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Obituaries for August 15, 2013

Janet L. Steiner, Orofino, 71

   Janet Louise Steiner of Orofino, ID passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at Clearwater Valley Hospital. She was 71.

   There will be a Graveside Service Friday, Aug. 16 at Sanders Cemetery off of Wells Bench Road at 12 noon Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in care of arrangements.

Merle Loseth, 77, Orofino

   Mildred “Merle” Loseth, loving wife, mother, grandmother, friend to many, and life-long resident of the Orofino area passed away peacefully on Sunday the 11th of August, 2013 at the age 77. Merle was comfortable in her passing, surrounded by her family, after a courageous 16-month fight against lung cancer.

   Merle was born Feb. 6, 1936, in Ahsahka to Andrew J. and Dorothy M. Bryant Bobbitt. She married John Douglas Loseth on Dec. 31, 1956, in Orofino and they spent the next 54 years living in the family residence on Riverside Avenue, where he had lived since age five before passing away in 2010. Merle remained living in the Loseth family home until her passing.

   Merle grew up on the family farm on Crow Bench before moving to Peck at the age of seven in 1943. As a young girl she helped her mother as a switch board operator for the Peck telephone exchange for Interstate Telephone and General Telephone Co., which was in her home until 1953, when it became part of the Orofino exchange.

   Merle attended elementary school in Peck and attended junior high and senior high school in Orofino, graduating from Orofino High School in 1953.

   After graduating from high school she went to work in the business office for Speer Cartridge Works in Lewiston. She took bookkeeping classes and continued as secretary/bookkeeper at Speer until 1955, when she returned to Orofino to work in the accounting department at the State Hospital North.

   Merle began a 35 year career with the Clearwater Valley Hospital in 1960 as head bookkeeper and soon after she became the hospital’s office manager. She then served as acting administrator in 1963 before becoming business manager.

   In 1968, while raising her active family and serving as business manager, she completed a year-long course on Hospital Administration offered through the University of California and administered by Boise State College. She spent many weekends in Boise and many nights studying to complete this training which helped her to advance in management at Clearwater Valley Hospital.

   In 1969 she was promoted to the position of Administrator of Clearwater Valley Hospital, which she held for 25 years until her retirement in 1994. Merle’s vision for the hospital was well received and the hospital flourished under her watch.

   She worked collaboratively with many staff members, doctors, health professionals and organizations over the years leading the hospital to new levels of professionalism that saw the addition many new services such as physical therapy, respiratory therapy, home health, hospice and on-site emergency room physicians for the residents of Clearwater County.

   Her last major initiative was a $1.28 million Capital Campaign drive. The drive, which included donated labor, equipment, and volunteer time in the true Orofino “Maniac” spirit, resulted in the construction of a clinic and administrative offices at the hospital that brought doctors, other health care workers and medical services under one roof. The construction also brought a birthing room and the remodeling of the hospital’s interior, bringing it into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

   The new addition to Clearwater Valley Hospital, say those who worked with Merle, was a tribute to her untiring determination to bring the best health care possible to the upper Clearwater River region.

   Merle served concurrently as the Clearwater Valley Hospital Administrator, the Medical Park Clinic Administrator, the Kooskia Medical Clinic Administrator and the Administrator of a Kamiah home health care office in her final working years.

   Merle was well respected by her peers and spent many long hours making sure the Clearwater Valley Hospital took good care of its patients and that it took good care of the staff and doctors associated with the hospital.

   In addition to her work at the hospital, she was active in a number of related health care organizations. She spent 14 years volunteering for and served as the Chairwoman of the Idaho Hospital Association, served three terms on the Board of Directors of Blue Cross of Idaho, was active in the Orofino Chamber of Commerce, worked with Idaho Emergency Medical Services and helped establish the North Idaho Consortium for Continuing Health Education.

