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Obituaries for December 30, 2010

Milton B. Watson, 83, Peck

   Milton Bruce Watson, of Melrose, near Peck went to be with his Lord and Savior in the early morning hours Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010 at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston. He was 83.

   He was born Aug. 9, 1927 to Eva Buchholz Watson and John Watson in his grandparents’ home in Clarkston, WA. After his birth, he returned with his parents to the family farm five miles south of Peck, where he lived all of his life.

   He attended grade schools at the Garner School near Melrose, at Moscow, and at Melrose School. He attended high school at Moscow and at Orofino. His mother was ill with Parkinson’s disease, and while attending school, he alternated taking care of her with farming and attending school. This is also why the family sometimes lived in Moscow, in order to be near family members and to allow his brother to attend college.

   He stayed out of school for a year between the 8th and 9th grade in order to take care of his mother. She passed away Aug, 11, 1942, two days after his 15th birthday. Her death was a big blow to him since he was so close to her from helping to take care of her for so long.

   Milton served in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve at the end of World War II and in 1950, was drafted into the Army during the Korean War. He served with the HV Mortar Co. 2nd Platoon, 224th Regiment, 40th Division, on the front lines in the Iron Triangle area north of the 38th Parallel, an area that is now near the DMZ between North and South Korea.

   Their first night on the front line in January 1952, the temperature dropped to 33 below zero. Luckily, his company was on the front line during the stalemate period of the prolonged truce talks and action was light compared to other sectors. Although they came under occasional fire, there was only one fatality in the Company from an ammunition bunker fire.

   To a man, the Company credits its survival and success to Captain Barron who had combat experience from serving with the 45th Division in Italy in World War II. Milt did riot duty at Pusan and guarded POW’s on Koje Do Island where he attained the rank of sergeant and received an Honorable Discharge in 1952.

   He shared a front line bunker with Bob Welch of Pleasanton, CA, a deep friendship that continued until his passing. Bob is the last surviving member of his closet combat Army buddies. Milt attended many HV Mortar Co. reunions in California and Las Vegas events which held deep meaning for him, and his last attendance in 2008 was very emotional, when he told his brother in arms that he might not be able to attend another.

   He married Elaine Clary of Roswell, ID on June 28, 1953. Their son Bruce was born in 1954 and continues to operate the family farm at Melrose. Their daughter Mary was born in 1958 and lives in Lewiston, where she raised her daughter Shandi and son Chris. Shandi has a son Tristan, and is attending nursing school in Massachusetts. Chris and his wife live in Alaska where he is a schoolteacher. Milt was always extremely proud of his family, and they were all present during his final hours.

   His lifetime accomplishments were many and include Student Body President, Orofino High School; Lifetime membership in the American Legion with active participation in the Craigmont American Legion Post #38; Federal Land Bank board; Big Canyon Rifle and Pistol Club; Idaho Wheat Growers Association later Idaho Grain Producers; Chairman of the Reuben’s Schools board which consolidated with Craigmont and Winchester to become the Highland School District where he served as a member and chairman for many years; Superintendent of Peck Sunday school; member and chairman of the Reubens Presbyterian Church, now Reubens Community Church; Superintendent of Reubens Sunday school and teacher of adult and youth classes; Lewis County Veterans Service Office for 25 years; league bowling at Prairie Lanes; assisted Elaine in operating Pacific Hardware in Lewiston during the farming off-season; Chairman of the Melrose Cemetery District until 1979 and helped maintain the cemetery after his semi-retirement from farming.

   Even with poor health, he continued to occasionally help his son Bruce on the farm and particularly enjoyed running the swather during haying season. His hobbies were hunting, fishing and reading.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Eva; siblings Bill, Malc, and Buff (Elizabeth); granddaughter Jennifer.

   He is survived by his wife Elaine; children Bruce and Mary; grandchildren Shandi and Chris; great-grandson Tristan; several cousins, nieces and nephews.

   He had many friends and will be greatly missed. He particularly valued his association with the American Legion and other veterans. Many of them attended his Dec. 18 funeral service at Lewiston, burial at Melrose Cemetery with military honors and dinner at Craigmont Legion Hall.

Lucille Pruitt, 88, Twin Falls

   Lucille Elizabeth Poore Pruitt, 88, passed away at Wynwood Brookdale Senior Living in Twin Falls Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010. She had lived there for the past three years. Lucy suffered from the ravages of Alzheimer's disease for most of the last decade.

   Lucille was born the first child of Anna Paulson Poore and Robert Benjamin (Ben) Poore Nov. 21, 1922, near Peck in northern Idaho.

   She was joined by her brother Robert Thomas (Tommy) six years later. Her parents farmed and co-owned a bar/pool hall/ restaurant in Craigmont during her preschool years. Her father also worked for the Union Pacific Railroad.

   In or around 1929, the family moved to McClennan, northern Alberta, Canada, with the promise of "free homestead land." Proving-up on the scrubland was much more difficult than anticipated, and her father took a job with the Canadian Northern Railway. Lucille was schooled in a one-room schoolhouse in McClennan.

   At around age seven a neighbor taught her what became a lifetime hobby and passion - knitting. At age 15, her father's deteriorating health prompted the family to return to Lewiston. Her father died en route, but Anna and the children remained in Lewiston; there Lucille and Tommy were enrolled in the public schools. Lucille graduated from Lewiston High School in 1941.

   Lucille met her husband-to-be, Wilmer Wesley (Bus) Pruitt while he attended Lewis-Clark Normal School in Lewiston. Bus was drafted into the U.S. Army immediately after Pearl Harbor and was sent to Fort Lewis, WA for basic training. Lucille and Bus were married in Shelton, WA, Feb. 20, 1942, shortly before Bus left for four years in the 3rd Infantry Division, participating in the World War II liberation of northern Africa, Sicily and Italy.

   Lucille worked in Portland, OR at Montgomery Ward during the war years. She was active in various civilian war-effort organizations.

   After the war, Bus completed his teaching degree at North Idaho College of Education (formerly Lewis-Clark Normal School). The couple lived in Craigmont and Orofino, where Bus taught and Lucille worked in various secretarial positions in the mid- to late-'40s.

   The couple purchased and ran the B&C Market on Main Street in Orofino with partners for a few years in the early '50s. Their next business venture was the purchase of the Golden Rule Dry Goods store across the street, renaming it Pruitt's Dry Goods and running it together for four years.

   Lucille was active as a community volunteer and member of the Orofino Chamber of Commerce, Business and Professional Women and Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary.

   A son, Stephen Douglas Pruitt, was born to the couple Oct. 21, 1952. Bus returned to teaching at Orofino Elementary School in the '60s and Lucille worked as the principal's secretary. After Bus received his master's in education from the University of Idaho, he took a position as principal of the Kamiah elementary and junior high schools, and moved the family to Kamiah in 1966. Lucille took a position as elementary librarian at the Kooskia Elementary School, where she worked until she retired in the early 1990s.

   Lucille's beautiful knitted articles garnered blue ribbons at local county fairs throughout the years in the Clearwater Valley.

   Bus died in 1987 at the Boise Veterans Administration Medical Center. Lucille remained actively involved in community life in the Kamiah area for the next decade. She then moved to Hailey, Idaho, in 1996 to be near her son's family. She became an enthusiastic volunteer as a senior tax assistant through the Blaine County Senior Center, and knitted hundreds of bonnets and booties for the Blaine County newborns through St. Luke's Wood River Hospital Auxiliary.

   Her brother, Tommy Poore, also preceded Lucille in death in 1976.

   Son and daughter-in-law Steve and Collett Pruitt of Hailey, and granddaughters Gariety and Kaley Pruitt, both of New York City, survive her.

   A private memorial service in 2011 is pending and will take place in northern Idaho.

   The family suggests memorials to Blaine County Senior Connection or the charity of donor's choice.

   Arrangements are being provided by Parke's Magic Valley Funeral Home in Twin Falls.

Olene Jernigan, 69, Lewistown, MT

   Olene Jernigan of Lewistown, MT died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010 at Valle Vista Manor in Lewistown of respiratory failure. She was 69.

   Olene was born Sept. 6, 1941 in McCurtain County, OK to Lee Olen and Lorena Bell (Burns) Warford. She attended school at Pierce and Headquarters.

   She married Sonny Thiefault in 1957. They later divorced. On Jan. 1, 1984 she married George Jernigan.

   She owned and operated the Rainbow Bar in Hamilton, MT for several years. She and George retired to Lewistown in 1993.

   Olene was an active member of the Walleyes Unlimited in Lewistown. She also enjoyed tending her roses, hunting, fishing, canning and cooking. She was well known for her “fried pies.” She loved life but most of all loved George.

   Survivors include her husband, George of Lewistown; a daughter, Lori (Steve) Miller of Florence, MT and a son, Gaylon Thiefault of Airway Heights, WA; one granddaughter, Allanah Thiefault; a great grandson, Kaiden Thiefault; numerous nieces and nephews and one brother, Gaylon (Evelyn) Warford of Orofino.

   A graveside service was held Dec. 28 at the Victor Cemetery in Victor, MT.

   Whitesitt Funeral Home of Stevensville and Creel Funeral Home of Lewistown are assisting the family with arrangements.

Beverley J. Marshall, 76, Clarkston

   Beverley Joann Marshall, 76, of Clarkston, went to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, at a care facility in Clarkston. She was born Dec. 1, 1934, in Boise. She was raised by her adoptive mother, Margaret Powell, in Albion, where she attended school.

   She married Harold Frosty DeForest in Burley, and the couple moved to Pierce, where they had four sons and later divorced.

   Beverley later married Dallas Marshall in Pierce and they moved to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley in the mid-'80s. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and volunteered for the Idaho Special Olympics.

   Even through the turmoil life brought Beverley at times, she kept her dignity and always found humor in even the worst of times. Beverly had a great skill for always finding a good bargain and loved it when that skill begat her a new purse.

   Surviving her are sons Layne and Cindy DeForest of Nampa, and Kent DeForest of Lewiston; six grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Dallas; sons Gene DeForest and Garth DeForest; and mother Margaret Powell.

   A memorial service was held at the Clarkston LDS Ward, 1123 16th Ave.

   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Idaho Special Olympics, Lewiston Chapter.

   Merchant Funeral Home of Clarkston assisted the family.

Sister Mary Kay Henry, 69 Cottonwood

   Sister Mary Kay Henry, OSB was born into eternal life at 1:40 a.m. on Dec. 22, 2010 following a four-and-a-half-year journey with cancer. She took her last breath among her Sisters at her beloved home, the Monastery of St. Gertrude. She was 69.

   The daughter of George and Florence Henry, she entered this life on July 24, 1941 and was baptized Mary Katherine on Aug. 20, 1943. The second of six children, she grew up on a cattle and sheep ranch in Bill, Wyoming. She recognized the calling to a religious life very early and entered St. Gertrude’s on Aug. 15, 1955 at the age of 14, making her First Profession in 1959. She celebrated her Golden Jubilee in 2009.

