CLEARWATER TRIBUNE HOME
JULY 1, 2010
Obituaries for July 1, 2010
John Loseth, 78, Orofino
John Douglas Loseth, loving husband, father, grandfather,
friend to many, and life-long Orofino resident passed away
John was born
Mildred Merle Bobbitt on
Orofino schools, graduating from
John was employed
at Hanson’s Garage as a youth through his high school years. He
returned to work at the garage after being honorably discharged from
the service after the Korean Conflict. He left the garage to drive a
semi-truck for Star Motor Freight for several years and then
campaigned with his wife and sons and was elected Probate Judge for
John used his
life experiences to help many young people get their lives back on
track and become better citizens. He then took an interest in
bookkeeping and worked for Konkolville Lumber Company and the
John was a volunteer fireman for the Orofino Fire Department for many years, an active member of the Orofino Lions Club in the 1960’s and early 1970’s, a member of the American Legion, and a member of the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Post #3296. He served as the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Post #3296 Commander for two years from 1966-68 and remained a lifelong member after being honorably discharged from the United States Army.
A member of Orofino Rotary Club for more than 20 years and a Paul Harris Fellow, John served as Secretary during the early 1990’s. He became an Honorary Member in 2009. He and his wife Merle enjoyed being members of the Orofino Fine Gold Camping Club and spent many years traveling and staying in campgrounds in the area while building fond memories with their many friends.
meeting with his many friends after retirement at the “coffee
clutch” in the mornings at Krystal’s Café and in the afternoon at
the Ponderosa Restaurant. He served as President of the “
His many hobbies included trading cars, fixing them up for sale and he boasted about owning over 113 vehicles throughout his life, his first one being a 1927 Nash purchased and rejuvenated by him at age 14. He was well loved by his son’s many friends for always fixing their broken down cars through their high school years and keeping all their friends cruising around Orofino.
He was a self-taught carpenter, totally remodeling the family home several times and designing and making wooden furniture to include a built-in china cabinet to match the dining room table.
He was loyal in visiting sick friends and sensed when there was a need to help. He was known for his ability as a “mister fixit” and enjoyed doing any kind of repairs for his friends and others.
He was always interested in helping others. John could be seen in the early mornings plowing snow with his blue tractor from the sidewalks around town before going to work and until darkness fell after work. He helped keep the Rotary baseball field in good shape mowing and taking care of weeds.
Over the last three years as his health declined he was seen about town riding his scooter greeting people and doing errands.
John especially loved his grandchildren. John and Merle took their grandkids on many camping trips and motor home excursions. He loved attending their many sporting events, dance recitals, Junior Miss competitions and numerous school events.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Fred.
He is survived by his wife Merle in Orofino, his step-sister Mary Lou Atkins in Chino Valley, AZ, son Pat and his wife Diane in Clarkston, WA and their children Shawnna, Andrew and Keeton, and son Chris and his wife Lori in Asotin, WA and their children David, Caitlin and Erik.
Please join in
the celebration of his life at his memorial service in Orofino at
the Pine Hills Funeral Chapel at
on Saturday, July 10, immediately followed by a lunch at the
Clearwater County Senior Citizen’s Center across the street from the
funeral home. There will be a burial service at the
Memorials can be
sent to the Clearwater County Senior Citizen’s Center at
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in care of arrangements.
Ralph Johnson, 69 ,
Ralph Johnson, Orofino, died
Fern Paananen memorial service
service for Fern Erthel Paananen will be held Monday, July 5 at
lunch will be furnished at the
Laura L. Ingram, 81, Clarkston
We lost our mother, Laura Laurine Ingram,
Laura was born to
Edith and Alexander LaPlante in a house on
The family moved
to Orofino, where her parents owned a team of horses and a '35 Ford
truck that they used for logging. They lived in a tent with a wooden
floor. Laura and her siblings walked two miles to a one-room school
over a stile and up
As a young girl,
Laura had a paper route for the Lewiston Morning Tribune as a Pony
Express Rider on her horse, Boots. After she completed her daily
Laura shot her
first deer in
Laura worked for
the Lewiston Telephone Office from 1946 to 1948, when she met and
married Doc Thornton. They had one daughter, Edith (Cookie) Martian,
in 1948. She cooked for the wheat harvest at Clark Beals' ranch in
Pomeroy in the fall of 1948. She was also the cook for a sheep camp
in Boles, on
Laura went back
to work at the telephone company for two years. Then she married
Jack VanPelt in 1951 and traveled for 2½ years throughout
Their children are: daughter Nancy Garza, born in Nashville, TN., now living in Bandera, TX; Lorna VanTine, born in Baton Rouge, LA., now living in Spokane, WA; and Penny Prindle, Laurette Shaw and John VanPelt, all born in Lewiston. She divorced Jack VanPelt in 1971.
Laura married Edward Ingram in 1985 and divorced him later that same year.
She has lived in
the same home on
raising tea-cup toy poodles 47 years ago and then transitioned to
She worked at the
Laura was a proud mother of six children, 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
She loved playing cards with her family; pinochle and shanghai rummy were her favorites. Her daughter Penny Prindle stopped for coffee and played cards with her every morning before she went to work at Elegant Interiors.
Shayla VanPelt says her grandmother never knew a stranger and was known by many as the "dog lady." Granddaughter Monica Shaw remembers her in three words: pinochle, puppies and pony express. Laura Rollins will remember her grandmother being an adventurous dresser with lots of confidence, and that she was always caring.
Grandson Cody VanPelt remembers grandma as being surrounded with people who loved her. She never let anyone feel sorry for themselves, life was to be enjoyed.
Preceding her in death were her father; brother, Bob; mother, and sister Nadine. She was also preceded in death by her three ex-husbands, including Jack VanPelt, and grandson Tyler Shaw.
A celebration of
Laura's life was conducted June 24 at