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Obituaries for May 12, 2011

Arthur Leroy Henson, 72, Ahsahka

   Arthur Leroy Henson, (known to many as “King Arthur”), Ahsahka, passed away Friday, May 6, 2011 at Clearwater Valley Hospital due to complications from pneumonia. He was 72.

   Art was born to Aaron and Elsie Henson on July 26, 1938 on the outskirts of Kendrick at the home of his parents. He was a lifelong Idahoan growing up in Clearwater County.

   Art married Darlene Johnson, which produced five children. Their marriage ended in divorce. He married his lifelong partner Judith Bell and they have one child.

   His first job was running moonshine for Masterfield on the Northfork of the Clearwater River. He then began his dream job as a logger. Art was known as a jack of all trades in the logging industry especially as a skilled gypo Cat operator for several logging outfits in the area. He later formed H&W Logging with his partner Howard Wunderlich.

   Art is survived by his wife Judy at their home in Ahsahka; daughter Linda Wakefield, husband Doug; son Daniel Henson, wife Randie, all of Lewiston; daughter Susie Marvin, husband Chris; daughter Tammy Clark, husband James Boyd, all of Orofino; son Jeff Henson, Ahsahka; brothers Marvin Henson, wife Ila, Lewiston, Melvin, wife Evelyn, Oroville, CA, Jerry Henson, wife Val, Orofino and sister Margaret Rode, Lewiston. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many close friends.

   He was preceded in death by his son Pete Henson; brothers, Jay and Chuck Henson and sister, Beatrice Rode.

   Art never met a stranger; everyone was welcome in his home and in his heart. He was a big man with an even bigger heart always ready to lend a helping hand, so for Art please pass his kindness on.

   A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 14 at 11 a.m. at the Orofino Community Church, 14233 Highway 12, followed by a covered dish get together at the V.F.W. building, 330 Michigan Ave.

Warren E. Berkheiser, 88, Orofino

   Warren Edgar Berkheiser of Orofino died Monday, May 9, 2011, at his home in Orofino, after an illness. He was 88.

   Warren was born in his family home in New Haven, Indiana, on Dec. 11, 1922. In his youth he enjoyed playing softball and billiards, riding motorcycles, and spending time with his family. Warren met Ruth Jessup on a blind date in his senior year of high school and they married on Nov. 22, 1941. They recently celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary.

   Warren worked at General Electric in the transformer department until he joined the military in January 1943 in the 71st Division Artillery. He first went to Camp Hale, near Leadville, Colorado, where he underwent Basic Training in a snowfield.

   Warren trained in the snowy mountains with pack mules in anticipation for the Allies’ advance into Europe through the Italian Alps. Then the Army exchanged their mules for motor vehicles and Warren was transferred to the motorized division at Ft. Carson at Colorado Springs and then to Ft. Benning, Georgia.

   He soon became the officers’ clerk because he could type, do shorthand and play the bugle. Warren also learned Solid Trigonometry, used to pinpoint targets, by studying at night underneath a blanket. He was deployed in France, Germany, and Austria behind General Patton. His division fought the Germans all the way through to the Allies’ opposite lines. Warren was discharged from the Army in January 1946.

   After returning from the war Warren got accepted into the General Electric apprentice school as a draftsman. He became a Trigonometry instructor and then started working with small motors. Warren became interested in computers and became a computer analyst until he retired in 1986. He continued to work as a consultant for GE until 1989.

   Warren and Ruth had four children: Dennis Berkheiser of Canby, Oregon; Karen Agee of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Linda Culbertson of Oshkosh, Wisconsin; and Nancy Berkheiser of Orofino. The family enjoyed camping, swimming and singing together.

   Warren sang bass in the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic Choir and also in the New Haven United Methodist Church choir for many years. Warren and Ruth moved to Orofino in 1989 where Warren cared for his grandchildren, taught square dancing and did organic gardening. He also enjoyed reading, watching sports on TV, listening to classical music, fishing and photography. Warren was a big fan of Purdue University sports and loved his cabin at the Indiana lake.

   Warren was known for doing crossword puzzles in ink and for his sense of humor.

   Memorials may be sent to the Orofino Senior Center at 930 Michigan Avenue.

   No services to be held at this time. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is handling arrangements.

River James Walker, 5 months, Peck

   River came into this world Nov. 24, 2010, bringing joy to his mother, Andrea Mount, and providing his loving family with a truly joyous holiday season. He passed away Friday, April 29, 2011, at home from SIDS.

   River had a smile no one could resist and would smile and giggle just to keep his family entertained. His specialty was looking cute, giving kisses and warming hearts.

   He loved Alvin and the Chipmunks and his favorite food was bananas. He enjoyed going to the Clearwater River Casino restaurant and was always the center of attention.

   River's family wants everyone to know how much he is loved.

   “Little man's smile and happiness will always be in our hearts. Haeley, Jeremiah and I love that 'Turkey Butt'!” Stephanie Damron (Aunty Coug).

   "He was a very special baby and wormed his way into a lot of people's hearts, including mine. And I will never forget how he used to smile when I held him. And he was like a baby brother to me. And I will never forget him ever!!" Haeley Damron.

   "Baby River was an amazing charming and very smart little man. And I'll never forget them beautiful eyes and his beautiful smile, or the way he looked at me and laughed. So wait for me Mr. Man ‘cause I'll see you again. Momma's little angel with wings." Love, your Auntie Gabbie.

   "I love your chunky cheeks!" Auntie Joy.

   "Our Precious River, I will always carry in my whole heart your warm smile that made my day in every way, Aloha baby boy," Moke.

   "What a beautiful smile, when he smiled it would melt my heart," Dana.

   "River was not only an amazing baby but blessed with pure innocence of nature's way," JoJo.

   "Always made River laugh and smile," Nocle.

   "Heaven' - and River run through it laughing, playing and at our Father's side. RIP," Downiele.

   "The River who never ends, but will be missed by family and friends." Jay.

   "Dear River - even though your time with us was short the impact on our lives will last forever!! Love to you and family, Big hugs!" Patty, from Sunse.

   "Love you River, may your soul fly free in all of our hearts and souls. Your smiles will be remembered forever." Love, Jermey Simmons.

   "I love you River!" Jeremiah T. Simmons.

   "Life is only a gift and you were that and more. Love you baby River!" Patty Hudson.

   "River did not only have chubby cheeks, he had the world's biggest smile. He was not only the heart and soul of our family, but mainly his mother's. I will miss you River James." Love, Josh Whitt.

   "To my beautiful nephew River James, forever in my heart and memories! Every time I called you 'Chub Cheeks' you would smile and look just like your mom. So every time I see her smile it will remind me of you!" Love, your Auntie Liz.

   "River James, holding your hands, kissing your face and wrapping you in my arms, I will forever hold that in my heart. Meeting you for the first time seeing your smiley face and listening to your precious laugh was truly a blessing. One day in the end we will meet again, auntie will be happy to finally get to know you. Love you baby boy." Desiree.

   Missing River are his mother, Andrea L. Mount of Peck; his grandparents, Loree and Christopher Midstokke of Peck; and his aunts, Lorisa Mount of Lewiston, Chasity Mount of Kamiah, Amber Walker of Lewiston, and Tori Benner of Star.

   He was met in heaven by his uncle, Teri Benner, his aunt, Lakota Lyons and his great-grandfather, John Walker Sr.

   Viewing was held May 4; a celebration of River's all-too-short life will be held Thursday, May 5 at the Second Presbyterian Church in Kamiah with Marilyn Bowen officiating. Burial will follow at Second Presbyterian Church Cemetery on No Kid Lane in Kamiah.

   Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia is handling arrangements.

Cora May Montambo, 79, Orofino

   Cora May Montambo of Orofino passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 in Clarkston, WA.

   Cora was born Aug. 23, 1931 to Richard and Virginia Sumpter of Ione, WA.

   In 1957 Cora married Ronald Freeman and together they had a daughter, Sandra Leigh, and made their home in California.  The marriage later ended in divorce. Cora and Sandy moved to Orofino in 1980, where she owned and operated an answering service. 

   On Feb. 5, 1984 Cora married Bruce Montambo. They moved to Lewiston, where she worked as a cashier for local retailers.  After 17 years and retirement they moved back to Orofino.

   Cora enjoyed traveling, collecting art work, painting, her animals, shopping and meeting new people.

   Cora is survived by her husband at the family home; five step-daughters, Kay Armenta of Olympia, WA, Lynn Bolz of Weippe, Sandy Montambo of Clarkston, WA, Laura Jared of Clarkston, WA and Joan Zimmerman of Pomeroy, WA; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren in addition to a sister, Lorena Larsen of Metaline Falls, WA.

   She was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Richard and Virginia, sister Clara Davaz and daughter Sandra Leigh Freeman. Of special mention were her beloved pets, Katie and Maggie.

   As requested by Cora, no funeral service will be held at this time. A private family gathering will take place at a later date.

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

Michael J. Howland, 53, St. Maries
   Memorial services were held Saturday in St. Maries for Michael J. Howland of St. Maries who died April 22, 2011 in Spokane, WA following a two year battle with cancer. He was 53.
   Among survivors are his son and daughter-in-law Bryan and Ashley (Stanton) Howland and twin grandsons, Braylon and Kaden Howland, all of Lewiston. Also his father, Ralph Howland of St. Maries.

Charles Summers, 86, Orofino

   Charles Vincent Summers, Orofino, passed away Friday, May 6, 2011 in Orofino. He was 86.

   He was born July 10, 1924 in Orofino to Theodore Pederson and Emma Olsen Pederson; their eighth son. He was raised by Charles Burton Summers and Nettie Dobbs Summers.

   Charles was drafted into the service in July 1943 during World War II and chose the Navy, where he served in the Navy Air Transport Service or NATS. He proudly served in the Pacific Theater in Asiatic Pacific American Area, Victory, Philippine Liberation, Points and received a unit commendation. He received an Honorable Discharge in March of 1946.

   He came back and finished his senior year in high school graduating from Grossmont High School in California. He worked for several fields and had some schooling in refrigeration and air conditioning. He worked for San Diego Gas and Electric Company for 32 years and retired in 1986.

   He married Barbara Jean Willis on June 9, 1956 and after a nine year courtship they had two daughters, Valerie Jean and Nadine Joy.

   He moved back home to Orofino to be with his family. He was an Assistant Scout Master, Cub Scout and Webolos leader.

   Charles was preceded in death by his parents Theodore and Emma Pederson, Charles and Nettie Summers; brothers Ralph Pederson, Randall Pederson, Iver Pederson, Walter Pederson, Tommy Pederson, Earl Pederson and Everett Pederson; sisters Georgia Carr and Edna Tyrell and grandson David Rose.

   Surviving him are his wife Barbara Summers; daughters Valerie Rose and Nadine Olson; granddaughters Theresa Rose Garung and Amy Booras; great-grandchildren Genevieve and Gwendolyn Gartung, Allana and Alex Booras.

   Graveside services will be held at Riverside Cemetery, Thursday, May 12 at 1 p.m. in Orofino. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.

Obituaries for May 5, 2011

Jeannine Martin (Crow), 69, Weippe

   Jeannine Kay Martin (Crow) passed away peacefully at her home in Weippe on April 26, 2011. She was 69.

   She was born May 29, 1941 to Earl and Adelia Crow and grew up at Crows Bench where her parents farmed and then later graduated from Orofino High School.

   Jeannine married Michael Gary Martin and had four children; they were later divorced.

   She enjoyed family picnics, fishing, hunting with her grandchildren, and growing beautiful gardens.

   Jeannine will be greatly missed by family and friends. She loved with a deep love and her impact in her family’s lives is everlasting. She really was a beautiful combination of tough as nails and never ending kindness.

   Surviving her are sons Kurt Martin, Weippe, Keif Martin, of Arizona; daughter Kari Martin, Weippe; granddaughter Kim Norris, Weippe; grandchildren Jacob Martin, Matt Martin, Malloree Norris, Joe Norris, all of Weippe; Kevin and Steffani Martin, Clarkston, WA; great-grandchild, Shayla Martin, Clarkston, WA.

   Preceding her in death are parents, Earl and Adelia and brother, Gary Crow.

   A memorial service will be held Friday, May 6 at 11 a.m. at the I.O.O.F. Hall (Rebekah Lodge) at Main St. in Weippe. This is a potluck memorial. There will also be a memorial at 4 p.m. Friday, May 6 at the Homestead Lounge.

Barbara Arlene Leach, 75, Kamiah

   Barbara Arlene Leach, of Kamiah, passed away at her home Sunday, April 24, 2011. She was 75.

   Barbara was born Feb. 10, 1936, in Pomeroy, to John and Inez Requa Lyness. She was raised in Ahsahka and attended Ahsahka grade school and Orofino High School. She grew up on the Northfork River and she had very fond memories of swimming with her family and her friends.

   While she was still in high school, she met the love of her life, Ira (Buck) Leach. They were married April 11, 1953, in Lewiston. They bought a home in Kamiah, where they raised their family and were able to celebrate their 50-year anniversary before Buck passed away in 2003. Barbara finished out her life living in the same house for 58 years.

   Barbara worked for Kamiah City Hall and Nickels department store until soon she and Buck became the owners and bookkeepers of three businesses, Buck's ARCO Service Station, Casual Village department store and Clearwater Well Drilling. She did all of this and still managed to raise her three children, Vicki, Marty and Kelly.

   Mom enjoyed camping, steelhead fishing at Mackay Bar and picking huckleberries anywhere she could find them. She loved flowers and she grew many, plus had a beautiful rose garden. She also always had a large vegetable garden and she enjoyed canning and making jams and jellies. She was a wonderful cook, and she loved to cook for all of her family and friends.

   She loved to collect antiques, especially carnival glass, white milk glass and Depression glass. But mom's favorite joy was being involved with her kids and grandkids. She spent many hours volunteering to be a Cub Scout leader, Camp Fire Girls leader, Sunday school teacher, 4-H leader, and the parent and grandparent that attended all of

the school sporting events and activities. She also volunteered to deliver Meals on Wheels for several years.

   Barbara is survived by her brothers, Marvin Lyness and Richard Lyness; her sister, Glenda Stanton; and many nieces and nephews; she is also survived by her sister-in-law, Violet Lesmeister and her husband Bill; her daughter, Vicki Jo Grimm; her sons, Martin Everett Leach and Kelly Paul Leach. She also helped raise Hal Jay Cox, from the time he came into her life at four years of age and she always told everyone that he was her son.

   She was very close to Monte Leach and Richette Dominguez, and they both held a special place in her heart. Her beloved grandchildren are Kraig Grimm, Samantha Skinner, Korey Grimm, Leslie Brando, Kent Leach, Nacsan Irby, Katie Dean, Keaton Irby, Kelsi Grimm, Mindy Leach, Levi Leach and Drew Leach; and she was the proud great-grandmother of Ryker Grimm, Kyler Grimm, Maddie Skinner, Lincoln Skinner, Rylynn Grimm, Ricky Irby, Khloee Irby, Lexys Leach, Kaden Dean and Kamden Grimm. Barbara's faithful dogs, Spike and Harley, and her beautiful cat, Peek a Boo, were also with her.  She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Inez Lyness; her husband, Buck Leach; her sister, Cheryl Ward; her grandson, Bucky James Leach; and her son-in-law, Kirk Grimm.

   Her services were held Thursday, April 28 at Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia. Burial will be at the Kamiah Cemetery        .

   We will always love and miss you Mom. You were stubborn to the very end, but we respected your wishes and you did it your way.

Anthony Luongo, 80, Lenore

   Anthony R. Luongo, Lenore, died April 28, 2011, at Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston, WA. He was 80.

   Cremation services will take place as requested. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.

River James Walker, 5 months, Peck

   River James Walker, five months, died Friday, April 29, 2011 at his home in Peck.

   Memorial services were held May 4 Trenary Funeral Home Chapel in Kooskia.

   Funeral services took place May 5 at Second Presbyterian Church in Kamiah.

   Burial will follow at Second Presbyterian Church Cemetery on No Kid Lane, Kamiah.

   A covered dish dinner will follow at the Church. Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia is assisting the family.

Obituaries for April 28, 2011

Barbara Leach, 75, Kamiah

   Barbara Leach, 75, of Kamiah passed away Sunday April 24, 2011 at her Kamiah home.

   Memorial Services were held April 28 at Trenary Funeral Home Chapel in Kooskia. Inurnment was at Kamiah City Cemetery, and later a potluck dinner was held at Vicki Grimm's home in Kamiah.

   Arrangements are by Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.

Jeannine Martin, 69, Weippe

    Jeannine Kay Martin, 69, died at her Weippe residence Tuesday, April 26, 2011.

