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Obituaries for January 9, 2014

Lazetta M. Cochrell, 94, Weippe

   Lazetta May Cochrell, 94, a longtime resident of the Weippe area, passed away of natural causes Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.

   Lazetta was born Nov. 3, 1919 in Orofino, Idaho to Jesse and Viola (Thornton) Eby. The family moved to Longview, WA when she was small for employment reason, then back to the Fraser area when she was a young girl.

   There she met the love of her life, Leo M. Cochrell. They where married on Jan. 18, 1935 in Lewiston. Her life was filled with homemaking and family raising at their home at Schmidt’s Mill until 1962. The couple then moved their family to Kennewick, WA, where they worked side by side as owners/operators of a Mobil Station for 12 years.

   In 1976 they retired and moved back to Weippe and their family roots. Lazetta resumed the life she loved, maintaining her home and yard, sewing, baking, caring for and loving her family and friends.

   She gave endless hours watching her then youngest granddaughter, Kelsey, and assisting with the tasks she did so well at the home of her son and daughter-in-law as they worked at their family business. The visits to Montana and time spent with Dale’s family brought her much enjoyment, only wishing they were more frequent.

   Lazetta is survived by: two sons, Dale Cochrell and wife Bonnie of Clinton, MT and Art Cochrell and wife Barb of Weippe; five grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by husband Leo; a brother, Bob Eby, a sister, Helen Higley; and one grandson.

   A memorial service will be held at the Weippe Wesleyan Church on Friday, Jan. 10, at 11 a.m. A potluck lunch will follow at the Fraser Community Center.

Freda Jean Aiken, 80, Orofino

   Freda Jean Aiken was born Sept. 8, 1933. She entered into rest Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at her home in Orofino. She was 80.

   Freda was born in Orofino to Matilda Scott and Corbett Miller. She attended school in Orofino.

   After her schooling she continued her life in Orofino. She enjoyed taking care of her mother, as well as spending time with her friends and family. She lived out her days in her home.

   Freda enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and picking berries. She loved cooking and having company to visit with—to laugh, sing, and cry with.

   She was a down to earth woman. What she had she gave—she shared her heart with everyone, including the Lord. She will be truly missed by her family.

   She was preceded in death by her sister, Phyllis Gregg, her mother and father, and her grandparents.

   She is survived by one sister, Lydia J. Steele; a nephew, Dennis Gregg; and many other nephews and nieces, cousins, and friends.

   Services are pending and will be held at a later date. A memorial dinner will be held Saturday, Jan. 11 at noon at the community center (below the Pizza Factory) in Orofino.

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

Nancy May Stout, 72, Orofino

   Nancy May Stout of Orofino passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 at Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital in Post Falls. She was 72.

   Nancy was born Jan. 27, 1941 in Moscow to Arthur and Lily (Austin) Williams. She attended and graduated from Orofino High School in 1958. That same year she married Donald Lee Stout in Orofino. They later divorced.

   Nancy had worked as a waitress for the Fountain Restaurant in Orofino and later at the Bazaar in Orofino and Grangeville. She later worked as a teacher at Covenant House Christian Center Church in Orofino and finally as a receptionist at Konkolville Motel in Orofino.

   Nancy was a member of the Covenant House Christian Center Church in Orofino. She loved and enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed singing (she sang in the church choir), writing short stories, and camping. She cared for many foster children and was always willing to take in any child in need.

   She is survived by: Donald Lee Stout of Kooskia; son, Danny Lee (Brenda) Stout of Kooskia; daughters, Diana Laree Hall of Orofino and Cindy Rae (Mark) Browne of Kamiah; brothers, Dennis Williams of Orofino and Andy (Pat) Williams of Pinehurst; sister-in-law, Connie Williams of Lewiston; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, as well as her dear friends Pastor Tristan “Bear” and his wife Deloris Harvey of Orofino.

   Cremation has taken place. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 at Covenant House Christian Center Church in Orofino.

   Bell Tower Funeral Home and Crematory in Post Falls assisted the family.

Virgil Wallace McIntosh, 87, Weippe

09/12/1926 – 12/29/2013

   A good man lost his life Dec. 29, 2014. Virgil McIntosh will be remembered as a kind and loving man by all who knew him. He was a happy person who brightened the lives of everyone he came in contact with.

   Virgil was born in Sprague River, OR on Sep. 12, 1926. He grew up in the Browns Creek area between Pierce and Weippe. As a young man he enlisted in the Navy and served on the USS Suwannee (CVE-27) as a boiler tech during the second world war.

   He toured Nagasaki a few weeks after it was destroyed by an atomic bomb. He didn’t often talk about his experiences during the war, but when pressed he would tell stories of his ship being hit by a Kamikaze pilot and of the near total destruction of Nagasaki. One of the things that amazed him was how big metal lathes were reduced to globs of metal even though they were a long way from the blast site.

