Bruce Allen Gleason, 79, Orofino
Bruce Allen Gleason, 79, Orofino, passed away at his residence Friday, May 15, 2009.
Following his wishes, cremation will take place and no services are planned at this time. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Joshua David Miller, 33
Joshua David Miller passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2009, in Clarkston, WA from a heart attack.
He was born Oct. 1, 1975, in Clarkston, to Mark W. Miller and Linda L. Matson Miller. He earned his general education development (GED) certificate from Lewis-Clark State College.
He married Dawn Karen on Feb. 14, 2004, in Lewiston.
Joshua worked in construction and was employed by Midland Construction, Thunderbird Inc., Pyro Paradise and HP Management.
He was a member of the Eagles. He enjoyed road trips with his "brother" Twink; four-wheeling with "brothers" Nate, Keith and Shawn; working on cars with his "brother" Ben; hanging with his "brother" Steve in the "man fort" and camping and fishing with his children and family.
Joshua is survived by his father, Mark (Azar) Miller of Lewiston; his mother, Linda Miller of Clarkston; his wife, Dawn Miller of Clarkston; his children, Keanu, Sienna, Cory, Luke and Nathan; stepbrother Miah Wise of Everett, WA; stepsister Teklya Wise; and grandmother, Vivian Gray Miller of Pierce.
He was preceded in death by stepfather Dean Wise; grandfather, Walter Miller; grandmother, Joann Matson and aunts and an uncle.
A celebration of Joshua's life will be at 2 p.m. June 13 at the Lewiston Eagles. Merchant Funeral Home of Clarkston is handling arrangements. Please sign the online guest book at www.merchantfuneralhome.com.
There are people you know and talk to and see from time to time. Then there are people you ... respect and admire and look up to and trust and laugh with and hang out with and hope to be a little more like and want to grow old with and trust to leave your children with and will follow with great hope that his dedication and integrity with others would bring great opportunities for himself as well as others. Josh Miller was one of these people, and these people walk the streets of Earth, making it and our environment a better place. Don't be sad and just be thankful you had time on this Earth with such a great person. Know in your heart we will see each other in the end. When father calls, you must go home! Bye, Bro!
Feed a deer, plant a tree.
Albert M. Huntley, 81, Orofino
Albert M. Huntley, a master chief commissaryman, U.S. Navy, retired, died Monday, May 11, 2009, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. He was 81.
Albert was born July 8, 1927, in Sebastopol, CA, to Guy and Ada Huntley, and grew up near Morrowtown, Stillwater, NV, and Fenn.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on July 8, 1945, and served honorably until Jan. 16, 1968. During his career, he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal (seven awards), the American Service Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal, the China Service Medal, the National Defense Medal (two awards), the Korean Service Medal (four awards), the Antarctic Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the United Nations Service Medal. Upon his retirement, Albert served several years as an officer of Dartmouth College, where he managed Thayer Hall, Dartmouth's main dining facility. He returned to Cottonwood in 1987 and moved to the Orofino area in 1995.
Albert is survived by his wife, Helen Calista, his stepdaughter, Kay McCuin of Silver City, NV, his stepson, Steve Early and his stepdaughter Linda Mesinar, both of Las Vegas, NV. He is also survived by his brothers, Leslie of Lewiston, Leland of Cottonwood, Raymond of Texas, James of Grangeville, Francis of Orofino and John of Middletown, DE.
Two brothers, Dawn and Myrick, and his sister, Dorothy Marguerite, preceded him in death.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Cottonwood Community Church. Interment in the Cottonwood Community Cemetery will follow. No flowers please.
It is requested that those who would like to make donations do so to their local church or to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Uhlorn Funeral Home, Cottonwood, is handling arrangements.
Geraldine Battles Lombardi, 86, formerly of Pierce
Geraldine (Gerry) Battles Lombardi died peacefully in her sleep Monday, May 4, 2009, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
She was born June 28, 1922, in Pomeroy, WA, the youngest of six children to Theodore E. Olson and Ottilie Reich Olson. She grew up in Pomeroy.
Gerry married Kenneth Irvin Battles in 1951. He died in 1952.
She married Donald C. Lombardi in 1975. He survives her.
Gerry lived in Colfax, WA before moving to Pierce in 1951. She lived in Moscow from 1952 to 1974, when she moved to Clarkston, WA. She was a member of the Methodist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Donald C. Lombardi of Clarkston; daughter, Kenne Battles Shepherd and her husband Gabor Szakal of New York City; two stepsons, Micheal Lombardi of Venicia, CA, and Kenneth P.A. Lombardi of Lewiston; stepdaughter Cherie Lombardi of Fredericksburg, VA; granddaughter Julia Lombardi of Venicia; and grandson Dominick Lombardi of New York City.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Battles.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Mountain View Funeral Home in Lewiston. The Rev. Randy Cox, of the Asotin Methodist Church, will officiate.
