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|Obituaries for January 30, 2014|
Leola Mae Clarke Plank, 96, Orofino
Leola Mae Clarke Plank of Orofino passed away quietly in her
She was born in
She then went to work as a flunkey (cook) at her father’s horse logging camp in Clarkia, WA, and as she got older she worked at many more. In the early 50’s she worked at Headquarters during the logging boom in the mess hall. These were some of her favorite memories and she retold many stories of the glory days of the log drives and real lumberjacks.
There she met
Charles “Chuck” Plank and fell in love. They were married on
They opened the first TV sales and service store in Orofino, P&C TV, until Chuck retired in 1977. She then went to work for the school district hot lunch program and also for the Lumberman’s Hotel.
When she was 69
years old she took in her two grandchildren, Iola and
She was the neighborhood grandma who made cookies, bandaged knees and her door was always open. You never left hungry or cold and she was always the first to help if anyone was in need. She was a true optimist and always made you feel better and believed “everything will work out.” She had many hobbies: sewing embroidery, candy making and gardening. She had a green thumb and was often given sick plants to nurse back to health. She loved flowers and had a special touch for making beautiful arrangements.
She is survived by stepdaughters Phyllis Nodland (Ken) and Charlene Sannes; daughter, Amanda Gallagher; son, Charles Plank (Tami); grandchildren, Iola and Iona Plank, Heidi Tipton, and Oron Tipton; great-grandchildren, Makala and Gaven Kilpatrick; and numerous step grandchildren, nephews and nieces.
Per her wishes, no funeral service will be held. A private family memorial will be held in the spring and her ashes interred next to her husband at the Orofino cemetery.
Shearl Donn Lomax, 92, former resident
Born to a baker in Kamiah and his wife on
After his father
passed away, he was raised by his aunt and uncle at the Helgeson
Hotel in Orofino, and later lived with his mother, who operated the
Pullman Hotel. He had fond memories of elaborate decorations
throughout the hotel for Christmas. He was drafted into the Army
while he was attending
With the Corps, he
traveled to the
He and Norma purchased a small farm on Lower Fords Creek just east of Orofino, where he raised hay.
He was the largest breeder of Shetland ponies in the northwest, with 100 head of breeding mares.
passing, he married June, who also passed away. He purchased the
Helgeson Hotel from his uncle, and operated it in addition to
farming. He enjoyed RVing, snowmobiling and music. He played several
instruments and particularly loved to dance. Upon retirement, he
lived at the
He is survived by two nephews, Eric and Robert Lomax.
His life will be
remembered and celebrated on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at
Family and close
friends wish to thank all of the caregivers at
Cremation and burial have been managed by Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory in Orofino.
|Obituaries for January 23, 2014|
Justin R. (Bud)
Justin R. (Bud) Mullikin, 41, passed away
Bud is survived by his father, Gene, and his stepmother, Donna, both of Orofino; sister, Cindy (Yogi) Young of Lewiston; brothers, Scott Heilman (Rochelle) of Lewiston, Dennis Heilman of Boise, and Robert Heilman of Salem, OR; stepsisters, Shelly Irby and Susan Perez of Lewiston, Corie (Marcus) Samson of Orofino and Kristi Irby of Clarkston; stepbrother, Carl (Jayne) Irby of Emmett; uncles, David Mullikin of Clarkston and Robert Gecich of Lewiston; aunt and uncle Joanne and Jim Montambo of Orofino; plus numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Florie Mullikin; an aunt, Laurie Gecich; and all of his grandparents.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
|Obituaries for January 16, 2014|
Gregory Steven Challinor, 50, Orofino
Gregory Steven Challinor of Orofino passed away
He was born on
They moved to
Greg received his
Bachelor of Arts degree from
Greg loved to hunt and fish, a passion which he passed on to all of his children. He loved being with his family and helping others. He was currently involved in NOSDA.
