Jean Helen Rhodes, 82, worked at Kelly Creek
Jean Helen Rhodes was born March 6, 1927, at Genesee, to Lloyd A. and Margaret C. Read. She died Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, at Royal Plaza Care Center in Lewiston.
She graduated in 1945 from Lewiston High School, where she was a head majorette for several years.
Jean met her future husband, Dusty Rhodes, at a USO Cub while he was serving in the U.S. Navy. She went to nurse's training at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane for several years before marrying Dusty on May 18, 1946, in Lewiston. They lived in Spokane, WA until 1950 and then spent five years in Michigan before returning to Lewiston, where they built their home for their large family of eight children.
Jean was a wonderful mother and a hard worker. She raised a huge garden every year and spent many days canning and freezing for her family.
She was an excellent cook and baked every day while her children were at home. Her coffee cake was a favorite treat for her family.
Jean was an excellent seamstress and sewed for her family and friends. She made many wedding and bridesmaid dresses.
She enjoyed watching her sons and grandchildren play baseball and football and cheering them on.
Jean loved the "Price Is Right," the daily word jumble in the paper, scratch tickets and rooting for the Seahawks and Mariners.
She worked for 12 years for the U.S. Forest Service with her husband at the Kelly Creek Ranger Station on the North Fork of the Clearwater River.
Jean is survived by daughters Linda and Sam May of Spokane, Donna and Tom Ruckman of Reubens, Barbara Hibler, and Denise and Jeff Patton, all of Lewiston; sons Paul D. Rhodes of Lewiston, Ken and Teri Rhodes of Pasco, WA, Kurt and LaDawna Rhodes and David and Sheila Rhodes, all of Lewiston; stepbrother Ralph and wife Laura Rosenberger; 20 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dusty, in 2006, and a grandson, Sean Mooneyham.
A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston. The Rev. Mr. Fred Schmidt of All Saints Catholic Parish at Our Lady Of Lourdes will officiate.
Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of the arrangements.
Lester E. Chambers, 80, formerly of Lenore
Lester Chambers passed away at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010.
He was born Jan. 7, 1930, at Lewiston to Guy and Odessa Chambers. He grew up and attended school in Reubens.
He and Helen Beckner were married June 26, 1955, at Clarkston, WA.
He was a farmer in Reubens before going to work at the Winchester and Spalding mills. He then went to work for the Channel Lumber Co. mill at Craigmont in 1972, where he retired in 1992. He and his family lived in Reubens before moving to Lenore. In 1993, they moved to Lewiston.
He was a member of Blessed Hope Assembly of God Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and pinochle.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Chambers; one sister, Betty and Jack Curry; two sons, Dale and Joanne Chambers, and Earl; one daughter, Reta and Mike Boehm; and three grandchildren, Charles Chambers, Lorianne Chambers and Kenny Boehm.
A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Blessed Hope Assembly of God.
Lewis Pettengill, 77, Peck
Lewis Pettengill passed away at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino on Friday, Feb. 19, after a brave battle with cancer.
He was born Jan. 16, 1933 in Mountain Burg, AR to Charles and Nellie Pettengill. He graduated from Concrete High School in Concrete, WA in 1952. He then attended Arizona State University for a short time before entering the Air Force. He was honorably discharged in 1956.
He then moved to California where he met his future wife in 1962. Three months later, they caught a bus to Las Vegas, NV and were married on Jan. 11, 1963. They then moved to Riddle, OR where he worked at Green Valley Lumber. In 1982, they moved to Rock Spring, WY where he worked for Pacific Power until his retirement in 1996. They then moved to Peck so he could pursue his love of hunting and fishing.
When he was 72 years old, he decided to finish what he started 54 years earlier and that was to get his degree. He graduated from Lewis-Clark State College last May with a bachelor's degree in political science. He and his family couldn't have been more proud.
Lewis had many varying interests. He had a love of photography that ended with countless albums and movie slides. He wanted to pass on his love and knowledge of outdoors which resulted in his being very active in Royal Rangers, Boy Scouts and Explorers throughout his life.
He was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Orofino. He had a true love of what God built, the outdoors.
He is survived by his loving wife, Norma; his son, Randy and daughter-in-law, Sarah; five grandsons; two granddaughters; four great grandchildren; brothers, Charles and Wesley and countless true friends.
A visitation will be Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 3-5 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 25, at 1 p.m. at the funeral chapel with burial to follow at Orofino Riverside Cemetery.
Lewis Edmund Pettengill, 77, Peck
Lewis Edmund Pettengill, 77, Peck, passed away Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
A visitation will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 3-5 p.m. Funeral services will be Thursday, Feb. 25, at 1 p.m. at Pine Hills with burial to follow at Orofino Riverside Cemetery.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Cora M. Hunter, 95, Orofino-'She loved to dance'
Cora M. Hunter passed away Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010 at Clearwater Valley Hospital.
Cora M. (Babe) Hunter was born at Mt. Idaho, Dec. 27, 1914 to Dock & Mamie Smith Sapp. She was raised in and around Winona, attending school at Nezperce and Kamiah. After graduating high school at Kamiah, Babe went on to become a cosmetologist. She married Milo Dickson in 1940 and had two daughters. The marriage ended in divorce. In 1967, she and Lawrence Hunter were married. They never met a stranger and never missed a dance within 75 miles. She was a longtime member of the Rebekahs until her health kept her from attending.