   Merle was instrumental in the passage of legislation allowing rural Idaho hospitals to establish medical clinics. She also helped spearhead the establishment of home health, hospice, the Clearwater Valley Hospital Foundation serving as a Board Member and the Hospital Auxiliary serving several terms as President.

   Merle enjoyed singing with the Clearwater Choraliers. The group was formed in the early 1970’s and Merle traveled with the group many times to area cities to perform in concerts. The Clearwater Choraliers later became the Orofino Community Choir and she was an active member of the choir until her passing. She served as the Treasurer for many years and was honored for her many years of choir membership and involvement at the spring 2013 concert series.

   Merle was a member of Chapter CD of PEO, the Fine Gold Good Sam’s Club, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. She especially enjoyed time spent with her Bunco Group and her Lunch Bunch. She also enjoyed sewing and made ribbon winning quilts.

   Merle was a great friend to have and was loyal in visiting with her friends, helping sick friends, assisting friends with transportation to and from appointments, getting them to the airport for travel, or to just lend an ear to a friend in need.

   Merle especially loved her grandchildren. Merle and John took their grandkids on many camping trips and motor home excursions. She loved attending their many school sports activities, dance recitals, school educational events and summer baseball and softball games.

   She is survived by her brother Dale and his wife Peggy in Spokane, WA; son Pat and his wife Diane in Clarkston, WA and their children Shawnna and husband Steven, Andrew and Keeton; and son Chris and his wife Lori in Asotin, WA and their children David, Caitlin and Erik. She also is survived by her many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.

   In addition to her husband John, she was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Joe and an infant sister.

   Please join in the celebration of her life at her memorial service in Orofino at the Pine Hills Funeral Chapel at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, immediately followed by a lunch at the Clearwater County Senior Citizen’s Center across the street from the funeral home. There will be a burial service at the Riverside Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.

   Memorials, in lieu of flowers, can be sent to P.O. Box 82, Orofino, ID 83544 for either the Clearwater Valley Hospital Auxiliary or the Orofino Community Choir.

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

Marie Green, 93, Fraser

   Marie Green of Fraser passed away Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 at Kindred Healthcare in Lewiston. She was 93.

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

Charles Arthur Rinehart, 58, Orofino

   Charles Arthur Rinehart, a lifelong resident of Orofino, passed away in Coeur d’Alene July 28, 2013. He was 58 years old.

   Charlie was born in Coeur d’Alene on Nov. 25, 1954 to Chester and Erma Rinehart. He had two older brothers, Lanny Meyers and Jerry Meyers, Charlie being the youngest.

   Charlie grew up in his hometown of the “Orofino Maniacs” and made Orofino his lifetime residence.

   During his young years of school Charlie found a love for sports. He lettered all four years as a varsity team player on the Orofino Maniac football team. He is remembered for his talents on the field as the “tail back”. His proud father was his biggest fan on the sideline of many games.

   Charlie had some “wheels” on him and proved that when he participated in track events. Charlie was a record breaker in track. His fast running ability on the Orofino track team made Charlie a record holder. His record holding title on the Orofino track for running was virtually unbreakable, not until many years after he graduated. Charlie graduated from Orofino High School in 1974.

   Charlie married his high school sweetheart Kathy Montambo after finishing high school. They began a family with their two sons Jonathan Rinehart and Roger Rinehart.

   Charlie was good at just about most sports he picked up in life. He made a “hole-in-one” on the Orofino golf course and scored a pretty good bowling average, too. He was an excellent pool player also. Fun summers playing on the men’s softball league for the Oasis Club, owned by Jim and Betty Crutcher, was something he looked forward to each season, playing center field. Playing that position in the outfield was his niche. He made it look easy by catching those fly balls and his long throws to the infield was an easy feat for him; before and after a few refreshments.

   He liked to ride motorcycles, both dirt and street bikes, and enjoyed fishing. Charlie had his own brine recipe for smoking fish that was up there with the best.

