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Obituaries for June 7, 2012

Helen A Bashaw, 94, Orofino

   Helen A Bashaw went to be with the Lord Friday, June 1, 2012 at the age of 94.

   Helen was born to Soloman and Catherine Burright on Sept. 16, 1917 in Gravity, IA and lived there on a farm throughout her schooling.

   After graduating from Gravity High School, she attended Wesley Hospital School of Nursing from 1935-1941. After working two years in private duty nursing, she joined the Army Nurse Corp and was stationed at Camp Hale in Colorado for almost a year. From there she was sent to General Hospital at Clinton, IA and from there she was sent overseas in March of 1944 to Oxford England. The 91st General occupied the Churchill Hospital outside of Oxford until the end of the war and then the unit moved to Liege, Belgium. Helen came back to the United States on the converted luxury cruise liner “West Point”. She was discharged at Ft. Des Moines, IA as a 1st Lt. in Dec 1945.

   Helen married Elton Bashaw on Sept. 19, 1946 and lived in the Grangemont area until 1998 when they moved closer to Orofino. They adopted a son, Kenneth Dale, in 1954. Helen and Elton were married 59 ½ years before Elton’s death in 2006.

   Helen was active in the Grangemont Sunday School for 20 years and attended the Orofino Community Church for many years. She belonged to the Grangemont Homemakers Club. The club was active in quilt making. Helen also worked on the election board for several years and enjoyed reading, crocheting, and gardening.

   She is survived by her son, Kenneth Dale Bashaw, of Orofino, ID; one sister, Dorothy Bashaw, of Orofino; one brother, Wayne Burright, of Omaha NE; three step-children; eight step-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Helen was preceded in death by her sisters, Margaret and Fern, and her brothers, Allen and Don Burright.

   Any donations may be sent to Alacca Bible Conference, PO Box 232, Grangeville, ID 83530.

   Services will be Monday, June 11 at 10 a.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. Burial will follow at Weseman Cemetery on Grangemont Road.

   Viewing will be Thursday, June 7 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel from 1-3:30 p.m.

Clifford Eugene McIntosh, 86, Pierce

   Cliff went to be with the Lord on Friday, June 1, 2012. He was born in Ione, WA July 31, 1925 to King and Esther McIntosh. He and his family moved outside Pierce when he was young. Cliff worked on the family farm until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy at age 17. He served from 1943-1946 and was a veteran of WWII.

   Cliff worked for Potlatch Corporation and for many years as a loader operator for Carl Nelson and Ron Beck Logging.

   For many years he was an active member of local community organizations for the Pierce Recreation District and the Judgetown Water and Sewer District.

   Cliff enjoyed the outdoors – whether it was for work or family activities. He loved to snowmobile, hunt, fish, and camp. He instilled a strong work ethic in all his kids by setting a great example.

   Cliff knew no stranger; to him everyone was a friend. He had a wonderful knack of making people feel at ease. Cliff always had a joke to tell or a practical joke to play. He loved the end result – a laugh and a smile. He could always tell a great story. Cliff enjoyed people in general.

   Cliff’s life was even more enriched when he found the Lord – not only to change his life, but others around him. He lived a simple and blessed life.

   Clifford McIntosh and Judy Olin were married on Dec. 11, 1964. He was a blessing to her life and always will be.

   Cliff is survived by his wife Judy of 47 years. His sons from a previous marriage are Harry McIntosh, Ray McIntosh, Rick McIntosh, and David McIntosh.

   His children shared with Judy are Lester McIntosh, Valerie McIntosh-Morris, Michelle McIntosh-Jenson, and Kimberly McIntosh-McDaniel. He is also survived by his three brothers Virgil, Leonard and Don; his sister Florence; 31 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

   Cliff was preceded in death by his father King and his mother Ester, his brother Charles McIntosh, sisters Alice Symons and Margaret Chapman, daughter Brenda Maxwell and son Leslie McIntosh.

   Visitation will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel on Thursday, June 7 from 4-6 p.m. The service will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel on Friday, June 8 at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Lewis Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston at 3521 7th Street at 2 p.m.

   The family requests any memorials be made to the Pierce Community Center, P.O. Box 296, Pierce, Idaho 83546, in honor of Cliff.

Penny Lee Coon, 65, Orofino

   Penny Lee Coon, 65, died peacefully with her family at her side at Aspen Park in Moscow, Idaho on May 26, 2012 after a long, difficult battle with Huntington’s disease.

   Penny was born to Leon and Norma Marshall on April 24, 1947 in Moscow. She joined her older sister Madeline and brothers Floyd and Richard at the family home in Ahsahka and attended school in Orofino.

   Penny married Kenny Olmstead in February 1968 in Ahsahka. Together they raised their children Tammy, Kirk, Dulsey and Robin. They lived in Orofino where Penny worked at Hayes Food and Riverside Lanes. Penny made many friends during those years that she remained close to.

   Penny and Kenny Coon were married on Dec. 13, 1984 in Pierce. They lived for many years in Pierce and later moved to Orofino. Penny was a homemaker during most of this time. She enjoyed many hobbies including quilting, toll painting and flower gardening. Many in her family enjoyed the beautiful handmade gifts that Penny gave them through the years.

   She spent innumerable hours quilting and painting with ladies around Orofino and again built many lasting friendships.

   Penny’s family meant everything to her. She enjoyed having family dinners and holidays together. All of her children and grandchildren were blessed to have countless special times in her home enjoying her wonderful cooking, playing with Grandma in the craft room or digging outside in the dirt with her. 

   Those were the times that Penny’s eyes lit up and her beautiful smile played across her face.

   Penny is survived by her husband Kenny and daughter Tammy (Gerry) Davis of Orofino, Kirk (Carla) Olmstead and Robin Olmstead of Lewiston and Dulsey Olmstead of Spokane Valley, WA; her sister Madeline Umphenour of Kamiah and her brother Floyd (Dianne) Marshall of Winchester.

   Her grandchildren include Brandi and Ashley Kuykendall and Ryan Schlieper; Steavie and Tarron Olmstead Forsman; Danielle (Jerry) Brown; Saxxon and Dallin Vaughn and Tristan Painter. Penny is also survived by four great-grandchildren, Haili and Graci Nelsen and Alecia and Alexis Brown.

   She was preceded in death by her mother and father, and brother Richard Marshall.

   A memorial service was held June 1 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. Afterwards a potluck dinner was held at Orofino City Park.

   The family suggests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America at HDSA.org.

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

Clarence Shine, 74, Custer, WA

   Clarence Shine, Custer, WA, died Sun., May 27, 2012. He was 74. Clarence went to the Bonner and Orofino schools until 1955 when his family moved to Lewiston. He graduated from Lewiston High School in 1956. No immediate services are planned. The family is hoping for a memorial get-together in August. Notice will be provided to the Clearwater Tribune when a memorial is scheduled.

Kathleen Stewart, 65, Kamiah

   Kathleen Stewart, 65, died Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at her Kamiah home.

   A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9 at Ahsahka-Northfork Presbyterian Church in Ahsahka.

   Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia, Idaho is assisting the family.

Mona Kay Schoonover, Feb. 15, 1966-June 1, 2012

   Despite Mona’s passing she will always be with her loving children, Jamie and Ozzy, and husband, Jeff, forever. She is also survived by her parents Melvin (Red) and Dusty Norris of Idaho, sisters, Melvalyn, Regina, Laurel and Barbara; brothers, Lawrence, Mel-vin Jr, Dave, and Frank, and many nieces and nephews that she will always love. She was preceded in passing by sister, Billy Jo and brother, Ron.

   We will accept friends, family, and all that she touched in her beautiful life to come and say goodbye on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at our home at 0429 Apple Drive in New Castle between 12 noon and 4 p.m. She will always be with us.

Obituaries for May 31, 2012

Penny L. Coon, 65, Orofino

   Penny L. Coon, Orofino, died May 26, 2012, at Moscow. She was 65. Memorial services will be held Friday, June 1 at 11 a.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.

Obituaries for May 24, 2012

Norman Franklin Norton, 94, New Mexico

   (Norm) passed away, Monday, May 14, 2012. He was 94. “Pop” to his family and “Norm” to his friends, remained in his own home in Silver City, New Mexico until his death.

   His parents, John Edward and Rose Addiville Norton, packed up his older sister, Nellie, and left Redtop, MO to homestead in Comanche County, KS.

   Norman was born in Protection, KS, followed by the birth of sister, Marjorie Eileen, brother, Billy John and twin brothers who died at birth. They grew up on the farm, working the fields with teams of horses pulling a plow, raising chickens, and growing their own produce during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression.

    He attended a one-room country school where the teacher taught all elementary grades. He and his siblings entertained themselves on the farm when they weren’t working in the fields or the house. 

   He played eight-man football and recalled having to walk home after practice, having missed the bus.  He worked for a neighboring farmer, Mr. Lindsay, for $2 a week, to help the family get by.

   On Dec. 26, 1941, Norm volunteered to serve his country.  Melville Jenkins, Tommy Jellison, Leo Lenertz and Norm went to Wichita Falls, TX for army service.  Norm became an aircraft mechanic and was a line chief, working on P-38 Lightnings and B-24’s. He was honorably discharged from the Army Air Force as a Master Sergeant in 1945.

   While in the military, he met Betty Nadine Hauserman, who was working as a riveter at a Wichita, KS aircraft company. They married in 1944. After his discharge, they lived in Greensburg, KS where Norm worked as a Ford mechanic.  Betty was encouraged by her doctors to move to a dry climate, so Norm took a job with Smith Ford in Lordsburg, New Mexico. He built a trailer, packed up all of their earthly possessions, Betty and their two daughters, Linda and Deb, and moved to New Mexico.

   During the eight years in Lordsburg, he forged strong friendships with many, and served as he had in Greensburg, on the volunteer fire department. In 1963, they moved to Silver City, New Mexico where he worked for Yucca Ford.

   Norm lived to fish and hunt, and was a crackerjack shot. He loved to shoot trap, and was a founding member of Southwest Shotgunners, serving as the president of the organization for several years. One year, he competed in a local turkey shoot and brought home 14 turkeys as prizes and the family ran out of freezer space.

   He could garden and can/preserve his produce with the best of them. He was always the camp cook when out on hunting or fishing trips.

   He is survived by his daughters, Deb Norton (Orofino), Linda Pecotte and husband Harry (Silver City), their children Teri Lopez and her husband Michael and son Dylan (Las Cruces, NM), Casey Pecotte and his wife Maribeth and their two sons, Andrew and David (Longmont, CO), his brother Bill Norton (Beaver, OK), and many nieces and nephews and friends. 

   His parents and sisters Nellie and Marjorie and Betty, his wife for 23 years, and his dear friend, Walter Norris, preceded him in death. Services will be held at Bright Funeral Home in Silver City, New Mexico, Thursday, May 24 at 10 a.m., followed by a military honors ceremony at Ft. Bayard National Cemetery where he will be laid to rest.

Jason Broncheau, 40, former resident

   Jason Broncheau, former Orofino resident, and a Nez Perce tribal member, died Saturday, May 19, 2012, due to injuries in a car accident in Pendleton, OR. He was 40. Services were held Wednesday at North Fork Presbyterian Church in Ahsahka.

Obituaries for May 17, 2012

Lois Sims, 59, Lewiston

   Lois Jean Sims, of Lewiston and formerly of Orofino, died Saturday, May 12, 2012, at Orchards Rehabilitation and Care Center. She was 59.

   Arrangements are pending with Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston.

Herman Clifford “Dusty” Rhodes, 74, Orofino

   Dusty passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at home after a short battle with cancer.

   He was born Dec. 31, 1937 to Walter and Beulah (Rhodes) Reffett of Orofino.

   Dusty worked construction in Alaska, Idaho, Washington and Texas. He retired in 1993 from the Operating Engineers out of Spokane. He loved going to the coast, and spending winters in Arizona. His special thing was the annual hunting trip with his son and nephew.

   He is survived by his wife Linda at home, his son Charles and Kriss Rhodes of Hayden, Idaho and his daughter Lori and Wayne Galland of Rathdrum, Idaho; three grandchildren, Raela and Eric Rhodes and Heather Galland, and one great granddaughter, Chloe Chapman, all of the Hayden area.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Rhodes, Beulah Reffett and stepfather John E Reffett of Orofino.

   As per his wishes there will be no service. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of the cremation and he will be put to rest at Memorial Gardens in Hayden, Idaho, where he wanted to be close to his family.

   There will be a gathering at the house in Orofino (2342 Michigan Ave), from 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 for those who wish to come and remember him, and a family gathering in Hayden when he’s put in his final resting place.

Greg Stokes celebration of life

   A celebration of life for Greg Stokes, son of Dick and Jean Ostman, will be held Saturday, May 26 at 11 a.m. at Peck Community Hall.

