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Obituaries for February 27, 2014

Gary L. White, 72, Orofino

   Heaven just got a lot sweeter and rowdier as Gary L. White went home to be with his loving family who preceded him. Gary was 72 years old and fought a hard battle with cancer. Gary passed at his home in Orofino, Thursday morning Feb. 20, 2014. Gary was born in Orofino, June 9, 1941 to Olie and Virginia White. At the age of 18 months old Gary went to live with Doc and Honey Snyder in Nampa.

   Gary’s father Olie White continued to be a very important part of his life. When Gary was 12 years old the family moved to Lewiston where he attended the remainder of his school years.

   Shortly after finishing school, Gary married Betty Anderson and had two kids Kirk and Christina. That marriage ended in divorce. In the spring of 1979 Gary’s heart was broken when his sweet little 11 year old Chrissy disappeared from Asotin, WA, and has never been found. In 1967 Gary married the love of his life, Alita Mader, and delighted in raising two more sons, Brad and Rob.

   Alita and Gary spent 35 years together raising kids, working hard and playing even harder. In 2004 Alita passed away and Gary moved back to Orofino, Gary especially enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting, camping and long drives exploring new places. His favorite area was the North Fork of the Clearwater River.

   Gary is survived by loving sons Kirk White (Heidi), Brad Kitchen (Susan); grandchildren Jacob, Daniel, Shelby, Kody, Kristin, and Kyle. Gary’s companion Sharon Kaufman was by his side the last eight years, laughing and loving life. Gary requested no services. All family and friends are invited to Gary’s celebration of life July 4, at the 4th of July creek flat on the North Fork of the Clearwater.

   We thought of you with love today, but this is nothing new. We thought about you yesterday and days before that too. We think of you in silence, we often speak your name. Now all we have are memories and your picture in a frame. Your memory is our keepsake, with which we will never part. God has you in his keeping; we have you in our hearts.

   Until we meet again, rest in peace, from your loving family.

Edwin T. Wright, 91, Orofino

   Edwin T. Wright passed away on Saturday night, Feb. 15, 2014, from complications of pneumonia. He was living in Orofino with his son, Byron Wright, until his hospitalization. 

   Edwin was born Oct. 25, 1922 in Ione, WA. He was educated in public and private schools and when he was a young boy he contracted polio. During his hospital stay, he was inspired to become a medical doctor, a goal he pursued as he got older.

   In 1947 he received his M.D. from Loma Linda University. That same year he married a beautiful and sweet surgical nurse - Margaret Ann Tomscyani, whom he affectionately called “Tomi.” After graduation he served two years as an army medical officer in Japan. He had the unique experience of being one of the two physicians assigned to the Japanese war criminals at the Sugamo Prison in Tokyo.

   Dr. Wright took a residency in dermatology and syphilology at the Wadsworth VA Hospital and University of California School of Medicine in Los Angeles. He became chief of dermatology at the Wadsworth Veterans Medical Center, Los Angeles, where he worked from 1955-1976. While there he also became senior physician and Chief of staff from 1972-1976.

   Moving to Loma Linda, CA, he became Chief of Staff at the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial V.A. hospital from 1976-1988, when he retired. He was active in the V.F.W. and held the positions of Surgeon and Surgeon General for many years. 

   He was a member and fellow of 12 professional societies, a consultant and medical director for Max Factor, received numerous distinguished awards, and is the author or co-author of over 70 research papers, 12 abstracts, and six scientific exhibits.

   He held academic faculty appointments at the University of California School of Medicine 1954-1976 as a Research Microbiologist, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Associate Professor of Medicine and Professor of Medicine in Dermatology and Assistant Dean. 

   Dr. Wright, a veteran of World War II, served his country for 43 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann, and his son, Edwin.

   He is survived by his son, Byron, daughter-in-law Lorene, and grandchildren, Nathan and Kristina. Dr. Wright will be greatly missed.

   A memorial service will be held at 12 noon Monday, March 3, at the Orofino Seventh-day Adventist Church off of Highway 12.

Kathryn Mary Dawson Jubinville, 71, McMinnville, OR

   Kathryn Mary Dawson Jubinville, 71, of McMinnville, OR, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, after a two-year struggle with stomach cancer.