    A memorial service will be held Friday, May 6 at 11 a.m. at the IOOF Rebekah Lodge on Main Street in Weippe. A covered dish potluck will be held after the service. A second memorial service will be held in Orofino on the same day at 4 p.m., at the Homestead Lounge on Johnson Avenue.

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

Obituaries for April 21, 2011

Norma Beatrice Choate, 94, Orofino

  Norma Beatrice Choate was born to Ione and Wilbur Hill in Shepherd, MT on October 25, 1916. The family moved to Greer when Norma was five years old with her sisters Maxine and Phroda and brothers John and Leon. She attended school in Greer and Orofino.

   Norma passed away on April 12, 2011 after a brief illness at Clearwater Valley Hospital with her family by her side.

   Norma married Leon Marshall in 1934. They made their home in Greer until they moved to Bovill in 1942 and Ahsahka in 1947. During this time Madeline, Floyd, Richard and Penny joined the family. Norma and Leon were later divorced.

   Norma was married to Basil Packwood who passed away in the early sixties. Norma became “mother” to Basil’s children Carl “Buster”, Laurel, Kenny, Edna, Lewis and Robert. They have remained close throughout the years.

   In 1968 Norma married Joseph Choate. They made their home in Teakean until his death in 1972 when Norma returned to her home of many years in Ahsahka. Norma resided at Clearwater Health and Rehab for many years.

   Norma had many hobbies including crocheting, knitting, embroidery and other handiwork. She enjoyed working word puzzles and all kinds of flowers. Norma enjoyed music and dancing in her younger years. Norma loved picking huckleberries and her family spent many wonderful days helping her fill the freezer. Norma was a wonderful cook. She cooked for her family and she made the best fried chicken around. Norma shared her love of all of the things with her family who continue to honor her enjoying these things in her memory.

   Norma worked at many area cafes including the Empire, Ideal, Erickson’s, Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation and the Woodlot in Ahsahka. She retired from State Hospital North in 1981.

   Norma is preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, her son Richard Marshall, grandson Clark Ronald Umphenour, Jr. and Kenny Packwood. She is survived by Madeline Umphenour of Kamiah, Floyd and Diane Marshall of Winchester and Penny and Kenny Coon of Orofino. She is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grand children and great-great grandchildren as well as numerous step-grandchildren and extended family.

   Funeral services were April 17 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. A potluck dinner in honor of Norma followed services in Orofino and burial was at Teakean Cemetery. Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia is in charge of arrangements.

D. Clifford Anderson, 93, Orofino

   Clearwater County lost a pioneer with the passing of D. Clifford Anderson, Sunday, April 10, 2011, at Clearwater Valley Hospital. He was 93.

   Cliff was born to Elizabeth J. and Daniel G. Anderson on July 23, 1917, on the Wells Bench ranch, where he resided for 93-plus years. His father migrated from Norway and homesteaded 160 acres in 1905. This ranch has remained in the Anderson family for 106 years.

   At the age of 14, Cliff moved to town, where he "batched" and attended Orofino High School. He rode his horse the six miles to be at home on weekends. He graduated from Orofino High School in 1934, and worked in Spokane delivering laundry and the Idaho State Hospital North before returning to the ranch where he was raised.

   On May 30, 1941, Cliff married Gladys M. Flathers, a school teacher from Jerome, who had come to the Wells Bench School to teach. They had two children, son, Craig, and daughter, Greta, and enjoyed 62 years of marriage until Gladys' passing June 8, 2003.

   Cliff was primarily a beef cattle rancher, but supplemented that income with work in the woods; as a Soil Conservation District technician; and as a Clearwater County commissioner.

   Cliff believed in giving back to the community and state in which he resided. He served 10 years as a Clearwater County commissioner during a span of time ranging from 1955 to 1979. During his 1955-1957 term, he was instrumental in bringing Clearwater Valley Hospital to Orofino. He later served 11 years on the hospital's Board of Trustees, including 10 as Chairman. Cliff also gave 21 years of service on the Board of Directors of the Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association.

   A lifelong Democrat, he was recognized in 2008 by the Clearwater County Democrats for dedicated service. Cliff believed in the future of the youth, which was reflected by his lifelong service to the 4-H program. He also served as a director of the Idaho Cattlemen's Association, supervisor of the local Soil Conservation District, and a member of the Idaho Animal Damage Control Board from 1957 to 2005.

   As a 93-year resident of Clearwater County, he was an invaluable resource for the Clearwater Historical Museum and served a number of years on its board, including acting as treasurer.

   Cliff also attended the Wells Bench Community Church, once known as the Anderson Sunday School, beginning as a young child. He was also a member of the Wells Bench Grange No. 378, Clearwater County Pomona Grange, and Idaho State Grange.

   Survivors include son, D. Craig Anderson and Pat of Turner, OR, daughter Greta DeSola and James of Robstown, TX; grandson Jace Anderson of Corvallis, OR; nieces Joellen McGill and Steve, Lori Kaufman and Larry, and Dana Vargas and John, all of Orofino; cousin Lillian Stanley and Ted of Seattle; and friend and companion, Carolyn Bray, of Orofino.

   The services were conducted April 20 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. Burial will follow at Sanders Cemetery on Lower Wells Bench Road.

   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of D. Clifford Anderson to: Clearwater Historical Museum, P.O. Box 1454, Orofino, ID 83544-1454; or Clearwater Valley Hospital Foundation, 301 Cedar Ave., Orofino, ID 83544.

James “Jim” Crutcher Sr., 86, Orofino

   James “Jim” Monroe Crutcher Sr., Orofino, passed away Friday, April 15, 2011 from natural causes.  He was 86.

   Jim was born Aug. 7, 1924 in Orofino to James Andrew and Mae Fern Crutcher. He graduated from Orofino High School in 1942 and was a member of Troupe No. 205 of the National Thespian Dramatic Honor Society.

   He served in the Army in the Philippines during World War II from May 1943 through January 1946 and was awarded two Purple Hearts for being wounded in two separate engagements. After the war, Jim attended Kinman Business University in Spokane, WA and graduated in 1948 with a degree in accounting.

   He returned to the Orofino area and worked as a carpenter for local contractors, a bookkeeper for White Pine Planer and Ahsahka Mill and as a custodian for Orofino Elementary School. He also served as Quartermaster of VFW Post #3296 for a period of time.

   Jim married Betty Smolinski in September 1966 and celebrated 44 years of marriage. He was previously married to Tiny Williams and Loretta Keeney.

   In 1978, Jim and his brother Bill purchased the Oasis Bar and turned it into the “hottest bar in town.” During the 25 years of ownership, many Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners were served for local patrons and friends  and multiple fundraisers were held for people in need.

   An Oasis float was always seen in the parade during Lumberjack Days and there were several trophies on the wall for the Oasis dart, baseball, arm wrestling and billiard teams.

   Jim had a love of baseball and the only baseball team worth watching…”Go Yankees!” He also liked to travel with his beloved wife, Betty and his poodle, Angel, who was always at his side. They enjoyed many trips around the area and he was especially fond of Yellowstone National Park.

   Jim is survived by his wife, Betty, of Orofino; seven children, daughter Darlene Eisle, Montana, son Donald Pitcher, Orofino, daughter Bonnie and her husband Mark Buntin, Bolingbrook, IL, son Joe Crutcher, Greer, son Bill Crutcher and his wife Jan, Lewiston, daughter Susan and her husband Bill Harris, Peck, daughter Peggy Klamke, Quilcene, WA; brother William Crutcher, Walla Walla, WA; sister Mary Ellen Starkey, Lake Havasu City, AZ; 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his parents James Andrew and Mae Fern Crutcher and his son James Monroe Crutcher Jr.

   The family would like to invite everyone to a potluck, bring memories of good times and share in the tribute to our husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend. A “Celebration of Jim’s Life” will be held Saturday, April 23, 11 a.m. at the Peck Community Club.

Jim Snyder, 91, Weippe

   Jim Snyder passed away April 13, 2011 at the Clearwater Valley Hospital. The son of Howard and Minnie Snyder, he was born March 29, 1920 just 300 yards from his present home. He lived in Weippe his entire life, with the exception of time he spent in the US Army during World War II. 

   His wife of over 72 years, Lavelle, survives at their home in Weippe. His grandson, Tad Mutum of Bellevue, ID, great-granddaughter Sasha Mutum of Orofino, two great-great-grandchildren Katelyn and Sage, sister and spouse, Joyce and Harold Buchholz of Lewiston, many nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews also survive him.

   His parents, three brothers and two sisters preceded him in death as did his daughter, Marsha Davis in 2009.

   He loved the outdoors and working in the timber industry.  He was a faller for Schmidt Brothers beginning with cross cut saws before the power saw became a primary tool. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service for almost 20 years as a Brush Foreman while Lavelle cooked at a camp at Yakus Creek, then as a Silva Culturist, and finally as a Timber Sale Administrator.

   After retiring in 1980 he worked several years as a contractor thinning timber, and building fire line.  He fell a lot of timber during his early working years but saved ten times more in his later years through planting and conservation.

   He loved to hunt and fish and was fond of horses, dogs, and cats. Many stray cats found a life of dining on "Fancy Feast" cat food at Jim and Lavelle's home.

   His love of cutting firewood and helping neighbors initiated a lifelong friendship with Bill Barteaux. Bill and Shelia have returned that initial act of kindness a thousand fold over the years in the love and support given to Jim and Lavelle.

   To honor his request there will be no memorial service.  He will be cremated and laid to rest in the Weippe Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please send memorials to the Clearwater Humane Society, PO Box 2063 Orofino, ID 83544 or a charity of your choice.

Lois M. Opresik, 64, Myrtle Creek, OR

   Lois Marie Opresik died Tuesday, April 12 at a care center in Roseburg, OR. She was 64.

   Lois was born May 13, 1946, at the Burns Hospital in Orofino. On June 12, 1964 she married her best friend, Jim Opresik. They had two girls, then moved to Pendleton, OR in 1966. Lois worked at St. Anthony's Hospital and doctor's offices until 1976, when they moved to Myrtle Creek, OR, and bought the Country Club Tavern, which they ran over 30 years.

   They also owned the South Umpqua Inn, J&L Excavation, and J&L Rock and Rentals, throughout the years until they retired in 2007.

   We have great peace knowing she came to know the Lord as her Savior in the last few months of her life.

   Survivors include husband Jim of Myrtle Creek; daughters Leah Cupp and Valerie Jameson, both of Grants Pass, OR; six grandchildren; sisters Joan Grimm of Long View, WA and Kate Jubinville of McMinnville, OR; and best friend Pat Donaldson of Kamiah.

   Lois was preceded in death by her parents, Ruth Dawson and Elmer Dawson.

   Services will be at Mountain View Funeral Home in Tri City, OR at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, with a potluck to follow at the Elks Lodge in Myrtle Creek.

Keith Pierstorff, 45, Butte, MT

   Harold Keith Pierstorff Jr. died April 8, 2011, in Butte, MT. He was 45.

   Keith was born to Harold and Jean Pierstorff on Oct. 28, 1965, in Clarkston, WA.

   His family moved to Pierce in 1966; after his parents divorced, his father moved to Weippe and Keith lived there until 1992, when his father passed away. After his mother remarried and moved to Missoula, MT he lived with her until she passed in 2000. Keith eventually moved to Butte, where he worked in construction when he could.

   Keith attended both Timberline and Grangeville high schools and completed his general education development certificate.

   He loved the outdoors, hanging out with friends, and although he didn't see them often, he loved his family.

   Keith never married and had no children.

   His parents, Harold K. Pierstorff Sr. and Geneva (Jean) Thomas, preceded him in death.

   Survivors of his mother's family include his sisters, Kathy and Randy Martin of Lewiston, and Denise Lockridge, and Sheri and Ron Schlader, all of Missoula, MT.

   Survivors of his father's family include his sisters, Debbie Weitzel of Grangeville, and Charlotte and Donnie Sickels, and Sheryl Clark, all of White Bird; and his brother, Wayne Pierstorff of Grangeville.

   Cremation has taken place and no services are planned. His remains will be placed alongside his mother's at the Montana/Idaho border at a future time. Rest in Peace, little brother - you will be missed.

Obituaries for April 14, 2011

D. Clifford Anderson, 93, Orofino

   D. Clifford Anderson, Orofino, died Sunday, April 10, 2011. He was 93 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

   A funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 20 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel on Michigan Avenue, Orofino. Afterwards, burial will be held at (Sanders) Wells Bench Cemetery. A public reception will then be held at 4:30 p.m. at Krystal Café on Johnson Avenue. Anyone who would like to attend is welcome.

   Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is in care of arrangements.

Richard D. Medley, 72, Lewiston

   Richard (Dick) Medley, 72, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. Dick was born Oct. 18, 1938 at the family home in Weiser. Dick was the second of three sons born to Isom and Dollie Medley.

   Dick attended grade school in Weiser and Riggins. He excelled in sports and graduated from Salmon River High School in 1956. He began logging with his dad in 1955 near Pollock. Dick married Glory Wisenor in 1957. They made their home in Riggins and were blessed with two sons, Mark and Jeff, and a daughter, Raine, who died as an infant.

   In the early 60’s he worked for Salmon River Logging. Dick moved his family to Camp 60 and Pierce in 1966 where he was partners in the first tong throwing machine. He kept busy as an independent contractor skidding and loading logs.  Over the years, he earned a reputation around the Northwest for his remarkable and seamless operating skills.

   Soon after a divorce in 1973 he purchased Fromelt Logging and formed Medley Co. He logged in the Pierce area and throughout the Northwest for the next 15 years.

   On April 14, 1977 he married Janice Province which included the blessing of being dad to a son, Steve Province. Ambition and adventure lead Dick and Janice to pursue several other business ventures including Gold Mining in Alaska from 1983 to 1985.

   In 1985, he founded Medley Co. Cedar Mill which today is a three generation strong company that continues to be operated by Dick’s son and grandson.

   Upon liquidating the logging portion of Medley Co., the allure of a partnership in a shot shell reloader manufacturing company in Rathdrum, Pons-ness/Warren, captured Dick’s interest. After becoming the sole owner in 1989, Dick and Janice moved to Rathdrum to operate and expand the company.

   Although Dick and Janice relocated to Lewiston in 2000, Dick remained an active part of this one of a kind innovative business, which still operates today by an exceptional group of dedicated individuals.

   In the 1990’s Dick was also involved in several residential land developments with his brother throughout Idaho including Redheart Ridge at Lenore, ID.

   From their home in Lewiston, Dick and Janice were able to be closer to family.  Dick’s brother, Gary and wife, Jeanne, and his children, Corey, Nikki, & Hope, considered Dick not only as a brother and uncle, but as a best friend.

   Over the years, Dick and Janice made many wonderful friends as they enjoyed trapshooting, golfing, and traveling together. He was highly competitive and excelled at trapshooting and golf, winning many awards including delegate for the State of Idaho Amateur Trapshooting Association. Being an avid hunter, he was also instrumental in making sure his grandsons bagged their first bucks. 

   His love was keeping active whether it was working hard or playing hard and being surrounded by his family and friends.  He left us on a sunny day, while working in his beautiful yard.

   Husband, Dad, Brother, Grandpa, Uncle, and Friend – you will be greatly missed. We love you.

   Dick is survived by his beloved wife, Janice; brothers and spouses, Gary and Jeanne Medley, Don and Myrna Medley; sons and spouses, Mark and Mary Jo Medley, Jeff Medley, Steve and Shawn Province; grandchildren, Ryan and Janel, Wade, Shane, Annette, Lucas, Beth, Katie, Alex, Jacqueline, Emma, and Rachael; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Isom and Dollie Medley, and his daughter, Raine Medley.

   A celebration of Dick’s life was held April 12 at the Clarkston, WA Event Center.

   In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to the Lewis Clark Animal Shelter, 6 Shelter Road, Lewiston, ID 83501.

Norma Choate, 94, Ahsahka

   Norma Choate, 94, of Ahsahka, died Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

   Services are pending with Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia.

Ben Lougee memorial April 20

   A memorial will be held for Ben Lougee at the VFW Hall in Orofino from 2-6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20.

Obituaries for April 7, 2011

Ben E. Lougee, 71, Orofino

   Ben E. Lougee, Orofino, went home to be with the Lord March, 26, 2011 at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane. He was 71.

   He was born Nov. 20, 1939 in Lewiston to Raymond and Katherine Lougee. He grew up in the Lenore and Teakean area, attending Teakean and Orofino schools.

   He served two years in the Army stationed in Germany. Upon returning from the service, he worked in the timber industry in northern California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Idaho and Alaska. Ben worked with Wilcox and Deyo, Bud Deyo, Bill Deyo, Bill Highly and Jim Pea. He was owner and operator of L&L Logging.

   He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gold mining, gardening, and creating interesting objects from burls that he found in the woods. He was a wonderful storyteller. He loved reminiscing with his family.

