, Orofino, ID 83544, or ICARE (Cancer Assistance and Recovery Effort) 2134 Canyon Creek Road, Orofino, ID. 83544.

Photos: Harlan Odell Opdahl


Darryl Lynn Ingle, 60, Freeman Creek Rd.

Darryl Lynn Ingle, 60, passed away on Aug. 27, 2010 peacefully in her sleep at her home on Freeman Creek Rd.

Darryl was fun and full of life, she always said what was on her mind, her laugh was contagious, her voice was loud and heart was huge! She loved to hangout with her soul mate of 26 years, hunt and fish, ride her four-wheeler, camp, boat, Harley adventures, watch old movies, enjoy campfires and most of all party with close friends.

Darryl is survived by the love of her life, her husband, Don Ingle. She is also survived by her children; Gena (daughter) and Ted, Jason (son) and Heather, and David (son) and Darleene; grandchildren, Jake, Carrie, Jared, Emily, Adam and little Trace; Mother and Father Gene and Shirley Sandy; siblings, Michael (brother) and Karen, and Jeffrey (brother). In addition there are a lifetime of special friends.

A celebration of life in Darryl's honor will be held at the Ingle residence on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010 at 2 p.m. Her family welcomes friends to join in sharing memories, stories and a special toast to Darryl.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Darryl Lynn Ingle


Daniel Alpha Loomis, 85, Orofino

Daniel Alpha Loomis was born Aug. 31, 1924 at 12:30 p.m. in the front bedroom of his home near De Soto, MO. His parents were John Emmitt Loomis and Dorothy Sunshine Loomis. He grew up in the De Soto area and graduated from high school there in May of 1942. From October 1940 to June 1942, Dan worked as a grocery clerk for the Kroger Grocery and Bakery Co.

In June 1942 Daniel joined the U.S. Navy. After several service schools in diesel engine operations and maintenance, he became a part of the Commissioning Crew of the USS LST 470. Dan served on the ship from March 9, 1943 to October 1945 in the South Pacific Operation. He was discharged in May 1945.

From 1946 to 1950, Daniel attended Washington University in St. Louis, MO and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. He worked for the A.S. Aloe Hospital Co. for a time, and then joined the McDonnell Aircraft Company as a Contract Coordinator.

He married Lois Jeanne DuHadway on June 23, 1951. They have two daughters.

In December of 1960, the family moved to Sacramento, CA where Dan worked as a Contract Coordinator for the Aero-Jet Solid Rocket Plant until June 1964 when Dan began seminary education at the San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, CA graduating May 1967 Dan served churches in New Mexico, California, Idaho and Washington. He trained as an Interim Minister and served in that position in several churches before and after retirement in March 1989.

His hobbies were gardening, fishing and reading.

Daniel Loomis is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Lois Jeanne; daughters: Donna Jeanne Wilson and Deborah Anne Loomis; granddaughters: Jennifer Jeanne Achterberg, Kathleen Anne Achterberg, Gretchen Marie Rupp and Hannah Leigh Meyer. Daniel's first great-granddaughter is due to arrive this December.

Daniel passed quietly in the early morning hours of Aug. 27, 2010. He will be missed.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Marvin G. Poe, 79, Peck

Marvin G. Poe departed this life at his ranch in Big Canyon, Peck on Aug. 14, 2010 at the age of seventy-nine. His passing was the result of a tragic accident doing what he loved best, operating machinery and helping others in need of a helping hand.

Marvin was born on Oct. 11, 1930 at Deer Creek, in the vicinity of White Bird. He was the son of Cora Qualey Poe and Claude F. Poe.

On Jan. 4, 1955 Marvin married the love of his life and best friend, Norma Jean West in Pomeroy, WA.

Marvin is survived by his wife of 56 years, Norma Jean Poe, his son Edward A. Poe of Peck and his two daughters Mary Kris Poe and Jim Nunn of Orofino, Colleen Poe Burnett and husband, Scott Burnett, of North Bonneville, WA; his brother, Burley Poe, and wife, Loretta Poe, of Genesee; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and his beloved friends Eldon Lee, Steve and Sherrie Lee, Brian Lee all of Peck. He is also survived by all of his beloved pets at the family home.

Marvin was most comfortable at home on the 160-acre Poe ranch just outside of Peck. To Marvin his home was his church, his yard his pew and Big Canyon was the greatest cathedral on earth. He loved working the ranch alongside his loving wife, Norma Jean, raising chickens, vegetables and working his orchards of various fruits. Throughout his life Marvin was well known for his mechanical abilities. He never picked up anything broken that he could not fix. Marvin was soft spoken, easy with a smile and had an all around comforting way of making you feel welcome. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved and respected all that nature has to offer. He was a terrific hunter and fisherman, and an excellent marksman whom any person would be hard pressed to match.

Marvin retired from Clearwater County in 1992.

Marvin passed away doing what he loved to do. He is missed by his family, friends and all those who came to know him.

"We all love and miss you, Papa."

A memorial service for Marvin will be held on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010 at 5 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 515 Michigan Ave. Orofino.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Marvin G. Poe


Willard "Willie" J. Reed, 79, born in Weippe

Willard J. Reed (Willie) passed away Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010. He was born April 13, 1931, in Weippe, to Cecil K. and Mattie Reed. Willie was proud that he had been a Clarkston, WA resident since 1939 and often asked people, "How long you been here?"

Willie married A. Beatrice Smith on Aug. 1, 1947, at Leland. Willie and Bea settled in Clarkston at the Reed family home, where they raised five children. They were married for 63 years.

In the early years, Willie worked with his brother as a commercial painter. He later went to work for the Clarkston School District, from which he retired in 1979. He was a member of the Clarkston Jaycees and the Nez Perce County Sheriff's Posse.

In his younger years, Willie rode motorcycles and flew with many of his pilot friends. Willie often took family and friends on camping trips, and enjoyed riding four-wheelers. He taught many family members how to drive various motorcycles. Willie spent many hours restoring antique cars and was extremely proud of his '26 Model T and '29 Chevy Coupe. He loved tinkering in his garage. He collected many antiques and oddities through the years.

He was an avid historian, often sharing his historical knowledge and family history. Willie was a loyal friend. He could often be found in his garage listening to the scanner and sharing jokes, stories and cold beer with good friends. He loved animals and had a variety of pets throughout his life. Willie had a great love of family, and truly loved being with his grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and passed on his knowledge of mechanics, cars and planes to them.

Willie was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Beatrice. He is now at her side. Willie was the last remaining of nine Reed children. He will be dearly missed by his children: Tim Reed and wife Marlene, Sue Pittman, Doug Reed and wife Donna, Janice Reed, and Melissa Wortman and husband Tom, as well as 11 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Willie was a unique man. His stories and sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him.

The family is conducting an open house to honor and remember Willie from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the family home, 1376 Elm St., Clarkston. All friends and family are invited.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Interlink Volunteers, 817 Sixth St., Clarkston, WA 99403.

Photo: Willard "Willie" J. Reed


Michael L. Blenden, 47, formerly of Orofino

Michael Larry Blenden of Lewiston passed away Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010. He was born May 24, 1963, in Orofino, to Larry and Sue Blenden. Mike was the fourth of five children.

He spent his younger years running around town and playing with the neighborhood kids. He enjoyed his teen years by hunting, fishing and spending time with friends and family.

He graduated from Orofino High School in 1981 and from the University of Idaho in 1990, with a bachelor of science degree in fisheries biology.

He married Colleen Curry on May 20, 1989. They have three beautiful daughters, Amanda, Jerica and Tanaya, all of Lewiston.

Mike had a long career working for the Nez Perce Tribe as a fisheries biologist. He enjoyed his job with the tribe and considered his co-workers his friends. He had been employed there for 19 years. He especially enjoyed the field work on the Imnaha River and Big Creek; the only downfall to this was being away from his family.

He was a loving son, brother, husband and father. He was a quiet man, but you always knew how much he loved his family. We find comfort now knowing he is at peace. We will miss him greatly.

Mike is survived by his wife, Colleen; daughters Amanda, Jerica and Tanaya, all of Lewiston; also his parents, Larry and Sue Blenden of Lewiston; brother Gary Blenden of Austin, TX; sisters Karen and Tom Freeman of St. Maries, Lori and Dan Prado of Pahrump, NV, and LeAnn and Doyle Troyer of Boise; as well as many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life was conducted Saturday at Tammany View Baptist Church in Lewiston.

A donation account for Mike's children has been established at Potlatch No. 1 Federal Credit Union for those wanting to help the family.


William Ellis 'Uncle Bill' Bolon, 89, Greer

Dad passed away on Aug. 11, 2010 from causes related to age, in the presence of people who loved and cared for him.

Bill was the oldest of three sons, born to William G. and Helen E. Bolon. He was born on Nov. 11, 1920 in Greer. He grew up and went to school in the surrounding area. He left school during the eighth grade and started working different jobs in the Northwest.

He entered the Marine Corps during World War II. Bill received two purple hearts for wounds while in Okinawa. After his service, Bill returned home beginning a lifelong career in law enforcement. It was during his stint as an Idaho State Trooper in the Lewiston area that he met and married his future wife Doreen Lincoln. Dad and mom moved all over North Idaho, dad working as a policeman, and mom raising five boys that they had in two and a half years. (Two sets of twins). After working in law enforcement for over 20 years, dad retired in 1973 due to injuries sustained in an accident.

After dad retired he moved his family to the best town in North Idaho, Greer. There he and his wife finished raising their family. It was also here that dad's love of the outdoors and his passion for helping children, gave him the idea for Uncle Bill's Youth Camp.

Uncle Bills Youth Camp was dad's idea to let Clearwater County's underprivileged children have a chance to go to summer camp. The youth camp was located one mile upstream from Weitas Creek Campground on the North Fork of the Clearwater River. The camp was a collection of tents, cabins, and a large "Cook Shack". There were thousands of memories made by hundreds of kids who were fortunate enough to go to camp. The biggest and best memory by far was "Uncle Bill" himself.

Dad made sure every "Camper" was treated with respect and given all the love everyone deserves. He worked tirelessly to make sure every kid who went to camp had a wonderful time. Dad was always seeking donations from businesses in the surrounding area, everything from lumber to ice cream. Uncle Bill's Youth Camp was a wonderful idea that came to reality because of dad and everybody who helped build, maintain, and work at the camp. All their work and efforts was greatly appreciated by dad.

Dad spent his entire life bringing hope, joy and humor to the people around him. He may be gone, but his memory and spirit will live on in his family and friends whom he cherished.

Everyone is invited to a celebration of his life on Aug. 18 at 2 pm at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel. Dads was a blue jean, work shirt, kind of person, so dress comfortably and bring your smile.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: William Ellis 'Uncle Bill' Bolon


William Ellis 'Uncle Bill' Bolon, 89, Greer

William Ellis 'Uncle Bill' Bolon, 89, Greer, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010 in Orofino.

He was born Nov. 7, 1920.

Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.


Mildred Nina Entenmann, 80, Orofino

Mildred Nina Entenmann, 80, Orofino, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010 at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, WA.

She was born Oct. 25, 1929.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.


Arthur H. Sutton, 79, Orofino

Arthur H. Sutton passed away Monday, Aug. 9, 2010 at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation Center in Orofino.

Arthur Henry Sutton was born March 20, 1931 in Roberts. He was the second of three Sutton boys born to Eugene Henry Sutton and Winifred Gladys Mundsen-Manning Sutton.

The family moved many times during the 1930s and settled in Ahsahka in 1944. Art attended Ahsahka Elementary School during his 8th grade under the tutelage of Miss Edith Crowley. He attended Orofino High School where he excelled in boxing and football. Art was a member of both the 1949 and 1950 undefeated "Maniac" football teams. Upon graduation from high school, Art married Betty Louise Clayton on Aug. 19, 1951 at the Orofino Methodist Church.

Art worked for Finke Logging and Norris Hengen until being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1952. He served in the U.S. Army until 1954. During this time, Art was stationed at Fort Lewis, WA; Camp Roberts, CA and Dugway Proving Grounds, UT.

Upon returning home to Idaho from the Army, Art went to work at the Ahsahka Planer. He worked there until 1963 when he formed a partnership with John Stephenson. They worked a rock drilling and blasting company until 1968. At that time, their company "Gem State Enterprises" purchased and operated an excavation business in Orofino. Art worked until well after he retired in 1997.

Art enjoyed working, operating his backhoe, hunting, steelhead fishing, gardening, his family and generally staying busy.

Art is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty; his three children, Dan and Janice Sutton; Lori Sutton and Traci and Brent Telecky, all of Orofino. Art also leaves behind seven grandchildren, Ron Sutton, Rick Sutton, Stacey Ellis, Cassie Madsen, Lucas McIntosh, Jessica Telecky and Sonny Telecky; and 11 great grandchildren. One brother, Melvin Sutton, survives in Kelso, WA.

Art was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, William (Sonny) Sutton; half brothers, Wesley, Alonzo, Robert, Edward and John D. Manning; half sisters, Marjorie O'Farrell and Dorothy Dreyer; and infant daughter, Mary Jane.

Services will be held Friday, Aug. 13, at 11 a.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel. A fellowship meal will follow the service at 1051 Michigan, Avista Auditorium.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Arthur Henry Sutton


Donald E. Palin, 81, Weippe

Donald E. Palin passed away at his home from complication related to cancer.

Don was born to Elmer and Ethel Mason Palin Aug. 14, 1928 in Sutherland, NE. He was the youngest of seven siblings. He came to Montana as a young boy in 1935 and later on to Idaho when he was 18.

He married Shirley Anderson; they had a son, Russ, and later divorced. Don married Lucille Chapman Willis who had two daughters, LaDonna and Martha; together they had a daugther, Marlene. They built a house together and raised their children in the town of Weippe.

Lucille passed away Feb. 28, 2007, after they had been married 54 years.

Don worked in the logging industry for many years. He started out at logging camps outside of Headquarters. He worked on the log drive from the upper North Fork of the Clearwater River to Ahsahka and from there on to Lewiston, before Dworshak Dam was built.

Don ended his working career in the log yard at Jaype between Pierce and Headquarters as a shovel operator. He retired from Potlatch in 1997.

Most of all, Don enjoyed fishing trips, picnics, hunting, huckleberry picking and driving around the mountains in the Weippe area with his family and friends. His last few years were inspired by playing pinochle, pool and having an ice cold beer at the Elk Horn Bar where he made new friends.

His survivors are numerous including his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Lucille; brothers, Elmer, George, Walter, Lindy, and half brother, Wilber; and sisters, Mary and Elizabeth.

There will be a celebration of Don and Lucille's lives at a later date.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photos: Donald E. Palin


Dorothy J. Alexander, 86, Orofino

Dorothy Jean Alexander passed away due to causes related to age on Wednesday, July 21, 2010. She was 86.

She was born in Amber, OK on Aug. 2, 1923. She married the love of her life, Lowell 'Rip' Alexander in Carnegie, OK on May 6, 1944. They farmed in Oklahoma before moving to Oklahoma City, OK. They then moved to Newhall, CA. They lived there until they retired and moved to Orofino to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren. Dotty and Rip both loved fishing, camping and going to Mariner games. Her biggest delights were her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Dotty was even lucky enough to have one great grandchild born on her 80th birthday. She was a member of the Clearwater Valley Hospital Auxiliary and the local chapter of the Eagles. She was an avid bowler for years and she and Rip bowled every Friday night.

She is survived by one sister, Mildred Goodwin of Yukon, OK; three children, Beverly Hermann of Kent, WA, Allen Alexander of Kennewick, WA and Marilyn Fish of Lenore. She had 7 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rip, and her identical twin, Dorene Good.

The family asks that memorials be sent to the Clearwater Valley Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. A private family service was held on July 31.

Photo: Dorothy Jean Alexander


Lubin J. 'Pete' Nygaard, 77, Orofino

Lubin J. 'Pete' Nygaard was born Sept. 16, 1932 to Lubin L. & Edna C. (Brown) Nygaard. He was raised in Orofino and at a young age of 4, his fearless determination led him to swim the Clearwater River much to the alarm of his sisters who he had followed. This early example of rebellion would pave the way to a adolescence full of adventure. He was a man that lived his life on his own terms and relished challenges.

Pete grew up with two older sisters, Betty (Paul) Hart of Gunnison, CO and Phyllis Heywood. In 1949 and 1950, Pete was a proud member of the Orofino High School Maniacs Basketball State Champions led by Coach Monk Montgomery.

He found his life companion, Pauline D. Clark, and they were married Oct. 14, 1951. He and Pauline have four children: Steven C. Nygaard, Mark J. Nygaard, Hollie (Gale) Eller and Julie (Terry) Hollibaugh. As a family, they enjoyed camping, boating, fishing and gardening. Almost everyone has enjoyed Pete's corn. Pete became an avid hunter and fisherman and loved everything outdoors and taught his children and grandchildren his secrets of success.

Pete's early work history was alongside his Dad in the lumber industry and later most of his days were spent behind the wheel of a logging truck for numerous logging companies in the area.

After suffering a massive stroke in '98 Pete began to learn patience, understanding and how to let others take care of him, as he had done for his family and friends for many years.

Left behind to carry on his legacy, along with his four children are his grandchildren: Cassie (Tim) Adams, Joey (Geoff) Schneider, Trent (Debbi) Hoyle, Cody (Meranda) Nygaard and Heather Nygaard; great-grandchildren: Shaylen, Kaylie, Dalton Adams and Easton and Hudson Schneider. Extended family includes: Bill Hoyle, Cassie (his morning sunshine), Bryan Madsen and children Caleb, Abby and Lil' Man Cole.

Pete peacefully left us on July 27, 2010 to join his parents; wife, Pauline and his dog, LP Shooter, sister, Phyllis Heywood; grandson, Jeremy Hollibaugh and great-grandson, Andrew Adams.

Per his wishes cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 7 at 9 a.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel In Orofino.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory are caring for arrangements.

Photos: Lubin J. 'Pete' Nygaard


Lubin 'Pete' Joy Nygaard, 77, Orofino

Lubin 'Pete' Joy Nygaard, 77, Orofino passed away Tuesday, July 27, 2010 in Orofino.

A memorial service is pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Donald E. Palin, 81, Weippe

Donald E. Palin, 81, Weippe, passed away Sunday, July 25, 2010 at his residence.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Charles Lester Haag, 74, Orofino

Charles Lester Haag, Orofino, passed away peacefully Saturday, July 10, 2010 with his children and loving nurses by his side, after his courageous battle with cancer.

Charles was born at home in Clarkston, WA on Oct. 9, 1935 to Victor and Velva Haag. He attended grade school at Weaskus Grade School in North Lewiston and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1953.

Charles served in the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1958 as a radar operator. He went in with his two best friends Spence Campbell and Roy Clark; the three were inseparable and had many adventures together. They have managed to stay in touch throughout the years and remain good friends.

He married Linda Irene Dalberg, May 21, 1960 in Coeur d'Alene at the infamous Hitching Post. They were married 50 years and were best friends to the end. They remained in the area moving to Culdesac where they raised their four children.

Charles loved anything to do with the outdoors and encouraged all his children to, "get up and go"! Charles worked for the Camas Prairie Railroad for 33 ½ years, most of which was on the bridge crew. He made life long friends at the railroad, retiring in September of 1997.

Charlie had a passion for clocks. Everyone who knew about this hobby one time or another brought him one that needed repaired. He loved going to yard sales, auctions and flea markets looking for the one clock he did not have. Over the years, he collected over 200 clocks and they all chimed a different sound. They all were set to go off at different times so by the time the last one went off it was time for the first one to start again. From repairing to building new ones from scratch, he truly became a master of the trade.

Linda and Charles moved to Orofino in 1983 after the children left home. Charles loved anything that involved family and camping was one of his favorites. He soon became the official "camp cook" at their Moose Creek hunting camp. He especially had a love for baseball and volunteered for many tournaments, including the Trevor Haag Memorial Tournament in honor of his grandson. He was also the announcer for the Orofino High School and American Legion baseball teams. Up to his death, he had baseball on the TV keeping up with the Seattle Mariners.

He was also known as "Papa Charlie" to many who adopted him as their father/grandfather. His strong faith in the Lord has carried him on to be with his beloved wife, Linda, who left us on May 7, 2010.

He is survived by daughters, Diana Haag, Orofino, Holly and Ramiro Sosa, Miami, FL, Denise and Stephen Duren, Weiser; son, Tracy and Annette Haag, Orofino; a brother, Rick and Jeannie Haag, Lewiston; sister, Marlene and Bill Stellmon, Lewiston; seven grandchildren, Shantel, Nathan, Justin, Grayson, Shae, Christopher and Samantha; two great grandchildren and his best friend Dutch; brother-in-law, Larry and Maryellen Dalberg, Alaska and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Velva Haag; grandson, Trevor Haag, and wife, Linda Haag.

Our father, brother, grandpa, papa will be deeply missed and remembered for his strong faith in the Lord, his helping hands and kind heart and positive attitude.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. July 31 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. A potluck will follow the service at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall, 330 Michigan Ave. in Orofino.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Haag Family Memorial Fund at U.S. Bank, P.O. Box 1240, Orofino, ID 83544.


John 'Jack' Mathews memorial scheduled

A memorial service for John 'Jack' Mathews will be held Friday July 30 at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Orofino.

Jack was a long time resident of Weippe that retired to Orofino.

He is survived by children Kay, John, Dan; a brother, Bill; six step children and many relatives and friends.


Irma L. White, 100, formerly of Lenore

Irma L. White, an Alpine resident, died peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones Monday, July 5, 2010, following a short illness. She was 100 years old.