   Kathryn, preferring to be known as “Katie” or “Kate” was born in Orofino July 21, 1942, to Elmer and Ruth Dawson. She is survived by: her husband, Devis; sister, Joan Grimm; and children, Annette Schillinger, Rick Laws, Debra Jubinville, Dacia Canup, and Darla Hudock.  From this blended family she was blessed with 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

   As a professional bookkeeper and secretary she had been employed at such places as Livermore Laboratory, where her diligence uncovered double billing on the part of the contractors, saving the lab millions; Straw Hat Pizza Corp. as an executive secretary; and various other positions as she followed her construction husband in the various moves throughout their life together.

   Katie asked Christ into her life in 1982, and volunteered at the various churches they attended; mostly as a treasurer, but always willing to help wherever needed. She accumulated many friends and has kept in touch with those friends throughout the years, no matter where they or she was. She will be missed deeply by all who knew her.

   There will a celebration of life at Macy and Son, 135 NE Evans St., McMinnville, OR, on Sunday, March 9, at 1 p.m.

Kenneth Ray Wilson, 62, Kendrick

   Kenneth Ray Wilson, of Kendrick, passed away at home Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. He was 62.

   Ken, known by most as Kenny or Bushwhacker, was beloved by many and will be terribly missed.

   Kenny was born on May 16, 1951, along with twin sister Cathie Fay to Lloyd and Louise Wilson in Clarkston, WA. He grew up on the Weippe Prairie and enjoyed all the simple joys of childhood with his siblings and friends. Kenny graduated with the last class at the Weippe High School in 1969, making his mark as a Weippe Gorilla in football and basketball. He was always proud of the fact that they were state champions in both basketball and football in 1969.

   He was the quarterback of the football team, and the spirited, smirky grinning point guard for the basketball team. He spent summers of his youth working in the hay fields for Bill and Mick Jackson, enjoying the delicious meals prepared for the hay hands. Upon graduation, he attended Lewis Clark State College for one year, before returning to Weippe.

   June 20, 1970, Kenny and Jeanne Snyder were married in Weippe. In 1972, their daughter Nicole Marie was born and the family moved to Lewiston. In 1975, Shane Michael joined the family, after the tragic death of Kenny’s twin sister Cathie and her husband David Powell. He spent his work career as an equipment operator, working on the construction of the Lewiston Levee, and at various dams.

   In 1977, Kenny began his 37 year career with Steve Henderson Logging, first operating a line machine, and shifting to loader operator for most of those years. He had many fond memories and stories of the truck drivers that worked wit him through the years. He took great pride in his work, and expected the same from his fellow workers, who saw his gruff exterior at times, but also his willingness to be a caring friend. He had many true friendships, including the friendships made through work.

   Kenny was an avid hunter, enjoying hunting camp with his hunting buddies and his family. Favorite camps were at Fish Creek and Smith Ridge. Other hobbies were fishing (usually kokanee fishing at Dworshak Reservoir), four wheeling with family and friends, hosting many Texas hold-em poker parties, cheering for Jeff Gordon on NASCAR race days, riding and caring for his beloved horses. He was a life-long LA Dodger fan.

   Due to work commitments Kenny missed a lot of his children’s activities, and was happy to be able to attend his grandkids’ games. Kenny and Jeanne worked closely together on their home and small acreage, and he felt blessed to have some special neighbors that all looked out for each other.

   Kenny had his fourth ankle surgery in December and was two weeks from being able to walk again, pain free. Saturday morning while getting ready to attend an Idaho Vandal basketball game, he collapsed and our world changed in an instant. Kenny had retired, somewhat reluctantly, but was excited for camping and fishing, and spending quality family time. No words can explain the loss of this caring, loving man, gone in an instant.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, twin sister Cathie, and his father and mother-in-law, Dean and Irene Snyder.