   In the past, Charlie worked for some of the local logging companies driving log truck and operating the rubber tire skidder. He also knew how to run the chain saw. He tramped up to Alaska giving logging camp life a try for a short time as a young man.

   Charlie and Melissa Oatman were married on April 6, 1984 in Ahsahka. They would call each other “Rinehart” and will be known forever to each other by that name. When their son was born Charlie named him Macklin Rinehart.

   Charlie always kept the wonderful memories of his younger years growing up and those of his glory days in high school along with the good times he had with friends along the way during his life. Proudly sharing the stories of his son’s talent in sports in some way brought Charlie back to what he held so dear to his heart, the past, even if only for a moment.

   In recent years Charlie struggled from an accident that changed his life. Those friends that shared their lives with him through kindness, care and understanding him, in many ways are truly a part of Charlie’s family, too. Charlie died of natural causes.

   Charles Arthur Rinehart is preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Erma Rinehart, and a brother, Jerry Meyers.

   He is survived by his eldest brother and sister-in-law Lanny and Oretta Meyers of Kettle Falls, WA, his sons Jonathan Rinehart of Lewiston, Roger Rinehart of Gilroy, CA, Macklin Rinehart of Kamiah, a daughter Elisa Robb of Coeur d’Alene and his loving ex, Melissa Rinehart of Kamiah.

   Yates Funeral Home of Coeur d’Alene is handling the arrangements for cremation. A celebration memorial for Charlie’s life shared with us will be scheduled at a later date to be announced.

Violet Ruth Lesmeister, 79, Orofino

   Violet Ruth Lesmeister of Orofino joined the angels in heaven Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 at the age of 79. She passed away at Clearwater Health and Rehab in Orofino. She was born on Aug. 30, 1933 in Indian Valley, Idaho to Daniel and Mary Durfee Leach.

   Violet had two brothers, Ira (Buck) and Tom. She spent her later childhood years in Orofino, where she graduated from Orofino High School. She was a member of the OCI Royalty in 1950.

   She married Charles Doty in Kamiah and they were later divorced.

   She was married to Charles Frensdorf in Orofino and they had one son, Mike Frensdorf. They later divorced and she married William Lesmeister on Nov. 1, 1964. They made their home in Orofino and lived on Riverside for 49 years.

   She was a very good gardener and grew beautiful, award-winning roses. She collected antique glassware.

   Vi loved to hunt, fish, and to camp, especially on their yearly trip to Brownlee Dam.

   She was also a very good cook, and she especially made great homemade breads and pies.

   Vi worked at many different places in Orofino and the surrounding area. She worked for the school district at Orofino with Mike Casetto; at Barnett-Thompson Chevrolet; the Idaho Inn on Riverside and finally retiring while employed at Jaype Mill in Pierce.

   Violet was a people person and had many friends. She was very social and loved to visit whenever she could. She was a long time member of St. Theresa's Catholic Church and loved to help out whenever she was needed. She enjoyed bringing food and sugar cookies to her friends and family. She had a special place in her heart for her beloved dog, Missy.

   Vi is survived by her husband, William Lesmeister of Orofino; her son, Mike Frensdorf and his wife Sonja of Moses Lake, WA; and her granddaughter, Matea of Maui, Hawaii.

   She is also survived by her brothers Danny Leach and wife Sharon, Jerry Leach and wife Dorothy, and Tanny Leach; and sister Wanita Perry and husband Milt.

   She was very close to her niece Vicki Grimm and family of Kamiah and her nephew Kelly Leach and family of Lenore. She also had a good relationship with her cousin Richette Dominguez of Clarkston and her cousins Melva Mock of Lewiston and Ellen Potter of Midvale, Rosie Richenberg of Pierce, and Dorothy Kiele of Lewiston.

   Preceding her in death were her parents, Dan and Mary Leach; her brothers Ira Buck Leach and Tommy Leach; and sister-in-law Barbara Leach.

