Kathleen Lynn was born in Lewiston, Idaho to her loving parents, Earl and Jessie Neely, on Oct. 3, 1946. She passed away Dec. 31, 2020.
Raised most of her life in Lewiston, she graduated from Lewiston High School in 1964, and went on to graduate with her Education Degree from Lewis-Clark State College in 1968.
She met the love of her life, Leonard Eckman, and they married right after college in 1968. The summer of 1969, they toured Europe together, which was only the beginning of their many travels and adventures they’d experience together.
She spent three years teaching in Oregon, before they relocated to Orofino, Idaho, to plant their deepest and most important roots.
Kathleen taught third grade, but was primarily a kindergarten teacher at Orofino Elementary School.
In 1973, she welcomed her first-born son, Lester Lee, and in 1976, her last born son, Lance Lynn. With their boys in tow, they toured the entire U.S., and used many of their stories and adventures as part of the curriculum in their classrooms.
In 1998, Kathleen retired from her teaching career at Orofino Elementary School, but remained a beautiful staple in the lives of her students and families in the community.
The legacy she leaves behind is her unwavering love for Jesus, her family and friends, her church and the community of Orofino.
She loved community events of all kinds, especially Lumberjack Days and craft shows. With her passion for writing and journaling, she wrote inspirational articles for the Clearwater Tribune, on behalf of her home church, ‘Christian Church’.
A Celebration of Life may be held at a later date, but the greatest way to honor her now is to donate to her home church, Christian Church (P.O. Box 903 Orofino, Idaho 83544), or a school supply to Orofino Elementary School.
Kathleen is preceded in death by her parents, her sister, May Neely, her best friend and nephew, Earl Pederson, and her sister-in-law, Linda Horning.
She is survived by her husband, Leonard Eckman, sons, Lester and Lance Eckman, daughters-in-law, Stephanie and Kourtney Eckman, and her wonderful grandchildren, Lenn, Leah, Spencer, Cassidy, Laurel, Leighton, Landon, Kaylee and Tanner.