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Obituaries for September 9, 2010

Harlan O. Opdahl, 72, Pierce

   When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. John 14:3

   On Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010, Harlan Odell Opdahl, 72, left his worldly shelter to travel to his permanent heavenly home. Harlan passed away peacefully at his home in Pierce following a heart-related illness.

   Harlan was born in Albert Lea, MN on June 17, 1938, to Gertrude and Henry Opdahl. He grew up as a farm kid and graduated from Alden High School in 1956. He attended Waldorf College, earning his Associate Degree in 1958.

   He married his high school sweetheart, Barbara I. Ramsdell, on Jan. 17, 1959. He owned a corn shelling business for a short while, then in 1965 a vacation trip to the Pacific Northwest resulted in a move west with his family.

   Harlan worked in Pierce at Jaype for Potlatch Corporation, and for several area loggers until 1979, when he discovered a way to unite his love of the outdoors and hunting with a livelihood. Harlan, his brother Duane and their wives purchased an outfitting business and changed the name to Triple “O” Outfitters, and life became much busier for all of them.

   Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were kind enough to get lost 200 years ago in the area Triple “O” Outfitters utilized, and Harlan enthusiastically delved into the history of that historic trek and begin leading trail rides and visits to some of the camps Lewis and Clark chronicled. He shared his love and knowledge of the Lolo portion of the trail with people from around the world.

   Harlan was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, an honorary lifetime member of the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association, Clearwater Search and Rescue, the North Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee, and served on various committees promoting multiple land use in Idaho. He was a proud endowment member of the National Rifle Association.

   Harlan was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to camp, hunt, ride horses, snowmobile, and watch Westerns. The spirit of hospitality and generosity was always evident in the Opdahl home. Meals were rarely limited to “just family.” Harlan loved the time he spent with friends and family. His Christian faith provided them with a role model, guiding hands and genuine concern for those around him.

   Harlan is survived by his wife of 51 years, Barbara Opdahl; four children, Gwen and Bob Schryver of Yuma, AZ, Jim and Linda Opdahl of Payette, Diane and Mike Snyder of Baker City, OR and Sharon and Darrin Hartwig of Lewiston; 13 grandchildren; one sister, Gloria Peterson of Albert Lea; sister-in-law Violet Opdahl of Lewiston and numerous much-loved nieces and nephews.

    If it’s true that friends are the flowers of life, Harlan also leaves behind a garden of blessings he called friends.

   Harlan was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Gertrude Opdahl, a daughter, Katherine, and his brother B. Duane Opdahl.

   A memorial and celebration of Harlan’s life will be held at 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 11, at Timberline Schools. A dinner will follow at Pierce Community Center.

   In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Faith Lutheran Church, P.O. Drawer C, Pierce, ID 83546; Clearwater County Search and Rescue, P.O. Box 724, Orofino, ID 83544; or ICARE (Cancer Assistance and Recovery Effort), 2134 Canyon Creek Road, Orofino, ID. 83544.

Obituaries for September 2, 2010

Harlan O. Opdahl, 72, Pierce

   Harlan O. Opdahl, age 72, of Pierce died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010 at his home.

   Cremation is under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel in Payette.

Dustin J. Beller, 28, Weippe

    Dustin came into this world May 6, 1982, in Lewiston, to parents Duane and Robin. He was a healthy, happy, rambunctious boy, full of life and love for all. Dustin was a well-traveled Army child, living in Germany, Colorado and California with his grandparents trapping varmints, back to Germany, Kentucky and then returning to Idaho.

    Dustin was a good student and athlete. He was a super baseball player and excellent football player. He and his brother, Travis, played both sports well - sometimes on the same team and sometimes not, depending on their age. Sports was a family affair.

    Dad was a coach, mom was the "team mom, videographer and event coordinator," and sister Jennifer got into the act as part of the cheerleading squad for the Mighty Cardinals youth football team back in Kentucky. He began playing tackle football at age 11, so by the time he reached Jenifer Junior High School and Weippe Middle School, his experience was an asset. Those of you who were on the receiving end of his shoulder pads may remember the zeal with which he played the game.

    Dustin loved to ride motorcycles, hunt, camp and fish. Whether with family, friends or alone, he enjoyed the outdoors. Dustin loved cars and dreamed of building a hot rod or cool pickup. Unfortunately, he lacked the skills and ended up with parts of many dreams. Dreams that were cut short at age 17 when a tumor was discovered in his brain, thus changing his future. Thanks to a shunt surgery, radiation treatment and his desire, he was a survivor.

    A new chapter of Dustin's life had begun. Nine years ago, Dustin became a father to son Steven. He was as proud as any dad and loved his son with all of his heart. He still had dreams and desires; unfortunately, his condition prevented him from realizing most of them. He struggled, at times, due to the lack of reasoning skills we all take for granted, which caused him to end up in less than favorable circumstances. However, he never gave up and would move forward looking to the next day.

    He grew into a big, lovable bear, who usually had a smile and simple kindness he would give freely. Unable to work, Dustin spent his life on his terms the best he could. He still hunted, fished and camped, and was doing just that on his last day.

    He was camping and fishing with friends on the Orogrande near the North Fork of the Clearwater River. He had caught a whopper of a fish, retired to his tent, and passed in his sleep sometime in the early morning of Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010. Dustin will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

    He is survived by his son, Steven Crutcher; Steven's mother, Kelly; grandfather Pete Fezatt; father Duane Beller and wife Mitzi; mother Robin Beller and Pete Crecelius; sister Jennifer Beller and Thom Harris; nephew Zane Harris; brother Travis Beller and his girlfriend, Kayla George; stepsisters Jessica Wright, Erika Branting, Theresa and Elena Crecelius; stepbrothers Tim and Jeremy Leiterman, and Brian Crecelius; aunts Nicky and Walter North, and Christy Brinker; and many cousins from both sides of the family.

    Dustin was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Jerry Beller and Lavonne Sevier; maternal grandmother, Claire Fezatt; stepmother Konnie Leiterman Beller; uncle Michael Ryan; and close friend, Keri Baker.

    A celebration of Dustin's life and a covered-dish meal is planned from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5 at the Weippe Senior Center.

    The family asks that any memorials be sent to a charity of the donor's choice that will help those less fortunate in life.

Darryl Lynn Ingle, 61, Lenore

   Darryl Lynn Ingle, 61, passed away August 27, peacefully in her sleep in her home on Freeman Creek Road. Darryl was fun and full of life, she always said what was on her mind, her laugh was contagious, her voice was loud, and heart was huge!  She loved to hang out with her soul mate of 26 years, hunt and fish, ride her four-wheeler, camp, boat, Harley adventures, watch old movies, enjoy campfires, and most of all party with close friends.  

   Darryl is survived by the love of her life, her husband, Don Ingle.  She is also survived by her children; Gena (daughter) and Ted, Jason (son) and Heather, and David (son) and Darleene; grandchildren Jake, Carrie, Jared, Emily, Adam and little Trace, her mother and father Gene and Shirley Sandy,  Michael (brother) and Karen, and Jeffrey (brother) in addition, a lifetime of special friends. 

   A celebration of life in Darryl’s honor will be held at the Ingle residence on Sunday, Sept. 5 at 2 p.m. Her family welcomes friends to join in sharing memories, stories and a special toast to Darryl.

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

Daniel Alpha Loomis, 85, Orofino

   Daniel Alpha Loomis of Orofino and formerly of Kamiah passed quietly in the early morning hours of Friday, Aug. 27, 2010. He will be missed. He was 85.

   Daniel Alpha Loomis was born Aug. 31, 1924 at 12:30 p.m. in the front bedroom of his home near De Soto, MO. His parents were John Emmitt Loomis and Dorothy Sunshine Loomis. He grew up in the De Soto area and graduated high school there May of 1942. From October 1940 to June 1942, Dan worked as a grocery clerk for the Kroger Grocery and Bakery Co.

   In June 1942 Daniel joined the U.S. Navy. After several service schools in diesel engine operations and maintenance, he became a part of the Commissioning Crew of the USS LST 470. Dan served on the ship from March 9, 1943 to Oct. 1945 in the South Pacific Operation. He was discharged in May 1945.

