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Obituaries for June 27, 2013

Joyce L. Harrington, 71, Lenore

   Joyce Lavon Harrington passed away at her home at Lenore due to complications from cancer on Monday June 24, 2013. She was 71.

   Joyce was born to Nicholas J. Leopoldus and Sarah (Weitzel) Leopoldus on Feb. 27, 1942. From that moment on she lived her life with strength, grace and dignity.  Even with the ravaging toll this terrible disease brings she was able to maintain her strength, grace and dignity.

   In 1960 Joyce graduated from Lakewood High School in Lakewood, CO. After high school she attended Colorado State University in Ft. Collins for one year, transferred to Lamar Tech in Beaumont, TX for a year, and then came back to CSU to finish her education, earning her B.A. degree in Biology.

   In 1965 Joyce Lavon Leopoldus and Robert M. (Mike) Harrington were married in Lakewood, CO. To this marriage three children were born, Cynthia Lynn, Angela May and Robert Eugene. It is because of her natural mothering abilities that they grew up to be superb adults.

   Joyce and Mike gathered up the youngsters and moved to Lenore in 1978. Although she had always enjoyed outdoor activities, Joyce was able to whet her appetite for hunting and fishing, especially for steelhead. Joyce worked as a substitute teacher for Orofino schools for 25 years and was still able to find time to fish at Lenore and hunt the surrounding area. She was well known for her fishing and hunting skill.

   Joyce was a wonderful person to love and be loved by. She will surely be missed by many. Joyce was preceded in death by her father Nicholas J. Leopoldus and mother, Sarah (Weitzel) Leopoldus. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Mike Harrington; children: Cindy Merriman and Jim, Angie Montambo and Gene Harrington; one sister: Beverly Karges and Bob; two brothers: Nick Leopoldus and Enid and Dick Leopoldus; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren; mother-in-law, Irene Harrington; sister-in-law, Leah Struck.

   In Lieu of flowers in her Memory, memorial donations may be made to Orofino American Legion Baseball at Lewis Clark Credit Union in Orofino or by mail at American Legion Baseball P.O. Box 1417 Orofino, ID 83544.

   The family would like to extend thanks to Dr. Shah, the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Hospice and Sister Margie.

   Cremation has taken place and at her request no services will be held.

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

Shirley Ann Potratz, 58, Orofino

   Shirley Ann Potratz passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2013 in Orofino at the age of 58.

   Shirley was born in 1955 to Wallace Wall and Meleeta Clift in Salt Lake City, UT.

   She is survived by: two brothers, five sisters, one daughter, three sons, eight grand children, two great grandchildren, and many friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, father, and one brother. 

   Shirley was an adventurous, free spirit. Early in her adulthood she moved from Salt Lake City to Southern Utah, where she found the small town life she desired. There she successfully raised four children and lived the majority of her life. She spent her later years in the small town of Orofino, near her children and grandchildren.

   Shirley loved nature and treasured it greatly. She always found a way to be creative and loved getting her hands dirty when attaining her accomplishments. She loved spending time in the forest or a river valley. It was her idea of heaven on earth.

   A wake and celebration of her life will be held in late summer. The date will be announced.

Gary L. Mutum, 78, Richland, WA

   Gary L. Mutum, 78, died June 10, 2013 at Richland Life Care Center in Richland, WA. He was born Oct. 15, 1934, in Lewiston, ID to Howard and Ada (Bozila) Mutum.

   Gary served in the United States Army stationed in Okinowa. He married Marsha Snyder. That marriage ended in divorce. He was employed by Clearwater Potlatch Timber Protective Association as a heavy equipment operator.  He retired in 1996 after having surgery for cancer. He was a long-time resident of the Weippe area.

   Gary loved people. Everyone was his friend. He loved baseball, especially the Atlanta Braves.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.

   He is survived by his devoted friend and companion Diane (Hesler) Austin, son Tad (Chris), brother Gale (Marcie), a granddaughter, two great-granddaughters. He is also survived by Diane’s son and his family; and daughter and her family, who loved him like a father and grandfather. He will also be greatly missed by his many friends.

   A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. Cremation has taken place.

Phyllis L. Bell, 71, Peck

   Phyllis Louise Bell of Peck went to be with her Heavenly Father on Monday, June 24, 2013. She was surrounded by her loving family. She was 71.

   Phyllis was born on Nov. 30, 1941 to Frank and Ellen West in Orofino. She grew up in Peck and was the youngest of four children.

   She met the love of her life, Robert Bell and they were married Sept. 13, 1960. They have four children: Ron (Gail) Bell of Meridian, ID; Randy Bell of Las Vegas, NV; Brenda (Jeff) Anthony of Crowley, TX and Barb Bell of Lewiston, ID. They also have two granddaughters:  Shandi and Rhiannon; three grandsons: Casey, Shane and Cody; two great-granddaughters: Topaz and Wednesday and one great-grandson, Jaden. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Frances.

   Phyllis worked for the Orofino School District and Kayler’s Tree Farm in Peck for many years and never missed a day of work. She also babysat many of the local kids which she really enjoyed. She also enjoyed warm sunny days in her backyard, anything and everything to do with Elvis, the family dog, Snowball, and she especially enjoyed contests. She won many things over the years for her efforts. 

   Her grandchildren were the jewels in her life. She had an extra special bond with her first grandchild, Shandi.

   Phyllis is survived by her husband, Bob of Peck, her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sister, Maxine of Lewiston; brother, Ellis of Peck; numerous in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews.

   The family would like to thank the wonderful staff and residents at Clearwater Health & Rehab and the Clearwater Valley Hospital for their support, compassion and care.

   A private family graveside service is being held.  Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in care of arrangements.

Rose (Rea) M. Albright, 57, Kamiah

   Rose (Rea) Marie Albright of Kamiah went home to be with the Lord on Monday, June 24, 2013. She was 57.

   Rose was born Dec. 18, 1955 in St. Louis, Missouri to Robert and Emily Schiltz.

   Rose was full of life. She was very energetic and enjoyed coaching sports for her grandkids. She loved helping the community with fundraisers and her church, Kamiah Bible Church.

   Rose was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Emily Schiltz; brother Mark Schiltz and mother in law Betty Albright.

   Rose is survived by her husband of 32 years, Joseph W. Albright; her father-in-law Joseph M. Albright; brothers, Tom (Debbie) Schiltz and John Schiltz; and sisters, Roberta Tatalovich and Patricia (Dennis) Homola; children, Christine (Wally) Newman, Carol (Tim) Sweeney, and Jim (Susie) Albright; grandchildren, Nicole Duran (fiancé-Chazz), Brandon, Jeffrey, Brian, Joseph, Kyle, Chad, Tyler, Lacey, and Kaley; and so many great family and friends.

   Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 26, at Kamiah Bible Church in Kamiah. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 27, at The Life Center, Highway 12, Kamiah. Interment will follow at the Kamiah City Cemetery followed by a potluck dinner at the Kamiah Bible Church. Arrangements are by Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia, Idaho.

   Donations in honor of Rose Albright may be made to Kamiah Bible Church, PO Box 116, Kamiah, ID 83536.

Obituaries for June 20, 2013

Bradley Ray Huffman, 22, Moscow

   Our hearts were broken when our son, Bradley Ray Huffman, died in his sleep June 14, 2013 of natural causes. An autopsy is underway. 

   He was born November 21, 1990 in Lewiston to Doug and Julie (Seeley) Huffman and two older sisters, Amy and Lisa. Brad grew up on the family farm in Cavendish, helping with the farm work from the time he could walk.

   Brad attended Cavendish Elementary School before going to Orofino for junior high and high school. He won the OJHS geography bee in both seventh and eighth grades and participated in the state geography bee both years. He also won the District 171 spelling bee in eighth grade and competed in the regional spelling bee in Lewiston.

   He ran track for six years and qualified for state in the 800 meter three times. Brad was also involved in 4-H throughout his school years. He took several AP classes in high school and graduated as a Valedictorian of Orofino High School in 2009.

   Bradley attended the University of Idaho and majored in Plant Science while working for the university Wheat Breeding Program. He graduated in December 2012 and took a job in U of I Mustard and Canola Breeding, although he was still involved with the wheat breeding team.

   Brad enjoyed farming, gardening, photography, hunting, and fishing. He returned to the family farm most weekends and enjoyed going for long walks with his dog, Kanobi.

   He is survived by his parents at the family home; sister Amy (Nathan) Faragher and nephew Jared Faragher of Orem, UT; and sister Lisa Huffman of Kent, WA. He is also survived by his paternal grandfather Lowell Huffman of Cavendish, his maternal grandmother Shirley Seeley of Orofino, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. His paternal grandmother Ellen Huffman and his maternal grandfather Bud Seeley preceded him in death.

   There will be a service Saturday, June 22 at 11 a.m. at the Best Western Lodge at River’s Edge on Main Street in Orofino, followed by a luncheon.

   Memorial donations may be made to the Cavendish Elementary PTA, 455 Middle Road, Lenore, ID 83541 or the Orofino High School Track Program, 300 Dunlap Road, Orofino, ID 83544.

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

Bernice McKinney, 92, Clarkston

   There will be a graveside gathering for Bernice McKinney of Clarkston, WA, who died at age 92, on Saturday, June 22, 11 a.m. at the Weippe Cemetery.

Lisa Dial celebration of life

   A celebration of life for Lisa (Stanley) Dial, who passed away Nov. 29, 2012, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 22 at First Christian Church in Orofino.

   The church is located on the corner of Michigan Avenue and C Street, beside the old Orofino Junior High building.

James Knock (Jimmy), 71, Orofino

   James Knock (Jimmy), 71, passed away June 14, 2013, at his home at Brookside Landing. He will be dearly missed.

   Jimmy was the life of the party everywhere he went. He was loved by all who knew him and the feeling was mutual.

   Jimmy’s award-winning smile was the first thing you saw when he entered the room and it wasn’t long before that contagious laugh of his started. He always had a joke to tell and loved to listen to jokes, and stories, too,

   Jim’s heart was huge so it’s bittersweet that it was heart problems that took him from us.

   It was Jim’s wish to be cremated; therefore there will not be a formal funeral service.

   Please join us for an Open House Memorial Friday, June 21, from 2-4 p.m. at Brookside Landing, 431 Johnson Ave., Orofino.

   In lieu of cards and flowers, donations may be made to the Clearwater Humane Society in Jim’s and his dog Shotsie’s names.

Marlin Kennedy, 65, Kooskia

   Marlin Ray Kennedy, 65, of Kooskia, died Tuesday June 11, 2013 near Kooskia.

   Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22 at Wilderness Gateway Campground, Highway 12 on the Lochsa River. A potluck will be held after the service. Food and chairs are needed.

   Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia is assisting the family.

Catherine Adair, 82, Orofino

   Catherine Adair, 82, a resident of Orofino, died Saturday, June 15, 2013, at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation in Orofino.

   Mountain View Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Obituaries for June 13, 2013

Ruth McHone, 96, Orofino

   Ruth McHone passed away at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino June 7, 2013. She was 96 years old.

   Ruth was born at Big Cedar Creek 10 miles from Kooskia to John and Katherine Hagen on the family homestead. She attended school through the eighth grade at Big Cedar School. Because the family lived so far from town she was not able to attend high school. Her bucket list was short, but high school was always on her list. At age seven she was driving a team of horses pulling a mowing machine. She worked alongside her father on the homestead from that time on.

   On her 21st birthday she married Charles McHone in Grangeville. They made their home in the Big Cedar - Red Fir area until WWII began. At that time they moved to Lewiston. In March of 1951 they moved to their home on Lower Fords Creek out of Orofino.

   For the next 58 years Ruth lived on the Ford Creek farm raising children, grandchildren, and her famous gardens-gardens big enough not only to provide for her family, but for many friends and neighbors as well.

   Ruth’s grandchildren were her pride and joy, and all of those grandkids have special memories of Grandma Ruth. She was always ready to help neighbors with any tasks, from helping pull a new born calf to caring for a sick baby during the coldest night of the winter.

   No one ever walked away from her table hungry whether they be friend or stranger.

   Although she is known for being the homemaker, she took on many jobs during her life time. From cook at the Tammany School, care giver at the Orchards Nursing Home, to short order cook. While Chuck was away serving his country during WWII, she paid off the mortgage on their Lewiston home by picking cherries. She got an extra penny a pound by picking the top of the trees.

   Her life spanned from before the roaring twenties, through the great depression, several wars, to men walking on the moon, and more technology than she cared to know about. A wonderful chapter in history has sadly passed from us.

   Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, Chuck, her son Steve and granddaughter Jackie.

   She is survived by her daughter Shirley and husband Marvin Capper, son Mike and wife Sharon McHone, four grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

   A memorial will be held at the Tahoe cemetery Saturday, June 22, at 11:30 a.m. A potluck dinner honoring Ruth will be held in Stites following the memorial.

William Henry Bolz, 83, Orofino

   William Henry Bolz, 83, Orofino, passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2013, from natural causes.

   Bill was born June 16, 1929 to William C. and Anna (Malvich) Bolz in Lugerville, WI,

   Bill married Mavis K. Dratt Sept. 1, 1956, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Butternut, WI. They moved to Milwaukee, WI, where both of their sons, Forrest Lynn and Kevin Lane, were born,

   In 1963 Bill and Mavis relocated to Weippe. They raised their family there and continued to live in the area. Bill spent most of his life as a long haul truck driver. He drove the highways until he was 73 when health issues forced him to retire.

   Bill is survived by his wife, Mavis, of 57 years; sons Frosty of Peck and Kevin of Weippe; five grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and one sister, Lewellyn Croteau in Ashland, WI.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Charles and Ben.

   There will be no services at his request.

Christa D. Ladd, 73, Orofino

   Christa D. Ladd, 73, of Orofino, died Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Orofino. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel of Orofino is in charge of arrangements.

Loren R. Olson, 46, Orofino

   Loren R. Olson, 46, of Orofino, died Monday, June 3, 2013, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

   Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.

Gary Laverne Mutum, 78, Richland, WA

   Gary Laverne Mutum, 78, of Richland, WA, died Monday, June 10, 2013, at Life Care of Richland. Columbia Memorial Chapel in Pasco, WA, is in care of arrangements. No services are planned.

Obituaries for June 6, 2013

Maxine M. Johnstun, 91, long-time Weippe resident

   Maxine M. Johnstun passed away May 31, 2013, at the age of 91.

   Born to Freeman and Ethel Hirtzel on Dec. 20, 1921, in Rainier, OR, she was christened Margaret Maxine, but was always called by her middle name, Maxine, until the grandkids came along. Then she was affectionately known as “Granny” to many.

   After graduating from high school, Maxine enrolled at Oregon College of Education at Monmouth. At college, she was in drama club and the chorus and was named Outstanding Senior Woman.

   Maxine married her sweetheart, Jess Johnstun, on Dec. 27, 1941. She graduated in the spring of 1942 and returned to Rainier to teach the fourth and seventh grades, while Jess was stationed in the south Pacific during WWII. She taught until they started a family upon his return from the war. They were married for 35 years, until his death Dec. 8, 1976.

   In the summer of 1958, Jess and Maxine and five children left Rainier for Weippe, and purchased the Ehlinger Sawmill and house. They embraced their new community and became involved with PTA, boosters club and all the activities at the schools in Weippe.

   Maxine always considered herself an advocate for the schools and community. She was instrumental in getting the Weippe Gorilla mascot back where she felt it belonged—on the Weippe water tower.

   Maxine contributed to the Clearwater Tribune, in her column entitled, “Happenings on the Hill,” for about 10 years. She started the job in around 1994, well after retirement age, and took her job very seriously, attending town functions and calling to verify facts and details. She donated all of her earnings to the community, schools, and activities, most notably to the band program at Timberline.

   One of Maxine’s greatest joys was to participate in the annual Weippe Rodeo parade. She had many floats featuring her grandchildren and was thrilled and honored to be named Grand Marshal of the parade in 1991.

   With her health declining, Maxine moved off the hill and into assisted living at Brookside Landing, and most recently to Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation, both in Orofino.

   Maxine was preceded in death by her husband Jess; her oldest son, Jess Johnstun Jr.; and her four siblings.

   She is survived by her children, Joel (Jolene) Johnstun of Boise, Joyce (Robert) Bowlby of Seattle, Jerry (Nancy) Johnstun of Weippe and Jan (Douglas) Meckley of Hagerstown, MD; her grandchildren, Joel W. Johnstun (Circle Selders) of Chubback, Juliet (Matthew) Reece and daughters Ashlyn and Makenna Reece of Ivyland, PA, Lisa Meckley (Tucker Sylvestro) of Boston, MA, Laura Meckley of Hagerstown, Matthew Johnstun (Amanda) and son Jayce of Coeur d’Alene and Kyle Johnstun (Jessica Roberts) and daughter Shylei of Lewiston; and many nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, June 8 at the Weippe Community Hall with a luncheon to follow the service. Maxine will be laid to rest next to her husband in Rainier, OR on Monday, June 10.

   The family suggests donations to Weippe Hilltop Heritage Museum, P.O. Box 279, Weippe, ID 83553, or Weippe Community Hall, P.O. Box 351, Weippe, ID 83553.

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

Harold “Tex” Lloyd Irby, 85, Orofino

   Harold Lloyd Irby “Tex” was born in Guyman, OK to Preston and Alice Conn Irby on Feb. 18, 1928 and passed away May 31, 2013 in Lewiston, ID.

   He came to the Orofino area in 1948 from Southern Idaho and married Elsie McLean in 1953. Harold worked in the timber industry and later for WI&M Lee and Estes and McCall Oil as a tanker truck driver. His employment moved his family to Spokane, Moses Lake and Kennewick, WA. Upon retirement Harold and Elsie made their home in the Russell area south of Orofino. Elsie passed away in 2011.

   Harold is survived by one brother Don Irby, Lewiston; sons Elton (Suzanne) Irby, Kennewick and Larry Irby, Nezperce; daughters Lorna (Bob) Inglet, Orofino, and Diane (Joseph) Hedrick, Kennewick; and grandchildren Jeremy Irby, Katelyn and Cassandra Hedrick; Lorissa, Ray and Lottie Inglet.

   A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 8, at 1 p.m. at the Orofino Senior Center.

Donna Chmielewski, 58, Lenore

   Donna Chmielewski, 58, of Lenore, Idaho, passed away on Friday, May 31, 2013 at her Riverbend Vineyard home in Lenore, ID.  She fought a long, hard battle against cancer and was surrounded by family and friends at her passing. She will be greatly missed by all that knew her.

   In Donna’s memory, a Wake will be held at the Chmielewski home at 20618 Riverbend Lane, Lenore, ID, on Saturday, June 8, at 3 p.m. Pine Hills Funeral Home is handling her arrangements.

   Donna was born in Sacramento, CA, to Frances Benge and Tedd King on Oct. 22, 1954. The family moved to Novato, CA where Donna graduated from Novato High in 1972. She went on to earn a degree /certificate in Nursing in Reno, NV. She worked in various careers over the years before working at Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics in Orofino, ID.

   She enjoyed gardening, listening to music, fishing with her husband, and spending time outdoors.

   Donna is preceded in death by her dad, Jack Benge and son, Kacey John Covell.

   Donna is survived by her loving husband of 17 years, Tony Chmielewski; Her mother, Frances Benge, Colorado; Father, Tedd King (Carol), California; Her daughters, Jessie Covell, Louisiana, Teri Sebastian (Lee), Georgia, and Tena Chmielewski, Florida; Her brother, Marc Benge (Arlene), Colorado; Grandsons, Gabe and Phoenix.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Idaho Food Bank, 1300 East Main St, Lewiston, Idaho 83501.

