Faye Pritchard Bear, 107, formerly of Orofino
Faye Pritchard Bear, 107, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009 at the Lewiston Rehabilitation and Care Center.
The daughter of Ellis and Josie Pritchard, she was born March 7, 1901 on a farm near Beaver City, NE. Her early education was received in a rural school, District Number One, through the first eight years. She attended Beaver City High School, then an Adventist parochial school in Hastings, NE. She then attended Union College in College View (Lincoln), NE where she studied education and became a teacher. She returned to the farm where her parents lived and taught the District Number One rural school for three years, the same school she attended as a child.
She graduated from Nursing School at the Portland Adventist Hospital in Portland, OR in 1927. She accepted a position on the hospital staff as a Registered Nurse and Registered Medical Records Librarian. She was the Secretary-Treasurer of the Oregon State Medical Records Librarians in 1948 and 1949. She worked at the Portland Adventist Hospital for 22 years.
During World War II she met an old friend whom she had known in Nebraska in her younger days. Benjamin H. Bear and Faye Pritchard were married in 1949. They lived in Orofino where Mr. Bear was the Clearwater County Probate Judge for 16 years. Judge Bear passed away December 8, 1977. Mrs. Bear stayed in Orofino until 2003 when she moved to Lewiston to be near friends Robert and Betty Hufman.
Mrs. Bear loved to garden and play the piano. She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and was involved in Senior Citizen activities. She will be missed by many. At her request there will be no services; a private interment will be held in Lewiston. Those wishing may make a contribution in her memory to the charity of choice, or the Clearwater Valley Senior Center, P.O. Box 93, Orofino, ID. 83544.
Arrangements are with Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home, Lewiston.
Eloise, J. Fish, 93, Orofino
Eloise J. Fish, 93, Orofino passed away at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation in Orofino Sunday, January 18, 2009.
Cremation will take place and no services are planned at this time. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
MaryAnn Erickson, 74, Orofino
MaryAnn Erickson, 74, Orofino passed away at her residence in Orofino Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009.
Cremation will take place. Memorial services are to be held at a later date this spring.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Lula Lee Day, 74, Orofino
Lula Lee Day, 74, Orofino, passed away Friday, Jan. 16, 2009 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel with burial to follow at Orofino Riverside Cemetery.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.
Joseph (Joe) George Turner, 62 of Orofino
Joseph (Joe) George Turner passed away Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009 at his residence in Orofino.
Joe Turner was born to Walter and Lola (Bernier) Turner Nov. 28, 1946 in Grangeville. He grew up in Grangeville and attended Grangeville High School graduating in 1965. He entered into the Army National Guard of Idaho and was honorably discharged on Sept. 8, 1969.
He married Rose Bonner on Nov. 21, 1964 in Grangeville. They had four children, a daughter and three sons. They later divorced on April 1, 1989. Joe remained unmarried.
Joe Turner worked at C and B Music in Lewiston from 1981 to 1989. In 1989, he was employed at the Idaho Department of Corrections in Orofino and worked there until he retired in 2007.
Joe was a member of the First Christian Church in Orofino. He was an avid star gazer and enjoyed fishing, hiking, camping and meditation.
Joe leaves behind his daughter, Jana Nelson of Spokane, WA; and sons: Joe Jr. Turner of Kuna, Robert Lipke and Jake Lipke both of Orofino; his father Walter Turner of Grangeville; and brother Jerry Turner of Grangeville. He is also survived by four grandchildren all of Spokane, WA; two nieces, one nephew and two great-grand nieces and two great-grand nephews.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Lola Bernier Turner, and sister, Judy Turner Entrup.
A Memorial Services will be held Monday, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Orofino.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.
Phil Sheahan, 62, former OHS music teacher
Phil Sheahan, 62, died Jan. 4, 2009 unexpectedly at a Park City Clinic.
He was born Aug. 25, 1946 in Kenosha, WI to Phillip and Elsie Sheahan. He was a graduate of music from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He then played tuba in the 6th US Army Band, based at the Presidio, in San Francisco, CA. After an honorary discharge, he received his Master of Music Education at University of Idaho. His teaching degree took him to Orofino in the mid 1970s where he met Melody L. Geuther, whom he married on July 17, 1976 at Zion Lutheran Church of Clarion, LaMoille, IL.
Phil and Melody were blessed with 32 years of marriage and three talented children, who were born and raised in Davenport, IO. After Jarod, Derek and Sarah graduated high school, they moved to California for a performance group called The Young Americans; eventually God's plan brought Phil and Melody to reside in Heber City, UT.