   A potluck dinner will be held afterwards.

Raymond Moore, 60, Lewiston

   Raymond LeRoy Moore, Lewiston, passed away Friday, May 11, 2012, at his residence. He was 60.

   He was born Nov. 18, 1951 to James L. Moore and Phyllis (Wood) Moore, in Clarkston, WA.

   He graduated from Kamiah High School in 1970 and attended Lewis-Clark State College from 1991 to 1993. He lived in Kamiah from 1951 to 1971, then in Pierce until 1976. He then lived in Orofino until 2004; Mount Vernon, WA from 2004 to 2012 and finally in Lewiston. He worked at Potlatch Jaypee from 1971-2000 and various electrical jobs until March 2007.

   He married Peggy Warren Jan. 1, 1971 in Pierce. They later divorced.

   He enjoyed being out in the woods, spending time with his children and grandchildren and spending time with his companion, Rosemarie Moses. He was the protector of the family and always enjoyed helping others.

   He is survived by his daughters, Bridjett and Brent Bushey of Lewiston, Salena Moore of Pullman, WA, Kerrie and Victor Matos of Oklahoma; sisters, Charlotte Hendren and Steve Dahlin of Equim, WA, Linda and Paul Kent of Idaho Falls, Roberta and Tim Monroe of Coeur d’ Alene; grandchildren, Jasmin, Ryan, Bethany and Alexis, all of Lewiston; and beloved pet, Cody.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Hilda Phyllis and James L. Moore; stepmother, Marjorie Moore and brother, James A. Moore.

   A graveside service was held May 16 at Kamiah Cemetery. Larry Terherst officiated. A private viewing was also held.

   Please sign the Book of Memories at www.mtviewfuneralhome.com.

Charles "Chuck" West, 70, Vancouver, WA

   Charles "Chuck" West, died May 3 at home with friends in Vancouver, WA after a courageous battle with liver cancer. He was 70.

   He was born on April 27, 1942, in Pasco, WA and was a resident of Weippe from 1983 until his move to Vancouver in November 2011.

   Chuck was a tax consultant for almost 40 years and will be greatly missed by his many clients. He was a self proclaimed "lone wolf," yet his generosity touched the lives of many. He particularly enjoyed giving college scholarships, helping students realize their dreams and ambitions. Chuck also loved to travel, with recent trips to Mexico, China and Egypt.

   Chuck was preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn Randall, in 2003.

   He leaves behind cousins Tami, Scott and Chase Warrington of Wilbur, WA, Mike and Cheryl Pierce of Moses Lake, WA, and Dave Pierce of Quincy, WA. Also left is his longtime friend Kathryn Vinciguerra, whom he called his "sister," of Vancouver, WA, "niece" Mia Leutwiler of Bellingham, WA, and "nephew", Damon Carroll of Lake Stevens, WA.

   A gathering to remember Chuck and celebrate his life will be held at Sakagawea Park in Pasco, WA at a later date. Memorial donations can be made to Hospice Southwest Washington, P.O. Box 1600, Vancouver, WA 98668.

Obituaries for May 10, 2012

Cecil Daniels, 69, Cherry Lane

   Cecil D. Daniels, 69, Cherry Lane resident, died Thursday, May 3, 2012 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

   Arrangements are under the direction of Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home.

Leman Stewart, 91, Orofino

   Leman Lesley Stewart, Orofino, died on April 27, 2012 at his residence in Orofino. He was 91.

   At this time, there is no memorial service. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.

Obituaries for May 3, 2012

Goldie Vicory, 78, Orofino

   Goldie Mandy Vicory, Orofino, died Wednesday, April, 25, 2012, at her daughter’s residence in Orofino. She was 78.

   A memorial service is pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.

Ronald B. Drapeau, 67, Orofino

   Ronald Burton Drapeau, Orofino, passed away in his sleep on April 27, 2012. He is now with his Heavenly Father, parents, sister and other family and friends. He was 67.

   Ron was born on Aug. 23, 1944 in Oak Park, IL to Harold and Marguerite Drapeau.

   Ron and Shirley met online in 2001 and courted there for almost two years. In September of 2003 he decided to come to Idaho to meet her. After spending a week together, in person, they realized they still felt the same, so Ron went back to Illinois and put his affairs in order and came back to his beloved Idaho on Oct. 31, 2003.

   On Jan. 23, 2004 the couple was married. Ron held different jobs in his life starting as a box boy; working in a coal mine, surveying, CAD drawing, but his most important job was taking care of his beloved wife. Ron also served in the Army in Vietnam and was honorably discharged two years later.

   Ron was a humorous person and he touched all the lives that met him with joy and humor. He was known as “Chief” by those who knew him and he will never be forgotten. He will continue to touch the lives of those who knew him with the joyful memories of their time spent with Ron. He loved to wear pink and wasn’t afraid to wear pink in public. 

   His interests were his Heavenly Father, family, friends, playing cards, dice, pool, and making those around him laugh. He definitely left a heart print on all those who knew him.

   Ron was preceded in death by his father, mother, and sister, Yvonne Flanigan.

   He leaves behind his wife Shirley L. Drapeau and the following family members: Richard and Mary Ann, Robert and Jean, and brother-in-law Dave Flanigan. He had no natural children but help raise his nieces and nephews. Ron has several nieces, nephews, grand-nephew and grand-nieces.

   Ron was married once before but the marriage didn’t last.

   A memorial service will be held at the Orofino Tabernacle on Saturday, May 5 at 1 p.m. with a potluck and fellowship to follow.

   In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the charity of your choice.

Ruby Mae Maki, 84, Orofino

   Ruby Mae Maki passed away Sunday, April 15, 2012, at Clearwater Health and Rehab Center, with her daughter Janice by her side. She was 84.

   Ruby was born on July 5, 1927 in Kellogg to Frederick Sr. and Ernestine Jacobs. She was a life long resident of the Pinehurst area until September 2005 when she moved to Orofino to be closer to family.

   Ruby married Allan Maki on Dec. 1, 1939 in Superior, MT. Allan and Ruby made their home in Pinehurst for over 60 years. Allan was a logger and a miner for most of his life. Ruby was a homemaker and worked at several grocery stores in the area until she became a rural mail carrier for the Enaville, Kingston and Pinehurst routes for over 30 years. She was known as the “mail lady” that got the mail delivered no matter what the weather, six days a week.

   Ruby was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt to her family and was generous to a fault. She was a wonderful cook, kept an immaculate house and yard and was a caring friend to all who knew her.

   Ruby will be deeply missed by all her family; daughter Janice Bartman and husband Emmett of Peck; grandchildren Pam Snyder and husband Chris of Clarkston, WA, Kelly Drover and husband Dan of Kamiah and Darin Bartman; great-grandchildren Kyle and Kayla Snyder, Courtney Seubert and Tyler Drover, and sister, Betty Walden of Soldotna, AK.

   She is preceded in death by her husband Allan; sister Joan Jacobs; brother Frederick Jacobs, Jr., and her mother and father.

   Cremation has taken place and Ruby will be taken to Kellogg and placed next to her husband Allan at the Kellogg Cemetery.

Obituaries for April 26, 2012

No obituaries were submitted for this week's issue.

Obituaries for April 19, 2012

Howard Galbreath, 73, Orofino

   Howard Douglas Galbreath was born Sept. 14, 1938 in Orofino, to James R. Galbreath and Zona C. Dillon. He entered into rest after a short battle with cancer in Orofino at Clearwater Valley Hospital on April 14, 2012 with his wife, Mary by his side.

   Howard went to school in Orofino until the 11th grade but earned his GED while in the United States Army, when stationed in Holland. He was inducted on October 18, 1961 and was Honorably Discharged July 18, 1963. He earned an award for Sharpshooter with the M-14 rifle.

   During his time in service he married Reetha Judith Grasser in 1961. They have one son, Scott Galbreath. Reetha passed away from cancer in Dec. 6, 1986.

   Howard worked several years as a Logger and a Dozer Operator in Idaho and Montana. He also worked at the Triple R mill in Kamiah.

   Howard married Mary Oatman in August 17, 1992. They made their home in Orofino. He retired in 1995.

   Howard enjoyed trains and guns, and was a member of the National Rifle Association. He also taught Hunter Safety to children. He liked to fish, hunt, and loved the outdoors. He was an outfitter. Howard liked to visit family and friends on the phone and in person.

   Howard is preceded in death by his first wife Reetha, his step-father, Carl Speck, and his father James.

   Howard is survived by his mother, Zona Speck, of Orofino, son Scott of Wyoming, his wife Mary of Orofino and her six daughters Leigh Pinkham-Johnston and husband Jim Johnston of Pendleton, OR; Theda and Jason Nightingale, Valarie and Rich Ranson of Kamiah, Brandy and Ronald Wyatt of Moscow; and Kylie Pinkham and Jeanette Pinkham of Lapwai. Howard has a total of thirteen grandchildren.

   There will be a viewing at Pine Hills Funeral Home in Orofino from 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Friday, April 20, and a graveside service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, at Cook Cemetery, on Upper Fords Creek Road.

   A potluck dinner at Teweepuu Community Center in Orofino will follow the burial. Pine Hills Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gladys Beck, 91, Lewiston

   Our dear Granny, Gladys Beck, left us last Saturday, April 7, to spend Easter and eternity with our Grandpa, LaVelle, and our Mother, Barbara.

   Gladys V Beck was born to Delora and William Brown on Jan. 10, 1921. Gladys grew up a child of the depression and knew many hard times, heartaches and joys in her 91 years.

   On Jan. 11, 1937, she married LaVelle Beck and the two made their home together in the Orofino area for the next 58 years.

   They had one child, Barbara who was the light of their lives but sadly, she preceded both of them in death in 1971.

   Gladys worked as a housekeeper at the State Hospital North for many years and developed many friendships with her co-workers there.

   Gladys remained at the family home after the death of her husband LaVelle, in 1995 until 2007 when she moved to Lewiston.

   Preceding her in death as well as her husband and daughter are two brothers, Elbert and Roy Brown and a sister, Dorthea George.

   She is survived by her sister Hazel Freeman of Superior, MT, granddaughter Kathryn Reichow of Clarkston, WA, grandson Daniel Reichow of Lake Stevens, WA and Deborah Fisher of Bothell, WA, seven great grandchildren and many nephews and nieces.

   A graveside service was held April 15 at Lewis and Clark Memorial Gardens. Before that a viewing was held at Mountain View Funeral Home. A celebration of Gladys’ life was held immediately after the memorial service at the band shell in Pioneer Park.

   Contributions for flowers or other monetary remembrances can be made to the American Cancer Society on behalf of Gladys. Sign the online guestbook at www.mtviewfuneralhome.com.

Ruby M. Maki, 84

   Ruby M. Maki, 84, Orofino resident, died Sunday, April 15, 2012 at Clearwater Health & Rehabilitation in Orofino.  Arrangements are pending at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston.

Celebration of Life for Frankie Atkinson

   A Celebration of Life for Frankie D. Atkinson, who died Feb. 16 in Springfield, OR, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at the VFW Building, located at 330 Michigan Ave. in Orofino, with a gathering to follow.

Max Hutteball, 91

   Max Stocks Hutteball died April 16, 2012 at home in Kennewick, WA. He was 91 years old.

   Max was born in Sugar City, Idaho and had lived briefly in Orofino.

Obituaries for April 12, 2012

Penny Kaye Ross, 62

   Penny Kaye Ross, 62, passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation in Orofino, ID from pancreatic cancer.

   She was born Dec. 20, 1950 in Orofino. She was the daughter of Bennie and Edna (White) Wolfe. Penny attended Weippe Elementary and Weippe High School through her junior year.

   Penny married Gary Dean Snyder in 1968. They divorced. She then married Richard Ross. This also ended in divorce.

   Penny grew up in Weippe then she lived in Hoquiam, Washington, Montana, Weippe and Orofino.

   Penny enjoyed family. She loved working with her flowers in her yard. She was interested in many hobbies, puzzles, macramé’ and latch hook rugs. Penny enjoyed decorating for the holidays and going for walks with her little dog “Teddie.”

   Survivors include one son, Kendal and wife Terri Snyder; two daughters, Denise Snyder  and Ross Spencer of Gordon, Nebraska and Karrie Snyder of Yakima, Washington; one sister, Linda and husband Larry Hutchins of Weippe; nephews Mark and wife Tina Hutchins  and Josh Hutchins of Weippe and niece, Melody Hutchins of Missoula, Montana.

   Also grandchildren Enjoli Chapman of Auburn, Washington, Issacc Spencer of Gordon, Nebraska, Nathan Borders of Yakima, Washington, Josh and John Walker and several great-grandchildren, Brenna and Jaden Snyder.

   Penny was preceded in death by her mother, Edna J. Wolfe, one brother, Donald Lee Wolfe and one sister, Patricia Ann Wolfe.