   He is survived by dozens of loved ones, friends and family, whose hearts are broken by his sudden passing. Survivors are his wife Jeanne at home; daughter Nicole Konen of Moscow; son Shane Wilson and wife Tammy of Defiance, OH; Cade Konmen of Moscow; and seven grandchildren. Also, his sister Linda and husband Len Spreiter of Juliaetta; brothers Marvin Watts and wife Karen of Weippe and Wayne Wilson and wife Cindy Wilson of Meridian; brother-in-law Mike Snyder and wife Brenda of Orofino and sister-in-law Wilma Hartig and husband Gary of Lewiston; and two aunts, Josephine Jorgensen and Debbie Kluss. He also had many dear nieces, nephews and cousins.

   His brother, Wayne Wilson, says, “There are certain things a man can’t take with him, and for Kenny, it is his legacy. Kenny was a faithful husband, father, brother, son, grandfather, and friend. And I challenge anyone to show me a man with a greater heart, and a greater work ethic than his.”

   Kenny’s daughter, Nicole, says, “Words cannot describe the love shared between my dad and mom. If there was ever an example of one person completing another, this was the case.”

   A memorial service is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m., at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.

   Memorials can be sent to Shriners Hospital for Children, or Clearwater Humane Society, if you wish to do so.

Mary Jane Wilmarth, 84, St. Maries

   Mary Jane Wilmarth of St. Maries passed away Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 in Coeur d’ Alene, with her family by her side. She was 84.

   Mary Jane was born in Stuart, NE on March 25, 1929 to Bernard and Catherine Keuter. After graduating high school in Emmett, she attended secretarial school in Nampa. During this time she met Daryl Wilmarth. They were married in Emmett on July 17, 1948. They lived in several different communities in California, Idaho, and Oregon, before finally settling in Orofino in 1966.

   Daryl worked on Dworshak Dam as a heavy equipment operator until his retirement in 1972. Mary Jane worked for the Clearwater County Treasurer’s Office and retired as Clearwater County Treasurer after 20 plus years of service. Mary Jane and Daryl were married for 48 years until his death on March 11, 1996.

   After Daryl’s death, Mary Jane stayed in Orofino where she continued to be involved in the community as a volunteer for hospice, a member of the election board, Rebekahs and the Peck Community Club. Her hobbies included crocheting, knitting, card making, various crafts, and spending time with her family.

   In 2011 she moved to La Grande, OR to live with her daughter. She stayed there for two years before health problems caused her to move to St. Maries, where she resided until her death Feb. 22.

   She is survived by: her brother, Robert Keuter of Salem, OR; her daughter, Linda Joseph and husband Paul of La Grande; her son, Bernie Wilmarth and his wife Debbie of Medimont; three granddaughters, Cherish Merritt and Erin Wilmarth-Klare of Missoula, MT and Kari Joseph of La Grande; one grandson, Bill Joseph of Baker City, OR; and seven great grandchildren, who she dearly loved to spend time with.

   She was preceded in death by her mother and father, her older brother, Ed Keuter, and her husband, Daryl.

   Per her wishes there will be no memorial service, but contributions can be made in her name to the Peck Community Club, P.O. Box 128, Peck, Idaho 83545; or Clearwater Home Health Hospice, 1075 Michigan Avenue, Orofino, Idaho 83544.

Mya Jane Buskala, 70, Plummer

   Mya passed away Monday, Feb. 17, at her home in Plummer. She was 70.

   Mya was born Aug. 17, 1943 in Portland, OR, to William A. and Esther (Miller) Buskala. She attended grade school in Portland, OR and high school in Orofino. She then attended Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, where she earned a degree in business.

   Mya lived in the Orofino area for much of her adult life. She was a homemaker and raised her seven children. Mya later worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant for several years in Portland, OR, and she helped take care of her father, who lived there. She moved to Plummer in 2004.

   While living in Plummer, Mya worked as a floor attendant at the Coeur d’Alene Casino in Worley. She retired in 2013. Soon after retirement, she was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

   She was a member of the North Fork Presbyterian Church at Ahsahka, and a member of the Nez Perce Tribe. Mya enjoyed playing bingo and gambling. She loved visiting with family and friends. She never knew a stranger, and was extremely friendly.

   Survivors include: her children, Melissa Oatman-Rinehart of Kamiah, Joella Oatman of Salem, OR, Ricky Hudson of Orofino, Vicki Hudson of Phoenix, AZ, Steven Hudson of Boise, and Robert Hudson of Lewiston; her brother, Kenneth Williams of Orofino; three sisters, Bonnie Ewing of Culdesac, Claudia Long of Portland, and Betty Kinzer of Orofino; 12 grandchildren; and tow great grandchildren.

   Her son, Eugene Oatman; two brothers, James Miller and Johnny Buskala; two sisters, Loretta Brown and Kathleen Stewart; and two grandsons preceded her in death.

   A memorial service was held Feb. 20, evening at the Rose Creek Longhouse in Worley. Funeral services were held Feb. 21, at the North Fork Presbyterian Church at Ahsahka. Burial followed at the Ahsahka Cemetery. Afterwards a reception was held at the Teweepuu Center in Orofino.

   Kramer Funeral Home of Tekoa, WA is handling the arrangements.

Obituaries for February 20, 2014

Francis J. Steffes, Sr., 86, Lewiston

   Francis J. Steffes, Sr, 86, of Lewiston, passed way unexpectedly at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, in the early morning hours of Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014.

   Dad was born Aug. 15, 1927 on the Steffes family homestead outside of Plevna, MT. He was the last surviving child of 11 children, and the third youngest of Joseph and Rose (Doonan) Steffes. Dad lived on the family farm until enlisting in the U.S. Army in January of 1949.

   While in the army, Dad went to Nagasaki, Japan after the atomic bomb hit. He would later tell his grandson the story of how they weren’t told of the chance of radiation exposure until after they arrived. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1952.

   Dad and Mom, Lee Neiffer, were married May 1, 1951 in Ekalaka, MT, spending almost 63 years together. They lived in eastern Montana, where together they raised five children.

   The family moved to Lewiston in 1969. Dad went into a partnership, co-owning Ideal Homes in Orofino. He commuted back and forth from Lewiston to Orofino until 1972, when Mom finished beauty school and they moved to Orofino.

   While living in Orofino, Dad became sole owner of Ideal Homes, as well as involving himself in real estate development; and Mom opening Lee’s Beauty Den. Dad was very active in community affairs, being President of the Orofino Chamber of Commerce in 1977; chairman of the building committee when St. Theresa’s built their new church; and other community events. They spent many years enjoying the Clearwater valley and the many friendships that were made.

   In 1991 Mom and Dad semi-retired and returned to Lewiston. They became very active in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. In 2010 they moved into Royal Plaza Assisted Living, where Mom continues to live. Thank you, Royal Plaza, for the wonderful quality of care and love you showed Dad; he truly felt at home and appreciated all the love and attention he was given.

   Dad was preceded in death not only by his parents and siblings, but also his son, Bryan, in 1972, and grandson, Matthew Marsh, in 2008. Dad is survived by his wife Lee; daughter Patti Steffes-Marsh of Lewiston; son FJ Jr. (Candi) of Boise; Kent (Tammy) of Lancaster, CA; and Keith of Clarkston, WA; grandchildren Meghan (Skate) Pierce, Michael (London) Marsh, Sarah (Jeff) Schmaltz, Daniel (Aubre) Schrempp, Stephanie (Nolan) Stover, Kyle Steffes, Shane Steffes, and Adam Steffes.

   Dad is also survived by six great-grandchildren, with another baby due in May. They always delighted him and made him laugh! They are Clyse and Tylin Pierce, Trey and Becca Schmaltz, Abigail Schrempp, and Landon Steffes.

   A Rosary service will be held Friday, Feb. 21 at 10:30 a.m. with High Mass to follow at 11 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Lewiston. Lunch will follow in the Parish Hall.

   Dad had macular degeneration and was legally blind. That didn’t stop him. The last day of his life, he took his semi-weekly trip to Albertson’s in Clarkston via Lewiston transit. Thank you, Tom, the driver, and the gals at Albertson’s. He always told me what great help he received from all of you.

   In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Dad’s honor to The Willow Center for Grieving Children; P.O. Box 1361, Lewiston, ID 83501; or All Saints Catholic School, 6415th Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501.

