JUNE 10, 2010

Obituaries for June 10, 2010

Edward Allen, 59, Weippe

   Edward Blain Allen, also known as "fast Eddie", of Weippe passed away June 5, 2010 at St. Mary's Hospital in Walla Walla, WA.  He was 59.

   Eddie was born March 30, 1951 in Grangeville to Robert and Lois Allen. He was married to Robin Kerzman Allen.

   Raised in Pierce, he was a member of the last graduating class of Pierce High School in 1969. Shortly after graduating Eddie joined the United States Marine Corps. Eddie was one of the many that fought proudly in the Vietnam War.

   After honorably leaving the service, Ed returned home, working numerous positions as a logger for many years before trading in his corks to work for DEBCO. He became known for his incredible work ethic and dedication for any job or project he was involved in with DEBCO. In his time with DEBCO he was known as "Uncle Eddie."

   Eddie will forever be remembered as an extremely hard worker. In his spare time Ed enjoyed fishing, hunting, cooking and sharing laughs with good friends in the Pierce/ Weippe area.

   He is survived by his wife Robin Allen of Cantwell, AK; three children, Marcie Teed of Bonney Lake, WA, Meagan McNinch of Vancouver, WA, and Sam Allen of Waitsburg, WA; five grandchildren, Riley Teed, Keiana Teed, Silas McNinch, Grace McNinch and Sara McNinch;  Father Bob and Jeanette Allen of Lewiston; two brothers, Terry Griner of Troy, MT, Roger Allen of Weippe; two sisters, Barbara of Butte, MT and Becky Brotnov of Syringa; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his mother Lois Allen.

   Cremation has taken place. There will be a memorial service in Kooskia at Trenary's Funeral home June 12 at 3 p.m.

   Following the service there will be a potluck dinner for all to attend at the Stites Auction Barn. The family invites you all to come and share fond memories of Eddie.

Ethel Westfall, 95, Orofino

   Services for Ethel Westfall will be held Saturday, June 12 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, 447 Kalaspo Ave., Orofino. Rosary begins at 10:15 a.m., followed by memorial Mass at 11 a.m. Afterwards a meal for family and friends will be provided in the church’s Little Flower Room.

   Ethel, a longtime Orofino resident, died of natural causes at age 95 on Friday, May 14, 2010 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

   She was married to Charles “Art” Westfall, who preceded her in death in November of 1971. They owned the Phillips 66 gas station from 1954-71. It was first located on the corner of College Avenue and A Street, kitty corner from Valley Motor Parts’ current location. In 1963 they built it anew on Michigan Avenue, where Edward Jones is now located.

   Ethel is survived by her children, Dorene and Harry Walrath of Fairbanks, AK, Cecilia Reese of Yelm, WA, Wilma Westfall of Orofino, and Gary and Pam Westfall of Lewiston; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren.

Robert “Bob” H. Rears, 71, Clarkston

   Robert H. Rears, 71, of Clarkston died on June 2, 2010 of pneumonia. Robert “Bob” was born September 10, 1938 in Sandpoint to Chester M. and Ruth Ramsey Rears.

   They moved to the Rears Ranch in Wray, CO in 1943 and later moved back to Sandpoint. He spent the rest of his childhood with his mother and stepfather, Tilford “Tip” Garrison. He graduated from Sandpoint High School in 1956.

   Rears went to Chico, CA after his high school graduation to attend Chico State College where he met and married Alice Morris in 1959. Together they raised five children. Rears was a proud Sergeant of the Army Reserves from 1959 to 1964. He worked at Chico Redding Optical Laboratories while in California.

   The young Rears family moved to Pierce in 1969. He graduated from Lewis-Clark State College in 1972.

   Rears was a school teacher, coach, sheriff deputy for the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Department and an expert in Idaho history. Among some of his adventures, Rears brought fencing to Pierce, starting the first Junior Olympic Fencing Team in Northern Idaho. He wrote articles for the Lewiston Morning Tribune, Old West Magazine and Summit Magazine.

   Rears and his wife moved to Taholah, WA in 1990 to teach and from 1992-2000 Rears was a teacher for the Lewiston School District at the Juvenile Detention Center, Sacajawea Junior High and North Idaho Children’s Home while living in Anatone, WA.

   He was an avid outdoorsman, climbing the highest peaks in western America, white water kayaking and back packing the western United States, including mapping out the Idaho Centennial Trail during the state’s 100 year anniversary. In 1980 Summit Magazine declared him “the last of the mountain men”.

   Rears was active in the Lions Club, Pierce Community Center, a Boy Scout Leader and Sierra Club member. He enjoyed playing his guitar and singing with his family. He was a colorful story teller with an infectious laugh.

   He is survived by his wife Alice, two brothers, Chester D. (and Faye) Rears of Arizona, Richard Garrison (and Celia) of Spokane, his twin sons Christopher Jay (and Ann) Rears of Portland and Johnothan Ray (and Mary) Rears of Clarkston, his daughter Robin L. Stewart (and Bruce Weigers) of Boise and twin daughters, Dana M. Stedman-Chandler (and Brian) of Clarkston and Kari J. (and Kelly J.) Lineberry of Kamiah, 11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by sister, Jewel Sunberg and brother, Gordon Garrison.

   A memorial service has been scheduled at the Lewiston Community Center at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 25. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Pacific Crest Trail Association at

Cynthia Lanpher, 48, Lapwai

   Cynthia Isbell Lanpher passed away unexpectedly at her home Wednesday, May 26, 2010. She was 48.

   She was born at Moscow, Jan. 10, 1962, to Earl and Vera Isbell. She was the last of five daughters.

   Cindy attended several schools in Idaho and Alaska. She graduated from Timberline High School at Pierce in 1980, the same day that Mount St. Helens erupted. Shortly after graduation, she enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where she served for 61/2 years.

   Most of her naval career was spent at Norfolk, Va., where she met and married John Lanpher. Together they raised their three children until they later divorced.

   She returned to Idaho, where she had one more child and eventually settled in Lapwai to raise her children.

   She leaves behind four children, Alisha Isbell of Lewiston, Jason Lanpher of Lapwai, John Lanpher and his wife Coral of Lapwai, and Alora Isbell of Lapwai. She will be missed by her loving grandchildren, Boston, Jersey, Raine and Alphena. Cindy is also survived by her parents, Earl and Vera Isbell; four sisters, Francine Mills of Fernwood, Charlotte Peterson of Longview, WA, Pat Isbell of Tucson, AZ, and Terry McGarvey of Lewiston; as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins.

   She was preceded in death by her ex-husband, John Lanpher.

   Cremation has taken place and there will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. Friday at the Lewiston Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1212 19th Ave., with Bill Shirley officiating.

Donna Fitzpatrick, 64, Pierce

   Donna Ann Fitzpatrick, Pierce, died June 7, 2010 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. She was 64.

   Cremation is to take place. A memorial service will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel Saturday, June 19 at 12 noon.

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

Joseph Ward, 69, Orofino

   Joseph Ward, Orofino, died at his home June 2, 2010. He was 69. Cremation will take place and services are pending by family. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Judy Gardner celebration of life July 10

   A celebration of life for the late Judy Gardner, originally scheduled for July 17, has been changed to Saturday, July 10. It will be held at 12 noon at Orofino City Park.

   The event is planned as a potluck dinner, and Floyd Enyeart will perform services. The family encourages everyone who attends to bring pictures and stories to share.