Roy Edward Wade, Jr., 59, Kamiah
Funeral services for Roy Edward Wade Jr., EN1 USN-R, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 17 at the Pineridge Baptist Church, 108 Larch, Kamiah. Roy departed in death April 8, 2004. Born April 17, 1944 in St. Louis, MO, he was 59 at the time of his death. Roy was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, spanning a career of 20 years of service to his country. He served three tours in Viet Nam and received an honorable discharge with good conduct. He dedicated his life, upon retiring from the naval service, to be with his wife of 31 years, a devoted husband and provider. He was an avid fisherman and wild game hunter. He was loved very much by his family, and will be dearly missed. He leaves behind survivors Shio M. Wade, Kamiah, beloved wife of 31 years; stepfather, Dale Griner of Stites; stepfather Carl Young and wife Alice of Payette, brothers Bill Young and wife Allison of Pierce; Paul Young and wife Linda of La Grande, Ore.; sisters Nalonie Thompson of Okla., Janet Stein and husband Jeff of Tucson, Ariz., and Carline Mogensen and husband Craig of Minn.; a sister-in-law Ritsuko (Junco) Martinez and husband Joe of Raton, NM. He is also survived by nephews Lance Young and wife Cheryl of Pierce, Carl Young of Orofino, Jeff Miller of Post Falls, Josh Young of La Grande, Ore., Doug Robinett of Arizona, Jonathan Mogensen of Minnesota, Rick Martinez and wife Melissa of Alamosa, Colo.; nieces Tonya Miller of Jacksonville, Fla., Shasta Corcoran of New York, Yvonne Hoiland of Ariz., Heather Davis of Minn., Yuki Martinez of Raton, NM; grandniece/nephew Amara and Ricardo J. Martinez Jr., of Alamosa, Colo and many other relatives. He was preceded in death by his mother, Pauline Griner and father, Roy Wade, Sr. Those who wish to do so may contribute to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.
William Richardson, 65, Orofino
William Martin Richardson, a lifelong Orofino resident, passed away Monday, April 19, 2004 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. He was 65. William was born Aug. 10, 1938 to Homer L. and Ester E. Martin Richardson. He attended elementary, middle and high school in Orofino. After graduation, he entered the military for two years. William married Burnice R. Lenz, Oct. 10, 1977 in Reno, Nev. For many years, William was employed at Riverside Mill. He was also employed by Ken Miller Logging and Ken Weller Logging until ill health forced his retirement. William was a western man, from his earliest years through his lifetime. There were a number of times when a horse or mule may have gotten the best of him, but not too often. He spent much of his time making western style saddles and doing leather braiding of all types. He spent many enjoyable hours at his craft. His most devoted friend the last several years has been Clancy, the family dog, who provided constant companionship and endless love. Survivors include his wife at the family home; one brother, Jerry Richardson and one sister, Marietta Arave. He was preceded in death by his mother, father and three brothers. At his request, there will be no services and cremation has taken place.
Rosetta May Price Carlson, 45
Rosetta May Price Carlson, 45, of Orofino passed away at Sacred Heart Medical Center April 18, 2004 of an aneurysm. She was born to James C. and Rose E. Price at Orofino May 27, 1958. Zetta attended local schools. In 1975 she married Charles Broncheau. They had one child. He passed away in 1976. At this time she worked for the Dept. of Labor. She married Dennis Powell in 1978. They had two children. She was a homemaker and mother. This marriage ended in divorce. She later met and married Mike Carlson in 1996. She traveled with him in California, Oregon, Washington, Montana and Idaho heli-logging. The past three years they have resided in Orofino. She was employed at Riverside Motel. Zetta enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her two grandchildren. She also liked camping, mushroom and berry picking, family gatherings and Easter baseball. She is survived by her husband, Mike Carlson; a son Dennis J. and his wife Johnnie and son Nicholas Powell of Clarkston, Wash.; a daughter, Victoria Rose Powell and her companion Steve Hudson and her daughter Megan Hill of Orofino. She is also survived by her father, James C. Price, two sisters, Patricia Sharrard and April Price, all of Orofino; her maternal grandmother, Mae Williams of Harpster; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. She was preceded in death by her mother Rose; brother James and daughter Rose Marie. There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. April 24 at the Orofino Methodist Church. Interment will follow at the Weseman Cemetery. A covered dish luncheon will follow at the Orofino Community Center. She was loved and will be missed by all.
