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Miscellaneous Clearwater County, Idaho Obituaries


Paula D. Lougee, 62, Orofino
Paula Doreen Lougee, a lifelong resident of Orofino, went into the arms of her Lord and Savior Nov. 20, 2002. Paula was born to Frederick D. and June L. Snyder of Orofino. She was married to Donald Crawford and Kenneth Packwood. Both marriages ended in divorce. She married Bernie Lougee Nov. 27, 1964. They raised their family, making a home on Orofino Creek. She devoted her life to her six children, 17 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Favorite pastimes included mushroom picking, gardening, crocheting, hunting for sellimanite with her husband Bernie, and holding and loving all the babies born into the family. Survivors include her husband of 38 years, Bernie Lougee; two sons, Vern Lougee of Newberg, Ore., and Arlis Lougee of Orofino; four daughters, Tracy Lubke, Susan Lougee, Doris Jasper and Peggy Kellar, all of Orofino; a sister, Carol Crawford of Dundee, Ore.; and her mother, June L. Snyder of Orofino. Funeral services were held Monday at the Orofino Tabernacle Church, with Rev. Marvin Preussler officiating. Burial followed at Weseman Cemetery in Orofino. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Norma J. Ohlson, 71, St. Maries
Norma J. Ohlson died Nov. 23, 2002 at St. Maries. Norma was born June 6, 1931 to John and Emma (Fromm) Cook at Elk River. She grew up there, graduating from Elk River High School with the class of 1950. She married Bud Ohlson, June 17, 1950 at Spokane, Wash. They made their home and raised the family at Elk River, where she made many lifelong friends. She served on the Elk River School Board and was a member of the Elk River Rebekah Lodge. She was also a member of a local singing group. She participated in all the activities her children were involved in. Norma moved to St. Maries in 1988. She worked at Bud's Big Burger, where she enjoyed visiting with all the loggers and listening to their stories and jokes. Her husband died in 1991. She enjoyed cooking and entertaining friends. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. Survivors include two sons, Jeff Ohlson of Orofino and John Ohlson and his wife Della Ohlson of St. Maries; daughter and son-in-law Sonja and Steve Clyne, St. Maries; sisters Mrs. Bill (Marilyn) Boles of Troy and Mrs. Al (Jean) Southworth of Spokane. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Eric, Tyson and Nathan Clyne, Nickolas and Karissa Ohlson and Brandon and Bailey Ohlson. Rosary will be recited Friday, Nov. 29, 2002 at Hodge Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, Nov. 30 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, St. Maries, with Fr. Bill Taylor officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. at Three Pine Cemetery, Elk River. Hodge Funeral Home, St. Maries, who is also in charge of arrangements.

Kamea Nicole Lacock, 7 mos.
Kamea Nicole Lacock of Boise died unexpectedly, Oct. 9, 2003 at St. Lukes in Boise. She was seven months old. Kamea was born Feb. 26, 2003 to Christian and Nicole Lacock of Boise, both former residents of Orofino until 1997. Survivors include Kamea's parents, Chris and Niki Lacock; her big brother Jordan Isaiah, 4; her grandparents Phil and Louise Wait of Boise and Deborah Lacock of Orofino. Kamea is greatly missed by all family members. Funeral services were held Oct. 13 at Boise.

Sharon Lee Norberg, 61, Clarkston
Sharon Norberg, a longtime resident of Clarkston, died Sunday, Nov. 2, 2003. Sharon was born April 25, 1942, in Boise to Millard Cecil and Clara Jeanette Benton. She later moved to Elk City where she married Charles (Abe) Norberg in 1964. She was preceded in death by Abe Norberg; their son, David Norberg; her parents; and one brother. Sharon is survived by three sons, John Norberg of Burbank, Wash, Phil Norberg of Orofino, Bill Norberg of Mesa, Ariz.; and one daughter, Echo Nolte of Clarkston; eight grandsons, two granddaughters and two great-grandchildren. Also four brothers, DeWayne Benton of Kenai, Alaska, Calvin Benton of Oakboro, N.C., Tim Benton of Lenore, and Randy Benton of Great Falls, Mont.; and two sisters, Joyce Thomas of Spokane and Millie Harris of Marashville, N.C. A memorial service was held Wednesday at the Weseman Cemetery in Orofino.