   A memorial service celebrating Penny’s life will be held at a later date.

Obituaries for April 5, 2012

Carol J. Wunderlich-Dugger, Orofino

   Carol Joyce Wunderlich-Dugger, 66, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and life-long friend to many passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, after a courageous battle with a rare form of cancer.

   Carol was born on Christmas Day, 1945, to Gene and Alice Wunderlich, at the Burns Hospital, Orofino. Gene and Alice were unable to come up with a name for their newborn, so Dr. Robinson said that if they didn’t name her soon, he would name her “Christmas Carol” – and so the name was given.

   She joined her two sisters at their home in “Jingle Town” where she lived a happy childhood with many of her playmates who are still her dearest friends today.

   She attended 12 years of high school in Orofino, graduating in 1964. That year Carol participated and was awarded title of Princess in the OCI Royalty contest.

   Carol received her degree in Education from the University of Idaho in 1971. She married her high school sweetheart, Michael Dugger, on May 21, 1966.

   The surprise of their life came when they were told by her doctor (during delivery!) that they were having twins. Jenifer and Jeffrey Dugger were born in 1970. Although they moved to Walla Walla from 2000-2006, Orofino has remained their permanent home since 1971.

   Carol was active in the Orofino community by serving on the Clearwater Valley Hospital Board, the Clearwater County Memorial Library Board, and as a treasurer for the Clearwater Historical Society.

   She was a member of the American Association of University Women, the Hit and Miss Club and the Orofino Methodist Church. Part of her working career included employment as a writer/editor with the USFS Clearwater National Forest, an English/history teacher at Orofino Jr. High School and a clerk for the Clearwater County Board of Commissioners.

   Carol adored her grandchildren and loved spending time with her family. About 10 years ago, tea parties with her granddaughters, sisters and friends became a special hobby. Carol was a ferocious reader and a prayer warrior. She hated to cook (when they built their home she made sure the kitchen was the smallest room in the house), but she loved good food, and she loved to travel, vacationing often on the Oregon Coast. With her full-of-life personality, wit and charm,

   Carol touched the lives of the many people with whom she had contact.

   She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Mike; her daughter, Jeni and husband, Mike Fitzgerald; son, Jeff Dugger and wife, Jocelyn; grandchildren, Hannah and Paige Dugger, and Caden and Emma Fitzgerald; sisters Judy (Dean) Brandt, and Norma (Hank) Carpenter; mother-in-law, Margaret Dugger; brother-in-law Clayton (Jodelle) Dugger and family, and sister-in-law Donna (Bob) Peters and family.

   Carol is also survived by nephew Mike (Patty) Wilks; nieces, Melanie Finch and Alison (John) Chatfield; and her great nieces and nephews Holly, Jordan, Kira, Christopher, Dalton, Brandton, Wyat and Samantha; and her great-great nieces Rhylee and Kennadi; aunts Peggy Wunderlich, Norma (Johnnie) Somers; and cousins Linda (George) Reed, Larry (Nancy) Wunderlich, John (Cindy) Somers, and Russ (Evie) Closson.

   Carol wrote in a Christmas letter that she had the best family in the world – but her family could not have asked for a more wonderful person in their lives. There are no words to express how much she was loved and how much she will be missed.

   All family and friends are invited to A Tea Party Celebration of Life in Carol’s honor which will be held at the Best Western Lodge at River’s Edge in Orofino, on Wednesday, April 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. Ladies, tea hats are welcome and encouraged!

   In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Orofino Methodist Church, P.O. Box 424, Orofino, ID 83544 or the Clearwater Historical Society, P.O. Box 1494, Orofino.

Connie Rydvall, 71, Clarkston

   Connie Rydvall (Constance Raye Rydvall) of Clarkston, WA passed away Monday, March 19, 2012, at Tri-State Memorial Hospital due to many health complications. She was 71 years old.

   Connie was born Constance Raye Schilling Jan. 18, 1941, in Orofino. She was the middle of three daughters of Haven and Alice Potter. Connie was raised at Johnsons Mill just outside of Orofino. The years Connie spent there were the best years of her life. She spent the days riding her horses throughout the hills and meadows with her sister Florie and cousin Jackie.

   Connie graduated high school from Priest River in 1959 and quickly married James Merrill Harding. Strange enough, they divorced in 1964 through a letter in the newspaper because she simply didn’t know where to contact him.

   After the divorce, Connie moved back to Johnsons Mill to take care of her mother Alice for a short time. She then moved to Boise to work at the Lamp Post Restaurant in the Best Western Hotel. Connie frequently traveled back and forth from Boise to Johnsons Mill to take care of her mother and her children, Angie born Aug. 25, 1960, and Mark born Oct. 8, 1963.

   In 1963, Connie moved to Lewiston with her two children and started working as a clerk at the Foodland Grocery Store. In 1963 she started working at Buttrey’s Super Market in the Lewiston Shopping Center. While living in Lewiston, Connie met her next husband, Charles (Chuck) Rydvall Jr. They married in 1964 and divorced in 1990.

   Connie and Chuck moved to Hood River, Ore., for two years then moved back to Lewiston where Connie returned to Buttrey’s until 1978. Connie worked at Dodd’s Grocery Store up until 1981 when she found her dream job at the Strike and Spare and worked there for the next 25 years. Connie made a home at the Strike and Spare and made many lifelong friends including Jackie Richardson who Connie always thought of as one of her kids. Connie retired in 2006 but always wished she was still working at the Strike and Spare. She always took better care of everybody else than herself.

   Connie’s health took a turn for the worse after retirement and she started dialysis in 2007. During her final years, Connie spent a lot of her free time with her family and enjoying her several animals. Connie loved animals and had several cats, dogs, birds and fish that she loved to take care of. Bob’s Tropical Fish was her favorite place to go and look for the next fish or decoration that she could add to her 100 gallon fish tank. For the past three and a half years she was at her residence with T. Thomas (Mark). During the last months of her life Connie lived with her daughter Angie and husband Kelly at their home in Clarkston.

   Connie is survived by her two children Angie and husband Kelly Kinzer and T. Thomas (Marc) of Lewiston, and her grandson, Shane Kinzer of Clarkston, who was the light of her life. They shared a very close bond with each other. She is also survived by her cousin Jackie Soule who was there when she needed her.

   She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Haven (Shorty) and Alice Potter and her sisters, Florie Mullikin and Minette Lafay.

   At her request, no funeral will be held. Instead there will be a celebration of life at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 7 at the Moose Lodge, 814 Sixth St., Clarkston. Following cremation at Mountain View Funeral Home, Connie will be taken to Johnsons Mill for her final resting place.

   Connie and her family would like to thank the Strike and Spare (Tom and Virginia), the dialysis crews in Lewiston and Clarkston, special thanks to Mike, Kelsey, Ryan, Merritt, Tabitha, Brenda, Pam and Jena for everything they did for Connie, Dr. Paul Herman, Eric, Beau and Kortney from Tri-State Memorial Hospital ER and the Lewiston and Asotin County ambulance crews.

William Walker, 91, Orofino

   William (Bill) Ralph Walker, Orofino, died peacefully on Dec. 22, 2011, at Clearwater Valley Hospital. He was 91.

   Bill was born Aug. 31, 1920 to Ralph W. and Lorena L. Walker in Waterloo, IA. His parents lived on a farm near Jessup, IA. A year or two after his birth, his family moved to Cedar Heights, IA, where Bill’s brother, James, was born. Shortly before Bill turned five his family moved to Waterloo, where he started school. His dad worked at the John Deere Tractor Plant there. His mother was a teacher.

   At an early age, his dad took Bill and James fishing – hook, line, bobber and willow pole, where they caught little sunfish and bullheads. This hooked Bill on fishing.

   By the time he was seven or eight his mother took him to the YMCA to learn to swim. Then he was able to go fishing in Black Hawk Canyon and the Cedar River with his friends. Fishing led to hunting. When he turned 13, his grandfather gave him an old double-barrel, 12 gauge shotgun. He passed his love of fishing and hunting onto his sons.

   Bill grew up and attended schools in Iowa. After his sophomore year in high school, his dad’s job was moved to Omaha, NB. In Omaha, Bill joined the Sea Scouts, and befriended the Risch brothers, Phil and Pat, who later introduced him to his future wife, Gertrude Risch.

   Bill graduated from North High in 1938 and worked for a period of time at John Deere as a mechanic, as well as on the unloading and shipping docks.

   In the summer of 1941, Bill had finally decided he wanted to become a forester. During the family’s annual vacation that year to visit relatives, Bill visited several colleges in the northwest. He chose to attend the University of Montana in Missoula. He liked that fact that it was small, and the fact that their Forestry School included a 20,000 acre school forest. Bill enrolled at the university that fall. He pledged to Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.

   By this time, Bill and Gertrude had been going fairly steady for about two years. Bill decided to become active in the fraternity, and earned his pin. He then made a trip to Omaha, and gave his fraternity pin to Gertrude. About a week later, he received his draft notice.

   Bill attended Basic Training at Camp Carson, CO, and was then sent to the Fort Monroe Virginia Coast Artillery School. He graduated as a Second Lieutenant, and requested to be sent overseas. He was ultimately flown to Yakatat, AK, where he prepared to travel to the Aleutian Islands, where he was to be stationed.

   In 1944, while on leave from the military, Bill and Gertrude were married.

   Upon completion of his tour of duty, Bill returned to the University of Montana, and completed his schooling. Gertrude worked so that Bill could finish school. He graduated in 1949 with a Master’s Degree in Forestry.

   In 1950, Bill was hired by Royce Cox, and began work for Potlatch in Headquarters. He lived in Headquarters until 1974, at which time he moved to Orofino.

   Bill and Gert enjoyed 65 wonderful years together. They had two sons, Robert and James.

   Bill was an active member of the Clearwater County Planning and Zoning Commission for 32 years. He was an original member of the Bald Mountain Ski Hill. Bill twice served as President of Orofino Celebrations. Bill was also a member of the Gun Club in Headquarters for many years.

   Bill enjoyed fishing and hunting and was an avid gardener. He also enjoyed family gatherings, and dinners at his son Jame’s home, as well as at the home of his dear friends, Don Pitcher and Merle Wright.

   Bill was preceded in death by his beloved Gertrude and son Robert.

   He is survived by his son James and wife Abbey; grandchildren, Kortney Walker, Preston Walker and his fiancée, Neikoel Espinosa, John and Joshua Walker; step-granddaughter, Beth Pratt and husband Ken, and step-grandson Hayden Pratt, as well as numerous friends.

   A memorial service celebrating Bill’s life was held on Jan. 7, at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.

   Bill’s son James would love to hear from friends or acquaintances, who have special memories that they would like to share of his parents. He may be contacted at 208-476-4197 or by mail at 170 115th St. Orofino, ID 83544.

Derek J. Griffin 18, Lewiston

   Derek James Griffin, 18 of Lewiston, died tragically on Thursday March 29, 2012.  

   Derek was born on Sept. 25, 1993 to Billy and Nonie Bettes Griffin in Portland, OR.  Derek grew up in Portland until seventh grade when the family moved to southern Oregon for a while before moving to Orofino.

   While in Orofino Derek volunteered at the teen center, helping teen children after school, and Derek really made and Impact there.

   In November of 2011 Derek and his family moved to the L-C valley.

   Derek attended Orofino high school, before attending Clarkston, and Lewiston High Schools.

   Surviving Derek are his parents Billy and Nonie Bettes Griffin; Derek’s siblings, Brandon and Breanna Griffin of Puhrump, NV, and Nathan and Shantel Griffin of Lewiston. Also surviving Derek are his grandparents, Ralph and Nona Bettes, of Orofino, Kathy and Joe Robinson of Kooskia, and Bill Griffin and Kim Linker, of Happy Camp, CA, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, friends and cousins.

   There will be a memorial service Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the Living Word Missionary Baptist Church, at 707 Preston Ave. Lewiston.

   Memorial contributions may be sent to the Derek Griffin Memorial Fund c/o Sterling Savings Bank or mailed to 921 F. St., Lewiston, ID 83501.

   Those wishing to leave the family condolences may do so at www.malcomsfuneralhome.com, under the web memorials tab.

   Malcom’s Brower-Wann Funeral home is handling the arrangements.

Donald Eugene Spruell Sr., 64, Pierce

   Donald Eugene Spruell Sr., of Pierce, died Saturday, March 24, 2012, from a massive heart attack while driving home from Arizona.

   Born in Glendale, Calif., May 29, 1947, to Eugene Spruell and Malda Spruell, Don was an excellent businessman, but was a better husband and father.

   He worked on the railroad for 25 years for the Burlington Northern Railroad and retired then moved to Pierce, where he bought a restaurant/hotel in a rundown town heading nowhere and raised it up to be one of the best restaurants/hotels around.