Vincent Ivan Scott Lewis, stillborn
Vincent Ivan Scott Lewis, the son of Patrick and Miranda Ralls Lewis, was stillborn April 6, 2004 at St. Mary's Hospital in Cottonwood. He is survived by his parents of Kamiah; a sister, Morgan Ralls; maternal grandparents, Jane Eldridge of Kamiah and Clay Ralls of Missoula, Mont.; and paternal grandparents, Pat and Doug Kingen of Weippe and Jim Lewis of Kamiah. A graveside service was held Monday at the Fraser Cemetery with Pastor Don Blain of Weippe officiating. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Lowell A. Bowles
Lowell A. Bowles, 61, of Kamiah, died Sunday, April 13, 2004 at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. Funeral Services will be Saturday, April 24, at 1 p.m. at the Christian Church, 307 4th St. in Nezperce, ID. Uhlorn Funeral Home, Cottonwood, is in charge of arrangements.
Marilyn A. Anderson, 61
Marilyn A. Anderson, 61, an Orofino resident died April 20, 2004 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. She was the wife of Rev. Hale Anderson, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Orofino. Funeral arrangements are pending at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel.
Andrew Jessup Adams, seven months
Andrew Jessup Adams, seven and one half months old, died Feb. 2, 2004 at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, WA. He was the son of Tim and Kathy (Hoyle) Adams of Kettle Falls. Grandparents are Carol and Tim Adams, Hollie and Gale Eller and Bill Hoyle, all of Orofino. A public viewing will be held from 3 to 5 p. m. Friday, Feb. 6 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 1 p. m., Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Orofino Tabernacle with Pastor Paul Cross officiating. Burial will follow at Weseman Cemetery. Pine Hills funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Andrew Jessup Adams, 7 months
Andrew Jessup Adams passed away Feb. 2, 2004 at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital as a result of complications during a procedure to correct a congenital heart defect. He was 7 months old. He was born June 13, 2003 in Colville Wash. and spent much time visiting in Orofino with family and friends. He was an extremely healthy, happy baby and spent seven wonderful months bringing joy to everyone who knew him. Andrew is survived by his parents, Tim and Cassie Adams; his two sisters and brother, Shaylen, Kaylie, and Dalton Adams; aunts and uncles Tracy and Annette Haag, and Trent Hoyle; maternal grandparents, Bill Hoyle, Gale and Hollie Eller; paternal grandparents, Tim and Carol Adams; and maternal great-grandfather, Pete Nygaard. Services were held Feb. 7 with Pastor Paul Cross officiating. He was laid to rest at Weseman Cemetery next to his cousin Trevor Haag. Andrew was truly a blessing to all and will be greatly missed. "Daddy Take The Baby." Memorial donations may be made in Andrew's name to Sacred Heart Medical Center, Attn: Children's Foundation/Pediatric Cardiology, P.O. Box 2555, Spokane, WA 99220-2555.