Randy B. Coffield III, 26
Randy Ben Coffield III, 26, of Sagle, Idaho, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003, at State Hospital North in Orofino. Arrangements are pending at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino

Jean Dean, 80, former resident
Jean Dean, former Orofino resident, died peacefully Oct. 3, 2002. She was born to Art and Goldie Goodwin Feb. 14, 1922 in Crookston, Minn. They moved to Pasadena, CA, where Jean attended school and junior college. There, her father had one of the first mobile home sales in southern California. In 1941, she and her first husband, French Lewis, married and moved to Yucca Valley, CA.They opened the first service station in that area and birthed a daughter, Lynda Lee. Jean married Myron Dean Feb. 19, 1952. Jean and Myron lived in Big Bear Lake, CA, where Myron was a ranch foreman. They later opened Twin Bear Stables. Jean became involved with horses and, among other things, helped produce and announce local rodeos. They moved to Orofino in 1977 and purchased a ranch on Upper Fords Creek Road. Later, Jeanie owned and operated the Miller and Dean Insurance Agency in Orofino until 1998. She remained on the ranch until her health deteriorated, and continued to be active with her animals, including horses, cattle, dogs, and cats. Survivors include her only child, Lynda and husband Jim Renshaw of Kooskia; granddaughter Shannon Miller and John Crites of Kooskia; grandson, Cody Miller and wife Debby and great-grandson Levi Gene Miller of Pomeroy, WA.

C. Louise Crowley, 75, Orofino
C. Louise Crowley, Orofino, died Oct. 30, 2002, at St. Joseph Regional Medical in Lewiston. Louise was born Jan. 16, 1927, to Jack and Helen Lindgren Conard in Orofino. She spent her childhood in Orofino and graduated from high school there in 1946. In 1946, she married Wally Rugg in Orofino. They were divorced in 1973. She married James Crowley in Ahsahka in 1982. Louise worked in Orofino as a cook and manager at the Konkolville Restaurant and as the secretary for probate judge Ben Bear. She was a claims adviser for employment Security in Idaho and Oregon until her retirement in 1982. She was active in the Orofino community as a charter member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, a third-generation member of the United Methodist Church, a toastmistress, a member of the Rebekah Lodge and a leader for girls Scouts and Brownies. Louise was an avid gardener and dabbled in oil painting and ceramics. Her crossword puzzle books were her daily adventure. She loved cooking for and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include her husband, James N. Crowley, son John K. Rugg and daughter Patty J. Leonard, all of Lewiston; daughter Marilyn K. Britain of Granite Falls, Wash.; sister Jackie Dunham of Nezperce; many loving cousins; six grandchildren; three step-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren. A public covered-dish luncheon and memorial celebration was held Saturday at the VFW Hall in Orofino. Memorial donations may be sent to the Arthritic Foundation or the VFW Auxiliary, P.O. Box 1270, Orofino, ID 83544. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino was in charge of arrangements.

Isaac L. Allen, 89, retired carpenter
Isaac Lawson Allen of Orofino died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2002 in Orofino. Isaac was born June 1, 1913 in Outlook, Wash. He graduated from Kiona Benton High School in Benton City, Wash. He was a retired carpenter and an honorary member of the Carpenter's Union Local 131 of Seattle, Wash. Survivors include his wife Edith of Orofino; son Daniel F. Boehm of Seattle, Wash.; six daughters, Sharron Fitzsimmons of Edmonds, Wash, Kristi Cawthron, Yakima, Wash., Carol S. Swanson, Arlington, Wash., Tina McCarter, Federal Way, Wash., Linda Smith, Livingston, Mont. and Mary Hjelvik of Seattle; two sisters, Ernestine Dvorak of Aurien, Wash. and Laurel Eldredge, Seattle, Wash.; 28 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. No services will be held. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy H. Quirk, 82
Dorothy H. Quirk of Orofino died Nov. 3, 2002 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. Survivors include two daughters, Karen L. Quirk-Tierney of Orofino and Nancey T. Gould of Bettendorf, Iowa and a son, Patrick A. Quirk of Floriday. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Betty Nash, 79
Betty Nash passed into the care of the Lord on Monday, Nov. 4, 2002 at her home in Kooskia due to old age. Services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9 at Pine Grove Cemetery in Kooskia. A potluck will be held at the Kooskia IOOF hall following the service. Betty was born in Minnesota on Oct. 4, 1923 to Cyrus and Rose Heminger. She later moved to Noxon, MT where she attended school. She married Bill Nash Aug. 21, 1942 at Pierce. Betty is survived by a son, Ace Nash of Lapwai; a daughter, Barbie (Bobbie) Brewster of Lewiston; two daughters-in-law, Donna Nash of Post Falls, and Barbara Nash of Lapwai; a sister, Valerie Heminger of Charlotte, N.C.; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Nash, a son, Jerry Nash and three brothers, Floyd, Arlie and Vern Heminger. Memorial donations may be sent to the Shriners in care of Betty Nash and her great-grandson, Kevin Nash. The address is Shriner's Hospital for Children, P.O. Box 2472, Spokane, WA.

