David W. Durham "D", 84, Weippe
David W. Durham, 84, of Weippe passed away Aug. 25, 2009, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino of congestive heart failure.
D was born on Sept. 2, 1924 at West Frankfort, IL. to David & Addie Durham.
D attended school in West Frankfort and then moved to Los Angeles, CA to live with his sister Evelyn.
D entered the Marines when he was 17 years old and served with the 23rd Division where he witnessed the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima. After his honorable discharge, he moved to Weippe where he and his brother, Leiburn, owned a sawmill and did some ranching. Later, he worked for various sawmills and as a heavy duty mechanic for Potlatch.
D married Pauline Hafer on June 18, 1961 in Weippe.
D was contracted by the Liberian Mining Company for a job in Liberia, West Africa, where he was employed for five years. While in Africa, D and his family had many exciting and interesting adventures, including the birth of their third child under very primitive circumstances.
Not to be satisfied with his African adventures, he was contracted for a job in the South Pacific Island of Rota which lasted a month.
D's opinion of the South Sea Islands was that they were "A nice place to visit, but he wouldn't want to live there."
Weippe was calling him and his family back after so many years gypsying. He and his family happily returned to the beautiful Weippe country enjoying the mountains, fresh air and clear water with his beloved wife, children and grandchildren who he loved more than earthly travels.
Surviving are his wife, Pauline; three sons, Kent (Delores), Kennewick, WA; Lance (Teresa), Lewiston; Dirk (Jessica), Moscow; six grandchildren, Tyler, Austin, Samantha, Cheyene, Shawn, and Cari; and a sister, Evelyn Brewer.
Proceeding D in death were his parents, his two brothers, Edgel and Leiburn and daughter, Carry Bartlett.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 31 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel, Orofino. A memorial reception will follow. The Rebekahs will be serving lunch at 1 p.m. in the I00F Hall in Weippe.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the World Wide Work of Jehovah's Witnesses, Weippe EMT's or your .favorite charity.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel caring for arrangements.
Lyle Dwain Thornton, 59, Orofino
Lyle Dwain Thornton, 59, Orofino, passed away Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009, in Orofino.
A private family service will be held Friday, Aug. 28.
Mountain View Funeral Home of Clarkston, WA has been entrusted with arrangements.
Lynda Irene Stark, 67, Orofino
Lynda Irene Stark, 67, Orofino, passed away Monday, Aug. 24, 2009, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at Prairie Creek Cemetery at Joseph, OR.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.
David Lee Gulliksen, 50, Peck
David Lee Gulliksen, 50, Peck, and formerly of Lewiston, passed away Friday, Aug. 21, 2009, after a five year long battle of wills between Dad and cancer.
He was born on Oct. 16, 1958, to Norm and Saralee Gulliksen, the second of three boys. In December of 1979, he married Debbie Cash, and together they shared 11 years of marriage and his two baby girls, Shelby and Sheri. In June of 1993, he happily remarried to Kathy Lutes and together they raised their son, Steve.
Dave worked at Omark and then as it turned to Blount for 17 years as a machinist, until a work injury disabled him.
In better days, he enjoyed the outdoors, his family and most of all his classic cars and Harleys, though some were always his works in progress.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy; children, Shelby, Sheri and Steve; his sweet baby granddaughter, Eva Belle; his parents, Norm and Saralee; his brothers, Terry and John, as well as his nephew, Tyler; and niece, Amber. We may have lost a husband, a father, a grandpa, a son, a brother, an uncle and a friend; but he's gained peace and solitude, and we've gained an angel.
At Dad's request, cremation has taken place and there will be no service held. In lieu, family and friends are welcomed to join a potluck gathering at Hereth Park in the Lewiston Orchards on Saturday, Aug. 29 at 2 p.m.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.
Ernestene D. Becker, 97, former resident
Ernestene D. Becker passed away Friday, Aug. 14, 2009, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
She was born Aug. 9, 1912, at Wallowa, OR, to Claude and Ida Harvey Huffman. She was the third of five children. In 1917, at the age of five she moved to Clarkston, WA. In 1918, the family moved to Ahsahka, where her father bought a ranch in the Teakean area, and her father had a sawmill. She attended school in Lewiston and Spokane, WA.
Her father was a past Idaho state senator. This is where she got her political inspirations. She wrote many letters to the editor for the Tribune opinion page. This made her well known to the public.
