APRIL 8, 2010

Obituaries for April 8, 2010

Willa Marie Lackey, 84, Orofino

   Willa Marie Lackey, Orofino, died March 29, 2010 at Clearwater Valley Hospital. She was 84.

   She was born June 29, 1925 at Newberry, MI. Willa was married to her husband Arden for over 50 years, where they started their life together in Michigan, traveled across the states and settled in Weippe, where they spent the majority of their life. Here they built and ran a cedar mill and built their retirement home on 80 acres.

   After Arden passed away in 2002, Willa then moved to Orofino, where she lived for the last eight years of her life.

   She was very much loved and will be greatly missed by all. She will be in our hearts and thoughts forever.

   She is survived by a son Kenneth Lackey of Sandy, OR; grandchildren, Ray and Michele Irby, and Donna Moody all of Sandy, OR, Suzanne and Charles Reuben of Kooskia; great-grandchildren Renee Irby, Braydon Shaw, Kelley Moody, Arden and Ardath Hazelwood, Cade and James Irby; niece and nephew James and Deena Irby.

   Preceding Willa in death were her husband, Arden; daughter Ardath Fry; brother Johnny Varnes; and great granddaughter Melissa Moody.

Katherine M. Kampa, 88, Lewiston

   Katherine Mae Kampa of Lewiston died Monday evening, April 5, 2010 at Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics in Orofino from an age related illness. She was 88.

   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., Tim Kampa (Randi) of Great Falls, Midge Vivian (George) of Idaho Falls and Casey Meza (Michael) of Orofino; 20 twenty grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.

   Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 8 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orofino.

   In recognition of the care provided to Katherine over the past year by Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics and Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation and their dedicated staff members, a memorial fund in support of their senior services in the community, in honor of Katherine, has been established. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to: Katherine Mae Kampa Memorial Fund, U.S. Bank, P.O. Box 1240, Orofino, ID 83544.

Kyle Thomas Flerchinger, 20, Orofino

   Kyle Thomas Flerchinger of Orofino died Friday, April 2, 2010 at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital in Yakima, WA. He was tragically murdered while staying in Yakima with friends. He was 20.

   Kyle was born Dec. 10, 1989 in Lewiston to Gerald L. and Terrie (Lovely) Flerchinger. Kyle was raised and educated in Orofino. He moved to White Swan, WA in 2008 to join the Job Corps. He later returned to Orofino. He was in Yakima visiting friends at the time of his death.

   Kyle’s greatest passion in life was fishing and being outdoors. He loved hunting and camping. He especially enjoyed being with his family and many friends. Kyle was a big hearted man and would do anything for anyone in need. He was a giving person. His greatest gift was donating his organs so others may live.

   He is survived by his mother, Terrie Lovely and fiancé Don Spaulding of Orofino; father, Gerald Flerchinger of Kamiah; brothers, Chris Flerchinger of Kamiah and Levi Flerchinger; a sister, Gerilyn Flerchinger of Pocatello; grandparents, Mary Loucka of Kooskia and Alvin Bennett of Athena, OR; a great grandmother, Eddia Lovely of Orofino; fiancée Amanda Pennington of Yakima; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his great-great grandmother, Elva Lovely; great grandfather, Ed Lovely; grandmother, Elva Lee Wilihite; and grandfather, Rex Flerchinger.

   A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 10 at the Riverside Assembly of God Church on Riverside in Orofino, located at 12271 Hartford Avenue.

   Langevin-Mussetter Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Florene A. Rickman, 80, Lapwai

   Florene Allen Rickman, a Nez Perce tribal member and retired homemaker, entered into eternal rest Monday, April 5, 2010, of complications from a brain aneurysm. She was 80.

   Florene was born March 8, 1930, at Lapwai to William T. Allen and Rena McCormack. She spent most of her life in Lapwai.

   Florene had two sons, Melvin E. Rickman and Douglas R. Marconi Sr.

   She was a member of the Lapwai United Methodist Church and also a member of the Nez Perce Tribe Circle of Elders.

   Florene enjoyed weaving, picking huckleberries and, in her younger years, root digging in the mountains, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She worked as an art teacher assistant at Lapwai School for several years.

   Her survivors include her sisters, Vera Sonneck and Freda Allen of Lapwai; stepsister Bernice Moffett of Kamiah; brother Orrin Allen of Lapwai; stepbrothers, Guy Broncheau Sr. of Lapwai and Allen Slickpoo Sr. of Orofino; children, Melvin and Lana Rickman of Lapwai, and Douglas and Diana Marconi Sr. of Toppenish, WA; and her nine nieces, four nephews, seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, as well as her numerous cousins, friends, and all of those who knew and loved her.

   Florene was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Melvin, Earl, George, Kenneth, and William T. Allen, Jr.; Caleb and Samuel Slickpoo, Jr.; stepbrothers Calvin and Robert Broncheau; sisters Gilda and Dora Allen; as well as a grandson, Douglas Marconi Holt.

   A memorial service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 8 at the Lapwai United Methodist Church, with a funeral to follow at 10 a.m. Friday, April 9 at the church.

   Arrangements are with Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston.