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Obituaries for July 25, 2013

Susan C. Engle, 50, Lewiston

    Susan C. Engle came into this world on Aug. 23, 1962, yelling and said she wanted to go out the same way. She died quietly, however, on Monday, July 15, 2013.

    Susie was born in Grangeville to Patricia and Johney Engle. She was the third of five children born to the couple. She and her siblings grew up in Kooskia and Syringa. Susie graduated from Clearwater Valley High School and was destined to do great things.

    Following her passion, she went to the University of Idaho at Moscow and majored in journalism. Being a struggling college student, she found it hard to continue at UI and enrolled in the print technology program at Lewis-Clark State College, where she graduated in May 1987.

    Her first job in journalism was at the Clearwater Progress, which she did to earn money while trying to pay for college. After obtaining her degree, she worked for Lewiston Printing as well as for a print company in Moscow.

    Susie also worked at the Clearwater Tribune before going to work at the Lewiston Tribune on Dec. 7, 1989, as a news clerk. Through the years her touch was seen on many pages of the Tribune. From news clerk she was promoted to Target Publications and later moved to the news desk. She retired from the Tribune in May as a special sections editor but her presence in the newsroom will forever be felt. Susie’s absence left a hole in our paper and it has been tough to fill her shoes; in fact it has taken many people chipping in to cover all that she did here.

    She wasn't one to boast - much - but when she did something she was proud of she would share her accomplishment with those close to her. Susie was an amazing woman with a great many talents, but none compared to her talent with words.

    She, as a child, would choose a word from the dictionary each week and would practice that word as much as possible, using it as often as she could. She brought her love of words to our readers in The Edge with “Define this.” That was Susie - she loved to share her passion and her knowledge.

    She also loved to share her humor, so much so that it wasn't uncommon for her to play a joke on one of her many close friends here at the paper. Once Susie even disguised her voice and called longtime friend and inside sales rep Yvette Crosby to place an ad to “get rid of her mutt.”

    The paper wasn’t all there was to Susie; she was a wonderful sister and terrific aunt. Her family will forever miss her smile, kindness and guidance. Susie was an extremely compassionate soul, who could always be counted on by her little sisters and their children. She never had children of her own but she treated her nieces and nephews as if they were her very own, earning her the name Mama Susie.

    Susie loved animals, especially dogs. Her special companion Buddy could be found by her side any time she wasn't at work. He, too, was treated as if he were her child and meant the world to Susie.

    On Dec. 13, Susie's world was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with gliosarcoma brain cancer and on Dec. 14 she was taken into surgery to remove a large tumor.

    Her last months were difficult. She went from being a very independent woman with an enormous vocabulary to needing help with most things and not being able to find words. It was a hard transition for her, but it was especially hard for her little sisters, who went from depending on Susie to be the great big sister she had always been, to being her caregivers. I think Susie would say here, “thank goodness I was always nice to them.”

    Bonnie and Gina have spent a great deal of time and energy making these last months as comfortable and easy for Susie as they could and they did a wonderful job. In the end, Susie knew she was loved!

    Susie is survived by her brother, John Engle of Juneau, Alaska; her three sisters, Selena Bridges of Stites, Bonnie Engle of Lewiston, and Gina and her husband Matthew Ottinger of Beaverton, Ore.; her father, Johney Engle of Kooskia; nieces and nephews, Josh Smolinski and Savanna Smolinski, both of Clarkston, Tyrel Smolinski of Lewiston, Isabelle Ottinger and Tomas Ottinger, both of Beaverton, Skylar Engle of Juneau, Sabrina Myers of Moscow, Christina Dick of Hoonah, Alaska, Michelle Willis of Moscow, and Chelsey Byington of Oregon; her faithful companion, Buddy, the dachshund; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

    She was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents, and her mother, Patricia Engle.

    A viewing for close friends and family was held July 19, and the service was held July 20, both at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston.

    Susie will be laid to rest next to her mother at Tahoe Cemetery, near Kooskia.

Charlotte Bonner, 81, Weippe

   Charlotte M. Bonner, 81, Weippe resident, died Saturday, July 20, 2013 at Clearwater Health & Rehabilitation in Orofino.

   Arrangements are under the direction of Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston. No services are planned at her request.

Susan Hildebrand, 64, Weippe

   Susan went to be with her Heavenly Father on July 21, 2013 at her Weippe home. She was 64.

   She was born Aug. 11, 1948, in Appleton WI, the daughter of the late Eldor and Margret Behm. She was baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in West Bloomfield, WI. She was raised in West Bloomfield and graduated from Weyauwega High School in 1966. She then attended Fox Valley Tech.

   She married Jim Hackney in 1970. They lived and owned a steakhouse in Fort Scott, KS. They divorced in 1977.

   She moved to Idaho in 1984 and later married Jim “Ed” Hildebrand in 1993. For twenty years she worked at the Pierce and Weippe schools as a teacher’s aide and substitute. Susan loved working with the students.

   Susan enjoyed reading, music, water sports, cats, interior design, and decorating for the holidays and gardening (especially growing ornamental gourds and mini-pumpkins for Halloween).

   After Susan and Ed retired they enjoyed traveling; visiting relatives and friends in Wisconsin and enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

   Survivors include, at home, her husband Ed and her special cat “Chloe.” Also, brother Ron (Jane) Behm, sister Sharon (Greg) Hildebrand, brother-in-law and sister-in-law John and Wanda Hildebrand, nephews and nieces and grand nephews and nieces, cousins, aunts and uncles, all from Wisconsin, and many special friends.

   Beside her parents she was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Walter and Lillie Behm, and her maternal grandparents, Ronnie and Clara Winters.

   Cremation has taken place. At her request there will be no service.

Donald McGuire graveside service

   A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 30 in the Cavendish Cemetery for Donald E. McGuire, 84, of Long Beach, WA who died Jan. 4, 2013 at his winter home in Apache Junction, AZ.

   A light lunch will follow at the Cavendish United Methodist Church.  Pastor Hank Heschlé will conduct the service.

Judith Simpson, 70, Kooskia

   Judith Simpson, 70 of Kooskia, Idaho died Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at the Kooskia Medical Clinic.

   Celebration of Life for Judy will start at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 31 at the Kooskia Café. After lunch the celebration will proceed to 10 Mile Creek Bridge on Forest Service Road # 492. All of Judy's family and friends are invited to join.

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

Obituaries for July 18, 2013

Betty Jo Greene, 86, Peck

   Early in the morning on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, Betty Jo Greene, 86, passed away at her Peck home with family by her side.

   Betty was born Feb. 27, 1927 to Arthur and Myrtle Hobdey in Hagerman. She joined her older sister, Donna, and soon three brothers, Gene “Sonny,” Verlon and Daryl completed the family.

   Betty graduated from Wendell High School and worked at the local drug store. She decided to go to California to work at Western Union with her sister during the war, but only stayed a few months.

   She had already started dating Clinton J. “Pink” Greene, who would become her husband for the next 65 years. They married May 3, 1947, in Hailey, after Pink was discharged from the navy, and started their family immediately with sons Benny and G. Scott being born in Wendell.

   In 1951 they moved north with Betty’s parents, who had purchased property in Big Canyon south of Peck. Only daughter Rita was born in Cottonwood the following spring, and that same summer the couple moved to Peck, which would become their permanent lifelong residence. Three years later their last son, Clinton A. “Speedy,” was born.

   Always at Pink’s side, Betty was the bookkeeper of the logging business, camp cook, full-time housewife and terrific mother. She also worked at Kayler’s Tree Farm for 35 years, was a member of Peck’s Community Club for 50 years, was on the Peck City Council for a time, volunteered at the Peck Library, and was a 4-H leader during her children’s younger years. Betty belonged to many other organizations as well, including the Clearwater Valley Hospital, Eagles and VFW Auxiliaries, Women in Timber, and the USBC (LCO) Bowling Association, to name just a few.

   Betty was not one to sit, and to admit she was tired just flat made her mad. She did not like to be fussed over. “I can do it!” was her motto if you tried to help her.

   When the weather was good, Betty was outdoor riding horses, fishing, camping, traveling, and going to rodeos. If she had to be indoors she loved trying new recipes, baking, playing cards, throwing darts, gambling, watching sports and bowling. Betty had bowled on the Thursday afternoon Dishpan League from 1960 until just a few weeks prior to her passing.

   Most of all she just loved being with family and friends. Grandkids could do no wrong in her eyes!

   She is survived by brothers Verlon of Lewiston and Daryl (and Geri) Hobdey of Nampa; children Ben and Jane Greene, Scott and Nancy Greene, Clinton A. (Speedy) Greene and Adele O’Leary, Rita Kaufman and Bob Kaufman; 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

   Betty was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Sonny and sister Donna.

   A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 18 at the Best Western Lodge at River’s Edge on Main Street in Orofino.

   The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the John Kayler Loose Change Scholarship Fund at P.O. Box 82, Peck, ID 83545; to the CVH Auxiliary; or to the Harold Kinne VFW Post #3296 Auxiliary.

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

Susan C. Engle, 50, Lewiston

   Susan C. Engle, 50, of Lewiston and formerly of Kooskia, died Monday, July 15, 2013, at Prestige Care and Rehabilitation – The Orchards in Lewiston.