Kalyn Leeann Burnet, 32, OHS grad
Kalyn Leeann Burnet of Moscow passed away April 18, 2009 in Seattle. She was 32.
Kalyn was born to Bruce and Ann Coler on Nov. 11, 1976 in Germany where Bruce was stationed in the U.S. Air Force. They returned to the states after a few months and lived in Colorado, Boise and finally settled in Orofino while she was in junior high school. She graduated from Orofino High School in 1995.
Kalyn worked as a graphic designer for the Money Saver and the Latah Eagle among other area publications. She was also a CNA and provided care both in-home and at several area nursing homes.
Kalyn was a talented artist and loved to draw. She also enjoyed camping and fishing. Her three happiest days were her wedding day to husband Sean in 1997 and the births of her children, Samantha and Joseph. She was a great wife and mother and will be missed by all who knew her.
Kalyn is survived by her husband, Sean; daughter, Samantha; and son, Joseph; parents, Bruce and Ann Coler; and grandparents, George and Dorothy Coler.
A private graveside service will be held at Moscow Cemetery. Short's Funeral Chapel of Moscow has been entrusted with arrangements and online condolences can be left at www.shortsfuneralchapel.net.
Olliver Heustis, 81, Lumberjack Days competitor
Olliver Floyd Heustis, longtime Deary area resident, died of congestive heart failure Friday evening, April 24, 2009, at his home. He was 81.
Olliver was born Sept. 4, 1927 in Westville, OK to Charles and Ruth Fowler Heustis. Olliver's father was a Southern Baptist preacher who could not afford to support his family on a preacher's salary. With the encouragement of his family, Charles, Ruth, and their children moved to Idaho in 1936 where he went to work for the railroad. Olliver attended school in Deary.
As a teenager, Olliver worked for Mica Mine as a trammer, then in the early 1940's for a blister rust camp eradicating ribes plants that infected white pine trees. Later, Olliver went to work at the Potlatch Forest Lumber yard in Moscow. On July 1, 1950, Olliver and Dorothy Ann Knapik were married in a four-ring ceremony with Floyd and Joann Hatley of Colfax, WA at the Nazarene Church in Moscow. He continued to work for the lumberyard until joining the Marine Corps in 1952. He served in the Korean War and was discharged in 1954. He returned to work for Potlatch again; this time as a sawyer, a profession he was proud of for over 36 years until he retired in 1990.
Over the years, Olliver, along with his brother, Chet, competed in many cross cutting competitions, frequently taking first place. Once they even beat a team that was using a chain saw. They competed all over the area including: Elk River, Troy, Bovill, Orofino, St. Maries, Priest River, Bonners Ferry and Coeur d'Alene. In addition to being teammates, they also competed against one another in the Jack and Jill event, Olliver with Loraine Main, and Chet with Margie Mertching. There was an ongoing rivalry between the two teams, and often the difference came down to one-tenth to half a second.
While Olliver and his family lived and worked in Avery, they enjoyed spending time on the St. Joe River, "God's Country," with friends and family fishing, hunting, camping, swimming, and logging. Olliver also enjoyed collecting model Chevy trucks and cars, and was an avid snowmobiler.
Surviving, are his wife of 59 years, Dorothy, at their Deary home; their daughter, Sue, and husband, Phil Anderson, Moscow, and their son, Randy, Deary. He also leaves his grandchildren: Jacob and Angela Anderson, Josh and Marci Anderson, Jessica Anderson, Carissa Heustis, and Kelsey Heustis. Olliver and Dorothy also opened their home to two foster children, Patty Dufvenberg-Armstrong, Meridian, and Tom Wakefield, Hawaii. He is also survived by his brothers, Don Heustis, Redmond, WA, Vernon Heustis, and Kenneth "Kenny" Heustis, both of Clarkston, WA and sister, Lillian (Frank) Griffin, Bovill. Olliver was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Lucille McGraw and Oleta Pointon, and his brother, Chet.
The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to doctors. Grauke, Popham and Weisenaut for their care of Olliver the past few years.
Viewing will be at Short's Funeral Chapel on Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The funeral service will be held Saturday, May 2, at 10:30 a.m. at Short's Funeral Chapel with Pastor Otis Parks officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow at the Pinecrest Cemetery in Deary. A covered-dish dinner will follow at the Deary Community Center.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Deary Fire and Ambulance Fund or to Hospice of the Palouse.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short's Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be left at www.shortsfuneralchapel.net.
Louise Wagner, 83, Weippe
Louise Wagner passed away Saturday, April 18, 2009, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. She was born April 5, 1926 to Alma (Pedigo) Leach and Willis Leach in Lewiston. Louise married Earl Watts Oct. 1, 1942 at Orofino. Earl was killed in a logging accident at Orofino May 23, 1947. They had two children, Marvin Willis and Linda Kay (Watts Wilson) Spreiter.