Ernestene married Amos Mathews on May 20, 1931, at Libby, MT. They later divorced. She then married Ralph Caballero on May 5, 1961, at Coeur d'Alene. They also divorced.
She worked for the Hollywood dress shop in Lewiston. She was in sales and did some modeling for Rusann's Women's Apparel in Spokane. She also worked at Lubin's dress shop in Spokane. Later, she worked at Bergman's Dress shop in Walla Walla, WA, until her retirement.
She then moved to Spokane, where she later met Johnny Becker at Sprague, WA. They were married June 14, 1984, at Coeur d'Alene. He preceded her in death.
She was a lifelong member of the Christian Science Church and a staunch Democrat. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing and playing pinochle. She was known as the Neighborhood Cookie Lady. She loved children and enjoyed her dog, Val. She also enjoyed gardening. Ernestene is survived by two sons, Farrel and Dee Mathews of Lewiston, and Drexel and Marcella Mathews of Athol; a daughter, Gwen Schwane of Clarkston; grandchildren and their spouses, Cheryl and Ron Bashaw of Tacoma, WA, Greg Mathews of Junction City, KA, Doug and Sharon Mathews of Lewiston, Darin Mathews of Spokane, Mark Mathews of Helix, OR, DeLoy and Curtis Marcyes of Renton, WA, Les Mathews of Phoenix, AZ, Janneal Bercell of Post Falls, Randy and Robin Vansickle of Clarkston, Ronda and Steve Beckley of McKinzey, British Columbia, Canada, and Renee and Donald Knight of Las Vegas, NV; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Manual Hoffman; and three sisters, Freda Deno, Orla Lorinski and Corrine Traylor.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston.
Memorial donations are suggested to Clarkston's Rescue 1.
Inez Bernice Fults, 92, Orofino
Inez Bernice Fults, 92, Orofino, passed away Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
A viewing will be held Thursday, Aug. 20, at 10 a.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel with funeral services to follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Cook Cemetery.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.
Vera Lois Grinolds, 91, formerly of Southwick
Vera Lois Grinolds died of age-related causes at Riverview Residential Care in Clarkston and went to be with her Lord, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009. She was 91.
Vera was born in Palouse on Jan. 30, 1918, to Asa and Ora Dell Oliver-Hill. She graduated from Palouse High School in 1934 and then attended Lewiston Normal School, graduating in 1938.
On June 6, 1938, Vera married Ted R. Grinolds Sr. She was a devoted and loving wife for 64 years until Ted passed away in 2002. Vera accomplished many things in her lifetime. She taught school at Spalding in 1939. Vera raised five children and worked alongside her husband Ted at their farm at Southwick from 1944 to 1964. At the age of 48, Vera earned a degree in nursing and began her career as a licensed practical nurse. Vera worked nine years as a dental assistant for Barclay Seibly and then as an LPN for Tri-State Memorial Hospital from 1975 to 1992. She retired at the age of 74.
Vera was an active and faithful member of Valley Christian Center from 1964 until her death. She was part of numerous Bible study and prayer groups throughout her lifetime. Vera will be remembered as a strong woman of faith. She believed in the power of prayer and could be counted on in times of need. She was wise and knew the scriptures well, often encouraging others with it.
Vera's greatest accomplishment was her family. She enjoyed and looked forward to visits from her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as they were her most treasured blessings. Vera was a loving mother and grandmother who will be missed immeasurably.
Vera is survived by her son, Neil Grinolds and wife Eva of Juliaetta; son, Lee Grinolds and wife Kathy of Asotin, WA; son, Ted Grinolds Jr. and wife Julie of Wenatchee; WA; daughter, Janice and husband Doug Paynter of Asotin; son, Cliff Grinolds and wife Becky of Clarkston, WA; eight grandchildren, including Jeff, Steve, Connie, Darla, Chris, Angela, Summer and Tyler; 13 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Howard Hill of Spokane, WA.
Vera was preceded in death by her husband, Ted Grinolds Sr.; sister, Edith Sorweide; sister, Gladys Lawrence; and brother, Dallas Hill.
Viewing will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday at Merchant Funeral Home, 1000 Seventh St., Clarkston. The funeral service will be officiated by Pastor Mike Richardson at 10 a.m. Saturday at Valley Christian Center, 3215 Echo Hills Drive, Lewiston. A graveside service will immediately follow at Normal Hill Cemetery in Lewiston. Friends are welcome to join the Grinolds Family at Valley Christian Center for a reception following the graveside service.