Mrs. White was born to Ray and Helen Wilson on a ranch near Belt, MT, Oct. 19, 1909. She attended school in Belt and graduated as valedictorian at age 16. She attended college at Eastern Washington College, obtaining a teaching certificate at age 18. Years later, she received her bachelor's degree in education from the University of Idaho at Moscow. She taught school in Montana and retired from teaching in Kellogg in 1972.

Mrs. White married Beauford W. White in Cutbank, MT., Aug. 18, 1941. Mr. White died in Lewiston in 1999.

In 1972, the couple moved to Riggins and then relocated to Lenore in 1979.

Mrs. White was a former member and treasurer of the Lenore Community Center, a life member of the Riggins Art Club, and a former treasurer of the Willing Workers of Lenore. She had been a member of the Women's Club of Alpine and the Alpine Seniors Circle. She was an active member of the Alpine Senior Center, and a member of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Alpine.

She traveled extensively in her later years, including three trips to Europe while in her 90s. She was very active in Alpine bridge clubs and only reluctantly surrendered her car at age 99.

Survivors include three sons, William B. White and spouse Janie of Alpine, James R. White and spouse Xiu Ying of Newcastle, WY, and Jon E. White and spouse Nancy of Burbank, WA; two nieces, Linda Neely of Spokane, WA and Shelley Blickerstaff of Scappoose, OR; nephew, Thomas White of Alpine, AZ; and brother-in-law Merle White of Scappoose; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Sunnyside Cemetery in Lenore. Rosary will be said for her at 7 p.m. July 23 at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. A memorial gathering will be at 2 p.m. July 24 at the Hallmark Apartments Fiesta Room in Alpine. Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.

Photo: Irma L. White


Ralph Cecil Johnson, 69, Orofino

Ralph Cecil Johnson, 69 of Orofino died June 29, 2010 from a fishing accident at Rapid River near Riggins.

Ralph was born Nov. 21, 1940 in Lewiston to Frank R. Johnson and Pauline Finley Hill. Ralph attended schools in the Kamiah area, and attended ITT and Lewis Clark State College.

Ralph and Gloria J. Johnson were married Dec. 7, 1961. They lived in the Boise area where he drove bus for eight years for Garden City Public Works, worked for Boise Parks and Recreation, and worked at Eagle Hills Golf Course before moving back home and was working as a Surveillance officer at Nez Perce Tribe Itse'Ye'Ye Casino in Kamiah.

Ralph was a direct descendent of WEET'XU'WIIS. He received a Public Service Announcement Award from the Idaho Department of Transportation; He had a part in a commercial in the Boise area; and he volunteered for various Pow Wow committees in Boise, Nampa, and Orofino areas. Ralph loved to hunt, fish, gather roots and berries, and spend time in the mountains.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Frank R. Johnson and Pauline Finley Hill; his brother, Frankie Johnson; and his son, Ralph C. Johnson, Jr.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Gloria J. Johnson of Orofino; his sons, Robert L. Johnson of Kooskia, Roland C. Johnson of Boise, and Richard E. Johnson and wife, Mary, of Lenore; his sister, Alice (Jenie) Warden of Kamiah; nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Memorial Service will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 1, at Wa-A'yas Community Center at Kamiah. Funeral Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 2, also at the Wa-A'yas Community Center in Kamiah. Interment will be at Kamiah Tribal Cemetery. Horace Axtel will officiate. A covered dish dinner will follow the services at the Wa-A'yas Community Center.

Memorial donations may go to Gloria Johnson. Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia is assisting the family.

Photo: Ralph C. Johnson


John Douglas Loseth, 79, Orofino

John Douglas Loseth, loving husband, father, grandfather, friend to many and life-long Orofino resident passed away peacefully at Tri State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston, WA on the morning of June 25, 2010. He was comfortable in his passing as he was surrounded by his family while courageously fighting the pneumonia that took his life.

He was born Sept. 10, 1931, in Lewiston to Johnny O. and Dorothy M. Page Loseth.

He married Mildred Merle Bobbitt on Dec. 31, 1956, in Orofino and they spent the past 53 years living in the family residence on Riverside Ave. where he had lived since age five.

John attended Orofino schools graduating from Orofino High School in 1949. He attended the University of Idaho for a year and a half before enlisting in the United States Army and serving in the Korean Conflict from 1951 through 1954 where he earned the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

John was employed at Hanson's Garage as a youth through his high school years. He returned to work at the garage after being honorably discharged from the service after the Korean Conflict. He left the garage to drive a semi-truck for Star Motor Freight for several years and then campaigned with his wife and sons and was elected Probate Judge for Clearwater County serving from 1965 through 1971. John used his life experiences to help many young people get their lives back on track and become better citizens. He then took an interest in bookkeeping and worked for Konkolville Lumber Company and the Clearwater County Road department before starting his career in credit union management. He served as Manager of the Orofino Community Credit Union from 1979 through 1993 and finished his credit union career as the Orofino Branch Manager of Potlatch #1 Federal Credit Union from 1993 until retiring in 1995. He enjoyed helping many credit union members with their needs throughout his credit union career.

John was a volunteer fireman for the Orofino Fire Department for many years, an active member of the Orofino Lions Club in the 1960's and early 1970's, a member of the American Legion, and a member of the Veteran's of Foreign Wars Post #3296. He served as the Veteran's of Foreign Wars Post #3296 Commander for two years from 1966-68 and remained a lifelong member after being honorably discharged from the United States Army.

A member of Orofino Rotary Club for more than 20 years and a Paul Harris Fellow, John served as secretary during the early 1990's. He became an Honorary Member in 2009. He and his wife Merle enjoyed being members of the Orofino Fine Gold Camping Club and spent many years traveling and staying in campgrounds in the area while building fond memories with their many friends.

He enjoyed meeting with his many friends after retirement at the "coffee clutch" in the mornings at Krystal's Cafe' and in the afternoon at the Ponderosa Restaurant. He served as president of the "OFC" club, known locally among friends as the "Orofino's Finest Citizen's" club.

His many hobbies included trading cars, fixing them up for sale and boasted about owning over 113 vehicles throughout his life, his first one being a 1927 Nash purchased and rejuvenated by him at age 14. He was well loved by his son's many friends for always fixing their broken down cars through their high school years and keeping all their friends cruising around Orofino.

He was a self-taught carpenter, totally remodeling the family home several times and designed and made wooden furniture to include a built-in china cabinet to match the dining room table.

He was loyal in visiting sick friends and sensed when there was a need to help. He was known for his ability as a "mister fixit" and enjoyed doing any kind of repairs for his friends and others.

He was always interested in helping others. John could be seen in the early mornings plowing snow with his blue tractor from the sidewalks around town before going to work and until darkness fell after work. He helped keep the Rotary baseball field in good shape, mowing and taking care of weeds.

Over the last three years as his health declined he was seen about town riding his scooter greeting people and doing errands.

John especially loved his grandchildren. John and Merle took their grandkids on many camping trips and motor home excursions. He loved attending their many sporting events, dance recitals, Junior Miss competitions and numerous school events.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Fred.

He is survived by his wife, Merle, in Orofino; his step-sister, Mary Lou Atkins, in Chino Valley, AZ; son, Pat and his wife Diane in Clarkston, WA and their children, Shawnna, Andrew and Keeton; and son, Chris and his wife Lori in Asotin, WA and their children, David, Caitlin and Erik.

Please join in the celebration of his life at his memorial service in Orofino at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 10th, immediately followed by a lunch at the Clearwater County Senior Citizen's Center across the street from the funeral home. There will be a burial service at the Orofino Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.

Memorials may be sent to the Clearwater County Senior Citizen's Center at P.O. Box 93, Orofino, ID, 83544 or the Orofino Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund at P.O. Box 482, Orofino, ID, 83544.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: John Douglas Loseth


Memorial service planned for John D. Loseth

A memorial services for John D. Loseth will be held Saturday, July 10, at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel, Orofino at 10 a.m.

He passed away Friday, June 25, 2010 in Clarkston, WA.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.


John Douglas Loseth, 78, Orofino

John Douglas Loseth, 78, Orofino, passed away Friday, June 25, 2010 in Clarkston, WA.

Funeral services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Jerry David Clemm, 64, former Jaype worker

Jerry David Clemm, 64, of Troy, passed away Thursday, June 17, 2010, in Lewiston.

Jerry was born May 4, 1946, in Moscow, to Lester and OmaVee Parsons Clemm.

After he graduated from Troy High School in 1964, he married Kathy Bramberry of Kendrick.

From 1965 to 1968, he worked for Jaype Mill in Pierce. In 1968, he worked on the family farm, between Troy and Kendrick, until 2001, when he retired because of medical reasons.

He was also a member of the Troy Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy Clemm of Troy; brother Dennis Clemm of Troy; three daughters, Michelle Collins and her husband Dan of Deer Park, WA, Tammy Clemm of Troy, and Tonya Blair and her husband Eric of Lewiston; as well as 11 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, OmaVee and Lester, his brother Larry and his daughter Tina Marie.

A memorial service will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Troy SDA Church, with Otis Parks officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to the Troy Ambulance Fund or Deary Advent Community Services.


Doreene 'Doe' Hanning, 88, Orofino

Doreene 'Doe' Hanning of Orofino passed away June 9, 2010. She was 88. She's in peace with the Lord.

Doreene was born June 8, 1922 in Blackfoot to Elmer Jolley and Retha Butler. Doreene's from a family of 13 children.

She is survived by one brother, Wayne Jolley; sisters: Velma Fisher and Chris Van Duine. She is also survived by her sons, Richard and Dana Hanning of Everett, WA; Edward and Lena Hanning of Lenore, and daughter, Carol Jean Hanning of Orofino; five grandchildren: Rodney, Darren, Mark, Mike and Shana Hanning; eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Doreene enjoyed her family, going for rides to see the country and she loved playing her organ.

Doreene retired from Scott Paper Co., now known as Kimberly-Clark Paper Co, after 30 years. She lived in Everett, WA for 65 years. She moved to Orofino in 2004 with her son Edward and wife Lena and her daughter Carol Jean Hanning.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace R. Hanning.

She has touched many lives in her time on earth and will be missed by all that knew her.

Funeral arrangements are with Pine Hills Funeral Chapel, Orofino and Cypress Lawn in Everett, WA.

Photo: Doreene 'Doe' Hanning


Cecil L. 'Luke' Aldrich, 91, Orofino

Cecil L. 'Luke' Aldrich was born Jan. 8, 1929 in Plentywood, MT to Minnie and Arthur Aldrich. He passed away Saturday, June 12, 2010.

Luke grew up in the small town of Kootenai outside Sandpoint and graduated from Sandpoint High School in 1948. He had three half-brothers and three half-sisters, all of them older and out of the household as he grew up.

He joined the Air Force in 1950 and was based in Florida and England during the Korean War.

He married his high school sweetheart Doris Jean Woodard in the Kootenai Church on June 9 ,1951.

When he was discharged from the Air Force he entered the University of Idaho graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management In 1959. After graduation he worked for the Idaho Forestry Department, now the Idaho Department of Lands, retiring from there as Area Supervisor for the Clearwater Area in 1989.

Luke is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jean; his daughter Darcy Pederson and husband Ray of Grangeville; sons; Alan and wife Donna of Gillette, WY and Luke and wife Tracie of La Grande, OR. His wonderful grandchildren are Debbie, Amy, Lisa, Eyler and Katie.

Luke was an avid outdoorsman with an uncanny woods sense. He shared his love of the outdoors with his family and friends. At work and at play, he respected the natural world around him and looked for a way to make things better.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at the Orofino City Park on Thursday, June 17 , at 10 a.m. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Cecil L. "Luke" Aldrich


Donna Ann Fitzpatrick, 64, Pierce

Donna Ann Fitzpatrick was born July 11, 1945 to T. Roy Haley and Donna Inez (Burgin) Haley at Eudora, AR. She passed away June 7, 2010 at Orofino.

The family moved to Madera, CA. in 1955 where Donna attended school and graduated from Madera High Union School in 1963. She married Dwight Cornett and had one son, David Cornett. She later married Bud Childers and they had two sons, Dennis and John.

In 1972, Donna and her family moved to Pierce where she later met and married Tim Fitzpatrick in 1987. Tim still resides at their home in Pierce. Donna worked many years at Headquarters Bar & Cafe', and Clearwater Cafe'. In 1999 she went to work at Pierce Hardware. Donna was a member of the Lions Club. She loved to fish, camp, and work in her yard with her flowers. One of her favorite past time was spending time with her family.

Donna is survived by husband Tim; sons, David Cornett of Forest Grove, OR, Dennis (Jennifer) Childers of Hayden, John (Machelle Childers of Forest Grove, OR; stepson, Tommy Fitzpatrick of Weippe; stepdaughter, Lisa (Fitzpatrick) Dahl and husband Sandy of Fraser; and niece Brandi Nesheium, who lived with Donna and Tim through high school. Also surviving are brothers Jack (Judy) Haley of Juliaetta, Robert Haley of Pierce, Ed (Shannon) Haley of Athol, and sister Delia Sue (Bob) Leonard of Pierce; grandchildren, Devan, Layne, and Jared Cornett, Sydney and Jake Childers, Alexis and Dylan Frades, Brooklynn and Mason Childers; step grandchildren, Jaden and Krystal Dahl; great grandson, Cayden Cornett, and many nieces and nephews that loved their Aunt Donna and she cherished all of them.

She was preceded in death by her parents, T. Roy Haley and Donna Haley, and brother David Gene Haley.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 19, at 12 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Donna Ann Fitzpatrick


Opal M. Hamilton, 92, formerly of Weippe

Opal Meredith Hobbs Hamilton passed away at the age of 92, Thursday, June 10, 2010 at Guardian Angel Homes in Lewiston. She was born April 21, 1918, at Tofield, Alberta, Canada, to Loid Hutchins and Maud Hoisington Hutchins, the eighth of nine children.

When she was about 5 years old, the family, who had moved to Canada shortly before her birth, returned to the U.S., settling first in Spokane, WA, and then in the Fraser area near Weippe. She attended the Cottonwood School, and then the family moved to the Hanford, WA, area before returning to Canada in 1928.

In 1935, she married Cyril Hobbs at Barrhead, Alberta, Canada. They farmed in that area until 1943, when they moved to Weippe, to be near her mother and brothers.

In Weippe, she worked at the H&W Mercantile Store as a clerk during the 1950s and early 1960s. In 1966, they moved to Lewiston where she worked at the Lewiston Care and Rehabilitation Center. In 1970, they moved to Moscow. Her husband passed away in 1974 and in 1975 she moved with her youngest son, Fred, to Milton-Freewater, OR, for a short time before moving to Sandpoint.

She married her second husband, Lawrence Hamilton, in Sandpoint. He passed away in 1987 and in 1989, she moved back to Lewiston, where she remained until her passing.

Opal enjoyed gardening, but most of all loved having her family and friends near. She could always put together a meal for unexpected guests. No one ever left her home hungry. She was a kind and loving person who had a big smile for everyone.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Orel Hutchins, Leslie Hutchins and Lawrence Hutchins; four sisters, Florence Sampson, Zoa Ford, Della Bisson and Hazel Hutchins; two stepsons, Donald Hamilton and Larry Hamilton; and a stepdaughter-in-law, Minnie Hamilton.

Opal is survived by her brother, Eldon Hutchins of Lewiston; her daughter, Thelma (Term) Nylund of Camas, WA; three sons, Raymond Hobbs and wife, Geraldine of Clarkston, WA, Fred Hobbs and Herb Hobbs, both of Lewiston; a stepdaughter-in-law, Shirley Hamilton of Bonners Ferry; one sister-in-law, Alice Hutchins of Lewiston; also 11 grandchildren, Bonnie Hunt and Wayne Wilson of Lewiston, Bev Dobrinski and Tina Bowman of Vancouver, WA, Kathy Edwards of Priest Lake, Debra Reida of Battleground, WA, Ed Hobbs of Tualatin, OR, Chris Hobbs of Hercules, CA, Melanie Pichette of Spokane Valley, WA, Amy Bare of Ellensburg, WA, and Mark Hobbs of Liberty Lake, WA; six step-grandchildren, Randy Hamilton of Sandpoint, Sandra Beamer of Carywood, Alan Hamilton and John Hamilton of Bonners Ferry, and Ann and Laura Hamilton; plus numerous great-grandchildren and a few great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino, with interment to follow at the Weippe Cemetery. For those wishing to make memorial contributions, the family suggests the Hilltop Heritage Society Museum at Weippe.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of the Liberty House for their care and kindness during the past two-plus years.

Photo: Opal Meredith Hobbs Hamilton


Everett J. Jordan, 81, formerly of Weippe

Everett J. Jordan, 81, passed away Wednesday, June 2, 2010, in Boise, but lived in Lewiston for 50 years. He was a lifelong Idahoan, except for his time in the military. Everett was born at home in Weippe, Nov. 1, 1928, to Glenn and Florna Carr Jordan. He grew up working in the family store in Weippe, enjoying the outdoors of the Weippe prairie, as well as the surrounding mountains and streams. Everett attended Weippe schools from the first grade through high school, playing sports and excelling in academics.

Everett graduated with a teaching degree from Lewis-Clark Normal School and later earned a master's degree from the University of Idaho.

Everett married Helen Fountain on April 4, 1950, in Lewiston; and they recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They first taught in Salmon and then went to New Plymouth to teach. When Everett joined the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, Helen went with him to Colorado, South Dakota and on to Tokyo where they resided for two years and had their first daughter, Patricia.

Upon their return to the United States, their second daughter, Amy, was born at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane, WA. The family moved to Lewiston and Everett became a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserves.

Combining his love of being a HAM radio operator with the military, Everett "patched" through many military personnel via radio and phone so that they could communicate with their loved ones during the Vietnam War. During this time, Everett was an instructor for Lapwai junior and senior high schools, teaching math and science classes until 1989, a total of 33 years. Everett literally knew Lapwai schools inside and out, having installed many electronic and technical systems, including a satellite system for distance learning.

Everett also loved flying and had his instrument-rating private pilot's license. He first learned to fly while stationed in Denver during the early 1950s. He and his brother-in-law, Bud Fountain, loved to talk about flying experiences and they owned several planes together over the years. He inspired his daughter, Amy, to get her pilot's license as well.

While Pat and Amy attended UI, Everett and Helen welcomed many foreign college students into their home for weekends and holidays. One of those students, Maggie, still calls the mom and dad, as does their son-in-law, Dilip.

Everett was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF), Elks, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and a 50-year member of Masonic Nez Perce Lodge No. 10 AF and AM.

Everett is survived by his wife, Helen; his daughter, Patricia Saletore and her husband, Dilip; and daughter Amy Brasley and her husband Larry. Everett and Helen have five grandchildren, Ambika Saletore Silva and her husband, Dustin, Ayesha Saletore, Nikhil Saletore, Nathan Brasley and Ann Brasely.

Everett was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, James (Bud) Fountain.

A service was conducted Friday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Chapel in Lewiston, with military honors to following at Normal Hill Cemetery.


Donna Ann Fitzpatrick, 64, Pierce

Donna Ann Fitzpatrick, 64, Pierce, passed away at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino Monday, June 7, 2010.

Cremation is to take place. A memorial service will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel Saturday, June 19, at 12 p.m.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Robert H. 'Bob' Rears, 71, formerly of Pierce

Robert H. 'Bob' Rears, 71, of Clarkston, died Wednesday, June 2, 2010, of pneumonia.

Bob was born Sept. 10, 1938, in Sandpoint to Chester M. and Ruth Ramsey Rears. They moved to the Rears Ranch in Wray, CO, in 1943 and later moved back to Sandpoint. He spent the rest of his childhood with his mother and stepfather, Tilford (Tip) Garrison. He graduated from Sandpoint High School in 1956.

Rears went to Chico, CA, after his high school graduation to attend Chico State College, where he met and married Alice Morris in 1959. Together they raised five children. Rears was a proud sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1959 to 1964. He worked at Chico Redding Optical Laboratories while in California.

The young Rears family moved to Pierce in 1969. He graduated from Lewis-Clark State College in 1972.

Rears was a school teacher, coach, sheriff's deputy for the Clearwater County Sheriff's Office and an expert in Idaho history. Among some of his adventures, Rears brought fencing to Pierce, starting the first Junior Olympic Fencing Team in northern Idaho. He wrote articles for the Lewiston Morning Tribune, Old West Magazine and Summit Magazine.

Rears and his wife moved to Taholah, WA, in 1990 to teach, and from 1992 to 2000 Rears was a teacher for the Lewiston School District at the Juvenile Detention Center, Sacajawea Junior High and North Idaho Children's Home, while living in Anatone, WA.

He was an avid outdoorsman, climbing the highest peaks in western America, whitewater kayaking and backpacking the western United States, including mapping out the Idaho Centennial Trail during the state's 100-year anniversary. In 1980, Summit Magazine declared him "the last of the mountain men."

Rears was active in the Lions Club, Pierce Community Center, a Boy Scout leader and Sierra Club member. He enjoyed playing his guitar and singing with his family. He was a colorful storyteller with an infectious laugh.

He is survived by his wife, Alice; two brothers, Chester D. and Faye Rears of Arizona, and Richard Garrison and Celia of Spokane, WA; his twin sons, Christopher Jay and Ann Rears of Portland, OR, and Johnothan Ray and Mary Rears of Clarkston, WA; his daughter, Robin L. Stewart and Bruce Weigers of Boise; and twin daughters, Dana M. Stedman-Chandler and Brian of Clarkston, and Kari J. and Kelly J. Lineberry of Kamiah; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by sister, Jewel Sunberg, and brother, Gordon Garrison.

A memorial service has been scheduled for 2 p.m. July 25 at the Lewiston Community Center.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Pacific Crest Trail Association at www.pcta.org.