   But he didn’t just stop there, with that he added propane and mining supplies to reach out to more people and became known all around. From that came his yearly trips to Arizona with his wife, Loretta Spruell, selling mining supplies.

   He loved being outdoors and loved nothing more than dredging for gold and taking his grandchildren on four wheeler rides and barbecuing outside. He also took great pride in the town he lived in and did many things to make it better for everyone else who lived there as well.

   Don is survived by his wife, Loretta; his daughter, Michelle; his son, Don Jr.; and seven grandchildren, Monique, Loretta, Donny III, Malissa, Michael, Mark and Megan.

Burnette Kerle, 96, Lenore

   Burnette E. Kerle, of Lenore, died Tuesday, March 26, 2012, at her residence. She was 96.

   Funeral services will take place in Vancouver, WA, with Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Local arrangements are with Malcom’s Brower-Wann Funeral Home of Lewiston.

Obituaries for March 29, 2012

Alvin “Cub” Loren Fay, 94, Orofino

   Alvin “Cub” Loren Fay, 94, of Orofino passed away at his home March 22, 2012.

   He was born August 16, 1917 in Juliaetta; the youngest of 11 children. 

   He married Eva Mae Howard in 1950 and they reared three children.

   Cub served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945.

   He retired from the Camas Prairie Railroad in 1982 after 41 years as a section foreman. 

   A favorite memory of his was as a youngster he rowed across the Clearwater River in the winter during the ice flows in a row boat to get across the river. 

   Cub had a love of music and played guitar, sang and yodeled in a local band which also aired over the radio in the late 1930’s and early 40’s.

   He was an annual participant in the Orofino Lumberjack Days for years and won many of the competitions.

   At 82 years old Cub built his own shop, which he spent a lot of time building bird houses, wishing wells and planters. He was always tinkering with something.

   Cub raised a large garden every year. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman into is late 70’s.  

   Survivors include his wife Eva Mae Fay; son, Gary Fay, daughters: Irene Dowd and Rosetta Christopher; two grandchildren, Loren and Shane Dowd; six great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by five sisters and five brothers.

   A graveside funeral will be held Tuesday, March 27 at 11 a.m. at the Melrose Cemetery in Peck. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is in care of arrangements.

Rev. L. Marshall Campbell, 85, Former Minister

   The Rev. L. Marshall Campbell who served the Orofino Cavendish Peck United Methodist Church from Feb. 1954 to Nov. 1958 died March 9, 2012 following a tragic accident. He was 85. A pedestrian, he died of injuries sustained from being hit by a car while he was out walking in his Des Moines, WA neighborhood.

   Rev. Campbell was born in Darrington WA, Nov. 29, 1926, the oldest of three sons of Paul and Ina Campbell. He graduated from University of Puget Sound, earned his Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1951, and was awarded a Master of Sacred Theology degree from Yale Divinity School in 1952.

   After ministering in Palouse and then Orofino, he served on the Methodist Church Conference staff, and later churches in Camas, Edmonds, and Port Orchard WA. Rev. Campbell was very active, always volunteering and helping somewhere, and he loved to learn and travel. He participated in over 40 Road Scholar (Elderhostel) trips

   He and his wife, Joan, had four children, two of whom (John Paul and Donna) were born in Orofino. Joan died in 2008.

   He is survived by sons David (Debbie) and John (Joanne); daughters Donna (Curtis) and Kathleen (Joe); brother, Eugene (Doe); step-sisters Margaret (Cliff), Norma, and Nancy (Roger); nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

   The family can be reached c/o Donna Campbell Stock at 18226 154th Place SE, Renton, WA 98058. soupstock2@msn.com

   Memorial service will be held at Des Moines United Methodist Church, 22225 9th Ave S., Des Moines, WA, on Saturday, April 14, 2 p.m. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be sent to University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner, CMB 1067, Tacoma, WA 98416; to the/Multifaith Works, 1401 E. Jefferson St, Suite 401, Seattle, WA 98122, or to the Orofino Peck United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 424, Orofino ID 83544.

Marcus John Oatman, Sr., 85, Cottonwood

   Marcus, Tok-Lik-See-May, meaning No Hunter in NiMiiPuu was born March 26, 1926 in Kamiah to James and Jane Allen Oatman. He entered into rest in Cottonwood with family by his side on March 24, 2012. He was a Nez Perce Tribal Member. He was 85.

   He is a direct descendant of Old Chief Lookingglass through his father James Oatman, and a direct descendant of Chief Timothy through his mother, Jane Allen Oatman.

   Marcus served in the U.S. Army during WWII from 1944 to 1946. He completed his basic training at Camp Wolters, TX, north of Fort Worth. He shipped out from San Francisco to the Philippines where he was assigned to the 32nd Red Arrow Division in the Southwest Pacific.

   He spent three months straight on the front lines and fought on the Villa Verda Trail. He was on the Highway 11 and fought north of Bageo, and then was pulled off the lines to go to Japan, ending up in Okinawa Japan. He lost most of his unit during his tour, including his best friend.

   Marcus served a total of 18 months overseas. He received the Philippine Liberation Medal with one Bronze Service Star, Asiatic Pacific Theater Service Medal, Victory Medal Army of Occupation Medal (Japan), and the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged.

   He married his wife, Jeanette Jackson on Oct. 25, 1948 in Kamiah.  They lived in Orofino from 1949 to 1958 and then returned to Kamiah. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Oct. 25, 1998 and they renewed their vows at this time.

   He went to school until the 8th grade. He received an honorary high school diploma from Kamiah High school on Veterans Day.

   Mr. Oatman worked at mills in Weippe, Orofino, PFI in Kamiah, Potlatch of Lewiston, and Grangeville. After he retired from the Grangeville mill, he went to work for the Nez Perce Tribe in the Fisheries Department. He worked there for four years. He also worked at It Se’ Ye Ye Casino in Kamiah.

   He enjoyed traveling, hunting, camping, root digging, huckleberry picking, trapping, going to the mountains, and fishing. He fished the Clearwater River, Rapid River, Selway River, and the South Fork of the Salmon River.

   He enjoyed watching his kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids play sports.  He also liked to travel to the Nez Perce Battlefields at Stites, White Bird, Big Hole, Bears Paw and Oklahoma. He loved to read and play cards. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

   Marcus is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Jeanette, six sisters and four brothers, a daughter, Roberta Teo and grandchildren, Matthew and Violet Oatman.

   Marcus is survived by his brother Ron and his wife Lois Oatman of Kamiah, daughters Mary and her husband Howard Galbreath of Orofino, Martha Oatman of Kamiah, and sons John Oatman, Sr., Marcus Oatman, Jr. and his wife Bonnie, Carl Oatman Sr. and his wife Judy, and Jay Oatman and his wife Stephanie, all of Kamiah. He has 28 grandchildren and 51 great grandchildren.

   Memorial is Monday, March 26 at 7 p.m. at the Wa-A-‘Yas and funeral is Tuesday March 27 at 10 a.m. at the Wa-A-‘Yas with burial to follow at Kamiah Indian Cemetery, dinner will follow burial at the Wa-A-‘Yas.

   Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia is in charge of the arrangements. 

Jack Hester, 68, Ahsahka

   Jack Larry Hester, of Ahsahka, died Saturday, March 17, 2012 at his residence. He was 68. Arrangements are pending with Malcom’s Brower-Wann Funeral Home of Lewiston.

Theadore Samuelsen, 77, Kamiah

   Theadore Samuelsen, 77, died Thursday, March 22, 2012 at his Kamiah home.

   A Memorial Service will be held Friday, March 30, 2 p.m., at Clearwater Valley Assembly of God Church in Kamiah.

   A Potluck dinner will follow the Service. Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia is assisting the family.

Obituaries for March 22, 2012

Nancy Noble memorial Saturday

   A memorial service for Nancy Noble, who died Feb. 16, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at the Orofino United Methodist Church at 337 College Avenue, Orofino.

   Bring your favorite memory/story to share.

Morgan Faith Keane, 8, Orofino

   Morgan Faith Keane was granted her perfect heart on March 17, 2012 at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital in the arms of her mother and father. Morgan was born on April 14, 2003 with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and courageously fought through open heart surgeries and lengthy hospitalizations.

   Morgan’s life would seem short to many, but for those who were touched by her, understood that the quality of existence far exceeds quantity of time in which you live it. Her contagious smile and sparkling eyes could melt the hearts of those around her and though she was small in size she had a big voice.

   She possessed strength, perseverance, the ability to overcome incredible odds and physical challenges. Her courage led us to believe that each day is a blessing and an opportunity to create lasting memories. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She looked forward to swimming and boating in the summer, roasting hot dogs and trick or treating in the fall, making snowmen and sledding in the winter, stomping puddles and celebrating her birthday in the spring.

   Morgan loved animals of any kind, but had a special spot in her heart for cats, especially tigers. She was an amazing artist, loved school and was eager to learn. She was very proud of her Honor Roll ribbon she earned for the 2nd Quarter of 3rd grade. She admired her older brother, Braeden and was a proud big sister to Danica and Macy.

   Morgan is survived by her loving parents, Dan and Angela (Marvin) Keane; Brother Braeden and Sisters Danica and Macy, all of Orofino. She is also survived by Paternal Grandparents Peter and Karen Keane, Centreville, VA; Maternal Grandparents Chris and Susie Marvin, Orofino, and Tyler and Rosanna Kanetake, Kaneohe, HI.

   Also, Great-Grandparents Charles and Florence Ricci, Pompano Beach, FL; Alice Maybury, East Longmeadow, MA; Homer and Barbara Marvin; Darlene Anderst; and Sandy Davis, all of Lewiston, ID; Aunts Nicole (Justin) Louchart, Lewiston, ID; Stephanie Daniel, Centreville, VA; Heather Gillespie, Portsmouth, VA; Uncles Aaron Marvin, Whitefish, MT; Matt (Angela) Keane, Washington DC; Cousins Grady Louchart and Taylor Keane. Morgan also leaves behind an extensive medical team, too numerous to mention, that provided Morgan with love and dignity in her life and also in her death.

   She was preceded in death by her beloved cat, Lucy.

   There will be a celebration of her life Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 1 p.m. in the Orofino High School gym. A potluck will follow at the National Guard Armory, Orofino, Idaho. At the request of her sister Danica we invite you to wear pink, Morgan’s favorite color.

   In her honor memorials may be made to: The Morgan Faith Keane Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1173, Orofino, Idaho 83544.

Beatrice Johnson, 68, Weippe

   Beatrice Ann (Harper) Johnson, 68, of Weippe, died Wednesday, March 14, 2012, in Lewiston.

   She was born Dec. 9, 1943, in North Dakota to Charles Robert and Luella Mildred Martin Harper (McIntosh).

   She married Thomas Lloyd Johnson June 8, 1960, in Asotin. They spent the majority of their 43-year marriage a few miles from Weippe in a house on Johnson Road. After Tommy's death, Beatrice continued to live in Weippe. Together they raised four daughters, who all graduated from Timberline High School.

   As a teenager, Beatrice moved with her family from the railroad and farming community of Eltopia, Wash., to Weippe, and then to the Winters Creek area near Johnson Road. Bea remembered that their first visitors were two Johnson brothers (Steve and Tommy) in an old car that quickly got stuck in the deep snow! Everyone helped to push the car out of the snowbank and friendships were formed.

   Tommy and his large family soon became regular visitors to the home on Winters Creek. After Bea and Tommy were married, they made their home on Johnson Road near the mill site. In this predominantly male environment, Bea quickly became the matriarch of a large group of young, rambunctious brothers. Throughout her life, she was continually called on to support the family with their daily needs. She could be counted on for a hot meal, clean clothes, bandages and practical advice. She has been a sister, mother and grandmother to many who extend far beyond her own family. She was our homemaker.

   Later in life, as the family grew up and moved away, Bea took a job with School District No. 171 as a cook. She worked at both Timberline and the Weippe School cafeterias for many years. She enjoyed her interaction with the students and staff and had many wonderful stories about the students, which she shared with her own family over the years.

   She cared about the students as if they were her own, just as she cared for many children from the Weippe area throughout her life.

   Beatrice was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy; brother John Jacobson; brothers-in-law Eddie Johnson and Jimmy Johnson; son-in-law Monte Carlson; her parents and parents-in-law; an infant granddaughter; and grandson Clay Hill.

   She is survived by daughters Darlene McCann and husband Daren of Lewiston, Shannon Hill and husband Roy of Nezperce, Stephanie Wooderchak and husband Jim of Waitsburg, Wash., and Jami Rushing and husband Dan of Dongguan, China; five grandchildren, Jeff Carlson of Ogden, Utah, Jason Carlson of Lewiston, and Scott Carlson of Portland, Ore., Allie Wooderchak of Lewiston and Dustin Wooderchak of Waitsburg, Wash.; six great-grandchildren; and siblings Luanna McClure of Anderson, Calif., Ned Jacobson of Davis, Calif., and Deloris Robertson of Clarkston; and beloved nieces and nephews too many to list.

