George W. Pearcey, 81, Orofino
George W. Pearcey, 81, Orofino, passed away Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008. He was a faller and Cat operator for the logging industry.
George was born Oct. 23, 1926 in Wheatland, WY to George and Hattie (Fay) Pearcey.
He married Beverly Haralson June 9, 1973 in Orofino.
He taught Bible classes at the Assembly of God Church in Kendrick.
His wife, Beverly, survives him at the family home in Orofino. George is also survived by four daughters, Georgia Pliant, Lapwai; Sandra Kiesser, Washougal, WA; Julie Morea, Coeur d'Alene and Lori Bringman, Lewiston; one son, Russel Haralson, Orofino; 14 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, 1 sister and 3 brothers.
He was preceded in death by a son, Joel Pearcey; his parents, three sisters and three brothers.
Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 9, at 1 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel with Pastor Marion Pruessler, Kendrick, officiating. A potluck will follow at the Orofino Tabernacle.
Harley David Casteel, 83, formerly of Orofino
Harley David Casteel, 83 passed away from Alzheimer's disease on Sunday the 3rd of August, 2008. at Wedgewood Terrace, Stepping Stones Care Facility in Lewiston. He had been living at the facility for the last four years.
Harley was born July 10, 1925 in Orofino to George and Blanche Oliver Casteel where he grew up living and farming on Harmony Heights.
Harley married E. June Hollingsworth on Dec. 20, 1950. They raised three children living in Pierce, Townsite 4, and Headquarters.
Dad always enjoyed being in the outdoors and loved to spend time camping and fishing on the North Fork of the Clearwater, cutting wood and driving mountain roads looking for game or huckleberry picking. Dad enjoyed hunting for years but eventually got to the point that he enjoyed looking at wild game more than hunting it.
Dad spent many years as a scoutmaster in Headquarters, taking scouts to many spring camps, winter camps, and on a "50 miler" hike that subsisted on, among other food, a massive amount of fish and gallons of "Tang".
He worked different jobs, including the creamery in Orofino, the Ahsahka Mill and eventually landed in Headquarters working for Potlatch Corp. He started out working as a cat mechanic and then eventually went to a salary job and then as shop foreman. At the end of Dad's time with Potlatch, he was shop foreman at Jaype. He put in 32 years with the company.
Dad always kept busy after retirement and worked at Barney's gas station on Riverside and was on the Riverside Water Board after retirement in 1985. He also did various jobs for Charlie 'Red' McCollister on his property above Orofino.
Harley was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Vy, and brothers Marshall and Arden and by his daughter Vicki.
Survivors include his wife, June, and two sons, David and Elsie Casteel of Great Falls, MT and Brian Casteel and Elaine Best of Lewiston, two grandchildren and four great grandchildren, soon to be five.
A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, Aug., 8, at 11 a.m. at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wedgewood Stepping Stones Care Facility, 2114 Vineyard Ave., Lewiston.
DonLina Kessinger, 61, Orofino
DonLina Kessinger, 61, Orofino, passed away Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008, at Clearwater Valley Hospital from cancer.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel, Orofino, is caring for arrangements.
George Wallace Pearcey, 81, Orofino
George Wallace Pearcey, 81, Orofino, passed away Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008, at Clearwater Valley Hospital.
A public viewing will be held Friday, Aug. 8, from 3-5 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 9 at 1 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Phyllis L. Nissen, 83, formerly of Peck
Phyllis L. Nissen, 83, formerly of Peck and recently of Lewiston, died Tuesday, July 28, 2008 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
Mountain View Funeral Home, Lewiston, is caring for the arrangements.
Joseph "Joe" Bross, 88, formerly of Weippe
Joseph A. "Joe" Bross, 88, of Pullman and formerly of Weippe, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 30, 2008 in Pullman, WA.