He taught music patiently and with passion for 30 plus years and loved every minute of it. He also performed with countless groups for over 40 years ranging from: folk, bluegrass, big band, Dixieland, country, brass and jazz. He loved the simple things of life: fishing, playing tuba/bass, maintaining his fish tanks, his extensive collection of jazz, and his latest obsession with magic tricks.
We will always love and miss him.
Surviving Phil is his loving wife, Melody, 57; son, Derek 28; and dog, Gizmo, 6, of Heber City, UT; son, Jarod 30, (fiance Megan, 27); and daughter, Sarah, 25 of Long Beach, CA. He is also, survived by brother, Jerry; two sisters: Marilyn and Shirley. He is preceded in death by both parents and two sisters.
The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10 at Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church, 4051 North Hwy 224, Park City , Utah 84098. In lieu of flowers, monetary donations will be accepted at Wells Fargo Bank.
Olpin-Hoopes Funeral Home of Heber City is caring for arrangements.
Joe (Joseph) George Turner, 62, Orofino
Joe (Joseph) George Turner, 62, Orofino, passed away at his Orofino residence Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009.
Cremation will take place. Service arrangements are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.
Dione Maxine Martin, 53 Pierce
Dione Maxine Martin of Pierce passed away Wednesday Jan. 7, 2009 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.. She was 53.
Dione was born Nov. 20, 1955 to Melvin and Merrie Richards. She was born in Orofino and raised in Pierce.
Dione married Dean Martin on May 12, 1983 in Coeur D'Alene.
She spent time enjoying her life as a wife, mother and an amazing grandmother. She was a lifelong residence of Pierce. She worked for the City of Pierce, Jaype Mill and was and will always be the "Queen Bee of the Timber Inn".
Dione loved spending time with her family fishing, camping, riding, 4-wheelers and just being in the outdoors. Her four grandchildren, husband and two daughters were the light of her life.
Dione is survived by her husband Dean Martin of Pierce; two daughters, Terri A. Richards of Prineville, OR; Misty Cram of Pierce; her sisters: Frances Jeter and Charlotte Maki of Pierce, Linda Watkins of New Plymouth; Mary Ann Thompson of Lewiston, Sue Clark of St. Maries; and brother Doug Richards of New Plymouth; and four wonderful grandchildren: Aspen Nicole Greene, Easton Reed Greene, Maia Lee Cram and Ryder Dean Cram.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, at the Pierce Community Center. Pastor Phillip Bonner will officiate.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.
Jess 'Mac' Arvon Johnstun, Jr., 62, Weippe
Jess 'Mac' Arvon Johnstun, Jr., 62, of Weippe died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, in Spokane, WA, from Acute Myelocytic Leukemia.
Mac was born in Aug. 3, 1946 in Longview, WA. He was the first-born child of Jess and Maxine Johnstun. Mac lived in Rainer, OR until age 12, when the family moved to Weippe, where his father owned and operated Johnstun Bros. sawmill.
Mac immediately took to life in Weippe. He excelled in football and basketball at school. He also played Little League ball. He also enjoyed playing the sousaphone in the high school band. He graduated from Weippe High School in 1964. He attended the University of Idaho and was a charter member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He grew up loving music and fast cars, as evidenced by the long list of GTO's and Corvettes he owned in his life time.
Mac joined the Air National Guard while he attended school at the U of I.
He grew up working in the family sawmill and later Potlatch's Jaype Plywood Mill, but his first love was driving truck. He spent many years behind the wheel of big rigs, spending many seasons in Alaska working on the Alaska pipeline and later for logging companies. He eventually returned to Weippe to stay and had worked for many years for Ray Coon Logging his brother Jerry. Ray Coon and his employees were like family to Mac and he was very appreciative of their support during his illness and being allowed to work, though somewhat sporadically, during the past several months.
Mac had never married, but had found companionship with Patti Ramey for the past several years. He was very dependent on her love and support, especially during his illness.
Besides Patti, Mac is survived by his mother, Maxine Johnstun of Weippe; his siblings, Joel (Jolene) of Boise, Jerry (Nancy) of Weippe, Joyce (Bob) Bowlby of Seattle, WA, Jan (Doug) Meckley of Weiherhammer, Germany; his nieces and nephews, Joel, Matt and Kyle Johnstun, Juliet Reece, Lisa and Laura Meckley. He also left behind three great-nieces. He was preceded in death by his father, Jess Johnstun, and his grandparents.
The family suggests memorials to the Weippe Hilltop Heritage Museum, P.O. Box 279, Weippe, ID 83553.
Funeral Services will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino Saturday, Jan. 10, at 10 a.m. with burial to follow at Weippe Cemetery.
Pine Hills Funeral chapel is in care of arrangements.
Frank Joseph Larson, Jr., 80, Weippe
Frank Joseph Larson, Jr., 80, Weippe, was born Jan. 23, 1928 to Frank Joseph Larson and May C. Larson in Weippe. He died Jan. 3, 2009 in Spokane, WA. He was 80 years old.