   The phrase, “He never met a stranger,” must have been coined for Dad. He enjoyed talking to anyone and everyone. He had a great gift of gab, sense of humor with an infectious laugh, and loved to joke and tease. Shortly before he died he was joking with the doctor in the ER.

   Yes, that was our dad! We love and miss you, Dad!

Gaye LeGresley, Orofino language teacher

   Gaye Yvette LeGresley, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, teacher, and friend, passed away due to breast cancer Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.

   Gaye was born in 1957 in Newport, WA, to Jay Roy and Jean Butler Jones, the only daughter of six children. She loved music, to dance, ski, and watch out for her little brothers.

   Gaye was trilingual and taught French, Spanish and English for 19 years at Orofino High School. She worked rigorously to perfect her craft of foreign language instruction, often attending weeklong conferences on current best practices.

   A gathering to celebrate her life will be held in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley during the summer months.

Doris Virginia Davis Pettichord, 93, Orofino

   Doris Virginia Davis Pettichord of Orofino passed away Sunday, Feb. 16 2014. She was 93.

   Doris was born Aug. 14, 1920 in Johnson, WA to Claude and Marie Wood Davis, and grew up in the Union Flats area of Colton, WA. She graduated from Johnson High School in 1939, then studied in College Place, WA and Kelsey Baird in Spokane, WA. She returned to the Pullman, WA area, where she went to work at First Security Bank.

   On July 9, 1946 she married William (Bill) L. Pettichord in Pullman. In February of 1953 their only child, DeAnna, was born, and in August of 1955 they moved to the top of Old Ahsahka Grade near Teakean in Clearwater County.

   They built a life there, and she lived there for more than 35 years. In 1992 she moved to Orofino, where she lived for the remainder of her life. Special companions here were Harold Crawford and John Holden. She had many good neighbors and friends and loved the people of the area.

   Doris was always active. She sold Fuller Brush and represented the Nez Perce Farmer’s County Mutual Insurance Company. She was a member of the Evergreen Grange at Teakean, the Eagles Lodge and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Orofino. She also enjoyed attending the Senior Meal Site for lunches and visiting.

   Bill and Doris loved boating, fishing and dancing. They attended dances wherever bands were playing, and this love of dance and music continued throughout her life. She loved to attend the old time jam session and was a lifetime Lawrence Welk fan.

   Doris was known for her love of plants. She was a member of the Hill and Valley Garden Club in Kendrick and the Lewis Clark Judges Council. She grew numerous indoor and outdoor plants, entered flowers and flower arrangements in the Clearwater County Fair, and judged flowers at the county fairs.

   Doris was an accomplished seamstress, both clothing and upholstery, and won many ribbons for her handmade items. She loved helping her daughter with craft shows and making crocheted towels and dish cloths.

   Doris also loved to grow vegetables, can, and cook. Her pickles and jam were legendary, and she especially loved cooking for her son-in-law, Kevin.

   She is survived by her daughter DeAnna and son-in-law Kevin J. Grimm; good friend and #2 daughter Marcia Corey and husband Robert Wright of Bellingham, WA; step-grandchildren Amanda Grimm and Ben Grimm of Pullman; sister-in-law Lillian Davis; nieces Cynthia Davis and Beth Davis of Colton; and several other relatives throughout the country. She is also survived by her beloved Shit Tzu, Angel.

   Predeceasing her were her husband in 1986, her parents, her brother, Jim Davis, and her sister, Faye Davis McBride.

   A funeral service will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24. Afterwards internment will be held at Riverside Cemetery. A dinner will follow at the VFW in Orofino.

   The family wishes to thank all the doctors and nurses who helped her over the years, the wonderful staff at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Center in Lewiston, and her support team from the Hospice Program at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. Plant a flower in her honor.

Glenda Ruth Hester, 74, Orofino

   Glenda Ruth Hester, 74, of Orofino, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. She was born Oct. 26, 1939 in North Carolina to Clarence Oliver and Lillis Futch Oliver.

   She married Wayne Hester in 1959. The couple later divorced but remained friends throughout the years.