   Sister Mary Kay attended Marillac College in St. Louis and Mundelein College in Chicago. At Mundelein, she studied with professor of cosmology Dr. Brian Swimme, who declared to Sister Mary Kay, “Woman, there is fire in you and if you choose not to use it, the whole world will be poorer.” From then on, she said her decision was “to be about the big, not the puny. My fire is needed and if I hoard it, someone will be cold.”

   She continually declared that her religious life challenged her to ministries beyond what she ever could have imagined. She was a classroom teacher at St. Mary’s, Boise; St. Paul’s, Nampa; St. Nicholas, Rupert; St. Maurus, Ferdinand; St. Anthony, Greencreek; St. Joseph’s and Prairie Middle School, Cottonwood, and Sacred Heart, Boise.

   She served as a religious education director and/or pastoral associate at St. Paul’s, Nampa; Our Lady of the Rosary, Boise; Our Lady of Lourdes, Lewiston, and Assumption Parish, Spokane. She served as St. Gertrude’s Director of Formation in 1988-89 and was Director of Retreat Ministry in 1990-1991. Sister Mary Kay was elected Prioress in 1993 and at the end of her six-year term, became director of the Monastery’s development office.

   Sister Mary Kay Henry is survived by the Benedictine Sisters of the Monastery of St. Gertrude and her siblings: Virginia Toole, Rosalie Galik, Mike Henry, Jim Henry and Patrick Henry.

   Services for Sr. Mary Kay will be in the Monastery of St. Gertrude chapel as follows: Tuesday, Dec. 28, 7 p.m. Rosary Vigil Wednesday Dec. 29, 1:30 p.m. Mass of Resurrection. All are welcome.

Obituaries for December 23, 2010

Heather Marie McLean Lougee, 35, Peck

   Heather Marie McLean Lougee, born Dec. 14, 1975 to Dolan and Juanita McLean in Lewiston, passed away in Spokane, WA on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010. She was 35.

   Dolan and Juanita brought Heather home to Orofino, to her older sister Heidi, and the two of them had many wonderful years growing up. As soon as Heather was old enough to walk she was dancing. When Heather was one year old she won "Miss Personality" at a Centennial celebration in the Orofino City Park.

   By the time she was three years old she had her own "baton," all of 12 inches long, and marched in the Orofino parade with Heidi down the streets of Orofino. She was also in youth baseball for many years, and although her legs were not very long, Heather could get to first base before anyone.

   Heather grew up in a yellow house next door to the Tabernacle Church and absolutely loved taking her "boom box" to the church's concrete slab, where she spent countless hours dancing. The older she got, the more true and wonderful friends she acquired. Heather was the life of the party.

   While in high school Heather was a cheerleader, a princess in the O.C.I. Royalty her junior year, and senior class president, which involved giving a speech in front of hundreds of people.

   After graduating from Orofino High School, Heather attended Lewis-Clark State College for a time. She returned to Orofino to work at various jobs, including Orofino Elementary School, A.S.E., and the Clarkston Aquatic Center.

   Heather met the one and only love of her life, Allen Lougee, in 1999, and they married in 2005. She could not be happier with Allen. In the marriage, Heather was blessed with the opportunity to help raise Allen's daughter, Katie Lougee. Katie, the daughter Heather always wished for, was a godsend for her, who loved her and fussed and worried about her to her last day.

   Heather and Allen lived in Orofino and later moved to Lewiston. In 2006, they moved to Peck, where they stayed. Together they enjoyed numerous camping trips to the North Fork Clearwater River with Katie and their two dogs, one of which was Sarah, Heather's "girl" who will miss her very much.

   Our Heather has been called home to take on the new role as an angel, and there will never be a better one. Our lives will never be the same until we meet with you again on the other side Heather. But when we look to the sky your smiling face will always be there to look down at us and your spirit will always be with us.

   Heather wrote the following poem when she was nine years old. It was published in the Wee Wisdom Christian Magazine for Children. "As far off as I can see, there is nothing more meant to me, than this mountain where I stand, where God holds my hand."

   Until we meet again Heather, We Love You So Much, your loving family and friends.

   Heather is survived by her husband, Allen Lougee; stepdaughter Katie Lougee; parents Dolan and Juanita McLean; mother-in-law Phyllis and her husband Don Wyatt; father-in-law Ned and his wife Claudia Lougee; sister Heidi Adams-Garcia and her husband Aaron Garcia; nephew Jesse Adams; grandparents Courtney and Evelyn McLean; great-grandmother Zoie McLean; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

   Preceding her in death are grandparents Alfred and Genevieve Jenks, and her brother-in-law, Doug Adams.

   Services were conducted Wednesday, Dec. 22 at Orofino Tabernacle Church, 1839 Michigan Ave, Orofino. Minister Jeremy Gering officiated.

   Arrangements are being handled by Pine Hills Funeral Chapel of Orofino.

Boyd W. Snyder, 75, Orofino

   Boyd Wayne Snyder, formerly of Weippe, died peacefully on Dec. 19, 2010. He was 75.

   He was born to Walter and Flarnie Bonner Snyder on Aug. 6, 1935 in Weippe. The youngest of eight siblings, he worked for the railroad, with the trestles, up through Winchester and surrounding areas.

   His various jobs included crop dusting, Schmidt Brothers Mill, Hutchins Lumber; Timberline High School and upon his retirement was custodian for the Ponderosa Restaurant.

   His first marriage ended in divorce. He married N. Lynn Spicer Austin, and helped raise her son Lance. Boyd taught his son Lance to fish and hunt, which they did often.  When grandson Wayne was born, the first thing he said was, “That boy wasn’t born with a fishing pole in his hand”. He was an avid hunter and fisherman in the Weippe area until 1987, when he moved to Orofino. The hunting, fishing, and camping stories will continue with them.

   Boyd is survived by his wife, Lynn, grandson Wayne J. Snyder, Moscow and numerous nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, son Lance G. Austin Snyder; five brothers, W. Jay, Martin Lee, Walter Dean, Oren and Norman; sisters Phyllis Hix and Delores Brink.

   Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.

David Charles Thornton, 60, Pierce

   David Charles Thornton was born Dec. 25, 1949, and passed into the hands of our Lord Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, following years of complications of liver failure.

   David spent his early years in Lewiston, attending St. Stanislaus School, Jenifer Junior High School and graduated from Lewiston High School. He also attended Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston.

   At age 19, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and, at heart, remained a Marine until his death. Military tours included Japan and Vietnam. Upon returning from the service, he drove cab in Spokane and worked in a carpet shampooing business. He was forced to retire young, due to poor health. He bought a home in Pierce, and lived there independently until his death.

   David was a rock collector with rocks from all over the world, some given to him by travelers. Other interests included hunting and fishing and he excelled at backgammon and pinochle. It is known in the family that Thorntons MUST love pinochle. Some of his best times were spent watching the stars with his powerful telescope, and he had extensive knowledge of the heavens.

   David Thornton is survived by his father, Donald W. Thornton and his wife Betty of Juliaetta; his mother, Darlene R. Bacon of Clarkston, WA, as well as sisters, Donalee Wilkinson of Maryland, Debra Emerich and husband Dan of North Carolina; and brothers, Douglas R. Thornton and wife Cheryl, Dane L. Thornton and wife Toni, both of Lewiston, and Daniel J. Thornton of Pennsylvania.

   Also surviving are 14 nieces and nephews, most of whom he had special relationships, which he maintained through the years with telephone visits. Other survivors are Dave, Solie and J.D. Carver of Pierce, and L.D. Lane of Lapwai. Of particular joy to David were his dogs, Bo, Jangles and Belle.

   In the last few years of his life, Mr. Thornton helped support several charities, including a church and radio ministry in the Philippines.

   A memorial is planned for the spring, and a notice will appear here at that time.

 

 

 

Larry Gerald Lashly, 70, Newcastle, CA

   Larry Lashly peacefully passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, December 9. He was 70 years old. He was born June 21, 1940, in Redding, CA.

   A celebration of his life will take place at Pioneer United Methodist Church, 1338 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA on Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 1 p.m. To read the obituary, please visit the following website: www.chapelofthehills-auburn.com.

Dewey Floyd Baker, 67, Stevensville, MT

   Dewey Floyd Baker, 67, of Stevensville, MT, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at St. Patrick Hospital, following a stroke two days earlier at his home in Stevensville.

   He was born on March 16, 1943, in Billings, MT, the seventh of nine children to Leo and Hazel Baker.

   In 1948, his father heeded the call to go west and loaded his family in a 1937 Plymouth pulling a trailer with side racks loaded to the top, and headed for a job in the logging community at Orofino.

   Dewey attended grade school in the two-room country Banner School and then began high school at Orofino. In 1958, he came to Missoula, MT to work through the summer for his sister Marie (Keith) Swinger, with the intention to earn enough money to buy a guitar and engineer’s boots. Much to the sadness of those left at home, they convinced him he had more opportunity to stay and attend high school in Missoula, where he graduated in 1961.

   During those times, fighting was almost an extra-curricular activity outside school and Dewey gained the reputation as the “toughest” kid that graduated at Missoula County High School that year. He went on to attend the University of Montana before going to work for the NP Railroad in 1963, as a switchman/brakeman. He was promoted to conductor in 1972 and continued there until retirement.

   Dewey loved the mountains and streams of Montana, but over the years, his heart always remained with the treasured memories of his boyhood, fishing and hunting the mountains around his Orofino home, where he grew up with his brothers and beloved friend, Bud Carrico. His skill and love for fishing and accuracy in hunting became legend among family and neighbors by the early age of 13, when he had his picture in the newspaper with three bobcats he had shot.

   A watershed event in his life, which changed it forever, was in 1968 when he was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He had great faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and remained active until the end. His parents had not belonged to any church but they studied the Bible at home and his mother bowed her head and gave thanks aloud at every meal, instilling faith in God in her children.

   Dewey’s quest for truth and knowledge led him to be a wonderful teacher and wise councilor. He loved all his children. His love for people and charisma would command a room with his wonderful storytelling and motivational talks, inspiring all to reach for their highest potential and his legacy will live on through those associations. Dewey was loved by his friends and respected by others because of his courage and unflinching virtue of standing up for what he believed right and being counted.

   Dewey was a man of great strength and boundless energy. He enjoyed life and had many interests among which were hiking, camping, riding motorcycles, skiing and dancing. Being highly motivated, he was strong-willed and determined. He had been taught by his Mom and Dad that the best helping hand was at the end of our own sleeves. He purchased land adjacent to the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge where he built a nice family home. He loved gardening and landscaping this property into a virtual paradise for his family containing springs and landscaping this property into a virtual paradise for his family containing springs and ponds for the birds and animals he enjoyed. Yet he usually found time to help others in need and was a stalwart helper in nearly every service project of the church.

   He served as a scoutmaster for many years and helped in good character development of many young men. His kindness and acts of charity along with his rigorous action packed life has touched more people than can possibly be reported.