Jerry A. Mattson "Bear", 69, Orofino
Jerry A. Mattson "Bear", of Grangemont died Feb. 5, 2004 at Clearwater Valley Hospital from cancer. He was 69. Jerry was born March 19, 1934 to Robert and Bessie Yunek Mattson. He was raised in Orofino and graduated from Orofino High School in 1952. He married Carolyn Gleason June 4, 1955 and moved to Grangemont where they made their home. He worked for White Pine Lumber Co. at Band Mill and then for Potlatch at O'Mill and Ahsahka. He started working in the woods driving truck for Bano Logging in the early 70's. later in the 80's and 90's, he worked for Lougee Logging, Green Logging, Barnett Logging, Finke Logging, Triplett Logging and drove Belly Dump for Tripco Inc. Jerry loved working in the woods. He took pride in keeping his trucks clean and in tip-top shape. In his earlier days he enjoyed motorcycle riding and raced in many local motorcycle races. Playing cards with his family and spending time with his nephew Greg was an activity he enjoyed very much. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding his 4-wheeler with family and friends. He will be missed very much. He is survived by his wife Carolyn, five children, Doug Mattson of Orofino, Rusty Mattson of Clarkston, Wash., Cheri and Montie Walker of Grangemont, Mike Mattson of Weippe and Sue Brown of Orofino; two granddaughters, Misty Walker and Danielle Brown. Also surviving are two sisters, Betty Lyda of Orofino and Mary McKenzie of Boise; and one brother, Frenchy Mattson of Hill City, South Dakota. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Roy and Gilbert Mattson and one sister, Marie Evert. A graveside service was held Monday, Feb. 9 at Weseman Cemetery.
Virginia B. Weddle, 87, Kamiah
Virginia Beverly Hallett Weddle, a longtime Kamiah resident, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2004, at the Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation Center in Orofino of age-related causes and ultimately cancer of the liver. She was 87. She was the daughter of Louise Welborn Allen and Ernest Allen, born Nov. 9, 1916, in Durango, Colo. She attended schools in the Durango area and was in her first year of college when she met her future husband, Darvin Daniel Weddle. Virginia married Darvin in the spring of 1936. They made their home in Durango for many years and later moved to Idaho. They moved often between Idaho and Colorado, but it was in Idaho that Darvin preceded her in death in 1959. Virginia then moved with her young family to California. She worked for U.S. Rubber in Santa Ana before purchasing the historic Clearwater Hotel in Kamiah in May 1967. Upon purchasing the Clearwater Hotel, Virginia was also employed by the State of Idaho and managed the State Liquor Dispensary for many, many years. She retired in 1981. Survivors include four sons, Jim Weddle of Kamiah, Cecil Weddle of Washington, Dan Weddle of California and Ralph Weddle of Nevada; five daughters, Beverly Cooper of McCall, Joane Thompson of Greer, Patricia Morris of Kamiah, Merry Anne Revez of Nevada and Darla Hopkins of Rochester, Wash; two sisters Dorothy Loesche of Everett, Wash, and Joann Affeldt of Truckee, Calif; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held Tuesday at Pine Hills Funeral chapel in Orofino.
Sister Stephanie Marie Wardle, 61
Sister Stephanie Marie (Joan) Wardle, 61, died Jan. 31, 2004 at St. Mary's Hospital in Cottonwood. She was born April 18, 1942, to Bud Jennings and Cecilia Marie Thinnes Wardle in Ogden, UT. Following her graduation from Utah's Weber State College, Ms. Wardle taught school until she joined the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood in 1966. There she made her profession as Sister Stephanie Marie in 1968. Sister Stephanie served four years as Vocations Director for St. Gertrude's and was a popular retreat director who was trained in spiritual direction at the Benedictine community in Pecos, NM. For the last seven years, she has worked in Mission Services at St. Mary's Hospital in Cottonwood and Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. She was preceded in death by her mother and is survived by her monastic community and by her father and two brothers, Robert and Tim, both of Ogden and their families. A vigil service for Sister Stephanie will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6 in the monastery chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 1:30 p.m. in the chapel.
