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Obituaries for July 7, 2011

Ferice Childers, 85, Orofino

   Ferice B. Childers, age 85, passed away at his home in Orofino, on Monday, July 4, 2011. Orofino’s former police chief is survived by sons, Stephen F. Childers of Orofino and Charles Childers (location unknown).

Gordon Boyd, 66, Orofino

   Gordon James Boyd died June 29, 2011 at his home in Orofino. He was 66.

   Memorial services will take place Friday, July 8 at 11 a.m. at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, with reception to follow in the Little Flower Room.

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

Robert Decoria, 65, Orofino

   Robert Euguen Decoria died Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at his home in Orofino. He was 65. No services will be held at this time. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.

Ronald Ray Trieb, 57, Clarkston

   Ronald Trieb, of Clarkston, WA, passed away suddenly of a heart attack Monday, June 27, 2011. He was 57.

   He was born April 27, 1954, in Elgin, N.D. to Peter and Agnus Trieb.

   He graduated from Lewiston High School in 1972 and from the American Institute of Baking on Dec. 13, 1974.

   He married Judith Recio Dec. 31, 1986, at the Hitching Post in Coeur d'Alene.

   Ron spent nine years in the baking industry. He also worked as a truck driver and dispatcher for Coca-Cola and Canyon Creek. He lived in the valley most of his life; the past 25 years being in Clarkston.

   He was a volunteer for the Latah County Fire Department. Ron was very involved with restoring old cars. He also owned numerous jet boats and loved to fish.

   Survivors include his wife, Judith, at their Clarkston home; a son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Jamie Recio of LaGrande, OR.; daughter, Amy Recio of Coeur d'Alene; an adopted daughter, Jennifer Trieb; two brothers, Russell and Tammy Trieb of Weippe, and Reggie and Pam Trieb of Mandan, N.D.; he leaves behind numerous grandchildren, and nieces and nephews, who were all very special to him.

   He was preceded in death by his mother, Agnus, Nov. 1, 1973; his father, Peter, Jan. 12, 1994; and his brother, Rodney Dean Trieb, Nov. 1, 2003.

   A wake will be held in memory of Ron's life at 2 p.m. July 16 at 528 12th St. in Clarkston, WA.

Arletha Phillips-Bell, 68, Pahrump, NV

    Born in Twin Falls, May 6, 1943, to Glen D Phillips and Ardith I Robbins-Phillips, Arletha I (Lea) Phillips-Bell, age 68, passed away of a sudden heart attack at her Pahrump, NV home Sunday, June 19, 2011

   Growing up, Lea traveled extensively throughout the United States as her dad pursued a career in construction with Peter-Kewitt, Morrison-Knudson, Murphy Bros. and many others.

Living for a short time in Orofino in the early 60's while her dad work on the road to Dworshak Veiwpoint and the diversion tunnel for the future Dam, she work at the Old Idaho Inn on Riverside for Mary and Carl Peterson.

   In 1963, she moved to Las Vegas, NV.  Lea married David P Bell in 1965 and from this union brought her son, David L Bell. Lea's working career included managing a motel in West Yellowstone, MT; cocktail waitress, cashier. Long-haul truck driver (who would have thought), hostess/bookkeeper, retiring from Allen-Albert's Lobster Restaurants in Las Vegas. She moved to Purcell, OK shortly after to live with her sister Bobbey. In 2007, she moved to Pahrump, NV.

   Most recently she enjoyed a family reunion over memorial weekend at her sister's place on Rudo Rd, Orofino.

   Lea was preceded in death by her dad, Glen D and mom, Ardith I Phillips of Orofino in 1974.

   She is survived by her son David L Bell, grandsons Brenden and  Brady of Arlington, TX; brother, Del (Melodie) Phillips; nephew Carmon (Linda) and family, Onalaska, WA; sisters, Edna (Bobbey) Phillips, Purcell, OK and her three adopted children, WA; Evelyn C Wilson, Orofino;  nephews, Jim and Rory Wilson, CA; niece Robbie Wilson and son, Lewiston; Robin Phillips-Hofmann (Pat); niece Logan of Washington, OK;  aunt, Darlene Cash, Molt, MT and several cousins. At her request cremation took place. A private memorial will be held at a later date.

Fern Moore, 89, Clarkston, WA/Yuma, AZ

   Grace Fern Moore, better known as Fern G. Moore, 89, passed away on Friday, July 1, 2011; at her daughter’s home in Yuma, AZ from effects of old age.  Fern was born October 29, 1921 in Branson, MO, to Levi Newton Haggard, and Emma Victoria (Snapp) Haggard.

