APRIL 1, 2010

Obituaries for April 1, 2010

Penelope Ann Jared, 66, Weippe

   Penelope (Penny) Ann (Platt) Jared, Weippe, 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, daughter, mother, grandmother, and friend to all who knew her. She was 66.

   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 very 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 she held 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) and 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 SLC, Utah, and brother, Scott Platt of Lewiston also survive. She counted among her many blessings 24 grandchildren and two 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 Home in Orofino on Friday, April 2 at 11 a.m., with burial to follow at Weippe Cemetery and then 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 Hwy. 12, Weippe, ID 83553, or Black Bear Youth Camp c/o First Protestant Church, PO Box 216, Pierce, ID 83546.

Carmelita Kellar, 74, Orofino

   Carmelita Corbett Hudson Kellar, Orofino, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend passed from this life to the next surrounded by many loved ones Saturday, March 27, 2010. She was 74.

   Carmen was born to Arnold and Clara Corbett on Sept. 6, 1935. Her paternal grandparents were Warren and Susie Moody Corbett and her maternal grandparents were Charles and Mary Ann Henry Broncheau. Carmen and her sister, Bernice grew up in Ahsahka with their many aunts, cousins and many friends.

   Carmen often reminisced about the many happy times. She considered the North Fork of the Clearwater River, the Clearwater Valley and surrounding mountains her lifelong home.

   In 1952 Carmen married Lewis Hudson of the Orofino area. Carmen and Lou had four children, Pamela Sue and her husband Larry White Eagle of Orofino, Bobbi Ann and her husband Manuel Villalobis of Lenore, Harold Hudson and his wife Lori Bohn of Lewiston and Terri Hudson of Orofino.

   Carmen and Lou adopted Dianne Corbett Singer of Lodge Grass, MT. Later, Carmen then married Dale (Dusty) Kellar and they had one son, Dale Scott Kellar and his wife Brandy Lee.

   One of Carmen’s greatest joys were her grandchildren, Becky Joe Lozon, Cameron Lozon, Juanito Hudson, Anne Alucia Hudson, Jaden Rose Hudson, Dusty Kellar, Katie Hudson, Luke Hudson, Dillon Kellar, Summer Buckman, Hannah Kellar, Bryan White Eagle, Cody Bohn, Robbie Kellar, Mike Kellar, Larry Dale Singer, Darren Singer, Michael Singer, Clifton Singer, Preston Singer and Hershal Singer.

    Also her great-grandchildren include Austin (Shug) Reynolds and Tierra Rose Lozon, Robert Bement, Carmille Argjo, Ember Singer, Justin Singer, Candice Singer, Bryan Singer, Isaiah Singer, Clifford Singer, Derek Singer, Dana Singer, Tennae Singer, Raenelle Singer and Ambrose Cruz.

   Carmen also has one niece, Melissa Hulett, two nephews, Victor (Bucky) Hulett and Brian Dean Hulett, three great nieces Vanessa Billups, Haley Hulett, Cierra Hulett and one great nephew, Corby Billups.

   Carmen graduated from nursing school in 1962 and began working at the nursing home in Greer. She also worked at Clearwater Valley Hospital, Clearwater Health and Rehab, Orofino Convalescent Center and Clearwater Valley Hospice and also cared for many private clients. Carmen was proud to call many her friends and held them near and dear to her heart.

   Some of Carmen’s passions were going to the mountains, teaching the Nez Perce language, crafts, picking huckleberries, camping, cooking for her family and friends, fishing, watching hummingbirds and deer and listening to country and western music.

   Carmen is survived at her home in Orofino by her beloved companion William Hall and her two dogs, Spike and Tanna and her cat, Missey.

   Funeral services will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 3. Burial will follow at the Ahsahka Cemetery. A memorial dinner will be held afterward at the Orofino Senior Center, 930 Michigan Avenue, Orofino.

   Arrangements have been entrusted to Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.

Kenny Rea Coonce, 50, Orofino

   Kenny Rea Coonce, Orofino, beloved husband, son, father and grandfather passed away March 22, 2010 after a long illness. He was 50.

   He was born Dec. 24, 1959 to Ruth and Dwayne Coonce, and was the oldest of three sons.

   Kenny married Susan Goila on Oct. 16, 2009 after being together for 10 years. He was an army veteran.

   Kenny enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends. Spending time with his family was very important to him. Kenny was a kind and loving man who was hoping to live long enough to see the rest of his children become successful. He will be missed by all.

   Kenny is survived by his wife Susan Coonce, mother and father, Ruth and Dwayne Coonce; brothers Karl and Kory Coonce; children Justin, Kara, Kristi, Tamara, Tonie, Brittany and Robyn; four grandchildren, with a fifth grandchild due in April.