   He married Jean Steiner March, 29, 1968. Through the years they enjoyed vacationing in Acapulco, Canada and Nevada.

   Ben is survived by his wife, Jean of Orofino; brothers Lee and wife Sandra, of Cardiff, Bernie and wife Rebecca, of Cavendish, Ned and wife Claudia, of Orofino; sister, Elsa and husband Bob Riek, of Peck; step-daughter Kathy and husband Randy Thomas, of Boise; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and 87 nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his father and mother; brothers, Albert and Stanford and step-daughter Donna Clark.

   His family loved him and will miss him very much.

   A memorial will be held at a later date.

Helen Yvonne Smith, 71, Orofino

   Helen Yvonne Smith of Orofino died Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation in Orofino. She was 71.

   Helen was born on April 19, 1939 in Orofino to Ted and Viola Borders. She was raised in the Fraser-Weippe area and graduated from Weippe High School.  She then met her soon to be husband Harold on a blind date and they were married on March 12, 1959. She had three children.

   While busy being a mom she also worked for Lewiston Painting for many years. She was also a cook in the deli at K-Mart, and finally she retired as a cook from the Lewiston school district in 2006. 

   She was on the LOID Board.  Helen loved being an active member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She was in charge of the Jr. Girls Unit and held many offices throughout the years. She would always save her quarters so she could play 31.

   She enjoyed camping and being with family and friends.

   Helen is survived by her three children, Herman and wife Geneva Smith of Culdesac, Cheryl and husband Mike Bynum of Duncan, AZ and Kim Smith of Peck; seven grandchildren, Christine Smith and her fiancé Sean Stubblefield, Jessica Smith, and Stephanie Harris, all of Lewiston, Mike, Mathew, and Max Bynum of New Mexico and Magen Bynum, of AZ; a step-grandson, Glen and wife Cherie Arnold of Culdesac; and four great-grandchildren, Sammy, Katie, Emily and Flee of Culdesac. She loved her children and great grandchildren very much.

   She was preceded in death on March 20, 2011 by her husband, Harold. They had just celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary. They were both very much loved by family and friends and will be greatly missed. We love you and will miss you both very much.

   A memorial service will be held April 2 at Orchards Christian Church, 731 Warner Ave. in Lewiston. A potluck for family and friends was held after the service.

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

Ruby Converse, 85, Orofino

   Ruby Converse passed away Friday, April 1, 2011 at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation in Orofino where she had lived since 2007. She grew up and lived in the Dakotas where she taught first and second grade for 32 years.

   In 1982 she moved to Wisconsin and lived there for the next 20 years. In 2005 she moved to Orofino to be near her daughter, Jill Renner.

   Ruby lived at Brookside Landing for two years before moving to Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation.

   Services will be held in her birthplace, Hosmer, South Dakota, later this summer.

Richard Mendenhall, 49, Orofino

   Richard Lee Mendenhall passed away Thursday, March 31, 2011 at Kootenai Medical Center. He was 49.

   Richard was born Nov. 5, 1961 to Richard and Janet Mendenhall in Bonners Ferry. He loved to do anything from getting wood with his brother Chuck to playing video games with his nephew Dylan. He loved to fish, pick mushrooms or just be outdoors. As long as he was with his family he was happy.

   Rich was a very happy and loveable person. He loved everybody he knew and he will be greatly missed.

   He married Shelly in Twin Falls. They had two sons together; Shane and James Mendenhall. They later divorced, and he then had two daughters with Karen; Carly and Tara Elizabeth.

   Rich worked in Provo, UT for several years building hospitals.  He also lived in California with family for a few years before moving back to Orofino.

   Rich is survived by his girlfriend Tina Knight of Orofino; sons Jamie Mendenhall, Shane Mendenhall and granddaughter Bella, of Boise; daughters  Carly and Tara, of California; his mother Janet  and stepfather Rex Gardner of Orofino; brother Chuck  (Mechell) Mendenhall, Weippe; sisters Linda (Gary) Wilson, Orofino, Lora (Butch) Parkinson, Redding, CA, Lorena (Andy) Cantrall, Redding, CA, Emily Gardner, Sheridan, WY, and Sue Gardner, Orofino; nieces and nephews, Tanya, Andy, Brandi, John, Kaylee, Tye, and Dylan and several great nieces and nephews.

   Rich was preceded in death by his father Richard (Dickie) Mendenhall.

   There will be a potluck at the IOOF/Rebekah hall in Weippe April 7.

Carol (Coil) Norwood, 69, Orofino

   Carol Ann (Coil) Norwood passed away at her home in Orofino after a courageous and hard fought battle with ovarian cancer March 21, 2011. She was 69.

   She was born in Kansas City, MO on April 30, 1941. She lived numerous places and went to schools in several states as her father was a civil engineer, ultimately graduating from Lompoc, CA in 1959, after attending only her last six weeks there.

   After attending Santa Barbara Business College she worked as a secretary for several different companies, FBI, Las Vegas; GE, Vandenberg AFB, CA; CBS Records, Santa Maria, CA and later in life worked for some HMO’s in Santa Maria.

   Carol was preceded in death by her husband Robert Norwood in 1992. They were both active for years in the Santa Maria Country Club and loved the game of golf. Carol won the women’s club championship twice. This was a second marriage for both and lasted over 20 years until his death. She went to college and graduated from Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo in 1989 with a major in history. She retired and moved to Orofino in 2004 with her mother.

   Carol is survived by her brother John W. Coil, Orofino, and sister, Marcia McGowan, Bellevue, WA.

   Besides caring for her mother, gardening, active in the library, etc; her main interest was numerous step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

   Carol had six step-children and six step-grandchildren; Jack Norton, son Ken Jr; Natette Bernstein, daughter Aubrey; Jeanne Norwood, two sons Sean and Ian, daughter, Chelsie Vandermolen; Phillip and Noni Norwood, two sons Arthur and Calvin; stepsons Bobby and Tony Norwood. All of these relatives live in California, most of them in the greater Santa Maria area.

   Her brother John and Judi Coil have five children and nine grandchildren; son, Jay Coil, Heppner, OR; grandsons Jode and Wacy, granddaughter Cyde; daughter Jean Coil and Frank DeFoe, Orofino; grandson John Wyatt; granddaughter Alia; son Jayson and wife Christie Coil, Flagstaff, AZ; daughter Jessica and Darren Toennies, Tijaras, NM; granddaughter Hannah and grandson Hunter; daughter Jennifer and Carmine Durham, Madison, WI, granddaughter Avery and grandson Grant.

   Carol’s sister Marcia McGowan has three children and four grandchildren; son Ray and Robin Clark, son Steven and grandson Sean; daughter Marcene and grandsons Reece, Marcus and Tannner. Marcia’s family all live in the greater Seattle area.

   These family members were an important part of Carol’s life. Her many gifts, kindnesses and fun times will be remembered by all of them.

   A special thank you to her new friends in Orofino and to some of you who never met Carol but prayed for her in your prayer groups at church.

   Carol requested no funeral. Her family will celebrate her life at a later date.

   In lieu of flowers please give to Friends of the Library, P.O. Box 1813, Orofino, ID 83544.

Obituaries for March 31, 2011

Catherine E. Shubert, 93, Orofino

   Catherine Elizabeth Reinfort Shubert of Orofino passed away Thursday, March 24, 2011 at Life Care in Lewiston. She was 93.

   Catherine was born March 12, 1918 to John and Catherine Reinfort in Sterling, CO. The family moved and settled into the Winchester area in 1926, where she completed her schooling and graduated in 1935.

   On Jan. 18, 1939 Catherine married Frank Shubert at St Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orofino. They made their home on the Cavendish grade, which later became the New Hope subdivision, where they raised their family and farmed. In 1976 they moved to Orofino.

   During their retirement years they enjoyed camping, fishing, and playing cards with a number of wonderful friends. They later moved to Moscow for a few years. Frank passed away in June of 1996. Catherine then moved to the San Diego, CA area, and later back to Orofino. She resided at Brookside Landing for the past seven years.

   Catherine was a lifetime homemaker and enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She was a devoted Catholic.

   She is survived by her four daughters, Cecilia Hart, Esther Stalnaker, Joan Chase, and Pamela Shubert; 11 grandchildren and numerous great and great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

   Rosary and a funeral Mass were held March 26 at St Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orofino. Inurnment took place afterwards at the Orofino Cemetery.

   The family suggests memorials be made to St Theresa’s Catholic Church.

Helen Y. Smith, 71, Orofino

   Helen Y. Smith of Orofino died Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation in Orofino. She was 71.

   Cremation will take place as requested, by Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory.

   A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 2 at 3 p.m. at the Orchards Christian Church, 731 Warner Ave. in Lewiston.

Timothy Raess, 59, Orofino

   Timothy Raess, Orofino, died Monday, March 28, 2011, at home. He was 59. Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston is handling arrangements.

Lou Lilya, 88, Rainer, WA

   Lou Lilya died March 28, 2011, at Rainer, WA. She was 88. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will take place at a later date in Orofino.

Ben Lougee, 71, Orofino

   Ben Lougee, Orofino, died Saturday, March 26, 2011 at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, WA. He was 71. Services are pending.

Obituaries for March 24, 2011

Carol Ann Norwood, 69, Orofino

   Carol Ann Norwood of Orofino died Monday, March 21, 2011 at her Orofino residence. She was 69.

   Cremation will take place, and serves will be held at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in care of arrangements.

Celebration of Life for Ruth Archer

   A Celebration of Life for Ruth Archer will be held at Mountain View Baptist Church, 108 Willoughby Drive in Pierce, at 1 p.m. Saturday March, 26.

   There will be a potluck directly after the service. The family will be providing the main course. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the family at (208) 464-2634.

Jesse L. Mechling, 66, Orofino

   Jesse L. Mechling, of Orofino, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center after a battle with cancer. He was 66.

   He was born in Orofino on Oct. 2, 1944 to Orville and Doreen Mechling. He attended the Seventh Day Adventist Church School in Orofino and Lewiston through the 10th grade. He graduated from the Upper Colombia Academy at Spangle, WA.

   In 1969 he married Loy Shrader. He went on to earn an LPN license and in 1971 returned to Lewis Clark College where he received his RN degree. He worked at Clearwater Valley Hospital and State Hospital North. He also worked at Brookside Landing which he enjoyed very much. He served as Assistant Coroner and Coroner for Clearwater County.

   Jess grew up working with his father in the woods and returned to it on occasion. He loved being outdoors. He loved camping, riding his 4-wheeler and spending time in his garden.

   He is survived by his wife at the family home; three sons Jason and wife Dawn of Yreka, CA, Travis of Deary and Tyson and wife Tonya of Medford, OR; daughter Jessica and husband Staj of Spokane, WA; seven grandchildren; mother Doreen Ove of Sagle; two sisters and two brothers.

   He was preceded in death by his father Orville.

   Cremation has taken place and the memorial will be held Saturday, March 26 at 2 p.m. at the Orofino Tabernacle Church, 1839 Michigan Ave, Orofino.

   A nursing scholarship will be set-up in Jess’ name. Further information will appear in the Clearwater Tribune when an account has been established at a local bank where donations may be sent. Until that time donations may be sent to Loy Mechling, P.O. Box 2123, Orofino, Idaho 83544.

Viola (Ole) Beeson, 78, Orofino

   Viola (Ole) Beeson passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. Cancer took her quickly and quietly. She was 78.

   Ole was born Nov. 13, 1932 in Weippe to John and Elsie Lefferts.

   She married Jim Beeson Sept. 20, 1953, in Lewiston. They owned and operated the Conoco gas station on the corner of Main Street and Michigan Ave. in Orofino, and also a Bulk Oil Delivery Service, until Jim's passing in March 1976.

   Ole led an adventurous and selfless life. Cooking for a gold mining camp, bartending at Konkol's Lounge and preparing meals for the Orofino Care Center were a few of Ole's many jobs.

   She was a proud member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was a familiar face there, volunteering her time and energy wherever it was needed. You could always count on Ole to work hard and serve others. She took great pride in carrying the American flag in local celebrations and parades, and could always be found playing bingo on Thursday nights in the bingo hall. She was the treasurer of the auxiliary until her death.

   Ole is survived by her three children, Lindsay and Robyn Beeson of San Clemente, CA, Pam and Kim Jones of Lewiston, and Pete Beeson and wife Paula Heaton of Moscow; she has five grandchildren and one great-grandchild, with another on the way. She is also survived by her brother, Ed and Sharon Lefferts; and sister, Ellen and Rex Knight.

   She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Charlie Lefferts, of Weippe.

   A memorial service celebrating Ole's life was conducted March 21 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.

   Donations can be made in Ole's name to the Ladies Auxiliary of the Orofino VFW.

Roger J. Monger, 72, Greer

   Roger Joseph Monger, Greer, died March 21, 2011 at Lewiston. He was 72.

   He was born Aug. 26, 1938 to Anton Monger and Esther Sundhagen Monger in Sandpoint.

   He graduated from Bonners Ferry High School in 1956 and was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1961. He was honorably discharged Nov. 1963.

   Roger married Patricia Lynn Hammon on July 14, 1962 in Ketchum.

   In 1956 Roger worked for the railroad in Bonners Ferry for a few months, then in 1957 he worked for the Federal Bureau of Public Roads surveying the Locsha River. He also worked at various locations in Idaho including, Horse Bend, Lowman, McCall, and St. Maries as an Engineer Technician.

   September 1974 he worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Pierce. He transferred to Orofino in June of 1976 and worked at Kelly Creek. He retired from Federal Service in 1987. Roger was a fishing guide from 1987 to 2006.

   Roger was a member of Ascension Lutheran Church.

   He is survived by his wife Patricia, Greer; son Kurt Evan and wife Chris of Palmer, AK; daughter Deana Penton and husband Scott of Moscow; granddaughter Justine-Melaina; great-granddaughter Arianna; sisters, Delores Christopher and husband Paul of Spokane, WA and Arlene Game Lielson of Post Falls. Also surviving him are numerous nieces and nephews.

   Preceding him in death are his parents Anton Monger and Esther Sundhagen Monger.

   A memorial service will be held Friday, March 25 at 1 p.m. at the Ascension Lutheran Church, 215 115th St. in Orofino with Pastor Stan Hoobing officiating.

   Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

   Memorial donations may be sent to the Jackson Baldwin Foundation, 3527 8th St. C, Lewiston, ID 83501; or to the Clearwater Valley Hospital Auxiliary.

Lazetta “Jo” Holloway memorial Saturday

   Family and friends of Lazetta " Jo " Holloway, 87, formerly of Kamiah, are invited to a memorial gathering to celebrate her life, at the American Legion Hall in Kamiah on Saturday, March 26 at noon.

   There will be a covered dish potluck and time of visiting. All who knew “Jo” are invited to attend.

Harold H. Smith, 74, Orofino

   Harold H. Smith passed away Sunday, March 20, 2011, at Clearwater Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center in Orofino, ID.

   Harold was born in Southwick, WA, in 1936, son of Herman and Ethel Smith, and was raised near Nine Mile Falls.

   He married Helen Border on March 12, 1959 in Coeur d’Alene, ID. He served in the Korean War from 1959 to 1961. After serving in the military, Harold worked as an Operating Engineer and retired from Union Local 370 in 1993.

   He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working on small engines in his shop. He continued to keep his hands busy working on crafts at the health and rehab center,

   Harold is survived by his wife, Helen of 52 years and three children, Herman Smith of Culdesac, Kim Smith of Peck, and Cheryl Bynum of Duncan, AZ; seven grandchildren, Stephanie Harris, Christine and Jessica Smith, Mikie, Matthew, Max and Megan Bynum; four great-grandchildren, Sammy, Katie, Melissa and Flee; his brother, Ned and sister, Debbie Dew; and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be held at the VFW Hall, located at 330 Michigan Ave., at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 28, followed by a potluck dinner/celebration of his life.

Evelyn Jane Crow, 83, Lewiston

   Evelyn Jane Crow of Lewiston died Saturday, March 19, 2011, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston with her family by her side. She was 83 years old.

   Evelyn was born Oct. 14, 1927, at Winchester to Alphonso Banny Peer and Mary Margaret Crawford Peer.

   She grew up on the Camas Prairie in the Reubens and Winchester area, and graduated from Orofino High School in 1945.

   Evelyn married Dwane Crow June 20, 1945, and they made their home on a ranch outside of Reubens. From their union came three children, Jane, Carol and David. They moved to Lewiston in 1988 and Evelyn worked at Shopko from 1989 through 1999. Retiring in 1999, Evelyn began caring for her husband, who was in poor health. Dwane passed away April 18, 2001.