   He loved America and the Founding Fathers and the freedom that God secured for us by raising up good and wise men to secure our God given rights by the Constitution. He abhorred ambitious, unprincipled and deceptive politicians that seem to have no value for the freedom of this nation.

   His parents Leo and Hazel Baker, son Toby Baker, wife Jan, and sisters Velma Reirson and Levah Baker, preceded him in death.

   Dewey is survived by his wife Robelyn of Stevensville; their two sons, Cyrus and Jordon; five daughters from his first marriage; Cammie (Greg) McFadden of Stevensville, Jessica (John) Ray of Denver, Amanda (Joel) Norgaard of Arlee, Megan (Josh) Tripp of Frenchtown, and Jerusha Baker of Stevensville; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandson; three brothers, Harley Baker of Missoula, Ray Baker of Kalispell, and Art Baker of Stevensville; and two sisters, Edith Sommer of Vancouver, WA, and Marie Swinger of Missoula.

   A funeral service was held in Stevensville. The Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville was in charge of arrangements.

Obituaries for December 16, 2010

Clara Davaz, 78, Ahsahka

   Clara Davaz went to rest on Dec. 12, 2010 at the age of 78. She was a forty-plus year resident of Ahsahka and is remembered primarily as owning and working at the Woodlot Café and Tavern in Ahsahka.

   She spent her last few years in the company of her life partner and husband Robert W. Davaz Sr.

   Clara was born Nov. 29, 1932 to Dick and Virginia Sumpter. On June 11, 1950 she married Robert Davaz and they soon started their family.

   The couple had five children, Cyril (Butch) Davaz, Debra Turner, Mary Jo Davaz, Robert Davaz Jr. and Cheryl Jenks.

   Through the five children they had 15 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter and 15 to 16 foster children.

   Clara was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Dickey and a granddaughter, Vanessa N. Davaz.

   She is survived by her husband, Robert Sr. at the family home in Ahsahka; her five children and all the remainder of the grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law, Cora and Bruce Montambo, another sister and brother-in-law, Lorna and John Larsen; numerous nieces and nephews.

   No service will be held, per her request.

Robert (Bob) Lee Wiester, 88, Orofino

   Robert (Bob) Lee Wiester, a.k.a. “Wildhorse,” of Orofino, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010 at Clearwater Health and Rehab in Orofino. He was 88.

   Bob was born Oct. 30, 1922. He was adopted and then raised on the family dairy farm near Skamokawa, WA by Elma Josephine (Wilson) and Howard Leroy Wiester.

   He entered the United States Marine Corp in 1943, completed boot training at Camp Pendleton, CA.  After completing advanced training in communication he was assigned to the 5th Joint Assault Signal Battalion with the Fifth Marine Division.  He participated in the invasion of Iwo Jima in the Pacific theater, and the landing of US troops on the Japanese Islands after their surrender.

   He returned to the farm after his discharge from the Marines in 1946.  In addition to his farm chores he served as a Deputy Sheriff in Wahkiakum County Washington.  Later he was elected and served almost five years as the County Sheriff.  During that time he attended and graduated from the FBI school in Quantico, VA.

   In 1957 he married Marilla (Shirley) Wiester.  They were together 44 years until she passed in 2000.

   He entered the U.S. Customs Service (the Dept. of the Treasury) in 1960 spending time in various duty assignments in Montana, Washington and Alaska until his retirement. He and his wife then moved to Joseph, OR; Peck, and finally to Orofino.

   Bob was active in Amateur Radio (AA7RW), an artist, photographer and gardener.

   He was a life member of the VFW, a member of the Marine Corp League, the Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite and the Clallam Shrine.

   Bob is survived by two sons Robert R. Wiester of Belton MO and Gary L. Wiester of Rathdrum; stepson Dale Olson of Cameron Park, CA and stepdaughter Deanna Kilmer of Shelton, WA. 

   Bob is also survived by two brothers William (Bill) Wiester of Chehalis, WA, Earl Boren of Glenoma, WA; two sisters  Marie Dorie of Ranier, OR and Marjorie Guy of Stanwood, WA;  eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

   Bob will be at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel for visitation in remembrance from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. On Monday, Dec. 20 he will be interred at the Riverside Cemetery with military honors at 1 p.m.

   Donations may be made in his name to:  Wounded Warrior Project, 7020 AC Skinner Pkwy, Suite 100, or Wounded Warrior Project.org Jackson, Fl 32256. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in care of arrangements.

David Thornton, 60, Pierce

   David Charles Thornton, of Pierce, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, following years of complications of liver failure. He was 60.

   A memorial is planned for the spring, and a notice will be published at that time.

Carolyn Erickson, 70, Bow, WA

   Carolyn Erickson 70, of Bow, WA, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, at the Skagit Valley Hospital in Mt. Vernon, WA, from an extended illness.

   Carolyn was born Dec. 18, 1939, to Retha and Robert Hoyt Sr. in Stanford, KS. At the age of five, the family moved to Weippe where she grew up and attended school.

   She met and married Darrell Thornton in December 1955 and raised five wonderful children with him. He passed away in 1982. In 1983, she married Donald (Swede) Erickson and in 1985 they moved to Lake Cavanaugh, WA, and then to Bow, WA.

    In 1993 she attended and graduated from Skagit Valley Community College where she received an associate’s degree in business arts. She enjoyed her many friends and singing in the church choir.

    Her survivors include her husband, Donald Erickson; four brothers, Robert Hoyt Jr. of Tacoma, WA., Keith Hoyt of Moscow, Brent Hoyt of Lewiston, and George Hoyt of Oklahoma; five children, Robert and Becky Thornton of Doty, WA., Jeffery Thornton of Lewiston, Beverly and Andy Repass of Pocatello, Steven and Denise Thornton of Pierce, and Carla Thornton of Cascade; twelve grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; five stepchildren and their children and grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces.

   Preceding her in death are her brother, Stanley; her parents, Retha and Robert Hoyt Sr.; and her granddaughter, Bonnie Lynn.

   “With life comes death. She was a great woman and lived a full life. And we will see her again one day.”

   Cremation was chosen. A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date.

Glen A. Snyder, 75, Clarkston

   Glen A. Snyder of Clarkston, WA passed away Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, from complications of surgery at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. He was 75.

   He was born May 17, 1935, at Orofino, to Louise Schlader Snyder and Harmon Snyder. He grew up in Weippe and graduated from Weippe High School in 1953. He attended the University of Idaho, where he studied music.

    He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1957 to 1959, where he played in the Marine Corps band. He later served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1959 to 1963.

   Glen married Connie Snyder Aug. 29, 1959, in Orofino and they later moved to Pierce. The couple returned to Orofino in 1972 and moved to Lewiston in 1983. She preceded him in death July 19, 2007. Glen moved to Clarkston in 2009.

   He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lewiston and the Elks Lodge.

   Throughout his life he held many jobs, but hard work was his life-long passion. He had a wide circle of friends, never knowing a stranger. Glen was a dedicated family man, and enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.

   Surviving Glen are his daughter, Holly and Ed Schneider of Austin, TX; son Chris and Pam Snyder of Clarkston, WA; his companion, Lynn Cottrill of Clarkston, WA; grandchildren, Kyle and Kayla Snyder of Clarkston, WA, and Sarah Schneider of Austin, TX; sister-in-law Alice Marvel of Asotin, WA; and brothers-in-law Daniel Kiely of Sun Lakes, AZ, and Jeff Kiely of Clarkston, WA.

   Besides his wife, he was also preceded in death by his parents; brother Dean Snyder and sister Donna Scaggs.

   A memorial service will be conducted Dec.16 at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens Chapel in Lewiston. Steve Scaggs officiated. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel of Orofino is handling arrangements.

Marty T. Bloodworth, 44, Peck

   Marty T. Bloodsworth of Peck died Dec. 5, 2010 in Lewiston. Marty was 44 years old.

   A memorial service will be held at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Ruth E. Burgess, 76, Craigmont

   Ruth Elline Burgess was born July 29, 1934, to Bertle L. and Delina Wilcox Melcum at Orofino. She died Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, at St. Mary's Hospital in Cottonwood. She was 76.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, and sisters Marion Chamberlain and Peggy Lytle.

   Surviving her at the family home is her husband of 56 years, Weldon N. Burgess; son and daughter-in-law, Dennis D. and Connie Burgess of Craigmont; seven step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; and daughter Denise D. Burgess of Lewiston with her two sons, Matthew and Daniel Hawk.

   She met her husband for the first time at the age of three when he stopped at her family's home for a drink of water. They again met while she was in high school and so started a friendship, which grew into the love they shared for 56 years. Ruth and Weldon married Jan. 20, 1954, in Lewiston.

   Ruth's lifetime vocation was a housewife and farmer. She had a great love of animals and the land. Until her health limited her gardening abilities, her outside flowers and gardening brought her hours of great pleasure. Throughout her life she could be found working alongside her husband feeding cows, hauling grain to town, or hauling seed to the field to start the cycle of life over again. Ruth stepped down from some of the farm responsibilities when she reached 70, but was always interested in the farm and could still be found in the field whenever possible.

   She had a special way with animals, making pets of many a calf, bird, cat or dog. By her side you could always find at least one dog.

   Ruth was very talented with crafts, and the fruits of her labors blessed many. She was also gifted with the ability of finding water, helping locate more than 65 producing wells, not once having a failure.

   Ruth gave to the community for many years helping the American Legion Auxiliary and with many blood drives. For those who knew Ruth, it could be said she always had a warm smile and gracious heart. She was always willing to help others; no matter what life's trials came her way, she always stayed positive.

   Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at the Craigmont Community Church located on Third Avenue and Halliday Street, with the Rev. Steven Kingsley officiating. Burial will follow at Craigmont City Cemetery, south of town.

   In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a charity of choice.

   Uhlorn Funeral Home of Cottonwood is in charge of arrangements.

Marvin J. Joye, 68, Pacific Beach, WA

   Marvin Johnson Joye, 68, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, of natural causes. He was born Oct. 7, 1942, to Joseph Scott Joye and Sally Marie Walker. Marvin was an enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe. He was raised in Orofino and attended school there.

   He married Alice D. Rich in February 1959, and they later divorced. She preceded him in death. They had four children, two sons, a daughter and stepson.

   He married Susan M. Ward in May 1972, and they later divorced in 1974. They had a daughter.

   Marvin married Carol Hudson in August 2000. She preceded him in death in 2004. They had no children.

   Marvin lived and worked in Orofino, Kamiah, Clarkston, Taholah and in Oregon as a surveyor, forester and mechanic. His hobbies were carpentry, fishing, hunting, berry picking, camping and beadwork. He was also an avid card player and liked to cook and was a great housekeeper.