   The family wishes to extend their gratitude to St. Joseph’s Family Hospice, Dr. Pant in Lewiston, Idaho, and their good friends Dennis and Trish Reynolds.

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

Henry Charles Lerandeau, 76

   Henry Charles (Hank) Lerandeau was born Aug. 31, 1936 to Meta Wilfred Lerandeau in Keene, NH. After graduating from the University of Maine in Forestry, he married Nancy McDonough in Woodland, ME.

   They moved to Montana, where they spent several years before moving to Cottonwood, where he continued to work for the U.S. Forest Service until his retirement in 1996.

   Hank and Nancy had seven children. They divorced in 1972. In 1976 he married Marie Kaschmitter, and they had two children.

   Hank is survived by his wife Marie; and his children, Michael and wife Marilyn of Cottonwood, Michelle of Santa Rosa, CA, Jackie and husband Jim Campigli of Walnut Creek, CA, John and wife Delena and Fairbanks, AK, Ann of Ridgecrest, CA, Patrick and wife Hiroko of Torrance, CA, Elizabeth and husband Barry Hillman of Troy, Heather and husband Linc Way of Lewiston, and Josh, also of Lewiston.

   He is also survived by many grandchildren: Eric and Emily Lerandeau, Rehana Lerandeau, Nick and Alex Campigli, Jake and Makayla Lerandeau, Adam and Kate Ashton, Ryan and Luke Lerandeau, Ian and Vivienne Hillman, Mathew Lerandeau, Ambor Becker, Riley, Carson, Mason and Chloe Way and Broox Lerandeau; and great grandchildren Terell Sells and Temera McAtty.

   No services are planned and cremation has taken place.

David Stottlemyer, 59, Kooskia

   David Stottlemyer, 59, died Tuesday, May 30, 2013 at his home in Kooskia. David was born October 24, 1953 in Corona, CA to Harvey and Carol (Borg) Stottlemyer.

   David grew up in the Riverside, CA area and loved music, camping, reading, gardening and was active in his local Pathfinders. He attended school and graduated from La Sierra Academy. David went on to receive his B.S. in Agriculture and Master’s in Biology from Loma Linda University. His passion for gardening showed in school and work.

   Following college, he had an opportunity to work on the farm and later teach agriculture at La Sierra University. In 1980, while working at the La Sierra campus farm, he met his future wife, Cheryl, and they married in March of 1983.

   In 1985 they settled in Riverside. David worked at UCR in the avocado-breeding program and became a master of avocado knowledge. After 20 years in their Riverside home, David and Cheryl decided to move to Kooskia and build their dream of a small family farm business that they named Summer Hill Farm.

   He taught gardening seminars around the country and was known to be a very spiritual and wise man with a keen sense of humor.

   David was preceded in death by his grandparents; his father, Harvey Stottlemyer; and brother-in-law, Wayne Barnhart.

   David is survived by his wife Cheryl and daughters Jolene and Kayla at their Kooskia home; mother Carol Stottlemyer of California; sister Debi Barnhart of California; brothers, Chris and Craig Stottlemyer of California; and many nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 16 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Orofino. Services will be followed by a light supper.

   A memorial service will also be held in California at a later date.

   Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia is assisting the family.

Phil “Earl” Druker, 65

   Phil Druker (aka Earl) died peacefully surrounded by friends in the early morning Tuesday May 28, 2013. He was 65.

   He was born in Chicago June 5, 1947, first son of Leonard and Jean Druker. He grew up in St. Paul, MN, not far from the Mississippi River and Minnehaha Falls. When he was very young he traveled to Seattle to visit his grade-school buddy John Ploeger (with whom he remained friends all his life), and after that he always wanted to be near mountains.

   So when he graduated from high school, he enrolled at the University of Colorado. There, however, he proved you can have too much fun, so he finished his B.A. in English at the College of St. Thomas in 1969.

   Before he was drafted for military service, he applied for conscientious objector status. After receiving that, he served his country honorably as an orderly at Denver General Hospital, where he worked on the medical ward and the psychiatric ward. He often said it was the best job he ever had because he learned so much about people.

   After completing his alternative service, he went to the University of Mexico in Mexico City to learn Spanish. Then, instead of returning to the U.S. as planned, he hitchhiked through Central and South America all the way to Tierra del Fuego. Along the way, he visited most of the main archeological sites, and he taught English in Bolivia.

   When he returned to the U.S. in 1974, he traveled to Idaho to visit friends on their stump farm near Cavendish, and he never left Idaho. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service and then as a logger. He married Barb Deyo. They lived on Lower Fords Creek, at Schmidt’s Mill and then near Nezperce, where he worked for Barb’s uncle on his wheat ranch. When he injured his back logging, he decided to return to school and went to the University of Idaho, where he earned a master’s degree in teaching English as second language. During this time, he and Barb divorced, but they remained lifelong friends.

   Jobs were scarce in 1983, when he graduated with his M.A., but he lucked out when Washington State University opened a new language school and he was one of the first teachers hired. He taught and helped develop curriculum, and along the way he began teaching technical writing. He liked teaching, but he loved the mountains and rivers more so he spent his winters skiing the backcountry and his summers backpacking, rafting, and hiking.

   In 1990, he returned to the UI to teach technical writing and advanced writing courses that he developed, including travel writing and environmental writing. He edited Palouse Journal, and he wrote occasional articles for the Lewiston Tribune’s Outdoor page. With his colleague Mary Clearman Blew, he edited Forged in Fire: Essays by Idaho Writers and Borne on Air: Essays by Idaho Writers.

   In 1994, he and Jeannie Harvey married. They traveled though much of Asia and Europe. And they spent winter vacations with their great friends Ian von Lindern and Margrit von Braun in Mexico or the Caribbean. They spent summers hiking, backpacking and traveling. For his 50th birthday, he spent nearly a month climbing Mt. Logan (highest mountain in Canada), and he participated in a few other climbing expeditions in Alaska and Canada.

   He also helped with projects on the Juneau Icefield many summers. When Jeannie’s work took her to Bangladesh, they often traveled to Nepal, where they did a number of treks in the Himalaya. Out of that experience he wrote Beyond the Clouds: Trekking in the Hidden Land of Dolpo. A group of friends recently published that book.

   Phil had a wide circle of friends, more friends than he deserved given his grouchiness. But he had a great laugh, could tell good stories and had extensive backcountry skills. So people were usually glad to put up with him, even if he was slow.

   His brother Brian and his colleagues helped Phil through his struggle with prostate cancer. They kept him alive longer than anyone expected, and he was hiking and skiing until the end and he maintained his good humor through it all.

   Phil regrets leaving Jeannie, his old friends, his young friends, his brothers and sister, and his nieces and nephews—he wished he could be with them all forever and a day. Phil, who wrote the bulk of this obituary, would like you all to remember to have a kind heart.

   Contributions in his name may be directed to the Idaho Conservation League, the Latah Trail Foundation, White Pine Chapter – Idaho Native Plant Society or other conservation organization.

   There will be a party to celebrate his life in June, with details to be announced.

Michael Stewart Hanson Sr., 66, Lewiston

   Michael (Fishman) Stewart Hanson Sr. of Lewiston left us on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d’Alene from ongoing health complications. He was 66.

   Michael was born in Long Beach, CA, to Lloyd Eugene Hanson and Lucille Christine Hanson on August 27, 1946.

   Michael spent his youth growing up in Long Beach, CA. He loved surfing, fishing, and the lifestyles that coincided with the California sun.

   He graduated from Robert A. Millikan High School in 1964. He then enlisted into the United States Marine Corps from 1965-67, during which time he completed a tour in Vietnam. Returning Home from Vietnam he soon met Pamela Suzanne Gillies and they were married March 8, 1968. They had five children together and were married for 21 years until they divorced in 1989.

   Through the late 60’s and early 70’s Michael and his family lived in Rogue River, OR, where Michael was a river guide and avid fisherman. In 1973 Michael and his family moved to Alaska where he worked on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. After his work on the pipeline he and his family stayed in Alaska. Michael spent the rest of the time in Alaska working part-time and odd jobs and also did what he loved and did best, he simply fished.

   By 1981 Michael and his family lived in Idaho, where he spent the remainder of his life. He lived in towns such as Riggins, Cottonwood, Grangeville, Kooskia, Orofino, and finally Lewiston; as long as he could be close to Salmon or Clearwater rivers.

   From 2007 to 2010 he lived lakeside in Oklahoma enjoying the best of the Oklahoma outdoors. He loved fishing and later adopted the name “Fishman” or “Fishman Mike;” he even had “Fishman” tattooed on his right arm.

   He commonly would walk into stores and local fishing shops being greeted “hey Fishman” or “what’s it going to be today Fishman?” Michael adored fishing Steelhead in the local rivers.

   He particularly loved the Clearwater River and angled her banks for many years. Fishing was a love and his passion, a passion he loved to share and taught his children, grandchildren, and the many friends in his life.

   Michael had an exuberant and colorful personality. He was friends with anyone that would share a conversation and genuinely loved people. Michael didn’t care about your reputation, only your character.

   Besides family, friends, and fishing, Fishman Mike loved many things including music, writing poetry, wrapping fishing rods, and laughter whenever possible. Michael’s happiness came easy, as long as he had loved ones, a fishing rod close by and some Bob Dylan or Van Morrison to help carry the day, he was happy.

   As a father, grandfather, brother, son, and a friend, Michael will be infinitely missed, but has left us with the memory of his ever-present smile and the warm place he has created in our hearts that we will forever cherish.

   Michael is survived by his five children: his daughters, Janae Christine Lavendusky of Lewiston; Renee Kathleen Hanson of Seattle, WA; and Tracy Rebecca Hanson of Syringa; and his sons, Michael Stewart Hanson Jr. of White Bird and Jeremiah John Peter Hanson of Lewiston.

   Michael was especially proud to be a grandfather and cherished the seven grandchildren that survive him.

   Michael is also survived by his mother, Lucille Christine Maddox of St. George, Utah; and his stepfather Billy Winn Maddox of St. George; his brother, Jeffrey Lloyd Hanson of St. George; and his sister, Jane Kathleen Brown of St. George.

   Michael was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd Eugene Hanson.

   A memorial service and dinner will commence at 3 p.m. on Monday, June 10, at the Elks Lodge in Lewiston. Colorful attire is encouraged. Cremation and other arrangements are being provided by Vassar-Rawls funeral home.

   Michael’s ashes will be distributed along various locations of the Clearwater River as per his wishes. In lieu of flowers, please make donations at Twin River National Bank to the Mike Fishman Hanson Youth Steelhead Fund. These funds will be used by the Idaho Fish and Game for the youth Steelhead fishing clinics.

Gerald Merton Knapp, 77, Clarkston

   Gerald Merton Knapp, 77, of Clarkston, passed away May 24, 2013, at his home. He was born April 28, 1936, to Oak and Mary (Hansen) Knapp in Orofino. He attended Colville High School and was in the graduating class of 1954. He attended Washington State University and graduated from there in 1958 with a degree in civil engineering. He was in the National Guard in 1958.

   Gerald married Judith Ann (Judy) Sieger April 8, 1962, in Colville. She passed away Oct. 17, 2010. He married Diane Gentry Rodakowski Sept. 22, 2012, in Coeur d’Alene.

   While growing up he lived in Orofino, Rexford, Mont., and Colville. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service from 1959 to 1984. During that time he was in Colville from 1959 to 1962; Missoula, Mont., from 1962 to 1965 and Orofino from 1965 to 1984. He retired from the USFS after 25 years. He then moved to Reno, Nev., in 1984 and then Las Vegas in 1990 while working for several engineering firms. His last job was as Safety Officer for Dow Industries in Las Vegas before retiring in 2006. He moved back to the Lewiston area in September 2012.

   Jerry had a passion for history, with a special interest in the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He loved attending the athletic and musical events of his children and grandchildren - always their biggest fan. He enjoyed gardening, making hot sauce, playing board games and cards. He volunteered at the Sahara West Branch of the Las Vegas Public Library. During his years in Orofino, he was an avid steelhead fisherman, and a member of the Kiwanis Club. He approached life with a positive attitude. He never met a stranger and made friends everywhere he went.

   He is survived by his wife Diane of Clarkston; son Frank Knapp of Kent, WA; daughter Thea Decker of Henderson, NV; brothers Robert Knapp of Lewiston, Hugh Knapp of Redmond, WA, and Neil Knapp of Spokane, WA; granddaughters Hannah and Emma Knapp, both of Kent, Lindsay and Amanda Decker, both of Henderson; grandsons Andrew, Michael, and Austin Decker, all of Henderson; stepchildren Angie, Elise, Emily and Tracy; and stepgrandchildren Sierra, Madigan, Sasha, Aubree and Easton.

   He was preceded in death by his brothers Lloyd Knapp and Frank Knapp and wife Judith Knapp.

  Memorial services will be held at a later date. Please sign the online guest book at

Elmer Danner, 77, Orofino

   After a hard fought battle with cancer, Elmer Danner entered his eternal rest on Saturday, June 1, 2013. He was 77.

   Elmer was born to Warren and Ethel Danner at their log home in Grangemont on Dec. 10, 1935. He attended schools in Grangemont and Upper Columbia Academy and graduated from Auburn Academy. He left the area for a short time while he proudly served his country as an aircraft mechanic in the Air Force.

   Elmer met Gloria Baker on a blind date and they married in Orofino on June 6, 1964. They moved to Grangemont and raised a family. As of June 6, Elmer and Gloria would have been married 49 years.

   The lumber industry was always a part of Elmer’s life. By age 14 he was working with his Dad and a portable sawmill and went on to do various jobs within the lumber industry. He spent most of his life logging for many of Clearwater County’s logging companies.

   In 1970, Elmer and Gloria purchased the ranch that Elmer was born on; he put his heart and soul into the place. He created ponds with such natural beauty that they should be featured in magazines. He cleared trees in areas to give them park-like settings, and he left some areas for nature. He loved nothing more than to give a tour of the place if you had an hour or two.

   Retirement gave Elmer more time to tinker with his tractors and heavy equipment and spend time with his animals. He had such a wonderful way with all animals that one of the deer on his property would actually come running if he called and would follow him around.

   Elmer was known by many for his collections, his original witty quotes and his love of antiquated machinery. His sense of humor and his laugh will never be forgotten.

   Elmer is survived by his wife Gloria; children-Delores “Charlie” Danner, Ellis (Ronna) Setliff, and Shannon (Bob) Munger; grandchildren-Tyler, Robert, David, Raquel, Angela and McKenna; six great grandchildren; sisters-Harriet Fullerton, Ethel Brownfield, Norma McCumber, Martha Osborne, June Geidl, and Joyce Haley; brother Robert Danner; one of his special nieces Keri Geidl, and many other nieces, nephews and friends.

   Elmer was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Wayne, Lawrence and Leslie, sister Frances Fry, brothers-in-law Vic Fullerton, Jack Brownfield, Dr. Myron McCumber, John Osborne, Gary Geidl, and Dwight Haley; and nephew George Johnston.

   No services will be held at this time. A celebration of life will be held at the family ranch later, and will be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family would love to receive written stories that can be shared at the celebration. If you have a story to share, please send it to the Danner Family at 909 Rudo Road, Orofino, ID 83544.

Donna Plotnik memorial service

   A potluck memorial service will be held for Donna Plotnik on Saturday June 8, at 1 p.m. at the Rebekah Lodge in Weippe.

Obituaries for May 30, 2013

Victor Julius Schubach, 85, Lewiston

   Victor Julius Schubach, 85, passed away Sunday, May 26, 2013,  from a head injury sustained in a fall.

   He was born in Orofino, on March 4, 1928. He attended Banner Grade School in Orofino with his twin sister Nadean Kubicek, older sister June Pomerinke, and younger brother William Schubach. He graduated from Orofino High School in 1946. He worked at White Pine Lumber Mill in Orofino until he was drafted. He served in the army in Schweinfurt, Germany from 1950-1952.

   He enjoyed riding his Indian Chief motorcycle as a young man and fishing in Whiskey Creek and Orofino Creek from childhood to adulthood. He brought home many tasty fish and was an excellent hunter. He always got a deer and fed his young family well during many financially difficult years.

   He married Beverly Plett in 1952 and they later divorced. They had two daughters, Pam Moore and Gail Jensen.

   After returning from Germany, Victor again worked at the White Pine Lumber Mill in Orofino until 1959. The family moved to San Jose, California, in 1960 and to Boise, Idaho, in 1964. In 1968 the family moved to Lewiston, where Victor went to work for the Lewiston Post Office as a clerk and retired in l991.

   He enjoyed walking on the dikes for exercise and formed a friendship with some ducks he fed, which came waddling to meet him when they saw him approaching. Victor donated 49 pints of blood through the Red Cross to support the good work the group does. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles for many years.

   Victor married Yvonne Diddock Johnston on June 28, 1980, and they lived on Normal Hill until his death. He and Yvonne enjoyed short road trips, dancing, and the Oregon Coast. In 1995, they made a wonderful trip to Rarotonga in the South Pacific and enjoyed the beauty of the island. They also made a trip to Hawaii about ten years ago.

   He is survived by his wife, Yvonne; his sister, June; his brother Bill and his wife Prudy; his brother-in-law Pete Kubicek; his two daughters and son-in-law, Gail Jensen, Pam and husband Chris Moore; stepchildren Rick Stevenson, Jeff and wife Bonnie Stevenson, Lori and husband John Jordan, and Yvette and husband Don Entus. He has seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents Julius and Florence Schubach, his twin sister Nadean Kubicek, and his brother-in-law Floyd Pomerinke.

   There will be a small family graveside service. The family requests no flowers, but a donation to the St. Joseph’s Family Hospice could be made in his memory.

Ronnie Main, 78, Emida, ID

   Lyle Main, from the Clearwater Crossing RV Park, and Jesse Main lost their brother Ronnie Main from Emida, ID on Sunday afternoon, due to his long battle with cancer. He was 78.

   A memorial will take place in Orofino on June 30 at 1 p.m. at Clearwater Crossing RV Park. Pastor Stanton Walker will officiate. Contact Marge Main at 208-553-5681 for more information.

Obituaries for May 23, 2013

Judith K. Henson, 70, Ahsahka

   Judith Kay Henson of Ahsahka passed away Monday, May 13, 2013 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, with family and friends by her side, due to complications of rheumatoid arthritis. She was 70.

   Judy was born July 5, 1942 to Edward (Red) and Georgia Bell in Orofino. She grew up in Ahsahka with a large number of siblings, cousins, and friends.

   She married the love of her life, Art Henson, and together they raised a combined family of six children. Judy had one biological child and five bonus stepchildren. Throughout the years she also helped raise many nieces and nephews, as well as grandchildren—and loved doing it.

   Judy’s happiest times were when the house was full of family and friends. Along with her husband, Art, Judy never met a stranger; everyone was always welcomed into their home and in their hearts. As was said, you never knew who would show up for dinner, but it did not matter, as there was always enough for all.

   She loved spending time with all her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and enjoyed watching any activity they participated in.

   Judy worked as a cook for the Greer nursing home, and for the Head Start educational center in Orofino. She was also the bookkeeper for the family business, H&W Logging.

   Judy is survived by her daughter Tammy and husband James of Orofino; stepdaughters Linda and husband Doug Wakefield of Lewiston and Susie and husband Chris Marvin of Orofino; and stepsons Danny and wife Randie Henson of Wyoming, and Jeff Henson of Ahsahka.

   Judy’s surviving siblings include Jean Fackenthall, Ahsahka; Bob and Phyllis Bell, Peck; Wilma Caine, Hurst, TX; Lee and Forest Hamilton, Lewiston; and Terry and Sherilyn Bell, Alvarado, TX. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and close friends.