   In the remaining years, Evelyn enjoyed her kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, and nephews and nieces. She was always busy making treats and surprises for many friends and family members, especially making goodie boxes for her grandkids in the service. Mom worked in the hay field and went to check on the cows until she was 82 years young. She also loved to go to bull sales with her son.

   Surviving Evelyn are her daughters, Jane Wallace and husband Jerry, and Carol Teats and husband Murray; son David Crow and wife Leigh; eight grandsons; one granddaughter; and 14 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother, Jerome Peer; and a sister, Elizabeth Landrus. Evelyn was preceded in death by two brothers, seven sisters, a grandson and a great-grandson.

   A funeral service was conducted Tuesday, March 22 at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston, with a private family graveside service to follow at Reubens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a favorite charity.

   The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Dir and the nurses of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Intensive Care Unit for their compassionate care of our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Douglas A. Treib, 58, Dayton, WA

   Doug passed away Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, in Dayton. He was 58.

    He was born April 15, 1952, in Lemmon, S.D., to John Treib and Violet Truax Treib.

   His family moved to Orofino when Doug was about 14 and he attended Orofino schools through his sophomore year.

   He married Linda Kay Bates Feb. 9, 1980, in Lewiston, and they later divorced. Doug and Rae Lynn Orbergast were married Dec. 9, 1987, in Walla Walla, WA and later divorced.

   Doug worked in the silver mines in Kellogg, Idaho, during his early years, and in the canneries in Dayton, WA. He was severely burned in a house fire in Waitsburg, WA, in 1988.

   His favorite pastime was fishing and his toy Chihuahua-Doxie dogs. He always tried to attend family functions. As his daughter-in-law would say, "For such a little guy, he sure had a big heart."

   Survivors include his son, Shawn Treib and Kim Suchodolski of Dayton, WA; granddaughters Brittany and Shelby Treib of Dayton, WA; his ex-wife, Rae Lynn Orbergast of Walla Walla, WA; stepchildren, Raymond, Lea Lynn and Thomas, all of Walla Walla, WA; mother, Violet Treib of Lewiston; sister Linda Erickson of Lewiston; brothers John R. Treib of Lewiston and Alan Treib of Kennewick, WA.

   He was preceded in death by his father, John P. Treib, and infant sister, Sandra Lynn Treib.

   A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lewiston, with the Rev. William H. Gratz of Lewiston officiating.

   Memorial donations are suggested to the Lewis-Clark Animal Shelter in Lewiston.

   Cremation was through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home of Walla Walla, WA.

Obituaries for March 17, 2011

Donald Davis, 74, Orofino

   Donald Davis of Orofino passed away Saturday, March 12, 2011 in Spokane, WA of natural causes. He was 74.

   Don was born at Potlatch on Oct. 23, 1936 to Virgil and Thelma Rankin Davis. He was raised in the Kamiah area and worked at several area sawmills and on the construction of Dworshak Dam. For many years he also worked at, and retired from, Jaype Plywood Plant.

   Don married Linda Mitchell and they divorced after many years. In 1990 he married Janette Reece and his family increased by three stepsons: Jesse, Doug and Randy Reece.

   He is survived by his son Rodney “Kim” Davis and wife Tamie, and daughter Adele Davis O’Leary, all of Rathdrum; son Bradley Davis and wife Terry of Orofino; grandchildren Fawndra and Kimee Davis of Coeur d’Alene; Trevor O’Leary and wife Jessica of Eugene, OR; Cassie, Alisha and Dillan Davis of Orofino and Megan Melton of Rathdrum; great grandchildren Brennan and Easton O’Leary of Eugene, OR; brother Robert “Bob” Davis and wife Sandy of Coeur d’Alene; sisters Jacqueline “Sue” Davis Johnson and husband Arnie, and Vera “Jean” Davis Wells and husband Rod of Lewiston; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Also surviving him are Randy Reece and family of Spirit Lake, Jesse Reece of Kamiah and Kelli Reece of Orofino.

   Per Don’s request no services will be held.

   Memorial contributions can be sent in his name to the Jackson Baldwin Pay It Forward Foundation, 3527 8th St. C, Lewiston, ID 83501.

Betty M. Anderson, 85, Weippe

   Betty M. Anderson of Weippe passed away Sunday, March 13, 2011, at Orchards Rehabilitation and Care Center in Lewiston. She was 85.

   Betty was born March 21, 1925 to Elizabeth and Herman Moore, in Orofino.  She was the second of three children.

   Betty married Clifford (Kip) Anderson, a dashing young man she first met in 4th grade.  They shared 55 years together, until Kip’s death in 2005.

   The Moore family moved often during her childhood, with stops in Orofino, Yakima, WA and Kennewick, WA until finally settling in Weippe.  Betty was raised during a time when it was uncommon for a young lady to work outside of the home. 

   After attending Kinman Business School in Spokane, WA Betty worked for the Corps of Engineers, waited tables at a family owned diner, spent time at Zimmerly Aviation, the Post Office and finally working as a secretary for the Weippe Elementary and Middle Schools for more than 30 years.

   An active student and athlete, Betty took part in basketball, volleyball and ice skating on the millpond. She and her sister Bernice viewed everything as being something of an adventure.  What fun they had!  Betty had a love of music that lasted throughout her life.  Most Saturday evenings ended with Betty at the piano playing “Bill Bailey” while others sang and danced.

   Survivors include: Pam and Mike Hall, Lewiston, Kerry Anderson and Teresa Stamper, Weippe; Judy and Bob Artz, Lewiston;  sister Bernice McKinney, Clarkston; brother Harry Lee Moore, Weippe; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Betty was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband Kip.

   Betty was a strong-willed individual always willing to speak her mind. She was respected for her musical talents and her typing skills. In her later years Betty spent many hours sharing pictures and fond memories with her family and friends.  Betty will be missed by all who knew her.

   A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 17 at the Weippe Wesleyan Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Pine Hills Funeral Chapel of Orofino. A potluck dinner gathering will be held at the IOOF Lodge Hall immediately following the memorial service.

William F. “Bill” Vargovich, 71, Orofino

   William F. “Bill” Vargovich passed on to a better place on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011 following a lengthy illness caused by congestive heart failure. He was 71

   He was born July 11, 1939 to John and Kathleen Sharrard Vargovich in Ironwood, MI. He was the fourth born in a family of seven children. Bill grew up and attended schools in Iron River, MI. He began his work career in Michigan, working in grocery stores, hotels, digging potatoes and peeling poplar.

   In 1959 he moved with his family to Weippe, where he was employed as a logger, truck driver and mill worker.

   He met and married the love of his life, Betsy Mattson Vargovich, on July 16, 1961. In 1962 his son Rocky was born in Orofino. The sawmill he was working at in Weippe moved to California and the family packed up and moved with it. He continued working for the same employer as a mill worker and truck driver.

   His daughter was born in 1965 in Santa Cruz, CA. In 1970 the family returned to Idaho and settled in Orofino. He worked for Konkolville Lumber as a mill worker and in planer set up, retiring in 1995 with 25 years’ seniority.

   Bill and Betsy were looking forward to celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this summer. They may not have made it to the golden wedding anniversary, but if you count the months of courtship prior to their wedding they were together over 50 years.

   He was a gifted craftsman, building the family home in Orofino with only the help of his wife, kids and a nephew now and then; as well as numerous pieces of furniture, cabinets, etc. At one time he had a small engine repair business and a gun shop.

   Bill was also a gifted musician and could play several instruments. He played country music in area clubs for many years under the names of the Roadrunners and Bandits.

   He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, camping, fishing, highway cycles, dirt and trail cycles, 3-wheelers, 4-wheelers, and finally a Polaris 6x6 and an Arctic Cat TRX. One of his favorite things the last few years was taking his niece and her family from California camping and riding 4-wheelers.

   He really enjoyed taking the kids for rides on the 4-wheelers, as it was something they had never done before and they talked about how much fun it was and how awesome their Uncle Bill is all year long.

   Bill loved his pets. All four Poms followed him everywhere he went in the house. If the door was closed to the room he was in, they would sit and bark until someone gave up and let them in. He never watched TV alone; he always had one or two Poms and quite often one or two cats in his chair with him. His favorite shows were westerns, boxing and cage fighting.

   Bill is survived by his wife Betsy at the family home; son Rocky who drives OTR on a Canadian route; three brothers and their spouses, Joe and Lois Gastra, Michigan, Don and Ericka, Prince George, VA and Jim and Liz, Weippe; sister-in-law Virginia Vargovich, Coeur d’Alene; brother-in-law Don McIntosh, Weippe; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and several aunts and uncles.

   Preceding him in death were his parents; daughter Karen; two brothers, John and Ted; sister, Betty McIntosh and many aunts and uncles.

   A memorial potluck luncheon in his honor will be held Saturday, March 12 at 1 p.m. at the family home at 2344 Michigan Ave, Orofino (208-476-3393).

   All relatives and friends are invited to attend and share memories.

Marion E. Lynch, 88, Clarkston

   Marion Elisabeth Lynch (Mamie) passed away Friday, March 4, 2011, at Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston. She was 88.

   She was born on July 13, 1922 in Spokane, WA to Mable and Otto Smith.

   She grew up, went to school and worked in Orofino. There she met and married Joe Lynch. They were beginning their lives together when Joe was called to military service.

   Mamie worked in Orofino at Oud's Pharmacy and then at the telephone company as a telephone operator. Later they settled in Paso Robles, CA, where she worked first as a telephone operator, and then was promoted into supervisory positions.

   She built many friendships in Paso Robles. She enjoyed "playing" in the yard, camping with Joe and traveling home to visit their families in Orofino. She loved baking persimmon cookies and created many beautiful sewing projects.

   Faced with multiple health problems and the passing of her husband, Joe, Mamie gathered her courage and moved to Clarkston to be close to her family. She lived first with her niece, Sharon Nelsen, and later when her niece, Shirley and Garry Walker, moved to Clarkston, she lived with them.

   In the presence of loving family she enjoyed excellent care and many activities and adventures during her last years. She liked "playing" in the kitchen as much as she liked "playing" in the yard. Whenever there were children we could find Mamie seated on the floor in the middle of the kids and the toys. When macular degeneration took her eyesight, she sewed by feel/touch, with Shirley's help, to make lap robes to donate to nursing home residents. She enjoyed time with her cousin, Marilyn, her sister-in-law, Edie Day, and many nieces and nephews.

   Mamie was preceded in death by her husband, Joe; sister, Leora; brother, Phil; and nephew, Sharrel.

   She is survived by her sister's daughters, Sharon and Val Nelsen, Shirley and Garry Walker and Christy and Bob Kurts; her brother's sons, Eddie and Pam Smith and Michael Smith; her sister-in-law, Edie Day; and many nieces and nephews.

   Her buoyant spirit, her positive encouragement and spunky outlook blessed us all. We will miss her sweet smile. We love you, Mame!

   At her request there will be no service and a family celebration of her life will be conducted at a later date.

Charles L. Klatt, 81, Glendale, AZ

   Charles (Chuck or Charlie to most) L. Klatt died Friday, March 4, 2011, at the Carl T. Hayden Veterans Administration Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ. He was 81.

   Charles was born to Henry M. and Gladys Walker Klatt in Goldendale, WA. Sept. 30, 1929.

   He was raised and attended schools in Goldendale and the surrounding Klickitat County area. As a young man, he worked in the family sawmill business outside of Goldendale, then attended one semester of college before joining the U.S. Army. While serving in the Army, he was stationed in Oklahoma, El Paso, TX, and Sheboygan, WI.

   El Paso is where he met his wife, Pauletta Westfall. They were married Nov. 24, 1951. They would have three children in this marriage that eventually ended in divorce in 1969.

   After discharge from the service in 1953, Charles, Pauletta and their infant son moved to Goldendale for a short time. In 1954, he bought and set up his own sawmill in the Culdesac vicinity and moved his wife, son and a daughter there. The family later moved to Lewiston, where another daughter was born into the family.

   After getting out of business for himself in 1957, Charles moved his family to Southwick, where they would live until 1966. During that time he worked in the logging industry as a sawyer for Finke Logging, Ponozzo Brothers, E. L. Baumgartner and others.

   In 1966, the family moved to Kendrick, where Charles worked for the city of Kendrick and Pete Ware Trucking. Charles and his son remained in Kendrick until 1971, when Charles moved to St. Maries. He drove truck for Paffile Trucking and then many years for Jack Buell Trucking, picking up the handle of "Chipper Charlie."

   It was in St. Maries that Charles met Rose Tiffany, and they were married Sept. 5, 1972. Rose had three sons, one of whom Charles adopted at a young age. They made their home within a stone's throw of the St. Joe River, and enjoyed the hunting, fishing and camping opportunities there.

   In 1988, Charles and Rose moved to Eager, AZ where he drove for Alpine trucking for a year before retiring in Phoenix. In semi-retirement, Charles managed two different trailer parks in the Phoenix area and spent two summers as a camp host on the Coeur d'Alene River in northern Idaho. On a return trip to Arizona, health issues forced the couple to stay in White Hall, MT near the Veterans Administration hospital in Helena for six months. They traveled on south to Glendale and made their home there until his death.

   Charles is survived by his wife, Rose; son David and Debra of Kendrick; daughters Janet Klatt and Pat Francis of Asotin, WA and Valerie and Michel Brotman of Seattle, WA; son Frank and Lori Klatt of Glendale, WA; and stepsons David and Judy Reichelt of Phoenix, AZ and Ronnie and Alice Reichelt of White Hall, MT.

   He also leaves behind 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter, Kelly Hamerton.

   The man known as Chuck or Charlie to most people will always be remembered for his gift of gab and an endless supply of stories to tell. He never met a stranger and displayed his sense of humor up to the end.

   A private graveside service and burial took place March 16 at the Cave Creek Cemetery in Phoenix, AZ.

   Memorial donations may be made to the donor's local food bank.

Obituaries for March 10, 2011

Donald Hines, 40, Orofino

   Donald Gene Hines, the youngest of four children, was born to Helen and Leo Hines on Feb. 20, 1971, in Orofino.  Don died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011 in a truck accident at the Washington Meat Packing Plant in Toppenish, WA. He was 40.

   Don attended school in Orofino and worked at Stereo Vision, and then attended truck-driving school at Lewis-Clark State College. After graduating Don went to work first, for Swift Trucking, and then several years later, for Canyon Creek Trucking of Lewiston. 

   In 2010 when Canyon Creek Trucking closed its doors, Don was recruited by TWT Trucking of Spokane, WA.

   Donald is survived by his father, Leo; sister, Janice of Orofino and brother, Mike of Hillsboro, OR.  Don also leaves behind several aunts and uncles and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as his girlfriend of several years, Tara Vaile of Missoula, MT. 

   Don was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Hines and sister, Sue Ellen Hines Norton.

   The family will be holding a covered dish Memorial Service from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 19 in the Washington Water Power Auditorium located at 1051 Michigan Avenue in Orofino.

   For details or information about lodging feel free to contact the family at 503-867-2090 or (208) 476-3135.

Edward C. McGuire, 84, Orofino

   Edward C. McGuire passed away at his home in Orofino, Saturday, March 5, 2011, from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 84.

   The McGuires moved to Orofino from Sherman Oaks, CA in 2006 to be near their family.

   Ed was born in St. Louis, MO and then moved to California with his parents in 1938.

    He married Betty McCarty on Oct. 31, 1953. The couple had two sons, Thomas and Michael.

   Ed is survived by his wife, Betty, Orofino; son, Tom and his daughter Rose, and Rose’s son, Ethan; son, Michael and his wife Susan and their two sons, Johnathan his wife, Alli and Jeffrey.

   He is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Adele McGuire.

   Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 19 at 11 a.m. at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church; luncheon to follow at the church.

Frank (Randy) Gumaer, 64, Pierce

   Frank (Randy) Gumaer, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011 at his home in Pierce. He was 64.

   Randy was born in Portland, OR on Jan. 7, 1947, the son of Howard and Wanda Gumaer. He was the oldest of three brothers. The Gumaer family moved to Priest River in 1955.

   Randy went to school in Priest River and loved playing football and basketball. In 1965 Randy joined the Army and served time in Germany and Vietnam. Upon his discharge, Randy returned to the Priest River area and remained a resident of Idaho throughout the remaining of his life.

   Randy worked in the timber industry for many years until he went out on his own venture and began picking mushrooms, huckleberries, and finally harvesting seeds for whole sale. Randy will always be remembered for his keen knowledge of every mushroom that grew in Idaho, Washington, and Montana. Various groups often called upon his expertise.

   Randy enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing pool with his friends, and playing in the annual Gumaer Family Horseshoe Tournament. He looked forward to watching football, basketball, and baseball, as he loved to cheer on the Seahawks, the Mariners, and Gonzaga Bulldogs.