   Vi was cremated and her mass was held in Orofino Aug. 10.

   We lost our angel but God and Heaven gained a special one. We will love and miss you forever, Violet.

WH (Ben) Durant, 89, Weippe

   WH (Ben) Durant, Weippe, passed away Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013 at Wedgewood Terrace in Lewiston, He was 89.

   Memorial donations may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital, the Weippe Museum, the Weippe Senior Citizen’s Center or a charity of choice.

E. Ellen Mowery, 97, Orofino

   E. Ellen Mowery, 57-year resident of Eureka Ridge Road in Orofino, passed away Sunday, Aug 11, 2013. She was 97.

   Ellen was born April 13, 1916 to John and Susan (Savage) Duty on the homestead in Jack’s Canyon above Lenore. The Dutys and Savages were some of the original pioneer families in the Clearwater County.

   She attended Jack’s Canyon School District 66, walking or riding a horse (uphill both ways!) with her siblings. She graduated from Peck High School in 1934.

   During the Depression she followed her brothers to a logging camp to cook for them in the Mariposa area of California. She met her future husband, Clarence Mowery, there and they married in 1939.

   Ellen always loved Idaho but Clarence’s World War II employment kept them in California. They moved to Idaho in 1947. She so loved being outdoors that she even enjoyed living in a tent with her husband and three young sons the summer of 1950 at Reveling Siding near Pierce.

   She wrote two books. The first was “We Lived in Jack’s Canyon,” detailing growing up on the homestead. The second titled “A New Beginning: After Jack’s Canyon” is about raising her own family.

   Ellen is survived by her children, Bill (Chona) of Orofino, John (Jeanie) of Boise, Glen (Janelle) of Mead, WA, and Janie (Dick) of Spokane, WA. She has 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

   Ellen was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence; her parents and all of her siblings.

   A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 17 at 3 p.m. at Orofino Nazarene Church on Michigan Avenue, where she was a member for over 55 years.

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

Carl Dean Good, 87, Orofino

   Carl Dean Good passed away Monday, Aug 5, 2013, at his home in Orofino surrounded by his family and friends. He was 87.

   A graveside service will be held at a later date. Cremation has taken place.

Karen M. Davis, 72, Orofino

   Karen Marie Davis, born Jan. 23, 1941, passed away Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013. She was 72.

   Karen will be missed by many friends, and is survived by: two sons, Danny Perkins of Alaska and Tony Perkins of Seattle, WA; by six grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.

   There will be a graveside service at Sanders Cemetery in Orofino Thursday August 15 at 1:30 p.m., followed by a celebration of life at the Lewiston Red Lion from 4 to 7 p.m.

   For additional information contact 509-230-3330.

Audrey Spence, 75, Woodland

   Audrey Spence, 75, of Woodland, died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013 at her home.

   Services are pending with Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.

Kenneth King Murray, 76, Orofino

   Kenneth King Murray, 76, passed away in Orofino Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at his brother Dan’s home after an extended illness. He was born in Orofino on Sept. 21, 1936, to Lenard and Mariam (King/Stanley) Murray.

   Ken attended school in Orofino, graduating from Orofino High School in 1954. Ken loved sports, earning 15 out of 16 letters at OHS, and was also voted “Athlete of the Year” his senior year.

   After graduation, he moved to Seattle where he earned an apprenticeship in painting and attended college. Eventually he became the owner of his own painting and wallpapering business, until retirement. Even while busy with work, he joined the Masonic Lodge, making Grand Master. After retirement, Ken spent his time between Surprise, Arizona, and Orofino, becoming a “snow bird.”

   Ken was preceded in death by his father, Lenard Murray; mother, Mariam Stanley; stepfather, John Stanley; and sister, Patricia Thomason.