   Glenda lived in North Carolina, California and Idaho. She moved to Orofino in 1976, where she worked in food services and enjoyed working evenings as a bartender. She retired from State Hospital North in 2005.

   Even after living in Idaho for 37 years, she still had her sweet southern accent, which was recognized by everyone who knew her. She enjoyed holiday and birthday celebrations with a house full of family and friends. Everyone was welcome in Glenda’s home. She also loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her eyes lit up every time she saw them.

   Glenda is survived by her daughters, Cheryl Furr of Orofino, Charlie and Silver Alaniz of Canyon Lake, TX, Debbie and Dion Carpenter of Lewiston, and Sharon and Rocky Heywood of Chehalis, WA.; son, Vick Hester of Houston, TX; honorary daughter, Jan Schaff of Lewiston; grandchildren, Josh Hester, Darby Hester, Damian Hester, Byron Brown, Adrienne Hester, Jordan Barnett, Darin McKinley, Mercedes McKinley, Erin Hester, Brynnan Carpenter, Zack Carpenter, Kaitlyn Carpenter, Devin Schaff and Janet Alaniz; great-grandchildren, Joseph, Sydney, Somer, Macy, Gavin, Brooke, Treyton, Bryden, Madison, Tucker, Taylor, Reed, Jaxon, Millie, and Gracie Brown; siblings, James Oliver, Walter Glen Oliver, Linda Fay Parks, Roy Oliver; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her mother, Lillis Futch Oliver; her father, Clarence V. Oliver; three sisters, Joyce Fay, Mattie Louise, and Jean Carolyn; three brothers, Clarence (Moon) Oliver, Billy Ray Oliver and Bruce Oliver; grandson Kelly Hendren; great-grandson Gary Miller, and great-granddaughters Lily Miller and Melody McKinley.

   A memorial service was held Feb. 17 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino, followed by a covered-dish luncheon at the Orofino Community Center.

Obituaries for February 13, 2014

Kathryn Dawson Jubinville, McMinnville, OR

   Kathryn “Katie” Dawson Jubinville peacefully passed away Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at her home in McMinnville, OR. She was born July 21, 1942.

   A memorial service will be held for her on Sunday, March 9 at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Macy and Son in McMinnville.

Obituaries for February 6, 2014

John Robert Maloney, 80, Pierce

   John Robert Maloney passed away at Kindred Care in Lewiston from cardiac arrhythmia at 5:20 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. He was 80.

   John was born Feb. 25, 1933 to Lafte and Elizabeth Maloney on their farm on White River in Pine Log, AK.  He came from a family of 10 siblings. He went to school at “Pine Log.”

   He was an excellent basketball player in all his years of school. He graduated at Rogers High School.

   There was always work to do on the farm, milking cows and farming, making cedar posts and white oak staves for staves on barrels. John did a lot of this. Hunting and fishing were fun things they did in their spare time.

   He joined the Navy and graduated from medical school in St Albans, N.Y. He received an honorable discharge and went on to Oregon and worked in the logging industry. He worked at Martin Brothers Box in Oakland, OR, where he met the love of his life, Betty Sistrunk. They were married and inseparable, doing everything together for over 60 years, and raising three wonderful children.

   They moved to Arcata, CA, where he went to work for Arcata Plywood. There he loaded and unloaded trucks of veneer and plywood. John also had a poker room at Toby and Jacks as an extra job. They then moved to Cloverdale, CA for one year then onto New Waverly, TX and helped the plywood mill there get stated.  John and Betty moved to Idaho to work at Potlatch Jaype Mill until his retirement, January of 1997. Since then, until 2007, he logged with Ed Randal.

   Outdoor life was for John. He was the happiest on his bike riding the back roads, always with his wife or grandkids. There is not a road or tail John didn’t go over. He loved the forest and being out in them whether for leisure or mushrooming, horn hunting, picking huckleberries or a winter’s wood.  He loved hunting on the Snake and Salmon River with his friends or kids and his dog Lucky.

   John was lots of times giving of himself, helping others and was happy to do so. He walked in the Path of Righteousness proudly.

   John belonged to the Orofino ATA Trap Club, where he shot at most of the area trap shoots and had shot at Canada’s Invitational shoots. He had a passion for trap shooting and won at least three trips to Ohio plus the times he went on his own. He had an average score of 95 to 100 most of the time.