   He is survived by his long time companion and love of his life, Myrna Ely; his two children, son John and wife Ember Gumaer of Kettle Falls, WA and their seven children (Chance, Mariah, Lakoda, John Paul, Tyler, Austin and Hannah); daughter Cherrie Mitchell and her two children (Kenneth and Bradley) of Priest River; his mother, Wanda Gumaer of Priest River; his brothers Gary and wife Debi Gumaer  of Priest River, and Kelly and Pam Gumaer of Kent, WA; along with numerous nieces and nephews in the local area that he truly adored and being a part of their lives.

   Also surviving Randy are Myrna Ely's son, Ken Ely of Coeur d'Alene and his sons, Brandon and Angelina Ely and Aidan of Coeur d' Alene, Justin and Mallorie Ely and Ryan Eileen and Miller of Sandpoint; Jennifer and Avery Dunaway and Gavin and Tate of Orofino and Shelby Shelton and Damon Kenner of Seattle, WA.

   Randy was preceded in death by his father, Howard Gumaer, and a son, Corey.

   A memorial service/celebration of life will be held later this spring in Pierce.

   Randy will be truly missed by all those that knew him, accepted him for who he was, and for what he enjoyed doing during his lifetime.

Donald Junior Dumont, 58, Lenore

   Donald Junior Dumont, born March 23, 1952 passed away quietly at his home in Lenore on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, under the watchful and loving care of his mother, OraBelle Murray. He was 58.

   Donald worked mainly in the woods, falling timber alongside his uncles. He also assisted his mother for several years at her home care for the elderly. This he did until it became necessary, due to his illness with Syringomyelia, to retire, whereupon he and his mother made and built their home located in Lenore.

   He loved being out in the woods and loved being out on a lake or a steam casting his line, catching his next fish. He had a great love for his family, taking upon himself with great love and devotion the care and serving his mother. He had a great sense of humor and loved being around family and friends.

   He was a loving son, father, grandfather, brother and uncle.

   He is survived by his mother, OraBelle Murray; daughter Michelle and her three children; son Justin; sisters Debra Judd, Becky Luft, Francile Murray and Selina Murray; brothers Kelvin Dumont, Chuck Murray and Brian Murray; several nephews, nieces, and grand nephews and nieces. He will be greatly missed!

   Donald was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

   His memorial services will be held at the LDS ward building in Orofino, 13610 Freemont Ave., at 11 a.m. Friday, March 11.

William F. “Bill” Vargovich, 71, Orofino

   William F. “Bill” Vargovich passed on to a better place on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011 following a lengthy illness caused by congestive heart failure. He was 71.

   He was born July 11, 1939 to John and Kathleen Sharrard Vargovich in Ironwood, MI. He was the fourth born in a family of seven children. Bill grew up and attended schools in Iron River, MI. He began his work career in Michigan, working in grocery stores, hotels, digging potatoes and peeling poplar.

   In 1959 he moved with his family to Weippe, where he was employed as a logger, truck driver and mill worker.

   He met and married the love of his life, Betsy Mattson Vargovich, on July 16, 1961. In 1962 his son Rocky was born in Orofino. The sawmill he was working at in Weippe moved to California and the family packed up and moved with it. He continued working for the same employer as a mill worker and truck driver.

   His daughter was born in 1965 in Santa Cruz, CA. In 1970 the family returned to Idaho and settled in Orofino. He worked for Konkolville Lumber as a mill worker and in planer set up, retiring in 1995 with 25 years’ seniority.

   Bill and Betsy were looking forward to celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this summer. They may not have made it to the golden wedding anniversary, but if you count the months of courtship prior to their wedding they were together over 50 years.

   He was a gifted craftsman, building the family home in Orofino with only the help of his wife, kids and a nephew now and then; as well as numerous pieces of furniture, cabinets, etc. At one time he had a small engine repair business and a gun shop.

   Bill was also a gifted musician and could play several instruments. He played country music in area clubs for many years under the names of the Roadrunners and Bandits.

   He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, camping, fishing, highway cycles, dirt and trail cycles, 3-wheelers, 4-wheelers, and finally a Polaris 6x6 and an Arctic Cat TRX. One of his favorite things the last few years was taking his niece and her family from California camping and riding 4-wheelers.

   He really enjoyed taking the kids for rides on the 4-wheelers, as it was something they had never done before and they talked about how much fun it was and how awesome their Uncle Bill is all year long.

   Bill loved his pets. All four Poms followed him everywhere he went in the house. If the door was closed to the room he was in, they would sit and bark until someone gave up and let them in. He never watched TV alone; he always had one or two Poms and quite often one or two cats in his chair with him. His favorite shows were westerns, boxing and cage fighting.

   Bill is survived by his wife Betsy at the family home; son Rocky who drives OTR on a Canadian route; three brothers and their spouses, Joe and Lois Gastra, Michigan, Don and Ericka, Prince George, VA and Jim and Liz, Weippe; sister-in-law Virginia Vargovich, Coeur d’Alene; brother-in-law Don McIntosh, Weippe; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and several aunts and uncles.

   Preceding him in death were his parents; daughter Karen; two brothers, John and Ted; sister, Betty McIntosh and many aunts and uncles.

   A memorial potluck luncheon in his honor will be held Saturday, March 12 at 1 p.m. at the family home at 2344 Michigan Ave, Orofino (208-476-3393).

   All relatives and friends are invited to attend and share memories.

Obituaries for March 3, 2011

Jesse Mechling, 66, Orofino

   Jesse Leroy Mechling, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. He was 66.

   Cremation to take place as requested. A memorial service was held Saturday, March 26 at Seventh-day Adventist Church in Orofino. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory was in care of arrangements.

Fred Partney, 73, Orofino

   Fred met his father Russell Partney and brother Dick Partney in heaven on Feb. 26, 2011.

   Fred is survived by his mother and stepfather Thelma and Vern Draper, wife Karen Partney of Peck, daughter Pam Sibbett of Milton-Freewater, OR, and son Greg Partney of LaGrande, OR, both from a previous marriage to Judy Roff. Fred is also survived by son Troy Walker of Riggins, daughter Jennifer Dirkes of Pendleton, OR, daughter Angie Stewart of Milton Freewater, OR, daughter Casey Carson of Orofino, seventeen grandchildren and four great grandchildren and many, many more family and friends.

   Fred was a law enforcement officer for his entire adult life. He served with the Oregon State Police, became a Detective for the Umatilla County, OR Sheriff’s Department, served as a coroner for Umatilla County, and became Chief of Police in Athena-Weston, OR, Fred continued his law enforcement career in Idaho, serving as a deputy for the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office, Kamiah Marshall’s office, and as a corrections officer with the Idaho Department of Corrections.

   Fred was also an armed security officer for the Dworshak Dam in Orofino and a special investigator for the State of Idaho Outfitters and Guides. Fred enjoyed fishing, hunting and working cattle.

   A service in celebration and honor of Fred will be held Saturday, March 5, 11 a.m. at the Orofino Tabernacle. A potluck reception will be held afterwards at the same location.

Roger J. Praest, 70, Orofino

   Roger J. Praest, Orofino, passed away Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011 at home. He was 70.

   He was born March 18, 1940, in Cottonwood to Joseph B. Praest and Cecilia Sabata Praest. He went to school in Nezperce and farmed on the family farm north of Nezperce with his brothers.

   In 1965 he married Merna Mitchell and had two children, Buck Bernard and Linda Jane.

   Survivors include his son Buck; brothers Leroy Praest and wife Diane, Dale Praest and wife Belinda, both of Orofino; sister-in-law Margaret Praest, Lewiston; nephews and nieces Doug Praest, Boise, Vicki Vogel, Lewiston, Teresa Armenta, Homedale, Mike Praest, Kennewick, WA, Ruth Turner, Boise, Bryan Praest, Palouse, WA, Suann Harris, Spokane, WA Kelli Praest, and Clinton Praest, both of Orofino.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Linda Praest and brother David Praest.

   Cremation has taken place and no services are planned. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Obituaries for February 24, 2011

Bobbie Knapp, 66, Orofino

   Bobbie Knapp, Orofino, passed away of natural causes Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at her winter home in Yuma, AZ. She was 66.

   Bobbie was born in Plummer April 21, 1944 to James A. Mitchell and Vera Judson Mitchell.

   She was raised in Orofino and graduated from Orofino High School, where she participated in drama productions. She worked a various restaurants, the Sears Catalog Store and for many years at the two Orofino Sunset Marts.

   The past several years she and Mel have been snow birds, wintering with their numerous friends in Yuma. She loved her crafts and sewing for family and friends.

   She is survived by her husband Mel; sons Jamie and wife Kelly, Lewiston, Tory and wife Michelle, Orofino, Clay and wife Stephanie of Blackfoot; sister Linda Mitchell Davis, Orofino; grandchildren Stephanie, Lewiston, Kayliah, Barry II and Tory of Orofino, Jacob and Ryan, Lewiston, Dalton of Blackfoot; great-granddaughters Hannah. Lewiston and Miah, Orofino.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Emily Mitchell Bowmer; two brothers Joe Mitchell and Fred Mitchell; son Barry Knapp I.

   A memorial service will be held for Bobbie in the spring when all the snow birds return.

   Memorial contributions may be sent in her name to Jackson Baldwin Pay It Forward Foundation, 3527 8th St. C, Lewiston, ID 83501.

Charles Andrew Johnson, 81, Orofino

    Charles Andrew Johnson (Chuck), beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather and uncle, passed away in Spokane at Hospice of Spokane, Feb. 11, 2011.  He had been hospitalized for pneumonia after recovering from heart surgery in November.  He was 81 years old.

    Born in 1929 in Langdon, North Dakota, Chuck was one of six children.  After graduating high school, Chuck joined the United States Army, which allowed him to see parts of Europe.  Upon his discharge, he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota where he not only studied to become a journeyman electrician, he met his wife, Margaret.  They married in 1955, and moved to Orofino in 1956.  They had four children, Linda (b. 1958) Beth (b. 1961), Peggy (b. 1963) and David (b.1965).

    Shortly after moving to Orofino, Chuck and Marge became two of the founding members of Ascension Lutheran Church.  Over the years, Chuck spent many hours working at the church, helping to build it and making repairs, ushering and serving on church council.

    Chuck worked for Stoddard Electric and eventually became a part-owner of the business.  Over the years, he worked on many of the businesses, schools and government buildings in our region.  He continued work well past his 80th birthday, because he enjoyed his job and liked to keep busy.

    He enjoyed learning new things, particularly about science and history and believed in the power of an education, whether you got it at school or learned through reading.   

    Chuck is survived by his wife of 55 years Margaret, daughter Beth and granddaughter, Alicia, brothers, Robert (Fargo, ND) and Russ (Othello, WA) and sister, Joan (Almira, WA) as well as many, many nieces and nephews.

    Services will be Saturday, Feb. 26, at 11 a.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church in Orofino, and will be followed by a luncheon at the church.

    Memorial gifts can be made to Ascension Lutheran Church or the Veterans of Foreign Wars, both in Orofino.

George Hobson, 92, Orofino

   George Raymond Hobson, Orofino, passed away Feb. 18, 2011 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. He was 92.

   He was born June 3, 1918 at Sauk Center, MN to Raymond and Ruth Clementine (Lingo) Hobson.

   He married the late Ellen Katherine Johnson July 19, 1941. He served as pastor in Oregon, Idaho, Arizona and Montana.

   His hobbies included bee keeping and hunting.

   He is survived by his sister Marjorie Shanholtzer of Montana; four children Katherine Hobson of Phoenix, AZ, Betty (Jim) McGill of Nampa, Allen (Mary Lou ) of Ephrata, WA and Eva (Dale) Durkee of Weippe; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Ruth (Lingo) Hobson; wife Ellen; brother, Glen Hobson.

   Funeral services were held Feb. 23 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.

Iona L. Garner, 87, Hillsboro, OR

   Iona L. Garner, 87, a former resident of the Forest Grove, OR community, recently of Hillsboro, met with her Lord Sunday evening, Feb. 6, 2011, at the Timeless Care Adult Foster Care Home in Hillsboro.

   A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. March 5 at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston. Inurnment will be at the Gold Hill Cemetery in Kendrick following the memorial service.

   Iona was born July 9, 1923, in Juliaetta, the daughter of the late John Draper and Mary Henderson Draper. She was raised and received her education in the Juliaetta community.

   She was united in marriage to Melvin Garner Aug. 24, 1940, in Lewiston. Following their marriage, they resided in the communities of Lewiston, Orofino, Pierce and Elk City.

   In 1992, they moved to Culdesac, where they made their home for 13 years until 2005, when they moved to Oregon, settling in the Forest Grove community to be near their family.

   Iona was a homemaker, and among her special interests she enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She was an excellent seamstress and made many of her own clothes. Card playing was another interest, especially with her women's pinochle group. Iona also had a special love for her grandchildren.

   Iona was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin, Dec. 25, 2007, after celebrating more than 67 years of marriage together. She was also preceded in death by her three sisters, Helen, Bernice and Corrine; her three brothers, Bernard, Irwin and Lyle; and her son, George L. Garner, April 9, 2006.

   Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Linda C. and Daniel Shaw, of Forest Grove, OR; also surviving are her seven grandchildren and their spouses, Randy and Cheryl Lyons of Kennewick, WA, Richard Lyons of Salt Lake City, UT, Tim Shaw and Dennis Shaw, both of Beaverton, OR, George Jr. and Teresa Garner, Joe and Mindy Garner, and April and Brian Porter, all of Cottage Grove, OR; her 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   The family suggests that remembrances be contributions made to donor's charity of choice, in her memory.

   To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family visit www.fuitenrosehoyt.com. Fuiten, Rose and Hoyt Funeral Home in Forest Grove is in charge of the arrangements.

Frank Gumaer, 64, Pierce

   Frank Randolf Gumaer, 64, of Pierce, died Feb. 16, 2011, at his home. Cremation services will be held by Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory.

William Floyd Vargovich, 71, Orofino

   William Floyd Vargovich, 71, Orofino, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. He was 71.

   Cremation services will be conducted by Pine Hills Funeral Chapel.

William Day, 81, Pocatello

   William Allen Day, Pocatello, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 at Safe Haven Care Center in Pocatello. He was 81. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 24 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino at 11 a.m. with private family burial at Orofino Riverside Cemetery. Pine Hills Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.

Oliver Bender, 85, Kamiah

   Oliver Ulen Bender, 85, Kamiah, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, at Orofino. Cremation services will be held by Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory.

Obituaries for February 17, 2011

Velma Joyce Jackson, 67, Orofino

   Our beloved Velma Joyce Jackson, of Orofino, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011. She was 67.

   She was born July 16, 1943. Known as Joycie to many, Mom was always there for her children, grandchildren and neighborhood children, with her warm smile, wonderful sense of humor and loving heart.

   Joyce loved nature, art, cooking and dancing. She found pleasure in caring for all of God’s creatures. She enjoyed bowling, playing bunko, baseball and volleyball.

   Joyce, her husband, Jesse and three children moved to Orofino in 1971 for the construction of the Dworshak Dam. The fell in love with the area and decided to make it their home where they raised their children and made an abundance of lifetime friends.

   Joyce is loved and survived by her husband Jesse Jackson, her children Kim Skipper, Coeur d’Alene and Jesse Allen Jackson of Orofino; and 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her daughter Babette Castillo.

   Joyce touched the lives of many and will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Her kindred soul will forever live in our hearts.

   Memorial services will be conducted Saturday, Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel with Pastor Dan Vaughn officiating. A fond farewell will immediately follow at Sanders Cemetery on Lower Wells Bench Road.  A potluck luncheon will take place at 12 noon at Orofino Community Church, 14233 Highway 12.

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

Helen B. Waldemar, 99, Wickenburg, AZ

   Helen B. Waldemar of Wickenburg, AZ passed away Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011 in Sun City West, AZ. She was 99.

   She was born on the family ranch in Plains, MT on June 23, 1911, the youngest of five children.

   Helen married John Waldemar on June 28, 1930. They moved to Pierce in 1942, where he worked for PFI and she worked in the Pierce Library for many years.

   After John's retirement in 1971, they moved to Orofino and began spending winters in Arizona. When her husband of 60 years passed away in 1990, she eventually sold their home in Orofino and moved permanently to Wickenburg.

   Helen is survived by her son Cole (Inge) Waldemar of Wickenburg; her daughter Adele Schmidt of Spokane, WA; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Elsie McLean Irby, 77, Nezperce

   Elsie Izola McLean Irby, Nezperce, was born to Charles and Elsie Ann Johnson McLean in Camas, WA on Nov. 5, 1933. Elsie passed away due to complications of surgery on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011 in Lewiston. She was 77.