Joe was born July 14, 1920 in McCall, to Joseph and Effie (Cruse) Bross Sr. He grew up and attended school in McCall, graduating from high school there. As a teenager, Joe was hired to help pull the canoes through the water in the Indian chase scene in "Northwest Passage". While filming in McCall at the head of Payette Lake, he was privileged to met Robert Young and Spencer Tracy. During the summers Joe would help fight forest fires and manned a fire lookout when he was 17 years old.
Joe attended the University of Washington for several years and then served our country in the U.S. Army. Upon his honorable discharge he returned to McCall where he worked in the McCall Post Office prior to beginning his career as an Idaho Fish and Game Officer.
Joe married Genevieve Waters on July 17, 1943 in Wichita Falls, TX. During his 37 years of service with the Fish & Game Dept., together they were stationed in Mountain Home, Oreana, Arco, Moore, Weippe and McCall where they made their home. Following Joe's retirement they moved to Sedro-Wooley, WA where they made their home. Following Genevieve's death in 2004 Joe moved to Pullman in June of 2005 to be closer to family.
He enjoyed nature and loved family. Some of his happiest times were riding his horses in the wilderness areas. Joe's horses, dogs and cats also held a special place in his heart. He enjoyed recalling and telling about his years growing up and the many adventures he encountered as a Fish and Game officer. His "catching poachers" stories brought a gleam to his eye.
Joe was an avid reader on many subjects and a member of the Odd Fellows. He enjoyed people and was very watchful of their needs. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
He is survived by his three daughters Deena Stevens of Pullman; Regeena Peterson and husband Jim of Bozeman, MT; Jennifer Wilson and husband Dan of LaCrosse, WI; a brother Richard (Dick) Bross and sister Barbara Jamieson both of Boise; his grandchildren and spouses Ron and Tricia Stevens, Scott and Michelle Stevens, JoDeen and Rick Smith, Charlene and Keith Rathbun, Kathy and Jim Miller, Anne and Ryan Johnson and Brian Peterson, 12 great grandchildren and his cat Rascal. In addition to his wife, Joe was preceded in death by his parents, his son-in-law Ron Stevens and a granddaughter Sarah Peterson.
A memorial reception to honor Joe's life will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008 from 2-3 p.m. at the Independent Terrace Social Room at Bishop Place Retirement Community in Pullman. A private inurnment will take place at the Pullman Cemetery. Kimball Funeral Home of Pullman is caring for the family. Online condolences may be made to www.kimballfh.com.
Memorial donations are suggested to the Humane Society of your choice.
Phyllis Squire, Orofino
Phyllis Squire, Orofino, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2008, in Spokane, WA.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008, at Best Western Lodge at River's Edge.
Junia G. Hill Odenwald, 81, former of Orofino
Junia G. Hill Odenwald, 81, of Lewiston, passed away on Sunday, July 27, 2008, at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, after a three-year battle with cancer. Our pillar of strength, our foundation in life, has been set free of her earthly duties to join her parents, Norman Lester Hill and Frances Ruth Johns Hill and others who have been waiting for her.
Junia or Junie, as most called her, was born on June 8, 1927, at home in Kendrick, the eighth of eleven children born to Lester and Ruth. She spent her young life and elementary school years at Kendrick. Her family moved to Clarkston, WA when she was 12 where she graduated from Clarkston High School in 1945. She lost both her parents that year. She lost her mom to cancer and was soon after notified that her father had died in a WWII prison camp in Japan.
Junie was married to James A. Heaton from 1945 until 1972. They spent five years in Clarkston and San Diego in the Navy and then settled in Orofino.
Along with raising her children in Orofino, Junie sustained her family with her diligence and hard work, sewing, gardening, canning, baking, raising chickens, orcharding and holding our lives together with the seriousness of a devoted mother. When not working the earth to keep her family fed and healthy, for many years she enjoyed membership with the Rebekah Lodge in Orofino and playing pinochle with women friends from our neighborhood at Konkolville and monthly couples' pinochle games. Every friend and kid's friend was welcome at her home and there was always enough food on the table for everyone. Junie worked several years in the kitchen at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino, and had a short, happy stint at the library there.