Erma Stinson Miller Eneas, 97, Orofino
Erma Stinson Miller Eneas passed away Jan. 26, 2004 at Clearwater Valley Hospital of causes due to age. She was 97. Erma was born May 10, 1906 in Axtell, Utah to Peter and Josephine Sorenson. She married Ervin R. Stoddard Dec. 11, 1924. He passed away soon afterward the result of mustard gas poisoning incurred during World War I. She married Harry Roy Stinson July 14, 1926. His work installing power lines for major power companies took the couple throughout the United States. He died in March 1938 of complications from surgery. At the time lines were being run from Lewiston to Orofino for the REA. As she was left with four children, Erma made her home in Lewiston. With the start of World War II, she discovered a need for child care services since many were working in the shipyards on the coast and needed a place to leave their children while they were away. Erma started a nursery caring for infants and preschool children. Some of these children stayed with her from infancy until the end of the war. On Aug. 27, 1945 she married A.A. (Al) Miller and experienced a total change in lifestyle. She closed her nursery and assisted in operating cafes and bakery shops, where she enjoyed meeting people, many of whom became lifetime friends. With the death of her third husband in 1964 from complications of a fall, she spent some time with her daughter, Mary Reed in California. She then returned to the Lewiston area, sold her home and moved to Orofino to be with her daughter Kathy Bonoparte. She then met and married Fred Eneas Sept. 25, 1969. Erma and Fred both enjoyed searching for gem stones, roots and herbs and metal detecting. They bought a home in Lapwai, living there until his death from a heart attack in 1979. She then returned to live with Kathy in Orofino, enjoying the country life until her death. She is survived by her four children, Kathy Bonoparte of Orofino, Mary Reed of Spokane, Wash., Virginia Bergamo and William Stinson, both of Lewiston; a sister Fay Douse of St. George, Utah; 15 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and nine great, great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, three sisters and four husbands. A graveside service was held Saturday at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston. Please sign the online guest book at www.mtviefuneralhome.com.
Sister Marcella Riener, 95, Cottonwood
Sister Marcella (Clementine Elizabeth) Riener, 94, died Jan. 28, 2004 at the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood. She was born Oct. 11, 1908 to Joseph and Mary Hutfles Riener, in Greencreek. She joined the Monastery of St. Gertrude in 1927 where she made her Monastic Profession two years later. She was a much-loved teacher in Chewelah and Colton, WA and in Ferdinand, Greencreek, Genesee, St. Maries, Keuterville, Cottonwood, Grangeville, Nampa, Pocatello, and Rupert. Strong and gentle, prayerful and industrious, gracious and humorous, smiling and open-minded are words frequently used to describe Sr. Marcella. She loved being a Benedictine Sister and was featured in the community's vocation appeal because she had told Prioress Jean Lalande that "the only thing I want for my future and our future is that new women will answer God's call to come to the monastery and learn to love our way of life." She also loved her family heritage and liked to share that she was born in a homestead house on the Nez Perce Reservation near Greencreek. She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings Clem, Joe, Carl, George, Elizabeth Wessels, Mary Baerlocher, Teresa Schmidt, Anastasia Schmidt and Magdalene (Sr. Celestine. She is survived by her monastic community and numerous nieces and nephews which whom she remained close. A vigil service for Sr. Marcella was held in the Monastery chapel and the Mass of Christian Burial was Feb. 4 in the chapel.
Alice Wunderlich, 87, Orofino
Alice Gertrude Wunderlich, an Orofino homemaker, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and nana, passed away Feb. 11, 2004 at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation Center from complications of osteoporosis. She was 87. The youngest of eight children, Alice was born April 29, 1916 to Larkin David and Cora Ellen Axtell Parsons near Steele on Central Ridge above Peck. She attended various country schools in the area through the eighth grade. Alice married Gene A. Wunderlich July 1, 1939. They began their married life in a tent at Band Mill in Grangemont, where Gene worked. When the weather became cold, they moved to Orofino, where they lived the rest of their lives. They enjoyed 59 years of marriage before Gene passed away in 1998. Alice moved to Brookside Landing Retirement complex when it opened and transferred to Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation in August 2003. She devoted her life to creating a loving home. She enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, reading, crossword puzzles, Scrabble and flower gardening. Although she was not able to continue all these activities in later years, she remained an avid reader until recently, when her eyesight failed her. Alice was an active member of the Order of Easter Star, Oro Chapter 57, from 1949 until 1993 when the chapter moved to Kamiah, serving in several different positions. She was also involved in her children's school activities, the Hit and Miss Club and United Methodist Women. Survivors include her three daughters and sons-in-law of Orofino, Judy and Dean Brandt, Norma and Hank Carpenter and Carol and Mike Dugger; and five grandchildren, Mike Wilks, Alison Chatfield and husbane John and Jeff Dugger and wife Jocely, all of Orofino, Melanie Finch and husband Rob of Pullman and Jeni Fitzgerald and husband Mike of Priest River. She also considered Dana Wilks of Orofino as her granddaughter. Her 10 great-grandchildren are Holly McGreal, Kira and Christopher Wilks, Dalton, Brandton, Wyat and Samantha Chatfield and Hannah and Paige Dugger, all of Orofino, and Jordan McGreal of Potlatch. Her sister-in-law, Peggy Wunderlich of Lewiston and many nieces and nephews also survive her. Those wishing to do so, may send memorials to the United Methodist Women at P.O. Box 424, Orofino, ID 83544. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 at the United Methodist Church. Lunch will be served immediately following the service.