   He passed on his love of trap shooting, teaching his daughter and two of his grandsons.  Shooting was an enjoyable sport and he started at Fraser with the Randals and their group.

   He is survived by his wife, Betty Sistrunk Maloney of 60 years; two children Gary Maloney Redding, CA and Joan Beebe, Missoula, MT; six grandchildren, Alison Beebe, Portland, OR, Mathew Beebe of Missoula, David Beebe, Dallas, TX, Kevin and Jennifer Josephson, Rathburn, Christopher and Trisha Josephson, Sandpoint, Jonathan and Kristen Rouleau, Rathburn; and two great-granddaughters, Jade and Taylor Josephson of Sandpoint; siblings: William Maloney, Cassville, MO, Mike Maloney of Tulsa, OK,  Cleo and Dorothy Shephard, Cadet, MO, Mildred Hicks, Pea Ridge, AK, Mary and Mitchell Adkins, Mt. Home, AK, and Hugh (Cisco) and Roberta Maloney, Seligman, MO; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Lafe and Elizabeth Maloney; daughter, Amy Rouleau; and three brothers, Floyd Maloney, Pat Maloney, and Laurence Maloney

   John’s memorial service will be held Monday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.

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




Tom Metcalf, Pierce

   Let it be known to all who knew Tom Metcalf, long time resident of Pierce, of his passing on Jan. 30, 2014. A man that will be greatly missed by anyone who had the privilege and pleasure of knowing such a good soul. He leaves behind his loving wife Patty and many friends.

   He was a veteran of the Navy and Army and always let everyone know how much he loved America, all veterans serving, and former soldiers, how much it meant to him to belong to the family of veterans.

   Once again all of us from up top will clearly notice his absence from our daily lives, especially around Pierce. Rest in peace and God bless you Tom, a friend to us all and the hard work that you did for anyone in need. We thank you for the laughter and tears you brought to all the hearts that knew you, So long for now, friend.

Mimoza Sevostianova, 65, Lenore

   Mimoza E. Sevostianova, 65, of Lenore, passed Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

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

John Moody, 62, Peck

   Peck resident John Moody passed away Feb. 1, 2014, in northern Idaho. He was 62.

   John was born in his Grandma Jean’s home near Halfway, OR, on Feb. 9, 1951, to parents, Mike and Lois Moody.

   He enjoyed his work for over 35 years as a truck driver. His hobbies included snowmobiling, fishing and boating. He always loved being around his many friends and his family.

   John was preceded in death by his grandparents; father Mike; stepson Jeff Meredith; Jeff’s wife, Natalie; and stepgrandson Jonathan.

   He is survived by his mother, Lois Moody of Lewiston; wife Sharalee of Peck; daughter Tanya (Jeff) Rhodes of Cobden, IL; son John Reed (Lori) Moody of Lewiston; stepdaughter Stephanie (Ed) Chirkov of Pasco, WA; and six grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers Jim Moody of Lewiston and George (Laurie) of Green River, WY.

   A memorial service will be held at a later date

Obituaries for January 30, 2014

Leola Mae Clarke Plank, 96, Orofino

   Leola Mae Clarke Plank of Orofino passed away quietly in her sleep Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, just one month shy of her 97th birthday.

   She was born in Elberton, WA on Feb. 19, 1917 to Charles and Essie Mae (Lewis) Clarke. She was raised on a small ranch near Palouse, WA with siblings Melvin, Clarence, Nadine and baby brother Bob. She went to school there in a one room schoolhouse and graduated in 1935.

   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 March 10, 1956. They made their home in Orofino, and in addition to her stepdaughters, Charlene and Phyllis, they had two children of their own, first Sharon Louise, and then Charles Albert.

   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 Iona, ages five and six, and raised them as her own. She was patient and unfailing, and when Iona became a mother she was delighted to have her great-grandchildren, Makala and Gaven, to spoil as well. She told them countless stories, and while they were babies she rarely, if ever, put them down.

   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.