On September 13, 1977, Junie married Walter F. Odenwald in Orofino. Walt and Junie spent the next 25 years in a joint gardening partnership: canned, preserved and froze any natural food products they could secure. Grown children came around with empty wide-mouthed jars hoping for the offer of pickles and sauerkraut. They spent several years after Walt's retirement traveling and visiting relatives and friends from southern California to Canada. Junie and Walt enjoyed so many well-deserved and wonderful adventures with such fond memories of those that they had been unable to see during their working years. In 2004, they moved to Lewiston from Orofino to be nearer to family. Walt survives Junie at their home at Juniper Meadows in Lewiston.
Also surviving, are Junie's sisters: Eleanor Hartung, Portland, OR, Norma Mercer, Port Orchard, WA, and Doris McCrosky, Lewiston; her sister-in-law, Beverly Adams, Orofino; twenty-three nephews and nieces; her children: Michael and Laura Heaton, Clarkston; James and Wendy (Reed) Heaton, Lewiston; Debra Heaton, Clarkston; and Paula Heaton and husband Pete Beeson, Moscow; step-children: Nancy Reiland, Boise; Larry Richardson, and their families; her grandchildren: Jeffrey Heaton, Sedro Wooley, WA; Scott and Karen Heaton, Spokane, WA; Carlene Frost, Lewiston; Billy Montambo, Lewiston; Ethan Karn, Moscow; Nicholas Wahl, Seattle, WA; Katie Wahl, Clarkston, ; Jaina Beeson Crossler and Andy Crossler, Moscow; Annie Beeson, Eugene, OR; great grandchildren: Kaci Heaton Williams and husband Michael Williams, Hubert, NC; Haley Heaton, Lewiston, Alaina Broekhof, Clarkston; Trysten James Frost, Lewiston; and her newest of three months whom she was blessed to meet and hold, Noah James Crossler, Moscow.
Those passing before Junie were: her parents, her brothers and sisters: Garth Hill, Gerald Hill, Enid Timpey, Charles "Bob" Hill, Kenneth Hill, Aloea Mae Kurdy, Claire "Pete" Hill; her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Gaston and Margaret (Odenwald) Kelly. She is back in their arms.
There will be a graveside service officiated by Pastor Brad Bramlett of New Bridges for Junie on Saturday, August 2, at 10 a.m., at Lewis Clark Memorial Gardens, 3521 7th Street in Lewiston, followed with a luncheon for all at the Paulter Center, 549 5th Street, Clarkston, WA. Arrangements have been put into the caring hands of Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston.
Barbara Mae Radtke, 66, Orofino
Barbara Mae Radtke lost a courageous fight with cancer Thursday, July 24, 2008.
Barbara was born Nov. 28, 1941, in Kooskia to Opal and Glen Weeks.
She married Edward T. Radtke July 9, 1958. They lived in Orofino for the last 18 years and moved to Lewiston in 2008. They observed their 50th wedding anniversary July 9 of this year.
Barbara is survived by her husband, Edward; daughters, Lorrie and Teddy Smith, Debra Lynn John Adams, all of Lewiston and Lilia Kennedy of Clarkston, WA; grandchildren Rob, Nick, Chelsey, Sarah, Jeffrey, Joe, Jason, Shelby, Holly and Racheal; 12 great-grandchildren; and sister at heart, Mary Massey.
She was preceded in death by her son, Edward Owen Radtke; her parents, Opal and Glen; and brothers, Robert, Wesley, Kenneth, Galeon and Lyle Weeks.
Barbara loved to spend time with family and especially her dear friends, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved being outdoors, four-wheeling, camping and working in her flower beds.
Cremation has taken place, and at her request there will be no services. A family gathering is being planned at a later date.
You were dearly loved by all who knew you; may you rest in loving peace, mother.
Wilbert A. Grovom, 86, Lenore
Wilbert Arlo Grovom, 86, of Lenore entered the gates of heaven at his home in Lenore on Tuesday, July 15, 2008, of chronic pulmonary disease. He was surrounded by his children when he left this Earth to be reunited with his wife, Mercedene.