   He is survived by his children, Leigh Ann Johnstone of Pacific Beach, WA, Erin Critchell (Marvin J. Joye Jr.) of Sandpoint, Darrin Piper (Michael Joye) of Lewiston, Sallie Marie Joye of Lewiston, and Thomas White Jr. of Ocean Shores, WA; brothers Melvin S. Joye of Orofino and Calvin W. Joye of Kamiah; sisters Marlene M. Walker of Kamiah, Ida Lee Collins of Kamiah and Darlene I. Wilson of Wishram, WA.

   Also surviving him are his grandchildren Alice Marguerite Marie Johnstone of Taholah, Alyssa Eileen Holt of Clarkston, WA, Terriq Mahki Wells of Lapwai, Javien Walker Hardin of Lewiston and Derek Piper of Lapwai.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Eileen S. Ramirez.

   Funeral services were conducted at Ahsahka at the Northfork Presbyterian Church, with burial at the family cemetery in Ahsahka. A covered-dish dinner followed at the Tribal Community Center.

Obituaries for December 9, 2010

Lorene Childers, 66, Weippe

   Lorene Childers lost her battle with cancer Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. She was born August 22, 1944 in Texarkana, TX.

   Lorene was employed by the Post Office for 25 years. She loved her animals and her favorite thing to do was play BINGO! She was kind hearted and had a passion for helping others.

   Lorene believed “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming “Woo Hoo, what a ride.”

   Survivors include her husband Bud Childers of Weippe, niece Sabrina Martinez of Lewiston, brother John Broomfield of Houston, TX and sister Francis Dykes of Bossier City, LA. She also leaves countless friends and people she calls family.

   Lorene was preceded in death by her parents, Aunt Mary Batton, and late husband Frank Garren.

   The family would like to thank all of those who took wonderful care of Lorene. She was in caring and loving hands her final months of life. We would also like to thank all who attended her “Celebration of Life.”

Reece Powell, 83, Lenore

    Reece "Larry" Powell died on Nov. 30, 2010 at the age of 83. A long time resident of Miles City, MT he worked primarily for the City Park and Recreation Department. He spent the last few years of his life in the company of his childhood friend Jo Thompson, living in rural east central Idaho, just outside of Lenore.

    Reece was born to Floyd Powell and Minnie Jasper Powell on Dec. 30, 1926 at Warrensburg, MO. He served in the US Army, and subsequently with the Montana National Guard. He married Marion "Murphy" Nelson in 1949.  Murphy passed away in 1998. 

    Three daughters - Syd Powell Nettik of Bozeman, MT, Ramona Powell Dean, of Burnsville, MN, and Cynthia Powell Zimbelman, of Bathgate, Scotland; and three grandchildren - Alyx and Matthew Nettik of Bozeman, and Owen Dean, US Air Force, survive Reece and Murphy.

    In his prime, Reece enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, rock collecting, using his metal detector to find treasures, and square dancing with Murphy.  He was a strong and active outdoorsman; a loyal friend - always willing to lend a hand.

    A Memorial Service will be held at the Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel in Lewiston on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. with a military graveside ceremony and interment at Lewis Clark Memorial Gardens in the veterans' section.

Obituaries for December 2, 2010

Reece Powell, 83, Orofino

   Reece L. Powell, Orofino, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. He was 83. Services are pending at Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston.

Monsignor George King, 81, Orofino

    The Reverend Monsignor George Lambert King, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010 in Orofino, after a long illness. He was 81.

    Monsignor King dedicated his life to the service of God as a priest in the Catholic Church and was known for his pastoral concern for the parishioners in the many congregations he served.

    He was born in Pocatello on June 8, 1929, where he attended St. Joseph's Catholic School. He began his studies for the priesthood at Mount Angel Seminary near Salem, OR, and continued his studies at the North American College and Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. Ordained in December 1953, Msgr. King assisted in several parishes around Boise, then studied Canon Law at The Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

    After his return to Idaho, Msgr. King served as a priest in several parishes at Idaho Falls, Hailey, Glenns Ferry, Cottonwood, and Kellogg. From 1994 to his death, he attended to the pastorate of St Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orofino, St. Catherine of Siena in Kamiah, and Our Lady of the Woodland Chapel in Pierce.

    Msgr. King was predeceased by his mother, Mary Primbs King, and his father, Philip D. King.

    He is survived by his younger brother, Francis, and sister-in-law Susan of Denver, CO; three nieces, Anna Marie and husband Theo Parisek, of Rescue, CA, Catherine and husband Larry LaPensee of New York, and Elizabeth and husband Philip Humphrey, of Wilmington, NC; and one nephew, Christopher A. King and wife Anne Tone Korshaven King of Baltimore, MD. In addition, Msgr. King is survived by many cousins and several grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

    The parishioners of St. Theresa's showed much care and concern for Monsignor during his illness. Special thanks are given to Sister Mary Petronilla, currently of St. Gertrude's Monastery in Cottonwood, who served as Monsignor's assistant for many years. The family is deeply grateful to Ethel Kaufman and Sue Kaula, who were devoted assistants, as well as to Jo Moore. The family also appreciates the care that was provided to Monsignor by Wilma Rapp during the final weeks of his illness.

    Msgr. King left this thought: "I am grateful to all who have helped me during my life, although I did not express my gratitude frequently enough. I hope that I can express my thanks in Heaven... May God be merciful to me and bless all."

    Bishop Driscoll of the Diocese of Boise presided over a concelebrated Mass Dec. 1 at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Orofino. Rosary services were conducted Nov. 30 at the church. A burial Mass will be held Friday, Dec. 3 at St. Joseph's Church in Pocatello, with interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

    In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a contribution to the St. Theresa's of the Little Flower Church elevator fund.

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

John R. Watson, 68, Lewiston

   John Richard Watson, a longtime resident of Lewiston, died early Friday morning, Nov. 19, 2010, in his sleep after a long fight with cancer. He was 68.

   In 1988, John was diagnosed with brain cancer and given six months to live - but he proved them wrong. Amazingly he survived 22 years until suffering a stroke in October.

   John was born June 12, 1942, in Moscow, to William Watson and Murl Richardson Watson.

   After graduating from Reubens High School in 1960, John attended the University of Idaho for a year before joining the U.S. Air Force in 1962. John was stationed in Germany and was honorably discharged in 1966 after four years of service. He received a Bachelor of Science in education from Lewis-Clark State College in 1971 and taught eighth-grade math and science at Orofino Junior High School.

   John was a teacher, salesman and businessman. He was the owner and operator of Pacific Electric and Hardware in the Lewiston Orchards until his diagnosis.

   John not only served in the Air Force but also the Idaho National Guard, and was a longtime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also a member of the Lions Club.

   He was an avid hunter, fisherman and woodworker.

   John was preceded in death by his father, Bill, in 1988.

   He is survived by his mother, Murl; sister, Janet; son Theron; daughter Carrie; and grandchildren William, Kaynan and Devony.

   A funeral service was held Friday at Malcom's Brower-Wann in Lewiston, with graveside services following at Melrose Cemetery near Reubens.

Richard Legault, 68, Orofino

   Richard Legault (Dick, to his friends) died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010 at his home. He was 68.

   He was born July 10, 1942 in Parma to Richard and Reita Legault. In 1946 they moved to Tahoo Ridge out of Kooskia. Richard attended school in Kooskia until 1959 when he quit school and bought a short logger truck.

   In 1960 he joined the Army. He was honorably discharged and went back to logging. From then until December 1999 he worked for numerous logging companies. He was forced to retire in 1999 due to a heart attack.

   He is survived by his wife Lola, of almost 45 years, their children, Staci Stephens and husband Andy, and Richard Jr.; Lola’s children, Barbara Cristiansen and Scott Blewett; one granddaughter; seven step-grandchildren and six step- great-grandchildren. Richard claimed all of them as his own.

   No services are planned at this time. Cremation has taken place. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in care of arrangements.

   The following was written by Richard’s granddaughter Dannielle:

Grandpa Dick

   Big hands, large heart; eyes that would melt your soul.

   I will never forget you.

   I will never forget your smile and your warm hugs.

   My heart is with you.

   Our hearts are with you.

   You will never die to us.

   We will never forget you.

   I love you.

   We love you.

Leonard Nicholas Herrick, Kellogg, 81

   Leonard Nicholas Herrick, 81, of Kellogg, Idaho, passed away November 25, at the Kootenai Medical Center of Coeur d’ Alene. He was born January 8, 1929, at Bismarck, ND. Leonard was the son of Michael and Betty (Schneider) Hermann.

   Leonard attended and graduated from Pierce High School in Pierce, in 1948. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II.

   Leonard attended the University of Idaho where he received a Bachelors Degree. He furthered his education and attended Eastern Washington University, receiving his Masters Degree in Education.

   Leonard married Esther Stamper on September 6, 1957, at Clarkston, WA. Esther preceded him in death on December 25, 1994.

   While attending college, Leonard first worked for the Idaho Forest Service as assistant supervisor on the Blister Rust Campaign. He served as an elementary school teacher in Clarkston, WA. Then served as a school principal in Helix, OR, Ione, OR, Warden, WA, and lastly in Pasco, WA. He retired in 1992.

   Leonard was very active in his community and was a member of the Pasco Elks, the Pasco Rotary Club, the Pasco Moose Lodge, and the Odd Fellows.  He was also a member of A.A.R.P., the National Education Association, and a very involved member in the Washington Teachers’ Association.

   Leonard loved and enjoyed hunting (especially with his brother Bobby Dennison), fishing, snow-skiing, working with leather, golf, deep-sea diving, and playing pool. He was a pool champion.

   Leonard moved to the Silver Valley in 2008, from Pasco, WA to be near his son, Charles and daughter-in-law, Joan Herrick.

   Leonard is survived by two sons and their wives: Charles and Joan Herrick of Kellogg, and Jim and Cindy Herrick of Chandler, AZ; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother and his wife, Bobby and Shirley Dennison of Orofino, and two nephews. He is also survived by many dear friends including Arden Vie of Pasco, WA and LeRoy Hartig of Pierce. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Esther, and his good friend and skiing partner, Bob Space.

   Cremation was held, and private family services will be held at a later date.

   The family suggests that memorials may be made to an Alzheimer’s or Dementia charity of the donor’s choice, the New Life Baptist Church, 120 Cameron Ave. Kellogg, ID 83837, or to the Mountain Valley Care & Rehabilitation, 601 W. Cameron Kellogg, ID 83837.

   You may sign Leonard’s online guest book at: www.shoshonefuneralservice.com. Shoshone Funeral Services and Crematory, of Kellogg, is entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

Obituaries for November 25, 2010

Beverly Myers, 73, Orofino

   Beverly Mae Myers of Orofino, age 73, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010 of injuries from a fall. Her family was at her side.

   She was born July 25, 1937, in Helix, OR to Harvey and Mary Bechtel. She had one sister, Marilyn Childers of Ione, OR. She graduated from Helix High School in 1956 and attended beauty school in Walla Walla, WA.

   She married Dale Brock in 1959. Together they had two daughters: Elizabeth Brock of Battle Creek, MI. and Barb Marsh of Lewiston.

