MAY 27, 2010

Obituaries for May 27, 2010

Memorial Service Friday for Linda Haag

   A memorial service for Linda Haag will be held on Friday, May 28 at 1 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel. A potluck dinner will follow at the Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

Leonard Powers, 83, Weippe

   Leonard Powers, Weippe, passed away at Johnson City, Tennessee Medical Center May 11, 2010. He was 83.

   He was born in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, to John and Iona Powers, April 12, 1927. As a teenager, he went to New York Art School and then went to work in the shipyards of Newport News, Va. When he turned 17 years old, he joined the U.S. Navy. He served from 1944 until 1946. He later joined the U.S. Air Force, where he served from 1948 until 1953.

   Soon after his discharge, he began working for General Motors in Dayton, OH, and on June 12, 1954, he married Trulah Edwards. They later had a son, Adrian, to complete their family.

   While in Dayton, Leonard started catching up on his schooling. In 1956, Leonard started college and graduated from East Tennessee State University with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and a double minor in the sciences.

    Soon after graduation, Leonard began teaching high school math and chemistry. He said that he had now found his life's work. He liked teaching more than anything he had ever done. During one of his first years of teaching in Virginia, he had a class that completed two text books in algebra II during their sophomore year.

   Wherever he taught, Leonard was legendary for inspiring many math and science students to great achievements. One of his students was once asked by a former professor of Leonard's from the University of Idaho what Leonard taught him, and the student replied "everything."

   After getting a taste of big-game hunting and salmon fishing in Alaska, while in the U.S. Air Force, Leonard had a goal of moving west. So in 1965, he moved his family to Weippe, a hunting and fishing paradise. He has kept his family in wild game and fish to the present time. As with most things that he tried, Leonard excelled in hunting and fishing. A friend once said, "I do believe that Leonard could catch a steelhead in a mud puddle."

   Leonard taught math and science at Weippe High School until Timberline High School was built in 1969, and then taught at Timberline for many years. He also taught for three years at Granger, WA and for one year at Lapwai High School.

   He received several National Science Foundation scholarships and attended many colleges and universities, 13 in all throughout his career. He received his master's degree from UI in natural sciences.

   Leonard worked for the Idaho Department of Lands during the summer if he wasn't going to school. After 25 years of teaching he went to work full time as a log scaler. He retired in 1994.

   Leonard loved Idaho and said he would not leave until such time that he could no longer hunt and fish.

   He belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. When he became ill in March, Leonard was in Virginia, where he had a lawsuit pending against EQT - a gas company that is a member of the S&P 500. The lawsuit is in federal court, where Leonard was holding his own against the gas company's attorneys. Leonard did not have an attorney assisting him.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, James Harvey Powers and Calvin Lee Powers; two sisters, Bonnie Powers Kiser and Gladys Powers; and a granddaughter, April Jean Powers.

   He is survived by his wife, Trulah Powers, at the family home in Weippe; a son, Adrian Powers of Virginia; grandchildren Amber, Alicia, Lucas, Caleb, Michelle, Roby, Elvis and Earl; many cousins, nieces and nephews; as well as friends, who mourn his passing and will greatly miss him.

   At Leonard's request, there was no viewing and cremation has taken place. Family and friends gathered in his memory in Virginia, where Adrian delivered the eulogy. Afterward they gathered for a covered-dish dinner.

Wilma Lucille Berry, 69, Orofino

   Wilma Lucille Berry, Orofino, passed from this life Saturday, May 22, 2010, surrounded by her family. She was 69.

   Wilma was born in Columbus, IN to Eugene and Viola Stickens on Jan. 11, 1941. The family lived in Colorado, Arizona and Idaho as she grew up.

   She attended school in all three states, graduating in 1959 from South Mountain High School in Phoenix, AZ. She worked as a home nursing aid in Phoenix and a telephone operator in Orofino.

   After marrying, Wilma became a mother and homemaker to three sons. She was a loving mother, sister and grandma. She took great joy in supporting her sons in their sports and other activities as they grew up.

   She lived her adult life around Orofino. She grew a beautiful flower and vegetable garden at the family home on Huckleberry Butte. She enjoyed camping, fishing, huckleberry picking, potlucks, barbecues, bowling, pinochle, bingo, and visits over coffee with her mother and sisters, gardening with her father and the company of her large and lively family.