He was born and raised on the family farm near Homestead, MT, on Aug. 24, 1921, to Nels Grovom and Clara Kveseth-Grovom. Delivered by his father, he was the youngest of 12 children. He grew up in a Norwegian-speaking home and attended school in Homestead, where he learned to speak English. He worked on a third-generation family farm upon completion of school, as well as the shipyards in Seattle.
Wilbert married Mercedene Sorenson, his one true love, on Nov. 7, 1942, in Seattle. He faithfully cared for his wife of 53 years, who suffered from a crippling disease most all of their married life. Four wonderful children were born of their marriage. Mercedene passed away in 1995.
Wilbert was drafted to serve in the U.S. Army in 1943, leaving behind his wife and infant son. He faithfully served his country until being honorably discharged on Feb. 14, 1945.
After discharge from the Army, Wilbert began his long and rewarding career as a crane operator. He was a member of the Operating Engineers from 1946 until the time of his death. Wilbert was known as Bill by his fellow crane operators. He was known to be one of the best crane operators in the Northwest. He was an intricate part of the construction of many dams in the West, including the Dworshak Dam. He was a great teacher and taught many his trade. Bill found much pride in watching those he taught become fine crane operators. Although excellent in his trade, you would never hear Bill boast about himself. He was quite humble and felt one's work should speak for itself. He retired from the Operating Engineers in 1981, after 37 years.
Upon retirement, Wilbert decided to work in Alaska on the Alaska Pipeline as well as the Hanford Nuclear Project, which finished his career.
Wilbert and his family fell in love with the area while here during the construction of the Dworshak Dam, and decided to make Lenore his home. Wilbert and his son were the first to establish a home in Cook's Paradise Acres at Lenore.
He was a Freemason for 48 years, as well as a member of the International Fraternity of Shriners.
After retirement, Wilbert enjoyed spending time at his shop welding, working on special projects or anything else he could find to keep himself busy. He was very inventive; seldom buying parts, he would make do with what he had. If it wouldn't work for what he needed, he found a way to make it work! He was an accomplished mechanic. Wilbert spent many a day working at "the shop" with his son and grandsons, with much joy and pride, teaching them all he knew. Up until the last couple years, you could often find him working on heavy equipment around his property. He definitely could be called the "Jack of all trades, master of none!" He tremendously enjoyed watching Westerns with his family. Every time you walked into Dad's house, a Western was on!
Wilbert and Mercedene enjoyed spending many boating and camping excursions on the Dworshak Reservoir with their children and grandchildren, creating many cherished memories. Wilbert was proud of his family. He was a good man, a humble man. He worked hard and provided a good life for his wife and children. He was full of humor and wit, displaying it right up until his passing.
Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Bobbie Grovom of Lenore; and daughters and sons-in-law, Sheryll and Bill Hunt of Beaverton, OR., Marsha and Clark Jenks of Orofino and Cindy and Gene Pryor of Klamath Falls, OR. Other survivors include his grandchildren, Jeff Hunt and wife Katherine, Scot Grovom, Misty Crooks and Glenn Carvey, Jonathan Hunt and wife Mellissa, Christy Gering and husband Jeremy, Shane Grovom and wife Jeri, Kari Gering and husband Tim, Tracy Steiner, Stacy Howard and husband Tom, Teri Ewing and husband Wes, Jason Pryor and wife Briget; nephew, Dennis Peterson, of Lenore; numerous nieces and nephews and 23 great-grandchildren.
Wilbert was preceded in death by his wife, Mercedene; his parents; and 11 brothers and sisters.
There will be a memorial service (casual dress) to honor Wilbert at 4 p.m. next Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Lenore Rest Area. A potluck dinner will immediately follow the service. Jeremy Gering will officiate at the celebration.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Wilbert's name go to the Shiners Hospital for Children at 911 W. Fifth Ave., Spokane, WA 99204. (509) 455-7844.
Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.