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|Obituaries for February 2, 2012|
Art Neumayer, 88, Orofino
Art Neumayer passed away at his home in Orofino on
Art was born
After attending Gonzaga for a year, Art was drafted in the Navy and served in the Pacific during WWII. After his discharge, he returned to Gonzaga, where he went on to win two Pacific Coast Championships and was chosen Outstanding Athlete in 1947. He was later inducted into the Gonzaga Hall of Fame. Art graduated from Gonzaga in the spring of 1949.
In that same
year, he married his high school sweetheart,
Art is survived by his wife, Murph at their home; son Tim, his wife Kay and their three children Danna, Brandy and Casey and families; six grandchildren living in Virginia, Quin, Dylan, Allison, Jordan, Nolan, Austin and families; brother John Neumayer and wife Donna of Lewiston; sisters Dorothy King and Polly Parisot of Couer d’Alene; brother Jim Neumayer of Bonners Ferry; sister Helen Harris of Portland; eight great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Art was preceded in death by his brother Phillip; son Dennis; father Alois; mother Natalie; daughter Patti Adams; sister Jo Ann McNall and brother Gene Neumayer.
A funeral mass
has been set for Saturday, Feb. 4 at
at the Catholic Church in Orofino, with burial to follow at
Lloyd Chambers, 69, Orofino
Melvin Lloyd Chambers passed away in the arms of his wife,
Sherrie Chambers, on
He lived in Orofino for the past 12 years after retiring from the Salinas City Fire Department.
Lloyd was born in
After making his
from the fire department Lloyd and Sherrie moved to
Lloyd is survived by Sherrie, his wife of 33 years; his five sons, Steven, Jeffrey, Mark, Michael and Lloyd; his sister, Dorothy Chambers; and his nephews, Troy Chambers and Jerry Chambers.
taken place. Lloyd’s wish was that any donations in his memory be
directed to: Clearwater Humane Society,
Wayne I. Shriver, 86, Orofino
Wayne Isaac Shriver, Orofino, 86, passed away peacefully,
surrounded by his family on
He was born in
Orofino to Ralph and Edith Shriver in 1925, the youngest of four
sons. He graduated from
In WWII he served in the Merchant Marines. After the war he worked for the post office in Orofino and was postmaster for two years. His remaining working years were spent as an electrical contractor in the Orofino area.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Stan, Morris and Neil.
Services were held Jan. 28 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory was in care of arrangements.
Melvin Jones, 79, Stites
Melvin Jones, 79 of Stites, died
Melvin was born
and graduated from
Melvin met the
love of his life, Doris Ellen Lytle, in 1954 and they were married
Melvin was preceded in death by his grandson, Kevin Deane Rollins.
Melvin is survived by his wife, Doris at their Stites home; daughter Genevieve (Leland) Rollins of Stite; son Delvin (Tammy) Jones of Round Mountain, NV; son, David (Debbie) Jones of Stites; daughters, Dianna Jones and Deanna Jones of Stites; grandsons, Casey and Megan Jones of Nampa, Jay Jones of Caldwell, and Scott Rollins of Stites; eight great grandchildren; and sisters, Mary McArthur of Lewiston and Joyce Payton of Kamiah.
Inurnment with Military Honors will be at
Friday, Feb. 3 at
contribution may be made to
Nicci McIver ,
37, Umatilla, OR
, 37, Umatilla, OR
Nicci McIver, 37,
A memorial service was held Jan. 30 at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Hermiston. Please sign the condolence book at burnsmortuaryhermiston.com.
|Obituaries for January 26, 2012|
Norma Kent Hedrick, 87, Orofino
Norma Kent Hedrick, a longtime resident of Orofino, passed
She was born on
She married Robert
Thomas Hedrick on
She was preceded in death by her husband Bob in 1991 and son Donald in 1988.
She is survived by son Keith Hedrick and wife Renée of Orofino; son Dennis Hedrick and wife Janet of Brush Prairie, WA; five grandchildren including Jeremy Hedrick and Joni Hedrick of Orofino and David Hedrick of Peoria, IL; seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She enjoyed her many friends and loved being around her family. But the real highlight for her was the time spent with her grandkids Jeremy and Joni. Her eyes would light up as if she was a young girl at the mere mention of their names.
She also loved to watch all kinds of sports but the one that she really enjoyed was Nascar. She knew most of the drivers, their records and had one favorite driver that you better not complain about.
were held on Jan. 24 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory with
burial following at
A visitation was held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel prior to services.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of services.
Chambers , 68, Lenore
, 68, Lenore
Lloyd Chambers, 68, of
Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.
|Obituaries for January 19, 2012|
Gary Clifford Sady, 57, Hailey
Gary Clifford Sady of Hailey passed peacefully amid family on
For most of his life after college,
Although his friends and family will miss him dearly,
Gary is survived by his siblings, Nancy Brownell of Rescue, CA, Linda Sady of Reno, NV and Dale Sady of Spokane, WA; his six nieces and nephews sprinkled across the globe; his loving wife, Carla Sady of Hailey; his children, Dani Summerill (Chris) of Pocatello, Nikole Olive (Dave) of Orofino and Kayo Sady (Maegan) of Rockville, MD; and his four grandchildren.