   She was a stay-at-home mom while her daughters were young. Being home to raise her daughters was very important to her.  After the girls started school, she worked part time at JCPenney, Skow’s Meat Cutting and PFI's seed starter plant. She was a wonderful mother who never missed a school activity.

   Years later her marriage ended in divorce and in 1987 she married Dennis Myers, who survives. She provided a fun and loving home to her family and all who knew her. She also cultivated lasting friendships wherever life carried her and she will be deeply missed by many.

   Bev and Dennis did a lot of traveling including to Mexico, Alaska, California and Michigan. She enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, camping, watching soap operas, picking wildflowers, collecting sea shells, sewing, puzzles and cross stitch.

   As her children grew up and had families of their own she enjoyed her role of grandma, especially playing games with the grandkids.  She took great pride in being present for the births of Randi and Colby.

   She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Dennis, and their dog, Zack; sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Cleo Childers; daughters, Elizabeth and Barb; stepchildren, Joey Myers, Suze Jones, and Mike Myers; grandchildren, Randi Marsh, Colby Marsh, Justin Mains, Taylor Mains, Danielle Jones, Nathen Myers, Matt Myers and Kylie Myers; her Aunt Eleanor Arras; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents and dear friend, Dorothy Troyers.

   Bevy, your memory will live on and you will be forever missed. Mom, you were a great wife, mother, sister, daughter, grand-ma and friend. May you rest in peace.

   In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place. Those wishing to make a donation in her honor may do so to the charity of their own choosing.

   A gathering for family and friends to celebrate Bev’s life was held Nov. 21 in Lewiston.

Catherine Green, 66, Orofino

   Catherine Marie (Kate) Green died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. She was 66.

   She was born to the late Buck and Edith Ryan on July 15, 1944.

   Kate was a long time resident of the Pierce area, having retired from Jaype after 19 years. She will be missed by her numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

   She is survived by her son, Victor McCollum of Seattle, WA; sisters Mary Enyeart of Loon Lake, WA, Pat Enyeart of Grangemont (Orofino) and Mike Clark of Walla Walla, WA; granddaughter Felicia Weaver; great-granddaughter Layla of Fallon, NV and grandson Joshua Eller of Weippe.

   Preceding her in death were her son, Loyd Buck McCollum and her sister, Eva Wren.

   No services will be held at this time. A memorial is planned for a later time.

Dorothy Kettenburg, 84, Lenore

   Dorothy Barbara Kettenburg, 84, of Lenore, died Nov. 22, 2010 at Clearwater Valley Hospital. Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.

John Watson, 68, Lewiston

   John Watson, of Lewiston, died Friday, Nov 19, 2010. He was 68.  Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov.26 at 11:30 a.m. at Malcom’s Brower-Wann in Lewiston, with graveside services following at Melrose Cemetery near Reubens.

Jill A. Carlson, 57, Lewiston

   Jill Carlson passed away Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, from complications of pneumonia at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

   Jill was born Dec. 11, 1952, in Lewiston, to Charmoine (Stretch) and Louis Spencer. She attended schools at Pierce. She married Dean Carlson June 10, 1989.

   Jill was a well-known and loved local bartender for more than 30 years. One of her greatest passions and joy in life were her horses. She also enjoyed competing in team penning.

   Survivors include her husband Dean and mother-in-law Darlene Carlson, both of Lewiston; five brothers: Calvin and Sharon Spencer of Orofino, Leon Spencer of Colorada., Anthony and Catherine Spencer of Oregon., Ross Spencer of Nebraska., and Emery and Cassandra Spencer of Texas; two sisters, Charlotte McKinley of Lewiston and Anita and Mike Chalupa of Nebraska.; a sister-in-law, Debbie and Allen Gamel of Boise; and her nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Angela Gentry; brother, Justin Spencer and her father-in-law, Lester Carlson.

   Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be conducted at a later date.

Monte C. Munn, 85, Lewiston

   Monte Cyril Munn, 85, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, passed away Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, on Veterans Day. He was 85.

   Monte was born Dec. 11, 1924, in Plains, MT to Clarence and Florence Baker. Monte was the youngest of four sons, Tim Baker, Lee Baker and Doug Baker, who have all preceded him in death. Monte was cremated, per his wishes.

   Monte was adopted at the age of two by Charles and Hattie Munn of Craigmont, and went to school through the fourth grade at Craigmont, then moved to Puyallup, WA., living there through the eighth grade. He moved to Lewiston and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1942. While in high school, Monte played football for the Lewiston Golden Bengals.

   He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943. While in the service he received an Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon and two Bronze Stars.

   He married Lois Maxine Kessler in 1945, and they had three sons, Ronald Dwight Munn of Kendrick, Steven Duane Munn of Juliaetta, and Galen Lee Munn of Clarkston. Monte and Lois were married for 52 years. Lois passed away in 1997.

   Monte was the first post commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Sourdough Post 10043, and Lois was first president of the Ladies Auxiliary. Both remained active in the VFW throughout their lives. Monte conducted the Monday night cribbage games for 29 years, with proceeds going to the Veterans nursing home in Lewiston.

   Monte worked various construction jobs in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley. He retired with 50 years active membership in Carpenters Local No. 398. Monte served on the board of directors of Lewis-Clark Broncs, taught the carpenter apprentice class at Lewis-Clark Normal School, delivered Meals on Wheels for many years and participated in various other civic organizations.

   In 1997, Monte married Flo Ross and acquired three daughters. Monte and Flo cruised the Inside Passage of Alaska and the eastern Caribbean. They flew to Alaska, Hawaii, New York City and San Antonio. They took road trips to Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Nebraska and Kansas. They enjoyed bowling, golfing, cribbage and volunteer work.

   Monte is survived by his present wife, Flo Munn; her three daughters, Sandra Lougee and husband Lee of Headquarters, Claudia Lougee and husband Ned of Orofino, and Patricia Epley and husband Jerry of Lewiston; his three sons, Ron Munn and wife Connie of Kendrick, Steve Munn and wife Jeannie of Juliaetta, and Galen Munn and wife Holly of Clarkston; as well as 22 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

   The memorial service will be conducted at 10 a.m. April 16 at Mountain View Funeral Home in Lewiston; burial will follow at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens, 3521 Seventh St. A reception will follow at the Lewiston VFW Hall, 1104 Warner Ave., where a catered lunch will be served.

   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Monte's name to the Idaho State Veterans Home, 821 21st Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501, for activities for veterans.

   Dad, Papa, Pops, Daddy, Monte - We Love You - You Will Be Missed Beyond Belief!

Franklin Middlekoop, 60, Post Falls

   Franklin Preston Middlekoop was born Aug. 31, 1950, in Orofino, and passed away on Monday, Nov. 15, 2010, at a hospital in Post Falls.

   Frank went to school in Weippe until the sixth grade and then his family moved to Lewiston to finish his schooling. Frank has always been a very hard worker, even from a young age. He was 11 years old when his father died and he took over helping his mother and four siblings maintain a household.

   His first job away from home was farm work for Max Peterson and then he started moving houses for Howard Jeppeson. Throughout his adult years he worked in logging and construction. He was a general foreman at Hanford.  

   In 1969, Frank married Bona McClarin and they had a daughter, who they raised together for 15 years before parting. He later married Cindy Osborne, and together they raised a son before parting.

   Frank's passion in life was being outdoors. He loved fishing and hunting, especially in the company of family and friends. Regardless of whom he was with or where they were fishing, he always brought home the prize fish.

   He was an amazing man and will be remembered by all for his strength and courage. He strived to provide for his family and friends every day of his life.

   Frank is survived by his mother, Verna Gibbins of Idaho; daughter Marcie Takashima of Oregon; son Chad Osborne of Washington; sisters Ann Bare, Debbie Smith and Shannon Stajkowskie, all of Idaho, and Melva Eichner of Washington; brothers Ed Gibbins and David Middlekoop of Idaho, and Rodney Middlekoop of Oregon; son-in-law Kaz Takashima of Oregon; and brothers-in-law Steve Eichner of Washington, Steve Stajkowskie and Mike Bare, both of Idaho.

   He was preceded in death by his brothers, Tom Gibbins and Leonard Middlekoop; fathers Cornelius Middlekoop and Melvin Gibbins; and nephew Jason Middlekoop.

   A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston. A burial service will follow at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens.

   A covered-dish dinner will be hosted by the family at the 49ers Arena following the service.

Agnes L. Akkerman, 94, Lewiston

   On Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, the angels called our beloved mother home. She was 94.

   Agnes L. Akkerman was born to Marcell and Zilda Jeannotte in Malta, MT, May 10, 1915. She was the third of 11 children and attended St. Paul's Mission in Zortman, MT.

   She met and married Muril L. Akkerman in February 1940. In 1946, they moved to Weippe, where they owned and operated the Lucky Inn. In 1962, they moved to Lewiston.

   She worked as a housekeeper until a car accident forced her into retirement. Around this time, Agnes decided to do what came naturally to her - caring for others. She opened up her home to foreign exchange students. She really loved her "kids," and was known lovingly by all of her students as the "international Grandma."

   Aside from her children, her pets Smokey and that damn bird Babe were her favorite pets. She also enjoyed playing bingo when she could. But the greatest time in her life was when she was surrounded by her family at her home on Seventh Avenue in Lewiston.

   She is survived by her sons, Muril M. of Lewiston, Lyle K. of Cortez, CO, and Dean and Linda of Asotin, WA; daughters Karen Stamper of Lewiston, Lynn and Lee Greenlee of Bayard, IA, Muriel and Lamar Johnson of Genesee, Marsha and Duane Warner of Clarkston, WA and Deena Holly of Lewiston; one sister, Christine Clary of Cottonwood, CA.; she also has 28 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Muril; and sons Clarence E. and Duane C. Akkerman; as well as her nine siblings.

   Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston. Following a short graveside service, there will be a celebration of life at the Asotin Lions Club, 118 Second St. in Asotin. A covered-dish is requested, but not necessary.

   Anyone wishing to make a donation in her honor may do so to the charity of their own choosing.

Obituaries for November 18, 2010

JoAnn Zipse memorial service

   A memorial service for JoAnn Zipse, who died Oct. 5, 2010 will be held Saturday, Nov. 20, 2 p.m. at the Teweepuu Community Center on Highway 12.

   The center is approximately one mile east of Orofino. A potluck will he held after the memorial service.

Jesse Lyda, 84, Orofino

   Jesse A. Lyda, Orofino, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. He was 84.

   He was born June 1, 1926 in Cedar City, UT to Perry Lyda and Priscilla Dunton. He attended school until the age of 15 then quit and went to work in the shipyard and soon after his parents gave their permission for him to join the Navy.

   Jesse married the love of his life Betty M. Mattson on Jan. 15, 1948.