Ernest Ray Church, 71, Orofino
Ernest Ray Church, 71, Orofino, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2001 of heart failure while elk hunting at Brown's Rock. He was born and raised in Orofino. He was a lowboy transport driver known for his skill and expertise in transporting heavy equipment around the back country. He will be remembered as one who knew an honest day's work. Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 5, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Orofino. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Pine Hills Funeral Chapel.

Opal McIntosh, 83, Weippe
Opal McIntosh, 83, Weippe, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2001 of a massive heart attack while she was helping her husband gather out wood outside Weippe. She worked in restaurants in Pierce and Weippe. Her hobbies included gardening, camping, fishing, playing cards, telling stories and the great outdoors. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel.

David I. Helm, 93, Kamiah retiree
David I. Helm, Kamiah, formerly of Caldwell, died Oct. 30, 2001 at the Idaho State Veteran's Home in Lewiston. He was 93. Graveside services were held Monday, Nov. 5, at the Parma Cemetery. He worked in the ranching and timber industries.

Donald A. Demean, 66, Lewiston
Donald A. Demean, 66, of Lewiston, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2001 at St. Joseph Regional Medicl Center in Lewiston. He attended school in Weippe during his teenage years. He was born in Dawson Creek, British Columbia and received his U.S. citizenship in 1963.

Delmer Blankenship, 80
Delmber Blankenship, 80, of Weippe died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001 at Clearwater Valley Hospital. Service arrangements are pending at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel.

Renee C. Benson, 44
Renee Christine Benson of Pierce died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001 at her home in Pierce. Service arrangements are under the direction of Pine Hills Funeral Chapel.

Patricia A. Thomason, 67, OHS Graduate
Patricia A. Thomason, 67, died Nov. 9, 2001 at Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital in Portland, OR. Born in Orofino, she spent her early childhood in Cavendish before moving to Orofino and graduating from Orofino High School. She was a member of COP for several years and cooked at ALACCA Bible Camp in Harpster for the last 29 years. Funeral services were held Nov. 13, 2001 at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Hermiston, OR. Burial followed at Pleasant View Cemetery in Stanfield, OR. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston was in charge of arrangements.

William Fred Tull, 77, Pocatello
William Fred Tull, 77, of Pocatello, died of lupus Oct. 2, 2001. He and his family moved to Orofino in 1930 and he attended Orofino schools until he joined the U.S. Navy in 1942, during his senior year. He worked for many years in the logging industry, and later as a factory representative for Caterpillar Products. Cremation has taken place and a private memorial service was held in Pocatello Oct. 8. A military service is planed at the national cemetery in Kent, WA, in May, 2002.

Leo Thompson, Sr., 80, retired military
Leo Thompson, Sr., died Oct. 6, 2003 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. He was 80. Leo was born April 28, 1923 to Burt and Selena Cook Thompson in Gowanda, NY on the Cattaraugus Reservation. He was a member of the Seneca Nations of Indians. He married Marion Lee Quigley on Jan. 5, 1947 in Mission, Kansas. Marion is the manager of Video Flicks in Orofino. Leo graduated from Gowanda High School and then joined the U.S. Navy. He served for five years, reaching the rank of Lieutenant. He was the first full-blooded Native American to receive his wings. Flying became a life-long love. He owned his own plane and enjoyed sharing his love of flying with his children. After moving to Orofino he finished his military career at the Army National Guard at the rank of Major, and he and Marion started a family. Leo worked as a surveyor for the state of Idaho, flew a crop duster airplane, worked for a consulting engineer firm, and then began his work in the field of construction at a missile base at Gowen Field. He continued with construction work until retirement. He enjoyed working with tools and built many "toys." He also enjoyed hunting and he loved to fish, which was something else he shared with his kids. Leo also played golf and bowled on a league. He was a member of the Masons and Elks. He is survived by his wife, Marion, of 56 years; his children Mike and Lynn, Boise, John and Jean, Asotin, WA, Ellen and Dave McIntosh, Weippe, Leo and Dawnelle, Everett, WA, Kip and Sylvia, Ketchikan, AK, Todd and Susan, Orofino, and Nancy and Greg Rolof, Nampa. Grandchildren are Danna and Rich Smith; Nikki Thompson, Cassie and Luke McIntosh, Maquel, and Christopher Thompson; Elisa and Jessi Korpi, Meredith Thompson, Cassie, Billy and Dusty Rolof and Curtis Chambers. Great-grandchildren are Brenna, Justin, Caleb, Sandra, Alice, Destyn, and Emma Mae. His sister, Lt. Col. Agnes Thompson, Reg, who lives in San Antonio, TX also survives him. At Leo's request, he was cremated. A memorial service will be held Thanksgiving for family and friends. Arrangements are under the direction of Pine Hills Funeral Chapel.