His family would also like to thank Hospice of the
A reception to honor
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gary Sady Medical
Fund at DL Evans bank in
Alyce Kessler, 72, Orofino
Alyce Ann Kessler, Orofino, passed away
She was born Alyce Ann Baird on
Her working career ended when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor
in 1979. Surgery was able to slow the progression of the tumor for
awhile, but she underwent a second surgery in 1994 leaving her
disabled. She and Casey truly enjoyed their time in the
Casey died in 2000 and she moved into Brookside Landing as soon as her apartment was constructed in 2001. The family is eternally grateful to the investors and staff of Brookside Landing for giving Mom a safe haven for the past decade. She needed and loved their wonderful facility and nurturing staff and participated in many of their activities with joy.
She was an inspiration to us all as she refused to let her
disabilities and limitations get in her way. There were also a few
community members who made sure she could attend
Alyce is survived by one brother, Richard Baird, of
No services are planned. Burial will take place. Pine Hills Funeral
Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements. The family suggests
memorials be made to Second Chance Animal,
Benny Hamilton of Orofino died
Benny and his wife Janice moved to Orofino from
Benny is survived by his wife Janice; son Michael of New York;
daughter Donna of New York; stepsons Johnny of Texas, Gary of
California, and Ricky of Texas; stepdaughters Bonnie Jean of
Benny chose not to have a service.
Robert Thomason, 78, Orofino
Retired Major Robert E. Thomason (Bob), Orofino, passed away
Bob was born
He married Virginia Dewitt in 1956 and later divorced. He married Rae McArthur Thomason in Orofino in 1965.
Bob was a life member of the Amateur Trapshooting Association and the winner of many trapshooting awards over the years. He was also an endowment member of the National Rifle Association, life member of the Orofino-Pierce Gun Club, served on the Board of Directors of the Orofino Golf and Country Club from 1974-1998, and club champion in 1976. He was also a past member of the Lewiston Country Club.
Bob is survived by his wife Rae; brother June C. Thomason and wife Lynne, Destin, FL; sister Nancy McDow, Austin, TX; four children Debi Thomason Titus, Boise, June Finke, Orofino, Karen Bouch and husband David, Boise and Robert Thomason, Jr. and wife Soo. He is also survived by six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his grandson, Brandon Titus.
A memorial to celebrate the life of Bob Thomason will take place Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Ponderosa Restaurant in Orofino from for family and friends.
A military graveside service will be held at the
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Orofino Golf and Country Club or the Orofino-Pierce Gun Club, two of Bob’s favorite pastimes.
Richard Kelley, 49,
Richard (Rich) Kelley, 49,
Zella Johnson Willis Ward, 89,
Naomi was born
She married J.D. Ward
Seven years after J.D.’s death, she married Mervin Johnson who preceded her in death.
Naomi was a part of the community of mothers that helped raise the
kids of Headquarters. She trusted in God and prayed for her kids and
many others continually. She was a member of the House of Faith
She loved fishing for steelhead with Mervin, family and friends on
the Snake and
Mom is probably best known for being an encourager to those that she encountered in life. She had many fond memories of her times visiting with her special friends at Wedgewood Terrace prior to moving to Kindred Care and Rehab.
She is survived by her brother Porter Willis of
In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Jimmy; six brothers, Velmey, Henry, Charley, Harvey, Austin, and M.F. (Bill) Willis; three sisters, Robie, Marie and Ruth (Evans); and two grandsons, Steve and James Pearson.
A memorial service will be held to celebrate her home-going at
Saturday, Jan. 28 at the House of Faith Church,
|Obituaries for January 12, 2012|
Adella Rose Christensen, 85, Orofino
Adella Rose Christensen passed away on Saturday,
Della was born at
Southwick to Glen and Alma Betts, on
Don and Della
lived at logging camps up the
Della enjoyed her
huge garden and flowerbeds. When not working in the garden she was
busy canning and cooking for her family and friends. She loved
camping and traveling to the
Della is survived
by her husband, Don; her daughter, Doris Christensen and husband,
Greg Field of Waimanalo, HI; her son, Steve Christensen and wife,
Robin of Orofino; four grandchildren, Dylan Stanfield of
The family would
like to express their appreciation to Dr. Phillip Peterson and the
A memorial service
will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the
Clearwater Memorial Public Library,
Mildred Ferguson, born and raised in Orofino, recently passed away.
Her husband, Darrell, also an Orofino High School graduate and long time resident, and her family thought it would be appropriate to notify Mildred’s and Darrell’s local friends of her passing by having her obituary published in the local newspaper.