Michael Akerstrom, 52, Orofino
Michael Akerstrom, 52, Orofino passed away Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009 at Clearwater Valley Hospital.
Memorial services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.
Roger Noakes, 63, Orofino
Roger Noakes, 63, Orofino, passed away at his residence in Orofino Monday July 27, 2009.
Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.
Robert Joseph 'Goose' Turner, 72, OHS graduate
Robert Joseph 'Goose' Turner, 72, whose early-found talents in sports and music were memorable, died July 25, 2009 in Granite Bay, CA after a long bout with cancer. After school, military service, and a work in the entertainment business, his life-long career had been in the insurance industry in Utah and California, among other states.
He was born July 4, 1937 to Katie Hayden Turner (now Carey) and Robert E. Turner in Orofino where he attended school and graduated with prowess in basketball among other sports in 1955 and then earned a Business Administration Degree from Gonzaga University. He later served in the U.S. Army and was there recognized for his sports and musical abilities, entertaining fellow service personnel. A marriage in 1965 ended in divorce. He was remarried in December of 1978 to Timmi, a stewardess and elementary school teacher. They adopted two children, a daughter Kelly and a son Bret who joined his own daughter Stacy from his earlier marriage. Over the years, the Turners lived in Idaho, Utah, Oklahoma, Washington and longest in California.
Though his main career in life has was as an insurance broker, in his early days he was the lead singer for a group called the "Gigolos," performing in Las Vegas (sometimes right after Wayne Newton, he noted) and in other cities, like Seattle, at the Down Beat and Colony Club. The group had a piano, bass, sax and Turner sang and played stand-up drums. He also once played for the now defunct Phillips Oilers basketball program, long ago. After entering the insurance business, he would still entertain at conventions, keeping at the entertaining business for a while, informally. He started played sax in high school and later with some dance bands, but later found singing was easier. His favorite hobby and sport was golf, having served as an officer and board member on golf clubs to which he belonged, Granite Bay and Indian Creek. A happy day is when I break 80 on the golf course, he said. Golf, movies and local theatre were his preferred entertainment. Favorite place lived, he said in 1995, was Morro Bay CA. The Turners had a second home there near the ocean and two great golf courses.
When he was younger and, he said, more energetic, Turner was promoted nine times in the 18 years he was with Allstate Insurance; the last position was as Northwest California sales manager.
Besides his wife Timmi, he is survived by three children Stacy, Kelly and Bret all in California, his mother Katie Carey in Milton, WA. and her two sons, James and Steve, Bob's half brothers. Services are scheduled Aug. 6 in Granite Bay, followed by a military service there the next day.
Margaret Butler, 95, Orofino valedictorian
Margaret Butler passed on to her heavenly home Saturday, July 11, 2009.
Margaret Hazel Hechman Butler was born Dec. 11, 1913, to Arjie Heckman and Minnie Allanspach Hechman. She was born at the family home in the Waha area. During her childhood she attended grade school at the Flatiron school. In her high school years she attended Asotin, Lapwai and Orofino high schools.
Margaret worked for room and board with different families to be able to attend school. She graduated valedictorian of her class from Orofino High School in May 1933. The next year she attended Normal School at Lewiston (now Lewis-Clark State College). She graduated with a teaching degree and taught kindergarten through eighth grades at Melrose.
Margaret married Loyd A. Butler Nov. 24, 1936, at Grangeville. They had an adventuresome marriage. She started out a young bride, cooking for ranch hands at the Halsey ranch near Anatone, WA. She and Loyd later ran a grocery store and gas station in Asotin, WA during the Depression. Farm life again became their passion and they moved to the Gifford area. She was a farm wife who enjoyed gardening, flowers and all of God's beauty.
Margaret belonged to the Lutheran women's group in years past and the Gifford homemakers club.
Her gifts to people were her friendship and caring, card sending and letter writing. Margaret is survived by daughter, Linda L. Andrews and husband Art Andrews of Lewiston; son, Loren D. Butler and wife Marcia Butler of Lenore; daughter, Shirley L. Boyer and husband Bruce Boyer of Culdesac; sisters, Gloria Anderson and Birdie Jackson, both of Lewiston; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and several loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Amanda, brother, Wayne; and her husband of 68 years, Loyd.
She spent her last three years at their beloved home in Summit. Burial was at the Gifford Cemetery.
Donations for her life celebration can be made to Good Hope Lutheran Church, 28157 Settlement Road, Lenore, ID 83541.
The family thanks the many friends, neighbors and family who enriched her life. She will be missed.