   He worked on the railroad, in the woods and various lumber mills in the area. The last was Potlatch Corp. of Lewiston until he was forced to retire in 1985. He loved to hunt and fish. He was a member of the Northwest Steelheaders Association, Idaho State Horseshoe Pitchers Association and the local VFW in Orofino.

   Jesse is survived by his wife Betty at the family home; two sons, Ron Lyda of Albuquerque, NM and Greg Lyda and wife Sandy, Orofino; grandson Kaden Lyda and wife Summer, Lewiston; three great-grandchildren Kaarleigh, Breeze and Jansen; brother Perk Lyda, Orofino; and sister, Betty Johnson, Thorpe, WA.

   He was preceded in death by brothers Sam and Clayton and sister Loree.

   Cremation has taken place and the memorial will be held Saturday, Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. at the Orofino VFW Building, 330 Michigan Ave; a reception will follow.

Beverly Myers, 73, Orofino

   Beverly M. Myers of Orofino died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. She was 73.

   Arrangements are pending at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home.

Kent Lee Bryant, 65, Peck

   Kent Lee Bryant, 65, of Peck, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010 in Orofino.

   He is survived by his mom and dad; a brother and his family; two sons, one with a family; and his companion of seven and a half years.

   Cremation has taken place and his ashes will be spread in the mountains at Peck. No formal services are planned, per Kent’s wishes.

   A potluck luncheon will be held for family and friends Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. at Peck Community Center.

Robert, “Bob” Young, 81, Spokane, WA

   Robert “Bob” Young, Spokane, WA, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010, after a long battle with COPD. He was 81. He was a husband, father, grandfather, teacher, coach, solider and athlete.

   Bob was born in Kamiah on July 3, 1929 to Mary and Oral Young. He was raised by his mother and uncles in the small town.

   In May 1952 he married Helen Grimm of Orofino.

   Bob graduated with a BA in Education from Eastern Washington State College. He served in Korea in the 7th Armored Division from 1952-1954. After returning from war, Bob taught school and coached football and baseball in Hunters, Tekao and Colville, WA. He was dedicated to officiating basketball and football for over 30 years participating in A, AA and AAA tournaments. Many remember Bob from when he pitched for the Orofino town baseball team in the 1950’s.

   He is survived by his wife Helen of 58 years; three daughters, Eileen Rhodes (Ron), Connie Young, and Jodi Inman (Marc) and grandson Christopher Rhodes. Also surviving him are two sisters, Vera Killmar and Violet Biggers; brother, Don Young (Bobbie); several step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

   Before his illness Bob enjoyed hunting with his dogs and salmon fishing.

   A memorial service was held Nov. 4 in Spokane, WA. Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association of Washington, 1817 E. Springfield, Suite E; Spokane, WA 99202.

   Thornhill Valley Funeral Home of Spokane was in care of arrangements.

Catherine Green, 66, Orofino

   Catherine M. Green, Orofino, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. She was 66. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino is handling arrangements.

Monte Munn, 85, Lewiston

   Monte C. Munn, 85, of Lewiston, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010. Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be conducted at a later date.

Agnes Akkerman, 94, Lewiston

   Agnes L. Akkerman, 94, of Lewiston, died Friday, Nov. 12, 2010. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 11 a.m. at Malcom’s Brower Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston.

   Following a short graveside service, there will be a celebration of life at the Asotin Lions Club, 118 Second St. in Asotin. A covered dish is requested but not necessary.

G. Pauline Fleury, 92, Kooskia

   G. Pauline Howe Fleury of Kooskia died Monday, Nov. 8, 2010 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood. She was 92.

   Pauline was born July 8, 1918 in Genoa, CO to Floyd Otto and Nora Agnes (Morrison) Howe. Pauline’s mother Nora died when she was an infant and her grandmother (Mary Bruce Morrison) raised her until she was five, when her father remarried to Florence Larson. Pauline grew up and graduated from high school in Genoa, CO.

   In 1938 she married Jesse Howard Fleury and they had six children. Pauline was an excellent homemaker. Any time the family moved she always put up curtains first to make their new house feel like a home. Her homes where always clean.

   Pauline enjoyed crocheting, sewing, cooking, baking, and her family. She was always there for her family and was a good listener. Her family was her whole life and she enjoyed sharing stories of her childhood with them. They will miss her so much and will cherish all their wonderful memories.

   Pauline was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Florence Howe; her son, Kevin Fleury; her infant daughter, Noreen Fleury; her grandson, Robb Nagel; and her stepbrothers, Robert and Clifford.

   Pauline is survived by her daughter Gwen Nagel of Arcadia, NB; sons Darvon of Kooskia, Joseph of Morrison, CO and Rye of St. Anthony; nine grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; stepbrother Dean of Genoa, CO and step-sister Rose Marie of Genoa.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, Nov. 11 at Trenary Funeral Home Chapel in Kooskia. Pastor Ron Harris officiated. Interment was held at Pine Grove Cemetery in Kooskia.

   Arrangements are by Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.

Veronica (Vera) Paul, 93, Kamiah

   Veronica (Vera) Gertrude Park-Scott Paul of Kamiah passed away Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood. She was 93.

   Vera was born Oct. 31, 1917 in Wollacee, England to Thomas and Emily Park-Scott. Vera married Carl Paul in Leicester, England on Oct. 28, 1944. She came to the United States to live in Kamiah in March 1946. Carl and Vera lived on their ranch in Caribel (outside Kamiah) and this city gal learned to put up hay, drive trucks and tractors, and milk cows. Carl and Vera moved to Kamiah in June 2005.

   Vera was a devoted member of St. Catherine’s Catholic parish in Kamiah. Her faith was very strong and sustained her throughout her life. She was a charter member of the Lyons-Dahl VFW Auxiliary and devoted much time to the organization, serving in all offices including State President. She also had the honor of being named Mrs. VFW in 1987 and 1988.

   She was a wonderful and loving person who touched many people with her unconditional love and spirit of giving. Though she experienced many hardships throughout her life, she did not complain. She will be forever in the hearts of her family and friends.

   Vera was preceded in death by her parents Thomas and Emily; siblings George, Jerry, Winifred, Patricia, and Kenneth; and two of her three daughters, Margery May and Patricia Emily.

   She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Carl and daughter and son-in-law Carla and Patrick and grandkitties Scout and Haliajula.

   Visitation will Friday, Nov. 19 from noon to 5 p.m. at Trenary Funeral Home Chapel in Kooskia. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 20 at St Catherine’s Catholic Church in Kamiah. The Rosary will be at 10:30 a.m. and the Funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m. Reverend Father Sipho Mathabelo will officiate. Interment will be at Kamiah City Cemetery. A covered dish dinner will follow at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church Hall, coordinated by VFW Post #5407, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and St. Catherine’s Alter Society.

   Arrangements are by Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.

Obituaries for November 11, 2010

Joan Kinzer, 72, Craigmont

   Joan, pronounced Joann, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010, from congestive heart failure at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. She was born to Warren and Marguerite Salisbury Haines on Oct. 8, 1938, in Lewiston.

   During her childhood she moved around with her family to Washington, California and Idaho, because her father was a Nazarene minister. She graduated from John Rogers High School in Spokane in 1956. She went on to get her degree in home economics education from Northwest Nazarene College (now Northwest Nazarene University), graduating in 1960.

This past spring she celebrated her 50th college class reunion with all of her friends.

   Her first teaching job was in Cle Elum, WA, where she taught for two years. She then was in Asotin for a year before going to Cottonwood. She taught in Cottonwood from 1965 to 1977.

   While in Cottonwood she made many friends. One family that was near to her was the Stan and Bertha Kopczynski family, among many others.

   On Oct. 8, 1977, she married the love of her life and square-dancing partner, Mickey Kinzer, in Cottonwood. They then moved to Craigmont in 1978, where she taught at Highland High School. Together, they farmed and raised cattle in the Westlake area. She made many trips to town during harvest in her red grain truck. That was her Cadillac during harvest.

   On Nov. 18, 1978, they were blessed with their son, Timothy.

After she retired from 35 years of teaching in 1997, she was a cook at the Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program in Craigmont for the next 11 years. She held numerous positions while teaching at the schools.

   She also enjoyed going downtown for coffee with the women in town and also going to lunch on Sunday afternoons with friends from the Baptist church. She was blessed with two beautiful grandchildren, Allison and Aaron. She was very proud of them.

   Joan is survived by her husband of 33 years at their home in Craigmont; son Tim and wife Nicole, with their children Allison and Aaron; sisters Carol and Van Lybyer of Caldwell, and Sheryl and Larry Rick of Middleton; in-laws Ralph Mathison, Cliff Kinzer of Craigmont, Bill Kinzer of Kooskia, Marvin Kinzer of Clarkston, WA, Roberta Forsmann of Cottonwood and their spouses; and numerous nieces and nephews who were dear to her.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters-in-law Mary Ann Mathison and Patsie Kinzer; and numerous aunts and uncles.

   A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at the Assumption Catholic Church in Ferdinand. Burial will follow at the Ferdinand Community Cemetery. Visitation is from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Uhlorn Funeral Home in Cottonwood.

Kent Bryant, 64, Peck

   Kent L. Bryant, 64, of Peck, died Nov. 4, 2010 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. Cremation has taken place and his ashes will be spread at Peck. No formal services are planned. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory of Orofino handled cremation.

Richard A. Jinotti, 60, Lolo, MT

   Richard A. Jinotti of Lolo, MT passed away Monday, Nov. 1, 2010.  He fought a very long courageous battle with MS (Multiple Sclerosis). He was 60. 

   Rick and his family lived in Orofino in the 1970’s while he worked on the construction of Dworshak Dam.

   He served in the Vietnam War as a Marine and was proud of that. Rick had a special love for his fellow firemen in the Missoula Fire Department. He had a special love for Mother Nature, hunting, fishing and always had a joke or comment that made people laugh.

   He will be deeply missed by his mother, May Sharp of Missoula, MT; Donna May Jinotti Bewley of Seattle, WA; Toni Dawn Jinotti of Lolo; Tina Marie Jinotti of Spokane, WA; Lauri Ann Jinotti Dodge of Spokane; Robin Jinotti of Missoula, and his many lifelong friends.

   Rick was preceded in death by his father, H.M. "Tony" Jinotti of Missoula.

   A Celebration of Life was held Nov. 5 at Garden City Funeral Home, 1705 West Broadway, Missoula, MT 59808, with inurnment immediately following at the Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery. Pastor Chris Flohr officiated.

Montie Lineberry, 45, Lewiston

   Montie Charles Lineberry, Lewiston, died Nov. 4, 2010. He was 45.

   He was born to Kelly B and Lois (Humiston) on May 7, 1965 in Lewiston. Montie grew up in Pierce; attended school there and graduated from Timberline in 1983.

   Montie started working for Supak and Lineberry Logging at a young age. He worked for the City of Pierce where he was certified to operate the water and sewer systems. He also ran equipment like backhoes and snow plows. Montie worked for Rocky Mountain Construction, Sam Moreford Construction and for Alfred Schroeder on his ranch.