   From 1946 to 1950, Daniel attended Washington University in St. Louis, MO and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. He worked for the A.S. Aloe Hospital Co. for a time, and then joined the McDonnell Aircraft Company as a Contract Coordinator.

   He married Lois Jeanne DuHadway on June 23, 1951. They have two daughters.

   In December of 1960, the family moved to Sacramento, CA where Dan worked as a Contract Coordinator for the Aero-Jet Solid Rocket Plant until June 1964 when Dan began seminary education at the San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, CA graduating May 1967.

   Dan served churches in New Mexico, California, Idaho and Washington. He trained as an Interim Minister and served in that position in several churches before and after retirement in March 1989.

   His hobbies were gardening, fishing and reading.

   Daniel Loomis is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Lois Jeanne; daughters Donna Jeanne Wilson and Deborah Anne Loomis; granddaughters Jennifer Jeanne Achterberg, Kathleen Anne Achterberg, Gretchen Marie Rupp and Hannah Leigh Meyer. Daniel’s first great-granddaughter is due to arrive this December.

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

Obituaries for August 26, 2010

Al White, 89, former Orofino resident

   Alfred L. (Al) White passed from this world on Aug. 21, 2010, in Sublimity, OR, at the age of 89.  He was born Sept. 19, 1920, in Basanno, Alberta, Canada, to Ralph and Evelyn (Berry) White. 

   Following graduation from high school, he attended Business College in Spokane, WA, and served with the U.S. Army National Guard during World War II.  

   Al and June were married on Christmas day, 1942, and shortly thereafter, started their careers in the insurance and real estate business.

   While recovering from a life threatening illness during the mid-1950s, Al, who was a great lover of baseball, started the first four little league teams in Orofino.

   During the 1960’s he was elected to serve the people of Clearwater County, ID, first as a member of the state House of Representatives and later the state Senate.

   Al also served as a member of Idaho’s Racing Commission. 

   Following retirement Al and June spent a few years living at their Pend Orielle Lake, vacation home and then moved to Ft. Meyers, FL.

   After some time in Florida, they returned to the Pacific Northwest, first to Coos Bay and then to Lebanon, OR.  Declining health necessitated their move to Sublimity, OR, a year ago.

   Survivors include his wife of 67 years June, of Sublimity, OR; son, Tom (Kathy) of Mill City, OR; son, Lanny (Angie) of Rogue River, OR; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. 

   The family would like to thank the caring staff of Marion Estates in Sublimity and Odyssey Hospice of Salem. At Al’s request there will be no funeral services. 

Donald T. Strickfaden, 94, Boise

   Donald Thomas Strickfaden died at the age of 94 on Aug. 6, 2010, at his home in Boise, where he lived with his daughter, Carol Hines, and son-in-law David Elliott.

   Don was born Feb. 10, 1916, at Nezperce. After moving several times during his school years he graduated from Nezperce High School and attended the University of Idaho and Lewiston Normal School.

   In 1936 Don married Ruth Phyllis Miller and they remained in a beautiful relationship for 71 years, until her death in 2007.

   Don was employed by Idaho First National Bank in Nezperce when it opened in 1940. He enlisted in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945 and was stationed in Guam at the end of World War II. After the Army Don was promoted to branch manager of the bank. The family moved within Idaho as he was promoted by the company: Council in 1949, Soda Springs in 1963 and Orofino in 1968, where Don retired in 1976. Don and Ruth moved to Lewiston in 1992 and to Boise in 2003.

   Don was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, and a daughter, Donna.

   He is survived by his children and their spouses, Edwin Strickfaden and Barbara, and Carol Hines and Dave Elliott; his four grandchildren, Cary Strickfaden Dingman, Evan Strickfaden, Shauna Hines Arnold and Brian Hines; and seven great-grandchildren, Cami, Kaci, Joshua, Emilee, Kaylee, Kaleb and Elisabeth.

    A graveside memorial service will be conducted in September.

Willard J. Reed, 79, Clarkston

   Willard J. Reed (Willie), Clarkston, passed away Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010. He was 79.

   He was born April 13, 1931 in Weippe to Cecil K. and Mattie Reed. Willie was proud that he had been a Clarkston resident since 1939 and often asked people, "How long you been here?"