   The service will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Weippe Wesleyan Church in Weippe. A graveside service will follow at the Weippe Cemetery.

Edna Alice Lewis, 94, Boise

   Edna Alice Lewis, of Boise, was called home by her Lord Jesus on Saturday, March 10, 2012. She was 94.

   She was born Oct. 14, 1917 in Upton, New Mexico to Levi Richard Jones (Bud) and Anna Marie Miller. Edna was the oldest of eight children and spent her childhood years in New Mexico, Texas and California.

   She was a graduate of Poly High in Riverside, CA, and in the depth of the Depression in 1936 she married Wayne Curtis Lewis and their marriage lasted 64 years.

   Edna was a hard working, humble lady all her life; for example she worked the swing shifts (as Rosie the Riveter) during WWII, all the while raising her two sons, Roger and David, with Wayne in the Army in Europe. Edna and Wayne also raised her niece, Ginger, whose mother, Marie, died giving birth to her. Edna and Wayne treated Ginger like their own daughter.

   Edna’s job was to assemble aircraft instruments for the war effort. She loved gardening, canning, cooking and going hunting and camping with her family. She and Dad loved the mountains of Weaverville, CA for 33 years until they moved in 1998 back to Orofino, Wayne’s birthplace.

   Edna lost Wayne in 2001 and in 2011 she moved to Boise to be near some of her family. She was a huge BSU Broncos fan and was so excited to step on the (blue) with her grandson Ken Lewis, Bronco Chaplain.

   Edna’s friendship to all was very contagious and she will be missed by all who knew her; who she regarded as VIP’s.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Wayne; her mother Anna and father Bud; sisters Rachel and Marie; brothers Gerald and Levi (Lee); and three grandchildren, Angel, Larry and Carrie Lewis.

   Edna is survived by her brother Art Jones and wife Lucille of Yreka, CA; sisters Mabel Pitteroff of Sparks, NV and Anna Dick and husband Rick of Nampa; her son Roger and wife Pat of Boise; grandchildren Ken Lewis and wife Judy with daughters Brieanna, Mckenna and Sarah; grandsons Keith Lewis and wife Gilda with sons Noah and Zeb; son David Lewis and wife Martha of Orofino with children Darell, Shawn and Morgan; son Matt and wife Jennifer with children Wyatt and Savannah; daughter Melinda and husband Bob; daughter Tina; daughter Ginger and husband Ron with children Tammy, Cheryl and Wendy and grandson Chandler.

   Also surviving her are grandchildren Ashley and Michael; step grandchildren Leslie and husband Jeff with children Brandon and wife Amy, Ryan, Chanel, Bailey and Mercedes; Michael and wife Carrie with children Natasha and Camaran; and Kristi and husband Ubaldo with children Kristian, Karina and Kyran. She also leaves behind numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

   A visitation was held March 19 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. Afterwards Edna was buried alongside her husband at a graveside service at Orofino Riverside Cemetery.

   A second memorial service will be held on Monday, March 26 at 10 a.m. at Grace Assisted Living in Boise.

   The family would like to thank the caregivers at Brookside Landing in Orofino, Grace Assisted Living in Boise and St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise for their wonderful care; especially Brian Greenwood, St. Luke’s Hospice Chaplain.

Harold T. Strom; Marie I. Strom

   Harold T. Strom passed away Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, in Lewiston. Marie L. Strom passed away Saturday Jan. 17, 2012, in Pomeroy, after a lengthy illness.

   Harold was born Nov. 28, 1918, in Buelah, ND to Elphie and Mary Strom.

   Harold was preceded in death by his parents; brother Keith and sister-in-law Polly; sisters, Mary Elinor, Esther Elizabeth; stepmother, Chloe; ex-wife Buenita; and son Randy.

   Harold is survived by his loving family, brother Floyd and wife Alice; sisters, Kay and Marilyn; daughters, Susan, Barbara and Jane. Harold leaves 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; and 10 nieces and nephews.

   Harold was a World War II veteran, having served 42 months in the South Pacific.

   Marie was born May 17, 1935. She was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Harold and by her son, Randall L. McHaffie.

   She is survived by her loving family, daughters, Jane, Susan and Barbara; 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

   A memorial service for Marie and Harold will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home, 920 21st Ave. in Lewiston.

Gladys Bryant Doll, 93, Snohomish, WA

    Gladys Doll passed away in Snohomish, WA on March 8, 2012. She was 93.

    Glad was born August 2, 1918 in Orofino; the fifth of six children of Orofino-area homesteaders John Bryant and Lydia Lavina Stearns Bryant.

    Glad graduated from Orofino High School in 1936 and the University of Idaho in 1940 where she was a Kappa Alpha Theta.

    She married Gilbert Doll on August 14, 1940. They were the first couple to be married in the newly rebuilt (current)

Orofino Methodist Church after the earlier edifice was destroyed by fire. They had two children, James Bruce (1941) and Barbara Ellen (1944).

    The family lived in Idaho, Nevada and Utah, where Gil was stationed with the U.S. Forest Service. Glad stayed home with the children, and occasionally held a teaching or clerical job. Their son, Jim Doll, died in a tragic parachute accident in 1960.

    Glad was active in PEO, bridge club, and the Presbyterian (and Congregational) Churches. She enjoyed reading, singing, travel, friends; and children; especially her grandsons: James Clyde Keithly (Melissa), and Jeffrey Bruce Keithly (Maya).

    Late in life her joy was time with her four great grandsons: Lancelot Mowilos, Orion Keithly, Quinn Keithly, and Luke Keithly.

    She was preceded in death by her parents and her five siblings, Don Bryant, J. Arlie Bryant, Eula Bryant Reem, Vera Bryant Werner, and Maxine Bryant Musiel.

    In retirement, Glad and Gil traveled the southern US in an RV. They moved to Green Valley, AZ with other Forest Service friends. They traveled to Alaska, Canada, Mexico, England, Wales, Scotland, Spain, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania.

    After Gil died in 1996, Glad moved to Snohomish to be close to Barbara and Bruce Keithly and their family. She will be missed by her family; including a sister in law, Dot Jorgens; many nieces, nephews, friends, and the staff at Emeritus of Snohomish where she lived.

    A service celebrating Glad's life will be held May 5 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Snohomish.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Snohomish, 1306 Lake View Ave, Snohomish, WA 98290 or the charity of your choice.

Sherry L. Farance Boyd, 62, Orofino

   Sherry Lee Farance was born March 28, 1949, in Lewiston to Bruce Farance and Majesta Hawkins Farance. She died of lung cancer Thursday, March 15, 2012, at her daughter’s home in Clarkston.

   Sherry married John Cermak, Sr. in 1967. They had four children and later divorced. She married Lary Swandic in 1983. They had one child and later divorced. She married Gordon Boyd in 2005.

   Sherry was preceded in death by her parents; an infant daughter, Cindy Jean Cermak; a son, Alexander (A.J.) Swandic and the love of her life, Gordon Boyd.

   She is survived by her sisters, Darla Glendening of Haddon Heights, N.J., Carol Strom and Paula Clark both of Orofino; her children, John Cermak, Jr., and wife Debbie of Lewiston, Darrell Cermak and wife Sherree of Lewiston and Anne Cermak and partner Mike Baker of Clarkston; grandchildren, David and William Cermak of Lewiston, Jeremy, Jennifer and Scott Cermak of Lewiston and Anthony and Olivia Baker of Clarkston.

   Among her survivors are the employees and friends of the Shot Glass in Orofino and her special “Uncle Ken” Claussen of Clarkston.

   A private family memorial will be arranged at a later date.

Tim Smith, 78, Pierce

   Tim Smith (Grandpa Tim) of Pierce passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at Orchards Rehabilitation and Care Center in Lewiston, from a short but courageous battle with cancer. He was 78.

   Tim was born in Boise, March 10, 1934, to Paul and Dorothy Smith. He married Shirley Chambers in 1951 in Stibnite, Idaho, and later divorced. He worked as a powder man and driller, construction worker and lumberman. In 1967, Tim moved to Pierce, with his four sons and was employed by Cardiff’s Mill and Potlatch Corporation (Jaype). He retired in 1996.

   Tim enjoyed the outdoors and hunting, fishing, and camping with his family. He was an avid reader and enjoyed music and flower gardening. The American flag was proudly displayed and always flew over his log cabin on the hill. He will be remembered for his daily walks in Pierce wearing his signature red hat with flowers on it and his walking stick.

   Tim walked every day, in sunshine or snow, enjoying his stroll by the creek and along the highway. He was greatly loved by many people, most of all his family. We will all miss him and his stories of which he had many.

   Tim is survived by his sons, Mike and wife Carla of Williston, N.D., Robert and wife June of Lewiston, Scott and wife Glenda of Pierce; daughter-in-law, Linda Smith of Pierce; sister, Lorene Lees and husband Jack of White Bird; niece, April Smith of Boise; grandchildren, Brandi Smith Crawford of Lewiston, Jakki Smith of Clarkston, Jessi Smith of Lewiston, Christina Smith of Weippe, Heather Smith of Lewiston, Shawna Briggs and Rochelle Chapman, both of Vancouver; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Jack Steven Smith; his sister, Karen Smith; and his parents, Paul and Dorothy Smith.

   A celebration of Tim’s life will be held at a later date in Pierce. The family requests that gifts in memory of Tim be sent to ICARE, a nonprofit organization that helps local families who are undergoing treatment for cancer: ICARE Inc., 2134 Canyon Cr. Rd., Orofino, ID 83544.

Zella Shriver, 94, Lewiston

   Zella Floy Shriver, of Life Care Center of Lewiston, passed away Friday, March 16, 2012 at Caldwell Care Center in Caldwell, where she was temporarily staying for treatment options. Cause of death was due to infirmities of age. She was 94.

   She was born Zella Floy Jordan on July 2, 1917, in Weippe to Zan and Ethel (Eby) Jordan. She attended Orofino schools. She married Elwood Davis of Orofino and had one child, Arlene Yvonne Davis. Zella worked as a welder in the Portland, OR shipyards during World War II. She was widowed when Elwood died after the family moved back to Orofino. She worked as a supervisor at State Hospital North, a bartender/server at Konkolville Steakhouse and Lounge, a dispatcher for Clearwater County and as a secretary for North Central District Health Department in Orofino.

   Zella married Frank Crawford and lived in Pierce for many years. She and Frank traveled and had many adventures together. The marriage later ended in divorce and Zella moved back to Orofino. Later in life, while attending an Orofino High School class reunion, Zella was reacquainted with Neil Shriver, formerly of Orofino. They were married in 1996. Zella moved to Ione, WA where she and Neil spent a wonderful life together until Neil passed away in 2009. She then relocated to Lewiston to be closer to her daughter, Arlene and son-in-law, Leonard Peel.

   Zella was an avid bowler, enjoying many years on a league and spending time with friends at Riverside Lanes. Zella was also an enthusiastic and successful flower gardener. Her other passions were as a painter and crafter. She enjoyed being involved as a member of the Clearwater Art Association. Her oil paintings and cross stitch creations are treasured by her family and friends who appreciated her as a truly talented artist.

   Zella found great peace as a Christian and a member of Orofino First Baptist Church, where she attended regularly before moving from Orofino after she and Neil were wed. 

   Zella is survived by one daughter, Arlene Peel and husband Len of Lewiston; her nieces, Joann Custer and husband, Dean of Orofino, Janice Mullins of Lewiston; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

   Zella took great pride in the five generations represented during her birthday celebrations. She cherished her family’s visits and time spent with her loved ones.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Zan and Ethel Jordan and her brother, Harold Jordan.

   Friends and family will gather for a memorial to celebrate the life of Zella Shriver at 1-2 p.m. on Friday, March 30 at Orofino First Baptist Church 291 118th St.

Dorothy Rider, 78, Pierce

   Dorothy Rider, 78, Pierce resident, died at her Orofino residence Friday, March 16, 2012.

   Arrangements are under the direction of Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston.

Lois (Dumbauld) Norberg, 91

   Lois (Dumbauld) Norberg, 91, of Missoula, MT and formerly of Orofino, passed away in Missoula Tuesday, March 13, 2012.

   A graveside service was held at Weseman Cemetery March 20.