   Elsie was the youngest of eight children. She grew up living with her Grandmother Johnson and later with her older brothers as her mother passed away at birth. She stayed with her Aunt Ella Murphy on Russell Ridge Road and also spent lots of time with friends, whom she, and they, considered the other as family. LaVonne Bell Thomas and Elsie told tales of many picnics and adventures to Little Canyon and the cave. There was strawberry picking with other friends and looking at the giant horses that worked in the fields.

   Elsie married Harold L. Irby July 18, 1953. Four children and travel would follow as Harold worked as a tanker truck driver in Washington, Idaho and Montana. Kennewick, WA was their home for 16 years. Elsie was employed at Rogers of Walla Walla in Pasco, WA and at Sandviks Special Metals in Finley, WA. The couple returned to the Russell Ridge area north of Nezperce to retire in 1984 and to take care of her adopted mother Dorothy Wells.

   Elsie always put others needs ahead of her own. She enjoyed talking, gardening, and doing crafts while visiting with her friends. She put a lot of energy into making HO scale models out of balsa wood of the prairie homes she had spent time in  and around, thus saving a little bit of history.

   She so much enjoyed being a sister, wife, mother and grandmother. Family was important to her and her ultimate goal was to have all her children and grandchildren live around her in close proximity. In her journey of passing she was surrounded by her husband; all her children and close friends, whom she considered loved ones.

   She is survived by her loving husband Harold; children Elton Irby (Suzanne), Kennewick, Larry Irby, Nezperce, Lorna Inglet (Bob), Orofino and Diane Hedrick (Joseph), Kennewick; sister Janie Wuerfele, Camas, WA; brother-in-law Dennis Knapp, Vancouver, WA; six grandchildren, Jeremy, Katelyn, Larissa, Cassandra, Ray and Lottie.

   Please join Elsie’s family in celebrating her life Saturday, Feb. 19, 11 a.m. at the Catholic Annex on Brown Street, Orofino.

   We thank everyone who called, came by, wrote cards, cared and prayed for Elsie.

Cynthia Christensen, 60, Orofino

Wife, Mother, Grandma, Daughter, Aunt, Sister, Sweet Friend

   Our Mother Cyndie went home to be with her Heavenly Father and her forever Valentine Todd after a sudden heart attack on Feb. 12, 2011. She was 60.

   Cynthia “Cyndie” Lou Callahan Christensen was born Dec. 12, 1950 in Reno, NV to William Monteford and Lucille (Gillespie) Callahan.

   She graduated from Sparks High in 1969. In March of that year she married the father of her three daughters, Robert O. Mullins. They later divorced.

   While raising her three young girls she put herself through nursing school at Utah Valley Community College where she graduated as an L.P.N. in 1980.

In 1989 she meet the love of her life Todd Christensen. They later married.

   She worked at the Utah State Hospital in Provo, UT and the V.A. Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah untill 1998 when she and Todd moved to Orofino. She worked at the V.A. in Lewiston, Clearwater Valley Hospital, and State Hospital North where she retired from the nursing field in 2004.

   Cyndie loved being with her family and many frineds. She enjoyed being outdoors with her husband, grandchildren and her two dogs, Mijo and Beadah Lou. Together they tended to their many plants or went camping. She loved to sew, crochet, doing bead work and making jewlery. She spent countless hours teaching her grandchildren how to cook, sew, paint, and bead. Cyndie and her work will be missed greatly by all who loved and knew her.

   Our Beloved Mother is survived by her mother Luiclle Callahan of Orofino, sisters Denise Callahan of Washington and Kimberly Gallegos of Orofino; brothers William Callahan and Mark Joseph Callahan, both of Orofino; Daughters Angel Mullins of Arizona, Kristi Arizmendi and Heidi Rickett both of Orofino. Eight grandchildren whom she adored; Kristopher, Austin, Tyler, Kelli, Weston, Jordan, Kyle, and Kazjia. As well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

   Her husband and soul mate Todd Christensen, father William M. Callahan, brother Matthew Callahan, maternal and paternal Grandparents all preceded her in death.

   Cremation has taken place and services will be at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is in care of arrangements.

Ron Lyons, 51, Weippe

   Ron was born May 17, 1959 to Dewaine and Carol Lyons. He grew up in Weippe, worked for Medley Cedar and Later returned to school and became an electrician.

   He married Shirley Warden from the Pierce/Headquarters area. They had three children, Amber Presnell, Weippe, Dustin Lyons, (deceased) and Mike Lyons, Clarkston, WA. Ron had six grandchildren, the loves of his life, Zac, Zoe, Blake, Cecelia, Arrianna and Ezra.

   He was the best grandpa ever, but shared his love, patience and generosity with all children that crossed his path. He once bought 14 wristbands at the Clearwater County Fair for kids who otherwise couldn’t go.

   He loved fishing and hunting with his favorite sidekick Zac.

   Those of us that lived with and loved him knew his honesty; he would say whatever to whomever, good, bad and ugly, from his best friend to his mother.

   He looked at most life experiences with a great sense of humor and quick wit. He loved to laugh.

   He was our Phoenix that always seem to rise from the ashes and our family’s greatest protector.

   The family of Ron Lyons.

Obituaries for February 10, 2011

Diane Marie Russell, 54, of Orofino

   After a courageous three year battle with cancer, Diane Russell of Orofino passed away peacefully. She was 54.

   Diane was born and raised in the Redwood City, CA area and graduated from Notre Dame High School. She continued her education and graduated from Columbia College in Columbia, CA with a Business Degree.

   She was one of two children born to James Donohue and the late Joan Donohue. She was the loving wife of Dale Russell of Orofino.  Diane will forever be remembered by her sister Shannon Lenz, and her beloved children Jessica Pittman and Henry Warren.

   She was treasured by her grandchildren Steven Brown, Karah and Tallon Pittman of Ceres, CA, Trinity and Gabe of Orofino and Mayra Taylor of Gulf Breeze, FL, along with countless other friends and family who were blessed to know her.

   Diane loved listening to Pink Floyd and the Grateful Dead.  She made blankets for all of her grandchildren and others.  She loved laughing, being with her family, having fun with friends and especially spending time with her grandchildren.

   Diane adored the farm she shared with Dale and countless animals surrounded by all Gods’ beauty.  She was a member of the Orofino Tabernacle Church. But above all she loved being a Grammy!

   Diane touched the lives of many people with her smile and generosity, and maintained her trademark sense of humor all the way to the end.

   Friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of her life on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at Orofino Tabernacle, 1839 Michigan Ave, in Orofino. A gathering to remember and share loving thoughts of Diane will follow at Riverside Pizza and Pub.

Harold T. Strom, 92, Orofino

   Harold T. Strom, Orofino, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston. He was 92.

   Arrangements are pending with Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston.

Alice K. Goodman, 64, Orofino

   Alice Kathleen Goodman, Orofino, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. She was 64.

   Cremation is being handled by Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory.

George Lonsbury Jr, 86, Orofino

   George Luther Lonsbury Jr. went home to his heavenly father and his beloved wife Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011. He was 86. George was born Sept. 23, 1924 to George Sr. and Bessie Lonsbury in Van Buren, AR. He attended school there and graduated in 1942.

   He then worked at Engles Shipyard in Pascagoula, MS until joining the Navy in 1943. He served in the Pacific until the end of the war with service in the last battle of WWII at Okinawa. He was then discharged and made it home to surprise his family on Christmas Day. The family threw a welcome home party and it was then he met the love of his life Evah Mae Owens. They were married June 7, 1946 and had their first child in Altus, AR in Feb. of 1947.

   George worked in power line construction in Arkansas and Arizona before moving the family to Modesto, CA in 1948. There he worked for the Modesto irrigation district and added three more children to their family, one of which only lived a few days.

   The family then moved to Payette in 1963 and Orofino in 1965. He worked for Stoddard electric for eight years and helped to wire many local buildings including the JP Mill. He then worked for the State Hospital North as a maintenance and operations supervisor. George retired from there in 1992 after 19 years of service.

   George and Evah Mae were one of the original members of First Baptist Church and were very active there. He also loved hunting, camping, and building model railroads.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, George Sr. and Bessie Lonsbury, sister Wilma Jean, brother John, daughter Linda, and wife Evah Mae.

   He is survived by his sisters Margie, Barbara, and Helen, son and daughter-in-law Diana and Wayne Rasmussen, daughter and son-in-law Laurie and Lee Bowers, nine grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

   His family was the most important thing to him and he spoke of them constantly. He prayed for each one of them individually everyday. He will be missed but we know he is so happy to finally be reunited with his wife and his savior!

   Services will be held Friday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m. at the Orofino Community Church, located at 14233 Highway 12, with a graveside service to follow.

   There will be an open house at the home of John and Carol Lonsbury following all services. Friends and family are welcome and appreciated.

Ervin Angus Fry, 86, Southwick

   Ervin Angus Fry, 86, of Southwick, passed away Tuesday evening at Life Care Rehabilitation Center in Lewiston of natural causes. Ervin was born June 3, 1924 to Angus Fry and Bertha (Thorton) Fry in Southwick. Ervin attended school by riding his horse from Bedrock Canyon to Southwick. On May 24, 1945 Ervin married Alice May in Southwick in the home of her parents Milton and Elvira Benjamin.

   Ervin and Alice lived in Southwick most of their lives except stints in southern Idaho and central Oregon. Ervin worked most of his life logging for Carl Finke. He always had a few cattle and horses and loved mules.  Ervin and Alice attended the Southwick Community Church then later The Wesleyan Church in Clarkston and then joined The Church of the Nazarene in Juliaetta. Faith was central to his life and the Bible was often a topic of conversation.

   Ervin often entertained family and friends with stories and by yodeling. He loved riding his horses, enjoyed raising mules, found time to hunt and raised cattle that became his pets.

   He was preceded in death by his wife Alice, his brother Ted, his sister Inetta, and his son Warren.

   Surviving Ervin are his brothers-in-law: Verlin Benjamin and wife Marilyn of Lewiston and Ronald Benjamin and wife Eunice of Asotin, WA. Also surviving Elvin is his son Eldon and wife Ginger of Pennsylvania, daughter-in-law Diana Fry of Anacortes, WA and 21 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. 

   There will be a service for Ervin on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 11 a.m. at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home, officiated by Rev. Bill Bull from First Church of The Nazarene of Lewiston. A graveside service will follow at Southwick Cemetery.

Alice Aldrich, 90, Seattle, WA

   Alice Irene Aldrich, Seattle, WA died Jan. 27, 2011 in Seattle at the age of 90.

   She was born to Knute and Louise Ferden on the family farm and was proud of her full Norwegian ancestry. Alice was born 6th in a family of 11 children, six girls and five boys.

   Alice is survived by her three children and their spouses, Louise Winter (John), Jeannette Walen (Mike) and James D. Aldrich (Pauline). She is also survived by six grandchildren David Winter (Cassie), Susan Winter (Dave Breed), Julie Winter (James Helmich), Jennifer LaRose (Scot), James O. Aldrich and Libby Walunas; great-grandchildren, River Helmich, Anthony Fitzpatrick, Tristan Helmich, Nathan Fitzpatrick, Kaley Aldrich, Vivian Aldrich and Connor Walunas.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; all her sisters and brothers; husband of 53 years, Olive Adrian Aldrich in 1966 and their grandson Craig Walen (34) in 2009.

   We had our last big celebration with mother for her 90th birthday in December. Thank you mom for blessing us over the years with your love in action; like wonderful blackberry and lemon pies, beautifully baked and decorated birthday cakes by your own hand and heart for each of us, every year, and you special dill pickles.

   Thank you for serving as our room mother during grade school years and as Girl Scout Leader of Troop 834 for 10 years and for taking us hiking, camping and Christmas caroling. You were a Proverbs 31 woman and a wonderful example for us. Most of all, thank you mom for pointing us to God and showing us how to care about others.

Harvey H. Reimann, 74, Burley

   Harvey Harry Reimann, a former resident of Orofino, died at his home in Burley on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. He was 74.

   Harvey was born on Oct. 1, 1936 in Garrison, North Dakota. His parents, Harry and Regina Reimann, were grain farmers. He had a sister Shirley who was one year younger.

   Harvey attended one year of college and then joined the United States Army. He was stationed in Germany in the medical corps. He enjoyed working in the medical field and qualified as an army sharpshooter. After receiving an Honorable Discharge from the Army, Harvey enrolled in and graduated from Radiology Technological School at Grand Forks, North Dakota.

   Harvey married Norma Olsen from his hometown. They had a daughter, Darcie Lee Reimann, and lived for a time in Seattle, WA, where Harvey worked at Swedish Medical Center. They moved to Orofino, where eventually they divorced.

   Harvey married Ann Pappenhagen (Reimann) on Nov. 10, 1965 in the home of her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Albert Pappenhagen. Harvey became stepfather to Ken Cottrell and Kay (Cottrell) Field. Harvey was a highly respected X- Ray Technician at Clearwater Valley Hospital and in 1971 he took Ann and Kay to live in Gallup, NM, where he and Ann (a Registered Nurse) worked at McKinley General Hospital.

   Harvey and Ann moved to Burley in 1977. Kay was nearby attending college at Caldwell. Darcie lived in Boise with her mother and then moved in with Harvey and Ann. They have been very happy in Burley.

   Harvey had 38 sober years very active in A.A. Also in the community, he sat on the Board of Directors of the Syringa Plaza in Burley. This facility houses low income seniors. Harvey was known for certain foods he brought to residents for some of the celebrations and for his sense of humor.

   Harvey has always been an outdoorsman, hunting, and most especially, fishing. He and Ann were avid campers and canoers for many years. Harvey was always a good baker and cook. He developed an interest in Dutch oven cooking and even entered contests. He and Vickie Knight won first prize in the Rupert Dutch Oven Cooking Contest on July 3, 1990 for their chicken and bread dough dumpling recipe.

   When health problems limited Harvey’s outdoor activities he took up wood carving, taking classes locally. He won first prize for his carving of a Buffalo at the Cassia County Fair in 2009.

   Harvey’s parents, his sister, and his daughter Darcie all predeceased him.

   Harvey is survived by his wife Ann and his stepchildren Ken and Kay. He is survived as well by four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his sister’s children, Tony Hummel and Peri Houten, and their children.

   Instead of flowers, Harvey and Ann ask instead that donations be made in his name to local chapters of AA or Relay for Life.

   According to his wishes Harvey was cremated and a memorial service was Feb. 7 at Rasmussen Funeral Home, followed by a dinner gathering at St. Mathews Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall in Rupert.

Milo Sanford Teed, 71, Lewiston

   Milo Sanford Teed entered into rest on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011. He was 71.

   He was born June 11, 1939 in Orofino, to Rosemary and Ralph S. Teed Jr., and grew up and graduated from school in Weippe.

   Milo married Shirley Carr on Jan. 24, 1959. They had three children, Kenneth, Karla and Larry.

   He loved playing sports and at one time played on a minor league team. He later played basketball, softball, bowled and played on many softball teams for most of his adult life. He was also an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish and hunt.

   Milo was a veteran, serving first in the U.S. Air Force and later in the U.S. Navy Reserve. While serving in the Air Force, he was stationed in Beausejour, Manitoba, Canada, as well as San Bernadino, CA. After being discharged from the Air Force he made a living as an electrician.

   He eventually made his way to Caldwell, where he owned his own business, M.J. Electric, for many years. While living in Caldwell, Milo joined the Navy Reserves as a Seabee. Later, he and Shirley moved to Alaska, where he retired from the Seabees as well as his electrician’s job. They then moved back to Lewiston to live in retirement.

   He was a member of the Elks, National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited and the North American Hunting Club.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley; father Ralph S. Teed Jr.; mother Rosemary Teed; brother Preston Teed; sister Lorraine Hutchins; and son Larry Teed.

   He is survived by his son, Kenneth Teed; daughter Karla Moore; sisters, Laurinda Wise, Wendy Teed and Tammy Wells; brothers Monty Teed and Tracy Teed; a maternal aunt, Joan Kling; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at Mountain View Funeral Home in Lewiston.

Obituaries for February 3, 2011

Marietta Cross, 80, Orofino

   Marietta Cross passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 24, 2011 in Spokane, WA, surrounded by her family. She was 80.

   She was born to Elsie and Marion C. Purington on Oct. 1, 1930 in Weare, NH. She was raised there, graduating from Weare High School in 1948, and receiving her nursing degree from Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in 1951.

   In 1967, she moved to Missoula, MT, with her first husband, Warren E. Thamarus, Jr. and their four children. Moving to Montana was like coming home for Marietta, and she had many adventures under western skies. She enjoyed skiing, hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping with her family. She was a member of the Missoula Trap and Skeet Club, and also participated in English Springer Spaniel field trials with her dog “Checkerboom Jake.”