   Willie married A. Beatrice Smith on Aug. 1, 1947, at Leland. Willie and Bea settled in Clarkston at the Reed family home where they raised five children. They were married for 63 years.

   In the early years Willie worked with his brother as a commercial painter. He later went to work for the Clarkston School District, from which he retired in 1979.

   He was a member of the Clarkston Jaycees and the Nez Perce County Sheriff's Posse.

   In his younger years, Willie rode motorcycles and flew with many of his pilot friends. Willie often took family and friends on camping trips and enjoyed riding four-wheelers. He taught many family members how to drive various motorcycles.

   Willie spent many hours restoring antique cars and was extremely proud of his '26 Model T and '29 Chevy Coupe. He loved tinkering in his garage. He collected many antiques and oddities through the years. He was an avid historian, often sharing his historical knowledge and family history. Willie was a loyal friend. He could often be found in his garage listening to the scanner and sharing jokes, stories and cold beer with good friends.

   He loved animals and had a variety of pets throughout his life. Willie had a great love of family, and truly loved being with his grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and passed on his knowledge of mechanics, cars and planes to them.

   Willie was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Beatrice. He is now at her side. Willie was the last remaining of nine Reed children. He will be dearly missed by his children, Tim Reed and wife Marlene, Sue Pittman, Doug Reed and wife Donna, Janice Reed, and Melissa Wortman and husband Tom, as well as 11 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

   Willie was a unique man. His stories and sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him.

   The family conducted an open house to honor and remember Willie on Saturday, Aug. 21

   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Interlink Volunteers, 817 Sixth St., Clarkston, WA 99403.

    An online guest book is available at www.merchantfuneralhome.com.

Obituaries for August 19, 2010

Marvin Poe, 79, Peck

   Marvin G. Poe departed this life at his ranch in Big Canyon, Peck on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010 at the age of 79.  His passing was the result of a tragic accident doing what he loved best, operating machinery and helping others in need of a helping hand.

   Marvin was born on Oct. 11, 1930 at Deer Creek, in the vicinity of White Bird.  He was the son of Cora Qualey Poe and Claude F. Poe.

   On Jan. 4, 1955 Marvin married the love of his life and best friend, Norma Jean West in Pomeroy, WA.

   Marvin is survived by his wife of 56 years, Norma Jean Poe, his son Edward A. Poe of Peck and his two daughters, Mary Kris Poe and Jim Nunn of Orofino, Colleen Poe Burnett and husband, Scott Burnett of North Bonneville, WA, his brother Burley Poe and wife Loretta Poe of Genesee, four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and his beloved friends, Eldon Lee, Steve and Sherrie Lee and Brian Lee, all of Peck.  He is also survived by all of his beloved pets at the family home.

   Marvin was most comfortable at home on the 160-acre Poe ranch just outside of Peck.  To Marvin his home was his church, his yard his pew and Big Canyon was the greatest cathedral on earth.  He loved working the ranch alongside his loving wife, Norma Jean, raising chickens, vegetables and working his orchards of various fruits.

   Throughout his life Marvin was well known for his mechanical abilities.  He never picked up anything broken that he could not fix.  Marvin was a soft spoken man, easy with a smile and had an all around comforting way of making you feel welcome and an avid outdoorsman who loved and respected all that nature has to offer.  He was a terrific hunter and fisherman, and an excellent marksman whom any person would be hard pressed to match.

   Marvin retired from Clearwater County in 1992.

   Marvin passed away doing what he loved to do.  He is missed by his family, friends and all those who came to know him.

   “We all love and miss you, Papa.”

   A memorial service for Marvin will be held on Thursday, Aug. 19, at 5 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 515 Michigan Ave., Orofino.

Edgar D. White Sr., 83, Lewiston

    Edgar D. (Ed) White Sr. passed away Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, from head injuries he received in a fall.

    Ed was born Oct. 15, 1926, in Asotin, to Forest and Mae White. He grew up and attended school in Clarkston.

    At the age of 17, he joined the U.S. Navy. After his tour, he returned to Idaho and started a lifelong career in logging. He married Fay Heywood on July 9, 1951, in Coeur d'Alene. They settled in Weippe, where together they raised four children.