   Leola never drove a car or saw the need to and walked almost every day of her life. She was a dedicated worker, loyal friend, and beloved mother and grandmother. She will be greatly missed.

   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 May 14, 1921, Shearl Lomax led a rich and varied life of 92 years.

   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 Washington State University studying hotel management, and served with the Army Corps of Engineers, operating and servicing heavy equipment.

   With the Corps, he traveled to the Panama Canal, the Philippines, Japan, England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Berlin. After his discharge, he worked for a time with Morrison-Knudtsen for a copper mine in Africa, setting D/C power lines across the country. In 1944, he married Norma. They had no children.

   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.

   After Norma's 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 Royal Plaza retirement center in Lewiston, then lived at the Royal Plaza care center for many years.

   He is survived by two nephews, Eric and Robert Lomax.

   His life will be remembered and celebrated on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 1 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Orofino, with Pastor Dave Naumann officiating.

   Family and close friends wish to thank all of the caregivers at Royal Plaza for the love and special care over the years.

   Cremation and burial have been managed by Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory in Orofino.

Obituaries for January 23, 2014

Justin R. (Bud) Mullikin, 41, Lewiston

   Justin R. (Bud) Mullikin, 41, passed away Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, in Lewiston. He was born June 2, 1972, in Clarkston, WA, to Gene Mullikin and Florie Bates (Heilman) Mullikin. He spent most of his life in the Lewiston/Clarkston area, aside from the time away working in Alaska. His favorite pastimes were hunting and fishing.

   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 Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, on the four-year anniversary of the death of our beloved son, Tyler Steven Challinor. Greg's death was the result of a motor vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 12. Greg was 50.

   He was born on July 17, 1963, in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, to Betty and James Challinor and was raised in Libby, MT, where later he was blessed with two wonderful children, Skye and Tyler. He then met the love of his life, Linda, and they got married in 1998 in Roy, UT.

   They moved to California, where his beloved children, Kross and Karli, were born. He was working in construction management when he became ill, and they moved to Orofino. He bravely survived a 10-year battle with cancer.

   Greg received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bellevue University in Nebraska and was currently working on his master's degree.

   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 11 a.m. 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, 76, Lewiston

   Robert M. Donohue, 76, of Lewiston died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston due to complications of Parkinson’s Disease.

   He was born Oct. 30, 1937 to Robert and Erma (Crawford) Donohue at Pierce. He graduated from Orofino High School, attended Lewis Clark Normal School from 1956-1957, Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA from 1957-1959, and the University of Guam from 1968-1970.

   He married Lila Rae Packer Aug. 17, 1959. Lila died Jan. 10, 2008.

   Bob was a teacher at Clearwater Valley School District, George Washington High School in Guam, Kamiah High School Principal, Mullan School District Superintendent and Orofino School District Superintendent, where he retired in 1993.

   Bob was a Clearwater Valley Hospital board member, member of the Catholic Church, Idaho State School Superintendent’s Association and a member of the Elks. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman.

   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 Normal Hill Cemetery, followed by a dinner at the Clarkston Event Center.

   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.

Chester (Chet) Foster, 73, Weippe

   Chester (Chet) Foster, loving husband, father and grandfather went to Heaven in his sleep on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. Chet was born in Marble, AR, to Jesse Alfred and Jesse Irene (Tackett) Foster on March 23, 1940. He came to the Orofino area in 1956, where he met the love of his life, Jeannie (Mattson) Foster. They married Oct. 18, 1958, sharing their lives for over 55 years.

   Chet worked in the woods for the City of Orofino and Clearwater County Road Department, until he retired and moved to Weippe to be closer to the things he loved: family, the outdoors, camping, fishing, hunting, watching wildlife and long drives in the forest. Upper Fords Creek and the Northfork were two of his favorite places.

   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 Pierce Community Center, Saturday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m., with a potluck and fellowship to follow. In lieu of flowers please give to the Timberline Schools sports program.

Freda Aiken memorial service

   A graveside memorial service for Freda Jean Aiken will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Ahsahka Tribal Cemetery.

Amado J. Cruz, 86, Kamiah

   Amado J. Cruz of Kamiah died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood. He was 86.

   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 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.