Obituaries for March 15, 2012

Jim Finke, 76, Orofino
  
Jim Finke of Orofino passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at his home surrounded by his loving family at the age of 76, after a five year battle with lung cancer. He fought it with great courage and strength, never complaining.
   He was born in Kendrick to Carl Finke and Neva Ware Finke on
Feb. 28, 1936. Jim moved from Southwick to Orofino in 1952. He graduated from OHS in 1954 and married Shirley Bullock on June 19, 1954. Together they had three sons, Corby, Terry, and Randy. Jim and Shirley were married for 57 years.
   He started working in the woods when he was 16 through the summer months for his father’s company, Carl Finke Logging. He then worked full time once he graduated from high school. In 1974 he bought into his dad’s logging company and with his brother, Butch. They formed Finke Logging Co., Inc. The company worked for Potlatch Corp. throughout all of these years. The company is now owned by Jim, Butch,
Corby, Terry and Randy.
   Jim was a board member of A.L.C. and A.L.E. and was a member of Orofino Golf & Country Club. He was also a member of Clarkston Golf & Country Club for about 10 years. Being an avid supporter of youth baseball throughout his years, Jim was especially proud of the fact that he and others started back up the American Legion program in the early 70’s. Jim was honored in 2007 when he and Shirley were chosen as Grand Marshals for the Orofino Lumberjack Days.
   Jim enjoyed working on his property, the old Finke homestead in Southwick. His interests included watching sports, gambling at the casino, golfing, and gardening with his great-grandson Peyton. Anyone who knew Jim knew he got great pleasure in razzing his grandkids, though he loved them dearly. Nothing was more important to him than his family; he always knew what everyone was up to (thanks to his new found love of Facebook).
   He was raised and lived by the old school ways, always true to his word, and everyone had great respect for him. Being the hard worker that he was, Jim got a little discouraged in his last few years when he was unable to get out and see the logging jobs and enjoy the woods he loved so much.
   Jim is survived by his loving family: wife Shirley; brother Butch Finke; sister Pat LaFon; children Corby and wife Kelly, Terry and wife Jan, and Randy; grandchildren Justin Brazeau, Melissa Finke, Wendy Leavitt, Christy Finke, Heather Finke, Megan Finke, Scott and Codi Bowles, and Cory Bowles; and 12 great-grandchildren.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Neva Finke, and sister Sharry Wilson.
   A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, March 17 at the Best Western Lodge at River's Edge at
5 p.m.
  
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Jim’s honor to Orofino Golf & Country Club.
   Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in care of arrangements.

Rusty Eck, 67, Orofino

   Rusty Eck, 67, of Orofino, retired firefighter, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2012, after a grueling battle with cancer.

   He was born to Carmen and Leona Eck on April 25, 1944 in Moscow, and spent his early years in Elk River. During his childhood, he was known far and wide for his shenanigans and hi jinx. He graduated fourth in his class from Elk River High School and attended the University of Idaho.

   After high school, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served in Thailand for one tour. After being honorably discharged, he started a 46 year career in wildfire. He worked for the Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association as a fire warden and later as the fire and program planner, where he was a constant fixture on people's scanners throughout the region.

   Rusty met Marlene Moran at a dance, and a lifelong love affair ensued. The couple married July 25, 1969 and made their home in Elk River where they made many lifelong friends. They had two rollicking boys, Chad and Cameron, and enjoyed living at the Fire Patrol. He was promoted in 1984 and the family moved to Orofino where Marlene still resides.

   He enjoyed participating in national fire assignments, ranging from New Mexico to Arizona, and was a fixture in most local parades with his beloved 1914 White fire engine. His “fill in” gig with the local band, The Paradons, turned into a 17 year run playing bass and singing throughout the region to their many fans. After his retirement in 2006, his new passion in life was preserving local logging history with his "crew." They enjoyed many days talking with old loggers and documenting pictures from the past.

   Rusty is survived by his wife, Marlene; son Cameron of Orofino; Chad (Kayte) and grandchildren Paige and Rory of Bend, OR; mother Leona and brother Greg Eck, both of Coeur d'’Alene. He was preceded in death by his father Carmen and brother Neil Eck.

   A memorial was held March 12 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino, followed by a potluck at the VFW Hall.

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

Edna A. Lewis, 94

   Edna A. Lewis died Saturday, March 10, 2012 in Boise, Idaho. She was 94.

   A viewing is scheduled for 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 19 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.

   A graveside funeral service will be held after the viewing at 11 a.m. at Orofino Riverside Cemetery.

   Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is in care of arrangements.

Obituaries for March 8, 2012

Allene Shrader, 86, Orofino

   Allene Marie Shrader, 86, of Orofino, passed away Monday, March 5, 2012, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

   “Pat,” as she was affectionately known, was born July 12, 1925 in Rock Springs, WY to John Wayne Patterson and Hazel Smith.

   She was a long time member of the Methodist Church, past President of Eastern Star, a member of the United Methodist Women’s Group, and a member of the Peck Community Club.

   One of the things she enjoyed most was working at the Senior Center where she had many special friends. She loved her family and she was especially proud of her grandchildren.

   Pat is survived by her sister, Anna Mae Patterson of Colorado Springs, CO; sister-in-law, Lucie Shrader of Delta, CO; son Mike and his wife, Clarice of Williamsburg, VA; daughter Elizabeth and her husband, Brock Steiner of Orofino; and son Alan and his wife, Susan of Boise.  She has 10 grandchildren who have blessed her with several great grandchildren.

   A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 10 at 10 a.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. Inurnment will be at Wells Bench Cemetery in Orofino. Graveside services will be held at a later date.

   We will miss her greatly, and her memory will live on through all of us.

   The family suggests that memorials may be made to Riverside Physical Therapy, where Pat had many sweet friends and received such good care.

   Arrangements are in care of Pine Hills Funeral Chapel.

Donald E. Christensen, 89, Orofino

   Donald Edward Christensen, of Orofino, passed away Feb. 25, 2012 at his home in Orofino. He was 89.

   He was born April 25, 1922 in Southwick to George and Madolin Christensen.

   Don attended school in Southwick but quit in his freshman year to work on the family farm.

   He married Adella Betts on Sept. 1, 1943 in Lewiston and of this union two children were born, daughter Doris Christensen and son Steve Christensen.

   Don served in the U.S. Army from March 29, 1944 to Nov. 4, 1945. He served 11 months in the European Theater of operations; received three battle stars and the Purple Heart with oak leaf clusters for wounds he received in action and the combat infantry badge.

   Before entering the service Don worked four years for Potlatch Forest, Inc, at Lewiston, driving all types of logging equipment, truck, caterpillar tractors, hauling logs out of forests with impossible roads in all kinds of weather.

   Don and Adella lived and worked in logging camps on the Northfork of the Clearwater River and at the Finke logging camp by Pierce before moving to Orofino. He was an inventor, machinist and loved working in his large shop. Don invented the Christy Carriage used for skidding logs. He enjoyed gardening, boating, reading and fishing.

   Don loved watching the wild animals around their home and watching the hummingbirds out their front window. He loved his dogs and cats that were his companions.

   Don is survived by his daughter Doris Christensen and husband Greg Field of Waimanalo, HI; his son Steve Christensen and wife Robin of Orofino; four grandchildren Dylan Stanfield of New York, Don Christensen II of Everett, WA, Amber Bridgewater of Parma, and Jonathan Christensen of Orofino; and five great-grandchildren.

   Don was preceded in death by his wife Adella; his parents George and Dola Christensen; brother Ray Christensen; sisters Gene Ware, Anna Christensen, Lois Travis, Margaret Finney, and Betty Jo Roos.

Rodney A. Wells, 59, Lewiston

    Our loving father, husband, uncle, brother, grandfather, father-in-law, brother-in-law and friend, Rodney Allen Wells, at the young age of 59, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston due to a brain hemorrhage.

    He was born Oct. 18, 1952, in Brigham City, UT, to Glade Cutler Wells and Nellie Priscilla Gilson Johnson and stepfather Hjalmar Johnson.

    He attended grade school in Willard, UT, he attended Timberline High School and graduated from Box Elder High in School-Brigham, UT.

    Rod married V. Jean Davis July 4, 1973 at Kamiah.

    Rod was employed by Quigley Logging, R.F. Coon Logging, Finke Logging, Hjalmar Johnson Lumber Mill and District 171 Timberline High School in Weippe. He lived in Northern Utah as a child. During his adult life Rod and his wife, Jean lived at Weippe, Pierce and Lewiston.

    Rod enjoyed designing and making wooden toys, fishing, hunting, riding his four wheeler, camping and communicating with his Facebook friends. It made his day when he spent time with his grandchildren.

    His achievements included four beautiful daughters and eight grandchildren. For all the medical problems and trauma that had occurred in Rod’s life he was always smiling and cracking jokes. He prided himself with the title of Annual Rhubarb Festival Stalk Toss Judge.

    He is survived by his sisters Fonnie Hager of Caldwell, Glenda Johnson of Lewiston,  Raeone W. South of Lewiston, Tami Morgan of Mesa, AZ;  brothers Deverle Wells of Corinne, UT, Lavar Wells of Meridian, Monte Wells of Clarkston, Jeff Cruz of Tremonton, UT, and Ken Francis of Salt Lake City. He is also survived by six step-brothers and one step-sister.

    He is also survived by V. Jean Wells, his  wife at the family home; four daughters,  Mandy Jean (Wells) and Kelley Flatt of Clarkston, Natalia and Marcus Ghiglione of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jacquline Reaone (Wells) and Dean A. Richardson of Lewiston, N. Amber (Wells) and Scotty L.E. Rains of Lewiston; eight grandchildren: Phillip E.A. Steiner, Brandi L. Richardson, Harli J. B. Steiner, Dallas D. Richardson, Samantha J. Rains and Gabriel A.M. Rains all of Lewiston, Lila and Sol Ghiglione of Argentina and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, local and Facebook friends in addition to his pets Tonka, Pandora, and Gizmo.

    He was predeceased by his parents.

    Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Church of New Hope, 1421 Powers Avenue, Lewiston, with Pastor Josh Spoelstra officiating. A covered-dish lunch will be in the Fellowship Hall following service.

    Mountain View Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A “Wells Memorial Fund” has been established at Potlatch No. 1 Federal Credit Union.

Gregory K E Stokes, 50, Peck

   Gregory K E Stokes, of Peck, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2012 at his home following a short illness. He was 50.

   He was born Sept. 1, 1961 in Taylorville, IL to Roger and Lyla Jean Stokes. He moved to Lynnwood, WA with his mother and sister in 1966. It was there that Dick Ostman came into his life and filled the role of being his dad. Soon after came the addition of a brother and another sister.

   In 1982 he moved to Idaho where he met and married the love of his life, Marie Johnson. Together they shared the love of the outdoors. He loved to be at hunting camp with many friends, where they would hunt, fish and ride four wheelers. He will be missed greatly on those yearly excursions.

   Gregory is survived by his wife and companion of 24 years Marie, his parents Dick and Lyla Jean Ostman of Peck, sister Roxie (Brad) Grimm of Lenore, brother Duane (Tracie) of Sedro Wooley, WA and sister Jeanette of Nampa. Also step children, Roy, Margie, Tim, and Joey; and nephews Andrew, Daniel, Cody, niece Amanda; Grandma Lyla Weese and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

   Cremation has taken place and a memorial will be held at a later date.

Obituaries for March 1, 2012

Nancy Noble, 91, Eagle, ID

   Nancy Noble succumbed to the complications of old age Feb. 16, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. She had been a resident of Spring Creek Manor in Eagle, Idaho, since July of 2010. She was 91.

   Nancy was the youngest of five children born to Harry and Jessie Cromie Nov. 27, 1921, in Gore, New Zealand. She attended grammar school in Balfour and completed her high school education in the boarding school at Gore. Christened Anna Christina, she was nicknamed Nancy at an early age by her father, a moniker that stayed with her for the remainder of her life.

   After graduation she moved to Wellington for employment. While living and working in Wellington she met the love of her life, Emery Noble, a United States Marine serving in the Pacific during World War II. Emery and Nancy were married Aug. 20, 1943, in St. Andrews Church in Wellington.

   At the conclusion of WWII, Emery returned to Orofino and sent for his bride. Nancy boarded a ship in Wellington with other war brides immigrating to the United States. The ship landed two weeks later in New Orleans. From there she went by train to Chicago and then to Spokane, where Emery met her and brought her to her new home in Orofino. In 1952 she became a naturalized citizen at a ceremony at the Clearwater County Courthouse. She remained in Orofino until 2005.

   In 1955, after her children were born, she began working at the Clearwater Tribune and was employed there until she retired. She will be remembered for the spirited pace of her walk to and from work each day.

   Nancy was active in the Orofino community. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, P.E.O., Orofino Community Concerts, and the Orofino United Methodist Church. She was a judge and exhibitor at the Clearwater County Fair, and a dedicated spectator at her children's school events.

   As a lifelong supporter of education, Nancy volunteered as a tutor, assisting many adults in Orofino to become proficient readers. She was a faithful patron and volunteer at the Orofino Community Library. Nancy was a stickler for proper grammar and the correct use of the English language, a holdover from her education in New Zealand.