    Ed enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren play sports, often traveling many miles to attend their games. Ed was an avid card player, loved fishing and hunting, and enjoyed gardening and attending to his honeybees. He was always quick-witted and enjoyed sharing stories with family and friends, some that cannot be repeated. God broke the mold with him; there will never be another Ed White. We miss him dearly.

    Ed was preceded in death by his parents; wife Fay White; brother Frank White; sisters Vernadine McLean and Beverly Thomason; and his grandson, Casey Burns.

    Ed is survived by daughter Judy and Steve Burns of Clarkston; son Steve and Denise White of Arlington, WA; daughter Jan and Jeff Chapman of Lewiston; and son Ed and Laurie White of Twin Falls. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

    Services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Weippe Community Hall, with the Rev. Brad Bramlet officiating. Arrangements are through Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston.

    Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Weippe Rodeo Association, in care of Lori McMillen of Weippe, (208) 435-4769.

Mildred Entenmann, 80, Orofino

   Mildred N. Entenmann, of Orofino, died Aug. 10, 2010, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, WA. She was born Oct. 25, 1929 and was 80 years old.

   A memorial service will be held at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.

Michael L. Blenden, 47, Lewiston

   Michael Larry Blenden of Lewiston passed away Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010. He was born May 24, 1963, in Orofino, to Larry and Sue Blenden. Mike was the fourth of five children. He was 47.

   He spent his younger years running around town and playing with the neighborhood kids. He enjoyed his teen years by hunting, fishing and spending time with friends and family. s

   He graduated from Orofino High School in 1981 and from the University of Idaho in 1990, with a Bachelor of Science degree in fisheries biology.

   He married Colleen Curry on May 20, 1989. They have three beautiful daughters, Amanda, Jerica and Tanaya, all of Lewiston.

   Mike had a long career working for the Nez Perce Tribe as a fisheries biologist. He enjoyed his job with the tribe and considered his co-workers his friends. He had been employed there for 19 years. He especially enjoyed the field work on the Imnaha River and Big Creek; the only downfall to this was being away from his family.

   He was a loving son, brother, husband and father. He was a quiet man, but you always knew how much he loved his family. We find comfort now knowing he is at peace. We will miss him greatly.

   Mike is survived by his wife, Colleen; daughters Amanda, Jerica and Tanaya, all of Lewiston; also his parents, Larry and Sue Blenden of Lewiston; brother Gary Blenden of Austin, TX; sisters Karen and Tom Freeman of St. Maries, Lori and Dan Prado of Pahrump, NV., and LeAnn and Doyle Troyer of Boise; as well as many nieces and nephews.

   A celebration of life will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 21 at Tammany View Baptist Church in Lewiston. All friends and family are welcome.

   A donation account for Mike's children has been established at Potlatch #1 Federal Credit Union for those wanting to help the family.

William E. Bolon, 89, Greer

   William Ellis (Uncle Bill) Bolon - Dad passed away Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010, from causes related to age, in the presence of people who loved and cared for him. He was 89.

   Bill was the oldest of three sons born to William G. and Helen E. Bolon. He was born Nov. 11, 1920, in Greer. He grew up and went to school in the surrounding area. He left school during the eighth grade and started working different jobs in the Northwest.

   He entered the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and received two Purple Hearts for wounds while in Okinawa. After his service Bill returned home, beginning a lifelong career in law enforcement. It was during his stint as an Idaho State trooper in the Lewiston area that he met and married his future wife, Doreen Lincoln.

   Dad and Mom moved all over northern Idaho, Dad working as a policeman, and Mom raising five boys that they had in 2½  years, including two sets of twins. After working in law enforcement for more than 20 years, Dad retired in 1973 because of injuries suffered in an accident.

   After Dad retired, he moved his family to the best town in northern Idaho, Greer. There he and his wife finished raising their family. It was also here that dad's love of the outdoors and his passion for helping children gave him the idea for Uncle Bill's Youth Camp.

   Uncle Bill's Youth Camp was Dad's idea to let Clearwater County's underprivileged children have a chance to go to summer camp. The youth camp was located one mile upstream from Weitas Creek Campground on the North Fork of the Clearwater River.