   Fern is survived by her daughters; Delores E. Phillips and husband Charles of Huntsville, AR and Teresia E. Gould and husband Randy of Yuma, AZ; seven grandchildren, Charles Phillips Jr., Dee Ann Phillips, Carl Phillips, Tricia (Gregg) Dominguez, Crystal Carter, Earl Phillips, Amanda Gould, eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild, who live in the states of Arkansas, Washington, Montana, Idaho and Arizona; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Fern came from a very large family of seven children; her parents and other siblings all preceded her in death in addition to two grandsons, Billy Joe Phillips and Babe Phillips.  Fern attended Oak Grove School (Grade 1-8), then Branson School District.

   Earl M. Moore and G. Fern Haggard were married April 20, 1940 until Earl’s death on October 21, 2003 (63 ˝ years). Fern’s first paid job at ninety cents an hour was at a Branson Manufacturing Co., sanding black walnuts to be made into novelties to be sold to tourists (1952-1953).

   Fern, Earl and Delores then traveled to Idaho (1953) where they had stopped to visit some of Earl’s cousins with plans to travel onto California, but Earl was offered a job at a local saw mill and they decided to make Orofino their home.

   In Idaho, Fern was a housewife, mother, and homemaker, where she gardened, canned and harvested a very large raspberry patch every year for extra money to help purchase material to sew clothing and beautiful handmade quilts. She was an excellent seamstress and a good cook. We all miss her homemade bread, biscuits, cinnamon rolls, pies, and canned goods.

   Fern loved hunting, camping, fishing, rock hounding and jeep rides into the wilderness country of Idaho with family and friends. We’ll miss all the stories she told. Fern was a Cook (May to Sept. 1963) for PTPA at Camp 40 while Earl ran the crew of young men. She also worked as a housekeeper in the 1970’s, first at Konkolville Motel, then the Hacienda Lodge, and last at the Ponderosa/Lewis-Clark Motor Inn until it closed.

   She belonged to a Ladies Club in Missouri then a Ladies Club in Grangemont until they purchased a home closer to Orofino on the Grangemont Road. Since she didn’t drive at the time, she no longer attended meetings. In 1974, Earl and Fern moved from Orofino and made Clarkston, WA their home.

   Graveside services will be at Lewis Clark Memorial Gardens at 2 p.m. July 8 with viewing on the same date from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mountain View Funeral Home on 8th & Cedar. A potluck gathering for family and friends will follow after the service at the Lions Club, 1205 8th Ave. in Lewiston.

   Any donations can be made in her name to the Lewiston or Yuma Animal Shelters.

Donna Rueppel, 83, Peck

   Donna Lorraine Rueppel, of Peck died Thursday, June 30, 2011 in Spokane, WA. She was 83. Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.

Ethel V. Luke, 95, Clarkston, WA

July 11, 1915 July 2, 2011

   Ethel V. Luke, of Clarkston, WA, passed away in the late evening of Saturday, July 2, 2011, at Evergreen Estates in Clarkston, WA. She was 95.

    Ethel was born in Bismarck, N.D., July 11, 1915. She was one of twin daughters born to Henry and Ethel Marble Schilling.

   Her mother passed away the day after the twins' birth, leaving the twins and three siblings. Ethel's maternal grandmother, Ella Marble Farris, raised Ethel until she was 16. Her twin sister and her older sister were raised by an aunt, and the two boys were raised by their paternal grandmother. At age 16, Ethel went to live with her father on his ranch near Regan, N.D. She had a wonderful life with her dad and relatives.

   Ethel loved to dance the popular dances of the time including the polka and round dancing.

   She graduated from high school in 1933 in Williston, N.D. She left that summer for Portland, Ore., and enrolled in nursing school. While in nursing school, friends introduced her to Henry Luke. He was a great dancer, very handsome and owned a yellow convertible. She had many good memories of the courtship and the great times they had. Henry and Ethel were married in Vancouver, WA when he was 33 and she was 20.

   They made their home in several towns around the Northwest and finally settled in Clarkston. Henry was employed as a foreman in the automotive business and Ethel began her nursing career at the old White Hospital in Lewiston, then later worked at Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston.

   In 1957, they left the valley to move to a small ranch at Peck. Henry raised cattle, and Ethel went to work at the Orofino hospital. While at this hospital, she especially loved being a surgery nurse and head of central supply. She also worked as an office nurse at the Orofino clinic. She retired from nursing in 1978.

   Henry and Ethel were married 49 years when Henry passed away in March 1985. Since then she has lived in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley, where she continued dancing, walking, playing cards, and enjoying the company of friends and family.

   She is survived by her four children, Gordon Luke, Virginia Flores and Sandra Boyer, all of Lewiston, and Michael Luke of Nezperce; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

   Ethel would want to be remembered for her strong support of her family and friends, and her dedication to her nursing career. She had a great sense of humor and quick wit, which stayed with her all of her life. She was "good company." She liked watching sports on television, especially football. She loved to attend the events in which her children and grandchildren were participating and was known for enthusiastic vocal support.

   Ethel was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Henry, a grandson, Eric Montgomery, one sister and one brother.

   She will be interred in the Orofino Cemetery in Orofino.