   She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Art Henson; parents Red and Georgia Bell; stepson Pete Henson; and sister Sharon Bell Sanchez.

   A memorial service was held May 18 at the old Orofino Junior High School building on Michigan Avenue in Orofino, with a potluck get-together afterwards at Orofino City Park.

   The family welcomes donations in Judy’s name to the Orofino High School Maniac Booster Club, 300 Dunlap Road, Orofino, ID 83544. Judy always enjoyed watching all school athletics, even if she had no children or grandchildren playing.

Paul Richard Lane, 70, Peck

   Paul Richard Lane, 70, passed away Monday, May 6, 2013, after a four-wheeler accident at his home in Peck.

   Paul was born in Hartford, CT, and grew up in Rocky Hill, CT. Paul was the son of Chester A. Lane and Betty Lane Quintiliano. Paul married Ann Bushell of West Hartford, CT in 1964 and they celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary just four days before his death.

   Paul played saxophone in many bands throughout his younger years. He had many interests from boating and horses, when he was younger, to camping and CB’s in his middle years then Ham radios and woodworking before his health deteriorated in his later years.

   Paul liked being active, which led him to living in several different states and working various jobs throughout his life.  Paul learned his job, did it well, and then moved on to a new challenge.  Paul always enjoyed learning everything he could about his "current hobby," of which there were many. 

   Paul and Ann moved to Peck in 2009 so their daughter could take care of them both in their later years. Although Paul didn't like the terrain, he was happy to be where his daughter could care for them.

   Paul was preceded in death by his father in 1965 and his mother just 11 months ago, leaving his sister Nancy Lane Robbins (Doug) of Rocky Hill, CT, his only surviving sibling along with many nieces and nephews.

   Paul is also survived by his wife Ann, daughter Cynthia "Cindy" Lane Nichols (Dale) of Peck,  son Jeffrey Brian Lane (Marge) of Sarasota, FL, and four grandchildren: Leland Bockus (Alison) of Lewiston, Brianna Nichols of Peck, Joshua Lane and Dalton Lane both of Sarasota, FL.

   Cremation was performed by Malcom's Brower Wann Funeral Home of Lewiston. Services will be held at a later date in his hometown.

Brandi M. Smith, 22, Culdesac

   Brandi M. Smith of Culdesac went home on May 16, 2013, as the result of a tragic automobile accident near Lewiston. She was 22.

   Brandi was born to Stephen and Debra Smith on Nov. 21, 1990, in Bellevue, WA. She graduated from Venice High School in Venice Beach, CA in 2008 where she participated in the varsity cheer team, which she loved.

She moved to this area two years ago with her family to be near her paternal grandparents. Each day was a joy for Brandi and she especially loved all people and loved all animals.

   She found joy with her dogs, cats, goats and many, many hummingbirds. Brandi was an avid gardener and grew beautiful flowers and vegetables for her family to enjoy. She will always be remembered as a beautiful, sweet and caring person.

   She is survived by her father Stephen and her brother Kyle Smith of Culdesac. Also her grandparents Mike and Jenny Wolf of Orofino; her aunt and uncle Valerie and Jerry Henson of Orofino; her aunt Charlene Forde of Kirkland, WA; and her special friend Jeremy Nelson.

   She was preceded in death by her mother Debra Smith; her grandparents Jim and Rose Forde; and her uncle Hans Forde.

   Family and friends are invited to a memorial service celebrating her life to be held at 4 p.m. followed by dinner on Thursday, May 30, 2013, at the Cottonwood Community Church on the Gifford-Reubens Road just off Highway 12. In lieu of flowers, a trust fund has been established in Brandi’s name at any Wells Fargo Bank branch to help with expenses.

Lorna O. Casteel, 85, Orofino

   Lorna O. Casteel, 85, of Orofino, died Sunday, May 19, 2013, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.

Patricia Joan Flansburg, 79, Lenore

   Mrs. Patricia Joan Flansburg, 79, of Lenore passed away Thursday, May 16, 2013 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. No services are planned at this time.

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

Marshall Lee (Peewee) Woolfolk Military Service

   A Military Service will be held for Marshall Lee Woolfolk at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 23 at the Orofino Cemetery.

Obituaries for May 16, 2013

Patricia May Goedde, 76, Orofino

   Patricia May Goedde lost her valiant battle with COPD and lung cancer Monday, May 6, 2013 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

   Pat was born May 14, 1936 in Orofino, ID as the tenth child of Dessie Geneva (Kerns) Roy and Fred Glenn Roy. Growing up on the family farm on Upper Fords Creek were some of the happiest times in Pat’s life. She always said she got to do lots of “fun things” because older siblings wanted to do stuff and to keep her from tattling, they would let her tag along.

   After attending the rural Upper Fords Creek grade school, Pat graduated from Orofino High School in 1953.  In October of that year, she married Charles Eckermann. Five children resulted in that union, which ended in divorce in 1982.  Later that year, she married Floyd Goedde and gained his four children and their families.  Her marriage with Floyd ended in divorce in 2008.

   Pat spent the majority of her working career in the food service industry working in local restaurants until the mid 1970’s when she went to work in the kitchen at State Hospital North in Orofino.  She worked her way up the ranks, until her retirement as the Kitchen Supervisor in 2002.

   When not working, Pat enjoyed many hobbies including tole painting, crocheting, beading, ceramics, and flower gardening.  She and Floyd also raised Paint horses for many years and she was very proud of her horses at the County Horse Show.

   As Macular Degeneration stole her eyesight, she had to give up some of the hobbies, but continued with crocheting and some beading.  Every family member enjoys the fruit of those efforts with afghans, jewelry, or ceramic decorations. Her flowers, ceramics, and crocheting were her pride and joy at the fair each year as were the many ribbons she won by exhibiting them. 

   Pat is survived by her five children, Linda and Gene Applington of Weippe, ID, Susan Reavely of Kennewick WA, Dianna Eckermann, Arthur (Ace) and Trish Eckermann, and Charl (Charlie) Spencer, all of Orofino, ID.

   In addition she is survived by her grand children Don and Brandy Denison, Travis and Renee Denison, Jamie and Theresa Applington, Lorian and Eddie Enriquez, Sarita Reavely, Amanda Bell, Jesse and Kate Edwardsen, Jasper Spencer, Brandon and Nicole Barnett, and Kenneth Cook, and ten great-grandchildren.

   She is also survived by her brothers, Carl and Rose Roy and Larry and Donna Roy of Orofino, and Lewis and Francis Roy of Roseburg, OR and sister Otha Joens of Mobridge, SD.  Many nieces and nephews survive Pat, along with her faithful companion and best buddy Doodles.

   Pat is preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Hermott, Stanley, and Jerry (died at infancy) Roy and her sisters Mildred Bagley, Elma Bringman, and Berniece Cooper.

   Please come share with us at covered potluck dinner celebrating Pat’s life on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at noon at the Senior Citizen Building, 930 Michigan Ave., Orofino.

   In lieu of flowers please feel free to make a donation to the Idaho Commission for the Blind or charity of your choice in Pat’s memory.

Terry Lee Burch, 53, Minot, ND

   Terry Lee Burch, 53, Minot, ND, formerly of Yakima, WA, was hospitalized Wednesday, May 1, 2013 in Bismarck, ND. He passed away late Friday evening surrounded by his family.

   Terry was born to Donna and Eugene Burch in Lewiston, ID, on Jan. 20, 1960. He was the oldest of three boys; big brother to Mike and Mark Burch. He was an avid outdoorsman, spending lots of free time in the mountains of Idaho hunting and fishing. Terry was most happy outdoors, considering the mountains his home.

   Terry was a graduate from Timberline High School in 1978, there he was the basketball star for all four years and was voted most popular in his graduating class.

   Saying Terry had a strong work ethic was an understatement. After High School he started logging in the back woods of Idaho, and later relocated his family to Yakima, WA. There he met his soul mate Robyn. They were joined in holy matrimony on July 4, 2007, in the presence of close family and friends, nestled in the cozy backyard of Robyn’s parent’s, Bob and Joanne Yost’s, country home. They had a short but wonderful marriage. Blending a family is not an easy task but Terry and Robyn claimed each other’s kids as their own. They created a close knit home full of love and laughter. Every day he made a point to say I love you to his wife and kids.

   After many years in Yakima, the Burch’s decided to move to Minot, ND, for a better life for the family. In Minot, Terry started working for Weatherford and soon earned a second family, the Weatherford crew. There he earned the title “Mr. Weatherford”. Terry truly enjoyed his job, but it was the people he worked with that made it worthwhile.

   Terry was a family man, nothing was more important to him. Despite distance, Terry kept in close contact with his parents, kids, and close friend Chris, calling them every Sunday just to talk about the weather. Terry was the glue that held his family together.

   Terry was a mentor, father, son, brother and friend. Well known for putting others above him, he always took others under his wing. He taught countless lessons to many that will never be forgotten, whether in work or home his heart for others never stopped. He always had a helping hand a caring spirit and an ear to listen.

   His humor was vital in the Burch household. The jokes and stories will ever be gone from our memories. He could make anyone laugh; no matter the place, time, or situation. Terry always had the right words to say, his smile and laughter will forever be imprinted on his family.

   Terry’s wish was to be cremated and have his ashes scattered on the North Fork River. This was an outstanding place where some of his best memories were created. The importance of North Fork is exceptionally powerful to his family, something that will always be held close.

   It is indescribable to put his life into words. Terry touched so many hearts.

   Those who shared in Terry Lee Burch’s life include: His parents Donna and Dick Inman, Loving wife Robyn and children Sean, Ryan, Cody, Dustin, Tyann, Kait, Ben and Jazzmine; brothers, Mark Burch and Michael Burch; mother-in-law, Joanne Yost.

   Terry was preceded in death by his father Eugene, grandparents Margie and Bill Sewell and Uncle Arthur “Tinker” Burch; and father-in-law, Bob Yost.

   The Celebration of Terry’s Life Service in Minot, ND: Wednesday, May 8, 2013, (today) starting at 5:00 p.m. in the Executive Room at the Grand International Inn, 1505 N. Broadway, Minot, ND.

   Celebration of Terry’s Life Service in Yakima, WA: Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at the Christian Life Center, 716 N. 40th Ave. Yakima, WA.

   Those wishing to sign the online guest register or share memories of Terry may access the online obituaries at

John Nichols “Nick” Rueppel, 45, Peck

   Family and friends are invited to gather at the Peck Community Center in Peck on Saturday, May 25, at 2 p.m. for a potluck dinner to help celebrate the life of John Nichols Rueppel, “Nick.” Nick passed away Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Idaho, after a one-year-long battle with lung cancer. He was 45.

   Nick was born July 2, 1968, in Orofino, to John D. and Marjean Nichols Rueppel. He lived in Peck until he was two years of age and then moved with his family to Pilot Rock, OR. He started school there.

   In 1977 he returned to Peck and lived with his grandparents, Harold and Berdena Nichols. He attended school in Peck and Orofino. He was active in sports and 4-H. He had grand champion pigs three years in a row.

   Nick was known as a “Jack of All Trades,” and it was often heard said, “There’s nothing he can’t do.” He worked in construction as a heavy equipment operator, logging, and carpenter. He also obtained certification and worked in body and fender repair. He was also an excellent mechanic.

   He lived in several places in the Northwest, but his beloved Idaho always called him home. He had many friends up and down the Clearwater River, and he always had time for each one of them. He was always there to help and in return they were there for him. This became clearly evident when he was diagnosed with cancer.

   He loved the great outdoors of Idaho, enjoying camping, hunting and fishing. He especially enjoyed racing dirt bikes, for which he won numerous trophies and awards.

   He is survived by his daughter, Jessica Rueppel, and son, Orey Rueppel, both of Gresham, OR; mother and stepfather, Marjean and Alvin Kempel, P.O. Box 836, Pilot Rock, OR 97868; sisters Dawny McCullough and Elizabeth Futter of Pendleton, OR; two grandchildren; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. There is also one very special “little man” who chose Nick to be his “Dad:” Brandon (Bubba) Bullock of Lapwai.

   Nick was preceded in death by his father, John D. Rueppel; maternal grandparents Harold and Berdena Nichols; paternal  grandparents John W. and Donna Rueppel; uncle Barry Rueppel; aunt Gaylene Una; and cousin Marty Bloodsworth.

Paul R. Lane, 70, Peck

   Paul R. Lane, 70 of Peck died Monday, May 6, 2013, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

   Arrangements are pending with Malcom’s Brower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston.

Obituaries for May 9, 2013

Roy E. Jenkins, 91, of Kooskia

   Roy Edward Jenkins, 91, of Kooskia, died May 3, 2013 at Grangeville Health and Rehab in Grangeville, Idaho. Roy was born Aug. 8, 1921 to James “Jim” and Elma (Hess) Jenkins in Nezperce, Idaho.

   Roy served in the US Army in World War II, serving in France and Germany. Roy married Edna Lee Upton in Little Rock, AR. After serving in the military they moved to Idaho to raise a family. Roy was a mechanic most all his working days. His marriage to Edna ended in divorce. They had five children: John, Mike, Ed, Doug and Donna Jo.

   Roy later married Rae Murphy and gained three lovely stepdaughters; Audrey, Barbara, and Jan. Rae passed away in 2001.

   Roy later married Devota Pfefferkorn of Kooskia, and gained four stepchildren; Elvin, Peggy, Verle and Leah.

   Roy especially enjoyed all types of music, but mostly that played by his talented three sons and his daughter. Roy especially loved gardening, hunting elk and being out in the woods with his sons. Roy loved people, including all his grandkids. He loved to visit with anyone.

   Roy is preceded in death by his parents, James and Elma; two brother, Ben and Elmer; and three sisters, Mable, Vera, and Dorothy.

   Roy is survived by his loving wife Devota, his children, his stepchildren, and many grand and step grandchildren, great grandchildren and two sisters, Ruby and Cleo.

   Funeral Services will be 2 p.m.Thursday, May 9, 2013 at Trenary Funeral Home Chapel in Kooskia.

   Interment will follow at Pinegrove Cemetery in Kooskia. A covered dish dinner will be at Kooskia IOOF Hall. Arrangements are by Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia, Idaho.

Larry D. Hamilton, 75, Davenport, IA

   Larry D. Hamilton, 75, of Davenport, IA, died Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at the home of his daughter and son-in-law.

   Larry was born April 20, 1938 in Marenisco, MI, a son of William and Marion Heath Hamilton. He worked as an over the road truck driver for many years.

   Larry was a U.S. Air Force veteran serving from 1956 to 1960 with the 315 Air Div 7 Aerial Port in Korea. He was a member of the Stewart-Runyon American Legion Post 27, Lewiston.

   Larry loved hunting and going to hunting camp. He also enjoyed fishing, reading, eating chocolate, watching baseball and was a fan of the Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees.

   Survivors include: his daughters, Tanja (Roger) Duffey of Davenport, Tara Hamilton of Wakefield, MI, Toni (Tim) Viegut of Omro, WI, and Tracie (Mark) Alexander, Wausau, WI; grandchildren, Toria Duffey, Taija (Robert) Medley, Ty Viegut, Trey Hamilton, Cody Viegut, Torrin Hamilton, Matt Alexander, Elizabeth Newhouse, Taylor Alexander, and Elayna Alexander; sisters and brothers, Iris (Fred) Welch of Deary, Darrell (Carol) Hamilton of Juliaetta, Neil (Tina) Hamilton of Lewiston, Kurt (Suzanne) Hamilton of Libby, MT, and Joyce Hatley of Pullman, WA; several nieces and nephews; and very special friends, Jerry Baumgardner, Juliaetta, and Donna Kowalchuk, Winnipeg, Canada.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Tralee Duffey; grandson, Dixon Giackino; brother, Roy Hamilton; and a nephew, Steve Hamilton.

   A memorial gathering will be held at a later date at the Stewart-Runyon American Legion Post 27 in Lewiston. Memorials may be made to the family: c/o Tanja Duffey, 2315 E. 46th St., Davenport, IA 52807. Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home of Rock Island, IL is assisting the family.

   Online condolences may be left at

Nancy J. Montambo, 74, Orofino

   With her family by her side, Nancy J. Montambo of Orofino passed away on Monday, April 29, 2013, at Tri-State Hospital in Clarkston. She was 74.

   Nancy was born in Orofino on March 14, 1939, to William and Ruby Philpot. She met Bob Montambo, the love of her life, while still in high school. They married May 10, 1957. Together they traveled the western United States, following Bob’s construction jobs.

   She and Bob returned to Orofino to raise their children, where she remained until her death.

   Nancy was a gifted artist and enjoyed sharing that gift with her family. She also loved camping with her family and floating the local waters with her sister and best friend, Eileen. She treasured time spent with her family and friends above anything else.

   She leaves behind her loving husband, Bob; sister, Eileen Blinn (Dave); son, Bob; daughter, Shelby; and four grandchildren, Randy (Jessica), Stacy (Bobby), Scott (Ashley), and Ryan. Nancy was also great grandmother to five and was anticipating the arrival of two more babies, due in the fall.

   Nancy had a large extended family and was a large presence in each of their lives. She was so special that each and every one of these people will miss her dearly.

   Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Jerry, and her great grandson, Terrence Lauby.

   A potluck dinner will be held Saturday, May 4 at 5 p.m. at the Teweepuu Community Center, located next to the Riverside Mill, on Highway 12.

   In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Nancy’s name be made to any charity.

Patricia Goedde, 76, Orofino

   Mrs. Patricia May Goedde, 76 of Orofino passed away Monday, May 6 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. Memorial services are pending.

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

Obituaries for May 2, 2013

Leona Mae Miller, 69, Orofino

   Leona Mae Miller passed away in Orofino Tuesday, April 23, 2013. She was 69.

   Leona was born Nov. 10, 1943, to Richard and Vivian Gilmore in Iola, KS. Mom spent most of her childhood in Iola. Her family moved to Payette, ID in 1953, but Mom stayed in Kansas with her aunt and uncle, Jay and June Gilmore, for a couple of years. Mom joined the rest of her family in Idaho in 1955.

   Mom graduated from Payette High School in 1961. After graduation, she attended Beauty School in Boise, ID. Soon after receiving her cosmetology license, Mom moved to St. Maries, ID. While in St. Maries, Mom met and married Dad, Carl Miller, and became an instant mother to Deanna, Karla and Garry in Dec. 1965. Mom and Dad had two more sons, Richard (Ricky), who was born in St. Maries and Michael who was born in Bonners Ferry.

   Our family moved to Bonners Ferry in 1968. Mom continued to be a hairdresser in different salons until they built a new house on the south hill in 1971. Dad then built a beauty shop in the basement where Mom did hair for her well-established clientele that became her life-long friends.

   In 1980, Dad, Mom, and the two little boys moved to Peck. While in Peck, it didn’t take Mom long to find a ceramic shop where she not only enjoyed the ceramics but began several new friendships.

   The biggest life change that occurred in Peck was when Mom answered an ad that was posted on the Post Office bulletin board. Mom met the Elsbury family. She then began babysitting for their six-week-old baby, Mickey. As John and Nancy Jo added to their family, Katie, Danny and Stevie became part of ours as well. Mom loved all the kids in her life.

   In 1986, the family moved to Orofino and Dad and Mom started a logging company that eventually led Dad and the boys to go to work in Colville, WA. Mom drove back and forth from Orofino to Colville each weekend, so she was here for the Elsbury kids during the week and with the rest of her family on the weekends.

   Mom always loved to create things such as ceramics and sewing. But, above all, quilting became her passion. Her quilts have blessed each of us as well as many others throughout the country. Quilting became such a part of her that she had a heart attack at a quilt retreated. When she suffered a stroke she could hardly read or write, but she was always able to continue quilting. As she was undergoing chemo treatments, she would make lap quilts to take to the other cancer patients in Lewiston.