Gordon Roy Rosebrugh, 83, Orofino
Gordon Roy Rosebrugh of Orofino, passed away Feb. 14, 2004 at Clearwater Valley Hospital from complications of surgery. He was 83. Gordon was born Jan. 9, 1921 in Tilbury, Ontario, Canada to Roy A. Rosebrugh and Ida Heckner Rosebrugh. At the age of eight, they moved to Donna, Tex. The family owned a citrus grove in the Rio Grande Valley while he was growing up. He graduated from Donna High School in 1940. A World War II veteran, Gordon served in the Army Air Force from Oct. 27, 1942 to Dec. 13, 1945. While in the service he attended Western Kentucky State Teachers College in Bolling Green, Ken. He married Catherine Range in Dallas, Tex. Sept. 23, 1943. They moved from Dallas to Los Angeles, Calif. in 1936 and made their home there for 36 years. Gordon was in the banking business for most of those years, working for Security First National Bank and Union Bank. Upon his retirement from Union Bank in October 1982, he and Catherine moved to Orofino, where they built a home in the Grangemont area. His hobbies included gardening, model trains and sports. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, a charter member of the Republican Presidential Task Force and a former member of the Elk's Club. Gordon was a gentle, soft-spoken, loving husband, father and grandfather, and a friend of al who met him. He is survived by his wife Catherine of Orofino, a daughter, Linda K. Driver and Vernon L. Driver of Orofino; a grand-daughter Becky Lynn LaRoy and Andrew W. LaRoy of Lewiston and nieces and nephews in Conroe and Houston, Tex. and Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sisters Eleanor Lindblad of Phoenix, Ariz. and Bernice Walker of Conroe, Tex. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel, date and time to be announced. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1070, Orofino, ID 83544 or a charity of your choice.
Gibson Gary Miller, 32, former resident
Gibson Gary Miller, formerly of Orofino, died Feb. 14, 2004 in Spokane, WA. He was 32. Gibson enjoyed working at his places of employment, which included McFarland Enterprises, Dworshak Dam, Ahsahka Fish Hatchery and the Spokane Tribe. He was co-owner and operator of a smoke shop in Orofino and helped manage the family fireworks stand for many years. He loved spending time with family and friends, doing artwork, fishing, hunting, playing pool and was a 49ers fan. He especially loved to spend time with his daughter, Samantha. Gibson is survived by one daughter, Samantha Miller of Ahsahka; seven brothers, Scott Miller and Robert Miller of Orofino, Gilbert Greenwood of Tacoma, WA, Dale Miller of Wellpinit, WA, Charles Kiefer of Arizon, Lester Bettingfield of Colville, WA and Arnie Miller of Lewiston; six sisters, Edna George and Beverly "BJ" Miller of Kamiah, Birdella Katzenberger of Lapwai, Ester Miller of Lewiston, Marla Johnson of Seattle, WA and Jeanne Miller of Warm Springs, OR; his mother, Betty Kinser of Orofino and many nieces and nephews that he loved dearly. Preceding him in death were his father, Gilbert Miller and biological mother, Mary Moses, brothers, Darrell Miller, Harrison Miller and Kaley Miller along with aunts and uncles. Gibson was a man loved by all that knew him. A memorial service will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel at 7 p. m. Friday, Feb. 20. Funeral services will be held at Ahsahka Presbyterian Church at 10 a. m. Saturday, Feb. 21. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Joyce M. Crooks, 70, Boise
