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|Obituaries for January 3, 2013|
Orin Leroy “Lee” Squire, 75, Orofino
Orin Leroy “Lee” Squire was born in
Lee grew up in
Lee met Phyllis Coon in a high school math class, and in 1958 they were married. Together they had three beautiful daughters. Lee and Phyllis were a powerful force working together through the years, in their family and their many contributions to their community, no matter where the military or life sent them. They maintained decades-long relationships with many people, who remained dear to them throughout their lives together.
While he was in
the military, Lee pursued a college education between deployments,
and in 1980, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from
Utilizing one last
move provided by the military, Lee, Phyllis, and their youngest
daughter, Jackye, moved to
his Juris Doctorate degree in 1985, Lee was given the opportunity to
share office space with attorneys John Swayne and Steve Calhoun in
Over the course of
his legal career, Lee was the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney of
In 2004, Lee retired due to the declining health of his beloved Phyllis. He cared for her through the years of her illness, until her death, after 50 years of marriage, in July, 2008. Lee was devastated by her death, but he knew they would be together again one day.
In 2010, Lee began corresponding with Shirley Van Kirk, with whom he had attended the same high school, she being a year behind him. After a brief courtship, they were married in July, 2012. While their time together was short, their love for one another was obvious and genuine.
Lee is survived by his loving wife, Shirley, and his three daughters, Laura Meier and her sons, Charles and Zachary; Tammy Gerberding, her husband Bob, and their children Daniel and Andrea; and Jackye Squire. He is also survived by Shirley’s children, Richard Van Kirk, his wife Mary, and their children Jared, Sarah and Madelyn; Joaline Garvey, her husband Shad, and their children Courtney and Ashlyn; and Laurena Karrle, her husband Ben, and daughter, Shayna; and by Shirley’s sisters Donna Carron and Nanette Meyer, and her husband Bob.
Lee was predeceased by his parents, and his brother, James Squire. Lee also leaves behind many, many long-time and much-beloved friends.
Services will be
held at the Best Western Lodge at Rivers Edge
In lieu of
flowers, please make a donation to the Squire Family Education
Foundation, Clearwater County
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.
Dale M. Klaudt, 54,
Dale Marvin Klaudt, 54, of
Dale was born
outdoorsman, he loved to hunt and fish, and forage for mushrooms and
wild berries. Each summer he would take his mom out huckleberry
picking in the
Always known for his sense of humor, Dale was king of the one-liners. He continued to find joy and humor in every day situations, even throughout his illness.
Most importantly, Dale was a compassionate and kind husband and friend who let his love for Jesus Christ shine through in everything he did. His friendship was a blessing to many. He made everyone feel important, and his family, friends, and co-workers knew they could rely on him for support, encouragement, and laughs.
Dale is survived by wife, Debbie Klaudt of Lewiston; parents, Ray and June Klaudt, of Clarkston; brother, Ron (Rita) Klaudt of Juneau, AK; sister, Coral (Theron) Bruce of Peck; and stepsons, Joseph, Jeremy, and Jeffrey Vicory of Sacramento, CA. He is also survived by brother-in-law, Jody (Melinda) Paris of Clarkston, father-in-law, Mike (Maura) Paris of Dayton, WA, mother-in-law, Lorraine Adkison of Clarkston, sister-in-law, Lorrie (Matt) Miller of Kennewick, WA; uncles, Jerry (Ella Mae) Klaudt and Neil (Caryl) Klaudt of Missoula, MT; aunts, Wanda Ebel of Petaluma, CA and Faye (Bill) Kennedy of Colville, WA; nieces, Cicely (Nathan) Bernard of Yachats, OR, Sara (Steve) Whitney of Juneau, Jessica Paris of Orofino, and Amber Paris of Boise, ID; nephews, Jeremy (Krista) Bruce of
Wasilla, AK, Jason (Trisha) Bruce of Campania, Italy, Jarel (Megan) Bruce of St. Maries, ID, Cody Paris of Clarkston, and Dustin Paris of Lewiston; eight great-nieces and greatnephews, many cousins and friends.
A memorial service
was held on Dec. 22 and Dale was interred at Lewis and
Donna Fay Plotnik, 83, Weippe
Donna Fay Plotnik passed away
She was born
After high school she welcomed her first son Garry Housekeeper. Three years later her second son James Reynolds came along.
She later married Allen Plotnik and
together they had a son, Robert Plotnik who was born in Grand Coulee
Dam, WA. They later made their home in
She worked as a waitress and even
owned her own business, a restaurant and bar in
When she was 79 she moved to Weippe to be closer to her family. She enjoyed gardening and took pride in her ability to grow beautiful roses. She also enjoyed traveling. She was 81 when she bought her first fishing license. She enjoyed fishing but refused to bait her own hook or take her fish off.
Donna was a Lifelong Member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
She is survived by her sons, Garry Housekeeper and Patricia Askay of Weippe and James Reynolds of Pierce; four grandchildren, Ken and Lori Reynolds of Lewiston, Cory and Christina Supak of Weippe, Mike and Tanya Howington of Nez Perce, and Sean and Sondra Burger of Alamogordo, NM; nine great grandchildren, Connor, Austin, Tyler, Kyra, Owen, Alyssa, Daisy, Kade, and Marissa; two step grandchildren, Seth and Kinsey; many nieces and nephews, and her precious dog Pansy.