Joe was raised on the family farm on the Weippe Prairie. He attended schools in Weippe. While attending school he enjoyed playing sports. In addition to farming full time, he worked in the woods and for Johnstun Bros. Lumber of Weippe until the mill closed. After the mill closure, he continued farming and ranching until he retired in 2000. Joe served on the Weippe Cemetery Board and also as president of the Lacey Meadows Grazing Association. He served as director on the Nez Perce County Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Company. Joe enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, camping and raising cattle.
On Jan. 21, 1951, he married Ilo Mae Wyatt. Four sons were born to this union. They were raised on the family farm on the Weippe Prairie. Joe is survived by his sons and their wives, Mike and Sharon, Frankie and Susie, Ron and Teri, all of Weippe, and Larry of Lewiston; eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Joe and Ilo later divorced. He then married Lois Van Buren. She preceded him in death on July 14, 2008. He is survived by his stepchildren, Frank and Anita Bonz, Frank and Sharon Van Buren, Rose and Lonnie Wilde, Stan and Char Van Buren and numerous step-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Louise Havercroft.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lois; former wife, Ilo; brother, Jim and three step-children.
There will be a celebration of his life at Weippe Wesleyan Church in Weippe on Friday, Jan. 9, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at the Weippe Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Weippe Cemetery, 3064 Dairy Rd., Weippe, ID 83553.
Oliver 'Chug' E. Frank, 70
Chug, Uncle Bad Boy, Grandpa Idaho ... our beloved father, brother, uncle and grandfather has been called up to play ball in the Heavenly League. He passed away Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008.
Oliver Earl Frank, an elder of the Nez Perce Tribe, was born in Kamiah on May 20, 1938, to Oliver and Edna Sink Frank. He was one of nine children. His parents, along with his brothers Sam and Maynard and his sister Priscilla Rose, preceded him in passing. He is survived by his sisters Valerie Dunn of Culdesac, Teresa Jump of Hopedale, MA, Charlene Frank of Lapwai and Arlene Melcher of San Leandro, CA; and brother Mike Frank of Cove, OR.
As a young man, Uncle Chug was an exceptional all-around student athlete. Graduating in 1957 from Lewiston High School, he was a pitcher for the baseball team, defensive back on the football team and point guard for the basketball team. He also played baseball for the American Legion. Sports dominated Chug's interests. He was an avid Oakland Raiders fan and enjoyed watching his beloved Lewiston Bengals play.
In 1967, Chug married Julie Tatum while they were both working for Western Airlines in Las Vegas. Making their home in Escondido, CA, "Grandpa Idaho" and Julie had 4 children and 11 grandchildren: daughter Brenda and her husband Kenny, with Samantha, Joshua, Jordan and Jacob; son Tony and wife Stephanie, with Haley and Riley; daughter Tracy and husband Cesar, with Charles, Steven, Kassandra, Priscilla Rose and Arianna; and son Jerry Ronald, affectionately known as J.R.
Uncle Chug lived a full life and retained many friends from his school days. I believe that he has more high school buddies today than I did when I was still in high school. Many of his friends meet weekly for their "breakfast club" and get together for major sporting events. In talking with his friends about his passing, the same phrase is repeated over and over again: Chug was "one of a kind."
Uncle "Bad Boy" loved children. Mom tells stories from when we were kids of how he would play and tease my sisters, earning him his "Bad Boy" name. Every child in our family loved Chug and he could make any baby smile. I will never forget the love and affection he showed my daughters and all the children of our family. He was our favorite uncle.
Chug worked most of his life tending bar. I believe that his surly disposition but friendly demeanor lent themselves to this type of work. Chug spent most of his career in California and at one time worked for Lawrence Welk. After retiring, Chug moved back home to Idaho in 1996 and had been living and working with his sister Val at her home in Culdesac. He was very proud of the Lenore store and the work he did building and running that business. He had many good friends in the Lenore community and we would like to thank you for all your prayers and good wishes.
Chug was a throwback to a time when a man valued his dignity and commanded respect. He valued more than money. He valued family. He valued his friends. He was my Old-School Uncle and we will miss the example he set for us all.
If Father Time played football He'd toss the ball to you And back in time you'd carry us To the good times you once knew A time when what's important Much more than dollars and cents Your word was like a touchdown What you said, we could expect Our QB and our captain Your sportsmanship astounds Fair play is what you taught us You kept us all in bounds So we celebrate our Bad Boy Drink a cold one "Here's to you!" The MVP of heaven, a throwback through and through.
Services for Uncle Chug were Saturday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston with Rev. Steve Taulbee officiating.