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

Robert H. Adams, 89, Lewiston

   Robert H. Adams passed away Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at his Lewiston home. He was 89.

   Bob was born July 5, 1924, to Harry Adams and Mabel Olson at Elk River, where he attended school and graduated from Elk River High School in 1942. He joined the U.S. Navy, serving from 1942 to 1946 in the South Pacific in World War II and spent 26 months aboard an aircraft carrier. He then attended the University of Idaho for two and a half years.

   He married Goldie E. Taylor in May 1955. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service, BJ Corney Pole Co. and the Glenwood IGA store until 1965. He then went back to work for the Forest Service until retiring in 1986. He moved to Lewiston in 1987.

   Bob was a former member of the Lutheran Church in Orofino, Orofino City Council for 15 years, the Lewiston Masonic Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 10043, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Clarkston Moose Lodge, advisory board for the Agency on Aging, advisory board for the Senior Nutrition Program and Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lewiston and also delivered Meals on Wheels. Bob enjoyed fishing, reading, gardening and music and also played tuba in the Lewis-Clark Community Band.

   He is survived by sons John Adams and wife Debra of Lewiston, Douglas Adams and wife Maggie of Chesapeake, Va., and Alan Adams and wife Suzie of Post Falls; brother Richard Adams and wife Joan of Lewiston; numerous nieces and nephews; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

   Bob was preceded in death by his father, Harry Adams; mother Mabel Olson; and wife Goldie Adams.

   A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. July 26 at Mountain View Funeral Home in Lewiston.

   The family suggests donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

Minnie Bower, 94, Weippe

   Mrs. Minnie Mabel Bower of Weippe passed away Monday, July 15, 2013 at Clearwater Health and Rehab in Orofino. She was 94. 

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

Elmer Danner memorial

   A celebration of life for Elmer Danner will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27 at the Orofino Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 3414 Highway 12. A light dinner will be served.

   Please join Elmer’s friends and family and share stories of him; there are sure to be plenty of good ones!

Obituaries for July 11, 2013

Betty Greene, 86, Peck

   Betty J. Greene of Peck passed away at her home Tuesday, July 9, 2013. She was 86.

   A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 18 at the Lodge at River’s Edge on Main Street in Orofino.

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

Carl Larson, 83, Weippe

   Carl Larson, son of early Weippe Prairie pioneers Anthan Carl “Tony” and Ruby Moon Larson, went on to his heavenly home Thursday, June 20, 2013 at the age of 83.

   Carl was born Nov. 12, 1929 in Weippe. As a young man, he worked alongside his father, Tony, and brother, Louis, on the family ranch near Weippe. Carl graduated from Weippe High School and went to work in various occupations throughout his life: truck driver, logger, cattleman, rancher, carpenter, welder and night watchman. His various jobs carried him from Idaho to California, Nevada, Wyoming and parts in between.

   He married Beth Grim, and from this union, his sons Richard and Douglas were born. That marriage ended in divorce. He later married Betty Schultz. She died in 1992.

   Carl was particularly proud of the designation of Century Farm for his parents’ ranch, having spent some of his later years helping his mother run the ranch.

   Carl attended the First Baptist Church in Orofino.

   Carl was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Louie, and his son, Douglas. Survivors include his son, Rick, of Clarkston, WA; two grandsons, Anthan and Tyler; and nephews John Larson and Bryon Larson.

   A graveside memorial service will be held Saturday, July 13 at 10 a.m. at the Weippe Cemetery, with the Rev. Hale Anderson officiating.

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

Norma Alteneder, 81

   Norma Alteneder passed away June 24, 2013, at the age of 81. She was born Feb. 29, 1932, to Edna and Melvin West in Orofino.

   She married Orville Alteneder in 1947. He passed away in 1998. Together they raised five children.

   She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Karen; by three brothers, Don West, Harold West and Bob West; and one sister, Loretta West Harvey, all of Orofino. She is survived by two daughters Salena (Steve) Haselip and Linda (Dan) Smith; two sons Kenneth (Karen) and Aaron (Kelly); and three sisters Melva Calland and Sandy Kelly of Orofino, and Maryann Leger of Lewiston.

   A Memorial service will be held Saturday, July 13, at 10 a.m. at Thornhill Valley Chapel, 1400 S. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley, WA. Visitation is Friday, July 12 from 6-8 p.m.

James (Jim) Vargovich, 65, Weippe

   Quietly he passed away. Jim was born on October 7, 1947, in Michigan to John and Kathleen Vargovich. At age 11 they moved to Idaho, which became his home.

   He worked in various jobs; the last being with Hutchins/Empire Lumber.

   He married Elizabeth Snyder on May 20, 1978, who survives him at their home.