Joyce Marie Crooks, 70, passed away quietly and peacefully Saturday, Feb. 14, 2004 at a care facility in Boise. She fought a difficult battle for the past month from a ruptured aortic aneurysm, which she defeated. Pneumonia took our mom from us, but now she dances on the clouds. Joyce was born in Lark, ND, Nov. 10, 1933 to Albert and Mary Schilling. When she was a year old, the family moved to Idaho, where she attended schools in Coeur d'Alene Mills, Weippe, Orofino and Lewiston. She was devoted to her family and friends and was a loving mother and grandmother. She loved being around her family, with family reunions one of her biggest joys. She also enjoyed camping, picking huckleberries and making fresh huckleberry pancakes for the children. She enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas, Jackpot and Arizona. She was always whipping something up with her sewing machine. She was very creative with crafts and won many ribbons for her work with ceramics. Joyce married Clinton J. Wilson and they had four children. She then married Brian Sanders and gave birth to one daughter. Both marriages ended in divorce. She then married Danna D. Crooks, who passed away Oct. 4, 2003. Survivors include six sisters, Ruth Bates of Great Falls, Mont., Ardis and John Millage of Alger, Wash., Gladys and Sam Morden of Marysville, Wash., Christa Ladd of Brewster, Wash., Janice Byrnes of Wichita Falls, Tex., Darlene and Mike Marriott of Sedro Wooley, Wash.; two brothers, Ervin Schilling of Concrete, Wash. and August Schilling of Alger; five children, son Clinton (Dan) Wilson and wife Diane of Orofino; daughters Gloria Marshall of Kailua Kona, HI, Arlene and John Barton of Peck, Maria and Terry Van Pelt of Lewiston and Debbie and Sam Ketchum of Boise; two stepchildren, Arthur (Butch) and Francie Crooks of Orofino and Linda Love of Spokane; 17 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death my her mother and father, one brother Albert Lee Schilling of Great Falls, Mont. and one sister, Inez Bets of Clearlake, Wash. A memorial service was held Wednesday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Memorial Chapel in Lewiston.
William Larsen, 73
William H. "Bill" Larsen, 73, passed away June 24, 2004 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino after a short illness with cancer. Bill was born July 10, 1930, to Frank and Lydia Larsen in Clearwater, Florida. At the age of three Bill's family moved to Rupert, Idaho, where they owned 40 acres of grain and pasture land on South Meridian Road. Bill attended Big Bend Elementary School, a two-room school and graduated from Rupert High School in 1948. After high school Bill worked for the Idaho Forest Service for two years on Northern Idaho. On May 25, 1953, Bill married Louise Coffman in Rupert. Bill and Louise celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary shortly before his death. Bill joined the Idaho National Guard in 1950, where he was a Radio Operator with the 116th Armored Cavalry out of Rupert. He received an Honorable Discharge in 1962 with the rank of Sergeant E5. As a young man, Bill was also a member of the Rifle and Pistol Club of Rupert. As a member of the Idaho National Guard Pistol Team, Bill represented the State of Idaho at Camp Perry, Ohio, five different times. He was also a life member of the National Rifle Association. Both as a youth and later in life, Bill enjoyed teaching others about shooting. He could frequently be found instructing a new shooter at the Orofino Gun Club and providing gun safety training and shooting lessons to high school students who were interested in shooting sports. In November 1957, Bill joined the Idaho Bureau of Reclamation as a Power Plant Operator Trainee at Palisades, Idaho. In 1963, he went to work at Flaming Gorge Dam in Utah, where he graduated from the International Correspondence Schools (ICS) with a degree in Electrical Engineering-Power Option. He then went to work as a Power Plant Operator for the U. S. Corps of Engineers at John Day Dam in Oregon in 1969 and moved to Dworshak Dam in Orofino in 1973, where he retired in 1988 with 31 years of service for the U. S. Government. In his spare time, Bill enjoyed a variety of hobbies and excelled at everything that he took up. Bill was an avid trapshooter and won many