   The camp was a collection of tents, cabins and a large cook shack. There were thousands of memories made by hundreds of kids who were fortunate enough to go to camp. The biggest and best memory by far was Uncle Bill himself. Dad made sure every camper was treated with respect and given all of the love everyone deserves. He worked tirelessly to make sure every kid who went to camp had a wonderful time.

   Dad was always seeking donations from businesses in the surrounding area, everything from lumber to ice cream. Uncle Bill's Youth Camp was a wonderful idea that came to reality because of Dad and everybody who helped to build, maintain and work at the camp. All of their work and efforts were greatly appreciated by Dad.

   Dad spent his entire life bringing hope, joy and humor to the people around him. He may be gone, but his memory and spirit will live on in his family and friends, who he cherished.

   Everyone is invited to a celebration of his life at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. Dad was a blue jeans and work shirt kind of person, so dress comfortable and bring your smile.

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

Thelma Nylund memorial service

   A memorial service for Thelma "Term" Nylund will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21 at the Weippe Cemetery, with a gathering to follow at the Wesleyan Church in Weippe.

   Term died in Vancouver, WA on July 17, 2010.

Obituaries for August 12, 2010

Ronald Dodge, 74, Orofino

    Ronald W. Dodge, 74, of Orofino, died Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010, at the Life Care Center of Lewiston. Arrangements are pending at Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston.


Evertt
I.
Spencer, 80, Orofino

   Evertt I. Spencer, 80, of Orofino, died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

    He was born July 12, 1930 in Orofino to William J. and Louella Taylor Spencer.

    He attended the Banner School. His childhood memories included many antics, including climbing the big railroad trestle by the school, teasing his siblings, finding lost watermelons, and many more almost-daring acts with his lifelong friends, the Lyda brothers, Clarence (Red) Philpot and others.

   He served in a military police unit in the U.S Army during the Korean War. One of his duty stations was the nuclear testing sites in Nevada, where he personally witnessed the devastating effects of the atomic bomb. He returned to his beloved Idaho following his military discharge.

   He and Helen House were married Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 1951, in Orofino. They settled in Clearwater County in the communities of O’Mill and Grangemont. The couple had two daughters, Holly and Nora. Helen passed away in 1997.

   Evertt made a career of being a dozer operator in the logging industry in Clearwater County until his retirement in 1992. He began his work life at the age of 12 to assist his family. He worked for several employers, including White Pine Lumber Company, Louis Porter Logging, Wm. Deyo Logging and Ken Miller Logging. He made many friends along the way.

   He loved the outdoors, which included hunting and fishing. He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, and an avid believer in the Constitutional right to bear arms. Evertt built his muzzleloader and spent many happy times in the Clearwater back country, hunting with his brother Chet and brothers-in-law Myron Buchert and Irwin Rush.

   Evertt enjoyed history and reading, especially the Lewis and Clark journals, America’s development, advances and trials, and North Idaho history. He was active in the Grangemont community and was a member of the Grangemont Fire District.

   Evertt was a talented musician who played many instruments, including lead guitar, banjo, accordion and mandolin. He was happy when he played with his brothers and friends. One of his special moments was assisting other people in developing their music abilities. He was especially proud of his role in helping his nephew Ian Graham advance his musical talents.

   Surviving Evertt are his daughters, Holly Spencer of Olympia, WA and Nora and John Trammell of Craigmont; his sister, Rose Buchert of Orofino; sisters-in-law, Darlene Rush of Lewiston, Sharron Marcell of Orofino, Bonnie Spencer of Orofino and Bertie Spencer of Spokane, WA; and many nieces and nephews.

   Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Chet, Louis, John and Henry; and brothers-in-law Myron Buchert and Irwin Rush.

   A graveside service was held Aug. 7 at Weseman Cemetery in Orofino, with Floyd Enyeart officiating.  Mountain View Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Janet Baker Hancock, 78, Montana

   Janet Patricia Baker Hancock passed peacefully to her rest after a courageous battle with cancer on Friday morning, Aug. 6, 2010. She was 78.

   She was born on March 20, 1932 in Miles City, MT, the youngest of three children born to Alfred and Catherine Baker.