   Even though Mom fought hard through the several illnesses, she never lost her smile, her laugh, and her love of life, family and quilts.

   Mom will be greatly missed by her husband Carl of Orofino; her children Deanna (Steve Mastre, of Anchor Point, AK; Jessica (Darrell) Brooks, Cadence, and Alayna; Callie (Michael) Scalia, Aedan, and Cameron; Leeza Mastre and Kristie Mastre; Karla Miller of Eugene, OR; Garry Miller of Haugan, MT; Rick (Heather) Miller, Charli Ann (Chris) Miller, Blake, Dyson, Quentin, Jaxon; Michael Miller of Orofino; and the John Elsbury family; her brothers: George (Linda) Gilmore, Mike (Cindy) Gilmore; her sister Diana Martin; and several nieces and nephews, and all her friends.

   Leona was preceded in death by her parents Richard and Vivian Gilmore; her brother, Richard (Dick) Gilmore, and her grandson Tyler Keith Mastre.

   Services were held April 30 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel.

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

Marshall Lee (Peewee) Woolfolk, 80

   Marshall Lee (Peewee) Woolfolk, 80, passed away at his home. He was born May 12, 1932, to Charles Richard Woolfolk and Dorothy (Kelley) Woolfolk.

   He joined the U.S. Air Force when he was 17. He married Yvonne White Dec. 13, 1953, and they had one daughter Dorane (Tony) Paul.

   Yvonne passed away March 22, 1994. He married Janet (McKenzie) Matson Feb. 14, 1996, and inherited four stepchildren.

   He retired after 17 years in the Air Force in 1968 and worked for IBM from 1967 to 1987.

   He is survived by three of his sisters, one aunt, 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Marshall was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and Yvonne Woolfolk.

   He enjoyed hunting and fishing with friends and family and watching the Seattle Mariners. He was a life member of the VFW, a member of the Eagles Lodge No. 3936 in Clarkston and the Spokane Eagles Lodge No. 2 for 46 years all together.

   A memorial is at 1 p.m. May 18 at the Clarkston Eagles Lodge No. 3936.

Obituaries for April 25, 2013

Allen Joseph West, 32, Orofino

1981 – 2013

   Allen Joseph West, 32, Orofino, died in a house fire on April 13, 2013, that took the lives of his wife, Rosemary, and two children, Trevor and Zachary.

   Allen loved his family first, fishing and a good practical joke. He was always in great spirits and was known for his huge heart and kindness. He was popular at work, and loved at home. His friends and family knew that they could depend on him to be there for support in times of crisis. From rounding up a family dog, to helping a friend move into a new home, Allen was there to help.

   Allen was an active and supportive parent, and loving husband. Allen was a faithful friend, and loyal brother.

   He was preceded in death by his mother, Juanita West, Salem, OR, grandparents, Marvin and Hattie Choate, Albany, OR, Al and Bev Beeler, McMinnville, OR, and Joseph West, Garibaldi, OR.

   Allen is survived by his father, Michael West (Vicki) McMinnville, OR; brothers, Richard Choate (Jen) Lafayette, OR., Gayland Choate (Lynn) Arlington, WA., Michael West (Bobbie) Salem, OR, and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Tchad Wiley and Tracy Weese, both of Orofino.

   Memorial services will be held at the Orofino High School at 10 a.m. Friday, April 26. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to West Family Fund c/o Lewis Clark Credit Union, P.O. Box 1173, Orofino, Idaho 83544. There will be a gathering directly after the memorial service at the Orofino City Park.

Rosemary Eileen Wooster/West, 39, Orofino

   Rosemary Eileen Wooster/West, 39, Orofino, born in Portland, OR on November 15, 1973 passed away due to carbon monoxide poisoning on April 13, 2013 with her loving family Allen West, Trevor Wiley, and Zachary Wooster in a house fire. Rosey attended Renton Alternative High School, and had many friends that continue to be her friends to this day. She touched the hearts of many people, and cared for her family very much! She was a loving mother, supportive wife, best friend, and a perfect sister. Rosey maintained friendships that transcended time and distance by doing her best to keep in contact with those she loved.

   Rosey lived with her family in Orofino for many years and became a familiar face in town. She loved the small town atmosphere in Orofino and all of the nice people she met. She was working at H&R Block, and loved her job and her employer. She had recently reported being very happy about her job, and thankful for having the opportunity to work there again. 

   Rosey’s beautiful smile would warm your heart, and those beautiful eyes would plainly show how much she cared.

   Rosey also had affections for two things: shoes and purses. Those that knew Rosey know that her love for purses and shoes went to the extreme. She also poured her heart and soul into everything she was into, whether it was beads for necklaces, or something for the family.

   She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law Tchad J. Wiley and Tracy M. Weese of Orofino; her father Roger D. Edwards of Albany, OR; her uncle John R. Betts of Sweet Home, OR; and her co-parent Jay P. Wooster of Lewiston; her niece Jaime Weese and nephew Bean Weese of Orofino; as well as the numerous friends she had.

   Rosey was preceded in death by mother Judy Edwards, father Donald Wiley, uncle Dana Wiley, as well as her grandparents Russell and Ida Betts, and Bill Wiley.

   The memorial service will be held at the Orofino High School at 10 a.m. Friday, April 26, followed by a gathering for friends and family at the Orofnio City Park, weather permitting. 

   Memorial contributions can be made in their name at Lewis Clark Credit Union, P.O. Box 1173, Orofino, Idaho 83544.

Trevor Joseph Wiley, 17, Orofino

   Trevor Joseph Wiley, born in Renton, WA, on May 12, 1995, passed away due to carbon monoxide poisoning on April 13, 2013 with his loving family Rosemary West, Allen West, and Zachary Wooster, along with Zachary’s friend Colby in a house fire.

   Trevor grew up in areas of Seattle, WA, and Salem, OR, as well as in Orofino. He inspired many, and was adored by even more throughout his life. Some have said that Trevor was an old soul, and wise beyond his years. This inner wisdom was undeniable after spending just a little time with him.

   Trevor moved to Orofino with his family where he attended school, and gained friends. He was preparing to graduate high school in December, and had plans to continue on to get a degree in internet security and business.

   Trevor was a quiet, but thoughtful young man. When you spoke with him, you would quickly realize how deep his thoughts would go. He was extremely smart, and had a select group of friends that he was very close to. Family was as important to Trevor as it was with his entire family. He touched the hearts of many, and enjoyed going to family events.

   Trevor loved animals, his closest pet was Spinx, his cat, but he also had two dogs, Precious and Duke. His cat was always at his side, and Trevor cared very well for Spinx, and the family dogs. Trevor was also at his computer most of the time. He did his school work on the computer, and he also played his games online there too.

   Trevor loved all of his family, he would often tell of having conversations with his family from the Seattle area, and how he looked forward to spending more time with them. Trevor was blessed with the love of many people; he had plans for panning for gold with his Uncle John along with his brother, and plans for spending time with his Grandma Fluffy as well.

   He is survived by his father Jamie Schlicht of Kent, WA, grandparents Nandy and Kathy (Fluffy) Rivera, grandpa Frank Lunka of Kent, WA, his dad Jay P. Wooster of Lewiston, uncle Tchad J Wiley and aunt Tracy M. Weese of Orofino, his aunt Rachel Wooster of Orofino, his grandfather Roger D. Edwards of Albany, OR, his uncle John R. Betts of Sweet Home, OR, as well as the numerous friends he had.

   Trevor was preceded in death by his grandmother Judy Edwards; grandfather Donald Wiley, uncle Dana Wiley, as well as his grandparents Russell and Ida Betts, and Bill Wiley.

   The memorial service will be held at the Orofino High School at 10 a.m. Friday,  April 26, followed by a gathering for friends and family at the Orofino City Park, weather permitting.  Memorial contributions can be made in their name at Lewis Clark Credit Union, P.O. Box 1173, Orofino, Idaho 83544.

Zachary Dean Wooster (Zac), 13, Orofino

   Zachary Dean Wooster (Zac), 13, Orofino, was born in McMinnville, OR on April 11, 2000, and went to be with his savior Jesus Christ early Saturday morning, April 13, 2013 in a house fire. The fire also claimed the lives of his bother Trevor, mother Rosemary, step-father Allen, as well as Zachary’s best friend.

   Zachary grew up in areas of Seattle, WA, Salem, OR, as well as in Orofino. He touched many hearts as he grew, showing his huge heart, and feisty attitude. His eyes would melt your heart in just a simple gaze.

   Zachary Dean was not the average seventh grader by any means. He was always concerned with the feelings of others, over his own. His fire cracker attitude was equally matched by his soft, caring, and loving heart of gold. He was just starting to come into his own, and finding his own identity. He loved playing sports, he enjoyed playing football, baseball, soccer, or anything else sports related. His favorite football team was the Seattle Seahawks, and was his inspiration in his love of sports.

   Camping and the outdoors were favorite activities of Zachary’s too. He cherished all the times camping with his father Jay, his uncle Tchad, and his grandparents. He loved to go gold panning with his uncle John and with his brother Trevor. Zachary would even camp in the yard with friends and his father.

   Zachary was an honor roll student and loved playing X-Box with his friends and family. That was his normal location when you walked in the house. He loved spending time with his best friend Colby, as they shared the same birthday. His most memorable quote was “People need to chill out and stop stressing about their problems, because God is in control, and He is all that matters!”

   He is survived by his father Jay P. Wooster, aunt Rachel Wooster, aunt Tracy Weese and uncle Tchad Wiley all of Orofino, Ryan Wooster of Puyallup, WA, Scott Wooster of Sumner, WA, and cousin Ariah Wooster of Tacoma, WA, Knute and Eric Betts of Portland, OR, great uncle John Betts of Sweet Home, OR, grandparents Roger Edwards of Lebanon, OR, Dee of Seaside, WA, Nandy and Kathy (Grandma Fluffy) Rivera of Bonny Lake, WA and great grandfather Frank Lunka of Kent, WA.

   A memorial service will be held at the Orofino High School at 10 a.m. Friday, April 26, followed by a gathering for friends and family at the Orofino City Park, weather permitting. 

   Memorial contributions can be made in their name at Lewis Clark Credit Union, P.O. Box 1173, Orofino, Idaho 83544. We are asking that if you have any Seahawks gear, please wear that gear at the memorial service in Zachary’s honor.

Herman “Sonny” Schilling Jr., 92, Orofino

   Herman “Sonny” Schilling Jr., of Orofino, was born to Herman and Effie Schilling in DeKalb, IL on June 2, 1920. He passed away April 19, 2013 from age related causes. Sonny was the oldest of 11; Warren, Curtis, Elmer, Dorothy, Clarence, Marvin, Lawrence, Mildred, Ester, and Ron. The family moved to North Dakota in 1926.

   Herman joined the CCC when he was 16. This was his first time in Idaho. He left the CCC in 1938 and moved back to North Dakota. While in Idaho he had met Annabell Pearsall. In June 14, 1941 they were married. Annabell was the love of his life.

   In 1942 he went to work in the shipyards in Vancouver, WA. Robert was born March 7, 1943 in Vancouver. While in Vancouver he was picked to work with the U.S. Maritime Commission for the Navy. They kept calling him for the draft but the Maritime Commission wouldn’t let him go. He finally quit his job and moved back to Orofino so he could enlist.

   He went to Spokane for his physical but failed due to high blood pressure. He went to work at the cement plant in Orofino. After a couple of months he went back to the shipyards to work. Sandy was born in the same hospital as Robert on June 13, 1945.

   Two months later they moved back to Orofino where Sonny went to work at O’mill. After a couple of years he went to work at the Ford garage during the day and swing shift at White Pine Lumber. Gloria was born May 6, 1947 in Orofino.

   In 1953 they built a home in Orofino. Not long after the house was built he had a chance to take over the Texaco station in town. They sold both of their houses and bought a lot at 130 G St. and built a house there. On June 4, 1955 another son, Leslie, was born. Four years later last but not least, on August 24, 1959 Vicki was born. Sonny ran the station for 26 years.

   Dad sold the station in the seventies and went to work at Konkolville Lumber, then O’Keefe Oil and driving school bus. Sonny and Annabell celebrated many wedding anniversaries with friends and family. They had celebrated their 71st anniversary together.

   Sonny and Annabell moved into Brookside last summer so they would have an easier life. Annabell passed away on October 21, 2012. Dad has been lost without her.

   The family spent a lot of time enjoying camping, fishing and hunting. Most summers there was a vacation to the coast to visit the people Mom and Dad got to know when living over there. Sonny had many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Dad can now be at peace again because he is with his true love, Mom.

   Sonny and Annabell were lifelong members of the Ascension Lutheran Church. We would like to thank all their friends that have helped out over the years, but special thanks to Roger and Lila who have gone above and beyond. Also thanks to Brookside Landing for all their patience and caring.

   Services will be at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 24 with burial to follow at Weseman Cemetery.

   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ascension Lutheran Church, 215 115th Street, Orofino, Idaho 83544 or Orofino Senior Center, 930 Michigan Ave., Orofino.

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

Judith L. Vaughn, 82, Renton, WA

   Judith (Judy) L Vaughn born Sept. 1, 1930 in Bagley, MN passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord, with her family present at the age of 82 on Saturday, April 20, 2013 in Renton, WA.

   She was an Enumclaw, WA plateau resident from 1962 until they retired in 1992, when they moved to Weippe.

   She was a very active member of the Kibler Ave. Church of Christ and the Assembly of God. In her life she enjoyed spending time with her friends, large family and planning family reunions. She loved teaching Sunday school and women’s Bible studies. She also taught Calligraphy at the Enumclaw Senior Center. She loved drawing, singing and gardening. She is well known for her scrap booking.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Carl F. Vaughn of 29.5 years, son Scott L. Freeman, and stepdaughter Brendina M. Vaughn.

   She is survived by daughter Susan (Long) Goegebuer and husband Steven of Des Moines, WA, daughter Gail (Long) Nissen and husband Chris of Enumclaw, daughter Laurel (Long) King and husband Mark of Enumclaw, son Robert Freeman and wife Denise of Kent, WA, son Kevin Vaughn and wife Shannon of Buckley, stepson Brian Vaughn of Juneau, AK and stepdaughter Julie (Vaughn) Brown and husband Craig of Ford, WA, 22 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.

   Above all, the greatest thing she gave to those around her was her faith, her trust in Jesus and His love. She was a happy, outgoing person and we will miss her.

   Services will be at Weeks Funeral home in Buckley, WA. Please contact them for date and time.

Obituaries for April 18, 2013

Colby Stedman Lombard, 13, Orofino

   Colby Stedman Lombard of Orofino passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2013. He was 13. Colby was born on April 11, 2000 at Twin Falls to Deanna Lombard and Lester Lombard.

   Colby was very outgoing and loved to be with his family and friends. He was nicknamed “Goober” because he was very funny and loved to be silly and make people laugh. He was a “daddy’s boy” and cherished the time he spent with his father.

   He is survived by his parents and brothers, Little Lester Lombard and Brandon Stedman Lombard, as well as lots of family and friends who loved him very much and will miss him dearly.

   A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 20 at 12 noon at the Orofino Community Church, 14233 Highway 12.

West, Wiley, Wooster memorial services

   Memorial services for Rosemary West, 39, Allen West, 31, Trevor Wiley, 17, and Zachary Wooster, 13, will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 26, at the Orofino High School Gym.

   Donations may be made to the West, Wiley, Wooster funeral fund at LCCU located at 234 Johnson Avenue.  

Lila West Baugh Zimbauer, 91, Boise

   Lila West Baugh Zimbauer, 91, died Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Boise, from complications of pneumonia. She made her home in Orofino until March when she moved to Boise to be closer to family there.

   Lila was born at her family’s home on Central Ridge out of Peck on June 1, 1921. She was the oldest child of Nona Walker West and Harry H. West. She attended school in Peck and then in Orofino where she graduated in 1939 beginning the family tradition of Orofino Maniacs.

   She married Paul D. Baugh in August 1941. He died in a logging accident in August 1952. Paul and Lila had three children: Judy, John and Lura.

   On February 22, 1958, she married Theodore Zimbauer. He died from Lou Gehrig’s disease in September 1988.

   As a member of Bluebell Rebekah Lodge for over 60 years, she held numerous offices including Noble Grand. She was honored to receive the lodge’s prestigious Ruth award in recognition of her caring ways. She was a charter member of the Hit and Miss Club, a Camp Fire Girls leader, and a ready volunteer for many causes over the years.

   One of her passions was gardening. She raised beautiful flowers and always had a bumper crop of vegetables which she spent many hours canning.

   Lila had a way with children, teaching Sunday school for many years at the Methodist Church and operating her own child care business. Many Orofino kids remember going to Lila’s day care.

   Survivors include her brother Robert E West (Bob) of Orofino; sister Mary West Wollum of Kellogg; daughters Judy (Jack) Coomer of Boise; Lura (Lyle) Mullikin of Orofino; daughter-in-law Gloria Baugh of Orofino; four granddaughters Cindi Coomer-Smith (Dean) of Clinton, UT; Angela (Mikel) Bishop of Boise; Michelle Officer of Boise; Summer Baugh of Moscow; four grandsons, Paul Baugh of Lake Havausu City, AZ; Matthew Baugh of Deary; Mark Mullikin of  Orofino; Derek Mullikin of Dennis Port, MA; and Blain Graenig of Post Falls. She also had six great-grandsons, two great granddaughters, and one great-great-grandson.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, and her son, John Baugh, who died in 2010.

   Funeral services will be Monday, April 22, 2013 at Pine Hill Chapel in Orofino at 11 a.m. A viewing will be from 10-10:45 a.m. before the service.

   Burial will be at the Normal Hill Cemetery in Lewiston at 1122 7th Street at 2 p.m. following the funeral service.

   Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in care of arrangements.
Obituaries for April 11, 2013

Renee A. Hollibaugh, 54, St. Maries

   Renee Alicia Hollibaugh, 54, resident of St. Maries and former Orofino area resident, died March 25, 2013, at St. Maries from an apparent heart attack.

   She was born April 21, 1958 to Willard and Marilyn James at Yuba City, CA. Renee grew up in Orofino and graduated from Orofino High School with the class of 1976. She then worked in a cafeteria in Greer, where she met her future husband, Bob VanAllen. They were married in 1980 at Orofino. She started to raise her family at Greer. She was divorced in 1984.

   As a single parent of two children, she moved to Tacoma, WA and went to work for Executone Phone Co. In 1988, she went to work in real estate and title companies in the Tacoma area.

   Renee worked there for 10 years before moving to Coeur d’Alene. She went to work for Pioneer Title Co. there. She married Larry Hollibaugh in 1999 in Las Vegas, NV. They made their home in Coeur d’Alene.

   She returned to Greer in 2003. She worked for first American Title in Lewiston. After two years there, she went to work for Clearwater Title Co. in Orofino.

   In 2010 Renee went to work in the Magistrate’s office for Clearwater County. Renee suffered her first heart attack in 2012. This was a major setback as she was only able to work part time.

   She was divorced in 2012 and moved to St. Maries last December. Renee was recently approved for her Social Security Disability, but still had the desire and determination to continue working.

   She was an avid gardener and enjoyed landscaping as well. Her special interests were spending time with her family.

   Renee is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Jeff and Tania VanAllen of Hayden, and son Joe VanAllen of Pullman, WA. Also surviving are her brother and his wife, Rick and Sheri James of Moscow, and one grandchild. She was preceded in death by both of her parents.