   She enjoyed greatly the time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters and brother and their families.

   In her later years she enjoyed meeting and making new friends, traveling to the coast and to Nevada.

   Wilma is survived by son Don and his wife Rosie of Orofino, and their children, son Hugh and wife Billie, daughters Heather and husband Tyler, and Amy and husband Brian and their children, Adrian, Austin, Carter, Jackson, Noah and Riley.

   She is also survived by son Chris and his son Dustin, Orofino, and son Joe and girlfriend Katie of Coeur d’Alene.

   Wilma is also survived by sisters Donna Roy and husband Larry, Edna Summers and Dorothy Young, all of Orofino, Charlotte Heatherly of Phoenix, AZ, brother Kenneth Stickens of Dallas, TX; in addition to many wonderful nieces and nephews and their families.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Patricia Heinecke, brothers-in-law Cal Summers and Scott Young and nephew Johnny Heinecke.

   “Mom was loved by many and she will be missed.”

   A funeral service was held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino May 27. Burial was held afterwards at Weseman Cemetery.

   Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in care of arrangements.

Joseph T. Walden, 87, Grangeville

   Joseph T. Walden, 87, Master Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired, of Stites, died Saturday, May 21, 2010 at Syringa Hospital in Grangeville.

   Joe was born the 31st of July 1922 in New York City to Samuel G. Walden and Anna T. Sweeney. He grew up in the Bronx along with his younger brother George and two younger sisters, Joan and Dotsy.

   Joe joined the Marine Corps in September of 1940 and served as a recruiter in Knoxville, TN. He later became a parachute rigger. He served onboard the aircraft carrier USS Franklin CV-13 in VMF 214, the Black Sheep Squadron. When the Franklin came under attack by enemy aircraft on March 19, 1945 he lost many friends and shipmates. Joe was ordered to evacuate onto the USS Santa Fe. He leapt from the deck of the Franklin to a gun turret on the Santa Fe.

   While serving stateside in California he met Vivian Straw, a woman marine parachute rigger, from Declo. They were married on the 17th of Nov. in 1945 in Santa Barbara, CA.

   Joe remained in the Corps for 23 years. He served in the Korean War with Marine Helicopter Squadron HMR 161, the first helicopter squadron to deploy troops into combat. Throughout his career, Joe served at Marine Corps Air Stations in California, Hawaii, North Carolina, Virginia; and Japan. He retired at El Toro MCAS, California in April of 1964.

   In 1972, Joe and Vivian moved to Idaho to Vivian’s parents' home south of Stites. Joe worked as a mail carrier in Grangeville for several years.

   Joe was preceded in death by his wife Vivian, his parents, his brother, his two sisters and his grandson Bo Jon.

   Joe is survived by his four children, Tom Walden of Stites; Jim Walden and wife Theresa of Juneau, AK; Judy/Jenny Weaver and husband Todd of Palmer, AK; and Bob Walden and wife Gretchen of San Diego, CA. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Ben Walden and wife Johna; Dana Walden; Chelsea Walden; Luke Weaver; Pearl Weaver; and Kaden Weaver and all his loving nieces and nephews.

   Joe was an avid baseball fan. He enjoyed golfing with fellow members of the Grangeville Golf and Country Club. He was a member of the Prairie Valley Bowling league and also coached women’s softball in Kooskia. He was a life member of the Hicksville, New York VFW Post 3211. He loved his home on the river and enjoyed tending his strawberry garden, lawn and orchard. His homemade strawberry jam was greatly prized by his family.

   A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Trenary Funeral Home Chapel in Kooskia. Military honors will be conducted by VFW Post 5407 and American Legion Post No. 75. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Kooskia.

   A potluck dinner will follow at DeAnn Lyons’ home at MP 18, Highway 13, south of Stites.

   In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to the charity of your choice in his name.

Jeremy Allen (Pishl) Kegley, 19

9-30-1990 5-15-2010

   Jeremy was born at Moscow, the child of Kamela Rae Pishl and Justin Gould. His earthly life ended too soon in a fatal accident. He was 19.