Photo: Robert H. 'Bob' Rears


Ramona L. Key, 71

The angels brought Mona peacefully home to Heaven on May 26, 2010 with her husband and children by her side. She was 71 years old.

Mona was born on March 7, 1939 to Zenita (Grandma Shorty) and Morley Hopper in Weiser. She grew up and attended school in Weiser.

Mona Hopper met and fell in love with Bill Key and they married on June 6, 1964. They made their home in Grangeville and have five children, Robin, Joe, Allen, Michelle, and Sonya.

Mona's kids, grandkids, and her family were her whole life. She loved to go camping, rafting, and 4-wheeling with all of them. She looked forward to their trips to Yuma in the winter and going to Mexico. She loved traveling and treasured every minute she could spend with her true love. She enjoyed anything to do with the outdoors. She loved riding on their trike. She was a wonderful painter and always enjoyed the scenery around her. They took their "lil dogs", Keno and Odie, everywhere with them.

Mona is survived by her husband, Bill, at their family home; three daughters, Robin Morris of Alaska, Michelle and Steve Caine and Sonya and Tim of Spokane, WA; two sons, Joe and Jennifer of Lewiston, and Allen amd Mary of Spanaway, WA; 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; three sisters, Barb Long of Lewiston, Marlene and Butch Huddleson of Weippe, and Dee Dee Pitman of Washington; and her brother, Marion Hopper and Eva of Oregon.

She was preceded in death by her mom, Nita; father, Morley; her in-laws, Oda and Thedis Key; six brothers-in-law; a granddaughter; a nephew, and a great niece.

Mona was our angel on earth. Her love and laughter will remain in our hearts forever.

Services will be held on Saturday, June 12, at 11 a.m., at the Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville, followed by a potluck celebration of Mona's life at the Senior Citizens Center in Grangeville. Viewing will be held on Friday, June 11, from 2-6 p.m., at the funeral home.

Photo: Ramona L. Key


Joseph Ward memorial service planned Saturday

A memorial service for Joseph Anthony Ward, 69, Orofino, will be held Saturday, June 12, at 2 p.m. at Covenant House Christian Center, 12517 Hartford Ave. in Orofino.

He passed away Thursday, June 2, 2010 in Orofino.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Joseph Anthony Ward, 69, Orofino

Joseph A. Ward, 69, Orofino, passed away at his residence Thursday, June 2, 2010.

Cremation is to take place and services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


Frank 'Frankie' Jerome Dietz, 48, Weippe

Frank 'Frankie' Jerome Dietz, Weippe, passed away May 29, 2010. He was 48. Frankie was born Dec. 21, 1961 in Fargo, ND.

Frankie was raised in Weippe loving the outdoors. His passion was hunting and fishing. He served in the National Guard, worked in cedar mills and logged throughout the northwest.

Frankie will be missed every day by those that love him.

He is survived by his "Dad", Lester, and mother, Eileen; brothers, Lauren, Greg and Roy; and sister, Tina.

He was preceded in death by his baby sister, Sandra, and his son, David.

A prayer service will be held Saturday, June 5, at the Lutheran Church in Pierce at 10:30 a.m. A covered dish dinner will follow at noon at the Weippe Senior Center.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Cremator is caring for arrangements.


Linda Irene Haag, 69, Orofino

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 28, at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel for Linda Irene Haag who passed away May 7, 2010 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

A potluck will follow at the Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.


Wilma Lucille Berry, 69

Wilma Lucille Berry, passed from this life Saturday, May 22, 2010, surrounded by her family.

Wilma was born in Columbus, IN to Eugene and Viola Stickens Jan. 11, 1941. The family lived in Colorado, Arizona and Idaho as she grew up.

She attended school in all three states, graduating in 1959 from South Mountain High School in Phoenix, AZ. She worked as a home nursing aid in Phoenix and a telephone operator in Orofino.

After marrying, Wilma became a mother and homemaker to three sons. She was a loving mother, sister and grandma. She took great joy in supporting her sons in their sports and other activities as they grew up.

She enjoyed greatly the time with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sisters and brother and their families.

In her later years, she enjoyed meeting and making new friends and traveling to the coast and to Nevada.

Wilma is survived by her son, Don and his wife, Rosie, of Orofino and their children, son, Hugh and wife, Billie, daughters, Heather and husband, Tyler, and Amy and husband, Brian, and their children, Adrian, Austin, Carter, Jackson, Noah and Riley. She is also survived by son, Chris, and Dustin his son of Orofino and son, Joe, and girlfriend, Katie of Couer d'Alene.

In addition, she is survived by her sisters: Donna Roy, and husband, Larry; Edna Summers and Dorothy Young, all of Orofino and Charlotte Heatherly of Phoenix; brother, Kenneth Stickens of Dallas, TX, as well as many wonderful nieces and nephews and their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Patricia Heinecke, of Colorado, brothers-in-law, Cal Summers, Scott Young both of Orofino and nephew, Johnny Heinecke of Colorado.

"Mom was loved by many and she will be missed."

A funeral service will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino Thursday, May 27, at 11 a.m. with burial to follow at Weseman Cemetery.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Wilma Lucille Berry


Ellen Katherine Hobson, 96, Weippe

Ellen Katherine Hobson, 96, went to join her Heavenly Father on May 13, 2010. She passed away at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

Ellen was born in Portland, OR to Swedish immigrants Andrew John and Annie Eugenia (Nordvall) Johnson on April 28, 1914. She graduated from Oregon City High School in 1933. She started her working career in Portland where she cared for orphaned children--birth to five years old. Later, she worked at an elite girls school before she married George Raymond Hobson on July 19, 1941. She lived a busy life as a pastor's wife and enjoyed cooking, sewing and quilting.

She is survived by her husband, George. They were married 68 years. Ellen is also survived by four children--Katherine Hobson of Phoenix, AZ, Betty (Jim) McGill of Nampa, Allen (Mary Lou) Hobson of Ephrata, WA, and Eva (Dale) Durkee of Weippe. Also surviving are 6 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death are her parents, one sister, Inez Nord, and one brother, John Harry Johnson. A visitation will take place Thursday, May 20, from 1-4 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.

A funeral service will be at Pine Hills Friday, May 21, at 9 a.m. with burial to follow at the Weippe Cemetery.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Ellen Katherine Hobson


Naoma C. Smith, 86, formerly of Headquarters

Naoma C. Smith was born April 7, 1924 at Timber Ridge, VA, to Mary Ellen Slater and William Downey Cash. She died at her home on Thursday morning, May 13.

She attended Timber Ridge and later Fairfield Grade School. After the seventh grade, she went to work for Mr. Lots and two families on the property where she did laundry, cleaned and fed the animals. She later cared for two women. Working for DuPont, in Waynesboro, she was one of the first assigned to work with nylon to make parachutes for the war. She met Stewart Smith at Crum's Drug store while he was on assignment at Virginia Military Institute. in Lexington. They were married May 6, 1943 in Stanton, VA.

After marrying Stewart, Naoma lived in Montana for several months until Stewart was shipped out to California, then Guadalcanal, and the Philippines. Naoma stayed in Virginia with family until Stewart's discharge in 1946. They moved to Weippe. Employment with Potlatch brought them to Townsite 4, and later moved to Headquarters when housing became available. She was a homemaker, cleaned for the Headquarters School and worked at Clearwater Potlatch Timber Protective Association in the cookhouse for the crew building the Jaype Mill, and assisted Ben Marsh at the cookhouse in Headquarters. She was involved with the Women's group and attended church at the Community Hall. Naoma was known for teaching most of the children in Headquarters to swim. In 1966, she was one of the first women hired at Jaype Mill, and was known as one of the "grandmas of Jaype." She worked there until 1989, and served as a union representative, worked as a grader and loved to help cook the holiday meals.

Stewart died February 17, 1986. After retirement, Naoma retired to her Lewiston home with her daughter Barbara. She attended Faith Tabernacle Church, and looked forward to the annual Headquarters summer Picnic and the monthly Headquarters luncheons. She lived for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include daughters Bessie Stenzel and husband Ron of Prineville, OR., and Barbara Smith of Lewiston; sons Frank Smith of Pierce, Doug Smith and wife Tammy of Lewiston, and Fred Smith of Olympia, WA; sisters Margariette Campbell of Stephens City, VA., Mary Ellen Camden and Edith C. Smith of Lexington, VA. Six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and one on the way in two weeks; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father; husband, Stewart; son, Robert Charles; brothers, Gleason, Kenneth, Raymond, Bobby Lee, John Henry, Arthur and twins Donald and Ronald; and sisters Agnes, Louise, Bessie and Francis.

Viewing was held on Sunday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston. A family burial was held at Lewis-Clark Memorial Garden on Monday, followed by the memorial service at Faith Tabernacle Church, 2502 16th Ave., in Lewiston.

Memorial gifts may be given to Victory Television, P. O. Box 1227, Lewiston, Idaho, 83501.


Cleo C. Rape, 86, born in Ahsahka

Cleo Charlotte Rape died Monday, May 10, 2010, at Syringa General Hospital in Grangeville.

Cleo was born to Earl and Winnifred Moffett on Aug. 21, 1923, on the family farm near Ahsakha. She was the youngest of six children.

As a child of the Depression, she first went to a small country schoolhouse through the second grade. When that school closed, she had to walk three miles on the railroad tracks to the school in Ahsahka, until she graduated six years later from the eighth grade. She wanted to continue on to high school in Orofino, but her father would not allow it. In her opinion that was a big mistake.

She married Cecil George Rape on Dec. 31, 1938, at the age of 15. From this union came their three children, Bonnie Jeanette, Georgia Mae and Terry Cecil. As a family, times were tough, especially for such a young mother. Cleo sacrificed many necessities to make sure her children had plenty; they never went without the things they needed. She spent the next 36 years as a devoted wife to Cecil until his death in 1974.

After Cecil's death, Cleo had many adventures, including a month long trip with her daughter Georgia, to see her oldest daughter Bonnie in Louisiana on the back of a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

She always loved visiting and picnicking at her old stomping grounds up Slate Creek. In her later years, she took great pleasure in her cats Bubbles and Muffin, and loved having friends stop by or call, even if only for a minute or two. In fact, she must have had half the town of Grangeville on speed dial on her constant companion…her telephone. It seemed everyone in town either knew her or was touched by her in one way or another. Mention her name, and the word "character" often followed by those who knew her.

Her greatest heartbreak in life came in 2005, with the loss of her only son Terry, from congestive heart failure at the age of 58. Although devastating, she was able to persevere and continue enjoying her busy life.

Cleo is survived by her two daughters, Bonnie Pepper and Georgia Woodley; son-in-law, Doug Pepper; grandchildren, Steve Pepper; David (Becky) Pepper; Penny Steadham; Susan (Jim) Moody; Cheri Ranft; Phillip Chandler; Allen Rape; Robert Nutting; Jim, Wyatt and Heath Morgan; Tammi (Murray) Schumacker; Toni (Jeff) Lincoln; and Terry Richter ( Rape); sister in law, Grace Rape, and niece Joyce Wynn. She is also survived by numerous great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, her long term care giver Judy Brackelsberg, and many beloved friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents; all of her sibling, Bert, Earl and Jesse Moffett, Winnie O'Brien, Philena Findley; husband, Cecil; and son, Terry.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at the Grangeville Christian Church on Friday, May, 21, 2010, at 2 p.m., with Pastor Harold Gott officiating. A luncheon will follow the services at the church.

Donation can be made to the Grangeville Christian Church in Cleo's name.

Photo: Cleo Charlotte Rape


Linda I. Haag, 69, Orofino

Linda Irene Dahlberg Haag, 69 Orofino, passed away peacefully Friday, May 7, 2010, in Orofino with family and friends by her side after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born in Dayton, WA, April 24, 1941 to LaVerne and Lillian Dahlberg.

Linda married Charles Lester Haag on May 21, 1960 in Coeur d'Alene at the famous Hitching Post. The raised their family of four in Culdesac before moving to Orofino in 1983.

Linda was very active throughout the years with her four children, volunteering for all their activities as well as community service. She drove school bus for the Culdesac School District for many years. In addition to her own children and grandchildren, she was fondly known as "Mom/Grandma Linda" in both the Culdesac and Orofino communities.

Linda loved camping with family and friends and especially being "camp cook" at their Moose Creek hunting camp. All of the grandkids loved to bake chocolate chip cookies with grandma and she would always share those cookies and her special pumpkin pies with friends. She thoroughly enjoyed staying in touch with friends and family on the telephone and always had a kind hug. She enjoyed her water aerobics classes and babysitting for anyone who would ask. She had a very strong Christian faith and was an active member with the ladies group at the Covenant House Christian Center in Orofino.

She is survived by her loving husband of almost 50 years, Charles, at the family home in Orofino; daughters, Diana Haag of Orofino, Holly and Ramiro Sosa of Miami, and Denise and Stephen Duren of Weiser; son, Tracy and Annette Haag of Orofino; seven grandchildren, Shantel, Nathan, Justin, Grayson, Shae, Christopher and Samantha; two great grandchildren and her special buddy, Dutch.

She was preceded in death by her parents, LaVerne and Lillian; and grandson, Trevor Haag.

"Wife-Mother-Gramma or Granny" Linda will definitely be remembered for her unconditional giving and kind, loving heart she shared with anyone and everyone. She will not be forgotten through the hearts of many.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Linda Haag Memorial Fund at US Bank in Orofino.


Charles Henry Battles, 84, formerly of Weippe

Charles Henry Battles, beloved husband, father, grandpa and friend, passed peacefully at his home with his loved ones at his side, Sunday, April 25, 2010.

Chuck, as he was known to many, entered this world Sept. 20, 1927, in Orofino. He was born to Jewel and Mary Battles, and was raised on their ranch in Weippe. Early in life, Chuck learned to log and ranch. He worked for a time at Potlatch Forests Inc., and then attended school at the University of Idaho, earning two degrees, one in education and the other in business and accounting.

Chuck loved his country and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving at the end of the Korean War as a first lieutenant. He was stationed in the Philippines, Korea and Japan. After serving his country he came back, returned to college and decided to make accounting his vocation. He was the owner of Battles and Ells Accounting and retired in 2009.

Chuck met the love of his life, Virginia Lee Hake, in 1967. In 1968, he married her as well as her four children and became a cherished husband and stepfather. Virginia worked beside her husband as the secretary for their business. They had a son, David Charles, who died as an infant. They were married 41 years. He lost his love in June 2009.

Chuck loved the Lord and was a member as well as treasurer of Grace Lutheran Church. He was the former president of the Idaho Association of Accountants. Chuck loved animals and served on the board, as well as doing the books, for the Lewis-Clark Animal Shelter. He was a member of the Square Devils Square Dance Club for many years.

Chuck is survived by four stepchildren, Lyle Hake of Tacoma, WA, Mike Hake of Jefferson, OR, Connie Borgan of Lewiston, and Shannie Million of Princeton; two sisters, Bernice Battles and Liz McKinney, both of Lewiston; his 14 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.

Chuck was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia; their son, David; brothers Oren and Kenny Battles; father and mother Jewel and Mary Battles; and a sister, Irene Skyles. There will be a memorial service for Chuck and his brother, Oren Battles, conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston. The Rev. Jim Higgins will officiate.

Memorial donations may be made to the Lewis-Clark Animal Shelter.

Chuck was loved by everyone who ever knew him. Our loss is heaven's gain.

Photo: Charles Henry Battles


Joan Buckley Watson, 90, Orofino

Joan Buckley Watson went home to be with the Lord on April 8, 2010 at the age of 90. Born in East Liverpool, OH she was the first of six children of Arthur and Gladys Buckley. They moved to Parkersburg, WV where she met Gilbert Watson in 1937 and marked the beginning of a joint life-long adventure for the two.

For the first two of the four years Joan and Gil dated, Joan's mother insisted that two younger sisters go along. Known for his antics, Gil would often drive erratically to irritate the younger siblings. One sister plowed an ice cream cone into the back of Gil's head when fast driving caused the sisters to be thrown around in the back seat.

The couple married in 1941 on Easter Sunday. Not surprisingly, following the reception Gil drove the wrong way on a major one-way street with the wedding party in tow honking their horns.

Joan and Gil had both quit high school in the 1930s due to needing to work during the depression. However, they were very life-experience educated and had a continuing desire to learn.

In the 1940s they became parents to a son and daughter. In the 1950s Joan took swimming lessons, earned her practical nurse certificate, and worked at a hospital in Georgia. In the 1960s she worked as the bookkeeper for a large cattle operation in Mississippi where Gil was the vice-president and general manager.

In the 1970s Joan traveled to Europe with friends from church and learned how to play tennis and golf in Washington. In the 1980s she served as the 1987 state president of the Kansas Cattlewomen where her duties included promoting the beef industry at conventions and parades, attending Cattlewomen's activities across the country, and judging beef "cook-off" events. In the 1990s she was thrilled to ride in a pace car at 90 mph at the Charlotte NASCAR Speedway in North Carolina.

As Joan aged, she said she'd rather spend time with Gil and with family than doing anything else. Throughout her life she enjoyed hosting visitors, sewing, crafts, flower gardening, painting, gospel singing, reading and working at the voting booths.

Joan was a member of the Church of Christ and was a Republican who did not mind giving her opinion. Joan moved to Orofino from Florida in 2002 following Gil's death. They had lived in 11 states and traveled to all but three of the other states during their 61 year marriage. She lived at Brookside Landing for seven years and at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation for six months.

Joan's family include son Jim Watson (Alice), Yorba Linda, CA; daughter Becky Drewery (Billie) of Kamiah; grandchildren Kelly Pike, Kalispell, MT, Kanet Turner (Richard), Walla Walla, WA, Klane Hanson, West Memphis, AR, Rebecca Schaffer, Orlando, FL, Suzanne Robichaud (David), Orlando, FL; great grandchildren Wilson, Dakota, Keith, Bailey, Colby, Alexandria, Megan, Chandler, and Buckley; sisters Louise Weser, Warrenton, VA, and Martha Houser, Parkersburg, WV; brother Larry Buckley (Gayle), New Bern, NC.

A celebration of Joan's life was held on April 11 at the First Christian Church in Orofino. Family members participated in the service that was led by Jeremy Gering who along with his wife Christy visited Joan frequently. For those wishing to give a memorial, Joan chose Oklahoma Christian University where her two children attended. Memorials may be sent to OCU, Mike McDonald Endowment Scholarship, 2501 E. Memorial Rd, Edmond, OK 73013.

Photos: Joan Buckley Watson


Grant Ciscero Evans, 82, formerly of Clearwater County

Grant Ciscero Evans, 82, a retired electrician, died of congestive heart failure Saturday, April 24, 2010, at his home. He was born Feb. 28, 1928, the youngest of 15 children, to Charles Monroe Evans and Estella Adella Scobey at Vinita, OK.

He married Kathryn L. Wilson on Dec. 5, 1946, right after he was discharged from the U.S. Navy, at Hanford, CA.

In 1948 they moved to Dent, then to Headquarters, where he worked for Potlatch Forests Inc. for 17 years. In 1966, they moved to Lewiston and he was employed by the Camas Prairie Railroad until he retired in 1989.

He was a proud member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 28 years. He was a very successful elk hunter in his younger days, and harvested his share of deer and bear as well. He also shot competitively in small-bore events and won several distinguished awards across the Pacific Northwest.

While living in Headquarters, he was elected president of the local chapter of the International Woodworkers of America Union and was a member of the IOOF Lodge. He enjoyed traveling and visited 49 of the 50 states. In his later years, aside from his AA activities, he did a lot of reading. He continued his zest for learning new things to the very end.

He was preceded in death by his wife Kathryn in 1996, a daughter Cleota in 1950, a son Charles in 1985 and a daughter Cloretta in January.

Survivors include a son, Randall G. Evans of Omaha, NE; four daughters, Marilyn J. Shrum of Lewiston, Marie A. Aasted of Tacoma, WA, Rita F. Evans of Poulsbo, WA, and Bonnie S. Hursh of Selah, WA; as well as 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

His body will be cremated and buried at Normal Hill Cemetery in Lewiston. A memorial service will be set at a later date to accommodate family.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in memory of Grant Evans to the Lewis-Clark Alano Club, P.O. Box 1834, Lewiston, ID 83501.

Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is handling arrangements.

Photo: Grant Ciscero Evans


Kyle William Wirgau, 24, Orofino

Kyle William Wirgau entered this world fighting to live on December 12, 1985; and, on April 19, 2010, joined his twin, Adam Michael, in heaven. Kyle was a life-long resident of Orofino. Kyle was a happy young man who taught others how to live in "Kyle's World." His smile was contagious and made you wonder what it was that he found so amusing. He loved listening to Christmas music and Reba McIntyre, traveling, and people reading him stories. We were blessed to have him in our lives.

Kyle leaves behind to cherish his memory his mother, Karen; grandmother, Joyce Wirgau; aunts and uncles Penny and Dan Hogan, Neil and Melody Wirgau, Mary Lou and Joe Tunnicliffe, Mark Wirgau, LuAnn and Joe Sills, Sharon and David Fritz, and Amy Goodson, 17 cousins, and his devoted personal care provider Lila Winslow and faithful companion Cubby. Meeting him in heaven are his grandfather Arnold Wirgau, adventurer/traveling companion June Seasor, and twin brother Adam Michael.

A memorial open house will be held on Saturday, April 24, from 1-4 pm at 215 Tamarack in Orofino. Prayer service and internment will take place at Leer Lutheran Church on May 1 at 11 am. Memorial donations may be made to Clearwater Humane Society, PO Box 2063, Orofino, ID 83544. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is caring for arrangements.

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7

Photo: Kyle William Wirgau


Kyle William Wirgau, 24, Orofino

Kyle William Wirgau, 24, Orofino, passed away at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino Monday, April 19, 2010.