competitions and titles, both as a lone competitor and as a half of a father-son trapshooting team. He also taught himself the art of cutting stones and creating jewelry and traveling the Pacific Northwest in the pursuit of precious stones on which to practice his handiwork. He learned to create pictures with his scroll saw and won many awards at local craft competitions. Bill enjoyed meeting new people wherever he went. He was known for his love of telling jokes and stories even to strangers. He had a wonderful memory for peoples' names and details of events clear back to early childhood. He loved discussing any subject anytime with anyone and especially loved making up stories with which to tease his grandchildren. As a retiree, Bill became interested in golf while watching his son-in-law play. He began playing year round, both in Orofino and in Arizona. One of his most notable accomplishments was that he had ten hole-in-ones during his lifetime. Bill is survived by his wife, Louise of Orofino, his son, William (Joanne) Larsen of Meridan, Idaho, his daughters, Shelley (Jason) Su of Corvallis, Oregon and Christine Johnson of East Wenatchee, Wash. and grandsons, Nick and Derek Johnson and Will Larsen. Bill was a donor to the Northwest Eye Bank. A memorial service will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino on Saturday, July 3 at 11 a.m. Cremation has taken place and no graveside service will held.
William Jennings, 76
William "Bill" Jennings, 76, passed away June 26, 2004 at Clearwater Health & Rehabilitation. Bill was born April 23, 1928 to Frank and Vivian Jennings in Bend, Oregon. He attended school until he was 15 when he joined the U. S. Navy in 1943. He served in World War II in the Atlantic and Pacific. He ran PT boats and served on the USS Kleinsmith until 1946. He then became a sawyer and worked various places. He came to Orofino in 1966 to work on Dworshak Dam. In 1969 he went to work for Potlatch as a sawyer. He served on the log drives and participated in Pierce 1860 Days Logging Shows. He retired from Potlatch in 1990. He donated an old saw to the Pierce Museum. He enjoyed fishing and going to his hunting camp with his boys and family. He was previously married and divorced. He married Betty Strine in 1977. They lived in Pierce until moving to Orofino in 1985. He is survived by his wife Betty at the family home, four daughters, Cristine Whitson, Pacific, Wash., Francis Hubert, Portland, Ore., Sue Nickalas, Puyallup, Wash. and Dawn Jennings, Nev.; step-children, Norman West, Yolanda Finch, Shane West and Randy West all of Lewiston, Mike West and Matt Strine of Weippe, Don Jennings of Lewiston, Sam Jennings of Penn., Paul Jennings, of Alaska, Jim Jennings and Lisa Jennings of Ore.; four sisters, Leola Dailey, Judy Tilley, Helen Alavardo and Mickey Heagle all of Oregon. Numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Margaret Young. Services were held June 30 at the Orofino Tabernacle with Paul Cross officiating. Arrangements were by Pine Hills Funeral Chapel.
James Larson, 75
James Larson passed away June 11, 2004 after a short illness at Renton, Wash. He was 75. Jim was born March 2, 1929 to Frank and May Larson at Weippe. He graduated from Weippe High School in 1947. He worked for Eldon Hutchins at his appliance store for several years and later for Don and Les Ponozzo out of Orofino. In the 1950s he moved to the Seattle area and worked for Boeing. He retired in 1991. He was a volunteer fireman for 29 years and was also a member of the Renton Eagles. He loved fishing, gardening and his trips to Yuma in the winter. He is survived by his wife, Gloria, of Renton, a son, James and Donna of Eagle River, Ak, grandchildren, Erica and Quiten, a sister, Mary Louise Havercroft of Eugene, Ore., brother Joe and Lois Larson of Weippe and many relatives and friends who will miss him deeply. Honoring his wishes there will be no services.