JANUARY 21, 2010

Obituaries for January 21, 2010

Lois M. Brock, 103, Orofino

A Life Well Lived

  Lois Mae Faris Brock passed away peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. She was 103.

  Lois was born Oct. 11, 1906, at her grandparentsí home in Chilhowie, VA. 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 Mead High School in Spokane 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, CPAs, after Carroll retired in the 1970s.

  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 nearly 20 years, retiring in 1974.

  Many volunteer organizations benefited from her service, including Camp Fire Girls, Business and Professional Women, RSVP, Clearwater Valley Hospital Auxiliary, chapters AW and CD of P.E.O., Retired Teachers, Clearwater Memorial Public Library, and a 52 year member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Orofino-Peck United Methodist Church.

  In 1988, Lois moved to the 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 and Katelyn of Spokane, WA; grandson and wife Rob and Joanne Burnham of Appleton, WI.; granddaughter Denise Burnham Whetzel and her husband Regis of McClellandtown, PA, and her children, Scott, Matthew and Elizabeth Hoadley.

  Arrangements have been made at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel of 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.

Carlene McKay, 74, Orofino

   Carlene Janice Bernadine McKay, our loving mother, grandmother, wife and friend, passed away 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 Orton, Spokane, WA, Andrea Wolverton, Orofino and Leanne Love, 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 held and burial took place at the Wolverton home.

   We will all love and miss you Mom.

Harold G. Baker, 52, Lewiston

   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 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, Jan. 21 at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston.

John McCluskey, Jr., 80 Pendleton, OR

   John Boyett McCluskey of Pendleton, OR died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, at his home. He was 80.

   John 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 in real estate for a number of years after retirement from the Forest Service.

   In 1956 John married Kathryn Coles of Jacksonville, FL, and they had four children. He was a member of Elks, OR 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. John held a single engine private pilotís license and was a resident of Pendleton for 32 years.

   He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Kathryn McCluskey of Pendleton, OR; 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 eleven grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Alice McCluskey and brother James McCluskey.

   Memorial services were held Jan. 19 at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Pendleton. Private burial services will take place on his favorite mountain in Idaho at a later date.

   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

   Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.