   Jim loved the outdoors from hunting and fishing to berry picking and horn hunting. He also enjoyed his gardening and making firewood.

   He is survived by his children: Tina (Roger) of Tucson, AZ; Adam (Mavis) of Weippe; James (Loni) of Victor, MT’ and Tina (John) of Arcadia, MO; two brothers Don (Erika) of West Virginia, and Joe (Lois) of Michigan.

   No services are planned but a potluck dinner for Jim will be held at the family home on July 20 at 3 p.m.

   In life we have no regrets, only memories.

Harold Lewis Colton, 88, Lewiston

   Harold Lewis Colton, born Nov. 12, 1924, in Council Bluffs, Iowa to Claude and Ethel Mae Colton ended his well fought battle with numerous health issues to rest forever peacefully on Saturday, July 6, 2013.

   Harold was the youngest of his brothers, having been preceded in death by both parents, 11 of his siblings, two granddaughters and one grandson. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Lois; their three children, Linda Mock of Culdesac, Danny (Nohea) of Honolulu, HA, and Stan (Sara) of Ione, WA; sister Donna Jean of Branson, MR; 12 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews, notably Nita (Frank) Volz of Spokane, WA and Raymond Colton of Sun City, AZ.

   Raised during the depression, Harold moved to Portland, OR finding work in the shipyards. It was here that he met the love of his life, Lois Mildred Judd, marrying on Dec. 25, 1943. Harold was proud of his service in the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions of the US Army, spending time as a paratrooper and serving in Japan.

   Although he rarely spoke of the war, he did share that he liked jumping out of airplanes and was excited when the opportunity arose to relive his adventures with fellow vets during a special flight offered in Lewiston.

   Harold was an avid fisherman, often taking his family to discover high mountain lakes and streams in Montana to pursue his hobby. He faithfully practiced the "pack it in, pack it out" lifestyle, teaching his children to always leave the outdoors cleaner than they found it. He used his camera often, was a dedicated hunter, persistent as always to bag his prey. He taught his children and grandchildren to respect and love the outdoors and to enjoy fishing, hunting, camping and hiking.

   Harold had been a carpenter, salesman of sewing machines, vacuums and Heinz food products, worked at a radio station, and somehow always managed to find a way to insure his family was taken care of. He loved building and, with the assistance of his wife, children and grandchildren built a beautiful home in Butte, MT and a special retreat cabin in Elkhorn, MT where many memories were made.

   He was a member of the VFW and American Legion for many years and spent the last few years in the exceptional care of the wonderful staff of the Idaho State Veterans home where he made many new friends and memories.

   Harold will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

   A memorial service will be held at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston on Friday, July 12 at 9 a.m. A celebration of life will follow at 10 a.m. at Sunset Park (2602 11th Ave. in Lewiston).

   The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Harold's honor to IVAL - North (Idaho Veterans Assistance League North)  821-21st Ave. Lewiston, ID 83501-8992) designating “activities.”

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

Obituaries for July 4, 2013

Carl A. Larson, 83, Weippe

   Carl A. Larson, 83, of Weippe, died Thursday, June 20, 2013, in Orofino. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Catherine Adair Memorial

   A potluck memorial will be held Saturday, July 6 from 12-5 p.m. at the Orofino City Park for family and friends of Catherine Adair.

   All are welcome to come and spend this time with family in the remembrance of her.

Connie Micheal (Mike) Sheets, 63, Juliaetta

   Connie Micheal (Mike) Sheets, 63, of Juliaetta, died Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Lewiston.

   He was born Oct. 2, 1949, to Ernest Sheets and Ruby Lawyer in Van Buren, MO. He graduated from Lewiston High School in 1967. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army and served two tours of service in Vietnam, infantry. He was married to Carol Hohman, Elaine Reeves and Juliann Barnett. These marriages later ended in divorce.

   Mike spent his happiest times being a cowboy and hunting guide as well as fishing on the North Fork with Bobi. He also worked in the timber industry, as well as at various mills in the surrounding area.

   The last several years he spent working with and for his youngest son, David, as a construction welder for S & S Welding in Kamiah. He lived in Juliaetta for the last 13 years with the love of his life and wife of 25 years, Bobi.

   He is survived by his wife, Bobi of Juliaetta; sons Michael of Clarkston, WA and David of Kamiah; daughters RayAnne of Asotin, WA and JoAnna of Lewiston; stepsons Brian and Eric Henry, both of Lewiston; seven grandchildren; three brothers; and four sisters.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest Sheets and Ruby; brother Ernest; and sister Deloris Raines.

   A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Darlene (Fix) Rush, 77, former resident

   Darlene (Fix) Rush, formerly of Orofino,  passed away Monday, June 24, 2013, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. She was 77. Cremation has taken place. Services are pending.