   Ken is survived by his daughter, Kari Lennstrom of Lynnwood, WA, and son, Kenny Murray of Shoreline, WA; granddaughters, Jade Lennstrom and Shannon Murray; brothers, Dan Stanley (wife Gloria) of Orofino and John Stanley (wife Mary) of Carson City, NV; sisters Elizabeth Heick of Gulfport, MS and Mary Pipkin (husband Michael) of Snohomish, WA; brother-in-law James Thomason of Stanfield, OR and aunt, Gertrude Ring of Orofino; and many nieces and nephews.

   A private internment at the Weseman Cemetery will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, followed by a 1 p.m. celebration of life at the First Christian Church in Orofino (corner of Michigan Ave. and “C” Street), where the family cordially invites all to help celebrate and remember Ken’s life. A luncheon will be held at the back of the church after the celebration of life.

   Ken had a great love for western movies, so we would like to share a John Wayne quote: “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” We love and miss you Ken.

   Memorials can be made to a charity of your choice.

Obituaries for August 8, 2013

Violet Lesmeister, 79, Orofino

   Violet Ruth Lesmeister of Orofino passed away Monday, August 5, 2013 at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation. She was 79.

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

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

Helen M. Wallen Oppliger, 97, Maupin, OR

   Helen M. Wallen Oppliger, 97, a resident of Maupin, OR, passed away on the evening of Tuesday, July 30, 2013, surrounded by her family.

   Helen was born May 9, 1916 in Helena, MT to Swedish immigrants Ivar and Annie Wallen. The Wallen family moved to Bonners Ferry, Idaho, where she attended Bonners Ferry schools, graduating in 1934 as salutatorian. After high school she attended the University of Idaho, graduating in 1938 with a 4.0 GPA.

   While teaching school in Orofino, she met James Edwin Oppliger. They married Aug. 10, 1941. Helen taught high school for 30 years.

   After retiring she dedicated her life to knitting, gardening and spending time with family and friends.

   Helen is survived by her husband, Ed; daughter Lois Hull and husband Gaile; grandsons Jeff Hull and Jim Hull; and great grandchildren Zach Hull, Lindsey Hull, Julie Hull and Jason Hull.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, and son Gary Oppliger.

   A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 10 at 1 p.m. at the Maupin Community Church, with Pastor Tim Morelli officiating. Private interment will take place at the I.O.O.F. Threemile Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be sent to Southern Wasco County Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 125, Maupin, OR, 97037.

   Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home of The Dalles, OR is in care of arrangements.

Obituaries for August 1, 2013

Thomas Leo Reilly, 86, Orofino

   Thomas Leo Reilly, born Feb. 26, 1927, left to fly with the angels Wednesday, July 24, 2013. He was 86.

   Thomas was born to William and Mary Ellen Reilly in Reynolds, ND. He enlisted in the Navy at 17 years of age and greatly enjoyed his time served.

   After the war he became a pilot in 1947 and flew mail around the area of Michigan, ND. He loved flying, playing the harmonica, playing cards at family gatherings, sharing his life stories, and traveling in his RV.

   He married Rosemary Schumacher on April 21, 1950. Together they had six children.

   Thomas was a heavy equipment operator, which took him to multiple locations. They settled in Orofino in 1966.

   He is survived by children Jo Ann Smith of Las Vegas, NV, Michael Reilly of Bremerton, WA, James Reilly of Orofino,  Rebecca Wall of Coeur d’Alene, and Lisa Thornton of Pierce; his sister, Ardemese Rutter of Moorhead, MN, and brother James Reilly of Missoula, MT. He has 12 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

   Thomas He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosemary (Rose), his son, Paul, and his brother, Bill.

Services were held July 27 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church.

Minnie Mabel Bower, 94, Weippe

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

   Minnie was born to George and Mariel Tower May 22, 1919 in Carson, ND. Minnie was the last of 13 children.