   No services are planned at this time. Visit her online memorial and sign her guestbook at

Vella Genevive Mendenhall Franklin, 88

   Vella was born Aug. 20, 1924 at Princeton, Idaho to Rolland (Rollie) Rex Mendenhall and Anna Amelia (Mary) Nelson Mendenhall. Mom passed away April 7, 2013 at home from complications of severe dementia. Mom grew up in Princeton and later at the base of Gold Hill out of Princeton, ID. She went to school in Princeton, leaving school after completing the eighth grade.

   On June 11, 1944, Vella married Forrest (Frog) E. Franklin at the Gold Hill home of her mother. Mom and Dad lived out of Princeton at the end of a road on what Dad called the Stump Ranch. It was after their daughter, Mary Jane, was born in 1946 that they got electricity. Dad had purchased a washing machine for Mom, but Dad said it sat on the back porch for two years before they knew if it worked.

   Later in their marriage Dad got a job with C.T.P.A. and they lived in Elk River for two summers; Dad worked on the fire lines as well as his other various jobs. Mom cooked in the cook house preparing meals for the brush crew. Then in the winter months they would go back to the Stump Ranch and Dad would build cabins on skids for the brush crew.

   Later Dad was transferred to the C.T.P.A. Headquarters, Idaho. When they moved to Headquarters they lived year-round there. Then in 1953 Dad moved the family to Orofino so Mary Jane could go to school.

   Mom always loved to cook, be it on an old wood cook stove for a brush crew or finally in Orofino on an electric cook stove. The electric was much cooler for her in the summertime. Mom was most happy when she was baking or cooking for someone. Mom baked and decorated any kind of cake for anyone. They ranged from Birthday to beautiful Wedding Cakes. She was self taught in decorating cakes.

   In March of 1958 Mom and Dad were blessed with a son, James E. (Jim) Franklin. Then eventually Mom’s family grew to two granddaughters and one grandson. Then it grew again with one great granddaughter and two great grandsons; then eventually she had one great great granddaughter.

   Mom made a beautiful wedding cake for the second granddaughters’ wedding. It was really big and mom was not sure she hadn’t taken on more than she could handle, but as usual, it turned out great! Mom also made Jim and Jenny’s’ Wedding cake. Mom made the birthday cakes for her children and grandchildren and the first great granddaughter birthday cake as well.

   There was one other thing Mom really liked to do and that was to walk to the Post Office with her little dog, Suzy, in tow. You could see Mom and Suzy walking all over town paying bills or stopping to talk to someone. Mom loved to visit with anyone and never knew a stranger.

   Mom loved her church. Mom was a faithful member of the First Christian Church. She was so happy that the church was next door, so she could walk to church. She will be with the Savior now.

   Mom was preceded in death by both her parents, her husband, Forrest in 1992; and a grandson, Lance Corporal Bryan K. Cline, United State Marine Corps in 1995.

   Mom is survived by her daughter, Mary Jane and Gary Cline; son, Jim and Jenny Franklin; granddaughters: Jo Lynn Marlatt; Audrey Cline; great grandchildren: Ashlee Spears, Jeremiah Whybark, Bryton Henderson, and great great granddaughter; Bryanna Spears.

   Mom was much loved by her family and friends. She will be greatly missed.

   The viewing will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel on Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. with the Funeral Service at 11 a.m. with burial to follow at Orofino Riverside Cemetery. After services, there will be a dinner at the First Christian Church. Donations may be made to the First Christian Church in Mom’s name.

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

Obituaries for April 4, 2013

Janette Denise Twedell Robinson, 50, Sandy, Oregon

   Janette Denise Twedell Robinson, 50, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at her home in Sandy, OR, after a valiant battle with leukemia.

   She was born in Harbor City, CA on April 9, 1962, the daughter of Dolly Twedell or Orofino and the late Rodney Twedell. She lived in New Hampshire from age nine until graduation from high school and medical transcription school while living there. She moved to Sandy in 1998.

   A wonderful single mother who raised two ambitious, kind sons, Janette was a treasured employee everywhere she worked which included banking, retail and hospice. At her most recent job at Kaiser Permanente Care in Portland, OR, she was so valued and loved that vacation time was freely given up by co-workers to insure she was paid through the 13 months of her illness.

   Besides her father, Rod Twedell, Janette was preceded in death by a nephew, Robert Elliot, of Capistrano Beach, CA.

   Aside from her mother, Dolly Twedell of Orofino, she is survived by two sons, Daryl Munden of Portland and Chase Robinson of Sandy; her future daughter-in-law, Roxanne Ramarez; two sisters, Kathy Killins and husband Eddie of Orofino and Terri Shalhoup and husband Dean of Nashua, NH; one brother Marvin Twedell and wife Linda of Sandy; and five nephews and two nieces.

   A funeral service was held Friday, March 15, at Sandy Funeral Home where approximately 200 friends and relatives attended. Stories of her specialness and humor were swapped which brought many smiles in her memory.

Loralee “Mendenhall” Parkinson, 52, Sacramento, CA

   Loralee, beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother, went to be with her brother and father on March 10, 2013, at U.C. Davis in Sacramento, CA.

   Loralee was the daughter of Richard and Janet Mendenhall. She was born in Grangeville, ID.

   Loralee lived in Weippe during her school years, and then moved away to California in the early 1980’s where she met and married Butch Parkinson in 1983. They had two children, Brandi and John. They resided in Anderson, CA.

   Loralee is survived by her husband Butch; daughter Brandi and grandson Eric (the love of her life) and son John, all of Anderson; her mother and step-father Janet and Rex Gardner; sister and husband Lorena and Andy Cantrell, nephew Andy, and niece Tayna, all of California; sister Linda Mendenhall and nephew Dylan Wilson of Orofino; brother and wife Chuck and Mechelle Mendenahll, niece Kaylee, nephew Tye of Weippe; Emily Gardner of Sheridan, WY and Sue Gardner of Orofino.

   She is preceded in death by her brother Richard Mendenhall and father Richard E. Mendenhall.

   Arrangements are pending.

LaRea Bernard, 80, Yuma, AZ

   LaRea Bernard, 80, passed away Monday, March 25, 2013 in her home in Yuma, AZ.

   LaRea Bernard was born to Firmin and LaVon Gotzinger in May of 1932. She spent her childhood as a feisty cowgirl on the +O Ranch, just outside of Riggins, and graduated from Salmon River High School in 1950, as one of two graduating seniors.

   She was married to Dan Wilson in June of 1950, a marriage that blessed her with two sons, Dave and Aaron, but ended in tragedy when Dan was killed in a logging accident.

   On May 28, 1956, she married Ronnie Bernard and gained a daughter, Ronaine. They added another daughter, Terri, to their blended family and had their hands full! In 1967 they moved their family from Riggins to Pierce, where they raised their children.

   LaRea worked at Jaype Plywood Mill for 21 years, until her retirement in 1987. After retirement Ron and LaRea relocated to Orofino where they spent the next several years golfing, enjoying their friends, traveling and following their grand children's school and sporting events. In 1991, they began spending their winters in Yuma, where they eventually bought a home.

   For the remainder of her life, they, along with their faithful dog, Misty, spent their winters in the sunshine of Arizona and the summers visiting their kids, grand kids, and her beloved North Fork and Salmon Rivers.

   In her younger years, she was an accomplished trap shooter, and throughout her life her hobbies included golfing, fishing, camping, huckleberry picking, and enjoying her grand kids. She served as the 3rd Annual Riggins Rodeo Queen in 1950, and then was honored as their Grand Marshal in 2011.

   LaRea was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her brother, Ronnie Gotzinger and his family; her devoted husband, Ronnie Bernard; her children Dave Wilson (Dru), Ronaine Kinard (Chuck), Aaron Wilson (Sherie), and Terri Smith (Dan); 10 grandchildren and their spouses or significant others, and 10 great grandchildren, who were a source of great joy in her life.

   She will be remembered for her huge heart, infinite strength and determination, infectious giggle, and will live in our hearts forever, as a feisty cowgirl.

   A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Obituaries for March 28, 2013

Maldarine Ball McKinney, 97, Orofino

   Maldarine Ball McKinney passed away March 19, 2013 after a long and happy life in the Pierce and Weippe area. She was born in Kamiah on Dec. 13, 1915 to Earl and Elizabeth Shaw. The family moved to Orofino where she attended high school. It was there she met Hilmer Ball and they were married in 1931.

   They moved to Pierce where Hilmer worked in the woods for Fromelt Logging and then at Cardiff Sawmill. While working there they had four children, Janice Shubert, Ronnie Ball, Cheryl Smolinski and Terry Ball. Ronnie was later killed in a sledding accident. She was very close to her sister, Mattie Ball, who lived close to her and was a mother figure. Hilmer and Maldarine then bought a house in Weippe. Hilmer then worked in Orofino for Joe Richardson as a sawyer in the saw mill. They lived in Weippe until Hilmer passed away on Nov. 19, 1974.

   Maldarine was very active in school affairs, belonging to and working with the PTA. She was a chaperone on the busses for kids going to Orofino for swimming lessons. She also helped at school food sales and attended ball games and school dances where her daughter Cheryl was a cheerleader and son Terry played baseball, football, and basketball. She was a Librarian for the Weippe Library, past Noble Grand at the White Pine Rebekah Lodge and belonged to the pinochle club.

   She married Willard McKinney June 10, 1977. They sold their home in Weippe and moved to Peck, where she belonged to the Peck Community Club and Bunco Club.

   Large family gatherings were a happy part of her life. She also had a large doll collection and a large collection of antique glassware.

   She loved to travel and made several trips to Branson, MO and Nashville, TN. She enjoyed trips to Nevada with family and friends.

   She lived at Brookside Landing in Orofino for several years where she made many new friends. After falling and breaking her leg she was moved to Life Care Center in Lewiston where she passed away.

   She is survived by three children, Janice Shubert, Cheryl and Jerry Smolinski, and Terry and Charlene Ball. She is also survived by six grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and six great-great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Hilmer Ball; son Ronnie; sisters Mattie Ball, Mary Crisman, and Margaret Shaw; brother Jerry Shaw; and her late husband Willard McKinney.

   Graveside services were held Monday, March 25 at Orofino Riverside Cemetery. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.

Verla Duffy Robinson memorial

   There will be a graveside memorial for family and friends of Verla Duffy Robinson on Sunday, April 7 at 11 am. The gathering will take place at Lewis Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston.

Obituaries for March 21, 2013

Richard James Breeden, 20, Pendeleton, OR

    In any fight it is the guy who is willing to die who is going to win that inch. And I know if I’m going to have any life any more it is because I am willing to fight and die for that inch. Because that is winning.

    Richard James Breeden, born April 2, 1992, died at his home in Pendleton, OR on March 14, 2013. Ricky attended elementary, junior and senior high school at Orofino, graduating from Orofino High School in 2010. After graduation he attended Blue Mountain Community College in Pendelton for one year. He spent the last two years helping his mother care for her two nephews. He was anxiously awaiting his 21st birthday to apply for the police academy. He was active in athletics all his life, especially baseball. He received many trophies in baseball during his young life. One of his favorite memories was being selected to the all-star tournament team his sophomore year when his team won the state baseball tournament. He also participated in football and basketball.

    Ricky had many friends that he considered family and was willing to help any who needed assistance for any reason. His home was their home.

    Ricky was very community conscious. For example, he helped with many of the observances by helping place flags along the highway. He spent many hours working on the little league baseball field with his father and at the high school field with Coach Cummings. He volunteered as an umpire for the baseball games at any time.

    He loved to hunt and fish with his father and other family members. When you caught your salmon for the season you were done, unlike his father more was better. Last fall he went pheasant hunting in North and South Dakota with his grandpa, had a wonderful time, and, on top of that, wouldn’t share his pheasant with anyone.

    He is preceded in death by his father, Richard Breeden, his grandparents and several aunts on his father’s side.

    He is survived by his mother, Jaylene Breeden, Grandpa and Grandma Deaudoin, brother Ken Breeden and niece Jordie. He is also survived by other relatives: Allen and Janie Decker and their sons, Jerry and Pam and their two daughters, Rob and Pattie and their two daughters, Aunt Roberta Halverson and her two sons, Donnie and Devery Bedreau and additional relatives.

    A memorial service will be held in Orofino on Thursday, March 28 at 4 p.m. at the Pine Hills Funeral Chapel. Come join us for a potluck to celebrate Ricky Breeden’s life at the VFW after the service has concluded.

Vera Rado Powell, 93, Cavendish

   Vera Rado Powell, 93, of Cavendish Idaho, went to be with Jesus Thursday, March 14 after battling with complications from pneumonia and congestive heart failure.  

    Vera was born to the late Evans and Ruth Jones on August 9, 1919, in Comanche County Texas, and was married to the late Lawrence Powell on July 20, 1946.  

    She was a devoted mother, incredible grandmother, and very beloved great grandmother.  

    She was a Texas girl who loved to travel, was an excellent seamstress, wonderful cook, loved sunshine, good conversation, bluebonnets, windmills, and worked very hard all her life.  She was spunky and sweet, someone whom everyone referred to as "Grandma" and was a blessing to all who knew her.  She lived her 93 years here on earth to the fullest, loved the Lord, and changed more lives for the better than she could have ever known.  She was greatly loved and will be terribly missed.

    Vera is survived by her two sisters Ellen Dearson and Josephine Freeman; her son Ray Powell; granddaughters Stephanie Powell, Ashley Glassman, Joanna Powell; and great grandson Hudsen Glassman.

    A memorial service will be held Thursday, March 28, at 11 a.m. at Southwick Bible Church.

Frank J. Pils, Jr., 60, Lenore

   Frank J. Pils, Jr., 60, of Lenore, died Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston.

   Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.

Josephine Duff, 90, Lewiston

    Josephine Mamie Kayler was born Dec. 21, 1922 to James H. Kayler and Harriett Benscoter Kayler in Lewiston. She passed away Dec. 26, 2012 in Lewiston. She grew up on the family farm on Angel Ridge in Peck, and graduated from Peck High School in 1941.

    Following high school graduation she attended Lewiston State Normal School where she majored in Elementary Education. She graduated in 1943 and taught second grade for two years in Orofino and one year in Moscow.

    Josephine married William E. Gilbert in 1945 when he returned from service in the Army Air Corp during WWII. They moved to San Francisco, CA where Bill attended mortuary school and Josephine worked for a Studebaker dealership. After Bill graduated they moved to Moscow, Idaho where he worked for Short’s Funeral Chapel. In 1947 twin sons, James (Jim) and John (Jack) were born.

    In 1949 they moved to Orofino where they bought the Shaw mortuary and began operating Gilbert’s Chapel. Later a new mortuary was built on Michigan Avenue. Bill was killed in an automobile accident in 1963. Josephine continued running the business until 1969 when she moved to Lewiston.

     In 1967 she married Eugene R. Duff. He and Josephine built the Duff Building on 19th Street in Lewiston, where Gene had his accounting office. They enjoyed many years of boating, fishing, camping and traveling.

    Josephine belonged to the First United Methodist Church of Lewiston and PEO Chapter BL. She was an alumnus and supporter of Lewiston State Normal School, now Lewis-Clark State College.

    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. Her great-grandson, Vincent James Gilbert, passed away Feb. 21, 2013.

    She is survived by her brothers Marion Kayler and John (Beverly) Kayler, her husband Eugene Duff, son Jack (Patricia) Gilbert, step-daughters 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.

    Contributions may be made in Josephine’s memory to Lewis-Clark State College, 500 8th Avenue, Lewiston, Idaho 83501 or PEO Chapter BL, c/o Marilyn Carlson, 2018 14th St, Lewiston, Idaho 83501.

    There will be a memorial service Saturday March 23, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Lewiston, 1906 Broadview Dr., Lewiston.

JoAnn Hermanson, 76, Orofino

    JoAnn Hermanson, 76 passed away on March 12, 2013 in Orofino. She was born March 2, 1937 to Floyd and Ruby Phelps in Klamath Falls, OR. She married Herman Hermanson and owned and operated a cedar shake mill most of her life. Her love in life was gardening and later painting, which she learned as therapy to recover from her second stroke.

    JoAnn was a fighter. In her 30’s she was one of the first women in the northwest to receive a mechanical heart valve. Despite her health issues she had a positive attitude and would meet people with a smile. She had a great personality and always made people laugh.

    She moved to Brookside Landing in Aug. 2006, which she called her home. She loved playing games, participating in activities, and making new friends. She was always the life of the party.

    JoAnn is survived by her children Ellie and (Clay) Hesson, Carl Hermanson, Tammy Hermanson, and Katherine and (Gary) Brown; grandchildren Cody Pate and (Shane Herzig), Justin and (Amy) Pate, Kashala and Joe Cox and Joe Wolfe; great-grandchildren Kaden and Rylan Pate, Logan Damon and Ollis Herzig, and Anthony Cox; sisters Beverly Fitzgerald, Sandy Tarr, and Shirley Coe; brothers, Lyle Phelps and Kenny Phelps; and her special friend Eileen Bristol from Brookside.

    A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, March 30 at 2 p.m. at Brookside Landing in Orofino.

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

Norma Lou Fine Memorial Service

   A memorial service will be held for Norma Lou Fine on Saturday, March 23 at 11 a.m. at the Orofino Community Church, 14233 Highway 12 by David Naumann, CLC, Pastor of Peace Lutheran Church at Orofino. A covered dish lunch will be served after the service. Norma passed away on Nov. 10, 2012 at her home in Walla Walla, WA.

John Everett Gould Jr., 43, Orofino

   John Everett Gould Jr. (Johnny) of Orofino passed away March 12, 2013 due to complications from a burn accident. He was 43.

   Johnny was born in Orofino on Dec. 16, 1969 to John (Jack) Gould Sr. and Mary Joyce Gould. Johnny grew up in Orofino until 1984 when he moved to Klawock, AK. He graduated from Klawock High School in 1988. Johnny attended college in Anchorage, Alaska for a very short time and realized that wasn’t where he wanted to be. He knew he was meant to be a logger, it was in his blood. He spent all the time he could with Dad in a truck from the time he was out of diapers. So, he returned to work with his Dad.

   He worked road construction for a short time and then started driving log truck for Dad, later taking over the business. The last few years he was known as “Lowboy John” and drove truck for Steve Henderson Logging, and no one could do it better than Johnny G. It made Johnny very proud to be hauling with his son who is also driving lowboy for the same company for the past two years.

   Johnny married Robin Brink in 1992 while living in Alaska and they later divorced, but they share a son, John Everett Gould III “Bub,” who was Johnny’s world and best friend. He taught Bubba to follow in his footsteps with pride.

   Johnny also leaves behind his daughter Ashlie Gould of Lewiston, who lit up his face every time he talked about her; she is his pride and joy. John had two step kids who also called him Dad: Kaleigh and David Ryno of Alaska. He was proud of the adults they became.

   Johnny married Doris Lougee Sept. 21, 2011. John said he wanted to protect her and make her feel safe. Their life together was cut short way too soon.

   Johnny loved spending time with his family and friends, and fishing at his favorite camping spot on Little Beaver Creek near Pierce. There was never a time that he didn’t have a new joke or a story to tell. All who knew John knew that he loved to cook, and whatever he cooked you would be told every ingredient he used and how it came out in perfection. Who would have thought that a man with rough hands of a logger would be a cook?

   Johnny is survived by his wife, Doris Gould; children John and Ashlie Gould; his mother Joyce Gould; his sister Renee Hedrick (Keith); his brothers Bob Gould (Linda), Randy Gould (Teresia), Ron Gould, and Rick Scott (Kathi); step kids Kaliegh Ryno, David Ryno, Jenn, Jessie, Jade and Austin Jasper; as well as many nieces and nephews that he adored; and an unbelievable amount of friends.