   Montie was disabled these past 14 years due to an automobile accident. He was a very caring person; he was a caregiver for several people including his grandpa Ken Humiston. To many of his friends he was counselor and encourager. Montie loved the outdoors. He loved hunting, fishing, 4-wheeling, ATV and dirt bike riding and shooting guns.

   He was a collector of antiques and anything with a little value or sentiment. He loves his Harleys and his friends who loved Harleys. Montie had many friends, he loved them and as loyal to them. One of Montie’s favorite things was his talented black dog named Bandit.

   Montie married Sharon Opdahl and they later divorced. He also had a long time companion, Jody Ward along with her son Benjamin Michales.

   He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Ken and Martha (Eatmon) Humiston and his paternal grandparents Coy and Allura (Coltrain) Lineberry.

   He is survived by his parents Kelly B and Lois Lineberry of Clarkston, WA; brother Kelly J. and Kari Lineberry, Kamiah; two nieces along with several uncles, aunts and cousins.

   Viewing will be at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel Tuesday, Nov. 9 from 3-6 p.m. Services will be Saturday, Nov. 13 at 10 a.m. at the Life Center (mile post 69½) 4432 Highway 12, between Kamiah and Kooskia. Internment will be at the Pierce Cemetery following the service.

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

Obituaries for November 4, 2010

Ralph C. Lacey, Jr. 69, Orofino

    Ralph C. Lacey, Jr. went to be with our Lord Oct. 27, 2010.  He passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lewiston, with his family close beside him.

    Ralph began his life Nov. 1, 1940 in Orofino, ID. He was the first child of Ralph C. Senior and Donna Lacey.  He attended Peck Grammar School through sixth grade, began Junior High School at Orofino, and graduated from Orofino High School in 1958.  He began his college studies at Links College in Boise, in June of that year.

    On Nov. 1, 1958, his 18th birthday, he married Barbara LeBaron.  The couple lived in Boise until May 1959, at which point they returned to Peck.

    Ralph began work for Lashley’s Willys Jeep in Orofino, where he remained employed until 1960, when he went to work for Mel Johnson at NAPA Valley Motor Parts.  Ralph purchased the business in 1969, operating it until it was sold to Clay Hesson in 1991.  In his semi-retirement, Ralph began operating Valley Equipment, buying, selling, and repairing used equipment.

    On the Fourth of July, 2008 Ralph and his family began work on his dream cabin in Cardiff Spur.  It became a full-time job for Ralph, who often worked from dawn until dusk, and it was finally completed enough by December 2009 for the family to spend their first Christmas there.

    Ralph loved to spend time with his friends and family hunting, fishing, riding motorcycles and four-wheelers, and just generally being outdoors.

    He was preceded in death by his mother and father, and older half-sister Doris.  He is survived by his wife, Barbara and their son Doug, both of Orofino, their daughter Brenda Clelland (spouse: Tim) of Lewiston, and siblings Don Lacey (spouse: Sharon) of Bow. WA, Karen Lacey of Lewiston, and Carol Rinard (spouse: Mike) of Lewiston. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Danielle Butsick (spouse: Brandon) , Brittani Bailey (spouse: Derek), Dustin Clelland, Matthew Lacey, Michael Lacey, Allison Lacey, and two great-grandchildren, Isabella Bailey and Derek Zaccai Bailey.

    The family requests the presence of friends at a memorial service to honor Ralph on Friday Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. at the Weseman Cemetery in Orofino, Idaho

    After the service a gathering will be held at the Ponderosa Banquet Room.

Shirley Powers, 76, Lewiston

   Shirley Mae Monson Powers passed away on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010 at Life Care Center in Lewiston. Shirley was born to Orlando Isador and Margaret Mary Monson on March 23, 1934 in Ross, North Dakota. The family moved to the Musselshell near Weippe in 1937, then to Winchester in 1945 where she graduated from high school.

   Shortly after graduation, the family moved to Asotin and she worked as a telephone operator in Lewiston until a fateful trip to visit her sister Donna in California, where she met the love of her life.

   She married Oliver Louis (Bud) Powers on Oct. 9, 1953 in Reno, Nevada.  The couple lived in California, where their twins Karen and Ken were born.  After a brief stay in Lewiston, they moved to Wallace where their daughter Pam was born. In 1959, they moved to Arkansas, Bud’s home state, then back to the Northwest, settling in Clarkston where their son John was born, Orofino, and finally Peck where she spent the rest of her life.  

   Besides being a homemaker, Shirley also worked as a bookkeeper for her husband’s Chevron and Shell service stations in Orofino, owned and operated Big Canyon Grocery with Bud, and worked for Kayler’s Tree Farm and Fowler’s Upholstery.

   Shirley loved her family and was interested in family history and keeping in touch with relatives across the country. She enjoyed crocheting, bowling, traveling, camping, fishing at Winchester Lake, computer games, reading, and spending time on her deck overlooking Big Canyon Creek, watching wildlife.  Above all, she had faith in God and his son Jesus Christ and a lifelong love of learning about their purpose for the earth and man.

   She is survived by her husband Bud of Peck; sons Ken of Peck and John and wife Vickie of Lewiston; daughters Karen Fowler and husband Alan of Peck, Pam Deyo and husband Steve of Orofino; sisters Bea and Dick Brockman of Clarkston, Donna and Frank Collier of Montana, Vonna and Larry Heyer of Cheney, ten grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

   Shirley was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Robert Monson of Albuquerque, NM.

   A family graveside service will be held on Saturday Nov. 6 at the Peck Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions can be made to the John Kayler Loose Change Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 157, Peck, ID 83545 or the Peck Library, P.O. Box 112, Peck, ID 83545.

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

Lee P. Thimgan, 82, Weippe

   Lee P. Thimgan, of Weippe, left this Earth on Friday, Oct. 29, 2010 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. He was 82.

   He was born July 15, 1928 in Murdock, NB to George and Cholida Kittrell Thimgan.

   Lee was married to Betty Anthony and they had a son, Leo (Tim) P. Thimgan Jr. That marriage ended in divorce. Lee married Peggy Dayle, which ended in Peggy’s death in 2002. Lee married Sharon Henderickson on Oct. 14, 2003.

   Lee was very proud to serve this country that he loved. He served in the Navy during the tail end of WWII and served in the Korean War in the U.S. Air Force.

   He was preceded in death by both parents; brothers, William, Vernon and Vryl; sister, Mary.

   Survivors include his wife Sharon; step-daughter Nicole; son Leo (Tim) Jr. and wife Loretta; grandson Kevin and wife Trudi; granddaughters DeLori and husband Chuck and Kimberly and husband Lonnie. Also surviving him are great-grandchildren Dyana, Donald, Megan, Kristi, Jake, DeManda, MeLinda, Kortney and Milo; and many great-great-grandchildren. Lee had many “adopted” kids.

   At Lee’s request there will be no memorial service. He will be buried in Greenwood, NB at a later date.

   My darling Lee, you will be missed so very much. I love you with all my heart, forever and a day plus 10 minutes.

David Wayne Hester, 72, Orofino

   David Wayne Hester, 72, of Orofino, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010, from complications of pneumonia in Spokane, WA. He was born Dec. 16, 1937, in Rosston, TX, to William Hester and Mary Lue Barnett Hester.

   He married Glenda Oliver in 1959. The couple later divorced but remained friends throughout the years.

   Wayne served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959 and was stationed in Fort Bragg, NC.

   Wayne lived in Texas, North Carolina, California and Idaho. He moved to Orofino in 1976, where he worked in the lumber industry until an injury forced him to retire.

   He was an avid hunter and fisherman, loved spending time with his grandchildren and enjoyed telling stories. Most evenings he could be found sitting on his porch reading a book and drinking a beer.

   Wayne is survived by his daughters, Cheryl Furr of Orofino, Charlie and Silver Alaniz of Pell City, AL, 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, Mitchell Gillis, Brynnan Carpenter, Zack Carpenter, Kaitlyn Carpenter, Devin Schaff and Janet Alaniz; great-grandchildren, Joseph, Sydney, Somer, Macy, Gavin, Bryden and Madison; siblings, Curtis Hester, Mary Etta and Dwight French, Melton Hester, James Hester and Travis Hester; ex-wife, Glenda Hester; and numerous nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Patsy Lewis, grandson, Kelly Hendren, great-grandson, Gary Miller, and great-granddaughter, Lily Miller.

   A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 5 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. A covered-dish dinner will follow at the Orofino Community Center, downstairs.

Ellen Stanley-Richardson, 58, Caldwell

   Ellen “Angel” Stanley-Richardson, 58, of Caldwell passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010.  She was 58.

   Ellen was born in Los Angeles, CA, August 19, 1952, where she spent the first eighteen years of her life growing up. When she was eighteen she started the next step in her life by moving to Orofino and beginning her married life to John R. Stanley. Together they raised three children where Ellen was able to experience her true pioneer spirit by going from city girl to country girl, and being a domestic goddess.

   She then decided to strike out into the world and learn how to drive at age 33. This new found knowledge was an experience for herself and her family. After learning to drive, she started her college education at Lewis Clark State College where she graduated magna cum laude. This is where her teaching career began! She taught in Orofino for several years before moving to Dayton, NV, and continuing her teaching there.

   Although this marriage ended, Ellen continued her enthusiasm for life. This is when she met the love of her life, Albert Rich Richardson. From the moment their marriage began, their romance and joy of life never ended. In just looking at them, you could tell how in love they were. Together they traveled and cruised their way to different destinations where they would photograph their adventures. She also added bowling, body building, and painting to her already active life.

   Rich and Ellen continued their travels and moved to Caldwell. Here in Caldwell, Ellen continued to teach in the Vallivue School District, work on her paintings, play with her grandkids, go to movies, and just enjoy life with her husband.

   Ellen touched the lives of everyone she met, whether through teaching, her devotion to the gospel, her art work, or her sparkling personality. She made a difference in the lives of hundreds of people. Her joy of life was infectious.

   She is survived by her loving husband, Rich, her three children Kim Stanley Birkinbine, Lisa Dial, and JJ Stanley, and her grandchildren. She is also survived by her mother, Mary King, and brothers and sisters: John Abel, Donna Dalrymple, Melody Price, and Glen King.

   Funeral services were held Oct. 30 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 15782 Farmway Road, Caldwell (corner of Farmway and Highway 55). Arrangements are by Summers Funeral Homes, Boise Chapel. A private family burial was held at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Obituaries for October 28, 2010

Dana Alberts, 35, Orofino

    A loving wife and mother passed from this world and returned to the arms of our Lord on Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 at the age of 35.

    Dana was born on Aug. 13, 1975 to Edson Earl Stewart and Regina Ann Brooks in Ogden, UT. Dana grew up in a family of two brothers and two sisters and always wanted a big family of her own.