A memorial open house will be held in Kyle's memory Saturday, April 24, from 1-4 p.m. at 215 Tamarack St. in Orofino.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Fredrick W. Altmiller, 85, born at Bruce's Eddy

Frederick W. Altmiller passed away peacefully at Guardian Angel Homes in Lewiston April 15, 2010 due to complications of age. Fred was born Sept. 20, 1924 at Bruces Eddy (Mary's Bay) on the North Fork of the Clearwater River near Ahsahka to Frank S. Altmiller and Alivina Regina Wagner Altmiller. He was the 10th child of 12.

Fred attended school in Ahsahka, graduating from the eighth grade. He and his brothers and sisters crossed the river by boat or on the ice in the winter.

During World War II, Fred was drafted at the age of 17 and served in the U.S. Army as Pfc. in the 17th Airborne. His tour of duty involved the Europe-Invasion of Germany. After returning home from the war, Fred me his wife of 62 years, Kathryn May Burch. They were married Oct. 30, 1948 and started their family, daughters, Francine and Carolyn, and son, Fritz.

Fred was an excellent woodsman and loved the outdoors and nature. He began his logging career at an early age as a sawyer and dozer operator. He worked for Potlatch Corp. and several logging contractors throughout the years. He also sawed in Alaska and Oregon with his son, Fritz, and ran dozer on the clearing process during the construction of Dworshak Dam.

In earlier years, Fred enjoyed participating in cross cut, chopping and sawing competitions with brothers and extended family during the Clearwater County Lumberjack Days. Fred was an avid fisherman and hunter and always had time to take family and friends fishing and camping. He was a proud and devoted family man and was greatly loved by family and friends. His grandchildren were his treasures. His "Big Smile and Heart" will be missed by all.

Fred is survived by his wife, Kathryn, at the family home; daughters and spouses, Francine and Butch Finke, Carolyn and Mike Adams all of Orofino; sister, Anna McIntire of Kamiah; grandchildren, Darin Adams, Lisa Robertson and Stephanie Frank all of Orofino; Jennifer Hudson of Lewiston; Jayson and Josh Altmiller of California and 14 great grandchildren.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents; son, Fritz Altmiller; grandson, Doug Adams; brothers, Carl, Frank, Eddie, Albert, Ernest, Jake and Johnny; sisters, Caroline Roby, Viola Roby and Mary Kelly.

Photos: Frederick W. Altmiller


Margaret A. Walker, 81, Orofino

Margaret A. Walker passed away peacefully April 11, 2010 of natural causes. She will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Margaret was born Oct. 13, 1928 to Horace G. and Margaret Ann McMillin in Batesville, MS, the eldest of two children. Her father's occupation as county road foreman caused the family to do some moving during her early school years. She graduated from West Plains High School in West Plains, MO in 1942. In 1949, she received her nursing diploma from Methodist Hospital in Memphis, TN and so began her life dream of becoming a registered nurse.

Her first job landed her in Harrison, AR working at the local hospital. She me her future husband, Garold E. Walker known to friends and family as JR. Garold had been discharged from the Army and had just started his career as an ironworker on Bull Shoals Dam outside of Harrison. Margaret was offered a nursing job with Morrison and Knudsen as a first aid nurse on their new project at Cabinet Gorge Dam located in Clark Fork. She was off on an adventure of a lifetime to a state that she would fall in love with.

After the completion of Bull Shoals, Garold was transferred to Cabinet Gorge Dam. They married Oct. 11, 1952 in Thompson Falls, MT. Margaret returned to her parent's home in Camden, AR to give birth to their daughter.

The family moved from town to town and state to state over the course of 13 years. Places included Ione, WA; Strawberry, CA; Heber Springs, AR; Lisbon, Portugal; Snelling, CA; Mossy Rock, WA and finally settling in Orofino.

After their daughter graduated from high school, Margaret returned to her nursing career at Clearwater Valley Hospital during the late 1970s and early 1980s. She then took on the director of nursing position at what is now known as Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation. Both Margaret and Garold retired in the early 1990s to enjoy traveling to ironworks reunions, taking care of their place, gardening and their family. Margaret loved spending time with her two grandchildren, taking care of her many flower gardens and canning vegetables from their garden.

Margaret was a member of the Eastern Star and Daughter of the Niles.

She is survived by her daughter Sue and husband, Chris Anderson; and grandchildren Max and Kelsey. She was preceded in death by her parents, Horace and Margaret Ann McMillin; brother, Robert Earl McMillin; and husband of 57 years, Garold E.Walker.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations given in their names to Clearwater Valley Hospital Foundation Fund, P.O. Box 2169, Orofino, ID 83544.

Graveside services for Margaret and Garold will take place April 23 at Wells Bench Cemetery for family and friends. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.

Photos: Margaret A. Walker


LaVeta 'Beatie' Grimm, 94, Lewiston

LaVeta 'Beatie' Grimm, 94, of Lewiston, passed away Thursday, April 15, 2010, at Life Care Center in Lewiston. She was born Dec. 19, 1915, in Cambridge to Lon Beck and Georgia Sullivan Beck. She graduated from Orofino High School in 1935.

Beatie married Marlie H. Grimm in February 1942. He preceded her in death Dec. 9, 2004. After marrying, the couple moved to Seattle, WA for a few years before coming back to Lewiston, where they lived the rest of their lives. They owned and operated Marlie's Market Basket, and then she went to work at Miller's and the Idaho Department Store.

She lived at Life Care Center in Lewiston for the past five years and the family would like to extend its sincere gratitude for the special care she received from the staff.

Beatie loved camping and was a fantastic holiday baker. She especially enjoyed her family and loved helping care for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She spent as much time with her family and friends as she could, enjoying good food and the outdoors.

She is survived by two sons, Lonnie and wife Shirley Grimm of Clarkston, WA and Bob and wife Karyn Grimm of Coeur d'Alene; grandchildren, Neile and husband, Dennis Crew, of Grangeville, and Scott and Samantha Grimm of Parker, CO; great-grandchildren, Cody, Carly, Camron, Carson, Aaron and Elijah; brother Roy Beck, of Clarkston; sister Vi Devlin, of Lewiston; and many loved nieces and nephews.

Preceding Beatie in death were husband Marlie; sisters Edna, Alma, Carol and Dode; and brother Billy Beck.

A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Stanislaus Church in the social room, with Jim Minnette officiating. Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is handling arrangements.

Memorial donations are suggested to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School in Grangeville.

Photo: LaVeta 'Beatie' Grimm


Margaret Ann Walker, 81, Orofino

Margaret Ann Walker, 81, Orofino, passed away Sunday, April 11, 2010 in Orofino.

Funeral services are pending with Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino caring for arrangements.


Fredrick William Altmiller, 85, Orofino

Fredrick William Altmiller, 85, Orofino, passed away Thursday, April 15, 2010 in Lewiston.

Private family funeral services will be held at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.


Burton 'Burt' Douglas Young, 83, born in Elk River

Burton 'Burt' Douglas Young, 83, was born to Louis Herbert Young and Edith Mary Paine on Sept. 12, 1926, in Elk River. He passed away Friday, April 9, 2010, at his Lewiston home.

Burt met Rose Marie Cone at the University of Idaho and wooed her in his red convertible with a date for a caramel apple. He and Rose married Sept. 9, 1950.

He graduated with a bachelor's degree in business management. Burt remained a loyal and enthusiastic Vandal, a tradition that has continued with his children and grandchildren.

Following graduation from UI, Burt purchased Burt's 66 Service Station in Moscow, which he sold after a year. He and Rose moved to Lewiston, where Burt began his 30-year career with Potlatch Corp. (now Clearwater Paper). He retired at age 58 as the manager of the purchasing department, but remained a purchasing agent in his heart.

He frequently brought home treasures in his ventures about town. He particularly enjoyed collecting and trading guns.

Burt had a wonderful sense of humor. He became well known in his family and circle of friends for his witty anecdotes, which came to be known as "Burtisms".

Burt served in the U.S. Army from Nov. 15, 1944, to Dec. 4, 1946, during the Philippine liberation. He was honored with the Bronze Service Star, the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Victory Medal and a Good Conduct Medal.

Through his life he was a member of the Elks Lodge, Masonic Temple, the Gun Club and the National Rifle Association.

He enjoyed hunting, camping, fishing, flying his plane, boating, dancing and traveling. He and his family built a cabin on Lake Coeur d'Alene, and enjoyed many summers there with family and friends.

Surviving Burt are his wife, Rose Marie Young of Lewiston; son, Jeffry Young and his wife Nancy of Lewiston; daughter, Jan Young Van Slyke and her husband Howard; grandchildren, Shaelee Kay Young, Michelle Freand, Lacy Hamilton, Flenna Hamilton, Caleb John and Tristan Burton, and Brandon and Heather Van Slyke; great-grandchildren, Gracie, Mikayla, Kade, Aron, Treyton and Ashly; and niece, Kathleen Young.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edith and Louis Young, and a brother, Vernon Young.

Memorial services are at 3 p.m. Friday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston.

Photo: Burton 'Burt' Douglas Young


June George Adams Scoles, 85, formerly of Orofino

June George Adams Scoles, 85, of Lewiston, was born June 20, 1924, at Culdesac to Frank and Edna George. She was the fifth child of seven children. The family moved to Orofino, where she attended the Blake School at Harmony Heights.

June graduated from Orofino High School in May 1942, and later that year she married Morris J. Adams. Shortly thereafter, Morris left for Europe during World War II. After his return from the war Morris worked in the logging industry and June managed the household and raised three children. In 1957, she became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In 1960, June started licensed practical nurse training at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. She worked as a floor nurse and later as a "top-notch surgical nurse," according to her daughter-in-law.

Morris passed away in a farming accident in 1967 and June continued to work at Clearwater Valley Hospital for a few more years. She later took a job as a safety nurse at Dworshak Dam. After working at the dam for a few years, she worked at North Side Medical Center in Orofino for Dr. Robert Hill.

In 1988, June married Wes Scoles and lived in Lewiston. They enjoyed square dancing at various venues. Wes passed away in 1991 after just three years of marriage. After Wes' death June enjoyed going to Quartsite, AZ, where she continued to square dance and even rode in a hot air balloon.

She continued to live in Lewiston until her passing Sunday, April 11, 2010, at Guardian Angel Homes.

Some organizations she belonged to were: 4-H leader, Beta Sigma Phi, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Eagles, Moose and the Pautler Senior Center.

Her hobbies included quilting, stained glass, crocheting, square dancing and round dancing.

June is survived by a brother, Dale George of Elk City; a sister, Lois Dumbald of Missoula, MT.; her children, David Adams and his wife Judy of Lewiston, Laura Heaton and her husband Michael of Clarkston, WA, and Susan Gorton and her husband Terry of Rathdrum; 7 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services are at 1 p.m. Friday at the Weisman Cemetery in Orofino. There will be a reception following the services at the LDS Ward Building on Fremont Ave. in the Riverside area of Orofino.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations in her name to the Alzheimer's Organization for the Pautler Senior Center in Clarkston.

Arrangements are with Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston.

Photo: June George Adams Scoles


Robert Charles Gransbury, 79, Orofino

Robert Charles Gransbury, 79, Orofino, passed away Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

Cremation is to take place. No services are planned at this time. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Katherine M. Kampa, 88, Lewiston

Katherine Mae Kampa of Lewiston passed away Monday evening April 5, 2010 from an age related illness at Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics in Orofino.

Mrs. Kampa was born in Grand Rapids, MN on May 2, 1921 to Martin and Alice Halvorsen, the youngest of four daughters. She married Bernard Kampa in February of 1943, who was serving in the U. S. Army at Camp Hale, CO. She and Ben celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary shortly before his passing on March 31, 2009.

Katherine, as she was known to her friends, was employed by the Bell Telephone Company throughout World War II and was a head operator working with personnel throughout the United States during the war-time period.

Katherine, Ben, and their first three children left Minnesota and moved to Lewiston in 1951, where he was employed by the Lewiston Morning Tribune. There, she resumed her work with the telephone company. After her family grew to six children, she settled into life as a homemaker and loving mother. In the late 1960's, she established a home day care center, and over a period of 20 years, cared for hundreds of children in the Lewis Clark Valley. She retired in the late 1980's with her husband Ben.

Katherine is survived by her six children: Paige MacDonald (Jack) of Great Falls, VA, Jane Cooke (Terry) of Oak Hill, VA, Joe Kampa (Kate) of Oak Hill, VA, Tim Kampa (Randi) of Great Falls, VA, Midge Vivian (George) of Idaho Falls, Casey Meza (Michael) of Orofino; 20 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at St. Theresa's Catholic Church of Orofino on April 8th.

In recognition of the care provided to Katherine over the past year by the Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics and the Clearwater Health and Rehab and their dedicated staff members, a memorial fund in honor of Katherine has been established. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the: Katherine Mae Kampa Memorial Fund, U.S. Bank, Orofino, Idaho 83544.

Photo: Katherine Mae Kampa


Penelope 'Penny' Ann Jared, 66, Weippe

Penelope 'Penny' Ann Jared, 66, went to her heavenly home on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 after waging a strong battle with cancer for six months. She was a fun, loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all who knew her.

Penny was born in Orofino on Oct. 16, 1943 to John Howard and Ellen Idaho Platt. She grew up in Pierce, graduating from Pierce High School in 1961. On Oct. 14, 1961, she and Thomas S. Jared wed and began their life's journey as one. Together they raised four sons in their Weippe home and took in numerous other children. Penny had a penchant for helping children and was a foster mother to many. She also opened her home to two very special foreign exchange students, Marleen Zee-Kerkvliet of Holland and Marietta Velikova of Russia, both of whom remained lifelong friends. Penny greatly enjoyed traveling and took the opportunity to visit both friends overseas which provided her with much joy.

Penny was compassionate and tended to countless people in home health and care centers. She was most recently employed by State Hospital North in Orofino as a physician's aide, a position which she had for the past several years.

Penny's greatest joys were her numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. She reveled in camping, fishing and playing in the water with them on the North Fork Clearwater River, one of her favorite places to spend time. She was notorious for her pranks and antics and enjoyed a lifelong rivalry with her cousin, Orrin, vying to see who could pull the best prank. Her great sense of humor and mischief provide survivors with many wonderful memories.

Penny is survived at the family home by husband, Tom; sons, Mitch (Julie), Dave (Amy), both of Pierce, Tommy (Barbi) of Weippe, Greg (Caroline) of Hermiston, OR, and honorary son, Kris Bonner (Robin) of Missoula, MT. Her mother, Ellen Platt of Weippe; sister, Nancy Finch, of Salt Lake City, UT; and brother, Scott Platt of Lewiston also survive. She counted among her blessings 24 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren that carry on her legacy. She was preceded in death by her father, John Platt and in-laws, Jack and Virginia Jared. Penny and Tom attended the Church of God in Orofino, and considered Pastor Lester Boone and wife, Delores, to be very special friends.

Services will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino on Friday, April 2, at 11 with burial following at Weippe Cemetery and a dinner at the Weippe IOOF Hall sponsored by Weippe Rebekahs.

Memorials in honor of Penny may be sent to either of the following programs: Timberline Basketball Programs c/o Timberline Schools, 22869 Highway 11, Weippe or Black Bear Youth Camp c/o First Protestant Church, P.O. Box 216, Pierce.


Willa Lackey, 84, Orofino

Willa Lackey, 84, Orofino, passed away at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino Monday, March 29, 2010.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


James Earl Brewer, 61, Lewiston

James Earl 'Jim' Brewer, 61, of Lewiston, passed away Friday, March 19, 2010, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. He was born May 11, 1948, in Dayton, KY, to William Vernon Brewer and Jessie Creech.

He grew up in Dayton and attended school there. He moved west at age 18, when he joined the Job Corps.

He and Darcy Cornelia were married in 1967 and later divorced.

Jim and Diana Harrington were married June 18, 1992, in Lewiston.

Jim turned his hobby of tying Bucktail Jigs into a side business. He also loved the outdoors; his passion was fishing and he enjoyed spending time with family and gardening.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings.

Surviving Jim are his wife, Diana Brewer of Lewiston; ex-wife, Darcy Brewer of Lewiston; his two sons, Eric and wife Christine Brewer of Clarkston, and Scott and wife Charlene Brewer of Orofino; one daughter, Sarah and husband Neil Story of Lewiston; six brothers and two sisters, all of Kentucky; stepdaughter, Carolyn Quenneville of Grace; and two stepsons, Vernie Perrigo of Berthod, CO, and Tom Perrigo of Kendrick.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up in Jim's name at Potlatch No. 1 Federal Credit Union, to help with expenses.

Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home, Lewiston, is caring for arrangements.

Photo: James Earl 'Jim' Brewer


Carmelita Kellar, 74, Orofino

Carmelita Kellar, 74, Orofino, passed away at Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston, WA Saturday, March 27, 2010.

As per her family's request, cremation will take place. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 3 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Leona Deldee Crouch, 81, Orofino

Leona Deldee Crouch, 81, Orofino, passed away Saturday, March 27, 2010 at Guardian Angel Homes in Lewiston.

As per family request, cremation will take place. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.


Sharon Kay Elliott, 66, Orofino

Sharon Kay Elliott, 66, Orofino passed away at her residence in Orofino, Friday, March 25, 2010.

As per family request, cremation will take place. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Kenny Rea Coonce, 50, Orofino

Kenny Rea Coonce, 50, Orofino, passed away at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Monday, March 22, 2010.

As per family request, cremation will take place. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


A. Beatrice Reed, 81, born in Southwick

A. Beatrice (Bea) Reed passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 24, 2010. She was born July 30, 1928, in Southwick, to Nyda and Harry Smith. She graduated from Kendrick High School in 1946 and then moved to Lewiston.

Bea married Willard J. Reed Aug. 1, 1947, at Leland, and they celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary in 2009.

Bea and Willie settled in Clarkston, WA at the Reed family home, where they raised their five children.

Bea was very active in the community. She did volunteer work for the Clarkston School District and the Asotin County Health Department. She was active in the PTA as well as at the church as a Sunday school teacher. Bea enjoyed working part time at Patrick's Craft Shop in Clarkston for many years, where she could express her creativity with crafts. Bea was passionate about gardening, reading, and cooking for her family and friends.

Bea will be dearly missed by her husband, Willie; their five children, Tim Reed and his wife, Marlene, Sue Pittman, Doug Reed and his wife, Donna, Janice Reed, and Melissa Wortman and her husband, Tom; as well as her nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; brothers, Stanley Smith and wife, Eleanor, and Clinton Smith and wife, Ethel.

Those who passed before her include her parents; sister, Shirley; brother, Waldo; and grandson, Jay Colson.

Throughout her life, Bea's strength, compassion and positive attitude was an inspiration to many. She was a loving woman and was more than happy to care for others before herself. She shaped the lives of many children in addition to her own. Her spirit will live on in the hearts of those she touched.

An open house will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the family home, 1376 Elm St., Clarkston. A celebration of her life will be conducted in July.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Interlink Volunteers of Clarkston.

Photo: A. Beatrice Reed


Judy Kilmer, 70, Pierce High School graduate

Judy Kilmer passed away Friday, March 19, 2010, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

She was born April 21, 1939, to Wallace and Joy Boll in Moscow. She attended grade school in Headquarters and graduated from Pierce High School in 1957.

Judy married Larry Kilmer Nov. 19, 1960, in Clarkston, WA. They made their home in Lewiston, where her career was spent with Potlatch Corp. (now Clearwater Paper) until she retired from there in 2000.

In her leisure time, she especially enjoyed traveling. Along with many other trips, she and Larry enjoyed at least 15 cruises, one to St. Petersburg, Russia, and the Scandinavian countries. Of the many trips she took, the one to China was the highlight. One of her greatest enjoyments in life was spending time with her four grandchildren. She never missed an opportunity to spend time with them, whether it was sports activities, school functions, vacations or just watching them at her home. They were a very important part of her life.

She is survived by her husband, Larry; her two sons, Scott and wife, Mary, and Wally and wife, Connie; a sister, Gwen Peterson of Spokane, WA; and her four grandchildren, Austin, Krysta, Cooper and Hailee Kilmer.

Her parents preceded her in death.

She requested that a private family service be conducted.

We will all miss her very much.

Vassar-Rawls Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Mildred 'Midge' Morrison, 88, born in Southwick

Mildred (Midge) Morrison of Lewiston passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 18, 2010, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, surrounded by her family.

Born Mildred Emma Bateman on Dec. 4, 1921, to Grant and Jesse Bateman in Southwick, Midge married her sweetheart, James W. Morrison, May 13, 1939, in Clarkston. This past May the couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

During World War II, the couple resided in Vanport, OR, where Midge made a perfect bead as a certified welder in the Willamette shipyards. Midge and Jim then owned and operated three Lewiston restaurants during the 1950s and '60s: The Corner Fountain, Chicken Broaster No. 1 and Chicken Broaster No. 2. In the late '60s, the couple moved to Syringa, where they opened Syringa Ceramics.

Midge enjoyed cultivating lavish vegetable and flower gardens with Jim and was an active member in the Kooskia Rebekah Lodge. They resided in Syringa for nearly a decade before "retiring" and returning to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Grant and Jesse Bateman; and her siblings, Francis Clem, Lester Bateman, Arthur Bateman, Donald Bateman and Walter Bateman. Midge loved to share stories of her youth - making mischief with her brothers or riding the mail wagon on adventures with her father. Surviving Midge are siblings Edna McBride of Clarkston and Gerald Bateman with wife, Ginger, of Lewiston.