   In September of 1975 she married George W. Cross, and they established their home in Missoula. She had been working at Community Medical Center (CMC) for two years, and with George by her side, she continued to dedicate herself to maternal-child health care in Montana. She became the obstetrics nursing supervisor in 1976 and was instrumental in developing the first neonatal intensive care unit for Montana at CMC.

   She was involved in the program “Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies,” the Montana Council for Maternal and Child Health, and the March of Dimes. She was a founding member of the Montana Perinatal Association, and a leader for CMC in Maternal Child Health Education outreach. She served as chairwoman of the Governor’s Council for the MIAMI Project (Montana Initiative for the Abatement of Mortality in Infants).

   Marietta also helped establish the Rocky Mountain Childbirth conference and recently attended the 20th annual meeting. She believed that there was “so much you could do” to promote prenatal care and education, and her career was a shining example of that belief.

   Marietta and George retired to the Orofino area in November 1992. They shared an active retirement, participating in the North Idaho Senior Games as well as other events around the country. She received medals in the long jump, trap shooting, shot-put, and discus. She loved all types of music, and was active with the Orofino Dance Club.

   She also enjoyed reading, walking her dogs, and driving anywhere, which she often did to visit family and friends around the country.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Marion and Elsie Purington; her brother Malcolm C. Purington; brother-in-law Oscar Straw; daughter Debra Cross and an infant son.

   Survivors include her husband George; sister Elizabeth Straw; sister-in-law June Purington; children Donovan Cross, Karen Thamarus, Michael Thamarus, Carla Cross, Susan Horstmann (Mark), and Mary Meyer (Carter); grandchildren Barbie Cross, Chani Dupuis, Dylan Cross, Joshua Cross, Stephanie Horstmann, Steven Horstmann, Carl Meyer, and Cassie Meyer; eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

   Marietta will be missed by all of us, a void never to be filled. We will always be grateful for her compassion, wisdom, and strength. She will live in our hearts forever.

   A memorial service for Marietta will be held in Missoula, MT later in the spring.

   Memorial donations may be made in Marietta’s name to: Community Medical Center Foundation, 2827 Fort Missoula Road, Missoula, MT 59804; Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinic, 301 Cedar, Orofino, Idaho 83544 and your local chapter of the American Cancer Society.

   Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is in care of arrangements.

Jason McKinney, 38, Lewiston

   Jason Winchester McKinney, of Lewiston, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011 in Spokane, WA. He was 38.

   He was born Oct. 13, 1972 in Orofino where he lived for the first few years of his life.

   The family moved to Clarkston, where he attended Parkway Elementary and Lincoln Middle School. Jason also attended school at Tammany Elementary, Sacajawea Junior High School and later Lewiston High School.

   After high school, he spent a lot of time traveling through different places in the United States, but always seemed to end up in Spokane, where he did multiple types of jobs, most of which involved working outdoors.

   Jason’s life will be celebrated Saturday, Feb. 5 from 4-6 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall in Lewiston.

Duane Frederick, 85, Elk River

   Duane (Broom Face) Frederick passed away Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, from complications of emphysema. He was 85.

   Duane was born Jan. 10, 1926, to Elmer and Eideth Lumbblad Frederick in Akeley, MN. He was raised in Elk River.

   He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944 during World War II and served on the USS Lamar (APA 47) in Bremerton, WA. After the war, he was employed by Potlatch as a logger. He ran the "Big Machine" for the log drive. He continued logging until his retirement.

   Duane met and married Margaret Skarpson in 1948. They made their home in Elk River, where they raised three children. He and Margaret later divorced.

   Duane had a great love of the outdoors. He spent many days fishing and you could always count on his faithful sidekick, Freckles the dog, to be by his side. He loved to garden and canned his own goods. People from miles around enjoyed his canned pickles, asparagus and veggies. He also enjoyed making homemade wine and home brew.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.

   He is survived by his significant other of 19 years, Kay Bloom; her children, Shannon Holmes and Shelby Bloom;  sister, Wilma Pomponio of Lewiston; and his three children, Randy Frederick of Lewiston, Ralph and Marina Frederick of Priest River, and Dodie and Jack Jensen of Troy. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and close friends. He adored every one of them.

   Duane loved to have his family around him as much as possible to share a meal and a story. He will be deeply missed.

   The family will be conducting a memorial dinner at 1 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Deary Community Center. They want to invite any and all who know or loved Broom Face to come and share a meal and a story for him. At his request, there will be no funeral service.

   Memorial donations may be made to the Orofino Animal Shelter.

Carol Wood, 68, Lenore

   Carol A. Wood, of Lenore, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. She was 68. Services are pending.

Obituaries for January 27, 2011

Jack Richard Hathaway, 69, Orofino

   John Richard Hathaway passed away on Jan. 19, 2011 after a battle with cancer. He is now at peace. He was 69.

   Jack was born on June 14, 1941 and spent his early years in the northern suburbs of Chicago, IL. He entered the military service in 1962 and served as an advisor with the expeditionary forces in Vietnam.

   In 1965, after his discharge in northern California he entered college at Sonoma State University where he received a Bachelors of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in psychology. In 1970 he moved to San Diego, CA where he intended to work toward a doctorate degree in psychology, but spent 10 years working with the San Diego County Probation Department, Juvenile Division. He worked almost exclusively with minority youth.

   In 1981 he moved to Idaho and was hired by the State as a probation and parole officer in Lewiston. After working for three years, Jack wanted a change so he went to the University of Idaho in Moscow to study law. He graduated in December, 1986, passed the bar exam in Feb. 1987 and worked in the Lewiston for a few months before moving to Orofino where he worked until his death.

   The years that Jack worked and lived in Orofino were his favorite. He loved to be with his friends who also enjoyed his passions of fishing and hunting. Jack’s also had a love for his career and helping those in need.

   He is survived by his children James W. Hathaway of Warrensburg, MO, Vivian McKinney and her husband Daniel of Independence, MO, Amber Oser and her husband Todd of Raymore, MO; grandchildren Collin, Corbett and Madelyn McKinney, Bailey and Blake Oser; mother Marvel F. Hathaway of Orofino; brother David and wife Diane of Chicago, IL.

   In lieu of an immediate celebration of his life, Jack would like that an act of kindness be done in his honor.

Dianne Berry Gibbons, 69 Clarkston

   Dianne passed away Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, at her home in Clarkston. She was diagnosed with brain cancer in April and maintained a valiant spirit throughout her illness.

   Dianne was born Nov. 24, 1941, in Topeka, KS to Ralph and Florence Squires Berry.

   Her family moved to the West Coast during the war and later settled in Orofino. Dianne attended Orofino schools until leaving for Lewiston to attend Mr. Nick's Beauty College.

   She spent her career working in salons in Kamiah, Kooskia, Lewiston, Grangeville, Kendrick, Boise and Orofino.

   Dianne married David Spence in the spring of 1964 in Winnemucca, NV. The marriage ended in divorce. She had one child, Suzanne Terese Spence. She married Charles Vernon Gibbons in 1985 at Cavendish.

   Dianne has had many lifelong friends and made friends easily throughout her life. She had a strong faith in Jesus, and a special gift for music and songwriting. At the time of her death she was a member of His Banner Church in Clarkston.

   Dianne was dearly loved by her friends and family, which was never more evident than throughout her illness. She blessed many lives and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

   Survivors include her daughter, Suzanne Warren of Lewiston; her grandchildren, Larry and Stacey Warren, David Warren and Caleb Warren, all of Lewiston; three great-grandchildren, Landon and Donna Grace of Fernwood and Rebekah Faith of Lewiston; siblings and their spouses, Donnie and Linda Berry of Orofino, Tom and Sherri Logan of Nampa, Linda and Rodger Albers of Greenleaf, Laurie and Craig Hobson of Spokane, WA, Robert and Heather Berry, Margaret and Scott Hogan, and Sarah and Tim Weishaar, all of Kansas, Kevin and Vivian Berry of Louisiana, and Marilee and Tom Cassarona of Arizona; beloved uncle, Don Squires of Asotin; numerous nieces and nephews; and her many Squires cousins.

   Dianne was preceded in death by her grandparents, William C. and Charity L. Squires; her mother, Florence Sunbeam Nelson; father, Ralph Eugene Berry; brother, Dana Berry; and husband, Vernon Gibbons.

   Dianne's life was celebrated during a service Saturday at New Bridges Community Church, in Lewiston.

   A scholarship fund is being established in Dianne's name for students of Orofino High School who wish to pursue a career in cosmetology. Donations can be made to Dianne Gibbons Memorial Fund at Potlatch No. 1 Federal Credit Union.

   Merchant Funeral Home of Clarkston is in charge of arrangements.

Thomas Edens Cleveland, 73, Hayden

   Thomas Edens Cleveland, formerly of Pierce, died at his Hayden residence on Jan. 12, 2011. He was 73. He was born in Prescott, AZ, Nov. 19, 1937, to Charles Alfred and Kathryn Elizabeth (Edens) Cleveland.

   His family relocated to Burke, ID in 1946 where his father worked at the Hecla Star Mine. His mother, along with help from the children, operated the Burke Variety store later moving to Mullan and Wallace, ID.  

   Tom served his country in the US Army in France 1956-1959 and returned to Wallace where he worked until the summer of 1962. At that time he moved to the Kooskia, ID area and began his career with the US Forest Service. He retired from the US Forest Service in 1988 following 28 years of service where he worked at Fenn Ranger Station, Nezperce National Forest and the Kamiah District, Pierce, on the Clearwater National Forest.  After retirement he did auto body work, a hobby he began in the 60’s, for Davis Trucking in Pierce.

   On Dec. 23, 1962, he and Nicky Elevera Huhta were united in marriage at Coeur d’Alene, ID and shared 48 years together until his passing. To this union a daughter, Jodi Lynn, and a son, Thomas Lee, were born.  They lived in Northern Idaho all of their married life residing in Kooskia, on the Selway River and then Pierce before moving to Hayden in 2004.

   His love of the outdoors gave him enjoyment throughout his life with fondest memories being of the Selway. He found great pleasure in his time spent fishing, hunting (rifle, bow and with hounds), boating, archery, trapping, snowmobiling, camping, getting wood and gardening.

   Our handyman had many talents and especially enjoyed doing his carpentry projects. His home was always abundant in the blessings and joy only children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren can give.

   Predeceasing Tom in death were his father (1954), mother (1974), half-brother Alfred Charles Cleveland (1990) and sister, Mary Alecia Plummer (2007).

   Surviving to honor his life are: his wife, Nicky, at the family home; daughter, Jodi Lynn Cleveland (Careywood); son, Thomas Lee (Stacey Jo) Cleveland (Coeur d’Alene); granddaughters, Nicole Danielle (Mike) Cleveland-Lyons (Clarkston, WA); Megan Christine Heitstuman (Dover); Shalynne Kiyl Heitstuman (Careywood); Marissa JoLee Cleveland (Coeur d’Alene) and grandson Brandon Lee Heitstuman (Careywood). Also great-grandsons Blake Nikolai Edens Cleveland (Clarkston); Wyatt Anthony Greenwood (Dover); and Ezra Verlon Thomas Lyons (Clarkston).

   Other survivors are sister Cordelia (Rose) Rosalie Pfennig (Post Falls); brothers Jack Leonard (Betty) Cleveland (Hauser); Robert James (Karol Lee) Cleveland (Kooskia); half-sister Joy Ann (Dave) Trower (Spokane); and nephew Charles Alfred (Pamela Sue) Crowell (Kamiah) who was raised by Tom’s family.  A large number of extended family members also survive.

   Heartfelt thanks are extended to Dr. Henry Covelli who cared for Tom since 2004, giving us six more years of precious memories.  Also to North Idaho Hospice who provided comfort for Tom and his family in his final days before he was called peacefully into the arms of Jesus.

   In honor of Tom’s wishes a private family memorial service will be held, Feb. 5, at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Coeur d’Alene. Memorials may be sent in his name to North Idaho Hospice, 9493 N. Government Way, Hayden, ID 83835.

   Please visit Tom’s online memorial and sign his guest book at www.yatesfuneralhomes.com.

Don McPherson, 84, Kooskia

   Don McPherson, of Kooskia, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2011 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood. He was 84. Services are pending with Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.

Obituaries for January 20, 2011

Rowen James Cook, 5 months, Lewiston

   Rowen James Cook, passed away Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. He was five months old.

   He was born July 12, 2020 to Mia Cook in Lewiston.

   He is survived by his mother, Mia Cook, Lewiston; big brother, Teegen Kyler Corder, Lewiston; grandparents, Michael and Martha Cook, Kendrick; uncles, Zachary Cook, Moscow and Wyatt Cook, Kendrick; great-grandparents, Jim and Barb Cook, Pierce and Marsha Ellis, Lewiston; as well as numerous members of his extended family.

   A graveside service was held Jan. 14 at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Lewiston, with the Rev. Brad Bramlet officiating.

   Memorial donations are suggested to Spring for SIDS.

   Mountain View Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Rosella G. Snyder, 102, Orofino

   Rosella G. Snyder passed away Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, at Clearwater Valley Health and Rehabilitation in Orofino. She was 102.

   She was born Feb. 16, 1908, in Kippen (near Reubens) to Carroll LeRoy Parkins and Minnie Erickson.

   She moved from Cold Spring to Orofino around 1923, where she worked at Erickson's Palace of Sweets, which was a restaurant owned by her uncle. She also sold tickets at Rex Movie Theater and played piano for silent movies.

   Rosella married Eldon Snyder June 5, 1927. He preceded her in death in 1989.

   She and Eldon owned and operated Standard Oil Bulk Plant in Pierce until they purchased Snyder's men's clothing and sporting goods store in 1945. She worked at the store until she retired.

   Rosella was a member of the Methodist Church, Daughters of the Nile, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and she was a charter member of the Orofino Golf Club. She was also a member of Eastern Star for more than 50 years.

   She played bridge once a week for many years until she moved to Clearwater Rehabilitation center.

   Surviving her are sons, Maurice Snyder and Elbert and his wife Angie Snyder, all of Orofino; two sisters, Vella Quillen and Vernice Sullivan, both of Lewiston; two grandsons, A. Craig Snyder of Lewiston and Thomas C. Snyder of Lebanon, OR; as well as three great and three great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

   Besides her husband, she was also preceded in death by two brothers, Major Parkins and Edward Parkins; and a sister, Edna Parkins Johnson.

   A memorial service was held Tuesday, Jan. 18 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino, with Rev. Hank Heschle of Orofino officiating. Burial took place at Orofino Riverside Cemetery.

   Memorials may be made in Rosella's name to the charity of the donor's choice.

Darlene Justus Jackson, 74, Weippe

  Darlene Faith Jackson of Weippe passed away peacefully at her home Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, of causes related to Alzheimer’s disease. She was 74.

   Darlene was born Dec. 24, 1936, to William (Chick) and Amelia Justus in Greer. She grew up in Weippe where she attended school through the eighth grade and then moved with family to Clarkston, where she graduated as a Bantam in 1954.

   After high-school graduation she attended a vari-typer school and was associated with the advertising department at Erb Hardware. Soon after, she moved to Spokane with friends and attended Kinman Business University while working for Kaiser Aluminum Corp of Mead. After graduating from Kinman and lay-offs at Kaiser, she returned to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley and worked in the administrative office at Potlatch Forests Inc.

   After writing letters to a longtime childhood friend, she waited patiently for him to complete his two year service in Korea. She married Paul (Mickey) Jackson May 3, 1959, in Clarkston and moved to Weippe to start their life together farming and ranching. She was a wonderful wife, mother and friend. In the 51 years they were married, Darlene and Mick raised three children, Mike, Mark and Tammy.

   For years Darlene worked for the Clearwater Tribune reporting on community activities in the Weippe/Fraser area. She was a member of the Clearwater County Fair Board from 1971 to 1987, active in the 4-H programs and volunteer work through out the community. She served as treasurer for Fraser Park helping with many improvements.

   Darlene enjoyed bowling on a league with friends in Orofino for many years collecting her share of trophies, meeting weekly with friends at TOPS and monthly at the Fraser “Get Together” Club.

   Darlene was preceded in death by her father, William (Chick) Justus; and her mother and stepfather, Amelia and Hank Steinman.

   She is survived by her husband, Mick Jackson; brother, Bill Justus; sons, Mike and Linda Jackson, Mark and Angie Jackson; daughter, Tammy and Jaime Ward; grandchildren, Cheyenne and Tyson Thornton, Mickey Jackson, Trevor and Hailey Ward, Dakota and Mickala Jackson; and two great-grandchildren, GraceLyn and Jackson Thornton.

   Darlene will be remembered for her heartwarming, friendly smile. She loved to spend time in her flower garden along with farming and ranching. Being a farmer’s wife she fulfilled many chores such as driving truck, helping work cattle, cooking for farm hands, and managing the farm with countless hours of bookkeeping. She was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

   Services were held Jan. 17 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino, followed by burial at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston.