   Johnny was preceded in death by his father, Jack Gould, and grandparents Leal and Bethel Gould and Clarence and Ella Rugg.

   Funeral services were held March 19 at the Best Western Lodge at River’s Edge in Orofino, followed by burial at the Orofino Cemetery. Afterwards a reception celebrating John’s life was held at the Lodge at River’s Edge.

   John’s family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made at the Lewis Clark Credit Union to help with expenses.

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

Obituaries for March 14, 2013

Verla Jean Duffy Robinson, 77, Pierce

   Verla Jean Duffy Robinson, 77, of Pierce, passed away at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center on March 4, 2013, after a brief illness.

   Verla was born on April 21, 1935, in Seattle, Washington, the first of two daughters to Leonard and Verla Brandt. She grew up and attended school in Twisp and Winthrop, WA and married Robert K. Duffy in 1951.                       They raised their sons in Pierce and Verla worked for local merchants including Durant’s General Merchandise, Kimball’s Drug Store and, in later years, worked in property management for Century 21, and as a bookkeeper for Doris Nelson and KMC Logging. Bob died in July of 1983 in a logging accident.

   On March 12, 1997, Verla married her loving husband, Greg Robinson, though they were a couple for a total of 26 years.  What a blessing it was that they found each other and they enjoyed a wonderful life together.  Verla retired in 2001.

   In her early years, Verla enjoyed golf, dancing and a circle of fun and faithful friends. She liked to reminisce about her trip to the British Isles with her sister Fran, especially about venturing to St. Andrews during the British Open. 

   Of late, she participated in the Pierce Ladies Birthday Club and truly cherished the laughs and friendships she had there. A regal and strikingly pretty woman with beautiful blue eyes, she was also a wonderful cook and homemaker.

   She is survived by her husband, Greg, of Pierce, sons Bob Duffy of Twin Falls, Mike and Debbi Duffy of Lenore, and Nick and Laura Robinson of Boise. She is also survived by grandchildren Sunny and Darrin Haynes of Lewiston and Chloe and Talor Robinson of Boise. Great-grandchildren are Harper and Lincoln Haynes of Lewiston. Verla’s sister, Fran Keeley-Gilewich and husband Larry Gilewich of Edmonton, Alberta, and nephews Brent and Stephen Keeley and families also survive her.

   A memorial service is being planned and details will be made available at a later date.

Betty Jeanne Kinzer, 67, Orofino

Nov. 12, 1945 -- March 10, 2013

   Betty Kinzer -- beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother -- quietly went into Jehovah’s arms on March 10, 2013. 

   Born on Nov. 12, 1945 to Sybil and Vernon Jones in Portland OR, Betty moved to California then Florida and back to California before finally settling in Idaho with the love of her life, Mike, whom she married July 4, 1970. 

   Betty held a special place in everyone’s heart with whom she came in contact.  She did the paper route, delivered mail, loved to groom pets and just about anything else that could keep her occupied.  Betty loved being busy while enjoying all that life offered. She loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping until she could no longer physically do it. 

   In addition to her husband Mike, Betty is survived by her sisters Susan Price of Hoquiam, WA; Donna Kasper of Abbotsford, BC; Doris Moir of Sparwood, BC; a brother Robert (Bob) Jones of Tonopah, AZ; six children, Michael (Scott) Kinzer of Spirit Lake; Lisa Leach of Puyallup, WA; Kim Kinzer of Red Bluff, CA; Roberta (Bobbi) Corbit of Clarkston, WA; Alanna Dean of Billings, MT and Sunny Bales of Orofino.  Betty is also survived by 20 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

   Please join us in celebrating her life Saturday, March 16 at 1 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Orofino.  There will be a potluck dinner at 3 p.m. at the Orofino Clean & Sober Drop In Center at 235 Johnson Avenue. Everyone who loved and cared about her and her family is invited to attend.

   In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Orofino Clean & Sober Drop In Center.

JoAnn Hermanson, 76, Orofino

   JoAnn Hermanson, 76, of Orofino, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at Clearwater Health and Rehab in Orofino.

   She has been a longtime resident at Brookside Landing.

   Arrangements are pending.

Norma Lou Fine, 63, Walla Walla

   Norma Lou Fine, 63, passed away Nov. 10, 2012 at her home in Walla Walla, WA.

   Norma was born Sept. 5, 1949 to Mervil and Nina Schilling Fine in the Burns Hospital in Orofino. She was the granddaughter of the late Ozella Bloodsworth Fine and Anna Guren Schilling.

   Norma left Orofino early in her life to live in Lewiston then to Weston, OR and Walla Walla, WA. Norma was certified through Blue Mountain Community College, Pendleton, OR to administer medications at assisted living facilities in Oregon. Norma worked later in personal health care for individual clients until her health forced retirement.

   Norma was baptized and confirmed as a member of the CLC Lutheran Church in Orofino.

   Norma is survived by her daughter Stacy Jo Carlock, Portland, OR and her son Dallas Perez and Meaghan and her beloved grandchildren Aspen, Sydney, Meili and Emilio.

   Also surviving is her sister Diane and husband Ernie Tuning of Orofino, a niece Shannon and family of Walla Walla and a nephew Jeff and family of Yakima, WA.

   Norma will come home to rest on her parents’ grave in the Orofino Cemetery. A memorial service will be conducted Saturday, March 23 at 11 a.m. at the Orofino Community Church, 14233 Highway 12 by David Naumann, CLC, Pastor of Peace Lutheran Church at Orofino. A covered dish lunch will be served after the service.

Obituaries for March 7, 2013

Diana Teel, 68, Orofino

   Diana Teel of Orofino, born Dec. 31, 1944 passed away on Feb. 15, 2013 following a brave battle with ovarian cancer.

   Diana was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt.  Diana valued family and friends above all and shared her generous and optimistic spirit with many. 

   Diana kept track of all birthdays and anniversaries and felt it was important to celebrate those important days for all of her family.

   Diana loved teaching her children and grandchildren how to cook, create arts and crafts, read music, and play the piano. 

   Diana enjoyed sharing with others her life experiences to demonstrate that even from adversity you can grow stronger and have a successful life.  Diana’s biggest lesson to all was to be caring of others, work hard, do good things in the world and be an asset to society.

   Diana loved history and also enjoyed traveling.  If not traveling to visit family, many travel destinations were to places of historical significance.

   Diana loved current events and discussing politics ranging from local government to global politics.  As a business owner in Weston, OR, she was very active in the community.  She was a member of the Planning Commission and a member of Weston Community Church.  As a member of the church she was involved with Choir, Pioneer Clubs as well as developing Church Plays.  As a resident of Orofino, ID she was an active volunteer at the elementary school where her grandchildren attended.

   Diana was preceded in death by her father Joseph Boire, brother Scott Boire, and husband Orlan  P. Teel.  Diana is survived by her uncle Jack Boire, her six brothers; James Boire, Tony Boire, Michael Boire, Stan Kacin, Michael John Cotter, Bill Cotter, and three sisters;  Jan Petty, Terilyn Lopez, and Josephine Hall.  Her children; Jacqueline Hall, Gina Lynn Teel, Cindy Teel-Miller, and Anthony Teel, as well as her bonus children; Jeanne Sockle, Lori Bryson, Bruce Teel and Julie Frazee, sixteen grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

   A “celebration of life” will be held in Diana’s honor at the Memorial Hall in Weston, OR, beginning at 11:30 a.m. on March 30.  Diana wished to pass the donation “torch” on to all that are willing to donate to any one of her favorite charities in lieu of flowers.  The charities are:  Children’s Square U.S.A., St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Wounded Warrior Project, and Habitat for Humanity.

Burton Bashaw, 75, Kamiah

   Burton Bashaw Sr., 75, of Kamiah, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

   A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 9, at the Kooskia Community Center in Kooskia. A potluck dinner will follow.

   Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia is assisting the family.

Verla Robinson, 77, Pierce

   Verla J. Duffy Robinson, 77, of Pierce, died Monday, March 4, 2013 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

   Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.

Iris Lower, 71, Orofino

   Iris Frances Lower of Orofino died Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at her residence. She was 71.

   Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.

Obituaries for February 28, 2013

Elizabeth “Betty” Snyder, 80

   Elizabeth “Betty” Snyder, 80, formerly of Kamiah, died Feb. 25, 2013, at her home in Lewiston.

   Visitation will be from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at Trenary Funeral Home Chapel in Kooskia.

   A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 1 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Highway 12 in Kamiah.

   Burial will be at Kamiah City. A dinner will follow at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home at Kooskia.

Jeanette Isbelle, 92, Orofino

   Our gentle mother has gone to eternal rest with her heavenly father. She was born on April 24, 1920 in Astoria, OR to Martin and Lula Hall. She passed away on Dec. 19, 2012 in Orofino.

   Jeanette was raised in a logging camp at Deep River, WA, where her father was employed as a “donkey” engine operator and her mother worked as a school teacher. At the age of 12, the family relocated to Long Beach, WA, where her father had built a home and her mother thought her children would get a better education.

   After graduation from Ilwaco High School in 1938, she went to business school in Seattle. She worked for a lumber company in Seattle and for the US Army at Presidio in San Francisco during World War II.

   Jeanette met Roy Isbelle in Seattle while he was stationed there with the U.S. Army. Mom and Dad enjoyed telling the story of how they met while waiting for a bus at the Woodland Park Zoo. They married on Feb. 27, 1946.

   The first year of their marriage they lived in Honolulu, HI. After the war they relocated to Orofino where Dad had been raised. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Harold, Naomi, and Greg. Also included in the family was Roy’s son, Bill, from a previous marriage.

   In 1976 they moved to Spokane, WA, where Jeanette was employed at Powers Candy Company. After retirement in 1986, she and Roy returned to Orofino and their home in Konkolville.

   She now had time to enjoy camping, gardening, reading, walking, and politics. She joined the First Christian Church, where she found spiritual fellowship on Sundays and with a weekly Bible study group.

   Jeanette was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Roy Isbelle. She is survived by her children Bill (Betty), Harold (Leslie), Naomi and Greg (Ann), eight grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

   A special “thank you” goes to our brother, Greg, and his wife, Ann, for their care and assistance to our mother these last three years.

   Memorial services were held Jan. 5 at First Christian Church with Reverend Clarence Howard officiating. The family would like to thank Kathi Howard for playing the music at the memorial service and to the women of the First Christian Church and St. Theresa’s Catholic Church for preparing and serving the meal following the service.

Lloyd B. Barker, 81, Lenore

   Lloyd Burgess Barker, 81, passed away in his Lenore home from cancer on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013.

   He was born in Spokane, WA on March 1, 1931, to the late Lloyd Barker and Sarah E. Barker Ostermeyer. He lived in Dishman, WA, graduated from West Valley High School and attended Eastern Washington State College.

   Lloyd was termed a “dashing young man” by the Spokane Valley Herald in the big local subscription sales contest of 1946. He lived up to that description all his life and made lasting friendships.

   He worked with his father, who operated a dragline, and for Johnny Thamm’s Market, while in school.

   He married Myra Jean Wendlandt in 1952. Lloyd worked for Nalley’s Foods in the Walla Walla, WA area and then owned a family ice cream store. Their four children, Allen Lloyd, Hollie Jean Coon (Roy), and Melanie Sue Johnson (Tim), Dawnelle Joy Thompson (Leo) were raised in Spokane Valley, Ione, WA and Orofino, where Lloyd also worked in the Barney’s food stores.

   He owned the Sears Merchant Store in Orofino, and began his home improvement business. He moved to Kirkland, WA, and distributed building materials until he retired in 2012.

   Lloyd was active in just about everything, particularly school sports, Opportunity Christian Church, Valley DeMolay Junior Masonic Lodge, and later in the Masonic Lodge and Orofino Shrine Club. He belonged to the Dirty Dozen, who had a reputation for not smoking, drinking, or cussing.

   He particularly enjoyed his church family, the Focus group, and ushering at Overlake Christian Church in Kirkland. Fellowship was enjoyed with his friends in The Guard.

   Lloyd will be remembered lovingly by his children, and brothers Harry (Bud) Barker and Rotcheford L. Barker of Chicago; Fred Ostermayer in Coeur d’Alene; 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

   Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at Cedar Park Assembly of God, 16300 112th Avenue NE, Bothell, WA 98011.

   In lieu of flowers, Dad would want you to donate to the Wounded Warrior Project at

   The family would like to extend a special thank you to Pine Hills Funeral Chapel for all their help during this difficult time.

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

Obituaries for February 21, 2013

William Anthony Shamion, 75, Orofino

   William Anthony Shamion passed away peacefully at his home in Orofino, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 with his family by him. He was 75.

   He was born on Jan. 6, 1938 to Anthony and Margaret Rosalie (Kubarek) Shamion in Stambaugh, MI. The family moved from there to Iron River, MI from 1938 to 1949; then relocated to Chicago, IL from 1949 to 1955; the family finally settling in Orofino in 1955 to the present.

   William (Bill) met the love of his life in Orofino. He married Ms. Diane Marie Fackenthall on May 25, 1963 at the St. Theresa’s Parish in Orofino. They have two sons and one daughter.

   Bill attended and graduated from Orofino High School in 1956.  From there he worked for Shamion Logging until 1965. Bill then worked in auto body repair, learning the trade until 1972; when he went on to start his own business, A-1 Body Shop, to the present. Bill also attended the University of Idaho and joined the Idaho National Guard.

   Bill was very active and gave of his time in the Orofino community. Bill was elected as a school board member for 13 years and was a member of the Orofino Rotary. He was a lifelong member of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church where he was also was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #4585. He was inducted as a Grand Knight and State Deputy.

   William (Bill) A. Shamion was preceded in death by his father Anthony Shamion; his mother and stepfather Margaret (Shamion) and Joseph W. Cunningham.

   He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Diane M. Shamion; sons Mark Shamion of Port Orchard, WA, Brad and Cindy Shamion of Lewiston; daughter, Tonya Shamion of Bonners Ferry; brother, Daniel Shamion of Republic, WA; sister, Darlene Ibach of Fox Island, WA; granddaughters, Keela Carter of Lewiston, Theresa Sykes and Landa Sykes of Spokane, WA,  Samantha Shamion of Lewiston, Jessica Walker of Boise; in addition to great-grand- daughter, Kaihdrynn Pickett of Spokane, WA and great-grandson, Ralph Anthony Johnson of Spokane, WA.

   A Rosary will be held for William A. Shamion at 10:30 a.m. with the Memorial Mass to follow at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Orofino.

   Memorial donations can be made to ICARE, 2134 Canyon Road, Orofino, ID 83544 and Family Hospice of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, 1250 Idaho St, Lewiston, ID 83501-1965

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

Dwight Everett McIntire, 95, Woodland, ID

   Dwight E. McIntire of Woodland, ID went home to be with his Lord on Feb. 15, 2013. Dwight was born at Winona, Idaho on April 25, 1917 to Frank and Edna Kirkpatrick McIntire. His family moved around a lot in his younger years.

   He attended school in Cusick, WA, Newport, WA, Orofino, and Fraser. He graduated from Weippe High School in 1934.

   After graduation, Dwight worked at Schmidt’s Mill in Weippe and drove a team of horses skidding logs in 1936. His family then moved to Woodland where he started farming with eight Percheron horses.

   On June 26, 1948 he married Anna Marie Altmiller, and they made their home on the family farm where Dwight continued to farm and raise cattle until he retired at 88.

   Dwight served on the Woodland and Kamiah school boards for 16 years. He was chairman of the board when the Kamiah High School was built, and in 2012 was one of the first inductees to the Kamiah School District Hall of Fame. He was one of the founders of the Carrot Ridge Volunteer Fire District and was their first president. Dwight belonged to the Woodland Friends Church. He had a strong faith in God and was a wonderful example of love and generosity to his family and neighbors. He was also well-known for his gentle strength and wisdom.

   Dwight was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Leland, Gerald (Irish), Lester (Dutch), and Lyle, a sister, Marion Baker, and an infant son, Raymond Dwight. He is survived by his wife, Anna, at the family home, a daughter, Linda (and Don) Burnside, a son, Frank (and Pamela) McIntire, and a daughter, Kathy (and Phil) Hendrickson. He is survived by his grandchildren: Robert (and Kira) Burnside, Jodi (and Shawn) Hudson, Stephanie (and Chris) Duclos, Teri (and Phillip) Rogers, Toni (and Adam) Gillie, Daniel (and Leslie) McIntire, Kevin (and Kate) Hendrickson, Lacey (and Mat) Faeth, and 15 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by many nephews and nieces who loved him dearly. As the people at the Clearwater Health and Rehab noted, “He was a man who was truly loved.”

   A memorial service will be held Friday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m. at The Life Center in Kamiah followed by graveside services at the Woodland Cemetery and a dinner at the Woodland Friends Church. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Woodland Friends Church or a charity of your choice. Arrangements are by Trenary Funeral Home.

Diana Teel, 68, former resident

   Diana Lee Teel, a former Orofino resident, died Friday, Feb. 13, 2013 in Richland, WA. She was 68.

   Diana was born in Bedford, OH. She lived in Orofino for 14 years.

   Einan’s Funeral Home of Richland is in care of arrangements.

Obituaries for February 14, 2013

Norman Duane Mitchell, 80, Lewiston

   Norman Duane Mitchell, 80, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston. He was born May 10, 1932, to Ora Mitchell and Agness Merrill in Fortuna, CA. Norman was a sailor in the construction battalion in the U.S. Navy and he was honorably discharged in 1952 as a Korean Conflict Disabled Veteran.

   Norman was born and raised in the Humboldt County area in Northern California, where he lived until 1962. He and Wanda were married in February 1962; they moved to Alaska and lived there until 1965. They then moved to Idaho and lived together until September of 1989. They separated in 1998. Norm and Patty were married in the Philippines and remained happily married until his passing.

   He is survived by his wife, Patty Mitchell; sons, Norman D. Mitchell, Jr., Monte R. Mitchell, and Mark Mitchell; daughter, Melissa A. Dexter; grandsons, Anthony Mitchell, Stephen Dexter, and Nicholas Mitchell; granddaughters, Misty Stein, Alicia Mitchell, Rhianna Mitchell, and Sarah Mitchell.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Lorraine Simpson.

   A viewing was held Feb. 9 at Mountain View Funeral Home, Lewis Clark Memorial Gardens, in Lewiston.

   A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orofino.

   Please sign the online guestbook at

Tom Suk, 63, formerly of Orofino

   Thomas Steven Suk of Missoula, MT, passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 6, 2013 at the age of 63, from complications of diabetes.

   Tom was born on Sept. 20, 1949, to Charles Gordon and Mildred Ann Suk in Duluth, MN. His family later moved to Rochester, MN, where he graduated from Mayo High School in 1968. He went on to attend the University of Minnesota where he received Bachelor degrees in History and Forestry.

   Tom married Sally Arnold on Dec. 6, 1975, in St. Paul, MN. Tom had a desire to move to Montana as his family had lived in Havre for five years when he was very young. Six months after getting married, Tom and Sally relocated to Libby, MT, for the start of Tom’s rewarding 33 ½ year career with the United States Forest Service. They spent eight years in Libby, MT, and 17 years in Orofino, ID, before moving to Missoula, MT, in 2001.

   A self-proclaimed man of service, Tom always loved to lend a hand to those in need, especially when it came to “fix it” projects. His desire to serve also led him to answer the call of civic duty.

   While in Orofino he served many years on the city council and was also involved with the Rotary Club.

   Golfing was a passion of Tom’s. He played on Men’s Leagues and also enjoyed playing golf with his wife. Despite having left Minnesota many years ago Tom stayed a dedicated and passionate fan of the Vikings and Twins.