Midge is also survived by her husband, Jim Morrison, of Lewiston; her children, Shirley and Gordon Hall, Lynda and Jerry Mooers and Frank and Lori Morrison, all of Lewiston; her grandchildren and their families, Lynn-Marie and Steve Frucci of Connell, WA, and their son Josh Petrie of Klamath Falls, OR, Gordie and Jody Hall of Sitka, AK, Todd and Kendra Mooers and their son Brandon Mooers, all of Lewiston, Jenny and Lou Cantu with their children Dominic and Alexis of Eugene, OR, and grandson Jimmy Morrison of Clarkston.

Midge's life will be celebrated with a family gathering at a later date. In lieu of flowers a donation to your local food bank would be appreciated.

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister: Your arms remain wrapped around us as you are ever on our minds and in our hearts. "Love you forever and ever and ever."

Photo: Mildred 'Midge' Morrison


Carey Simpson, 92, Dworshak Dam worker

Carey Simpson passed on to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ during the early morning hours Friday, March 12, 2010, at the North Idaho Veterans Home in Lewiston. He was 92.

Carey was born Dec. 9, 1917, to Tom Simpson and Julia Henry Simpson in Union Parish near Downsville, LA. He was the youngest and last surviving of 13 children.

His passion was baseball and in recent years he was a faithful Mariners fan. He boasted "Big League" talent, playing the semi-pro circuit as a catcher until his marriage to Sallie Marie Campbell of Eudora, AR, Oct. 31, 1935. He joked that he had to look for a wife outside of Union Parish, to keep from marrying family.

Carey entered the U.S. Army in May 1945 and served the remaining months of World War II in Sicily, Italy, separating from active duty in September 1946, and was honored to be counted among the many WWII veterans.

A carpenter by trade, Carey moved his family to Page, AZ, in 1960, where he began a career working on hydroelectric projects. He followed these projects with his family, helping to build Glenn Canyon, John Day, Little Goose, Lower Granite and Dworshak dams.

Carey left Lewiston upon completion of the Dworshak project and followed other heavy construction jobs until Marie's untimely death in 1975. Shortly thereafter, he returned to Lewiston where he rekindled a friendship with Emmy Louise Bowen Hundrup, who had lost her first husband Carl Hundrup in 1971. Carey and Emmy Lou were married in 1980 and maintained a caring relationship until Emmy Lou's death in 2004. During the final years of Emmy Lou's life, she was a resident of the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston where, during his daily visits, Carey became a volunteer and helped with the canteen and social activities until he became a resident in March 2009. Carey's family is deeply and eternally grateful to the entire staff and management of the Idaho State Veterans Home for your loving care and devotion to him and your enrichment of the final years of his life.

Second only to baseball, Carey was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing, hunting, camping and especially gardening. He first moved to Lewiston in 1968 and although being born in the deep South, he considered Lewiston his home. Here he put down his roots, making many friends serving as a deacon in the Orchards Baptist Church, where he first met the Hundrups. He was also a founding member of the Tammany View Baptist Church, where he served as a pro-bono contractor in the building of the church facilities. Carey was deeply anchored in his faith, living both publicly and privately a Christian life.

Carey is survived by four sons with Marie, Gene of Maricopa, AZ, Van of Phoenix, and Michael and Joe, both of Lewiston. He also had four stepsons with Emmy Lou, Dan Hundrup of Lewiston, Rick Hundrup of Healy, AK, Mike Hundrup of Clarkston, WA, and Dave Hundrup of Anchorage, AK. Between the two families, there are 24 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston cared for arrangements. Funeral services were held Saturday at Tammany View Baptist Church, followed by a graveside military tribute at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make contributions to the Tammany View Baptist Church Missionary Fund or the Lewiston Idaho State Veterans Home.

Photo: Carey Simpson


Marsha Bergeson, 72

ST. GEORGE, UT - Our beloved mother, wife, grandmother, and friend, Marsha Kim Glover Bergeson, passed away on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 after a valiant fight with breast cancer at the age of 72. She was surrounded by her loving family who will miss her dearly. Marsha was born in Rexburg on May 25, 1937 to Arvid and LaJetta Glover.

She married her sweetheart Shelton Jones Bergeson on June 9, 1954 in the Idaho Falls Temple; the two were inseparable from that day forward. Marsha and Shelton had eight children that were the light and the focus of their lives.

Marsha was active in ward and stake organizations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all her life; Relief Society President, Ward Missionary, and also served a full time mission with her husband in the Spokane, WA mission as well as a local mission in St. George, Utah. Part of their mission was spent in Orofino. She touched each person that she came in contact with and was truly the epitome of unconditional love. Serving others was her true mission in life.

Surviving are: her husband Shelton and eight children: Blaine Bergeson (Leslee), Larry Bergeson (Terry), Todd Bergeson, Brenda Milne, Chris Bergeson (Atsuko), Paul Bergeson (Chrissy), Bill Bergeson (Amy) and MaShel West (Clay). Also surviving are 30 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, Grandma Marsha always made them feel special.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Yutonna Bean and Jackie Ferney as well as her grandparents.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 15 in St. George. Internment was Tuesday, March 16 at the Groveland Cemetery in Blackfoot.

Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff Street, St. George, is caring for arrangements. Friends and family are invited to offer their condolences at www.spilsburymortuary.com.

Photo: Marsha Kim Glover Bergeson


Louis 'Louie' Ward Stalnaker, 89, formerly of Orofino

Louis 'Louie' Ward Stalnaker, of Clarkston, WA died Saturday, March 6, 2010, at Life Care Center of Lewiston due to complications of Alzheimer's disease. He was 89.

Louie was born June 22, 1920, in a farmhouse near Southwick, the fifth child of Lewis Elsworth and Myrtle Leanna Widvey Stalnaker. He was raised on a farm upriver from Ahsahka on the North Fork of the Clearwater River, just a few miles behind the present day Dworshak Dam. The homestead is now covered in some 500 feet of water.

He attended school in Orofino and graduated from Orofino High School in 1938, after which he worked the farm with his dad. He also worked at Riverside Mill and began doing carpentry work. In 1942, "Uncle Sam" tapped him on the shoulder and he was off to serve our county during World War II in Northern Africa and Southern Europe.

During his time overseas, his father passed away. Louie returned in 1945 to continue to run the farm and expanded it not only to raise cattle and hay, but also nearly 1,000 laying hens. He also continued his work as a carpenter in Orofino.

On June 20, 1958, he wed Esther Lucille Shubert at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Orofino. Their time to settle in together on the farm was short-lived as "Uncle Sam" had other plans for the land along the river; the government intended to build the tallest straight-axis dam in the world just downstream. The young family, which now included three very young children, scrambled to find a new home, build the necessary buildings to house the chicken operation, and move all of the livestock within a six-month period.

The family settled on acreage on Lower Ford Creek Road. Within the next few years, the family was complete with the birth of two more children.

Louie and Esther continued farming for many more years while they both took employment in Orofino. Louie was a talented cabinetmaker and concrete finisher, working for CV Concrete. After retirement and selling the farm, he and Esther moved to Moscow, where he built them another home. Louie was baptized in the Catholic faith in 1997 at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

In 2005, as the effects of Alzheimer's became more challenging, they sold the Moscow home and relocated to Clarkston, where Esther could focus better on his care. After moving, he became a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.

Louie is survived by his wife of Clarkston; daughters, Cathy and Bernie Judge of Pocatello, and Bobbi Konzek of Nampa; sons Norm and Debbie of Orofino, Ed of Aloha, OR, and Jim and Tami of Hillsboro, OR; 10 grandchildren, Heidi Judge Hough, Brian Judge, Shawn Judge, Tim Konzek, Mark Konzek, Kristin Konzek, Jordyn Stalnaker, Jarryt Stalnaker, Karena Stalnaker and Justine Stalnaker; four great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Hough, Tyler Hough, Dallas Konzek and Addisyn Konzek; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Lloyd Stalnaker, Verna Horton, Alma Stalnaker and Alice Chase; and a great-grandson, Hayden Hough.

The rosary will be recited and a memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Family Catholic Church in Clarkston. Inurnment with military rites will be at the cemetery in Southwick at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer's Association or a charity of choice.

Photo: Louis Ward Stalnaker


Russell Edward Heiskari, 80 Orofino

Russell E. Heiskari passed away March 4, 2010 at Life Care Center of Lewiston,. He was 80 years old.

Russell was born Feb. 27, 1930 to Waino & Mary (Beckman) Heiskari in Saint Louis County, MN. He married June D. Mehtala Aug. 25, 1951 in Boise. They lived in Kamiah until 1953 when they moved to their residence in Orofino.

Russell enjoyed the outdoors by taking long drives, trap shooting with his family and friends and steelhead fishing. He also loved tinkering, whittling, adding to his prized junk collection, watch and sewing machine repair, mechanics and listening to polka music. By far his favorite hobby was spending time with his grandkids.

Russell was a 50+ year member of the Masons and also an avid 50 + year member of the Shiners being a unit member of the Jackass Patrol.

Russell was preceded in death by his wife, June, in 2003 and his parents.

Russell in survived by his three daughters: Judi Snyder, Laurel Wynn and Mary Gord; a brother, Wayne Heiskari; a sister, Karen Knapik; grandchildren, Nsharra Key, Shawna Knight, Jodie Wyant, Deak Wynn, Justin Hollibaugh, Lacy Spencer and Jake Spencer. Russell also has 20 surviving great-grandchildren.

A memorial service for Russell will be held Saturday, March 13, at Orofino's Veterans of Foreign Wars at 1 p.m. In Lieu of flowers donations can be made for funeral expenses to Potlatch Credit Union in Orofino.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in caring for arrangements.


Clifford (Cliff) D. Kleer, 81, Orofino

Clifford (Cliff) D. Kleer of Orofino passed away Tuesday March 2, 2010 at his family home in Deary doing what he loved.

Cliff was born July 22, 1928 in his parents' home in Avon to William and Maud (Hawkins) Kleer. Cliff was a born woodsman. At the young age of 13; Cliff told everyone he was 16 and started working for the Potlatch Timber Protective Association (PTPA), in 1941. In 1945 at the age of 17 Cliff took the option to graduate early from Deary High School to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps. After training at Camp Pendleton, Cliff served 13 months in the Asiatic Pacific Area as Tank Crewman, Equipment Operator, and Rifle Marksman. In 1947 Cliff was discharged at Treasure Island as Corporal and was a lifetime member of the Deary VFW Post 3330.

After his tour in the service he returned to Deary and went back to work for the PTPA for one more year, following the 1948 flood before going to work for Carl Nelson. This was the start of a lifetime career of logging. During the off seasons of logging, Cliff used his G.I bill to take flight instruction from Charles (Frenny) Frensdorf at the Orofino Airport. Cliff owned two airplanes with which he flew fire patrol and mail, for both the Clearwater Timber Protective Association(CTPA) and PTPA for several years.

In 1967 after working with and for various logging contractors, Cliff bought his first line machine, "Daisy" a LS98 Link Belt, and formed his own logging company. He logged for the Riverside Lumber Company, the Potlatch Corporation, the state of Idaho, and other private landowners up until he retired in 2005 at the spry age of 77.

On March 23, 1970, Cliff married Darlene Forest/Larson and accepted John and Tom Larson as his sons. Cliff was a loving husband and father, who spent his summers with his family in the woods hunting, fishing, and working. Cliff helped develop the two boys' already healthy love of the woods, by taking both of them to work and teaching them the ways of the logging world. Both John and Tom worked for Cliff, and John purchased the line skidding side of Cliffs logging company in 1995.

Along with being an avid hunter, gardener, and fisherman, Cliff was a 46 year member of the Grangeville Elks Lodge. Cliff also was a long time member of the Associated Logging Contractors and served on the board of directors; as well as a founding member of the Associated Loggers Exchange, and served as chairman of the board of governors for two years. Cliff cherished time with family especially the time he had with his grandchildren and great grandchildren, he often referred to this as his bonus.

Cliff is survived by his wife of nearly 40 years Darlene, his oldest son, John Larson and wife Vickie. Grand children include grandson, Alan Larson and his wife Cody; granddaughters, Amy Larson and Mallory Martinez and her husband Jesus, and youngest grandson, Corey Kleer Larson. Great Grandchildren include Erika Larson along with Kala, Nathan, and Anthan Kleer Martinez all of Orofino. Cliff is also survived by his sisters, Nancy Swenson of Potlatch, Irma Lunsford of Deary; Dixie Graham of The Dalles, OR; and Nina Sandquist of Salam, OR along with six nieces and four nephews.

Cliff was preceded in death by his parents William and Maud (Hawkins) Kleer; brother Hurbert Kleer; sister, Donna Kleer,;sister, Alma Prickett; brother, Kenneth Kleer; and son, Thomas A. Larson.

Cremation has taken place. Cliff's family is planning a memorial service to be held on April 18th at 1 p.m. at the VFW Building.

Photo: Clifford D. Kleer


Dianna L. Rice, 66, Orofino

Dianna L. Rice, 66, Orofino, passed away Wednesday, March 3, 2010, with her family by her side at her home in Orofino.

She was born June 1, 1943, in Covington, KY to Laura Davenport and was the oldest of her five siblings.

Dianna grew up in Sandpoint and later moved to Libby, MT. When she came back to Idaho, Dianna worked at the Jaype Mill in Pierce throughout the 1970s. In the spring of 1980, she and her beloved husband, Bill moved to Prince of Wales Island in Alaska. There she worked at the Fireweed Lodge in Klawock, AK. Bill and Diana later moved to Craig, AK, where she worked as a bartender at the Hill Bar as well as the Moose Club.

In 1987, Dianna and her husband adopted their oldest daughter, Jessi, from South Korea. They later moved back to Idaho when they purchased their home on Huckleberry Butte. In 1990, the couple adopted their second daughter, Sirenna and completed their family.

Dianna loved their log home in the country and worked there as a homemaker and loving mother while her husband worked as a helicopter logger in Alaska. She liked cooking, planting flowers, hummingbirds, reading and spending time with her two daughters. She was a very talented and enjoyed painting, quilting, sewing, crocheting and any other craft she could get her hands on. Dianna enjoyed giving her creations to friends and family as well as teaching others to make them. Dianna loved Alaska and visited her mother and stepfather, Paul there many times with her daughters.

Dianna is survived by her husband, Bill; her oldest daughter, Jessi; her youngest daughter, Sirenna and boyfriend, Robert Falconer and grandson, Cameron Falconer; mother-in-law, Dixine Rice; sister, Janie Decker and brother-in-law, Allen Decker; sister, Linda Howard, and brother-in-law, Bob Howard; several nieces and nephews and their children; caregiver, Donna White; and dear friend, Jean Karlin.

She was preceded in death by her beloved mother, Laura Davenport; stepfather, Paul Davenport; brothers, Tom Rickett and Rick Breeden; and sister, Cathy Breeden.

Dianna was a loving wife and mother and will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Pine Hills Chapel in Orofino, with the Rev. Philip Bonner officiating.


Arthur Paul Cowley, 77, former Clearwater National Forest worker

Arthur Paul Cowley, U.S. forester, environmental educator and big tree expert, died Thursday, March 4, 2010, in San Juan Capistrano, CA, at the age of 77, surrounded by his immediate family.

Art was born April 9, 1932, in Jefferson City, MO, to Arthur Bernard Cowley and Leonilla M. Tellman. In 1962, he married Maureen Louise Sullivan of Lewiston, the daughter of Irvin John Sullivan and Celeste Uhlenkott Sullivan. For 35 years, Art worked for the U.S. Forest Service, where he was a forest ranger and held management positions in public affairs and environmental education. He worked for the Nez Perce and Clearwater national forests in Idaho, the Francis Marion Forest in South Carolina, the Ouachita National Forest in Hot Springs, AR, and the Sequoia National Forest in Porterville, CA. He has been a resident of Porterville since 1979.

Since 1995, Art was state coordinator for the American Forests' California Registry of Big Trees, for which he traveled throughout California at his own expense in search of arboreal giants and found 190 of the state's 318 biggest trees. In 1998, while attending mass at the historic Carmel Mission, Art identified what became a state champion, a blue gum eucalyptus, on Clint Eastwood's Mission Ranch property.

Excerpt from article in American Forests magazine:

"While Clint Eastwood has long recognized the tree's beauty, it was American Forests' California Big Tree Coordinator, Art Cowley, who first noticed its potential. Cowley spied the tree in 1998 while attending mass at the Mission (Carmel, Calif.) and used his always-close-at-hand yellow tape measure to check his guess."

Art had been featured in numerous publications, including American Forests, The Sun, the New York Times, the St. Louis Globe, the Porterville Recorder and the Orange County Register. The "major landmark" of Art's career, he said in a December 2002 article for the Bakersfield Californian, was planning the Trail of 100 Giants for the Sequoia National Forest. This popular interpretive trail winds through old-growth giant sequoia trees, some of the biggest trees on Earth.

Art conducted environmental education workshops and courses for 30 years for various colleges, including Fresno Pacific University, Fresno State University, Reedley College, Oklahoma State University and the University of Arkansas, teaching courses including Project Wild, Project Learning Tree, Giant Sequoia Management, and The Biggest Trees of California - a Cultural and Economic Resource.

Art graduated from St. Peter's Catholic High School in Jefferson City. He received a bachelor of science degree in forestry from the University of Missouri and a master's in education from the University of Arkansas. Active in state and community affairs, Art was past chairman of the board for the Three-Forests Interpretive Association for Sequoia, Sierra and Stanislaus national forests; past board chairman of the Tule River Parkway Association; and was a naturalist with Tulare County's outdoor school (SCICON). In Hot Springs, he served as president of the Society of American Foresters; chairman for the Jaycees Parks Board Association; president for Saint Mary's Parish Council; and helped formulate TREE (Training Resources in Environmental Education). He received numerous awards, including the Arkansas Wildlife Federation Forest Conservationist of the Year award, Project Learning Tree Award and the Hot Springs Key Man award.

Since 2005, Art was a patient in one of the nation's most promising clinical trials for Alzheimer's, Elan Pharmaceutical's AAB001 Clinical Trial, and dedicated four years helping further research for this disease.

Our lovable, good-natured, inspirational "Big Tree Man" is no longer with us here on Earth, but Art will live forever in our hearts. In lieu of flowers, Art would have liked it if you could plant a tree in his memory, spend some time hiking in a national forest, and hug your family members and let them know how special they are. Art had asked that his epitaph read, "Now that I'm up high, I can see and find the biggest trees easier. I'll let you know where they are. May the world grow like a beautiful tree."

Preceding him in death were his brothers, John and Jim Cowley, and his sisters, Janet Schwering and Roberta Selvidge.

Surviving him are his brother, William Cowley of Dallas; his devoted wife, Maureen Sullivan Cowley; and their four children: Mary Takaoka and her husband Tsuyoshi of Yokohama, Japan, Camille Newton and her husband Ray of Bonsall, CA., Jane von Bothmer and her husband Bernard of San Francisco, and Arthur Ian Cowley of Porterville. Art and Maureen were blessed with seven grandchildren, Erika, Monika and Naomi Takaoka, Brandon Williams, Connor Newton, and Athena and Tatiana von Bothmer.

The rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Lewiston, the same church where Art married his sweetheart Maureen 48 years earlier, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 and burial at Normal Hill Cemetery in Lewiston.

Photo: Arthur Paul Cowley


Jean Helen Rhodes, 82, worked at Kelly Creek

Jean Helen Rhodes was born March 6, 1927, at Genesee, to Lloyd A. and Margaret C. Read. She died Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, at Royal Plaza Care Center in Lewiston.

She graduated in 1945 from Lewiston High School, where she was a head majorette for several years.

Jean met her future husband, Dusty Rhodes, at a USO Club while he was serving in the U.S. Navy. She went to nurse's training at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane for several years before marrying Dusty on May 18, 1946, in Lewiston. They lived in Spokane, WA until 1950 and then spent five years in Michigan before returning to Lewiston, where they built their home for their large family of eight children.

Jean was a wonderful mother and a hard worker. She raised a huge garden every year and spent many days canning and freezing for her family.

She was an excellent cook and baked every day while her children were at home. Her coffee cake was a favorite treat for her family.

Jean was an excellent seamstress and sewed for her family and friends. She made many wedding and bridesmaid dresses.

She enjoyed watching her sons and grandchildren play baseball and football and cheering them on.

Jean loved the "Price Is Right," the daily word jumble in the paper, scratch tickets and rooting for the Seahawks and Mariners.

She worked for 12 years for the U.S. Forest Service with her husband at the Kelly Creek Ranger Station on the North Fork of the Clearwater River.

Jean is survived by daughters Linda and Sam May of Spokane, Donna and Tom Ruckman of Reubens, Barbara Hibler, and Denise and Jeff Patton, all of Lewiston; sons Paul D. Rhodes of Lewiston, Ken and Teri Rhodes of Pasco, WA, Kurt and LaDawna Rhodes and David and Sheila Rhodes, all of Lewiston; stepbrother Ralph and wife Laura Rosenberger; 20 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dusty, in 2006, and a grandson, Sean Mooneyham.

A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston. The Rev. Mr. Fred Schmidt of All Saints Catholic Parish at Our Lady Of Lourdes will officiate.

Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of the arrangements.

Photo: Jean Helen Rhodes


Lester E. Chambers, 80, formerly of Lenore

Lester Chambers passed away at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010.

He was born Jan. 7, 1930, at Lewiston to Guy and Odessa Chambers. He grew up and attended school in Reubens.

He and Helen Beckner were married June 26, 1955, at Clarkston, WA.

He was a farmer in Reubens before going to work at the Winchester and Spalding mills. He then went to work for the Channel Lumber Co. mill at Craigmont in 1972, where he retired in 1992. He and his family lived in Reubens before moving to Lenore. In 1993, they moved to Lewiston.