   Jeremy was an enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe and a baptized and confirmed member of the Lutheran Church. He graduated from Culdesac High School in 2009. He was a “bonus child” for his grandparents, Wes and Ardis Pishl.

   We will remember Jeremy as involved with life! One relative said he was a social person – most would agree. Willing to try almost anything, he was in the Missoula Children’s Theatre production at Culdesac in his Junior year and even pitched part of a baseball inning for Bruce (he did protest about that, though).

   He was the “6th man” of the successful basketball team coached by Jack Yearout. He started working for Wayne McProud in his seed business the summer he was 13 and was able to pay his portion of the C.W.F. – 4-H trip in 2006.

   He loved guns and hunting and learned very early to care for game himself. He raised 4-H livestock and liked most aspects of farming. He relished operating farm equipment and driving (often fast). He was honored to serve as Sergeant at Arms for Tribal General Council for two years. With help from his friends, he could take his little pickup apart, fix and (usually) get it put back together again. He planned to begin classes at LCSC in the fall, studying diesel mechanics.

   Jeremy is survived by his father, Justin Gould, and brothers Derrick and Russell. Pishl relatives include Teresa and Glen Stolte, Val and Brian Beasley, Tony Pishl and Mark Pishl. Also surviving are loving grandparents, aunties, uncles, cousins and a very large extended family and friends. He was a big bright spot in our lives.

   He was preceded in death by his mother, Kami Pishl Cornelia.

   Burial has taken place on family property near one of his favorite hunting spots. A memorial service was held Saturday, May 22, at Good Hope Lutheran Church, 28157 Settlement Road, near Gifford. A meal and memories were shared after the service.

   Jeremy’s family wishes to acknowledge and thank the many people who have been mentors to him through the years. Know that you were a very big part of his life.

   An anonymous quote Jeremy liked was “Learn who you are and where you come from. Then go out and make your ancestors proud.”

   Instead of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity or to a scholarship fund being established in his name.

   Let us treasure his memory by loving and doing what we can for others.

Gunnar E. Jensen, Jr. 30, Oregon

September 9, 1979 ~ May 14, 2010

   Gunnar Eugene Jensen, Jr. “J.R.” died May 14, 2010, at his mother’s home in Milton-Freewater, OR. He was 30.

   J.R. was born to Gunnar and Marilyn Brown Jensen September 9, 1979, along with his twin sister, Amber, at Clarkston, WA.

   He grew up and attended various Idaho schools in the Clearwater Valley area.

   When J.R. and Amber were 17½ years old, they both went to work for FEMA in North Dakota, setting up houses for the flood victims.  After that, J.R. was logging in Colorado where he met and fell in love with the boss’ daughter, Jenifer Crabtree.  They had a son, Gunnar Eugene Jensen III “Buggy Boy.”

   He worked all over the Northwest, driving for various trucking companies.  He especially enjoyed driving for Heitco Transportation in Milton-Freewater, OR.

   J.R. was a very special man, so kind and gentle, loving and caring, and his son was the center of his universe. He loved to go fishing, hunting, camping and four-wheeling.  He could always find peace and tranquility sitting on the bank of a creek, watching the fish swimming in the water or watching the ocean waves while parked by a lighthouse.  J.R would frequently call his loved ones and sing to them on the phone.  He said he was “making a memory.” 

   J.R. was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Brownie and Irene Brown of Kooskia and his paternal grandparents John M. Jensen of College Place, WA and Elizabeth Jensen of Orofino.

   He is survived  by his son, Gunnar Jensen III and Jenifer Crabtree Phelps of Roseburg, OR; his girlfriend, Katherine Jandreau and her children, Marcus, Jacob and Stacy of Medford, OR; his father and step-mother, Gunnar and Molly Jensen and her children, Shelby and Shayna of Weippe; his mother and step-father, Marilyn and Barry Brewer of Milton-Freewater; his sister, Amber Yeaman and her children, Trystan and Kaitlyn of Milton-Freewater; his sister and her husband, Sammie and Shane Knight of Orofino and their children, Sean, Shane, Sabastian and Joseph; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

   J.R. will be missed everyday by those who loved him and the many people who crossed his path.

   To my Daddy from Buggy Boy:  “I love you and miss you so much.  You’re the best Dad a boy could ever ask for.”