   Tom is survived by his loving wife, Sally, and sons Geoff and Greg. Also surviving Tom are his daughter-in-law Josie (Geoff), grandson Tyson (Geoff), and his brothers James, Robert, and Richard. He was preceded in death by his parents Mildred and Gordon Suk.

   An informal outdoor gathering will take place at Dunrovin Ranch, 5375 Terry Lane, Lolo, MT, on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 4-6 p.m. A more formal time of remembering Tom will begin at 5:30 p.m. All family and friends are welcome.

   The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Habitat for Humanity of Missoula, P.O. Box 7181, Missoula, MT 59807.

   Arrangements are by Cremation and Funeral Gallery, Billings, MT. Condolences may be sent to the family at www. through “Our Families.”

Obituaries for February 7, 2013

William (Bill) Collins Lear Jr., 80, Peck

   “The best darn shovel operator I ever saw” passed away surrounded by family Jan. 27, 2013.

   William (Bill) Collins Lear Jr. was born Nov. 22, 1932, to William C. Lear and Rowena M. (Work) Lear at Winthrop, Wash. They moved to Dent, Idaho, in 1941. He attended grade school at Dent and Ahsahka Elementary schools and high school in Orofino.

   Bill married Anita Stewart on Sept. 16, 1951. Their marriage of 61 years took them from Idaho to California to Missouri and back home to Idaho. After serving 23 years as an elder, he was ordained an apostle of the Church of Christ, headquartered in Independence, Mo., in 1980.

   He is survived by his wife, Anita, at their home in Peck; three daughters, Kathy (Bob) McKnight, Orofino, Vickie (Dan) Preston, Lewiston, Teresa (Larry) Wickizer, Lewiston; one brother, Ben (Linda) Lear of Garden City, Mo.; grandsons, Dan (Adriana) McKnight of Aberdeen, N.C., Tom McKnight of Moscow, Craig (Sarah) Preston of Lewiston, Wade Wickizer and Willy Wickizer, both of Lewiston; and three granddaughters, Anna Preston of Pullman, Nicki (Dusty) Lyons of Springfield, Wash., Ashley (Steve) Knight of Deer Park, Wash., as well as several great-grandchildren, Storm, Skylar, Alisha, Xavier, Kaylynn, Arianna and Meriah. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews and family on his side and his wife’s side and his extended family at Kings.

   He was preceded in death by an infant daughter; his mother and father; sister, Roberta and husband Glenn Schow; and an infant great-granddaughter.

Man of God, husband, father, granddad and friend, Dad’s life story will forever be engraved on the hearts of those who loved him.

   A covered-dish memorial will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 16 at the Peck Community Center.

Obituaries for January 31, 2013

William C. Lear, 80, Peck

   William C. Lear, 80, of Peck, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. Mountain View Funeral Home in Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.

Ruby Lee Elliott, 90, Orofino

   Ruby Lee Elliott, a long time resident of Dent near Orofino, passed away Jan. 25 due to complications from a stroke. She was 90 years old.

   Ruby was born March 13, 1922 to James and Maude (Crenshaw) Middlebrooks. She was raised and schooled in Eagletown, OK. As a young adult she moved to Lakeview, OR and worked as a waitress where she met her future husband, Don Elliott.

   Don and Ruby moved to Wyoming and Texas where Don worked as a oil lease operator.

   Ruby remained at home as a housewife and devoted her time to raising their growing family.

   Don and Ruby established and built a thriving retail business throughout the Southwest in the 1960‘s and 1970’s. She worked as the food service director of Sandia View Academy in Corrales, NM for several years. They resided in Corrales for 17 years before moving to Idaho. They eventually searched and found their beloved ranch at Dent where they enjoyed gardening and raising cattle.

   Ruby was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church since 1949 and was actively involved with the Orofino SDA Church.

   Ruby is survived by her husband, Don Elliott, Orofino; two sons, John Elliott and Ron Elliott of Orofino; four daughters, Gina Eyer, Rutherford, CA, Theresa Genovese-Elliott, Santa Fe, NM, Barbara Elliott, College Place, WA and Susan Elliott, Asotin, WA; daughter-in-law, Theresa Elliott, Orofino and two sons-in-law, Daniel Eyer, Rutherford, CA and Arlen Olson, Asotin, WA. She was the proud grandmother of eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her daughter, Joyce Flournoy, grandchildren, Tanna Flournoy and Johnny Elliott, and daughter-in-law, Sharon Elliott.

   Ruby was a devoted wife and mother. She was a generous soul to all who crossed her path in her life. She was loved and admired by all, including her many foster and adopted children over the years.

   Her love of children, gardening, planting trees, cooking, canning and mending souls were the enjoyment of her life. She was loved and admired and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

   Services were held on Tuesday at the Orofino Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Leo C. Moon, 94

   Leo C. Moon, 94, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, formerly of Harrisburg near Kamiah, ID,  passed away on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 at Fort Worth, TX.

   A funeral service will be held at 12 noonFriday, Feb. 8, 2013 at Woodland Friends Church near Kamiah, ID. Pastor Gil George will officiate.

   Interment with Military Honors will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

   A potluck dinner will be held in the Church basement. Arrangements are entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia, ID.

Obituaries for January 24, 2013

Howard D. Patterson, 90, Orofino

   Howard David Patterson, 90, also known as Dave or Pat, entered heaven early Tuesday morning, Jan. 15, 2013 at Clearwater Valley Hospital.

   Dave was born in Butler, PA, on April 3, 1922 to Howard and Hazel Patterson. He grew up in Butler, hunting, fishing, pulling pranks, and getting into mischief.

   On Oct. 2, 1942 he joined the Navy and served as a radioman in the Pacific in a seaplane squadron. He survived a crash landing at sea with fifteen others in three-three man life rafts for forty-four hours until their rescue.

   Dave was discharged from the Navy on Nov. 5, 1945 and returned to Butler, PA. In December of 1949 he was severely burned in a highway accident and spent nine months in the hospital recovering.

   He then moved to California with a school buddy and found work in a manufacturing plant. It was there he met an office girl named Virginia Ohlson. After a five-month courtship they were married on Oct. 13, 1951.

   Dave and Virginia spent the next thirteen years living and working in various places including Anchorage, AK, southern Idaho, Denver, CO, where Dave attended gunsmith school, then to northern Idaho where they purchased 300 acres near Eastport and homesteaded in a couple different small cabins.

   When the thirty-six cents gas line came through, they sold their acreage and returned to southern Idaho where Dave attended heavy equipment school.

   In 1964, Dave and Virginia moved to Spokane, WA, and he joined the Operating Engineer’s Union of which he remained a member for forty-nine years.

   He worked on multiple construction jobs within a 200-mile radius of Spokane. Some of those included building the Lewiston levee, Lower Granite Dam, Grand Coulee Dam, and putting in power lines for Dworshak. Dave retired in 1985, and in 1993 he and Virginia moved from Spokane to Orofino.

   He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and motorcycles. Dave was an active member of the First Christian Church in Orofino.

   He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Virginia Patterson, daughter and son-in-law, Ida and Richard Smith of Lewiston, daughter and son-in-law Jennie and Shawn Barrong of Spokane, and brother Thomas Patterson of Saxonburg, PA. Dave also has five grandchildren, Tyler Barrong, Samuel Mahal, Stephanie Barrong, Justin Barrong, and Hannah Smith. Dave will be missed by many.

   A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the First Christian Church in Orofino, with Rev. Clarence Howard officiating. A luncheon will follow.

Elnora J. Westegaard, 97, Orofino

   Elnora J. Westegaard passed peacefully Jan. 16, 2013 at her home in Orofino, Idaho. She was 97.

   Elnora June Jensen was born at home on June 9, 1915 in Viborg, SD. She was the fourth child out of five children born to Neils and Nora Jensen.  She lived on her family’s homestead with her family until 1926. When her mother died of cancer, she and her older sister, Magdalin went to live with their Uncle Marinus and his family on his farm 150 miles away in Lyman County, SD.

   It wasn’t an easy life, as she worked like a “hired hand” helping do chores on her Uncles’ farm during the Great Depression. She proudly completed the ninth grade in a one room country school house. Going to high school was out of the question with it being 12 miles into town.

At age 20 Elnora started work as a “hired girl” for the Westegaard Family. She earned $2 a week doing cooking, cleaning, laundry and worked alongside Nels Westegaard doing outside chores.  On Aug. 29, 1936 Nels and Elnora took matters into their own hands. They eloped to Rapid City, SD where they were married.  They left South Dakota, the Depression and the Dust Bowl because they knew that there had to be something better. They briefly stopped at Elnora’s father’s home and continued on to Pomeroy, WA to her sisters Ruby’s home.

   Upon arriving her sister, whose husband was absent due to work, promptly went into labor and off to the hospital they went. Ruby delivered twins. From there they traveled to Yakima, WA and followed the fruit harvest and pruning hops for work, trying their hand at everything. They loved being together and on their own.

   In 1939 Elnora and Nels moved to Weippe where he worked for Cardiff Lumber Co. and Schmidt Brothers Lumber Co. as a truck driver. Elnora was a homemaker and never lonely having Nels and her sister Ruby’s family nearby who moved there in 1940.

   In 1943 they moved to Orofino where Nels started work for Riverside Lumber Company. They bought a home on Riverside where they lived for over 50 years. Elnora was happy there decorating her home with her own artwork and handiwork. Her kitchen was the heart of their home cooking meals using her home grown products; canning fruit, vegetables and the fish they caught. Elnora had an intriguing collection of salt and pepper shakers that neighborhood kids loved to come look at. They also raised chickens on their little slice of heaven.

   Elnora and Nels never had any children of their own, so Elnora’s nieces and nephews were very dear to them.  The Lewis children of Orofino, Mark, Gail and Laura, were “some of the dearest little ones they’ve ever known”. Elnora & Nels always had a warm smile and hug for them. Some of her fondest memories were when she created the fairy queen out of Johnny Jump-up flowers and Nels making penny whistles.

   Elnora loved her flower garden especially the spring flowers. Pets also brought her much joy, especially her pet parakeet, Pepie.  He would repeat everything she would say and was a constant companion.

   Elnora and Nels enjoyed fishing together. Elnora was a champion fisher woman with countless record size steelhead fish and pictures in the paper.

   Nels retired in 1970 where they bought a trailer and made several trips to the West Coast, California and back home to South Dakota.  They celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1986 in style among 200 plus family and friends, coming from near to far to the Danish Brotherhood Society Hall in South Dakota.  Elnora recalls it being one of the best times in her life.

   They lived happily together until Nels passing on March 17, 2000.

   Elnora kept up with her homemaking, gardening, flowers and enjoyable pursuits until health reasons kept her from it. She always had an open door and many a friend came by and she shared her life’s adventures and stories. She loved to ramble on about her favorite memories. She was always looking forward, even until the day she passed on, to her greatest adventure and back to her husband and into the arms of the Lord.  She was a bright star that has dimmed and will be greatly missed.

   Elnora leaves behind many family and friends who will remember her dearly and cherish her treasured stories.

   A funeral service was held Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 at the Ascension Lutheran Church in Orofino at 10 a.m. with burial at Riverside Cemetery.

   In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made on her behalf for funeral costs at the Ascension Lutheran Church or at the Orofino Senior Citizens Center. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.

Harriet Barker, 94, Billings, MT

   Harriet Barker, 94, passed away peacefully in Billings, on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.

   She was born on Aug. 5, 1918, in Dubuque, IA, the fourth child of William and Marie Sullivan.

   In 1937, she graduated from Our Lady of Visitation in Dubuque. Harriet married Robert Barker in San Diego on Dec. 29, 1939, where he was stationed as a seaman in the U.S. Navy. From this union, a son, James, was born.

   In 1958, Robert retired from the Navy after 20 years, and the family moved to Idaho, where they purchased a Western Auto store. While working in the store, Harriet also found the time to be president of the Garden Society and county Republican chairperson. In addition, they purchased 80 acres of land and built their first house.

   After her husband passed in 1976, Harriet subdivided the 80 acres and built a second house, serving as general contractor. She also kept busy with her vegetable and flower gardening, and became a recognized floral arranger, winning many awards. She was an accomplished seamstress and sewed most of her own clothes.

   In 1983, she was elected president of the Idaho State Council of Catholic Women and actively worked statewide in this capacity for three years.

   In 1990, Harriet moved to Billings to be near her grandchildren. She suffered a stroke in 2001 that left her partially paralyzed and unable to speak, but her spirits never faltered and she maintained her sense of humor to the end.

   Harriet is survived by her sister, Amelia Tulley; her son, James (Jeanne) of Billings; five grandchildren, David, Carrie, Robert, Aimee and Stacee; and five great-grandchildren.

   Cremation has taken place. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at St. Thomas Parish. Private family interment will be held later in Holy Cross Cemetery.

   The family would like to thank the staff at Valley Healthcare for the help given to Harriet during the past 10 years.

   Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary is assisting with arrangements. Condolences may be left online at www.michelotti

Leo C. Moon, 94, Fort Worth, TX

   Leo C. Moon, 94, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, formerly of Harrisburg near Kamiah, ID, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 at Fort Worth, TX.

   Arrangements are entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia, ID.

Obituaries for January 17, 2013

Roland A. Lycan, 76, Kooskia

   Roland “Rollie” A. Lycan of Kooskia went Home to Glory on Jan. 6, 2013 resulting from complications with leukemia.

   Rollie was born Nov. 21, 1936 on Tahoe Ridge to John and Elvena Lane Lycan, the fifth of seven children, later being blessed with two younger brothers through the union of mom and Earl York. 

   He attended school in the Kooskia/Stites area and graduated in ’55 from Stites High School.  He married Joanne Larkin later that same year and together they had four children, three girls, Cindy, Teresa, and Randa and one son, Mike.

   Rollie, being the outdoorsman he was, worked and played hard in the great outdoors.  His work was in the logging industry and play in the hunting, fishing, boating and gold panning arenas.

   When the logging began to dry up he changed careers and became a warehouse coordinator on the west coast for Schwan’s Foods until he retired. He then did community projects like roadside cleanup and had a very large paper delivery area from Lewiston to Orofino and all points between as well as parts of Lewiston itself. 

   Rollie’s life was a very active one, never standing idly by when something needed to be done.  He was very involved in the Pierce Lyon’s club as well as being president of the CB club.

   While his children were growing up, the family resided primarily in the Pierce area. He was a very active dad in his community benefiting all to whom projects pertained.

   At one time the fencing team had the opportunity to go to national competition, so Rollie jumped right in to help with fund raisers to make that possible. While living in Superior, MT, he was a leader for the local Cub Scouts group. No matter the location, he was one who could and did reach out and become involved in whatever was happening around him. His capacity of loving was phenomenal.

   After tragically losing his own son in 1984 he continued to love others.  In 2008 he again lost his beloved wife of 52 years, Joanne.

   In 2010 he met, wooed, and gave his heart for the final chapter of his life to current wife, Mary, of Kooskia. Together they enjoyed camping, gardening, 4 wheeling, square dancing, while separately he took pleasure in cooking, the hunting, mushrooming, and whatever else he could find to do with family and friends.

   Rollie was preceded in death by parents, dad, mom, and Earl, son Mike, wife Joanne, brothers, Junior, Bob, and Allan, and sister, Barbara. 

   Rising above the sadness and sorrow, Rollie moved on.  At the close of the final chapter of his life he leaves behind wife, Mary, daughters, Cindy (Rick) Stager, Teresa (Mike) Packard, Randa (Steve) Ray, Yuko Cowans, stepdaughter Laura (Kevin) Wells, stepson, Okle (Wendy) Welch, brothers Alvin (Janet) Lycan, Gary (Claudia) York, and Duane (Leah) York, and sister Darlene (Buck) Denham, numerous grand and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and cousins.

   A celebration of Rollie’s life will be held Saturday, Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. at The Life Center, MM 69 1/2 Highway 12, Kamiah, ID, with Pastor Kelly Lineberry officiating. A potluck dinner will follow. Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia is assisting the family.

Bernice McKinney, 92, Clarkston

   Bernice McKinney died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 at Life Care Center in Lewiston. She was 92.

   Born Sept. 12, 1920 in Orofino to Herman and Elizabeth Arth Moore, Bernice grew up in Weippe as part of a large extended family with many aunts, uncles, and cousins. She had a sister, Betty, and a brother, Harry.

   Bernice graduated from Weippe High School and Lewiston State Normal School. She taught two years in a one room school house in Craigmont.

   Bernice married Jonathan (Everett) Rice in 1947 and they later moved to the Mojave Desert in Southern California. They had one daughter, Charlotte. Everett died in 1962 and Bernice moved back to Weippe. She married Jake McKinney in 1965 and they established a home in Clarkston. Jake died in 1985.

   Bernice was always the life of the party, entertaining one and all with stories of her unique adventures! She enjoyed playing golf and bridge with friends, and traveling. All her life she loved children and spent time with nieces and nephews, special neighbors, and her grandchildren, Clay and Cappie. She took them swimming in the river and hunting for rocks and old bottles.

   Bernice touched many lives and will be missed by those she leaves behind – daughter and son-in-law Charlotte and Claud Smith, granddaughter, Cappie Smith, brother, Harry Moore, and numerous nieces and nephews and loving friends.

   There will be a graveside service in Weippe next spring when the Camas blooms on the prairie.

Marcello Peitro Vivoda, 76, Orofino

   Marcello Peitro Vivoda, 76, passed away in Orofino on Jan. 8, 2013.

   He was born in Rome, Italy and immigrated to the United States in 1956. He worked for Pierre’s Bakery in Portland, OR for many years.

   He is survived by his son Robert and Stephanie Vivoda of Siletz, OR and his brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and MaryAnn Munda of Orofino.

   Funeral Mass will be at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orofino on Friday, Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. Remembrances may be made to St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orofino in his name.

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

Obituaries for January 10, 2013

Stanley Paul Drobish, 83, Moscow

   Stanley Paul Drobish passed to be with our Lord on Dec. 15, 2012 at Aspen Park Health and Rehabilitation in Moscow. His death was due to complications from a broken leg, and other ongoing health issues. He was 83 years old.

   Stan was born on July 20, 1929 in Cornwall Bridge, CT, the son of Stanley P. Drobish Sr. and Mary M. Stefanick, both of Pennsylvania.

   He grew up working on his parents’ dairy farm raising cows and crops. He met his future bride, Karin V. Askeroi who also worked on a local farm. Stan and Karin both had a love of motorcycles and fast cars. Stan started racing stock cars, and soon Karin would join him. They often competed against each other, with Karin often times beating him on the tracks. They fell in love, and married Aug. 25, 1950 in Chittenago NY.

   One of Stan’s first jobs, along with Karin, was for Carrier Corp. in Syracuse NY, working on air conditioning components. He and Karin worked many other jobs together, including truck driving.

   After their first child, Paula, was born in 1954, they moved to California to pursue a better life and better opportunities. Stan hired on as a welder, building Sherman tanks for the war. He also worked as a welder building ornamental iron.

   Stan’s oldest son Erik was ill as a child, and Stan worked many jobs to take care of him and his growing family. They lived in California until 1968, when due to Erik’s kidney disease, Stan took his family to Prospect,  OR to be closer to the medical attention in Portland that Erik would soon need for his illness. Stan gave his son his kidney when his own were failing. This was the proudest moment of his life, to be able to sustain that of his son’s.

   Stan worked in Medford OR as a millwright, and then in 1976 he went to Alaska to work on the Alaska pipeline. He also started his own independent company called Stan’s Portable Welding. In 1981 Stan then went to work at Mt. St. Helens, WA.

