CLEARWATER TRIBUNE HOME
APRIL 22, 2010
Obituaries for April 22, 2010
Frederick Altmiller, 85, Orofino
Frederick William Altmiller passed away peacefully at
Guardian Angel Homes in
Fred was born
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
a Pfc. In the 17th Airborne. His tour of duty involved the
They were married
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
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 treasure. 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 and Carolyn and Mike Adams of Orofino; sister Anna McIntire of Kamiah; grandchildren Darin Adams, Lisa Robertson and Stephanie Frank, all of Orofino; Jennifer Hudson of Lewiston; Jayson Altmiller and Josh Altmiller of California and 14 great grandchildren.
Fred was proceeded in death by his parents; son Fritz Altmiller; grandson Doug Adams; brothers Carl, Frank, Eddie, Albert, Ernest, Jake and Johnny; and sisters Caroline Roby, Viola Roby and Mary Kelly.
A private family memorial has taken place. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is in care of arrangements.
Joan B. Watson, 90, Orofino
Joan’s mother required the first two years of the four they dated that Joan’s two younger sisters accompany her on dates with Gil. The couple married in 1941 on Easter Sunday. Known for his antics, Gil, after the reception, drove the wrong way on a major one-way street with the wedding party in tow.
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
In the 1960s she
worked as the bookkeeper for a large cattle operation in
As Joan aged, she said she’d rather spend any spare 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.
a member of the
Joan moved to
Joan’s family includes 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, Suzanne Robichaud (David), Longwood, FL, Rebecca Schaffer, Lake Mary, FL; great grandchildren Wilson, Dakota, Keith, Bailey, Colby, Alexandria, Megan, Chandler, and Buckley; sisters Louise Weser, Warrenton, VA, and Martha Houser, Parkersburg, WVA; and, brother Larry Buckley (Gayle), New Bern, NC.
A celebration of Joan’s life was held April 11 at First Christian Church in Orofino. Family members participated in the service that was led by Jeremy Gering.
For those wishing
to give a memorial, Joan chose
Margaret A. Walker, 81, Orofino
Walker, Orofino, died peacefully
Margaret was born
Her first job
landed her in
completion of Bull Shoals, Garold was transferred to Cabinet Gorge
Dam. They married
The family moved from town to town and state to state over
the course of the next 13 years. Places included
daughter graduated from high school Margaret returned to her nursing
Both Margaret and Garold retired in the 1990’s to enjoy traveling to ironworkers reunions, taking care of their place, gardening, and enjoying their family. Margaret loved spending time with her two grandchildren and taking care of her many flower gardens, and canning the fresh vegetables from their garden.
Margaret was a
member of Eastern Star and Daughter of the
She is survived by her daughter Sue and husband Chris Anderson; grandchildren Max and Kelsey Anderson and many nieces and nephews.
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.
services for Margaret and Garold will take place Friday, April, 23
In lieu of
flowers the family suggests donations be given in their names to
Clearwater Valley Hospital Foundation Fund,
Delores Newell, 68, Lenore
Delores Newell, Lenore, died
She was born to
Vance and Dorothy (Chase) Newell. She was raised in both Pierce and
Orofino and attended school at both. Delores moved to
She married Carl
Myers in 1960 and they raised three children together. She and Carl
divorced after the children were raised. She moved to
Delores was an
outdoor person and loved to fish, hunt and camp. She moved back to
Pierce in 1992 and then to Lenore. She enjoyed raising
enjoyed road trips with her family. She and her daughters took
vacations every year, always going somewhere different. The last two
years she chose
She is survived
by three daughters, Tammy Gould and Janet Goodwin, both of Roseburg,
OR, and Carla Gutcher, Burns, OR; five grandchildren, David Gould,
Kristina Goodwin (Ramos), Travis Gutcher, Brian Goodwin, Becky
Gutcher; seven great-grandchildren, Matthew Goodwin, Elizabeth
Hartsock, Tanner Gutcher, Cody Hartsock, (twins) Jace and Coen Ramos
and Jasmine Gould. She is also survived by her sister, JoAnn Zipse,
Lenore; brother, Jerry Newell,
Delores was preceded in death by her parents; a twin sibling at birth, and her brother, Dennis Newell.
Kyle William Wirgau, 24, Orofino
Wirgau, Orofino, passed away at
A memorial open
house will be held in Kyle’s memory Saturday, April 24 from