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|Obituaries for July 26, 2012|
Bob passed away at his home in Orofino on July 18, 2012. He had been suffering from lung cancer. Bob worked construction and logged for many years. For several years Bob and his son ran a cedar picket mill at the family home on Winters Creek.
He is survived by
his three children, Barb Therkelsen of
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and his wife, Patricia, of 49 years.
A memorial service
was held at the
Thomas Munck, 82,
Thomas (Tom) Munck, 82, died
I am his sister, Wanda Head. I think he was the best person I ever knew. He was always a good brother. He was smart. He worked hard, and he played with us younger sisters and the neighbor kids. He played on the football team. He always had a job; had a paper route, worked at the Orofino Mercantile, worked with his dad and many more.
He was class
valedictorian when he graduated in 1948. He went to college at
He married Doreen Bates and he began teaching high school at Culdesac, then later he was teaching in colleges and finally became a professor. Everybody liked him. At his funeral the church was packed with his friends.
Tom is survived by his sisters Wanda and Myrna; his wife, Doreen; children Gordon, Martha, Gayle and Gary; many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Elvin, and his sister, Anna Lee.
Tom spent many
Tracie Alice Lee
Tracie Alice Lee Morton was born in
She lived in
various places from the time she was born including Pierce, ID,
Tracie enjoyed going to Seahawk games, where she was the #1 fan. She also enjoyed concerts, travel, cruises, was a cow collecting maniac, going to the beach, especially Long Beach during the kite festival, skiing, camping and fishing for trout at Wallowa Lake, where she was definitely the Queen of catching fish and driving her new Jeep. But what Tracie loved the most was spending time at home with her family and her basset hounds Ginger and Cinnamon “the spice girls” and kitty, Daisy.
Last month, she
had “the best day of her life” celebrating her birthday and her
daughter Sierra’s graduation from
Tracie was preceded in death by her father, Donald Ray Morton and her life partner’s father, Robert Chester Hickman, who Tracie lovingly referred to as “Pete.”
She is survived by her mother, Lola Lee Wisdom; brothers, Robert William Morton and wife Melinda and Bobby Wisdom; daughters, Brittany Alice Pointon and Sierra Dawn Morton; stepson, Robert Christopher Hick-man; and life partner, Robert Craig Hickman with whom she met in 1998 and spent the remainder of her life.
Also Robert’s mother, Margaret Hickman and brothers Gred and Mike; her uncle William (Hap) Ulmer; special friend Greg McDaniel, who has been there for Sierra since birth; nephews Justin and Kodee and niece Heather. She is also survived by numerous friends and family that provided her with so many wonderful memories.
Tracie could light up a room with her smile and the sparkle in her eyes was unforgettable. Tracie will be missed by so many. May you Rest In Peace and find the tranquility that was so elusive the last few years. We Love You Tracie, So Very, Very Much!
The family greeted
friends at a visitation July 22 at Mueller’s Chapel of the Falls,
were held July 23 at
The family invites you to sign their online guest book at www.muellersfuneralhomes.com.
|Obituaries for July 19, 2012|
Susan E. Mattson Brown, 51, Orofino
Sue, 51, of Orofino, passed away
She worked for
Coleman Oil in
She is survived by her daughter Danielle; her mother Carolyn; her sister Cheri and husband Montie Walker; brother Doug and wife Mary Ann Mattson; brothers Rusty and Mike Mattson; niece Misty Walker and fiancé Jason Habeck and her daughter Allie Chaye. Sue was preceded in death by her father Jerry.
A celebration of
Sue will be Friday, July 20 at the home of Ed and Dawn Lanphier,
Sue, we love and miss you so very much. You will be in our hearts for a lifetime and forever in our souls.
Betty Smolinski Crutcher, 73, Orofino
Betty Smolinski Crutcher passed away in her home at the age
of 73 on
Robert Pollock in 1958 and moved to Pierce. They had two daughters
Susan and Peggy. A lot of the summers were spent at Pine Creek and
the Bungalow region in lumberjack camps. This marriage ended in
divorce and she moved to
Betty moved to
Orofino and in September of 1966 married James Crutcher. Jim had a
daughter, Bonnie and four sons, Jim, Joe, Bill and Don so she became
an instant mother to 5 more children. Betty and Jim celebrated 44
years of marriage. She not only worked hard at raising her children,
she worked for the lunch program at Orofino Elementary for two years
In 1978, Jim and Betty purchased the Oasis Bar and, along with his brother Bill, they turned it into “the hottest bar in town.” During the 25 years of ownership, Betty prepared many Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for local patrons and friends.