    Dana met and fell in love with her husband William when they both worked as State Correctional Officers at the Idaho State Prison in Orofino. They began their life together as husband and wife on July 18, 2001. Dana always told people that she met her husband in prison, and that always got really strange looks. Dana would get a big laugh, and then explain that they both worked at the prison together.

    Dana always wanted to help people throughout her life and in her last few years she decided she wanted to become a nurse and had planned to start school in the winter quarter at LCSC.

    Dana is survived by husband William; children Emily Ann Hathaway of Wyoming, Katita Hurley of New York, Quincy and Shyanne Hurley of Lenore; parents Edson Stewart of Utah, Reggie and (Rick) Hutchins of Utah; brother Edson (Jennifer) Stewart of Missouri, Clinton Stewart of Utah; sister Crystal Saravia of Utah; brother-in-law Robert (Debbie) Alberts of Orofino; grandma Jennie Stewart of Nevada, grandma Deloris Brooks of California and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

    Dana was preceded in death by grandpa Edson Stewart and grandpa Lynn Brooks.

    Donations can be made at Potlatch Credit Union, Box 1030, Orofino ID 83544 or Pine Hills Funeral Chapel, Box 307, Orofino, ID 83544 in Dana’s name.

    Funeral services took place Oct. 26 in Orofino. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in care of arrangements.

Joanne Mae Lee, 70, Anchorage

   Joanne Mae Lee, 70, died peacefully, Oct. 18, 2010, at the home of her son in Anchorage, surrounded by family and friends, after a valiant life long battle against heart disease.

   Joanne was born April 6, 1940, in Lewiston, ID to Edwin and Clarice (Moore) Hoffman.

   She graduated from Clarkston High School in 1958, went on to Lewis Clark State College and then due to medical issues began taking night classes at the University of Idaho (U of I), to finally earn her degree in Elementary Education. She then began working on her Masters degree in Education at the U of I.

   Joanne taught elementary school in Oregon, Peck and then Orofino where she retired early due to heart problems. During her spare time in Orofino she worked at the Ponderosa as a waitress and then as a G.E.D. teacher for several years.

   Her hobbies included quilting, genealogy, visiting with her friends, traveling, puzzles, and games with her grandkids, photography and family.

   "Joanne was known to her family and friends as a beautiful, free spirit and very outgoing" her family added.  "Joanne did not like to be alone and loved being around people, both family and friends.” She was nominated for several awards over the years by her students which included awards in teaching, best teacher of the year, as well as several other awards.

   She was very highly respected and liked by her students both in the elementary school and her GED students.  She loved to travel and New Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska, and especially the Oregon Coast were her favorites. When she was born she had heart problems and had her first operation at the age 16 by a Navy M.A.S.H. who took leave from the military to perform the surgery because of his expertise in heart surgeries during the Korean War. In 1963, she was one of the first open heart valve replacement patients, performed by Dr. Albert Starr, in the northwest and  went thru the rest of her life with an enlarged heart, medical complications, and several other surgeries to include a spinal jack for her scoliosis. One of the oldest living valve replacement patients at the time of her passing she still had the Teflon valve from Dr. Starr.

   Joanne was a devoted mother (to people and her beloved pets), who never turned away family or friends in need. She opened her home and heart to all. Her wisdom and love will forever be cherished by the many lives she touched.

   She is survived by sister, Theda Kilgore of Clarkston, WA; sister, Janice Ball of Umatilla, OR; son, Roy Thornton of Anchorage, AK; son, Aaron Thornton, Ft Huachuca, AZ; ten grandkids, and one great grandchild.

   She was preceded in death by her brother, Carl Hoffman; and her father and mother, Edwin and Clarice Hoffman.

   A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Nov. 6 at 10:30 a.m. in Orofino at the Tabernacle Church, 1839 Michigan Ave.  Please bring your favorite story and memories of Joanne.

   Memorial bequests may be made to Orofino Tabernacle, PO Box 29, or directly to the Church at 1839 Michigan Ave, Orofino 83544.

Sharon A. Loughmiller, 65, Orofino

   Sharon Ann Loughmiller, Orofino, died Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010 at Sacred Heart Medical Center at Spokane, WA. She was 65.

   She was born in Sacramento CA to Gladys Armstrong. She married Jess Loughmiller.

   Sharon lived in Orofino 17 years and was a member of Riverside Assembly of God.

   She is survived by her husband Jess, married 39 years; her daughters Candice Wihite of Oroville, CA and Deanna Wittmeyer of Lewiston; sons Jesse Loughmiller and Robbie Fuyua of Spokane, WA; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; best friends, Betty Groves, of Orofino and Norma Pettengill of Peck and Marge Hardman of Greer.

   She was preceded in death by her mother Gladys Armstrong.

   Cremation will be in the care of Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory.

   A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. at Riverside Assembly of God. Pastor David King will officiate.

Lee Ann Sparks, 46, Orofino

   Lee Ann Sparks, Orofino, died Oct. 5, 2010 from an automobile accident. She was 46.

   She is survived by two sons; brother; sister; and her partner Norman Olson. Norman was her salvation for many years with love and support. Lee Ann was ill for a long time and may time in a hospital where Norman spent many days with her.

   A potluck celebration of Lee Ann’s life will be held Saturday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. at the Oasis Club in Orofino. Please come and celebrate life with us.

Harla Mae Matson, 76, Orofino

   Our mom lost her life to cancer on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010. She was 76.

   She was born to Charles and Stila Harlan Gleason in Orofino on April 28, 1934. Mom graduated from Orofino High School in 1953. After graduation she worked as a flunky in the logging camps on the North Fork.

   Mom married our dad, Gerald Matson on Oct. 31, 1955. She worked as a waitress at the Fountain and the Ponderosa; housekeeper at the White Pine Motel and for School District #171 as a cook and server until 2008.

   Mom is survived by sons Kurt of Lewiston, Kevin of Orofino; daughter Connie Yates of Orofino and the light of her life grandson, Haydn Matson of Orofino; sisters Carolyn Mattson and Elaine Rinehart both of Orofino.

   She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

   As per moms request no services will be held.

   There will be a potluck for family and friends Saturday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. at Scott Matson’s home at 654 Grangemont Road, Orofino.

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

Delbert Glen Humiston, 95, Orofino

   Delbert Glen (Debs) Humiston, an Orofino resident always went for a Sunday drive and on Oct. 24, 2010, after he completed his usual drive; drove on into heaven. He was 95.

   He was born April 1, 1915 on the family farm in rural Potlatch to Francis W. and Ira (Burden) Humiston. He was raised and attended school there. As a young man, he overcame the lose of one arm and he worked at the Potlatch sawmill and then for the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC’s) out of the Bovill camp.

   In the late 30’s he moved to the Pierce area and began working for his step-father, Charlie Lang, horse logging.

   In 1952 he went to work for now, Potlatch Corp, working in the truck shop in Headquarters becoming a well known welder. After 25 years he retired June 1, 1977.

   On May 2, 1945 he married Edna Barnard McMullen. After his retirement they moved from the Pierce area to Peck. He moved to downtown Orofino in 1985. In 1998 he wanted to move up on his daughter Sharon, husband Louie’s ranch where they could visit him daily, even though he was very independent up until they day of his death.

   He enjoyed hunting, fishing and raising a garden, even having a small garden this past summer. In later years he really loved watching his pigeons fly around his home.

   Survivors include daughters Sharon K. Turcott (Louie), Orofino, and Glenna Rae Delp (Charlie), Vancouver, WA; step-daughter Joan Decker (Tom), Moscow; step-son Ellis McMullen (Marlene), MI; six grandchildren; four and a ½ great-grandchildren and several step-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his wife Edna; brothers Eldred and Kenneth.

   Funeral services will be held at the Christian Faith Church Center, 1355 Elm St, Clarkston, WA at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 29, with burial to follow at Normal Hill Cemetery in Lewiston. Afterwards a dinner will be held.

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

John Carson Miles, 98, of Weippe

   John Carson Miles, 98, of Weippe, closed the final chapter of his life on Wednesday October 20, 2010, in Orofino, ID.

   John was born July 8, 1912, in Weippe and was the youngest of six children born to Charles and Sarah Dereberry Miles.

   He grew up on the family farm on the Weippe prairie and attended school at the Wilson school on the prairie and the Weippe Grade School. When John was a teenager his family moved from the ranch to Clarkston, WA. John graduated from Clarkston High School in 1931.

   John married Vivian Lucile Frey on Jan. 12, 1935, at Lewiston, ID. The couple celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary in January 2010. They had one son Grant Miles.

   As a young man John worked for the CCC and in the woods, and hauling poles. He spent a brief time working for Boeing in Seattle, WA after which he served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

   John and Vivian returned to Weippe in1942, where he again worked in the woods and the lumbermills for the next few years. He was also a school bus driver.

   The couple purchased the Jacobson Ranch on the Weippe prairie bordering the place of his birth and childhood. They spent the next 40 years operating their dairy farm, "Whispering Pines Ranch" in partnership with their son Grant, on the prairie. John had a passion for caring for and doctoring his livestock, often spending more time at the barn than at the house.

   He was chosen Clearwater County Grassman of the Year in 1967. In 1992 He and Vivian were bestowed the honor of grand marshals of the Weippe Rodeo.

   John and Vivian retired in 1993 when they sold their dairy herd. John had made his home at Brookside Landing in Orofino the past seven years.

   A great outdoors man, John was an avid hunter, and enjoyed the mountains, especially the Austin Ridge area, where he set up his hunting camps.

   A lover of music John, played the harmonica, and spent hours enjoying Vivian’s musical talents on the piano and organ. He was always easy to locate as you could hear him whistling a merry tune as he went about his chores, often running from place to place.

   He enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, especially the four generations of his family working and playing together on the ranch. He was a great supporter of his grandson’s sporting events especially track. He attended their track meets all around the area, including state competition which, as an Idaho Dairy Association member, he helped to sponsor.

   John is survived by his wife Vivian, residing at Brookside Landing in Orofino. His son and daughter-in-law, Grant and Sharon Miles of Weippe. Grandsons, Russel and Cindy Miles of Weippe, Randal Miles of Hollywood, CA, Robert and Susie Miles of Maupin, OR, and Ryan and Elissa Miles of Bend, OR. Also surviving are seven great-grandchildren - Jonathan, Christina, Emily and Jeremy Miles of Weippe, Holly and Jack Miles of Maupin, OR, and Cash Miles of Bend, OR. A niece Janet Hodge, and a nephew Donald Dean Hall of Seattle.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers Dale, Delbert, Virgil, and Cecil Miles, one sister Veda Lusk, and a grandson Grant David Miles.

   A memorial celebration of John’s life will be held at the Weippe Wesleyan Church, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24.

   The family suggests memorials can be made to The Hilltop Heritage Society, P.O. Box 279, Weippe, ID 83553. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory in care of arrangements.

David W. Hester, 72, Weippe

   David W. Hester, 72, of Orofino died Oct. 25, 2010. He passed away at the Veterans Hospital in Spokane, WA.

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