Louise married Lloyd Wilson. They had three children, Kenneth Ray Wilson and Cathie Fay (Wilson) Power (twins) and Wayne Dennis Wilson. Cathie was killed in a car accident. Lloyd and Louse were later divorced. They lived in Pierce; St. George, UT; Juliaetta and Orofino. They resided at Brookside Landing.
Louse was self-taught and very skilled in cooking and sewing. After cooking at several cafes, she worked as head cook at Cold Springs U.S. Forest Service Work Center and traveled to Cook Mountain by helicopter to cook for crews there. She also cooked for Chuck Weddle Outfitters and Triple O Outfitters. For a time, she owned her own restaurant in Weippe. Fried chicken, along with her homemade gravy, was everyone's favorite.
Louise was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Kay Sunday Leach; her brother, Wallace Leach; and her daughter, Cathie Fay Powell.
Survivors include her husband, Willis Wagner; her son, Marvin Watts, and his wife, Karen; her son, Kenneth Wilson, and his wife, Jeanne; her son, Wayne Wilson and his wife, Cindy; her daughter, Linda Spreiter, and her husband, Leonard; her son, Alan Wagner, and his wife, Marilyn; her aunt, Gladys Hill; her sisters, Faye Province, Josephine Jorgenson and Debbie Kluss; along with 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. Burial will follow at Weippe Cemetery.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.
Harold H. Frensdorf, 88, formerly of Orofino
Harold H. Frensdorf died peacefully with family members by his side on April 14, 2009. He lived, loved, experienced and he strived to leave this earth better than he found it. He was not afraid to get his hands dirty and would never hesitate to do what it took to brighten someone else's day. His good humor and unending stream of one-liners will now resound to a higher vibration. He was indeed a loving father, an adoring husband and an honest man and a friend to all those who crossed his path. He will be missed.
Harold was born Oct. 29, 1920 and grew up on the Clearwater River in the town of Orofino. It was undoubtedly from his father that he learned his love of the outdoors. He shared this love with his friends and family and he was happiest when fly fishing, trolling for Kamloop on Lake Pend d'Orelle, panning for gold on his claim near the North Fork of the Clearwater River and attending family gatherings.
During World War II, Harold enlisted in the Army Air Corps and while in training at Alliance, OH he married the love of his life, Doris McEuen, starting a wonderful relationship that lasted over 65 years. Doris was probably an influence in his choice to make Coeur d'Alene their home for the rest of his life. After the war, he worked as retail manager for Potlatch Forest, and prior to his retirement he became a real estate agent representing Coeur d'Alene Realty, and he also owned and operated a local flower shop. He was an active member of the Coeur d'Alene Elks Lodge and a past Exalted Ruler.
Harold is survived by his wife, Doris; a daughter, Jill Anderson of Moscow; sons, Gary of Coeur d'Alene and Jeffrey of Anchorage, AK; seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.
A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Yates Funeral Home, Coeur d'Alene Chapel. A reception will follow the service.
Caryl E. Smolinski, 74
Caryl E. Smolinski, 74, passed away Friday, April 17, 2009, at Clearwater Valley Hospital, in Orofino.
No services are planned at this time. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.
Edith E. Steadman, 77, Weippe
Edith E. Steadman, 77, Weippe passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane, WA.
Cremation will take place. No services are planned at this time. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.
Lee LaVerne Grant, 33, Orofino
On April 9, 2009, Lee LaVerne Grant was fatally injured in a tragic auto accident near Orofino. He was 33.
Lee was born in Lewiston on Sept. 29, 1975 to George and Louise Grant. He grew up in Orofino and attended school there.
Lee married Cheyenne Wright on Oct. 8, 2005 and they made their home in Orofino.
Lee worked various jobs in the Orofino area and Intermountain Pools and Spa in Lewiston, for which he traveled to Alaska to install pools. He was employed at CNC Tech in Orofino as a machinist-operator at the time of his death.
Lee had a passion for outdoors, hunting, fishing and rock collecting. He was also an avid gardener. He loved to spend time working in this yard and tending to his flowers. He also enjoyed spending time with his many friends and family.
Lee is survived by his wife and best friend, Cheyenne at the family home; his mother, Louise Grant of Orofino; his daughter, Samantha of Asotin, WA; brother-in-law, Carols Wright of Orofino, Greg Wright of Illinois; uncles, Dale Patton of Orofino, Keith Patton of Missoula, MT; aunts, Shirley Morris of Kamiah and Kathy Linderman of Salt Lake City, UT. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews and many friends.
Lee was preceded in death by his father, George Grant; maternal grandparents, Harold and Martha Patton; paternal grandmother, Georgia Grant; aunt, Carol Hendren and uncle, Larry Grant.
The funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 15, at 10 a.m. at the Orofino National Guard Armory on U.S. Highway 12 in Orofino with Pastor Jeremy Gering officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. There will be a potluck dinner following the services at the armory. All dishes are welcome.
My darling son, I miss you honey. I love you with my whole being. I'll be seeing you again someday. Until then, I will think of you every second of life. "You are my world." Mom.