   In 1983 Stan moved to Challis, ID to work at Thompson Creek mine, where he was a welder, welding instructor and machinist. He worked there until he retired at age 65.

   After his wife Karin passed in 2003, he moved to be closer to his daughters in Orofino. He resided at Brookside Landing for over a year, then moved to Bovill and lived for two years with his daughter Paula. His illnesses resulted in his move back to assisted living where he then lived his last two years at Whitman Senior living in Pullman, WA.

   Stan is preceded in death by his parents Stan and Mary Drobish, his son Erik Andrew Drobish, and his wife Karin V. Drobish.

   He is survived by his sister Ann Drebot in Omaha NB, his daughter Paula Drobish in Bovill, ID, his daughter Elizabeth Smith of Ahsahka, ID, his son William Drobish in Cottage Grove, OR, his daughter Christina Hilts of Reno, NV, and his daughter Anne Drobish Shahat of Moscow. He is also survived by grandson Erik Cloud of Boise, ID, grandson Zachary Cloud, and two great grandchildren Celestine and Ziggo of Sweethome, OR, grandson Matthew Drobish, and granddaughter Chelsea Drobish of Cottage Grove, OR.

   Stan was well loved by his children and all that got to know him. He was the kindest, most caring man, husband and father. He loved the times he spent with his family, and the simple things in life. A cold beer, a bowl of ice cream, and a game of dice were the things he enjoyed most in his later years. He had a beautiful spirit, and a laugh that was infectious. He will be sorely missed.

   A family memorial service will be held at a later date.

   In memorandum, donations can be made in Stan’s memory to ICARE, Inc. (cancer assistance and recovery efforts) 1691 Old Ahsahka Grade, Ahsahka, ID 83520.

Alyce Titus, 87, Orofino/Carlsbad

   Alyce Titus passed away peacefully on Dec. 20, 2012, in Carlsbad, CA where she spent her last four years, living with her son Brad. She was 87.

   Alyce was born in Winchester on Nov. 26, 1925, and moved to Orofino at a young age. It was at Orofino High School where she met the love of her life, Darrel Titus. We will never know if the marriage would have lasted, because they were only married for 64 years.

   Darrel and Alyce adopted two children, Brad Titus and Allyson Davidson, before moving to Bakersfield, CA, where Darrel was a teacher and Alyce ran a dress shop. They spent 50 years in Bakersfield, CA before returning to their roots in Orofino, where they built a house and relished their final 12 years together.

   Anyone who ever met Alyce will tell you she might just have been the most positive individual they had ever met. She was creative, with a sly, subtle sense of humor, and always gave the outward appearance of being at complete peace.

   She volunteered for many groups and organizations her entire life. She even set up and organized the first library at her children’s elementary school.

   Alyce is survived by her sister Doris Benson of Lewiston, her son Brad and daughter Allyson, and grandchildren Grant, Lauren, Renessa and James.

   She has now been laid to rest next to her best friend and dance partner, Darrel, at Lewis and Clark Memorial Garden Cemetery in Lewiston.

   They were always thought of as being a couple in life and will continue to be forever.

James Lyle Simler, 74, Kamiah

   James Lyle Simler of Kamiah passed away Dec. 31, 2012. He was 74.

   Jim was born April 18, 1938 to Fred and Anna (Moon) Simler. Jim was very active as an Elder in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness. He married Claudette Mayhew and together they had two children. They later divorced.

   Jim worked for the Carnation Dairy Company as a driver and later started Simler’s Tires which he owned and operated for over 40 years. Jim enjoyed spending time with family and friends and when asked, “How are you doing today?” his reply would always be, “Oh, about the same.”

   Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Anna Simler, sister, Helen Crawford, and nephew, Dale Crawford. He is survived by his brothers, Steve Simler and Pat (Kathy) Simler; son Jacob (Jennifer) Simler and daughter, Olivia (Harold) Simler; four grandchildren, Joseph, Ashley, Justina and Joelle; four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

   Services will be held at Kamiah Kingdom Hall at 1 p.m. on Jan. 12 and a luncheon will follow at the American Legion Hall. Please come join us for food and reminisce on the life of a wonderful father, brother and friend.

   “With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say, ‘Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain by anymore! The former things have passed away.’” Revelation 21:3-4.

Roy George Lucas, 73

   Roy George Lucas peacefully left this world on Dec. 21, 2012, dying of natural causes. He was born on April 28, 1939 to Mildred and Glen Lucas in Libby, MT. His father, Glen, was killed in a logging accident when he was less than a year old and he always knew and called his step-father Duane Whitehouse “Dad”. Soon a brother and sister joined the family; Sara Ann and Kent Whitehouse.

   Roy was very involved in sports during his childhood and high school years and earned the distinction of “Captain of the football team” and MVP several years running.

   Roy received his engineering certificate from Northern Montana College in Havre, MT, after high school and was promptly employed by the United States Forest Service as a drafting engineer, designing many roads and campgrounds in Northwestern Montana, one among many that is well known in the Eureka area is Terriault Lakes campground.

   Roy met and married Bonnie Walker in 1960 and they had two daughters; Jackie and Heidi. The family resided in Libby until 1965 during which time Roy was very involved in the Jaycees. Roy was also an avid classic car enthusiast during this time of his life.

   Roy loved Montana and Idaho where he lived all of his life with the exception of a brief three year period from 1965 – 1968 when he moved his young family to San Rafael, CA, where he worked at Pacific Gas and Electric. Roy loved to camp and be outdoor as much as possible, enjoying hunting, fishing and any activity that took him into the mountains to see God’s glorious creation. He also had an immense love of animals, especially dogs, of which he rescued several, giving them loving homes.

   In 1968, Roy returned to Montana and the Forest Service working at Murphy Lake Ranger station, Raven Ranger Station and Eureka Ranger Station. Roy and Bonnie were divorced in 1972.

   After taking a forest service transfer to Orofino, ID, he met and married Karen Carlson. He was overjoyed to have Karen in his life, along with her five wonderful children; Terry, Rick, Mike, Rob, and Dena. Roy also met lifelong friends, John and Peggy Haight, whom he always considered family and were truly a blessing to him more than they could ever know.

   The couple resided in Idaho approx. 20 years, but did return to Columbia Falls, MT, after Roy’s retirement from 25 years with the Forest Service in 1990.  Roy then took an engineering job in Whitefish, MT, at WMW Engineering until his heart attack in 1998 when he was forced to 'truly retire’.

   Roy is survived by his wife, Karen Lucas of Columbia Falls, MT. His mother, Mildred Whitehouse, brother, Kent Whitehouse and sister, Sara Ann Whitehouse all of Libby, MT. Daughters, Jackie Lynn (Lucas) LeBlanc and husband Robert Joseph LeBlanc of Fortine, MT;  Heidi Jo (Lucas) Freemantle of Jimboomba Australia; Rick Carlson of Columbia Falls, MT; Mike Carlson of Clarkston, WA,, and Dena Carlson of Clarkston, WA.  Roy is also survived by 14 grandchildren, Robert, Aaron, Hannah, Maya, Kelly, Mikeal, Kendra, Dylan, Trevor, Wyatte, David, Johnny, Jeffery and Ashley. Roy also leaves behind many wonderful aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

   He was preceded in death by his step-sons Terry Carlson and Rob Carlson and his father Glen Lucas and step-father Duane Whitehouse.

   Roy was a wonderful man always putting others needs before his own. He had an infectious laugh and a wonderful sense of humor. He brightened the lives of all who came into contact with him. The void he leaves in our lives is immense, but we rejoice that he has flown away to be with his Lord and savior, Jesus Christ and is free from the pain and sickness of this world.

   Good-bye our brother, son, father, husband, grandfather, uncle and friend, we will miss you.

Patsy J. Sapp, 74, former Peck resident

   Patsy J. Sapp, formerly of Peck, was born Oct. 9, 1939 to Mable Hale Manning and George Manning. She passed away Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012 in Woodland, WA at the age of 74.

   No services are planned at this time. Condolences may be sent to Sherri Silva, P.O. Box 2030, Kalama, WA 98625.

Michael Tim McHale, 65

   Michael Tim McHale died Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 at his Orofino residence. He was 65.

   No services are planned at this time.

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

Roland Lycan, 76, Kooskia

   Roland “Rollie” Lycan of Kooskia died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at St. Mary's Hospital in Cottonwood. Rollie was 76.

   A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at The Life Center, Highway 12 in Kamiah.

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

Rexford Dewey Christensen, 88, Orofino

   Rexford Dewey Christensen, born in Blackfoot, on June 3, 1924, died in Orofino on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, of natural causes. When he was almost a year old his mother carried him a block down the street to visit her friend, who had that day given birth to Edith Clark. Rex met her the day she was born and they would marry 19 years later, in 1944. They were married for 68 years.

   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 Los Angeles, CA for five years, before retiring in 1982 to Blackfoot.

   He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served with Edith in the New Jersey, Morristown Mission and in the Idaho Falls Temple, and he served as Patriarch in the Blackfoot Idaho South Stake.

   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.

   Funeral services were held Jan. 5 at the Orofino LDS church building at 13610 Fremont Avenue. In lieu of flowers, you may send donations to a non-profit organization for Parkinson’s disease research.

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

Obituaries for January 3, 2013

Willis Harold Weatherford, 75, Forks, WA

   Willis (Bill) Harold Weatherford passed away peacefully at Sequim Health and Rehabilitation in Sequim, WA on Aug. 18, 2012. He was 75. Willie was born Dec. 28, 1936 to Harold and Eva (Rusch) Weatherford. He was raised on the family farm near Sanders, ID with his sister Ila Rhea, and brothers Herb and Albert. He attended local schools and graduated from Plummer High School in 1955.

   Willie married Julia Lee Krieter, of St. Maries in Coeur d’Alene on Aug. 6, 1956. They resided in Kellogg where they had one daughter, Kim. They later divorced.

   Willie proudly joined the U.S. Army in 1961 where he qualified as an expert in firing the M-1 rifle at Fort Hood, TX, where he was stationed. His platoon had the opportunity to participate in patrolling for protection for President John F. Kennedy which he was very proud of. After serving four years in the U.S. Army he was honorably discharged.

   He married Geraldine Dyer, from Tekoa, WA on Nov. 28, 1964. They made their home in Pierce until 1987. Together they moved with their daughter, Traci Marie, to Forks, WA where he continued working in the woods.

   Willie was a hoister/shovel crane operator for over 22 years. He won numerous competitions for hydraulic and line loading at logging fairs throughout Northern Idaho. Willie retired in 1993 due to health concerns.

   He loved spending time hunting, fishing or just being in the wilderness. He could tell stories for hours of his adventures. Upon the passing of his wife, Geraldine, in 2003, he fulfilled his dream of owning a fishing boat, a red 18-foot Silver Streak which he proudly named “Willie Catch-Em” which he took out in the ocean fishing for Halibut, Salmon and whatever would bite the hook. He enjoyed taking along family and friends to share in his enthusiasm especially his grandson Kurt.

   He is survived by his daughter Kim and Jason Hix of Lewiston, daughter Tracy Marie and Kevin Kettel of Forks, WA; brother Albert and Lynda Weatherford of Kent; five grandchildren; eight great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Eva (Rusch) Weatherford, a sister Ila Rhea Weatherford Bowers and brother Herb Weatherford.

   A memorial service will be conducted at a later date in Forks, WA.

Orin Leroy “Lee” Squire, 75, Orofino

   Orin Leroy “Lee” Squire was born in Billings, MT, on Oct. 24, 1937, to Georgia Maxine Squire, and as a young child, he was adopted by Jack E. Squire, who was his “dad.”

   Lee grew up in Euclid, OH, where he graduated from Euclid High School, and then joined the United States Marine Corps. After completing his term with the Marines, Lee then joined the US Navy, from which he retired after 22 years, as a Chief Warrant Officer 4.

   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 Old Dominion University in Virginia. This degree opened the path to achieve his lifetime goal to be an attorney.  After retirement from the Navy, Lee was off to law school and his next career.

   Utilizing one last move provided by the military, Lee, Phyllis, and their youngest daughter, Jackye, moved to Moscow, ID, where he was accepted to the University of Idaho, College of Law. He and Jackye attended college together for two years, a truly rare and unique opportunity for a father and daughter.

   After obtaining his Juris Doctorate degree in 1985, Lee was given the opportunity to share office space with attorneys John Swayne and Steve Calhoun in Orofino, ID, where he and Phyllis put down deep roots.  Lee was an active member of the local Kiwanis Club, as well as the Marine Corps League and the VFW.

   Over the course of his legal career, Lee was the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney of Clearwater County, and served as the City Attorney for Orofino, Pierce, Weippe, and Kamiah.  In 1999, he was selected to be the Magistrate for Clearwater County in the Second Judicial District of Idaho.  This appointment was a great honor to him, and he took being a Judge very seriously.

   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 Orofino, ID, on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at 3 p.m. The family requests that, if possible, attendees whose calling has required the wearing of a uniform, active duty or retired, to please wear your uniform to the service.

   In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Squire Family Education Foundation, Clearwater County EMS Department, the Orofino Kiwanis Club, or the charity of your choice.

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

Dale M. Klaudt, 54, Lewiston

   Dale Marvin Klaudt, 54, of Lewiston Idaho, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Dec. 15, 2012, at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR. He courageously battled leukemia and passed away peacefully in the presence of his loving wife Debbie and his brother Ron. Dale’s final days were spent surrounded by family and friends who were hopeful to the end and grateful for every moment they had with him.

   Dale was born April 16, 1958, to Raymond and June (Stringer) Klaudt in

Missoula, MT. He spent the first 10 years of his youth there before moving with his family to Orofino, ID, where he attended school and graduated from Orofino High School in 1976. Dale lived many years in Peck and worked at Potlatch Corp. (Jaype Unit), before transferring to the tissue mill (Clearwater Paper) in Lewiston, working more than 35 years with the company. He married his soul mate, Debbie Paris Vicory, on May 3, 2003.

   An avid 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 Blue Mountains. He spent as much time as possible in nature going backpacking, camping, and hunting with his nephews, brother-in-law, father-in-law, and friends. He especially loved his annual trip to Alaska to fish with his brother.

   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  Clark Memorial Gardens. A Hallelujah Gathering and celebration of Dale’s life is planned around his birthday in April.

Donna Fay Plotnik, 83, Weippe

   Donna Fay Plotnik passed away Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino from causes related to age, with her family by her side. She was 83.

   She was born March 31, 1929 in Mountain Home, Utah to David Housekeeper and Ester Johnston-Housekeeper on the family farm. She stayed there until the age of 10 when the family of 11 children moved to Sandpoint.

   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 Aurora, OR. The marriage ended in divorce but they remained friends until Allen passed in 2002. 

   She worked as a waitress and even owned her own business, a restaurant and bar in Mount Angel, OR. After selling her business she obtained her C.N.A. license and worked as a private caregiver until the age of 78. 

   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 Lewiston on Jan. 11.

   Cremation has taken place and she will be laid to rest this Spring at Fraser Cemetery next to her son.

Ellen Huffman, 87, Cavendish

   Ellen Huffman passed away due to congestive heart failure and pneumonia at the age of 87, surrounded by family members at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012

   She was born Grace Ellen King at Gritman Medical Center in Moscow on July 18, 1925 to Charlotte Verna Davies King and Raymond McKinley King.

   The family farmed near Moscow in the community of Joel.  Her father was in poor health due to tuberculosis, so they moved to Long Beach, CA where Ellen attended grade school.  Her father died when she was seven years old.  Ellen graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach in 1943.

   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 Alameda, CA as a keypunch operator until she had sufficient resources to proceed with her education.

   She attended school at Washington State University in Pullman, WA for a short time before moving back to California.  She then studied at Woodbury Business College in Burbank, CA where she completed her studies in bookkeeping.

   She worked at Arthur A. Havens Co in Los Angeles before moving to Riverside, CA where she worked at Sears Roebuck in their auditing department.

   She married Lowell Huffman on Feb. 14, 1954 in Redlands, CA. In the early years of their marriage, they farmed near Cavendish in the summers while returning to California in the winter to find work.

   After they had children in school, the family stayed in Idaho year round.  The farm continued to grow as did the family with the birth of three children, Joe, Doug and Gary.  After buying property, Ellen helped build the home where she would live from 1969 until the end of her days.

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 Kirkland, WA, Doug Huffman and wife Julie of Cavendish, and Gary Huffman also of Cavendish. 

   She is also survived by six grandchildren, James Huffman-Scott and wife Kelsey of Bellevue, WA, Kimberly Huffman-Scott of Troy, Xenia Vlieger and husband John of Anchorage, AK, Amy Faragher and husband Nathan of Orem, UT, Lisa Huffman of Kent, WA, Brad Huffman of Moscow; and one great grandchild. 

   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

   Jeanette L. Isbelle, 92, of Orofino, passed from this world to be with Dad and God on Dec. 19, 2012.

   Services will be held at 11 a.m. Jan.5 at the Christian Church in Orofino located at 515 Michigan Ave.

Josephine Mamie Kayler Gilbert Duff, 90, Lewiston

   Josephine Mamie Kayler was born Dec. 21, 1922 to James H. Kayler and Harriett Benscoter Kayler in Lewiston. She passed away Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 in Lewiston. She was 90 years of age.

   She grew up on the family farm on Angel Ridge in Peck and graduated from Peck High School in 1941. Following high school graduation she attended Lewiston State Normal School where she majored in Elementary Education. She graduated in 1943 and taught second grade for two years in Orofino and one year in Moscow.

   Josephine married William E. Gilbert in 1945 when he returned from service in the Army Air Corp during WWII. They moved to San Francisco, CA, where Bill attended mortuary school and Josephine worked for a Studebaker dealership.

   After Bill graduated they moved to Moscow, where he worked for Short’s Mortuary. In 1947 twin sons, James (Jim) and John (Jack) were born. In 1949 they moved to Orofino, where they bought the Shaw mortuary and began operating Gilbert’s Chapel. Later a new mortuary was built on Michigan Avenue. Bill was killed in an automobile accident in 1963. Josephine continued running the business until 1969 when she moved to Lewiston.

   In 1967 she married Eugene R Duff. They enjoyed many years of boating, fishing, camping and traveling.

   Josephine belonged to the First United Methodist Church of Lewiston and PEO Chapter BL. She was an alumnus and supporter of Lewiston State Normal School, now Lewis-Clark State College.

   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.

   Contributions may be made in Josephine’s memory to Lewis-Clark State College, 500 8th Avenue, Lewiston, Idaho 83501 or PEO Chapter BL, c/o Marilyn Carlson, 2018 14th St, Lewiston, Idaho 83501.

   There will be a viewing Saturday, Jan. 5 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Malcom’s Brower-Wann Funeral Home, 1711 18th Street in Lewiston. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Joyce Buchholz, 87, Lewiston

   Joyce Buchholz of Lewiston died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012 of age-related causes at the Idaho State Veterans home in Lewiston. She was 87.

   Joyce was born Nov. 28, 1925 in Weippe to Howard and Minnie Snyder (Bonner). She graduated high school there.

   On Nov. 5, 1946 she married Harold R. Buchholz in Vancouver, WA.

   Joyce and Harold lived in Weippe until 1976, the moved to Moscow for nine years. They retired in 1975 and lived in the Lewiston Orchards.  

   Joyce was a caregiver for family members and loved to cook and bake for her family. She traveled to Europe, Mexico, Canada, and extensively in the U.S. with her husband and children.  Joyce went to Branson, MO five times and loved all kinds of music, but especially Lawrence Welk and country music.

   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 Lewiston.

   The funeral service took place Dec. 29 at Vassar-Rawls, followed by burial at Weippe Cemetery.

   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.