FEBRUARY 4, 2010

Obituaries for February 4, 2010

Tyler S. Challinor memorial service

   Please join us for a Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Tyler S. (Beans) Challinor on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 1 p.m. at the Helgeson Place Hotel conference room, located at 125 Johnson Ave. in Orofino. Tyler passed away on Jan. 7, 2010, in an industrial accident in White Swan, WA.

   We are celebrating his life and honoring him for the wonderful young man he had become. This is a time for us to focus on his great spirit and love of life.

   Tyler’s parents Greg and Linda Challinor and Shanda Jennings and siblings, Kross, Karli, and Skye along with his grandparents Betty Challinor, Roxanne Parker, Bolt and Donna Wilson and families request your presence to celebrate with us the life of this gentle giant we all loved and adored.

Sally Irby, 72, Orofino

   Sally Jane Irby, 72, Orofino, died Monday, Feb. 1, 2010 at the Orchards Rehab and Care Center in Lewiston.

   A memorial service is pending. Pine Hills Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.

Michael Cornell, Orofino

   Michael Cornell, Orofino, was born in Omaha, NE. He left us on Dec. 15, 2009. He is survived by his son John Cornell and daughter Toni Cornell (Johnson).

   Michael was an extremely educated electrician. He began his career as an electrician for the Navy and completed a four year apprenticeship. He took and passed his state electrical exam.

   Michael was trained in various job related fields such as gas welding, arc welding, electrical motor control one and two, instrumentation and process controls, workman’s compensation and safety, blue print reading and detailing. He was also trained in survey of electronics, solid state fundamentals, P/C control I, and P/C programmable controls and process instrumentation II.

   He was a teacher for the Los Angeles area Electrical Training Trust I.B.E.W/NECA process instrumentation and basic electronics.

   Michael received a certificate of meritorious service from Los Angeles County electrical joint apprenticeship and education training committee.

   He served five years on an apprenticeship sub-committee, receiving a certificate from UCLA. He also served as a vocational examining committee member for UCLA. He worked 30 years in the electrical construction industry, 12½ years as a foreman/electrician for Disney Corp. and 1½ years on new additions for Disneyland Park.

   If Michael wasn’t at work he was at school furthering his education. He served in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1965. He also volunteered for the Twin Ridge Fire Department for a brief time.

   He will be missed by his family more than words can ever say.

Edmund P. Gabriel, 84, former resident

   Captain Edmund P. (Phil) Gabriel, a former resident of Orofino, crossed the final bar in Pensacola, FL on Friday, Jan. 22, 2010 after a hard battle with cancer. He was 84.

   Phil was born June 28, 1925. He had a long and distinguished career in the U.S. Merchant Marine. He retired in 1987 from the Panama Canal, where he held several positions, including Panama Canal Pilot, Assistant Port Captain and Chairman of the Board of Local Inspectors. In 1971 he was recognized for his outstanding seamanship for preventing a serious collision in the Canal between the S/S Horizon and the M/V Silvermain.

   Before moving to Panama, Phil served as Master on Reynolds Metals dry-bulk carriers and Esso tankers.

   He leaves behind his wife of 63 years, Elizabeth Gabriel (nee: Seaman); six children, 23 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren. His children include Philip (Kathleen) Gabriel of Orofino, Susan Compton of Lewiston, Stephen (Margaret) Gabriel of Falls Church, VA, Jane (William) Huff of Merritt Island, FL, Clifford (Karen Jones) Gabriel of Gambrills, MD and Thomas Gabriel of Pensacola, FL.

   Phil prayed for each of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren by name each night. He was a sacristan, Eucharistic minister and choir member at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. He loved sailing and tolerated powerboats. He was an avid woodworker, making cradles for his great grandchildren and toy cradles for their dolls.

   Visitation was held at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Pensacola on Jan. 26. A funeral mass was later held at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Pensacola, followed by interment at Barrancas National Cemetery.

   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alpha Center ( or Covenant Hospice (

   Arrangements were made by Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel in Florida.

Roger Dale Morgan, 64, Apache Junction, AZ

   Roger Dale Morgan passed away Friday, Jan. 29 at 2:10 a.m. 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 and 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 a 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 & Rescue Posse, where he met his wife Linda.

   After retiring from Clearwater County Roger and Linda traveled 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 his mother LenaBelle Morgan, Lewiston, sister Jan and Ralph Colwell, Genesee, brother Dave and Shirley Morgan, Lewiston and four nephews, Steve and Brad Colwell and Ron and Mike Morgan.

   The celebration of Roger’s life was held at the Pueblo Manor Clubhouse in Apache Junction on Thursday, Feb. 4.