   She is survived by her four children; Mary (Cam) Houlgate of Eagle, Charlie (Ellen) Noble, of Ketchum, Dick Noble of Seattle, WA, and Bruce (Peggy) of Post Falls; and two grandchildren, Shawn Noble and Kimberly Noble of Seattle, WA.

   In New Zealand she leaves behind a nephew, Ross Fraser; a niece, Elizabeth Oliver and several grand-nieces and nephews. She has two nieces in Australia, Margaret McNaught and Jean Goule, and their adult children.

   Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Emery; a granddaughter, LeAnn; her parents; her sister, Molly Fraser; and three brothers, Jim, Jack and Alec Cromie.

   A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at the Orofino United Methodist Church. Bring your favorite memory/story to share.

Russell James Trieb, 53, Weippe

   Russell Trieb, Weippe, was born on June 25, 1958 in Elgin, ND, to Peter John Trieb and Agnes Irene (Becker) Trieb. He passed away on Feb. 21, 2012, due to complications related to dialysis. Russell was 53.

   He married Tamara (Hueth) Trieb on Dec. 22, 1977 in Weippe. They celebrated their 34th anniversary on Dec. 22, 2011. The couple had two children, Bryan Trieb and Renee (Trieb) Denison.

   Russell attended school in Lemmon, SD, and Lewiston. He worked for Ponderosa Construction in Weippe, and then moved to Calder with the company, and continued to work at the mill until he had an accident in which he lost his right arm in 1981. He loved working for the owners of Ponderosa Construction, Eldon and Lela Hutchins, they were very special to him.

   After the accident, Russell became Mister Mom to his two children, he was the best at it and took this job very seriously. He kept all of us fed and taken care of. Russ loved to cook and can, making the best pickles, pickled vegetables and lasagna ever, you never left his house hungry.

   He always kept the lawn taken care of and helped his in-laws as much as possible. He rode motorcycles and 4-wheelers and loved to get up early and ride. He did a lot of visiting people and loved to joke and laugh with everyone. He always had candy for all the kids.

   Russell was a loving husband, father, Poppie, father-in-law, son-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend. He always thought of others and what he could do for them.

   Russell is survived by his wife, Tamara Trieb; his son and daughter-in-law, Bryan and Nicki Trieb of Orofino; his daughter and son-in-law, Renee and Travis Denison of Payette; two grandchildren, Sydney and Olyvia Denison of Payette; his brother and sister-in-law, Reggie and Pam Trieb of Mandan, ND; his sister-in-law, Judy Trieb of Lewiston; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gordon and Mary Alice Hueth; his uncle and aunt, Sam and Darlene Trieb of Orofino; his aunt, Violet Trieb of Lewiston; and numerous other brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends.

   Russell was preceded in death by his parents Peter and Agnes (Becker) Trieb; and two brothers, Ronald and Rodney Trieb.

   A memorial service honoring Russell’s life will be held Friday, March 23, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Weippe, followed by a potluck dinner at the IOOF Hall.

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

Stewart Shrader, 90, Colorado

   Stewart Shrader, of Colorado died Jan. 15, 2012 at the Veterans Medical Center at the age of 90.

   He was born in Champion, NE on May 31, 1921 to Rosella and Glen Shrader. He was one of seven children who grew up during the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl era, finally arriving in Delta County in 1937.

   Prior to World War II, he was in the CCC unit stationed in Montrose where he worked on the irrigation project in the Olathe and California Mesa area that followed the opening of the Gunnison tunnel.

   On Aug. 10, 1944 he was inducted into the Army. After training, he served in the Pacific theater participating in the liberation of the Philippines and Okinawa. His next assignment was the occupation of Korea.

   His many occupations included working in a sawmill in Orofino for 20 years and owning a laundry in Delta through the 1970’s.

   He is survived by his wife Lucie of 63 years; son Nelson and wife Sally of Cedaredge, CO; daughters Loy Mechling of Orofino, Barbara O’Neill and husband Chuck of Montose, CO, and daughter Roberta Bruhn and husband Keith of Silt, CO; sister Roberta Latta of Delta, CO. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He also has one surviving sister, Roberta Latta, Delta.

Frankie Atkinson, Eugene, OR

   Frankie D. Atkinson, Eugene, OR, and formerly of Orofino, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 in Eugene. Services will be conducted at a later date.

Elaine M. Derrick Burrow, 79, Vancouver

   Elaine M. Derrick Burrow passed away at her home in Vancouver, WA on Feb. 21, 2012. She was 79

   She was born in Ontario, OR on Nov. 27, 1932 to Lester and Bertha Derrick formerly of Weippe, Grangeville and Ontario.

   Elaine was a woman who met every challenge laid across her path. She could dazzle a room dressed like a movie star, out shoot most men, ride a horse like a cowboy, charm a room in seconds or call you out on the carpet in no uncertain terms. She passed away with a thousand stories to tell, unfortunately never actually writing them down as she planned. She was an astute businesswoman. She operated a care center in her home and sold Shaklee for many years.

   She is survived by a daughter Michelle (Dave) Garbutt and granddaughter Katherine of Vancouver, WA; granddaughter Nicole Kohler of Frazee, MN;  sister Patty Hyde of John Day, OR and great-grandchildren Christopher and Mason Kohler.

   She was preceded in death by a son Randall Burrow; sisters Helen Carpenter, Lucille McGinnis, Mina Lewis, Bessie Snyder, Betty Brown; and brother Melvin (Bud) Derrick.

   A graveside service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Ontario, OR at 10:30 a.m. on March 2.

Bernard Wortman, 91, Orofino

   Bernard Wortman, of Orofino and Big Cedar, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation in Orofino. He was 91.

   Arrangements are pending with Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston.

Bobbie Jo Dupler, 74, Leesburg, FL

   Bobbie Jo Dupler, Leesburg, FL, passed away quietly at her home on Feb. 7, 2012. She was 74.

   She was born in Lumberton, NC in 1937 to Carl Benton and Ruby Harden-Benton, and raised in Wilmington, NC.

   After living and working in Florida, Idaho, Washington and Maryland, she settled in Leesburg in 1990, with her husband, Howard Dupler, who passed away later that year. She retired from ABC Liquors after working there for 15 years. She enjoyed traveling the world with companions, visiting family and friends and going to the beach.

   Those family and friends who knew her well called her a world class shopper.

   She is survived by two daughters, Belinda Praest and Wanda Edinger; three brothers, Bill, Mike and Otis; a sister, Mary, and grandchildren, James, Debbi, Kelli, Clint and Tiffany; six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

    At her request no funeral services will take place.

   Family condolences can be sent to Belinda Praest, 894 Praest Road, Orofino, ID 83544.

Obituaries for February 23, 2012

Nancy Noble, 90, former Orofino resident

   Nancy Noble of Boise, a former Orofino resident and longtime Clearwater Tribune employee, died of complications of old age on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. She was 90.

   A memorial service will be held at the Orofino United Methodist Church at a later date.

Raymond George Scoles, 89, Orofino

   Raymond George Scoles, Orofino, passed peacefully surrounded by his family Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012. He was 89.

   He was born in Winchester on Feb. 13, 1923, the oldest son and second oldest of seven children to Earl and Rosanna Scoles.

   After graduating from Orofino High School, Ray served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. Following his return to Orofino he worked as an apprentice baker at The Bakery where he was smitten with Miss Nellie Nelson, who later became his bride of 64 years.

   Ray worked a variety of jobs before launching a 31 year career with the U.S. Postal Service, starting as a clerk and retiring as Post Master.

   His dedication to family was apparent in that he worked two jobs for many years. You could see him at the post office during the day and cleaning the Ponderosa every evening. His strong work ethic and care for his customers guided him to work weekends during the holidays to make sure everyone received their packages.

   Ray is survived by his wife Nellie, at their home, sisters Doris of Lewiston and Alyce of Carlsbad, CA; sons John of Orofino, Ted and Lorrie of Dutch Harbor, AK, Steve and Annie of Orofino and Jim and Kristi of North Pole, AK, daughter Deena of Moscow, 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, sister AnnaMae and brothers Weston, Bob and Jerry.

   Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel, 939 Michigan Ave. in Orofino. Burial will be at 1 p.m. at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens, 7th and Cedar, Lewiston.

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

Obituaries for February 16, 2012



Sharon K. Stone, 65,
Pullman, WA

   Sharon K. Stone, Pullman, WA, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, surrounded by family in Yuma, AZ. She was 65.

   Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be conducted at a later date.

   She is survived by her husband, Jack Stone; son William Stone; daughters Stacey Fertakis-Walk and Judith Gonzales; sister Judith Foust; brother Dick Field; nieces; nephews and many other family and friends.

   Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and June Field.

Obituaries for February 9, 2012

Jerry H. Richardson, 79, Lewiston

   Jerry H. Richardson passed away Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. He was 79.

   He was born in Lewiston, Jan. 15, 1933, to Homer and Esther Richardson. They moved to Orofino, and Jerry graduated from Orofino High School in 1951. He worked in the logging industry while in high school. He married LaVonne (Vonnie) Kambitsch of Genesee in October of 1952.

   He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1953, where he served as an MP. After his service in 1955, he entered a meat cutting school and worked in that field in Lewiston and Pierce until 1966. The family then moved to Spokane so he could begin a long career as a truck driver.

   Jerry enjoyed time in the great outdoors of Idaho with family and many friends, camping, fishing and hunting. Jerry and Vonnie retired in Lewiston in 1996, where his favorite activities centered around the CRS Club, the 4-wheeler Group, and the "Friday Night Bunch."

   Jerry was preceded in death by his younger brothers, Bill, Ron, John and Paul.

   In addition to Vonnie, Jerry's surviving family includes daughter Deneen Richardson; son-in-law Russell VanDevanter and granddaughter Katie Postlewait, all of Seattle; grandson Kyle Postlewait and wife Yuri of Nagano, Japan; daughter Donna and son-in-law Robert Jackson of Colton; sister Marietta and brother-in-law Dennis Arave of Orofino; sister and brother-in-law Maxine and Dick Goedde of Uniontown; sister-in-law and brother Mary and Orrin Kambitsch of Potlatch; great-aunts Mary Martin and Murl Watson; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

   A memorial service was conducted Saturday, Feb. 4 at Mountain View Funeral Home in Lewiston.

   In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution in Jerry's name to a favorite charity.

   Jerry was "a good egg" to quote one of his many expressions, and he will be greatly missed.

Bobbie Dupler, 74, former resident

   Bobbie Dupler, former Orofino resident, passed away at her home in Leesburg, FL, Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. She was 74.

Dennis Peterson, 74, Lenore

   Dennis Ray (Pete) Peterson, Lenore, died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. He was 74.

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

Obituaries for February 2, 2012

Art Neumayer, 88, Orofino

   Art Neumayer passed away at his home in Orofino on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012. He was 88.

   Art was born Sept. 2, 1923 at Bonners Ferry to Alois and Natalie Neumayer. He attended school at Bonners Ferry where he became an outstanding boxer, being undefeated through his high school years. He was recruited by Gonazaga University, receiving an athletic scholarship for boxing.

   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, Florence “Murphy” Jordan. They moved to Orofino that fall where be began his 38 year coaching and teaching career for the Orofino Maniacs. Art and Murph raised three children during that time.

   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 11 a.m. at the Catholic Church in Orofino, with burial to follow at Riverside Cemetery. A rosary will be said on Friday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel. Memorials may be made to the Art Neumayer Scholarship Fund at the Orofino High School, 300 Dunlap Road, Orofino. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.

Lloyd Chambers, 69, Orofino

August 30, 1943 January 19, 2012

   Melvin Lloyd Chambers passed away in the arms of his wife, Sherrie Chambers, on Thursday, January 19, 2012. He was 69.

   He lived in Orofino for the past 12 years after retiring from the Salinas City Fire Department.

   Lloyd was born in North Lawrence, New York. He served in the Army for three years.

   After making his way to Salinas he attended Hartnell Community College and received his degree in Fire Science. Lloyd was always known for his ready smile and dedication to firefighting.

   After retiring from the fire department Lloyd and Sherrie moved to King City, CA, where they enjoyed the wildlife on their 200 acres. Lloyd loved to ride around the property in his ’43 Jeep with his dogs always with him.

   Lloyd enjoyed hunting in Idaho for years. After moving to Idaho Lloyd loved fishing on the Clearwater River. Lloyd also loved being an integral part of the Clearwater Humane Society. Every dog and cat responded to his gentle and kind spirit.

   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.

   Cremation has taken place. Lloyd’s wish was that any donations in his memory be directed to: Clearwater Humane Society, P.O. Box 2063, Orofino, ID 83544.

Wayne I. Shriver, 86, Orofino

   Wayne Isaac Shriver, Orofino, 86, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012.