She was preceded in death by a son, Robert Plotnik; five brothers, David, Elvin, Jesse, Leonard, and Arlo; five sisters, Rosetta, Lenora, Zelma, Melissa, and Edna; and her beloved dog Tina, who was cremated and will be laid to rest with her.
There will be a private family
memorial dinner at the home of Ken and Lori Reynolds in
Cremation has taken place and she will
be laid to rest this Spring at
Ellen Huffman, 87, Cavendish
passed away due to congestive heart failure and pneumonia at the age
of 87, surrounded by family members at
She was born Grace
Ellen King at
The family farmed
She went to a
trade school and learned how to operate computer keypunch machines,
comptometers and other business machines. She then worked at
Bethlehem Steel in
She worked at
Arthur A. Havens Co in
She married Lowell
After they had
children in school, the family stayed in
Ellen was an active member of the Teakean Community club for nearly 50 years and a member of the local Extension Club for many years.
She enjoyed knitting, sewing, quilting and other craft work. She made many quilts for friends, children and grandchildren. She enjoyed genealogy and did extensive research on her and her husband’s family tree.
She is survived by
her husband, Lowell at the family home in Cavendish; and three sons,
Joe Huffman of
She is also
survived by six grandchildren, James Huffman-Scott and wife Kelsey
of Bellevue, WA, Kimberly Huffman-Scott of
She was preceded in death by her parents, and brother Louis King.
At her request, there will be no formal service.
Jeanette L. Isbelle, 92, Orofino
Isbelle, 92, of Orofino, passed from this world to be with Dad and
Services will be
held at Jan.5 at the Christian Church in Orofino located at
Kayler Gilbert Duff, 90 , Lewiston
Josephine Mamie Kayler was born
She grew up on the
family farm on
William E. Gilbert in 1945 when he
returned from service in the Army Air Corp during WWII. They moved
graduated they moved to
In 1967 she married Eugene R Duff. They enjoyed many years of boating, fishing, camping and traveling.
to the First United Methodist Church of Lewiston and PEO Chapter BL.
She was an alumnus and supporter of
She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Harriett Kayler; her mother and father-in-law, Les and Effie Gilbert; her first husband, William Gilbert; son James Gilbert, step son-in-law Dallas Groseclose and great nephew John Robert Kayler.
She is survived by her brothers Marion Kayler and John (Beverly) Kayler; her husband Eugene Duff; son Jack (Patricia) Gilbert; stepdaughters Connie Groseclose and Nancy (Tom) Blewett; daughter-in-law Dixie Gilbert; grandchildren Lisa (James) Stimmell, Paul (Jill) Groseclose, Philip (Lean) Lee, Christine (Joel) Green, Richard (Charlette) Gilbert, Stephanie Berry, Carol Alspaugh, and Kellie (Rob) Atkinson; nine great-grandchildren, two nieces and one nephew.
be made in Josephine’s memory to Lewis-Clark State College,
Joyce Buchholz of
Joyce was born
Joyce and Harold
lived in Weippe until 1976, the moved to
Joyce was a
caregiver for family members and loved to cook and bake for her
family. She traveled to
Joyce is survived by her husband, Harold, at their Lewiston home; son Greg Buchholz of Bonney Lake, WA; daughter and son-in-law Jan and Bruce Wyatt of Lewiston; grandchildren and spouses Chris and Christy Buchholz of Oakland, CA, Jonathan and Jamie Buchholz of Seattle, WA, Monika Buchholz of Bonney Lake, Jennifer and Todd Clovis of Asotin, WA, and Jessica and Ryan Thompson of Lewiston; and great grandchildren Jackson Buchholz of Oakland, CA, Cassie and Cameron Clovis of Asotin, and Lyla Mae Thompson of Lewiston.
She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, and many good friends.
Joyce was preceded in death by her father, mother, four brothers, and two sisters.
A visitation and viewing were held Dec. 28 at Vassar-Rawls
Funeral Home in
service took place Dec. 29 at Vassar-Rawls, followed by burial at
Memorial donations may be made to the Idaho State Veterans Home.
The Family would also like to thank Diana Stamper, Joyce's personal caregiver, and all the staff at The Idaho State Veterans Home for the wonderful care Joyce received.
Rexford Dewey Christensen, 88, Orofino
Rexford Dewey Christensen, born in Blackfoot, on
At the end of
World War II, Rex served in the Army Air Corps as a radio operator
on a B-29. He worked for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for over
20 years and as a police chief for Amtrak in
He was an active
member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served
with Edith in the
To be closer to family, Rex and Edith moved to Brookside Landing in Orofino in 2011.
Rex was preceded in death by his parents, William Dewey and Elva Christensen, daughter LaRae Call, grandson Rick LeBaron and great grandson Logan LeBaron.
He is survived by his wife Edith, his son-in-law Lynn Call, of Ogden, UT; daughter Annette LeBaron (Doug), of Orofino; son Kevin (LeeAnn) Christensen, of Twentynine Palms, CA; 16 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren.
will be at
Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Orofino LDS church building at
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in care of arrangements.