Ruby Pearl Newkirk Horney
Ruby Pearl Newkirk Horney, 89, longtime Moscow resident, died of renal failure Thursday at Good Samaritan Village in Moscow, Idaho.
She was born March 2, 1908, to Nathan and Lillian Parkins Newkirk in Colfax, Wash. She was reared and educated in Colfax and Anatone, Wash., graduating from Asotin High School in 1927.
She married Merrill Horney Jan. 1, 1928. They made their home in Moscow. She was a homemaker and he was a carpenter and millwright in the area and foreman at the University of Idaho physical plant. He retired in the early 1970s.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Moscow, Sunnyside Circle, Moscow Grange, Kendrick Camper Club, Moscow Road Runners IH Club and Moscow Mountain Club. She also had been a member of Star Rebekah Lodge No. 15 since 1939 and had achieved the degree of chivalry.
She was especially fond of her family and enjoyed camping, baking, music and handwork.
She is survived by her husband at the family home in Moscow; one son, Ernest Horney of Moscow; two daughters, Marilyn Fisher of Spokane and Joyce Smith of Moscow; a sister, Georgia Allen of Clarkston, Wash.; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by five brothers and sisters.
The memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Moscow.
A private graveside service will be held at the Moscow Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston, Idaho.
Letha Jane Myers
Letha Jane Myers, 86, a resident of Moscow and formerly of Pullman, Wash., and Hermiston, Ore., died of age-related causes Thursday at Good Samaritan Village in Moscow, Idaho.
She was born Jan. 22, 1911, to William and Lora Sanders Thomason in Meridian, Idaho. She attended school at Melba, Idaho, and later attended beauty school in Caldwell, Idaho. She then worked as a beauty operator. She married Emmett S. Myers on Sept. 24, 1931, in Klamath Falls, Ore., where they lived for a short time before moving to Lake Lowell, Idaho. Her husband worked for the Wilder Irrigation District until 1945 when he was transferred by the Bureau of Reclamation as supervisor of the Arock, Ore., Irrigation District near Jordan Valley. During this time Letha worked as a bookkeeper for several years.
The family later moved to Stanfield, Ore., and Dryden, Wash. Three years later they moved to Hermiston. Following her husband's death in 1963 she continued living in Hermiston until moving to Pullman and later to Spokane. Following a severe stroke in 1985 she returned to the Palouse and has lived for the last 11 years at Good Samaritan.
While living in Pullman, Letha worked as a house mother at Kappa Kappa Gamma and Alpha Chi Omega sororities at Washington State University and also for a year at the University of Idaho.
She was a gifted artist and, following her husband's death enjoyed painting oils and watercolors.
She had her first one-woman show in Hermiston in 1962 and two at WSU. She painted for display as well as for Pullman-area residents.
She loved flowers and was especially fond of roses. She enjoyed growing them and also was a nationally-accredited flower-show judge. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Queen Esther Chapter in Hermiston and became a 50-year member of the Oregon State Grange. She was an active member of the Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs in Hermiston and a former member of the Presbyterian Church in Stanfield.
She is survived by her daughter, Juanita Hower of Pullman; one sister, Myrtie Bowline of Rathdrum, Idaho; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 2 - 5 p.m. Saturday at Kimball Funeral Home in Pullman. Visitation in Hermiston will be held at Burns Funeral Home on Monday from 3 to 6 p.m.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hermiston Cemetery followed by a memorial service at the Umatilla Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. Pastor Dorothy Knudson will officiate both services. A memorial service will be held at Good Samaritan Village in Moscow at a later date.
Memorials are suggested to the Good Samaritan Village, 640 N. Eisenhower, Moscow, Idaho 83843.
Arrangements are under the direction of Kimball Funeral Home in Pullman.
Kenneth W. Hedglin
Kenneth W. Hedglin, 68, longtime Moscow, Idaho, resident and antique dealer, died of a heart attack Jan. 3 at a hospital in Longview, Wash.
He was born April 22, 1929, to Charles E. and Agnes Severson Hedglin in Bemidji, Minn. He was reared and educated in Bemidji.
He moved to Washington state in 1946 and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict from 1951 to 1953.
He moved to Moscow in 1956. He attended the University of Idaho and graduated in 1960.
He worked for Central Pre-Mix in Moscow as a truck driver and retired in 1991.