   She gave her life to the Lord as a young girl. She became a registered nurse and married Deryl Leggitt. Two daughters were born to them, and they went to Paraguay, South America as missionaries. While working there, Deryl became sick with leukemia, and they returned to the U.S., where he died six months later. 

   She later met and married Robert Hancock, a young pastor. They served together in various churches. Another daughter and a son were born to them. With her husband, Bob, she spent 11 years in Indonesia as a missionary nurse. She obtained her master's degree in public health from Loma Linda University. With a grant from the U.S. government, she developed a maternal-child health program for malnourished babies in the villages of West Java, Indonesia.

   Bob and Jan purchased acreage on Crow Bench Rd in 1994, to which they moved upon retirement in 2004. Prior to moving to Orofino, she worked as a nurse for the county health department in Nevada.

   She is survived by her husband, Robert; children, Patricia Cheryl Anholm, Lorene Wright, Denise Benner, and Robert Hancock, Jr.; brother, Dr. Bruce Baker; and eight grandchildren.

   A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 14 at 4 p.m. at the Orofino Seventh-day Adventist Church, 3414 Hwy. 12. Interment will be on the Hancock-Wright family ranch at 9 am on Sunday morning, Aug. 15.

Arthur H. Sutton, 79, Orofino

   Arthur Henry Sutton died Monday, Aug. 9, 2010 at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation in Orofino. He was 79.

   Art was born March 20, 1031 in Roberts. He was the second of three Sutton boys to Eugene Henry Sutton and Winifred Gladys Munden-Manning Sutton.

   The family moved many times during the 1930’s and settled in Ahsahka in 1944. Art attended Ahsahka Elementary School during his eighth grade year under the tutelage of Miss Edith Crowley. He attended Orofino High School, where he excelled in boxing and football.

   Art was a member of both the 1949 and 1950 undefeated Maniac football teams. Upon graduation from high school, Art married Betty Louise Clayton on Aug. 19, 1951 at the Orofino Methodist Church.

   He worked for Finke Logging and Norris Hengen until being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1952. He served in the U.S. Army until 1954. During this time, Art was stationed at Fort Lewis, WA, Camp Roberts, CA and Dugway Proving Grounds, UT.

   Upon returning home to Idaho from the Army, Art went to work at the Ahsahka Planer. He worked there until 1963 when he formed a partnership with John Stephenson. They worked a rock drilling and blasting company until 1968. At that time, their company, “Gem State Enterprises,” purchased and operated an excavation business in Orofino. Art worked until well after he retired in 1997.

   Art enjoyed working, operating his backhoe, hunting, steelhead fishing, gardening, his family and generally staying busy.

   Art is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty; three children, Dan and Janice Sutton, Lori Sutton, and Traci and Brent Telecky all of Orofino; seven grandchildren, Ron Sutton, Rick Sutton, Stacey Ellis, Cassie Madsen, Lucas McIntosh, Jessica Telecky and Sonny Telecky; 11 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Melvin Sutton of Kelso, WA.

   Art was preceded in death by his parents; brother, William (Sonny) Sutton; half-brothers Wesley, Alonzo, Robert, Edward and John D. Manning; half-sisters Marjorie O’Farrell and Dorothy Dreyer, and an infant daughter, Mary Jane.

   Services will be held Friday, Aug. 13 at 11 a.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel. A fellowship meal will follow the service at 1051 Michigan Ave. (Avista Auditorium).

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

Donald E. Palin, 81, Weippe

   Donald E. Palin died at his home in Weippe on Sunday, July 25, 2010. He was 81.

   He was born to Elmer and Ethel Mason Palin Aug. 14, 1928 in Sutherland, NV. He was the youngest of seven siblings. He came to Montana as a young boy in 1935 and later on to Idaho when he was 18.

   He married Shirley Anderson. They had a son, Russ, and later divorced. Don married Lucille Chapman Willis, and she had two daughters, LaDonna and Martha. Together he and Lucille had a daughter, Marlene. They built a house together and raised their children in the town of Weippe.

   Lucille passed away Feb. 28, 2007, they were married 54 years.

   Don worked in the logging industry for many years, starting out at logging camps outside of Headquarters. He worked on the log drive from the upper Northfork of the Clearwater River to Ahsahka and from there onto Lewiston, before the Dworshak Dam was built. He ended up in the log yard of Jaype in Pierce and Headquarters as a shovel operator. He retired from Potlatch in 1997.