   To my loving son from Mom:  “I will not mourn your death, but I will celebrate your life.”

   Donations may be made to the Leukemia Society of America through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA  99362.

   Cremation has already taken place and a private family service will be held at a later date.

   Friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook at

Fredrick Howard Rood, 69

December 17, 1941 – May 13, 2010

    Fredrick “Fred” Howard Rood, Jerome, passed away May 13, 2010 at Overlake Medical Hospital in Bellevue, WA due to heart complications. Cremation has taken place and at the family’s request there will be a memorial service held for him in Montana this summer. He was 69.

    Mr. Rood was born on December 17, 1941 in Westwood, CA to Howard James Rood and Martha May (Pitken) Rood. He was raised in Weippe with his two sisters Naomi and Elizabeth and three brothers Marvin, Kenneth “Kenny” and Connie.

    He married his wife Virginia Hirsch in 1971.

    He graduated high school in Weippe and then went into the Army serving during the Vietnam War. After the Army he attended the College of Southern Idaho where he obtained his certification as a diesel mechanic. He maintained his career in the transportation industry as a long haul truck driver for over 40 years with 16 of those years accompanied by his wife Virginia.

    Mr. Rood enjoyed fishing, camping, race car driving and restoring automobiles. His first passion was his absolute devotion to his family and being with all the people that he cherished. His encouragement to others inspired them to be as kind-hearted as he was.

    Survivors include his wife, Virginia Rood of Jerome; son Gerrald Rood of Jerome; daughter Michelle Berreth of Weippe; daughter Shannon Goldenstein of Umatilla, OR; brother Kenneth  Rood of Ripley, TN, brother Connie Rood of Jerome, and seven grandchildren.

    He was preceded in death by his father Howard Rood, mother Martha Rood, sisters Naomi Rood and Elizabeth Dakin and brother Marvin Rood.

    Bartons Funeral Home of Bellevue, WA is in charge of the cremation.

Micah V. Milburn, 22, Kamiah

   Micah Milburn, Kamiah, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 18, 2010, while in the intensive care unit at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, from injuries sustained from a four-wheeler accident May 13. He was 22.

   He was born Jan. 17, 1988, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston to Vaughn and Lesa Milburn.

   Micah graduated from Apostolic Christian Training School at Kamiah in 2006. Upon graduation, he became employed by Riverview Construction and worked closely with one of his best friends, Jared Dickson, and also his brother-in-law, Josiah Dickson. He worked as a carpenter laborer under Rick Burnham, owner of Riverview.

   In 2008, he became an apprentice plumber under John Anderson, also owner of Riverview Construction. He was a hard worker and was rarely seen about without mud all over him. He grew close to his crew and was loved by all he worked with.

   Micah was a faithful and passionate member of the First Apostolic Acts Church in Kamiah. His pastor was the Rev. Stephen M. Kelley, whom he loved greatly. He loved God, serving Him, and all of God's people without reserve. Micah was feeling a call to the ministry and aspired to follow that call. He loved to listen to preaching, read his Bible, talk about God, hold the many babies in the church, and have fun. He was a blessing to the church and church family.

   Micah had many friends in many places and touched many lives. He was outspoken and plain, but it just made people love him all the more! You couldn't be offended by Micah. His heart was big, big enough to hold everyone who knew him. Friends from Ohio, Colorado, Idaho, Washington, Texas and Canada, traveled to see him in the hospital and attend his funeral. Many from other states were unable to come.

   He is survived by his mother, Lesa Milburn of Kamiah; his father, Vaughn Milburn of Boise; brother, Luke Milburn of Clarkston, WA; sister, Leah Dickson of Kamiah; one nephew and niece, Andrew and Megan Dickson; grandmother, Lorna Campbell; two step-siblings, Kylee and Damon Adams, both of Lewiston; his fiancée Danita Dickson, whom he loved and hoped to marry; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

   He also leaves behind his second "family,"' the Rev. Stephen Kelley and his wife, Gayle, as well as their children, Sarah, Elisabeth, Phillip and Stephanie; also all of the friends who Micah had in his short life - he was loved and will be greatly missed!

   Trenary's Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Micah's funeral was held May 22 in Kamiah at the First Apostolic Acts Church, Kamiah.