He enjoyed his retirement and spent his time buying, selling and collecting antiques. He operated two antique booths at The Hanger in Clarkston, Wash.
He is survived by a brother, Clarence Hedglin of Kelso, Wash.; a sister, Mary Gibbs of Whittier, Calif.; and two nieces.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 1036 W. A St. in Moscow.
Memorial may be made to a favorite charity.
Boyd A. Martin
Boyd A. Martin, 86, emeritus professor of political science and emeritus dean of the College of Letters and Science at the University of Idaho, died Thursday at Good Samaritan Village in Moscow, Idaho.
He was born March 3, 1911, to Archer Olmstead and Norah Claudine Imbler Martin east of Cottonwood, Idaho. He attended school in Cottonwood, Lewiston and Nezperce, Idaho, graduating from Nezperce High School in 1929.
He was active in 4-H Club work, participated in school activities and played football and basketball. He worked on his parents' farm until he entered the university.
He attended Pasadena City College in 1932-33, University of California at Los Angeles during the summer of 1934, and graduated from the University of Idaho in 1936 with majors in political science, economics, history and sociology. At Stanford University he completed a master's degree in 1937 and a doctorate in 1943 with a major in political science and minors in economics and sociology.
He married Grace Charlotte Swingler on Dec. 29, 1933.
Martin held instructorships at both the UI and Stanford before completing his doctorate. He took his first position at the UI in 1938, then returned to Stanford to teach and later rejoined the Idaho staff in 1940. He became assistant professor in 1943, associate professor in 1944 and professor in 1947. He served as a visiting professor at Stanford University several times and at the University of California at Berkeley once.
He was appointed head of the Department of Social Science in 1947, assistant dean of the College of Letters and Science in 1947 and dean in 1955.
While at the UI he created and became director of the Bureau of Public Research. In 1973 he became the first Borah Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the UI.
He and his wife had a continuing interest in war and peace throughout their lives, which led them to start planning their own institute while at Stanford in 1937. They gave their life savings to found the Martin Institute for Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution (originally named the Martin Institute of Human Behavior) in 1979.
The Martins combined their academic lives with lives of service and activities outside the campus. Boyd Martin represented the State Department in the Alliance for Progress in Central and South America, especially in Ecuador. He served on the board of the National Association of the Partners of the Alliance and later on the Inter-American Coordinating Committee of the Partners of the Alliance.
Other activities off campus included attending the U.N. Conference in San Francisco in 1945. For many years he was a member of the Commission to Study the Organization of Peace.
For a number of years, he was chairman of the Legislative Committee of the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and he worked with the Northern Idaho Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Idaho Commission on the Humanities and Arts and the Governor's Centennial Commission. He served for five years on the Idaho Constitutional Revision Commission.
Martin had received a number of awards and honors, including the Idaho Statesman's Distinguished Citizen Award, the UI Distinguished Idahoan Award, appointment to the University of Idaho Hall of Fame, and a Distinguished Citizen Award from the Moscow Chamber of Commerce.
During his academic career, Dr. Martin either authored or co-authored nine books and 30 professional articles. His most recent book, "Idaho Voting Trends," was published in 1975.
He is survived by two sons; Michael Archer Martin of Santa Rosa, Calif., and William Archer Martin of Nolanville, Texas.; two brothers, Sanford Keith Martin of Phoenix, and Owen Aubra Martin of Portland, Ore.; a sister, Elizabeth Pearl Martin O'Rourke of Nezperce, Idaho; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife; a sister, Leafa Lavel; and two brothers, Bayard Lowell Martin and Durward I. Martin. A memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the UI Administration Auditorium.
The family suggests that memorials may be made to: Martin Institute, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, 83844-3229.
Carolyn Brown, 56, a former business owner and homemaker from Juliaetta, Idaho, died of cancer Sunday at Pullman Memorial Hospital in Pullman, Wash.
She was born Dec. 24, 1941, to Orvile E. and Olean Pruitt Skaggs in Indianapolis. She moved with her family to Kendrick, Idaho, in 1954. She graduated from Kendrick High School in 1959.
She married Jack Brown Dec. 5, 1959, in Juliaetta. They lived throughout the Northwest until returning to Juliaetta in 1968.
She owned and operated the Little Brown Jug Antiques, Granny's Pantry and Bakery Restaurant as well as a gift shop in Juliaetta.
She was a member of the Southwick Community Church and a 4-H leader for seven years.