   Most of all Don enjoyed fishing trips, picnics, hunting, huckleberry picking and driving around the mountains in the Weippe area with his family and friends. His last few years were inspired by playing pinochle, pool, and having an ice cold beer at the Elk Horn Bar where he made new friends.

   He is survived by his children and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lucille; brothers, Elmer, George, Walter, and Lindy; half-brother, Wilber; and sisters, Mary and Elizabeth.

   There will be a celebration of Don and Lucille’s life at a later date.

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

Mildred Casey Beghtol, 81, Texas

   Mildred Irene Casey Beghtol died Friday, Aug. 6, 2010 of metastatic breast cancer in Houston, TX. She was 81.

   Mildred, Mic, or Casey as she was known to her family and friends, as born July 6, 1929, in the home of her parents, Violet Parrish Casey and Claude H. Casey, near Lomax, NB.

   She grew up on a farm in Nebraska and attended a one room country school through the eight grade and high school in Oconto, NB.

   Mildred took a one year rural teaching course at Kearney State Teachers College, which qualified her to teach for four years. She taught for three years in one room country schools and one year in the Overton, NB, grade school.

   She returned to college in Kearney and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in art and minor in business and French. She was president of her senior class and a member of Kappa Pi, honorary art fraternity.

   On June 22, 1954, Mildred married Carter V. Beghtol in the Church of Wayfarer in Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA. He was in the U.S. Air Force stationed at the Army Language School in Monterey, CA.

   He was transferred to San Antonio, TX and Mrs. Beghtol worked as the secretary to the Vice President of Ingram Iron Works until their first son, Karl Casey Beghtol, was born in a military hospital, a one story wooden structure without any frills.

   After her husband was discharged from the service they lived in Omaha, NB, where their second son, Eric Vance Beghtol, was born in a nice civilian hospital the day before his dad started to medical school.

   After Dr. Beghtol graduated from medical school and finished his internship, the family moved to Orofino, where Dr. Beghtol established a family practice.

   Mrs. Beghtol was very active in politics; a precinct committee woman, secretary-treasurer of the Clearwater County Central Committee, Republican state committee woman, appointed by the governor to the twenty member Commission of Arts and Humanities, first woman ever elected to the Orofino City Council.

   She was vice president of Clearwater County for the American National Red Cross and also on the Board of Directors of the Lewis-Clark chapter of the American National Red Cross, chairman of the Orofino Library Board, President of the Clearwater Art Association, and Director of the Te-Wap-Poo Art Gallery.

   Mrs. Beghtol was initiated into the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Chapter AW in 1966; she was also a member of the American Association of University Women, Clearwater County Hospital Auxiliary and the North Idaho Medical Association Auxiliary, parents swim team organization, P.T.A. and was a Cub Scout Den Mother.

   After the family moved to Houston, TX, she worked for a market research company, then learned to be a medical secretary and worked full time in her husband’s medical office typing medical charts and generally overseeing his business office for a few days.

   Mrs. Beghtol transferred her membership in P.E.O. from Chapter AW, Orofino to Chapter EP of the P.E.O. Sisterhood in Houston, TX.

   While in Idaho she expressed her creativity in oil painting, mostly of landscapes and still life. In Texas she took many classes and worked with fiber in weaving off-loom, macramé, and stitchery.

   She was an avid letter writer with a great sense of humor, loved reading, cats, crafts, and was always curious about the world around her. She wanted to know about the birds she saw, to identify the flowers she had not seen before as well as anything else that crossed her path.

   She was a collector and collected everything from cat cards and other cat related things, quotes and baskets to family history.

   Mrs. Beghtol is survived by her husband, Dr. Carter V. Beghtol; sons Karl and Eric; and grandson Spencer James Beghtol.

   Her family appreciates Houston Hospice and the Neptune Society with deep appreciation for their help and care.

Thelma Nylund memorial service

   A memorial service for Thelma "Term" Nylund will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21 at the Weippe Cemetery, with a gathering to follow at the Wesleyan Church in Weippe.

   Term died in Vancouver, WA on July 17, 2010.