He was a member of Blessed Hope Assembly of God Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and pinochle.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Chambers; one sister, Betty and Jack Curry; two sons, Dale and Joanne Chambers, and Earl; one daughter, Reta and Mike Boehm; and three grandchildren, Charles Chambers, Lorianne Chambers and Kenny Boehm.

A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Blessed Hope Assembly of God.

Photo: Lester E. Chambers


Lewis Pettengill, 77, Peck

Lewis Pettengill passed away at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino on Friday, Feb. 19, after a brave battle with cancer.

He was born Jan. 16, 1933 in Mountain Burg, AR to Charles and Nellie Pettengill. He graduated from Concrete High School in Concrete, WA in 1952. He then attended Arizona State University for a short time before entering the Air Force. He was honorably discharged in 1956.

He then moved to California where he met his future wife in 1962. Three months later, they caught a bus to Las Vegas, NV and were married on Jan. 11, 1963. They then moved to Riddle, OR where he worked at Green Valley Lumber. In 1982, they moved to Rock Spring, WY where he worked for Pacific Power until his retirement in 1996. They then moved to Peck so he could pursue his love of hunting and fishing.

When he was 72 years old, he decided to finish what he started 54 years earlier and that was to get his degree. He graduated from Lewis-Clark State College last May with a bachelor's degree in political science. He and his family couldn't have been more proud.

Lewis had many varying interests. He had a love of photography that ended with countless albums and movie slides. He wanted to pass on his love and knowledge of outdoors which resulted in his being very active in Royal Rangers, Boy Scouts and Explorers throughout his life.

He was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Orofino. He had a true love of what God built, the outdoors.

He is survived by his loving wife, Norma; his son, Randy and daughter-in-law, Sarah; five grandsons; two granddaughters; four great grandchildren; brothers, Charles and Wesley and countless true friends.

A visitation will be Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 3-5 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 25, at 1 p.m. at the funeral chapel with burial to follow at Orofino Riverside Cemetery.

Photo: Lewis Pettengill


Lewis Edmund Pettengill, 77, Peck

Lewis Edmund Pettengill, 77, Peck, passed away Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

A visitation will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 3-5 p.m. Funeral services will be Thursday, Feb. 25, at 1 p.m. at Pine Hills with burial to follow at Orofino Riverside Cemetery.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Cora M. Hunter, 95, Orofino-'She loved to dance'

Cora M. Hunter passed away Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010 at Clearwater Valley Hospital.

Cora M. (Babe) Hunter was born at Mt. Idaho, Dec. 27, 1914 to Dock & Mamie Smith Sapp. She was raised in and around Winona, attending school at Nezperce and Kamiah. After graduating high school at Kamiah, Babe went on to become a cosmetologist. She married Milo Dickson in 1940 and had two daughters. The marriage ended in divorce. In 1967, she and Lawrence Hunter were married. They never met a stranger and never missed a dance within 75 miles. She was a longtime member of the Rebekahs until her health kept her from attending.

She is survived by her daughters, Gail (Bill) Williams and Donna (Gene) Mullikin, and a step-son, Cleve (Bert) Hunter all of Orofino. Surviving grandchildren are Kevin (Linda) Benham of Emmett; Shelly Irby of Lewiston; Kerry (Lisa) Benham of Elko, NV; Susan Perez of Lewiston; Carl (Jayne) Irby of Emmett; Sherrita (David) Hall of Moscow; Corie (Marcus) Samson of Orofino and Kristi Irby of Clarkston, WA. Four step-grandsons, Mark (Doreen) Hunter of Walla Walla, WA; Brad (Tammy) Hunter of Sandy, OR; Greg (Penny) Hunter of Colorado Springs, CO and Justin Mullikin of Lewiston, also survive her, along with 11 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren and 6 step-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by Lawrence, her parents and a brother, Earl Sapp.

A funeral service will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino, Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. at Mt Zion Cemetery near Winona. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Cora M. Hunter


Irene M. Bonner, 93, formerly of Fraser

Irene M. Bonner was born Feb. 1, 1917, at Crane Creek Reservoir, near Midvale to Charles and Rose Maarks Brown. She died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at Lewiston Rehabilitation and Care Center in Lewiston.

When she was a child, she rode two miles to school on a horse. And, at age 11, she moved with her parents and brother, Marvin, to the Fraser area near Weippe. She graduated from Weippe High School in 1936.

Irene married John D. Bonner on June 4, 1941, at the Methodist Church that is now the Lewiston Civic Theatre. They farmed in Fraser and she was a devoted wife and mother to Glen and Velma.

She raised a large garden, canning and freezing the produce for the long winters. After her children were grown, she took the produce to the senior center.

She was involved in all of her kids' activities, including 4-H, as a leader, and school as a dance chaperone. She belonged to the Rebekah Lodge and was a member of the Civilian Air Corps.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John, in 1991; her parents, Charley and Rose; and her brother, Marvin.

She is survived by her son, Glen and wife Laverna of Pomeroy, WA; her daughter, Velma of Lewiston; grandsons Blaine and wife Marcy of Orofino and Wade of Pomeroy; and five great-grandchildren, Amanda, Andrea, Nathan, Rachel and Natalie, all of Orofino.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Mountain View Funeral Home in Lewiston, followed by a graveside service at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston.

Photo: Irene M. Bonner


David L. Tarola, 88, formerly of Orofino

David passed away Sunday evening, Feb. 14, 2010 at the Royal Plaza Nursing Home.

In 1921, David's parents Julius E. Tarola, from Italy, and Nina Grace Wylie sold their home in Elk City to buy land six miles northeast of Orofino. Julius built a sawmill and the house where David was born July 31, 1921. The doctor told David's older brother Gene that he had brought Gene a baby brother in his black bag. For years, Gene believed that was where babies came from. Julius developed several sawmills that provided plenty of work for the two boys.

David attended high school with Gene in Orofino, both playing in the band. During summers and after high school, David manned a lookout for the Forest Service, worked in a mill near Pierce and played trumpet and trombone in Orofino's best dance band, known as "The Blake Brothers Band" David also developed into a fine vocalist.

In his younger years, David was very athletic, playing football and engaging in competitive boxing. When World War II began, David left the University of Idaho to join the U.S. Navy. He attended boot camp at Camp Elliott near San Diego, then was sent to Guam for the remainder of the war. His parents turned to defense work - Nina as an aircraft welder and Julius fueling new planes for test flights.

After the Navy, David became an Idaho State Police officer, stationed in Moscow and later Orofino. But the country was suffering budget cuts. Jobless, David and Gene pooled their savings to buy the Richfield Service and Gas Station at 13th and Main streets in Lewiston. Both licensed pilots, they soon purchased a 1947 Taylorcraft BC 12-D airplane. They enjoyed watching their much younger brother Robert in school become a very good athlete, playing football, basketball and particularly baseball.

The brothers sold the service station in 1950 and Dave became a Lewiston city police officer, and later a Nez Perce County deputy sheriff.

On Sept. 14, 1952, David married Phyllis Sturman. They had sons Michael and Douglas - losing Douglas at age nine to brain cancer. Michael followed David's "hi-fi/stereo kit-electronics" and flying interests, becoming an electronics engineer and commercial pilot.

David began his career work at the Lewiston Airport on March 16, 1954, as a station agent - meaning he did everything, from fueling and de-icing the DC-3s, selling tickets and smashing baggage, to radio-managing emergencies.

Phyllis, a registered nurse, worked at St. Joseph Hospital and St. John's Clinic, retiring in 1970. David retired from Republic Airlines in 1981. David and Phyllis had been married 56 years at the time of her death in 2008.

In the family's active years, David owned several power boats that kept the family amused while he pursued his primary interest - fishing. David and Michael often went on lengthy back-woods fly-fishing adventures, took fly-tying classes together, and shared the stick when flying loops in Michael's aircraft.

David and Phyllis were professional musicians, enjoying occasional "jam sessions" with their friends. In David's later years he enjoyed recording and cataloging big band music, woodworking and fly-rod building/repairing. David was a great outdoorsman. He loved the woods and streams of Idaho and incidentally was a very accomplished swimmer.

David was a life member of the Nez Perce Eagles Lodge No. 631, the Kelly Creek Fly Casters Club, The Elks Lodge BPOE 896, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

David is survived by brothers Eugene and Robert, son Michael, and Michael's adopted daughter Mary.

His funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston, with burial at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens. Please join David's friends gathering to visit at Vassar-Rawls from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Grateful thanks to our many helpful friends, particularly to sister-in-law Claudine Weiss, a saint among us.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made to the Lewis-Clark Animal Shelter, 6 Shelter Road, Lewiston, ID 83501, (208) 746-1623; or to the Salvation Army, 1835 G St., Lewiston, ID 83501, (208) 746-9653.

Photo: David L. Tarola


Charles James 'Red' McCollister, 92, formerly of Orofino

Charles James McCollister, 92, known as Charlie "Red", passed away Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, in Lewiston at Royal Plaza Care Center. Red was born in Gooding July 5, 1917 to Hiram Franklin McCollister and Martha Elizabeth Lincoln McCollister. The family soon moved to the Clearwater River area.

After attending grade school in Lenore, Red graduated from the Peck High School in 1936. From 1936 through 1941, Red worked for the U.S. Forest Service, did highway construction, grain elevator construction, and some farming. In 1941, Red went to work in the woods for Potlatch. He began driving the dozers that were replacing horses to skid logs, and then became a cross-cut sawyer. Red rose through the ranks to saw boss, skidding boss, and camp foreman. He served as logging production superintendent at Headquarters at the time of his retirement in 1982.

In 1943, Red met June Huffman, from Cleveland, OH, when she spent six weeks working as a flunky in the cookhouse at Camp 54. June and Red were married on May 10, 1944, in Lewiston, and have enjoyed sixty-five years of married life. From 1947 to 1950, Red took a break from the woods, and he and June lived on their ranch on Canyon Creek Road, north of Orofino, farming and raising cattle. They had three children, a son, Jim, and daughters, Patty and Sandra.

In 1950, Red returned to work for Potlatch. This was also Red's first year on the Clearwater River log drive. He soon became the foreman of Camp T and the foreman of the log drive.

The ninety mile log drive down the Clearwater from the river logging camps on the North Fork to the Lewiston Mill made news every spring. Red became the iconic lumberjack. In 1962, Red appeared as the foreman of the log drive on the television show "To Tell the Truth". Red and other members of the log drive crew were featured in Walt Disney's movie, "Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar" in 1967. Red also contributed to and appeared in "The Last of the Log Drives", a documentary. Red had a knack for telling stories with humorous understatements, a reputation as a person who was good to work for and an appreciation of history in the making. His friends teasingly called him "The Legend".

During retirement, Red and June enjoyed traveling near and far. They often wintered in Yuma, AZ and were members of the Good Sam Club. Red and June also enjoyed trips to Mexico, Alaska, Canada and China, always learning new things about the cultures and economies.

Red was a wonderful family man. He is survived by his wife, June, at home in Lewiston; his son, Jim McCollister of Orofino, his daughter, Patty Pabst and son-in-law Rob of Camas, WA, and his daughter, Sandra Goffinet and son-in-law John of Orofino. Red's grandchildren are Meridee Pabst and husband Dave Hajek of Washougal, WA, Alison Pabst of Seattle, WA, Matt Finlayson and wife Emika of Vancouver, WA, and Ross Finlayson, of Bellevue, WA. Red's three great-granddaughters are Lily and Jayla Finlayson and Lainey Hajek.

Red is also survived by his sister, Bonnie Delaney of Spokane, WA and several nieces and nephews. Red was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Mattie McCollister, and a sister, Elsie Onstott.

Cremation has taken place with a private memorial service planned for the future.

The family extends thanks to all of the old-timers who stopped by to visit Red and to the family, friends, neighbors, and caregivers who offered comfort and assistance.

Photo: Red is wearing his 'safety hat' on the log drive. He painted a number on his hat for every day with no lost-time accidents.


Elnora Victoria Hall, 90, formerly of Peck

Elnora Victoria Hall, of Lewiston, passed away Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, at the age of 90.

Elnora was born to Alva R. and Esther E. Evans Hall, on Nov. 22, 1919, at Lewiston. She was a proud member of the Nez Perce Tribe and had lived at the Orchards Rehabilitation and Care Center in Lewiston for the past 10 years.

She attended grade school at Spalding. While attending high school in Lapwai, she worked for area farmers. She graduated from Lapwai High School in 1942.

After graduation, she was the area representative for the Grand Union Tea and Coffee Company, and was later transferred to Salt Lake City. Within six months, she was promoted to assistant manager. In 1946 she returned to Lewiston.

She married Fred Townsend on June 3, 1946, at Moscow. They operated a farm near Peck until his ill health forced them to give up their farm.

In 1949 she attended Lewiston Business College. From 1952 to 1955, they managed a hotel in Spokane. The marriage ended in divorce in 1955, and Elnora returned to Lewiston.

At Lewiston, she worked for City Dye Works in the Service Master Division and then as a dry cleaning route driver. She was a route driver for Kay's Vogue Cleaners and a route driver for Lee's Cleaners. During 1965 and 1966, she worked on the Howard Ranch. From 1966 to 1989 she operated her own carpentry and painting business.

Elnora is survived by her sisters, Rosamond Agatha Proper Szewczyk of Lewiston and Norma C. Hall Miller of Lapwai; and a brother, Alva Reynold Hall of Coeur d'Alene.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Gloria Faith and Vera Hall Gibbs.

At Elnora's request, there will not be a service. A private family burial will take place at Normal Hill Cemetery in Lewiston at a later date. Cremation has taken place, and memorial contributions can be made to the Orchards Care and Rehabilitation Center Activity Fund, 1014 Burrell Ave., Lewiston.

Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston is in charge of the arrangements.

Photo: Elnora Victoria Hall


John Paul Baugh, 65, Orofino

John Paul Baugh passed away on Feb. 3, 2010 due to complications following surgery. John was a loving and devoted husband, son, brother, uncle, father and grandfather and will be missed by all.

John was born on July 14, 1944 at Orofino, to Paul and Lila Baugh. He is survived by his wife, Gloria Baugh at the family home; his mother, Lila; two sisters, Judy Coomer (husband Jack) of Boise and Lura Mullikin (husband Lyle) of Orofino; his children, Paul and Matt Baugh, Summer Mechling all of Deary and Blaine Graening of Post Falls. Grandchildren Ryan Baugh, of Lewiston and Sage, Montana and Jacob Mechling of Deary, also survive him.

John was preceded in death by his father Paul, who died in a logging accident when John was a young boy. He was also preceded in death by his step-father Ted Zimhauer, who John loved and respected very much.

He married Linda Weddle in Lewiston on April 23, 1966. That marriage later ended in divorce. He always had a special place in his heart for Dorothy Jones, who cared for Summer after the divorce. He spoke many times of the strength and love she gave to both Summer and himself.

He met his current wife, Gloria, on September 30, 1989 when she asked him to dance. They have been inseparable sweethearts since they fell in love that night. They married in Orofino on Feb. 14, 1992.

John proudly served his country with the Idaho National Guard beginning in 1964 doing weekend and summer drills with Company D of the 116th Combat Engineer Battalion in Orofino. John attended Basic Training in Fort Leonardwood, MO in 1965. He was a heavy equipment operator and served a tour of duty in Vietnam from Sept. 11, 1968 until his discharge Sept. 4, 1969. His rank was Specialist 5th Class. He spent time near the demilitarized zone in Vietnam and was awarded the Army Accommodation Medal.

John loved 4-wheeling with his dog, Gracie May, spending time in the great outdoors, hunting, fishing, and exploring. He enjoyed working on projects in his shop for family and friends. Most of all he loved spending time with family and watching his grandchildren grow up.

Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel. There will be a potluck dinner at the National Guard Armory on U.S. Highway 12 in Orofino following the funeral.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for the arrangements.

Photo: John Paul Baugh


Sally J. Irby, 72, Orofino

Sally Jane Irby passed away Monday, Feb. 1, 2010, at Lewiston. She was born, Feb. 5, 1937, in Snohomish, WA, to Gordon and Alice Frost.

Sally is survived by one brother in Idaho and two brothers in California; two daughters, Tammie Rovertson of Peck and Nancy Hartness of Athens, GA; one stepdaughter and three stepsons; along with several grandchildren and step-grandchildren.

Sally enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and huckleberry picking and especially spending time with her husband Billie.

A celebration of life memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Feb. 13 at the Peck Community Center. The Rev. Tristan Harvey will conduct the services. A covered dish potluck will follow immediately after the services.

Memorial donations may be made to Orchards Rehabilitation and Care Center in Lewiston in her name.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory of Orofino is caring for the arrangements.

Photo: Sally J. Irby


Roger Dale Morgan, 64, formerly of Orofino

Roger Dale Morgan passed away Friday, Jan. 29, 2010 at 2:10 am at Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, AZ after a brief illness.

Roger was born Feb. 9, 1945 in Kendrick to Don and LenaBelle Morgan.

After graduation from Orofino High School in 1963, Roger went to work for the Forest Service. When the National Guard was activated, he was deployed to Vietnam as a Combat Engineer with the 116th Battalion. After serving in Vietnam, he returned to Cavendish to farm with his wife, Karen (later divorced). In addition to farming, Roger was a truck owner/operator and also drove logging truck and belly dump truck locally in the Orofino area.

Roger was employed by the Clearwater County Road Department as road grader operator from 1987 until he retired March 31, 2000. During his employment with the Road Department, he was also a volunteer Reserve Deputy for the Clearwater County Sheriff's Department and Search and Rescue Posse, where he met his wife Linda.

After retiring from Clearwater County, Roger and Linda travelled the United States while Roger worked as an RV insurance agent for Camping World before taking up permanent residence in Apache Junction, AZ.

Survivors include his wife, Linda; daughter, Becky and Kyle Johnston; son, Scott and Tona Morgan; son, John and Sara Cox,; son, Ernest and Denise Cox; six grandchildren, Ashley, Brenden, Caroline, Taylor, Donald, and Dallas; and one great-grandson, Logan. He is also survived by is mother, LenaBelle Morgan of Lewiston; sister, Jan and Ralph Colwell, Genesee; brother, Dave and Shirley Morgan of Lewiston ID; and four nephews, Steve and Brad Colwell and Ron and Mike Morgan.

The celebration of Roger's life will be held at the Pueblo Manor clubhouse in Apache Junction, AZ on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. The clubhouse is located at 834 Meridian Rd. in Apache Junction.

Photo: Roger Dale Morgan


Sally Jane Irby, 72, Orofino

Sally Jane Irby, 72, Orofino, passed away at Orchards Rehab and Care Center in Lewiston Monday, Feb. 1, 2010.

A memorial service is pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Billie Mae White, 76, Orofino

Billie Mae White, 76, of Orofino passed away Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010, at Clearwater Valley Hospital.

Billie was born July 25, 1933 in Orofino to Wayne & Dorothy (Stanton) Herres. She had an older sister, Jerre. She lived in Orofino until her Dad died in 1941. After his death her mother worked to support the family and Billie lived in various locations including Moscow; St. Maries; Coville, WA; Marcus, WA and Lewiston.

In 1949, she met the love of her life, Bill White at Camp Y on the North Fork of the Clearwater. Bill was the only one from then on. Bill was drafted in 1952 while Billie was a senior at Lewiston High School. They eloped to Orofino on March 3, 1952. Bill shipped out to boot camp and Billie went back and lived with her Mom and stepdad, George Kolasa, in Lewiston while finishing high school.

After graduation Billie joined Bill at Fort Ord, CA where he was stationed. They lived there until being transferred to Anchorage, AK. While stationed in Alaska, their first bundle of joy, Lolli, was born. When Bills' tour of duty was up, they moved back to the North Fork where their second bundle of joy, Rena, was born. They had many happy years of life on the North Fork. They then moved to Orofino and the final bundle of joy, Dot, rounded out their family of girls. They lived the rest of their married life in Orofino.

Billie had the best husband in the world and they enjoyed square dancing, fishing, camping, jeep club adventures, and of course weekly, sometimes daily, trips to the casino. They always had a standing date for first day of steelhead fishing. Billie enjoyed bowling, playing cards with friends or alone, needlepoint and cooking. But she loved most being a wife and mother. She belonged to Eastern Star, Clearwater County Search and Rescue Auxiliary, Hit and Miss Club and Rebekahs. She collected Santa Clauses and delighted when her grandchildren and great grandchildren wound them all up at the same time.

Billie is survived by her husband of 57 years, Bill White, of Orofino; three daughters Lolli of CA, Rena of Kamiah, and Dot of Orofino. She leaves behind seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, Wayne Herres; her mother, Dorothy Kolasa; her stepfather George Kolasa "Pappy"; her sister, Jerre South; and a great granddaughter, Madison Grace.

Graveside services will be Tuesday Jan. 26, 2010 at 11 a.m. at Orofino Cemetery with a dinner to follow at the Orofino VFW. All family & friends are invited to join together to share happy memories and laughs.

Donations may be made to Clearwater Valley Hospital Auxiliary in honor of all the wonderful nurses and aides who attended and loved Billie the last two years.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Billie Mae White


Carlene Janice Bernadine McKay, 74, Orofino

Carlene Janice Bernadine McKay, our loving mother, grandmother, wife and friend, passed away Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, at her home on Orofino Creek surrounded by her loving family. She was 74.

On the day of her passing, a bald eagle was spotted by her niece soaring over the Clearwater River. This symbolized to us her gentle flight to heaven. Her deep devotion to Christ enabled her strength of spirit to be victorious to the end.

She was born April 1, 1935, the daughter of Verner and Christle McKay at Myrtle. She grew up on the banks of the Clearwater River with one sister and three brothers. She moved away many times but always returned to her home.