She also was a co-founder of the Juliaetta Centennial Park.
Her hobbies included horse shows, gardening, cooking and collecting antiques and glassware.
Survivors include her husband at their Juliaetta home; two daughters, Lori Brocke of Kendrick and Anna Brown of Juliaetta; her mother and stepfather Olean and John Cuddy of Kendrick; three sisters, Jean Jordan of Pendleton, Ore., Patsy Christensen of Yakima, Wash., and Judy Clark of Moses Lake, Wash.; two brothers, Joe Cuddy of Anchorage, Alaska, and Terry Skaggs of Desert Hot Springs, Calif.; and two grandchildren.
Viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Memorial Chapel in Lewiston, Idaho.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Orchards Community Church, 822 Bryden in Lewiston. Burial will be at the Juliaetta Cemetery.
Family and friends are invited to a dinner at the Kendrick VFW Hall following services.
Memorials may be made to the Juliaetta Centennial Park or the Southwick Community Church.
Laurence A. Steelsmith
Laurence A. Steelsmith, 81, a lifelong Latah County, Idaho, farmer, died of kidney failure Monday, at Gritman Medical Center in Moscow, Idaho.
He was born Feb. 24, 1916, to Benjamin Franklin and Hazel V. Trout Steelsmith at his grandparent's homestead on Driscoll Ridge near Troy, Idaho. He graduated from Troy High School in 1934 and attended Lewiston Normal School, now Lewis-Clark State College, for a short time. He was a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1940-46 and served in the European Theater during World War II. While in the Army he attained the rank of captain.
After his discharge from the military, he returned to the family farm. He and his brother worked the farm, rotating wheat, peas and lentils. The farm and hard work were his only hobbies and ambitions. He never married.
He is survived by his brother, Clarence, at their farm on Driscoll Ridge; a sister, Alice V. Cave of Spokane; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by three sisters.
No services are planned. Short's Funeral Chapel in Moscow is in charge of the arrangements.
Henry W. Silha
Henry W. Silha, 82, a retired University of Idaho professor, died of pneumonia Sunday at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane.
He was born to Frank W. and Anna Christenson Silha July 30, 1915, in Big Sandy, Mont., where he was reared and educated. He attended Northern Montana College for two years and graduated from Montana State College in Bozeman in 1940 with a degree in mechanical engineering.
In 1941 he married Daphne DeBruin and accepted a teaching position at the University of Idaho, where he completed a master's degree and taught mechanical engineering for 39 years. His love of teaching and his coaching of students produced graduates employed by major companies throughout the world. As a leader in the teaching profession he was active in several societies, including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society of Metallurgy and the American Society of Engineering Education.
Silha enjoyed fishing and camping with family and friends, accordion playing and gardening. He was well known for helping people with their many repair projects. His favorite pastime was metal and woodworking projects, most of which were given away as presents. When a part could not be fixed he designed and made a new one.
He also completed projects for the First United Methodist Church in Moscow where he was a member for more than 50 years. After he retired he joined the Old Time Fiddlers and the Northwest Travelers group. He enjoyed visiting with people and he would say he was never a stranger for long in a crowd.
He is survived by his wife at their Moscow home; two daughters, Marlene Martin of Danville, Ky., and Elaine Garrett of Dillon, Mont.; a son, Carlan Silha of Kent, Wash., a sister, Lillian Gort of Great Falls, Mont.; two grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Viewing will be until 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Short's Funeral Chapel in Moscow.
Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. William Green officiating. Burial will follow at the Moscow Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church or the University of Idaho's Mechanical Engineering Department.
Tracy A. Putman
Tracy A. Putman, 89, former Moscow, Idaho, resident, died of age-related causes Sunday in Salem, Ore.
He was born Jan. 12, 1908, to Myron and Anna Putman in Leitonia, Pa.
He was married Dec. 29, 1940, in Potlatch, Idaho.
He served in the U.S. Army During World War II.
Putman worked for the Idahonian, now the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, in Moscow for a number of years.
They moved to Salem in 1976 and had lived there since.
He was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Salem and enjoyed crocheting and playing the piano.
He is survived by a son, Philip M. Putman of Deer Park, Wash.; two daughters, Joanne E. Mickey of Salem and Helen I. Jarvis of Albany, Ore.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna J. Putman in 1966.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Ore.
Virgil T. Golden Funeral Services of Salem is in charge of the arrangements.