She talked fondly of her Orofino experiences while growing up and loved attending the high school reunions and Lumberjack Days with friends and family.
Kathryn Carey, formerly of Orofino, 93
Kathryn H. Carey passed away on
Katie, as she was
known to one and all, grew up in the
She was best known as an entertainer playing piano and singing in establishments around Orofino in her younger years. She was a devoted grandmother to not only her own grandchildren, but all the “grandchildren” in her neighborhood and in her extended family.
A private memorial
was held with her surviving children and some of her grandchildren.
For the last few years Katie lived at Foundation House, an assisted
living facility near her two sons. She will be buried at
She is survived by her sons and daughters in law and her seven grandchildren. They are: James M. and Vicki B. Carey and their children, Matthew J. Carey and Joanne Engel; Steven M. and Marita Carey and their children, Dustin Carey and Andrea Carey; Timmi Turner and her and Bob’s children, Kelli Turner and Bret Turner, and Bob’s eldest daughter, Stacy Turner. She is also survived by her two sisters, Barbara Fairley and Cecilia M. Turner.
Katie succumbed to age related complications of diabetes and remembrances may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Benny Hamilton, 68, Orofino
Ural Rupert Albert
Ural Rupert Albert Latham passed away
Ural was born
He met and married
the love of his life, Roben Williams. They were married for 24 years
and had one daughter, Saaj. Ural's other children are Scott Pentzer
Ural served in the Air Force. He was an artist, a photographer and a lover of nature and of Native American Indians. While living in this area, he did many pencil sketches of people. He was able to travel much when he worked in the construction field.
He is survived by his siblings, Wanda (Frank) Chisholm, Barbara Chandler, Margaret (Les) Jester, Robert (Gloria) Latham, Denney Joe (Ruby) Latham, and Kyle (Bev) Latham.
He was preceded in death by Ramona Latham, Beverley Bryan and Lars Wieland Linville.
A memorial service
and covered-dish dinner will be from
Saturday, Jan. 14 at the VFW Hall in the Lewiston Orchards,
|Obituaries for January 5, 2012|
Adelle R. Christensen, 85, Orofino
Christensen, Orofino, died
Barbara Jean Simmons, 76, Kamiah
Barbara “Bobbi” Jean Simmons of Kamiah passed away
Bobbi was born in Kamiah in 1935 to Ed and Billie Hronek.
Bobbi was active in the community, serving 12 years as treasurer for the Friends of the Library and as a member of the board of directors at Burkhart Homes for 11 years. She served on the Elections Board, helping with elections since 1984, and in 2000 she became chief judge.
Bobbi’s first job was at First Security Bank, where she
worked until Don was called overseas by the military. Bobbi spent
two years with Don in
In 1958, Don and Bobbi started Simmons Sanitation and
years later purchased NADL Enterprises. Bobbi and Don began their
family after returning from
She was a talented painter and ladies from
Bobbi enjoyed camping with her family, often spending the summer months with her sisters and their families on the Selway, Lochsa and Lolo. She treasured holidays with the family, spending time with her grandchildren, and Sunday drives with Don. She played bingo and bunko parties with her friends.
Bobbi is survived by her husband Don; her children Edward (Kim) Simmons, Robert (Sheila) Simmons, Lori (Jim) Johnson, Dona Robbins-Simmons, and Mike (Jackie) Millage; nine grandchildren, Drew and Cassi Johnson, Chazz Johnson and Nicole Duran, Kalee Johnson, Nikka Johnson, Ricky Simmons, Kori Robbins, Trevor Robbins, Chad Simmons, and Santana Simmons, and one great-granddaughter, Hadley Johnson. She is also survived by her two sisters, Bev Wilsey and Betty Reed.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ed Hronek, Axel Kludt and Billie Kludt.
A memorial service will be held at
Bobbi’s name may be made to the Kamiah Community Library,
William Walker ,
, 91, Orofino
William R. Walker,
A memorial service will be held at Saturday, Jan. 7 at at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Orofino. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is in care of arrangements.
Marion Henry ,
, 92, Lenore
Marion F. Henry,
Beulah Riek Vrieling, 96, Grangeville
Vrieling, age 96, passed away in Grangeville on
In 1930, after her
father passed away, Beulah and her mother moved to
When her husband and our father passed away in 1973, she met and married George Vrieling two years later. Her husband George passed away in 2009. He had been a long time resident of Grangeville and was a retired farmer.
Beulah is survived by her son, Robert, wife Elsa and their
family of Peck; her son Ron Riek, and his family in
Beulah was preceded in death by her parents, John and Melissa Gorst, four sisters, three brothers, and stepdaughter Jessamine.
camping, fishing and bowling, and playing pinochle in her younger
years. Later in life, she enjoyed visiting with friends and family
and reading her Bible. She was a devout Christian and attended the
Services will be at
Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville on Friday, Jan. 6, at
Burial will follow at
Donations may be
made to Gideon’s International,