   She grew up in North Dakota during the Depression. Her father passed away when she was six years old. Life was pretty difficult for the family, due to the dust bowl that crippled the Midwest.

   Shortly after graduating high school in Carson, Minnie married Carl Olin. Carl, Minnie and her mother moved that same year to Idaho. While in Idaho they had two children: Jonas, now living in Fairbanks, AK, and Judy McIntosh, now living in Pierce.

   When the children were quite young, Carl and Minnie divorced.

   Minnie moved to the Tacoma, WA area with her mother and children, where she worked to help the war effort during World War II.

   In 1945 the family moved back to Idaho, where Minnie worked in housekeeping in the Coeur d’Alene Mill area. In 1947 she met and married Les Bowen. They were married in Bend, OR, and made their home in the Coeur d’Alene Mill area.

   Minnie and Les had three children: Loren of Surf City, NC, Bonnie of Medford, OR and Bruce of Weippe.

   The family moved to Weippe in 1957. Minnie lost Les in 1964.

   She worked various jobs around Weippe before going to work at State Hospital North in Orofino. She later transferred to State Hospital South, where she retired. After retirement, she made her home in Weippe.

   The last 13 years were spent living at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation in Orofino.

   She leaves behind five children, nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

   Minnie was laid to rest July 20 at the Weippe Cemetery, where graveside services were also held. Her nephew, Steve Olin, gave her eulogy.

Dura Devota Pfefferkorn Jenkins, 87, Kooskia

   Dura Devota Pfefferkorn Jenkins, 87, died Friday, July 26, 2013 at Syringa General Hospital in Grangeville. Devota was born Oct. 17, 1925, on Battle Ridge near Stites, to Stanley C. and Elva (Hutchens) Potter. Devota attended elementary and high school in Stites.

   Devota married Dorrence Pfefferkorn March 14, 1947. They farmed, ranched and raised their family on Maggie Creek near Kooskia from 1951 to 1999. While Dorrence was a cat skinner and road builder for several logging contractors and Idaho County Road Department, Devota was busy being wife, mother, home maker and worked at the Selway Café and the Kooskia Variety Store.

   Dorrence died Jan. 10, 2001.

   Devota married Roy Jenkins Oct. 14, 2003 and he died May 3, 2013.

Devota was active in the Presbyterian Club and Senior Meal Site. Devota loved gardening, crocheting, quilting (she made each grandchild a quilt and an afghan), and she especially enjoyed flowers (particularly her Iris bed). Dancing and card playing were her favorite past times. She loved the times when she and Roy would play pinochle with Arlene and Bob Routh.

   Devota was preceded in death by husbands, Dorrence Pfefferkorn and Roy Jenkins; her parents, Stanley C. and Elva (Hutchens) Potter; her brothers, Donald “Jack” Potter and Merland “Pete” Potter; brother-in-law, Gerald Pfefferkorn; sister-in-law, Lola Potter; granddaughter, Ronita Fitting; and grandson, Ty Pfefferkorn.

   Devota is survived by her children, Elvin Pfefferkorn, Peggy Fitting, and Verle (Colleen) Pfefferkorn, all of Kooskia, and Leah (Dave) Laufenberg of Lewiston; brother-in-law Doyle (Mary Lou) Pfefferkorn and sisters-in-law, Francis Pfefferkorn of Kooskia and  June Potter of Winston, OR; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Mike Jenkins of Kooskia, John Jenkins of Hawaii, Doug Jenkins of Nampa, Ed Jenkins of Salmon, and Jodi Domschot of LaGrande, OR; and numerous nieces nephews, step grandchildren and step nieces and nephews.

   Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Trenary Funeral Home Chapel in Kooskia.

   Funeral Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 at Trenary Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Luann Howard will officiate. Interment will follow at the Pine Grove Cemetery. A dinner will follow at the Kooskia IOOF Hall.

   Donations in Devota’s memory may be made to the Senior Meal Site. Arrangements are by Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.