James Victor Senefsky, 74, Asotin

   James Victor Senefsky passed away in his sleep Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, while in the loving care of the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston. Jim finished out his life enjoying cherished moments with his family and friends.

   Jim loved life, and was a cheerful and happy soul to everyone he met. And to those of us who knew him well, he was just a gruff ol' teddy bear.

   Born July 16, 1936, in Honolulu, Hawaii, Jim was a witness to the Pearl Harbor attack at a young age, which may have influenced him later in life to serve his country and join the U.S. Navy. He was very proud of his service aboard the USS Renshaw.

   After discharge, Jim lived in Orofino for 27 years, and during his time there he was very involved in the community, serving proudly with the volunteer fire department, the sheriff's posse, and with search and rescue. He was also a Boy Scout leader for many years. He was employed as a service manager at Hanson's Garage, then later with Idaho State Hospital North, retiring there after 13 years of service.

   After retirement, Jim and his wife, JoAnn, traveled the country in their fifth-wheel for five years, spending winters in Yuma, Ariz., and summers on the Pend Oreille River, near Sandpoint. They have spent the past seven wonderful years in Asotin ,next to their caring neighbors, Steve and Kathy.

   Jim loved to collect coins, and liked camping, fishing and hunting. In later years, reading, playing Farmville on the computer and joining the family for card games were his "fun hobbies." Jim would teach "Rage" to anyone, and the legacy of that card game lives on with many wonderful memories for our friends and family.

   Jim is survived by his wife of 26 years, JoAnn Lynch Senefsky; brothers Walter and Peggy Golladay of Loveland, OH, and Robert E. Golladay of Madison, AL.; children Lora and Mel Haworth of Spokane Valley, Sherri and Jeff Taberner of Newman Lake, WA., and Victor and Teresa Senefsky of Orofino; stepchildren Carol Cressey and Earl White, Clifford and Linda Chapin, and Ken and Paula Chapin, all of Sandpoint, Todd and Tracy Stuffing of Liberty Lake, WA., and Jodine Alm and Danny Weiss of Lewiston; 19 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and stepmother Patricia Jane Gallatin Golladay.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Victor Leroy Senefsky, Victorine Louise Williams Piersall, and stepfather Edward M. Golladay.

   A celebration of life and get-together was conducted from  Saturday, Jan. 15 at the Idaho State Veterans Home, 821 21st Ave., Lewiston.

   In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be sent to the American Heart Association.

Dianne Berry Gibbons, 69, Clarkston

   Diane Berry Gibbons, formerly of Orofino, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011 at her home in Clarkston, WA. She was 69. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Jan. 22 at 1 p.m. at New Bridges Church in Lewiston. Merchant Funeral Home of Clarkston is in care of arrangements.

Obituaries for January 13, 2011

Thomas Coma, 63, Orofino

   Thomas Patrick Coma, of Orofino, died Dec. 31, 2010, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. He was 63. No services are planned. Cremation is to take place. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.

Kenneth P. Schoenek, 89, Orofino

   Kenneth P. Schoenek of Orofino died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. He was 89.

   Ken was born to Paul and Georgie Schoenek in McAllister, MT. He graduated from Bozeman High School in 1940 and spent one year in Seattle, where he worked for Boeing and attended the University of Washington. That was also when he bought and learned to fly his first plane.

   He joined the Navy Air Force in 1942, where he was a flight instructor until being deployed to the Pacific to fly torpedo planes, PBY-1 and PBY-2, after enemy shipping.

   In the spring of 1945 he was shot down, and he and his crew of five escaped on a rubber raft. They floated for seven days before being picked up by a plane called “Mother Goose.”

   Ken said he always thought if they were ever shot down, the only chance to get out would be if he could spin the  plane and land on top of the water, like you do when skipping rocks. He did this and they were able to get out before the plane was riddled.

   He spent his post war years in Pharmacy, graduating from Auburn University, in Alabama.

   Ken is survived by his wife, Shirley; his nephew, Paul Sagunsky and his cousin, Dr. Edna Lay of Bozeman, MT.

   At his request no services will be held. Cremation will take place.

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

Ruth Bausch, 88, Orofino

   Ruth Grace Meadows Bausch passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and friends, Jan. 7, 2011 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. She was 88.

    Ruth was born Dec. 10, 1922, in Grand Junction, CO to Louis and Grace Meadows. The family moved to Salt Lake City, UT, a few years later. When the Great Depression hit, they moved to Declo, Idaho, to work in the potato fields. Although Ruth and her three younger brothers, Albert, Rueben, and Merle, didn't have many possessions during their younger years, they were richly blessed with strong family values and a hard work ethic.

   In 1939, her family relocated to Lewiston, where Ruth graduated from high school in 1941. On July 4, 1942, she married Daniel Bausch in Wapato, WA, and they made their home in Lewiston while Dan served in World War II. Upon his discharge, they moved to O'Neil, NE for a short time, then returned to Lewiston where Dan went to work for Clearwater Power Company. Dan, Ruth, and their three children, Woody, Sandy, and Dennis, lived in Lewiston and Juliaetta for eight years before they moved to Orofino in 1955.

   Ruth very much loved the home and farm that she and Dan built. She always welcomed guests, whether they were family, friends or strangers, into her home. Ruth would engage guests in a game of cards or entertain them with fond stories of her family. Guests never left her house without a full tummy and a smile on their face.

   Ruth was famous for her cooking, especially her buttermilk pancakes and homemade cinnamon rolls. She would graciously share her recipes with anyone upon request, but all agreed that no one could quite replicate the taste because she always added a special ingredient (love) to everything she made.
   Ruth lived a life of honesty, hard work, and a love for all people. If she wasn't cooking, cleaning, or tending to other chores around the family farm, she was painting ceramics, making yarn covered hangers, sewing, or crafting. She was well known as a grocery clerk in the old M&K in
Lewiston, and Bessents, and the old Hayes stores in Orofino.

   Although Parkinson's Disease limited her mobility in later years, she enjoyed taking trips to the casino and shopping.
   Ruth is survived by her three children and their spouses: Woody and Colleen Bausch, Sandy and Ed Butler, and Dennis and Kim Bausch. She enjoyed her seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren, one brother and his spouse, Rueben and Jeanne Meadows, and an abundance of extended family and close friends.

   Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Albert and Merle, and her husband, Dan.

   A visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.

   Services will be held Saturday, Jan. 15, 11 a.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. A potluck luncheon will follow at the Orofino Senior Center. Meat and beverages will be provided. If desired, please bring a side dish, salad, or dessert. Burial will be held at Normal Hill Cemetery in Lewiston at 3 p.m.
   Memorials in honor of Ruth may be sent to Clearwater County Ambulance Service (CCAS), P.O. Box 1347, Orofino, ID 83544.

Betty Louise Brown, 77, Orofino

   Betty Louise Brown was born in Jerome, Idaho, Sept. 8, 1933, to Lereatta Wolverton Brown and James Morris Brown Sr. She died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011. She was 77.  

   Her early childhood was spent in southern Idaho, rich with aunts and cousins. Betty graduated from Orofino High School in 1951, where she met the only man in her life, James Alden Brown Sr.

   Betty and Jim made their life home in Orofino and raised two daughters, Chris and Debbie, and a son, Jim.

   The pride of her life was her family, of whom there are many members. They include: Christine and Gary McBee, Todd McBee and Stacy McBee; James Alden Brown Jr. and Billie Brown; Tansi Pedersen, Roddy and Toni Brown with Dakota, Tyra, Mikey, Lilly and Sierra; Tara Wilson with children Matea, Taylor, Payton and one yet to come, and Tessa Brown; Debra and Mike Claffey, Mike Claffey, Marc Claffey, Angie and Elmer Robertson with children, Ariel and Jaden; Brandi Claffey and fiance Riley O'Brien. She also formed lifelong friends from which the "Wild Bunch" was born.

   During her life, Betty was involved with many organizations in the community. One place you could always count on seeing her was at the elections where she served as an election official. She was instrumental in getting the Clearwater Valley Hospital Auxiliary started. She served on the Riverside Water and Sewer Board from 1993 to the present, for the past six years as chairwoman. Betty was involved in many enterprises in her life, retiring from a full-service drapery shop with partner Edith Day.

   Betty was very artistic. There wasn't any craft, sewing or painting project, to name a few, that she hadn't mastered. She blessed many with the fruits of her talent.

   Someone very special in both Betty's life as well as Jim's was their lifelong very best friend, Leif Hovland. Leif, a childhood friend of Jim's has seen Jim and Betty through much of what life has thrown at them. During this last illness of Betty's, he was a godsend to her in every way. He has done so much that the family cannot thank him enough for.

   Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Brown, who passed away July 25, 1997; her parents, Lereatta McDonald and James Morris Brown Sr.; and her best friend, Pat Dewey.

   A visitation for Betty was held Jan. 12 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. Services were conducted Jan. 13 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel.

   Interment took place at Riverside Cemetery after the service. A dinner was held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars building in Orofino.

   Donations may be made to a charity of choice.

Betty McIntosh, 67, of Weippe

   Betty McIntosh was born Oct. 3, 1943.  On Jan. 4, 2011, at age 67, she passed from this world.

   She was survived by her husband of over 50 years, Don McIntosh.  They met while they attended school in Weippe and were married July 16, 1960.  They have lived in the area since then. They lived on the land previously owned by Don's parents.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Kathleen Vargovich, her brothers, John and Theodore Vargovich.  She was survived by her brothers, Donald Vargovich of Virginia, Joseph Vargovich of Michigan, William Vargovich of Orofino and James Vargovich of Weippe; her children, Don McIntosh Jr. of Weippe and his wife, Kim, Tammey Tilley of Weippe and her husband, Bill, Sandy Fletcher of Clarkston, Wa. and her husband, Cory;  her grandchildren, Lucas Tilley and his wife Veronica, Lynnae Tilley, Jami Carrico, Stephen Carrico, April McIntosh, Schreline McIntosh, Darrion McIntosh and Taylor McIntosh.  Great grandchildren are Trinity Tilley, Serenity Tilley, Xayden Lefors, Natalie Carrico, Gabriel Carrico and Dontae Carrico.

   She was cremated and per her request there will be no services.  She immensely enjoyed the short time she had on this earth and wanted those left behind to celebrate every minute of life while we have the opportunity.  She often talked about how lucky she was to have the friends and family she was privileged with.  She was a loving and giving member of her family and she will be missed beyond comprehension.  Her favorite pass time after she retired was to work beneath the shade of the trees in the back yard.  Don would drag in logs to this shady spot and she would saw the logs into chunks for firewood.  She would stack the wood between the trees making some what of a maze.

   Her hobbies included sewing, knitting, crocheting, fishing, hunting and most of all riding her 4 wheeler on the limitless trails and roads around the area.

Dollie Grace Colwell, 78, Peck

   Dollie Grace Colwell passed away peacefully at Tri-State Memorial Hospital on Jan. 8, 2011 surrounded by her husband, four sons, daughter and numerous grandchildren. She was 78.

   She was born Oct. 3, 1932 to John Phillip and Elsie Dick in Pravine, IL. She grew up on the family farm in Smithfield, IL and graduated from Yates City High School in 1950. From there she went on to Saint Francis School of Nursing in Peoria, IL. She graduated with a Registered Nursing degree in September 1953 where she also received an endorsement in psychiatric nursing from the Creighton University Saint Joseph Unit in August 1953. After graduating she continued working at the Saint Francis Hospital as an RN until she met the love of her life, Chuck.

   She married Charles Edwin Colwell Feb. 27, 1955. After getting married they made 15 moves with five years between Illinois, Montana and Idaho. They finally settled down permanently in Peck around 1961. She worked as a Registered Nurse in Orofino; approximately 3 ½ years at Clearwater Valley Hospital and then 28 years at Idaho State Hospital North, where she retired from there in 1993. Some of her many favorite hobbies were going to yard sales, gardening, canning, sewing, and needlepoint.

   Their original plan was to have six kids, three boys and three girls. After their fourth son was born they decided the ratio of boys to girls was now out of balance. Although Dollie always wanted a daughter she decided then that she would wait and let her boys bring her daughters home; “already trained and with no returns.” She lover all her daughters-in-law as if they were her own.

   She leaves behind her children Pat and Becky Colwell of Peck, Gary and Jerri Leigh Colwell of Lewiston, Darrel and Paula Colwell of Peck, and Terry and Nancy Colwell of Orofino; grandchildren Jerry and Lise Colwell, Kathleen and Arby Shown, Joshua and Kelsy Colwell, Madison Colwell, Jennifer Colwell, Jeremy Colwell, Randi Colwell, and Jordan Colwell; great-grandchildren Michael, Natalia, Ryan, Ridge, Selway, Canyon, Syringa and Trinity; sisters Marge and Russel Coulter, and Rosalie Smith; brothers Bernice Dick and John and Sherry Dick; numerous nieces and nephews.

   Preceding her in death were her parents John and Elsie; brother-in-law Dean Smith (Rosalie); sister-in-law Bonnie Colwell Dick (Bernice) and a great niece who she was very close friend to Rhonda Orr.

   A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, Jan. 14 at the Peck Community Center at 1 p.m. followed by a potluck dinner host by the Peck Ladies Club.

   Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is handling all arrangements.

Darlene Jackson, 74, Weippe

    Darlene Faith Jackson, of Weippe died Jan. 10, 2011 at her home in Weippe. She was 74.

    A visitation will be held Thursday, Jan 13 from 2 – 5 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel. Funeral Service will be held Monday, Jan. 17, 2011 at 10 a.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel with burial to follow at 2 p.m. at Lewis Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston.

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

Rosella G. Snyder, 102, Orofino

   Rosella G. Snyder, Orofino, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011 at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation Center in Orofino. She was 102.

   Services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 18 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel on Michigan Avenue, Orofino, followed by a dinner at the United Methodist Church on College Avenue, Orofino.

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

Ruth A. Archer, 64, Pierce

   Ruth A. Archer, of Pierce, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. She was 64. Arrangements are pending with Merchant Funeral Home of Clarkston.

Teresa K. Goffinet Rost, 53, Spokane

   Teresa Kay Rost, known as Terry, died in Spokane Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, from cancer. She was 53.

   Terry was born in Lewiston, March 28, 1957, to Shirley Harding Goffinet and Donald Ray Goffinet. She grew up in Lewiston and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1975.

   Terry married Flint Rost in 1994, and they made their home in Spokane. They have two sons, Jordan and Zachery. Terry loved her sons very much and was very proud of both of them.

   Terry worked for Barney's Harvest Foods since 1977. She began her career in Lewiston then moved to Spokane. She had many good friends at work and also enjoyed visiting with her customers.

   She is survived by her husband, Flint; sons Jordan and Zachery; father Don Goffinet of Lewiston; sister, Cheryl Goffinet of Lewiston; brother, John Goffinet and wife Sandra of Orofino; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Terry was preceded in death by her mother, Shirley Goffinet; grandparents Gordon and Elizabeth Goffinet; and grandmother, Winnie Hirsch.

   No services are planned at this time.

Obituaries for January 6, 2011

Ron Lyons, Weippe

   Ron Lyons of Weippe died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011.

   Services will be held Monday, Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. at the Fraser Cemetery, with a potluck after the service. (The printed version of the paper is incorrect; the services are NOT Sunday.)

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

James Barnett, 60, Orofino

   James R. Barnett, Orofino, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. He was 60.

   Services are pending with Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston.

Sulo Wuori, 88, Greer

   Sulo Wuori, of Greer, passed away Jan. 1, 2011 while in Stevensville, MT. He was 88.

   He was born to Raisa and Henry Wuori on Jan. 2, 1922 in Elo, MI.

   In the late 1940’s he moved to the around Orofino and Pierce areas where he worked most of his life in the logging industry until he retired.

   He married Sophia Lester on Dec. 18, 1953. She had two daughters Hazel Parker of Ludowici, GA and Erma Jones of Orofino.

   In 1997 he married Betty Weigand in Montana. She has three daughters: Beverly Rawls, Susie Hambrick and Debbie Miller, all of Montana.

   Sulo was an avid hunter and fisherman and getting out in the backwoods of Idaho.

   He is survived by his wife Betty; her three daughters from Montana; daughters Beverly Rawls, Susie Hambrick and Debbie Miller; several grandchildren; nephews and nieces from Michigan and California.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Sophia; 13 brothers and a sister.

   He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.

   A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 8 at 11 a.m. at the Ascension Lutheran Church, 215 115th St., Orofino, with a dinner to follow.

   Memorial donations can be sent to the Clearwater County Senior Center Heating Project, P.O. Box 97, Orofino, ID 83544.