Delma Nellie Stewart, 94, Lewiston
Delma Nellie Stewart passed away Oct. 6, 2003 at Orchards Rehabilitation and Care Center, Lewiston, where she had lived since January 2000. She was 94. Delma was born Feb. 18, 1909 at Grangeville, to Anton and Philestia May Zumalt Dahl. She married Eugene Stewart Nov. 19, 1927 at Lewiston. They lived in the Kooskia and Kamiah area, where her husband worked in the logging industry. In 1947 the couple moved to Weippe, where they owned and operated the Up and Up Tavern and Cafe for several years. They moved to Lewiston in 1969, where she worked for the North Idaho Children's Home until she retired. Her husband passed away October 1980. She is survived by her son Don Stewart and wife Joyce of Weippe; daughters Doris Johnson and husband P.L. of Weippe and Kaye Morgan and husband Bill of Hillsboro, Ohio; three sisters, Bessie Coyle of Clarkston, Laverna Hayden of Lewiston and Francis Smith of Medical Lake, Wash.; two brothers, Melvin Dahl of Woodland, Calif. and Everett Dahl of Santa Rosa, Calif.; 18 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and 32 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, an infant grandson, an infant granddaughter, one great-grandson, four sisters and four brothers. A funeral service was held Friday at Malcom's Brower Wann Funeral Home. Burial followed at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens.

Donald Wayne "Chip" Schembechler, 48
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19 at the Orofino Tabernacle for Donald Wayne "Chip" Schembechler, who died Aug. 30, 2003, the result of an automobile accident. He was 48. Chip was born Aug. 12, 1955 and became the man of the house at eight years old following the death of his father, Donald Wayne Cunningham in December of 1964. In August 1968, he and his two younger brothers, Geoff and Matt became the sons of Bo Schembechler after Bo's marriage to his mother Mildred Louise, and began anew in Ann Arbor, Mich. Chip returned to Ann Arbor to attend to his mother "Millie" for her eight-month battle with cancer, which she succumbed to in August, 1992. Chip is now next to her in Ann Arbor. As a little boy, Chip was dubbed "Nature Boy" by all who knew him. With his lifelong love for the outdoors, Chip had found his home in Orofino. Chip is survived by his father Bo and wife Kathy; brother Geoff and wife Amy; nephews Ryan and Kyle; brother Matt and brother Schemy and wife Mehgan. Pastor Paul Cross will officiate the memorial service to be held Sunday.

Isabel Saunders, 94, oldest living Nez Perce
Isabel Saunders, 94, of Kamiah died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003 at Grangeville Health and Rehab. Isabel was the oldest living Nez Perce. She was well known for her beautiful beadwork. She was also a member of the Nez Perce Language Board. Isabel was born between Stites and Kooskia Dec. 13, 1908 and was raised at times by her grandmother, Carrie Brown. Her mother was Agnes Corbett Weaskus, a Nez Perce from Kooskia and her father Clifford George, was a Walla Walla Cayuse from Pendleton, Ore. She is a descendent of Chief Eats No Meat of the Walla Walla Tribe, and is believed to be a descendant of Chief Looking Glass. From age nine to age 15, Isabel spent time at a TB hos-pital in Lapwai, where she was a student and patient. Her aunt Viola Morris and Neely Axtel were cooks there also. In 1924 Isabel left Lapwai and moved to Boise to be a housekeeper in private homes in and around the capital. Isabel married Joe White of Lapwai in 1932. Joe died about 1935 and Isabel later married Jim Saunders of Grace Harbor, Wash. The couple had five children. After a divorce in 1950, Isabel worked in the Cushman Indian Hospital at Tacoma, Wash. In 1962 she returned to Kamiah. In 1966, she was one of the last remaining tribal elders in-strumental in renewing the tradition of root feasts in the area. It is a 7-Drum celebration that recognized man's dependence on Mother Earth. It is a celebration of thanks and reverence for the food provided to nourish our bodies, and the veins of water that flow to sustain us. Isabel is survived by two sons, Sanders Wolfchild of Lewiston and Wayne Saunders of Warm Springs, Ore. and one sister, Martha W. Eveleth of Lapwai. She has numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held at the Wa-a-yas Community Center in Kamiah Oct. 12. Bur-ial at her family cemetery in Stites followed a 7-Drum Ceremony and funeral service held Monday.