She met and married Robert W. Love and had three girls, Vicki Horton of Spokane, Andrea Wolverton of Orofino and Leanne Love of Lewiston. She was also blessed with nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She met and married, in Christ, Glenn Richey on May 20, 2006.

In the last years of her life she enjoyed traveling and helping Glenn provide dental services for the not-so-fortunate souls of this Earth.

Mom was an exceptionally accomplished musician. She played at many church services, weddings and at all family gatherings.

A family service was conducted and burial took place at the Wolverton home.

We will all love and miss you Mom.


Harold 'Hal' George Baker, 52, formerly of Orofino

Harold 'Hal' George Baker, age 52, passed away Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, after a long illness. He was born in Anaconda, MT, on March 10, 1957, to Harold and Donna Baker.

When he was three years old, his family moved to Libby, MT, where he attended school through the seventh grade. The family moved to Orofino, Dec. 28, 1970, and to Asotin, WA in 1971, where he went to high school. He was active in football, track and baseball.

In 1974, he joined the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged after three years. He was married and had a son. The marriage ended in divorce.

He graduated from Lewis-Clark State College at Lewiston with an associate's degree in appliance repair.

While employed as head of maintenance at the Highlander Senior Citizen Center, one of his greatest joys was helping the elderly.

He was a dedicated outdoorsman who loved his fishing, hunting and spending time in the outdoors with all his adored animals. He also loved gardening.

He is survived by Cindy Brackelsberg, longtime companion and friend; his mother Donna Baker; son Chad Baker; daughter Jessica; two sisters, Lyne Rugg and husband of Lewiston, and Katy Mitchell and husband of Suffolk, VA; and many nieces, nephews and other family members in Montana.

Hal was preceded in death by his father Harold Baker, uncles and grandparents.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston.

Photo: Harold 'Hal" George Baker


Joseph David McCann, 74

Joseph David McCann, 74, of Lewiston, passed away Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, from complications of pneumonia resulting from an accident while working on a home project. If you knew Joe, he was always busy.

He was born on June 19, 1935 in Wilton, WI, to Edward and Leona McCann. He spent many years and much time with his uncles, Bernard and Norbert Berendes. He graduated in 1953 from Wilton High School, and soon after moved to Lewiston.

It did not take him long to find the love of his life. He married Nadine Riggers on July 11, 1959, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

In his younger years, Joe worked for Skelton's Floor Covering, McCann's Mill in Weippe, Gleason Oil and McCann Land Company, where he farmed and managed cows, as well as managing his own cattle operation near Tammany. After moving back to Lewiston, he worked for S&H Contractors as a project manager/heavy-equipment operator. He later was employed at Excel Transport, where a work-related injury forced him into early retirement.

Joe enjoyed spending time at the family cabin at Soldiers Meadow. He loved snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, never being wrong and sharing stories with friends or anyone who would listen. In his later years his favorite hobby was woodworking. He built and designed bird- houses and feeders that were sold nationwide on QVC. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, going to their games, running them to school and making them laugh.

He was always busy working in the yard, and always had time to help a friend. He never knew a stranger and always had a joke and a smile to share.

Joe is survived by his wife and best friend of 50 years, Nadine; his favorite son, Kurt McCann and Donna Mueller of Princeton and granddaughters Mandy Jo and Derrick Reynolds, Kayla and Tyler McCann-Furchtenicht and Kellie McCann, and three great-grandchildren; favorite daughter Karla McCann of Lewiston and granddaughters Tayler, Morgan and Maddy Jo Asplund; favorite daughter Kimberly McCann of Lewiston and grandchildren Clayton, Kendal and Cooper Hatfield. Also surviving are brothers Gene and wife Liz of Stanley, Iowa, Jay and Dona of Clarkston, Mike and Gloria of Fort Wayne, IN, and Dennis and Kim of Janesville, WI; sisters Margaret and Tom Polek of Lewiston and Sue Ann and Tom Buick of Grand Junction, CO; his favorite uncle, Norbert (Nubs) Berendes of Tomah, WI; his mother-in-law, Amanda Riggers of Lewiston; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Jack, Jerry and Jan.

The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Following the service there will be a gathering of family and friends at the Lewiston VFW Hall.

Donations can be made to the Willow Center for Grieving Children or the Shriner's Hospital.

Photo: Joseph David McCann


Carlene J. McKay, 74, Orofino

Carlene Janice McKay, 74, Orofino, passed away Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, at her home.

Private family services were conducted.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel of Orofino is caring for arrangements.


John Boyett McCluskey, Jr., 80, formerly of Orofino

PENDLETON, OR - John Boyett McCluskey, 80, of Pendleton, OR, died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, at his home.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Pendleton. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army in Pendleton. Comments about his life and accomplishments may be made by friends in his guest book at www.burnsmortuary.com.

Mr. McCluskey was born May 10, 1929 in Tucson, AZ, to John and June McCluskey. He was educated in Tucson and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona. He was a career employee of the U.S. Forest Service from 1951 to 199l and was an environmental coordinator at the time of his retirement. He worked on the Clearwater National Forest from 1951 through 1965 beginning as a road engineer and going on into range conservation. He worked in real estate for a number of years after retirement from the Forest Service.

In 1956 he married Kathryn Coles of Jacksonville, FL, and they had four children. He was a member of Elks, Oregon Association of Realtors, and U.S. Forest Service Retirees Association. He was a Republican precinct committeeman and was an enthusiastic observer of the political scene and current events. Mr. McCluskey held a single engine private pilot's license and was a resident of Pendleton for 32 years.

Mr. McCluskey is survived by his wife of 54 years, Kathryn McCluskey of Pendleton; sons, John B. McCluskey III of Montreal, Canada, and Kelly McCluskey of Seoul, Korea; daughters Mary Wehland of Pendleton, and Valerie Calley of Athena; and 11 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Alice McCluskey, and brother, James McCluskey.

Private burial services will take place on his favorite mountain in Idaho at a later date.

Photo: John Boyett McCluskey, Jr.


Kenneth Walter Schwartz, 94, formerly of Orofino

Kenneth Walter Schwartz, 94, formerly of Orofino, passed away Monday at Lewiston Rehabilitation and Care Center.

Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Lois Mae Faris Brock, 103, Orofino

Lois Mae Brock, 103, passed away peacefully on Jan. 6, 2010 at the Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

Lois was born in Chilhowie, VA at her grandparent's home on October 11, 1906. Roanoke, VA became her home until she was five when the family (mother, father, and baby brother, Leo) traveled on the Northern Pacific railroad to make their fortune on a homestead near Brady, MT. After three years of futile efforts, they left Montana for Eastern Washington and to fast forward she grew up there, graduating from Meade High School in Spokane, WA and from Cheney Normal School with honors.

In 1940 Lois moved to Orofino with her husband, Carroll, and daughter Betty. Her husband took over the Public Accounting business of Mr. Loomis which grew into Goffinet and Clack, CPA's after Carroll retired in the 1970's. Their son, Norman, was born in 1942 and she was a "stay-at-home mom" until he was 15 years old. After returning to school, she received a full teaching degree from the University of Idaho in 1963 and taught sixth grade at Orofino Elementary School for 20 years, retiring in 1974.

Many volunteer organizations benefited from her service including, Camp Fire Girls, Business and Professional Women, R.S.V.P., Clearwater Valley Hospital Auxiliary, Chapters AW and CD P.E.O., Retired Teachers, Clearwater Memorial Public Library and the United Methodist Church.

In 1988 Lois moved to Royal Plaza in Lewiston where she made her home until Brookside Landing was built in Orofino. On a very rainy May 1, 2001, she became the first resident at Brookside Landing where she enjoyed being with her many Orofino friends.

Lois is survived by her daughter, Betty Burnham of Orofino; son and daughter-in-law, Norman and Joan Brock, of Davenport, WA.; grandson and wife, Corey and Debra Brock and their children, Derek, Braden & Katelyn of Spokane WA.; grandson and wife, Rob and Joanne Burnham, of Appleton, WI; granddaughter Denise Burnham Whetzel and her husband Regis of Mc Clellandtown, PA and her children Scott, Matthew and Elizabeth Hoadley.

Arrangements have been made at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel, Orofino. At her request no service is planned. Memorials may be sent to the Orofino Peck United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 424, Orofino, ID 83544.

Photo: Lois Mae Faris Brock


Esther Gladys Price, 90, Orofino

Esther Gladys Price, 90, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at the Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino, after a sudden bout with pneumonia. She was surrounded by family and friends.

Esther was born on Jan. 26, 1919, at the family home in Kendrick to Oscar and Anna Bolon-Aiken. Esther went to school in Kendrick and always loved being an Idaho girl. From an early age she enjoyed the outdoors; especially gardening. In 1934 she met and married Richard Crooks in Moscow. He was killed in 1944 in the Marshall Islands and won a purple heart for his courageous efforts in WWII. They had one child together, Richard (Dick) Crooks. During WWII Esther worked for the Army Signal Depot in Sacramento, CA. She then returned to her beloved Idaho after the war and worked as a waitress and bartender in Orofino. After the death of her first husband she moved to Yakima, WA, and graduated from Washington Florist Design School. Esther loved flowers and worked in floral shops in the Yakima area until 1967. She found her way back to Orofino and worked at Oud's Hardware and Snyders Sporting Goods.

After being widowed at an early age she later remarried Orval (Buck) Kassel in Orofino, Idaho, but that ended in divorce. In 1968 she married Clyde Price in Kamiah. They had many happy years together, until his death 1993. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, camping, fishing with family and gardening. She organized the Orofino Sodbusters Gardening Club in 1953. She loved her small family and her friends. In 1972, Esther started work for the State Liquor Store in Orofino and managed it for 12 years until retiring in 1984.

As all her family and friends know, Esther was very involved in politics, in both the local and state arenas. She was on the City Council for Orofino from 1981 until 1993. Esther was proud to be the Clearwater Democratic Party Chairman for several years in Orofino and she was awarded the State Chair's Award from the Idaho Democratic Party. Governor John Evans appointed her to the Idaho State JETPA Committee for one term and Governor Cecil Andrus appointed her to the same committee for an additional two terms. Esther served on the Executive Boards for CEDA and PIC. She worked hard on political campaigns for Governor Evans, Governor Andrus, Representative Richard Stallings, Representative Larry LaRocco and Attorney General Larry Echohawk, and Senator Frank Church. She served as treasurer on the political campaigns for Clearwater County Sheriff Nick Albers, her dearest and closest friend. The entire Albers family remained friends with Esther to her dying day. She loved them as her own family and often referred to the Albers children as her grandchildren.

After the sudden and untimely death of her only son, Dick, Esther sold her home in Riverside and moved to Brookside Landing in 2001. Esther, or Nana as her immediate family called her, was the pillar of strength of the family; often providing advise and wisdom to family, as only time and life experiences can provide.

Esther is survived by her grandchildren Bradley N. and Sandra M. Crooks of Moscow; Richard K. Crooks of Moscow; great-grandchildren Kimberly Mearse of Bend, OR, Nathan B. Crooks of Lewiston, Simonne M. Crooks of Moscow, and Kassandra Crooks of Moscow.. She is also survived by her great-great-grandchildren Octavia and Anikyn Crooks of Lewiston; Corbin Crooks of Mitchell, SD and Avery Mearse-Spikerman of Bend, OR. She is also survived by her nephew, Scott Crocker of Roseburg, OR.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Anna Bolon-Aiken; siblings Leora Andrews, Inez Howington, and Jim Aiken; her son Richard (Dick) Crooks; and husbands Richard Crooks, Orval (Buck) Kassel, and Clyde Price.

She made a difference to her family, friends and community. All who knew her will miss her vivacious personality and strong character. Esther, Nana, your spirit will be with us always.

There will be a celebration of her life at Brookside Landing on Sunday, Jan. 10, from 2-4 p.m.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.

Photo: Esther Gladys Price


Shirley Jean Carr Teed, 72, formerly of Weippe

Shirley Jean Carr Teed was born Dec. 24, 1937, in Lewiston, to Jessie White Carr and Irad Carr. She died Dec. 31, 2009.

Shirley attended elementary school at Cottonwood and graduated from Weippe High School in 1956.

Shirley married Milo Teed on Jan. 24, 1959, in Weippe. They moved to New Meadows in 1969, and then to Caldwell in 1970. Shirley and Milo had three children: Kenneth, Karla and Larry Teed.

Shirley was a member of 4-H and FFA while in school. During that time she was also crowned princess of the Lewiston Roundup in 1957.

While living in Caldwell, she attended and graduated from a medical transcription program. After graduating, she went on to work at the Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

She and Milo were both lifetime members of the Elks Club.

After their children's graduation, she and Milo made their home in Alaska, first in Fairbanks and then Anchorage. They returned to Idaho in 2005 and were making their home in Lewiston.

Shirley was preceded in death by her mother Jessie and father Irad Carr; two brothers, Bobby and Dale Carr; along with her son, Larry Teed.

She is survived by her husband, Milo Teed; children Kenneth Teed and Karla Moore; sister Ruth Carr Space; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Shirley will be cremated at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston. Viewing will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Anyone who would like to attend is welcome.

Graveside services will be held at Weippe Cemetery in the spring. The family will announce the date and time.

Photo: Shirley Jean Carr Teed


Thelma May Colwell, 96, formerly of Clearwater County

Our mother, Thelma May Colwell, passed away Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, of causes related to age.

Burial will be at Southwick Cemetery, with a memorial service in the spring.

Thelma May Cantril was born Nov. 3, 1913, at Pomeroy, WA to Frank L. and Ida Wilson Cantril. While growing up, Mom lived with various relatives in Washington, Idaho and Montana, and spent part of her youth at the Lewiston Children's Home.

In a simple ceremony, Mom married Wilbur D. Colwell on May 31, 1931, at Pomeroy. They owned a service station in Pomeroy until they moved to the greater Seattle area. During World War II, Mom worked for Boeing as an expediter on the inboard wing of the Boeing B-17. After the war, they moved to Inglewood, CA, where Wilbur worked for the Northrup Corp. The family was privileged to watch the short historical flight of the Spruce Goose.

Mother became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1947 and, in 1948, they moved to Southwick, where they were partners in a shake mill, which they later moved to the North Fork of the Clearwater River. A few years later, they moved to Kendrick, where Mom worked at the restaurant and the drug store. In 1951, they moved to Joseph, OR, to operate Walter Brennan's theater. In 1956, they made their final move to Lewiston, where they built a home. Mom worked as a bookkeeper for Payless Drug Store until retiring in 1975.

Wilbur passed away in 1992 and, in 1998, Mom moved to the Royal Plaza Retirement Center. For a few years, she enjoyed taking care of the library and the flowers outside of her apartment. Mom was especially interested in all activities of her family. She also enjoyed reading, gardening and genealogy.

Mom was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur; her parents; and her brothers, Frank Cantril and Donald Cantril. She is survived by daughter Betty and son-in-law Jack Mustoe of Lewiston; daughter Barbara and son-in-law Orville Halseth of Kendrick; granddaughter Julie Halseth and Gary Donnelly of Casper, WY; grandson Mark Mustoe of Spokane, WA; granddaughter Chris Halseth and Jim Mattoon of Lake Stevens, WA; 10 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Mother was devoted to her family with an abundance of kindness in her heart. She will be remembered by her family as a strong, resilient woman due to the adversities she overcame as a girl. Mother, Granny and Great-Granny - we will miss you and your strength of character.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to an organization of your choice.

Photo: Thelma May Colwell


Ramona 'Peggy' Ethel Phillips, 88, formerly of Orofino

Ramona 'Peggy' Ethel Phillips passed away Dec. 23, 2009 at Clearwater Valley Hospital at age 88.

Peggy was born June 29, 1921 in St. Maries to Kalfra and Myrtle Wolfe. She was the youngest of four children. Peggy married Howard Phillips Nov. 25, 1938. They lived in Emida for a time and then moved to Kellogg. They moved to Orofino in 1943 and then on to Pierce in 1944 and finally back to Orofino where they lived until 1995. While Howard worked as a logger, Peggy stayed home and raised their five children.

Peggy loved to read, go metal detecting and play bingo. In the 70s, she helped her husband and daughter, Nancy, operate a ceramic shop and then later a rock shop in Orofino.

Peggy and Howard moved to Lewiston in 1995. She lost her husband of 67 years in October of 2006.

Peggy is survived by her children: daughters, Lorraine and Lyle Kidder, Orofino; Nancy and Larry Wunderlich, Lewiston; Barbie and Mark Deyo, Orofino; sons, Bill Phillips, Orofino and Rene and Karen Phillips, Boise. She is survived by 15 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Kalfra and Myrtle Wolfe; brothers, Stanley and Bill Wolfe and sister, Javerina Bergman.

Cremation has taken place and a family gathering will be held at a later date.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Ramona 'Peggy' Ethel Phillips


Othella Jean Hamrin, 86, formerly of Pierce

Othella Jean Hamrin, 86, of Lewiston, passed away Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, at Life Care Center in Lewiston. She was born Feb. 24, 1923, at Grangeville, one of six children born to Sanford and Sarah Larson. She had three brothers and two sisters.

She attended school in Pierce and graduated from high school there.

Othella and Nels G. Hamrin were married Sept. 26, 1942, at Pierce. She and her husband moved to Kirkland, WA, so that Nels could work in the shipyards from 1942 through 1946. They then spent a short time in Clarkston, WA before moving to Bovill where Nels was a sawyer from 1948 until 1950. Then the family returned to Clarkston in 1950 where they remained. The couple had two sons.

Surviving Othella are her son, Larry Nels Hamrin; granddaughter, Jeannie Loree Hamrin; and sister, Norma Fauver, all of Clarkston.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Nels Gunnar Hamrin; her parents, Sanford and Sarah Larson; sister, Delisle McCollum; three brothers, Orville Larson, Len Larson and Lavar Larson; and son, Lyle Gene Hamrin.

No public services will be conducted. Merchant Funeral Home of Clarkston is handling arrangements.

Photo: Othella Jean Hamrin


David Duane Cady, 60, Orofino

David Duane Cady, 60, Orofino, passed away at his residence Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009.

A public visitation will be held Thursday, Dec. 17 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel from 1-4 p.m. A graveside service will be held Friday, Dec. 18, at 12 p.m. at Cook Cemetery, Orofino.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Food Baskets c/o Harold Kinne, Post 3296, VFW, P.O. Box 1270, Orofino, ID 83544-1270.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


Michael Stanley Cornell, 73, Orofino

Michael Stanley Cornell, 73, Orofino, passed away at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009.

Arrangements are pending with Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory.


Vernon C. Holloway, 77, Orofino

Vernon C. Holloway, 77, Orofino passed away Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory are caring for arrangements.


Garold E. Walker, 83, Orofino

Garold E. Walker, 83, passed away Nov. 26, 2009 from complications of congestive heart failure.

Garold was born Sept. 27, 1926, to Daniel E. and Nellie J. Walker at Hopeton, OK. They moved to Harrison, AR in 1936 along with his three year old brother, Eldon. Three more siblings joined the family, Bonnie, Donnita and Robert.

Garold, known to family and friends as JR, spent most of his early years helping with the family dairy farm in Harrison where he attended school. The winter of Jan. 11, 1945, he enlisted in the United States Army serving his country until Nov. 17, 1946. After the war, he started working on Bull Shoals Dam as a bell boy, and this was the start of a 55 year long career as an iron worker. He met his future wife, Margaret A. McMillin, in Harrison where she worked at the local hospital as a registered nurse. After the completion of Bull Shoals, he was on his way to Clark Fork to start work on Cabinet Gorge Dam. Margaret was hired by Morrison Knudsen Corp. as the first aid nurse for Cabinet Gorge Dam. Garold and Margaret married Oct. 11, 1952 at Thompson Falls, MT.

The next 13 years were spent traveling to new towns, states and countries to work on different dams. They moved to Orofino in August of 1967 to work on Dworshak Dam until its completion in 1972. Orofino remained his home until his passing.

He enjoyed reminiscing about "the jobs", and attending Iron Worker reunions. His greatest joys were hunting, fishing, golfing, gardening and taking care of his place. Many families and neighbors enjoyed the bounties from his vegetable garden and fruit trees.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret; daughter, Sue, and her husband, Chris Anderson; and grandchildren Max and Kelsey Anderson. His parents preceded him in death.

Cremation has taken place. Services will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinic or to the charity of your choice.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photos: Garold E. Walker


Eva Mae (Torgerson) Una, 86, former county resident

Eva Mae (Torgerson) Una, 86, of Coeur d' Alene died Dec. 3, 2009 at Coeur d' Alene Homes. She was born September 28, 1923 in Park, Idaho, the daughter of pioneer family George Torgerson and Julia Nolan Torgerson. The family moved to Elk River in 1925, where she was valedictorian of the Elk River High School class of 1942. She attended the University of Idaho and graduated from the Sacred Heart School of Nursing, Spokane, WA in 1946.

In 1945, she married Art Una of Orofino. They started their family in Orofino, and later moved to Eugene, OR where their children finished their education. They subsequently lived in Astoria, Lewiston and Denver before retiring in 1983 in Coeur d'Alene. Eva Mae's career in nursing was widespread: working in large hospitals, teaching at Lane Community College, Eugen), managing the Tongue Point, Astoria, Job Corps Infirmary and, her favorite, working in various small town hospitals. Her kitchen was a triage and first aid office wherever she lived.

Eva Mae was very personable, having many friends of all ages. In Coeur d'Alene, she was active in PEO and Habitat for Humanity with special friends Doris Frensdorf and Joyce Lovey. She maintained friendships with her nursing school companions Shirley Fitzgerald, Peggy Irving, Tony Tucker and "Scarp" Ferrara throughout her life and took yearly trips to the coast with these friends. They fondly nicknamed her "Torg".