Greg is survived by his wife, Linda Challinor (Orofino); children Kross and Karli Challinor and Skye Hall (Steven) of Coeur d’Alene and grandchild Jaiden; his mother of Columbia Falls, MT; brothers Jeffrey (JoAnna) Victor, MT, and Scott (Wendy), Creston, MT; sister Jamie Crowell (Vince) Columbia Falls; and many nieces and nephews who loved him.
He was preceded in death by his father, James, his son, Tyler, and several aunts and uncles.
A memorial service will be at Wednesday, Jan. 15, with a lunch to follow at the Orofino National Guard Armory, U.S. Highway 12,
In lieu of flowers, a fund has been started in the Challinor family name at Lewis Clark Credit Union.
Robert M. Donohue,
Robert M. Donohue, 76, of
He was born
He married Lila
Bob was a teacher
Bob was a
He is survived by his daughter, Cathleen Donohue; sons Joseph Donohue and Russel Donohue; sister Patricia Cooper (Norm); brother Jack Donohue (Betty); grandchildren, Neil Haley, Katie Haley and Audrey Donohue, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lila; father and mother-in-law, Connie Packer and Audrey Packer; brother, Art Donohue; and parents Erma and Robert T. Donohue.
A funeral service
was held Jan. 10 at Malcom’s Brower Wann Funeral Home. Burial was
held afterwards at
The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, the Parkinson’s Foundation or a charity of your choice.
The family wishes to thank all of Bob’s caregivers for their excellent care.
Chet worked in the
woods for the City of
Chet was always there to lend a helping hand to anyone in need, with a smile on his face and joke or two to lighten their way. He always supported the community and school activities.
Chet is survived by his wife, Jeannine; his sons, David (Tina) Foster, Lester (Lois) Foster; a daughter, Sally (Walt) Harney; 11 grandchildren, Donna (Ryan) Foster, Autumn (Robert) Foster, Whitney (Ian) Foster, Ashley (Cammeron) Foster, Nichole Foster, Chance Foster, Jesse (Lorisa) Foster, Ryan Foster, Trey Foster, Michelle (Jared) Hopkins, and Lisa Harney; 11 great-grandchildren, Hailey, Hannah, Rylan, Ethan, Cadence, Gracey, Paitten, Olivia, Liam, Charles, and Christopher; his brothers, Noel Foster, William Foster, and Orville Foster; any many nieces and nephews.
Chet was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Irene Foster; a sister Pearl Spradling and baby daughter; brothers, Johnie Foster and Lester Foster; his wife, Ollie; and a baby granddaughter, Desiree Foster.
Chet will truly be missed by all who had the blessing of knowing this wonderful man.
There will be a
celebration of life at the
Freda Aiken memorial service
memorial service for Freda Jean Aiken will be held at
Saturday, Jan. 18 at the
Amado J. Cruz ,
, 86, Kamiah
Amado J. Cruz of
Services are pending with Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.
|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
Lazetta was born
There she met the
love of her life, Leo M. Cochrell. They where married on
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
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.
service will be held at the
Freda Jean Aiken, 80, Orofino
Freda Jean Aiken
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 at the community center (below the Pizza Factory) in Orofino.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in care of arrangements.
Nancy May Stout of Orofino passed away
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.
taken place. Services will be held at
Saturday, Jan. 25 at
Funeral Home and Crematory in
Virgil Wallace McIntosh, 87, Weippe
A good man lost his life
Virgil was born
After the war
Virgil returned to
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
industry was dying so Virgil decided to return to
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.
service was held Jan. 4 at Mountain View Funeral Home in
|Obituaries for January 2, 2014|
Bill Baird, age 82, of
Bill moved to
Orofino with his mother in 1945 and graduated from
Bill came back to
Orofino and married Bernice Walden on
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
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.”
father of Betsy Lang, went to be with the Lord
Walt grew up and
went to school in
construction through most of his life. At 18 he joined the United
States Army in April 1957.
He served his time in
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.