We will miss our daughter, mom, sister, grandma and aunt. She could brighten up a rainbow and we will always cherish our visits, cookies, phone calls and giggles. Betty never let any dust settle under her and her lovely home was always open. She took great pride in her home and beautiful flower gardens. Her gardens were decorated with yard sale items…she loved a good yard sale so much that she started having her own and made it an annual event. Many local residents came just for her cookies, pies and (yes) her infamous “cinnamon rolls.”
Betty is survived by her mother, Bertys Smolinski, sister, Shirley Lutes and her husband Keith and brother, Jerry Smolinski and his wife Cheryl. Surviving children are Susan Harris and her husband Bill, Peggy Klamke, Bonnie Buntin and her husband Mark, Joe Crutcher, Bill Crutcher and his wife Jan and Don Pitcher; 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her father, Wallace Smolinski, husband, James Crutcher and son, James Crutcher Jr.
The family would
like to invite everyone to a “Celebration of Life” potluck. Please
bring a dish to share and memories of good times and share in the
tribute to our daughter, mom, sister, grandma and aunt. The
“Celebration of Life” will be held Saturday,
John Cox memorial service
A memorial service
potluck for John Cox, who passed away
Please bring a dish, and your own chairs and beverages.
|Obituaries for July 12, 2012|
Reita May Web Legault, 94, Orofino
Reita May Webb
Legault passed peacefully
Reita was born
She graduated from
Reita Webb was
married to Richard Legault in
She stared working
as a cook in 1950’s in various restaurants in the Kooskia area. Then
in the 1970’s she went to work in a lodge on the Middle Fork of the
Salmon Rivers owned by Harrah’s of
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Doretha Webb; her son, Dick Legault; and sisters Jo Ruka Vina and Fawn Wilson.
She is survived by her daughter Sally O’Brien of Orofino and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
At her request there will be no services. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in care of arrangements.
James Lineberry, 79, Pierce
James O’Neill Lineberry of Pierce, died
Jim’s parents and
three of his brothers, Rex, Earl, and Phil, preceded him in death.
He is survived by his brothers
Jim was raised at
for Jim were held at the
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is in care of arrangements.
Curtis Bonner, formerly of Weippe
Curtis Austin Bonner, 37,
He was born in
He had an industrious mind and started working from a young age, beginning with a paper route and lawn care for the elderly. His later jobs included cafe cook, mill worker, caregiver for patients with disabilities, and accounting.
Curtis was also a gifted pianist with a passion for music and he enjoyed researching the science of the mind, God and history. His family will remember him as an intuitive, philosophical, intellectual man who made this world a little better because he was here, with a beautiful heart and desire for perfectionism in all that he pursued.
He was a loving father, devoted son, protective brother and caring uncle. In his last words to his daughter, he told her, "Of what little I had in life was always overshadowed by the fact I had you."
Curtis was preceded in death by his father, Emmett L. Bonner.
He is survived by his daughter, Maddison Bon-ner of Coeur d' Alene; mother, Mary Bonner of Pierce; brothers, Lee, Martin, Peter, Steven, Cameron, Austin, Guy and Emmett Jr.; and sisters, Lisa Kroupa, Barbi Jared, Billi Cooper, Susan Bonner, Debra Bonner and Jessie Litchfield; and his brotherly friend Luke Kerstetter of San Diego, CA.
will be held at
Saturday, Aug. 11, at the
Donna Marie Taggart, 76,
She married Mickey
Donna continued following the snowbirds for six more years. After settling in Clarkston, she traveled with her daughters until the time of her death.
daughters Cathleen Farris,
Donna was preceded in death by her husband, Mickey Taggart, and sisters, Ellie Snyder and Jan Fuelling.
A memorial service
was held July 3 at the
Mary “Michele” Farrow, 66, of
She was born
She worked as the
office manager at Sunset Sports and later at
Michele especially enjoyed being involved in her children’s activities. She was a Little League coach and helped in cub and boy scouts. Michele loved to go camping and fishing with her family and friends. She was interested in area sports especially the Boise State Broncos. Many phone calls to her boys ended in “Go Broncos!!” Michele also loved to read and stay informed of current events.
Michele was very proud of her family and showed them off any time she could. However, she was a mother to more than just her boys. She had countless people rely on her “motherly” wisdom and often stepped in for anyone who needed her.
She was a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
survived by her husband, Jack of Idaho Falls; four
sons, Charles Mark (Monique) Farrow of Boise, ID; Scott Allen
(Donna) Farrow of Moscow, ID; Jared Wade (Jodi) Farrow of Boise, ID;
and John Aaron (Stacey) Farrow of
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Bill Graham and a daughter, Dawn Michelle Farrow.
took place July 9 at Wood Funeral Home East Side (
under the direction of Wood Funeral Home East Side, (
|Obituaries for July 5, 2012|
Joseph Mehle , 87, Pierce
, 87, Pierce
Joseph (Joe) L. Mehle,
87, of Pierce, died Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at