   After the war Virgil returned to Idaho where he worked in the woods and in sawmills with his brothers and father. During this time he married Jean Welsh who bore him four children; James, Cory, Tracy and Adam. Virgil and Jean moved to the Oregon coast in the late ‘50s where he began working in shingle mills. He was a member of the Shingle Weaver’s union from the ‘60s to the early ‘80s when it dissolved.

   Virgil lost Jean to cancer in 1970. He married Carolyn Burkett and moved to Forks, WA in 1974. They were divorced in 1975. Virgil then married Clarice Eddy and lived in Port Angeles, WA for a short time before they divorced.

   The shingle industry was dying so Virgil decided to return to Idaho. In Weippe he met and married Louella Jacobson. They were happily married for many years. During this time they spent their summers working for the Forest Service at Canyon Work Center. Louella died of cancer in 2004. Virgil then married Virginia McIntosh, who he cherished until his death on Dec. 29, 2013.

   Virgil was preceded in death by his father, King; mother, Esther; brothers, Charlie and Cliff; and wives, Jean, Carolyn and Louella. He is survived by his wife, Virginia; brothers, Leonard and Don; sons, James, Cory and Adam; daughter, Tracy; stepson, Dale; stepdaughters, Wilma and Laura; grandsons Adam, Michael, Daniel and Gaspare; granddaughters, Jennifer, Erin and Tara; and great-granddaughter, Dezirae.

   His memorial service was held Jan. 4 at Mountain View Funeral Home in Lewiston. A potluck was held at the funeral home after the service.

Obituaries for January 2, 2014

Burton Eldred (Bill) Baird, 82, Orofino

Dec. 17, 1931 Dec. 23, 2013

   Bill Baird, age 82, of Orofino, Idaho, passed away Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 at Clearwater Valley Hospital. He was born at home in Denver, CO, to Alice E. and Eldred Baird.

   Bill moved to Orofino with his mother in 1945 and graduated from Orofino High School. He joined the Air Force and spent three years in Germany.

   Bill came back to Orofino and married Bernice Walden on Dec. 24, 1954, working at the O-Mill, until moving with his family to southern California in 1957.

   Bill earned his associate’s degree in electronics, going on to work for Hughes Aircraft, then McDonald Douglas, before retiring in1988.

   Bill moved back to Orofino after retiring, happy to be “home.”

   Bill will be remembered for his loving, giving heart, always thinking of others before himself.

   Bill was a self-sacrificing man who loved many people and hated no one. His five children were first and foremost in his life, speaking to us often of his fondest memories—his high school boxing days, the friends he knew, and especially, the great times and friends and hunting experiences at Camp 14.

   Bill is survived by his children, Irma Desmet (Eugene), Huntington Beach, CA; Cheryl Havel (Clayton), Colorado Springs, CO; Gary Baird of Orofino; and Linda Hall (Butch) of Ahsahka. Bill is also survived by his brothers, David D. Baird of Meridian and Robert R. Baird of Chandler, AZ; his grandchildren, Sarah Grandizio-Betz, Sada Wertz, Megan Webber, Asa Desmet, Joe Burchett, Amanda Burchett, Alese Burchett-Harrington, and Kalub Hall.

   Bill’s surviving great grandchildren include Brooks Webber, Alice Wertz, Alexander Desmet, Nathan Burchett, Danny Burchett, Cheylianah Watters, and Jeremiah Betz.

   Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Eldred Baird, Alice Story, and Francis Story; sister, Barbara Bell; son, William J. Baird; nephews, Richard Baird and Robbie Baird; former wife, Bernice Shipwash; and sisters-in-law, Sally Baird and Doris Baird.

   He will be forever missed.

   A quote (author unknown) spoken by Bill’s daughter Irma sums up our feelings for our Daddy: “Sometimes the poorest of men leaves his children the richest inheritance.”

Walter Holmgren

   Walter Holmgren, father of Betsy Lang, went to be with the Lord Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, while in his winter home in Aguanga, CA.  All the family members were at his bedside at his passing.

   Walt grew up and went to school in San Diego County in California. Walt loved living in Idaho during the summer, not the winters. He loved to have his morning coffee on the cabin porch in Lenore counting log trucks as they passed by on Highway 12 through Harpers Bend. Walt enjoyed camping and fishing throughout the area, especially Winchester Lake with his wife. Adeline 

   Walt worked construction through most of his life. At 18 he joined the United States Army in April 1957.  He served his time in Germany. He was honorably discharged in April 1960, and returned to construction work until 1990. He later worked for the United States Forest Service from 1997 until 2006.

   Walt is survived by his wife Adeline of almost 53 years; his brother, Robert Holmgren, of Alpine, CA; his son, Ken Holmgren and his wife MaryAnn of Aguanga, CA; and daughter Betsy Lang and her husband Bruce Lang of Lenore.