Eva Mae was predeceased by her husband Art Una in 1984, brother Marvin Torgerson in 2001 and mother-in-law Mary Kiiskila in 1995. She is survived by her children: Steve and Monica Una of Danville, CA, Judy and Mike Carlson of Coeur d' Alene, and Ole and Susan Una of Palmer, WA. She is survived by her grandchildren: Nicole Una of San Francisco, CA; Erik Una, of Danville, CA; Erin Carlson Austin (Joey) of Ballard, WA; Erica Carlson of Denver, CO; Ben Carlson (Kim) of Issaquah, WA; and Toby and Rosie Una of Palmer, WA; and brothers Jim (Lucile) Torgerson of The Dalles, OR and Delbert Torgerson, of Cottonwood.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at English Funeral Chapel in Coeur d'Alene. Remembrances may be made in Eva Mae's memory to Coeur d 'Alene Homes, 624 W. Harrison, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814.

Photo: Eva Mae (Torgerson) Una

Thomas Orman Clark, Jr., 76, Orofino

Thomas Orman Clark, Jr., 76, Orofino passed away Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009 at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation in Orofino.

A gathering of friends and family will celebrate Thomas Clark's life Saturday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. at the Orofino Community Center (under Pizza Factory, 307 Michigan Ave.).

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.


William 'Billy' Olson, 80, Weippe native

William 'Billy' Olson, 80, went to be with Jesus Friday, Nov. 27, 2009. He passed away from complications from a stroke. He was born to William and Allie Olson Feb. 8, 1929. He grew up in Weippe and lived there all his life.

Billy was in the Air Force during the Korean War. He was part of the Berlin Air Lift. When he was discharged from the service, he worked in the woods and at area mills.

Billy wed the love of his life, Jolean Conway, on Oct. 12, 1952. They had 57 wonderful years of marriage. Together they had two daughters, Karen and Kathy. In 1986, they added their son-in-law, Scott Lefferts, to the family.

In 1974, Billy gained John and Sue Wyatt as his family. Then along came the "Grandkids", Nikki, Kacey and Mindy. Along with the Wyatts, Bonnie Jensen joined the family. They have all been such a blessing.

Billy enjoyed being with his family, going to church, fishing, hunting, getting wood and reading.

His parents, William and Allie Olson preceded him in death.

Survivors include, his wife Jolean; daughters, Karen, Kathy and Scott Lefferts; john and Sue Wyatt, Nikki and Chad Towslee, Kacey, Chris and Olivia Cagle, Mindy and Fred Michaelscheck and Bonnie Jensen. A new little great-grand baby will be born in February 2010.

A Memorial Service will be Saturday, Dec. 5, at 1 p.m. at the Weippe Wesleyan Church, Weippe. Following the service will be a reception with refreshments in the fellowship hall of the Wesleyan Church.

There will be a private family burial at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorials for William Olson can be made to the Weippe Wesleyan Church or to the charity of your choice.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

We would like to thank all that have been praying for the family, supporting us during this time. We would also like to thank Clearwater Health and Rehab staff for all their care, Clearwater Valley Hospital and Dr. Jenkins.

Photo: William 'Billy' Olson


Otis 'Russ' L. Davis, 80, Dworshak construction worker

Otis L. 'Russ' Davis, Clarkston, WA, passed away Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, at the age of 80.

He began his life on Dec. 19, 1928, in Eden born to Kenneth and Maye Davis. He was one of six children born to the Davises. The Davis family later moved to Vancouver, WA where Kenneth and Maye worked in the shipyards during World War II. The family later returned to Eden, where Russ graduated from high school in 1948.

Russ went to work for the Bureau of Reclamation in 1948 and was then drafted for the Army in 1952 and served until 1954. During his service, he was aboard ship during the Korean War.

Upon receiving an honorable discharge from the Army, he married Betty J. Bollinger on Aug. 26, 1955, in Elko, NV.

Once married, Russ returned to the Bureau of Reclamation in 1956, this time in Colorado, where they started their family together. The Davis family then went on to California, where Russ continued to work for the Bureau of Reclamation. In 1967, Russ and the rest of the Davis family went to Idaho, where he worked on the Dworshak Dam project. Upon completion of the Dworshak Dam, the Davis family moved to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley, where Russ worked on completion of the Lower Granite Dam. In 1981, Russ and Betty moved to Saudi Arabia, working for the Corps of Engineers, returning to Clarkston in 1985. Russ then retired from the Corps of Engineers in 1987. After his retirement, he and Betty both volunteered at Tri-State Memorial Hospital as Blue Angels.

Russ enjoyed fishing, camping and visiting his children. He was a life member and past master of the Clarkston Masonic Lodge No. 143, and a member of the Order of Eastern Star Vineland Chapter 84.

Russ is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betty; his four children and their spouses, Jock Davis and Glenda of West Richland, WA, Tammie Lester and Larry of Fallon, NV., Shawn Davis and Rena of Lewiston, and Roxanne Spendlove and John of Camp Verde, AZ. Russ leaves nine grandchildren, Kyle, Adam, Sara, Amy, Lacey, Jason, Jesse, Katie and Dillon; as well as 11 great-grandchildren.

Russ was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Maye Davis, three brothers and two sisters.

He was an outstanding husband, wonderful father, superior grandfather and an all-around good man. Russ will be deeply missed by everyone whose lives he touched.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the United Methodist Church, located at 1242 Highland Ave. in Clarkston. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, you make a donation in Russ's name to the Tri-State Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Photo: Otis 'Russ' L. Davis


Clayton O. Lyda, 76, formerly of Orofino

Clayton O. Lyda, 76, formerly of Orofino, passed away Friday, Nov. 13, 2009 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

He was born at the family home on upper Canada Hill in Orofino on Feb. 15, 1933 to Priscilla Dunton Lyda and Perry Lyda. He attended Banner School in his early youth and graduated from Orofino High School in 1951.

He worked as a telegrapher for the Camas Prairie Railroad and later sold real estate in Lewiston.

He is survived by two brothers, Perk Lyda and Jesse Lyda, both of Orofino, and a sister, Betty Johnson or Thorp, WA.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, one sister, Loree Huitt, and one brother, Sam Lyda.

At his request, cremation has taken place and no services are planned. Inurnment will be at Weseman Cemetery where his parents are buried.

Photo: Clayton O. Lyda at a Banner School reunion. (Photo courtesy of Perk Lyda)


Glenna Joan (Smolinski) Johnston, 73, Orofino

Glenna Johnston of Orofino passed away with her family by her side on Nov. 18, 2009 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Lewiston. Glenna was born March 13, 1936 to Alfred and Beatrice (Baker) Smolinski in the Fraser area near Weippe. She was the wife for 55 years of Philip Johnston and the mother of two sons, Gary and Donald.

Glenna's early years were spent on the family farm located at the top of the Greer Grade. She attended her first three years of school at the Fraser school followed by 4 1/2 years at the Cottonwood school until it burned. She then completed the 8th grade in Weippe where she also attended Weippe High School through the 10th grade. While attending Weippe High School, Glenna enjoyed being a Majorette and a Cheerleader. In 1952, the family moved to Orofino where Glenna graduated from the 12th grade in 1954. While attending Orofino High School, Glenna met Philip Johnston, and they wed on Sept. 25, 1954.

Glenna's attention to detail and proficiency with math served her well during her working career. She began part-time employment as a bookkeeper with the White Pine Lumber Company during her senior year in high school. After starting a family, Glenna went back to work full time in 1959 for White Pine until Potlatch Forests Inc (PFI) closed all White Pine operations in 1962 after purchasing them on January 1, 1961. Glenna then worked part time at the Clearwater County Courthouse as needed but particularly during tax collection and the annual issuance of vehicle license plates. After the family closed Johnson's Mill in 1972 and started Valley Recreation, she assumed bookkeeping responsibilities for the family business. In 1978, she became Chief Deputy Treasurer for Clearwater Country until leaving the job in 1987 to pursue more relaxing endeavors.

Glenna found many endeavors with which to relax. Summer camping trips with family were a favorite which in later years involved the participation in black powder muzzleloader shoots. Her eagle eye accuracy gave many men a run for their money. She was a past member of the Lolo Trail Muzzleloaders and is a current member of the Hog Heaven Muzzleloaders. In the 1970's, she enjoyed group snowmobile trips and was a founding member of the Orofino Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club. Glenna spent several years assembling the family genealogy which included many trips around the country looking through dusty courthouse and news office records. In her later years, Glenna enjoyed riding 4-wheelers, and seeing much of the local country not otherwise seen from the local highway.

Glenna is survived by her husband Philip of Orofino and her two sons: Gary of Kent, WA and Donald and his wife Lucy of Denton, TX.

A funeral service for Glenna will be held on Monday, Nov. 23, at 10 a.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. Burial is to follow services at Lewis & Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.

Photo: Glenna Joan (Smolinski) Johnston


Mary Ann Adams, 72, Peck native

Mary Ann Adams, 72, passed away Nov. 11, 2009 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Mary was born Dec. 16, 1936 in Peck. She attended Peck Elementary and Orofino High School. She married Charles Adams in 1955 in Lewiston. They made their home in Spokane, WA.

Mary worked in the travel industry for a number of years and traveled extensively during that time. She was known for her outgoing personality and her sharp wit.

Mary is survived by her husband of 54 years, Charles Adams; children Kayla Johnson (Cliff) of Spokane; David Adams (Ani) of Las Vegas, NV and Ginny Moran (Brian) of Spokane; six grandchildren, Ryan, Andy, Will, Brianna, Ben and Sam. She is also survived by Bill Deyo, Punch and Jeannie Deyo, Bonnie Clay, Pat and Duane Millard, Jeannette and Bill Barnett, Tim and Carol Adams, Bill and Bev Adams and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Bud Deyo and sister, Joyce Stach.

Viewing will be held at Heritage Funeral Home in Spokane Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 12-5 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in Heritage Chapel. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Spokane.

Photos: Mary Ann Adams


Henry Charles Kazda, 86, born at Southwick

Henry C. Kazda, "Hank the Barber," a longtime resident of Lewiston and Clarkston, WA, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009, at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston. He had fought a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer for more than a year. He now abides in heaven with the Lord and his angels.

He was born at Southwick on April 10, 1923, to Matt and Barbara Kazda. He attended school at Southwick and worked on his father's farm until he entered the U.S. Army in November 1944. He was issued an honorable discharge for disability in March 1945, and spent several months in the hospital at Farragut Naval Station, near Spokane, WA.

He returned to Lewiston and worked at the Potlatch Forests Inc. mill. In the fall of 1946, with the help of the GI Bill, he attended Mohler Barber School in Portland, OR, graduating in June 1947. He worked in his uncle's barber shop in Salem, OR, until he returned to the Lewiston area to be married.

Henry married Dorothy Buttrey at Westlake, west of Cottonwood, on Dec. 28, 1947. Hank barbered in Ketchikan and Juneau, AK, where they lived for more than three years. They returned to Lewiston in 1955 and he opened a barber shop across from the Lewis-Clark State College campus. In 1988, he moved his business to Clarkston, retiring in 2002.

Starting in 1989, Henry and Dorothy spent part of each winter in Yuma, AZ They also traveled through many states and in Canada until a fall resulted in brain surgery and limited his activities.

He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Clarkston, and a member of the Twin City Twirlers square dance club. He and Dorothy traveled to many state and national square dance conventions during this time.

He enjoyed watching sports and traveling. He loved his family and he loved life. He was generous with his time and money, always ready to help someone in need. Every year on the Saturday before Christmas he gave free haircuts to everyone who came to his shop. Surviving him are Dorothy, his wife of 61 years; three sons, William Kazda and his wife Sharon, Larry Kazda and his wife Peggy, and Gary Kazda and his wife Carol, all of Lewiston; one daughter, Doreen Cramer of Clarkston; two sisters, Bernadette Gooding and her husband Charlie of Yamhill, OR, and Marge Wright of Whitebird; one brother, Matt Kazda of Othello, WA; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Matt and Barbara Kazda; and his two sisters, Theresa Ezetti and Helen Davis.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston, or a charity of your choice.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Holy Family Church, with burial to follow at Vineland Cemetery, both in Clarkston. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston.

Photo: Henry Charles Kazda


William Joseph 'Bill' Gilmore, 72, Orofino

William Joseph 'Bill' Gilmore died Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, at his home just outside Orofino.

Bill was born Oct. 13, 1937 at Kamiah to Charles W. and Erma See Gilmore. He grew up at the top of the Greer Grade and went to school in Weippe. In 1957, Bill married Deana M. Crawford in Orofino.

Bill and Deana had three children, Dan, Tammy and Julie.

Bill worked in the woods most his life running equipment, shovel, loader, etc.

Bill and Deana moved to the Grangemont area in 1968 and he became a rancher. He loved his cows. He learned to do A.I. for cattle and enjoyed traveling to many other ranches in the area. Bill got interested in horticulture and loved to graft fruit trees and roses. One of his trees had five different apples.

Bill is survived by his wife, Deana; son, Dan and Kathy Gilmore of Deer Park, WA; daughters, Tammy and Kendall Kjaldgaard of Waterloo, WI, and Julie Grandstaff and Dan Bullock of Orofino; his sisters, Betty M. Reed of White City, OR, Loralee Brown, and brother, Charles 'Chuck' Gilmore of Orofino. He is also survived by his stepfather, Ben Farrow of Orofino; 13 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Charles W. Gilmore and Erma Farrow; stepmother, Catherine Gilmore; and infant son, John.

Internment will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at Pine Grove Cemetery in Kooskia.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory are caring for arrangements.

Photo: William Joseph 'Bill' Gilmore


Eleanor H. Kime, 90, formerly of Orofino

Eleanor H. Kime, 90, died of natural causes Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, at Carol Galles Shelter Care Home in Clarkston, WA. Eleanor was born Dec. 13, 1918, at Pomeroy, WA to Dennis and Hulda Porter. She grew up at Bear Ridge and attended school near Kendrick.

At a young age she worked during the summers doing cooking for area farmers during harvest.

Eleanor married Earl Kime in 1937. They soon moved to Orofino, where Earl worked in logging camps, and then on to Vanport, WA, where he worked in the shipyards during the war. They lived in Pomeroy and Clarkston raising their four children before finally retiring in Kennewick, WA.

She was a homemaker most of her life but did manage to find time to run a laundromat in Kennewick for several years. She was always cooking or baking for everyone and anyone who happened to stop by to visit.

Her grandchildren called her "Grandma Pie" as she always had several pies on the counter and many more in the freezer.

In 1989, the love of her life for 50 years, Earl, passed away. She remained in Kennewick until four months ago when she moved back to Clarkston.

She was a faithful member of the Jehovah Witnesses until her passing.

She enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing and gardening. She also enjoyed playing her harmonica and juice harp.

Eleanor is survived by two daughters, Nellie Flatt and husband Bob of Malden, WA, Charlotte Roberts of Kennewick; two sons, Jack Kime and wife Diana of Clarkston, and Harley (Bud) Kime and wife Jan of Kennewick; 17 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Charlotte (Bun) Kennedy of Okanogan, WA.

She was preceded in death by her husband Earl, four sisters and four brothers.

Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Pomeroy City Cemetery. Terry Howard of Lewiston will officiate at the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Eleanor's memory may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.merchantfuneralhome.com.

The family wishes to invite friends to gather at Rowdy's Steak House in Lewiston after the service at 4:30.

Photo: Eleanor H. Kime


Violet 'Tiny' Maynard Masterson, 61, Pierce

Violet 'Tiny' Maynard Masterson of Pierce passed away peacefully at home Monday, Oct. 26, 2009.

She was born Jan. 25, 1948 at the family home in Wayne County, WV to Hardin and Genieve McNeely Maynard. Early childhood was spent on the farm with her twin sister and seven other siblings before moving to Hunting, WV where she attended Huntington High School. In 1967 she met and married Raymond Masterson and began a family. Soon after Ray's discharge from the Army they moved to Pierce.

Their move to Idaho started her love of the outdoors where she enjoyed camping with family and friends. She looked forward to picking huckleberries every year and we all looked forward to her famous huckleberry cheesecake!

Tiny was very active in her small community and would lend a hand whenever possible whether serving you in one of the local watering holes or checking your Bingo card. She knew everyone by name. Though over the years as her health declined, she remained an active member of the Timberline Lions Club doing what she could.

Even though their marriage ended their friendship remained until his death, when Ray died in 1999. Also preceding her in death were her parents, a brother and four sisters: Dallas, Tamsey, Martha, Delsie and her twin, Eva.

Surviving her are her children Renee Smith and James Masterson. Also surviving are grandchildren Darold and Dallas Smith, Steven, Harley and Allyssa Masterson and Annie and Elaine Wilson, three siblings Daisy Pennington, Harlan and Duke Maynard and many, many, many nieces, nephews and friends. She also leaves behind her very special friend Joe Meely loving known to the family as "Papa Joe".

Her family would also like to thank Compassionate Care for their services and thank the many caregivers that cared for her over the years.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, Oct. 30 at Mountain View Baptist Church in Pierce. Prior to services, a public viewing will be held at 10:00 a.m. and services to start at 11:00 a.m. with burial to follow at Pierce Cemetery. Following the burial, a potluck dinner will be held back at the church.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Photo: Violet 'Tiny' Maynard Masterson


Spencer Clark Campbell, 69, Dworshak Dam construction worker

Spencer Clark Campbell entered heaven on Monday, Oct. 19, 2009, surrounded by family, after a 14-year battle with heart disease.

Spencer was born March 24, 1940, to Orville Clark (Jack) and Irene Alda Campbell, at Miller, SD. He was the fourth of seven children born to their union. He was raised on the farm in Hand County with the love of a large extended family and spent many hours with his Grandma Kane and Grandma Campbell, eating fresh strawberries and oranges and enjoying their company.

When Spencer was nine years old, his father passed away suddenly from diabetes. While this was a difficult time for the family, they were determined to stay together. The close family bond between Irene Campbell and Lloyd and Josie Campbell that would last for eternity was cemented during this time. Spencer's cousins, Don, Delmer, Milton, Anna, Ruth and Millard, became his brothers and sisters. Spencer and his siblings rode horses 21/2 miles to attend school in a one-room schoolhouse. This was a time for mischief and adventure. The Campbell kids grew up spending time spotlighting jackrabbits, pheasant hunting, running trap lines for mink and muskrats and creating their own adventures, but also learned the ways of the Lord during their many hours in church.

Spencer accepted the role of caretaker and provider from an early age when he quit school at the age of 14. He worked on many farms as a youth, including Dearborn Ranch, Hines Ranch and Pangburn Ranch. The proceeds from his weekly labor allowed him to purchase a can of No. 2 peaches and a half gallon of vanilla ice cream for the family; one dollar of spending money for himself; and the rest for his mother to cover family expenses.

It was while Spencer was working for Robert Pangburn that he met the love of his life, 13-year-old Lorna Mins. They would marry two days after her high school graduation and shared 47 wonderful years together. They made their home at the "home place" while Spencer worked construction on Big Ben Dam in Fort Thomas, SD, for one year before moving to Chambers, NE.

After three years in Nebraska, they moved to Clarkston, WA where Spencer continued employment working construction on the dams. Over the next 11 years, he worked on Little Goose, Lower Granite, Dworshak and Libby dams. It was during this time that he contributed to the historical markers of working on the last dam built in South Dakota, Montana, Idaho and Washington. In his years of construction work, he was nicknamed "Red" for his bright red hair. In 1977, Spencer obtained employment at Potlatch Corp., and worked there until his retirement in 2000, due to heart disease.

Horses were always a part of Spencer's life. He taught all of his children and grandchildren to ride and did everything possible to make sure they had a horse of their own. He had been a member of the Lewis-Clark Saddle Club for the past 50 years, participating in many O-Mok-Sees and horse events. Spencer loved a good horse race!

Spencer had many other hobbies, including driving his tractor, driving ponies, pheasant hunting, ranching and storytelling, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his many grandchildren. Spencer loved watching them participate in their many activities, no matter what it was. Spencer had a caring spirit and helped anyone he could. He gave generously of his home, time and love to his family and friends, and was a foster parent to more than 50 children.

He was preceded in death by his parents; aunt and uncle, Josie and Lloyd Campbell; brothers, LeRoy and Dale Campbell; cousins, Don and Delmer Campbell; nephew, George Campbell; great-niece, Toni Rediger; and son-in-law, Brian Prior.

Survivors include his wife, Lorna Campbell; daughter, Lesa Milburn of Kamiah; daughter and son-in-law, Kamme and Rick Hust of Clarkston; son, Jason Campbell of Clarkston; daughter and son-in-law, Kopper and Paul Blunt of Clarkston; sister-in-law, Donna Campbell of Harrisburg, OR; sister-in-law Sharon Campbell of St. Lawrence, SD; sister and brother-in-law, Valoris and Larry Hewitt of Beaver Creek, OR; brother and sister-in-law, Garland and Karen Campbell of Crestview, FL; brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Betty Campbell of Cottonwood; sister and brother-in-law, Velma and Gordon Bennett of Austin, TX; brother-in-law and wife, Boyd and Tootie Mins of Texas; brother-in-law and wife, Don and Linda Mins of Lexington, NE; brother-in-law and wife, Ron and Sharon Mins of Miller, SD; sister-in-law and husband, Linda and Roy Arnzen of Greencreek; and their families. He is survived by cousins, Melva Campbell of Lolo, MT, Milton and Jeanette Campbell of Clarkston, Anna and Pete Kauffman of McPherson, KS, Ruth McCoy and Jeff Eagan of Allen, TX, Millard and Connie Campbell of Venice, FL, and their families. Spencer was blessed with 23 grandchildren: Luke and Micah Milburn, Leah and Josiah Dickson, Jerica, Shayla, Savannah and Keyonna Hust, Cameron Auke