Cynthia Senior, 60, Orofino

   Cynthia Charmaine Senior, 60, of Orofino, died Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

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

Claude Edmund Schrempp, 93, Lewiston

   Claude Edmund Schrempp of Lewiston passed away Thursday, July 25, 2013, at Royal Plaza Retirement Center of complications of renal failure.

   He was born in St. Helena, NE on Sept. 3, 1919, and the second boy (of 10 boys) born to Otto and Theresa Schrempp. The day after his high school graduation in Eagle Butte, SD he came to Clarkston with his older brother to find work. He worked at a dairy, picked fruit and worked for a concrete builder. (A concrete block building that he helped build still stands on Snake River Avenue near Primeland.)

   In June 1941 he joined the U.S. Army and served as a supply clerk in the Northern France and Central European Campaigns and was an Expert M1 Sharpshooter. After his military discharge in December 1945 he began working for Montgomery Ward in Lewiston and later Palo Alto, Calif. Early in 1950 his cousin, Ray Schneider, flew him back to Clarkston for a family visit and a blind date with Jeanette Dinnison. They married in September 1950. They moved back to Richland where he worked at Hanford as a fireman.

   They spent a short time in Coulee City, WA, and then moved to Spokane, where he was employed at Kaiser Aluminum as a warehouseman. In 1956 they moved to Pierce and owned and operated the Pierce Market. They had two children, Claudia Jean and Robert Dennis. After their divorce in 1967 he continued to operate the grocery store until 1969 when it sold. He worked at Timberline High School as the night janitor for a year before purchasing another grocery store in Lapwai in 1970.

   In 1976 he and his brothers went back to Eagle Butte to an all-school reunion. He re-acquainted with his schoolmate, Marian Brewer Wood, who lived a few hundred yards down the road from him when growing up. They corresponded for a year when in 1977 he sold his grocery store, married Marian and moved to her home in Albuquerque, NM They remained there until her retirement in 1981 and then moved back to Lewiston to be closer to family. They bought several campers and RVs and traveled throughout the U.S. with Good Sam and VFW friends. They even went to Barrow, Alaska.

   Claude enjoyed having his family and friends near and was always a kidder and loved to interact socially. In 1989 he had a 70th birthday party in Creston, B.C. at a family reunion. In 1999, he had an 80th birthday party and in 2009 he had his 90th party with many family members and friends attending a barbecue and to have a few beers. (It’s a German Schrempp thing...) He was a lifetime member of the Elks and Knights of Columbus. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post No. 10043 and served as Unit Commander in 1985. Until last week, he endured five years of dialysis treatments. At 93, he was just tired and wanted to go home.

   He is survived by his wife, Marian; his children Claudia Schrempp Decker and Robert (Anne) Schrempp; four grandchildren, Aaron (Keith) Ranisate, Robin (Matt) Lynch, Sarah (Jeff) Schmaltz, Dan (Aubre) Schrempp; five great-grandchildren: Trey and Becca Schmaltz, Kaleigh and Lucie Ranisate and James Lynch; brothers: Jerome (Jeanne) Schrempp, Fulgence (Nancy) Schrempp, Melvin (Georgia) Schrempp and many nieces and nephews. His sixth great-grandchild, Abigal Grace Schrempp, is due on his birthday, Sept. 3.

   A prayer vigil with remembrances from family and friends will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. James Catholic Church at 1519 Ripon Avenue, Lewiston.

   The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. James Catholic Church.

   Memorials can be made to Hospice, Lewiston Meals on Wheels, All Saints Catholic Church Building Fund or a charity of one’s choice.

LaRea Bernard memorial service

   A memorial service for LaRea Bernard, who died March 25 in Yuma, AZ, will be held Saturday, Aug. 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Riggins Park.

   This will be a potluck, with the main dish, plates, and silverware provided.

   Please join LaRea’s friends and family in honoring her life.

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.