Ira T. Burton, 59
Ira T. Burton of Weiser passed away Sunday, Oct. 12, 2003 at a Seattle, WA medical center after fighting a courageous battle with cancer for the last five years. A vigil service will be recited at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Weiser. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 at St. Agnes Catholic Church. Private family services will be held at a later date in Rockford, WA. Arrangements are under the direction of Thomason Funeral Home, Weiser.

Omer V. Richardson, 85, Orofino native
Omer V. Richardson of Port Townsend, WA, died Oct. 7, 2002 at Port Townsend. Born June 17, 1917 to Victor M. and Manie Cordell Richardson in Orofino, where he was also raised, Omer worked as a carpenter and cattle rancher. He retired in 1972 and moved to Port Townsend. He married Nadine Lamont in 1947 at Orofino. She preceeded him in death. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942-45 during WWII. He was stationed in the Pacific as a machinist mate second class. Omer enjoyed camping and fishing. Survivors include two sons, Vic Richardson of Marysville, WA, and Mike Richardson of Lenore, ID; a daugther, Cathy Bunce of Medford, OR; 11 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 21 at Riverside Cemetery in Orofino. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Robert A. Young, 88, Oregon
Robert A. Young of Woodburn, Ore. died Oct. 11, 2002. Robert was born at Coalridge, Mont. and grew up in Montana. He married Esther Hueth, Oct. 31, 1935 at Coalridge, Mont. They made their home there before moving to Weippe in 1937. They moved to Washing-ton in 1957, having lived in Seattle and Morton before moving to Woodburn Senior Estates in 1993. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was a member of the American Legion in Aurora, Wash. He ran a sawmill while in Idaho and built a saw-mill while living in Morton, Wash. He owned bait houses when in Seattle. He had worked as a fitter for the Boilermaker Union, also in Seattle. He then retired, moving to Morton. Robert enjoyed fishing and hunting, especially in Alaska. He enjoyed making and fixing things and was creative. Survivors include his wife Esther, of Woodburn, Ore.; son Fred Young of Mt. Vernon, Wash.; daughter Eunice Yates of Molalla, Ore.; sister, Ellen Dundore; nine grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Oct. 14 at Cornwell Colonial Chapel in Woodburn, Ore. Interment was at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Ore., with full military honors.

Lewis Blair Harrington, 73, Kamiah
Lewis Blair Harrington passed away October 18, 2002 in Kamiah, Idaho. He was born in Lewiston, Idaho to Mattie and Lewis Harrington on June 15, 1929. Blair grew up in Lewiston and attended N.I.C.E., later receiving a degree from the University of Idaho and a Master's at the University of Oregon. He played football at N.I.C.E., during the Korean conflict, and in the Canadian Football League. He began teaching in Culdesac in 1956 and coached football, basketball, and baseball. He moved twice more, finally ending up in Kamiah in 1964, where he taught and coached various sports. In 1998 he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for his work coaching and starting high school wrestling programs throughout Northern Idaho. Blair enjoyed all types of hunting and operated an outfitting and guiding service for bear hunters from 1973 to 1980. In 1954 he married Delores Howerton in Lewiston. She survives him at their home in Kamiah. He is also survived by a sister, Phyllis Cermak of Beaverton, OR; two sons, David Harrington of Pullman, WA, and Donald Skinner of Kamiah. At his request, no formal funeral will be held. A short memorial service will be held at his Selway property for family and friends on Saturday, October 26 at 11 a.m.


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