Sharon Kay Elliott, 66, Orofino

    Sharon Kay Elliott died at her residence in Orofino on March 25, 2010. She was 66.

    At the family’s request cremation will take place. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.

Leona D. Crouch, 81, Lewiston

   Our very special Leona passed away Saturday, March 27, at Guardian Angel Homes in Lewiston. She was a devoted and caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend to all who knew her. She was 81.

   She was born Jan. 27, 1929, to Lavoid and Gladys Musser. She was delivered by her dad during a severe snowstorm.  She grew up on the prairie and attended schools in Nez Perce and Orofino.

   As a young woman, during the WWII era, she worked picking apples for the troops and later worked as a flunky at Potlatch logging camps. She married Arthur Cooper in 1946, and they had two children, Terry Lynn and Larry Dean.  They divorced two years later.

   On March 22, 1949, Leona and Milton (Bud) Crouch were married in Coeur d’Alene.  They welcomed a son Jim in May 1950. Larry and Terry were later adopted by Bud, and they became a family of five. Leona was a full time mother and homemaker until her children were grown. She then worked at Konkolville Motel for a period of 13 years, before retiring in 1992.

   Leona and Bud enjoyed camping, hunting, and fishing. After retirement they spent many years traveling to include destinations to British Columbia, Alaska, Mexico, the Black Hills and Cameron, MO, hometown of her great-grandfather Solomon Musser. They had wonderful stories of people they met and places they had seen.  They spent winters in Yuma, AZ, and summers in Ilwaco, WA, owning property in both locations.

   Leona was preceded in death by her parents, Lavoid and Gladys, daughter Terry, and brother Lee, Leona is survived by her husband of 61 years, sons Larry and wife Grace, and Jim and wife Jody, grandchildren Brett Gordon and wife Kazumi, Heidi Hawkins and husband Kevin, Amie Hall and partner Larry, and Beau Crouch and wife Sommer, great–grandchildren Shea and Rylie Hawkins, and Quinten, Derek and Madison Crouch. She is also survived by sisters Isabelle Gleason, and Fay Gilkey, and a brother, Francis Musser, and many special nieces and nephews.

   Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be held at a later date when her family can gather for a celebration of her life.

   Although you are gone you will live forever in our memories. Thanks for touching our hearts in your own special way. Your kind and gentle spirit will never be forgotten. We will remember and love you always.

Oliver W. Olson, 83, Spokane

   Oliver Wendell Olson, 83, succumbed to death after a brave fight with mesothelioma (asbestos lung cancer) at the Veterans Hospital in Spokane, WA Wednesday, March 17, 2010.

   Born on Oct. 23, 1926 to Isabelle H. (Palmer) and Carl F. Olson in Underwood, MN, he spent his early years with his five brothers and one sister on the family farm. They were poor, but had plenty to eat. Carl taught his children, "If you don't have what you want, make it," so Oliver took that to heart all of his life, building and inventing things as he needed.

   When Oliver was 12, the family moved to Washington state in 1938. The family settled in Seattle after the death of Carl, the patriarch. Mother Olson was also resourceful with what she had, and survived the tough times running a boarding house.

   Oliver joined the navy in 1944. In 1947, while stationed in Trinidad, he met (Phyllis) Daphne Kaufmann (surviving). They got married in 1948 and settled in Seattle. They raised three daughters, Nancy Van Allen, Angela Murray, and Elaine Jensen, who survive him.

   In Seattle, Oliver worked at Boeing and the shipyards. He later opened a sporting goods store. Consistent loves of his were hunting, fishing and mining out in the wilds. He was tough as nails and avid outdoorsmen, and could have survived getting lost in the wilderness.

   Later he worked as a quality assurance engineer for mostly nuclear plants.

   He married Betty Mae Faris (deceased) in Pasco, WA, in 1978. They were together until 2004. She shared his love of the out-of-doors and they made their home in Idaho to be closer to the backcountry. They sojourned almost every summer to Alaska to hunt and fish with Betty's sons, Marvin Faris, Jr. and Milo M. Faris.

   In addition to hunting, fishing and mining, Oliver enjoyed cooking, home chemistry, tying flies, and building things made from trees he felled and lumbered. He is fondly remembered for his "can do" abilities.

   In 1996, his daughter Nancy mused that she wanted traditional face-frame cabinets and could not afford them. At 70, reading from a how to book, he made them from scratch—felling the trees, planking, planing and finally making tongue and grove, inset framed doors.

   One sister, Julia (Olson) Johansen, seven grandchildren, two great-grand children and numerous nephews and nieces also survive him.

   Memorials are scheduled for May and summer.