   He was born in Orofino to Ralph and Edith Shriver in 1925, the youngest of four sons. He graduated from Orofino High School in 1943.

   Wayne spent the summers of 1942 and 1943 working for the Forest Service on lookouts on the Clearwater National Forest.

   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.

   Wayne served on the Orofino City Council and as mayor, belonged to the Rotary Club, and was an early member of OCI. He loved and was loved by many.

   Wayne married Corrie Calland in March of 1947. He is survived by his wife, Corrie, at their Orofino home; son Ron and Leslie Shriver of Orofino; daughter Debbie Heebink of Spokane, WA; son Ken of Big Lake, AK; 12 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and one great-great granddaughter.

   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 Jan. 27, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood. 

   Melvin was born June 25, 1932 in Gifford to Plennie and Hattie (Presell) Jones.

   Melvin attended and graduated from Orofino High School in 1951 and then served in the Army from 1952 to 1961. 

   Melvin met the love of his life, Doris Ellen Lytle, in 1954 and they were married Dec. 2, 1955. Melvin was a woodsman, rancher, a farmer and an avid gardener. Melvin and Doris made their home in Stites. Melvin was an active member of the Stites Baptist Church.

   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.

   Graveside Inurnment with Military Honors will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3 at Pine Grove Cemetery in Kooskia. Celebration of Life will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3 at the Stites Baptist Church followed by a covered dish dinner at the Church.

   Memorial contribution may be made to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, WA. Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia is assisting the family.

Nicci McIver, 37, Umatilla, OR

   Nicci McIver, 37, of Umatilla, Oregon, born April 10, 1974, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 at her home in Umatilla.

   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 away Friday, Jan. 20, 2012 at the age of 87.

   She was born on Feb. 2, 1924 in Ashton to Norman and Leona Kent.

   She married Robert Thomas Hedrick on March 31, 1941. After working construction in numerous western states and farming in southeastern Idaho, Bob and Norma settled in Orofino in 1965. Norma worked at the Konkolville Motel for 27 years before retiring in 2001.

   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.

   Funeral services were held on Jan. 24 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory with burial following at Riverside Cemetery in Orofino.

   A visitation was held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel prior to services.

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

Lloyd Chambers, 68, Lenore

   Lloyd Chambers, 68, of Lenore, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. No services are planned.

   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 Saturday, Dec. 30, 2011. He will always be remembered by those who knew him well as a strong, genuine, kind, generous and honest individual. He was 57.

   Gary was born on May 20, 1954, in Sacramento, CA to Gabriel George and Beulah Mae Sady, the third of four children. Gary graduated from El Camino High School in 1972 before matriculating to Yavapai Junior College in Prescott, AZ, to play baseball (and to attend classes when it didn’t interfere with batting practice).

   Upon graduation, Gary enrolled at Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC) in Lewiston to play for the LCSC Warriors. During his senior year in 1976, Gary earned All-American honors and was the starting catcher for the first Warrior team to qualify for the NAIA College World Series. The LCSC team lost the title game that year to finish second in the nation.

   Gary moved to the Wood River Valley in 1983. An avid sportsman, Gary enjoyed innumerable hours hunting and fishing with friends and family. He also spent a not inconsiderable number of hours alone with nature—time he found peaceful, therapeutic and deeply gratifying.

   For most of his life after college, Gary stayed connected to baseball through participation in local softball leagues and as a coach of numerous Wood River American Legion teams.

   Although his friends and family will miss him dearly, Gary’s short 57 years constituted, in his own words, “a pretty great run.”

   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.

   Gary’s family would like to thank Dr. Charles Smith, Twin Falls; Dr. Matthew Schwarz, Boise; and Dr. Paul Montgomery, Boise, for their candor, kindness and skill in treating Gary and helping him decide appropriate treatment courses.

   His family would also like to thank Hospice of the Wood River Valley. In particular, thank you, Nancy, Kathy and Carolyn for your guidance and compassion during the last weeks of Gary’s life.

   A reception to honor Gary, followed by a celebration of his life, will be held in Hailey at the Senior Connection on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 3-7 p.m.

   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gary Sady Medical Fund at DL Evans bank in Hailey, Idaho, or to Hospice of Wood River Valley.

Alyce Kessler, 72, Orofino

   Alyce Ann Kessler, Orofino, passed away Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, at Tri-State Memorial Hospital, of pneumonia, with her daughter Cindy and son-in-law Greg Dawson by her side. She was 72.

   She was born Alyce Ann Baird on Aug. 22, 1939, in Youngstown, OH. She and Casey Kessler were married there and subsequently moved to several states, but their true home was always Orofino. She worked as a clerk at City Hall, a secretary for Dr. Cleto, and a school bus driver.

   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 Clearwater and spent their last few summers on the North Fork camping, fishing and hunting.

   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 First Baptist Church and then Orofino Community Church as long as she was able to go.

   Alyce is survived by one brother, Richard Baird, of South Carolina; her daughter Cindy, and her son-in-law Greg Dawson, of Orofino.

   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, P.O. Box 1822, Orofino, ID 83544.



Benny Hamilton, 68, Orofino

   Benny Hamilton of Orofino died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 at his home. He was 68.

   Benny and his wife Janice moved to Orofino from Colorado seven years ago. They were both retired.

   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 Colorado and Karen of Washington; and 15 grandchildren.

   Benny chose not to have a service.

Robert Thomason, 78, Orofino

   Retired Major Robert E. Thomason (Bob), Orofino, passed away Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. He was 78.

   Bob was born Jan. 18, 1933 in Memphis, TN to June Claude and Elizabeth (Clift) Thomason.

   He attended Memphis Technical High School, graduating in 1951. After high school he enlisted in the Air Force and graduated from Officers Candidate School in 1959, retiring in 1973. After retirement he opened “Lake and Lawn,” a boat and motor business, retiring in 1992.

   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 2-5 p.m. for family and friends.

   A military graveside service will be held at the Idaho Veterans Cemetery in Boise at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.

   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, Irrigon, OR

   Richard (Rich) Kelley, 49, Irrigon, OR, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 at his home.

   Arrangements are pending with Burns Mortuary in Hermiston, OR

Naomi Johnson, 89, Lewiston

   Naomi Zella Johnson Willis Ward, 89, Lewiston, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 at Kindred Care and Rehabilitation Center in Lewiston of causes related to acute leukemia.

   Naomi was born May 26, 1922, to Jacob and Martha Hatchett Willis in Clarksville, AR. The family moved to Oregon when she was 14 years old. After graduating from high school, she attended beauty school and became a licensed beautician. During World War II, she worked for Boeing Corp. in Seattle helping in the assembly of B-17 bombers.

   She married J.D. Ward Dec. 9, 1944, and they moved to Headquarters, following the war. She continued to style women’s hair as well as working in the Potlatch cookhouse in Headquarters. She and J.D. moved to Lewiston in 1971 due to his health issues.

   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 formerly Faith Tabernacle Church.

   She loved fishing for steelhead with Mervin, family and friends on the Snake and Clearwater Rivers.

   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 Ontario, OR; son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Beth Ward of Russellville, AR; daughter Sue Moser of Lewiston; three grandchildren, Brian Pearson, Melody Ward, Robin Trafford (Ward); five great grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

   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 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at the House of Faith Church, 2502 16th Ave. in Lewiston.

   In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to LOV-Life of Victory Television Station.
Obituaries for January 12, 2012

Adella Rose Christensen, 85, Orofino

   Adella Rose Christensen passed away on Saturday, Dec.  31, 2011 at the family home in Orofino, after a lengthy battle with chronic leukemia. She was 85.

   Della was born at Southwick to Glen and Alma Betts, on July 7, 1926. She attended school in Southwick and graduated in 1943. She married Donald Christensen that same year.

   Don and Della lived at logging camps up the North Fork of the Clearwater River and at Finke logging camp by Pierce before moving to Orofino. Della did books for William Cummings and for Christy Company, the log skidding carriage company that Don founded. She also worked on the Clearwater County election board for many years.

   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 Washington Coast to go “clamming.” She was a gracious hostess who always had a cup of coffee and a delicious meal ready for guests.

   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 New York, Don Christensen II of Everett, WA; Amber Bridgewater of Parma, ID; Jonathan Christensen of Orofino, and five great-grand-children. She is also survived be her brother, Eugene Betts of Coeur d’ Alene.

   The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Phillip Peterson and the nurses of Clearwater Valley Hospital for their dedicated care of Della. A special thank you is extended to Les and PJ Finney for their care so she was able to remain at home during her final days.

   A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Clearwater Memorial Public Library, Box 471, Orofino, ID 83544.



Mildred Ferguson,
Kennewick, WA

   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 Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. She was born on Feb. 26, 1918 in Lewiston, Idaho. She was the daughter of Leeta M. Hayden (Stonebraker) and Joseph P. Hayden of Lewiston, Idaho.

   Katie, as she was known to one and all, grew up in the Lewiston – Orofino area and lived there until 1962 when she moved to Federal Way, WA with her husband and children.

   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 Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA with her husband of 52 years, Moon Carey, who preceded her in death in June of 2000. She was also preceded in death by her eldest son, Robert J. Turner, in 2009, which was her greatest sorrow in her last years.

   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

   Benny Hamilton, Orofino, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 at his home. He was 68. Arrangements are pending with Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston.

Ural Rupert Albert Latham, 73, Boise

   Ural Rupert Albert Latham passed away Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, in Boise. He was 73.

   Ural was born July 1, 1939, in Pomeroy. He was the sixth child of Dwight Latham and Joveta Donnelly Latham of Peola.

   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 of Boise, Mark, Thad, Gary, Chris, Mark, Glenda and Lisa.

   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 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at the VFW Hall in the Lewiston Orchards, 1104 Warner Ave.

Obituaries for January 5, 2012

Adelle R. Christensen, 85, Orofino

   Adelle R. Christensen, Orofino, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 at her Orofino residence. She was 85.  Arrangements are pending at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home.

Barbara Jean Simmons, 76, Kamiah

   Barbara “Bobbi” Jean Simmons of Kamiah passed away Dec. 28, 2011 with her family by her side at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. She was 76.

   Bobbi was born in Kamiah in 1935 to Ed and Billie Hronek. She attended Kamiah High School and graduated in 1953. She married Don Simmons in 1955.

   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 Germany, and in 1958 attended the World's Fair in Brussels, Belgium.

   In 1958, Don and Bobbi started Simmons Sanitation and years later purchased NADL Enterprises. Bobbi and Don began their family after returning from Germany. She raised four children and was very active in Job’s Daughters, 4-H, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. She enjoyed staying busy and opened a ceramics shop in her basement.

   She was a talented painter and ladies from Lewiston would come to her shop just to have her complete the eyes on a ceramic piece. Later Bobbi became involved with Avon, with whom she sold beauty supplies for 30-plus years.

   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 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 followed by a dinner, at St. Catherine's Church in Kamiah.

   Donations in Bobbi’s name may be made to the Kamiah Community Library, P.O. Box 846, Kamiah, ID 83536. Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia is assisting the family.

William Walker, 91, Orofino

   William R. Walker, Orofino, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. He was 91.

   A memorial service will be held at Saturday, Jan. 7 at 1 p.m. 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, Lenore, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at her daughter’s home. She was 92. Arrangements are pending with Malcom’s Brower-Wann Funeral Home of Lewiston.

Beulah Riek Vrieling, 96, Grangeville

   Beulah Riek Vrieling, age 96, passed away in Grangeville on Jan. 2, 2012 from causes related to age. Our mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, was born in Jenkins, MN, in 1915, the youngest of eight children, later moving to Brainard, MN. 

   In 1930, after her father passed away, Beulah and her mother moved to Los Angeles, CA where she met and married our father, Howard (Lefty) Riek in 1935. They moved to Orofino, in 1944, along with first son, Robert (Bob). They lived in Orofino where they had two more children, Marilyn and Ron.

   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 Pleasant Grove, Utah; Marilyn Krieger and her partner, Mark Lowry of Cottonwood, and stepdaughter Carol Colson of Salem, Oregon. She also leaves behind three grandchildren, Doety Riek of Peck, Robert Riek, Jr. of Weippe, Ron Riek Jr. of Spokane, WA and stepson Thomas Lougee, as well as many nieces and nephews.

   Beulah was preceded in death by her parents, John and Melissa Gorst, four sisters, three brothers, and stepdaughter Jessamine.

   Beulah enjoyed 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 Nazarene Church in Grangeville for many years. She was a great mother and a wonderful person. She will be missed by her family, her extended family, and all who knew her.

  Services will be at Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville on Friday, Jan. 6, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Weseman Cemetery near Orofino.

   Donations may be made to Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 371, Grangeville, ID, 83530. Send condolences to the family at Blackmerfuneralhome.com.