She is survived by her daughters, Gail (Bill) Williams and Donna (Gene) Mullikin, and a step-son, Cleve (Bert) Hunter all of Orofino. Surviving grandchildren are Kevin (Linda) Benham of Emmett; Shelly Irby of Lewiston; Kerry (Lisa) Benham of Elko, NV; Susan Perez of Lewiston; Carl (Jayne) Irby of Emmett; Sherrita (David) Hall of Moscow; Corie (Marcus) Samson of Orofino and Kristi Irby of Clarkston, WA. Four step-grandsons, Mark (Doreen) Hunter of Walla Walla, WA; Brad (Tammy) Hunter of Sandy, OR; Greg (Penny) Hunter of Colorado Springs, CO and Justin Mullikin of Lewiston, also survive her, along with 11 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren and 6 step-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by Lawrence, her parents and a brother, Earl Sapp.
A funeral service will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino, Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. at Mt Zion Cemetery near Winona. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Irene M. Bonner, 93, formerly of Fraser
Irene M. Bonner was born Feb. 1, 1917, at Crane Creek Reservoir, near Midvale to Charles and Rose Maarks Brown. She died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at Lewiston Rehabilitation and Care Center in Lewiston.
When she was a child, she rode two miles to school on a horse. And, at age 11, she moved with her parents and brother, Marvin, to the Fraser area near Weippe. She graduated from Weippe High School in 1936.
Irene married John D. Bonner on June 4, 1941, at the Methodist Church that is now the Lewiston Civic Theatre. They farmed in Fraser and she was a devoted wife and mother to Glen and Velma.
She raised a large garden, canning and freezing the produce for the long winters. After her children were grown, she took the produce to the senior center.
She was involved in all of her kids' activities, including 4-H, as a leader, and school as a dance chaperone. She belonged to the Rebekah Lodge and was a member of the Civilian Air Corps.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John, in 1991; her parents, Charley and Rose; and her brother, Marvin.
She is survived by her son, Glen and wife Laverna of Pomeroy, WA; her daughter, Velma of Lewiston; grandsons Blaine and wife Marcy of Orofino and Wade of Pomeroy; and five great-grandchildren, Amanda, Andrea, Nathan, Rachel and Natalie, all of Orofino.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Mountain View Funeral Home in Lewiston, followed by a graveside service at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston.
David L. Tarola, 88, formerly of Orofino
David passed away Sunday evening, Feb. 14, 2010 at the Royal Plaza Nursing Home.
In 1921, David's parents Julius E. Tarola, from Italy, and Nina Grace Wylie sold their home in Elk City to buy land six miles northeast of Orofino. Julius built a sawmill and the house where David was born July 31, 1921. The doctor told David's older brother Gene that he had brought Gene a baby brother in his black bag. For years, Gene believed that was where babies came from. Julius developed several sawmills that provided plenty of work for the two boys.
David attended high school with Gene in Orofino, both playing in the band. During summers and after high school, David manned a lookout for the Forest Service, worked in a mill near Pierce and played trumpet and trombone in Orofino's best dance band, known as "The Blake Brothers Band" David also developed into a fine vocalist.
In his younger years, David was very athletic, playing football and engaging in competitive boxing. When World War II began, David left the University of Idaho to join the U.S. Navy. He attended boot camp at Camp Elliott near San Diego, then was sent to Guam for the remainder of the war. His parents turned to defense work - Nina as an aircraft welder and Julius fueling new planes for test flights.
After the Navy, David became an Idaho State Police officer, stationed in Moscow and later Orofino. But the country was suffering budget cuts. Jobless, David and Gene pooled their savings to buy the Richfield Service and Gas Station at 13th and Main streets in Lewiston. Both licensed pilots, they soon purchased a 1947 Taylorcraft BC 12-D airplane. They enjoyed watching their much younger brother Robert in school become a very good athlete, playing football, basketball and particularly baseball.
The brothers sold the service station in 1950 and Dave became a Lewiston city police officer, and later a Nez Perce County deputy sheriff.
On Sept. 14, 1952, David married Phyllis Sturman. They had sons Michael and Douglas - losing Douglas at age nine to brain cancer. Michael followed David's "hi-fi/stereo kit-electronics" and flying interests, becoming an electronics engineer and commercial pilot.
David began his career work at the Lewiston Airport on March 16, 1954, as a station agent - meaning he did everything, from fueling and de-icing the DC-3s, selling tickets and smashing baggage, to radio-managing emergencies.
Phyllis, a registered nurse, worked at St. Joseph Hospital and St. John's Clinic, retiring in 1970. David retired from Republic Airlines in 1981. David and Phyllis had been married 56 years at the time of her death in 2008.
In the family's active years, David owned several power boats that kept the family amused while he pursued his primary interest - fishing. David and Michael often went on lengthy back-woods fly-fishing adventures, took fly-tying classes together, and shared the stick when flying loops in Michael's aircraft.
David and Phyllis were professional musicians, enjoying occasional "jam sessions" with their friends. In David's later years he enjoyed recording and cataloging big band music, woodworking and fly-rod building/repairing. David was a great outdoorsman. He loved the woods and streams of Idaho and incidentally was a very accomplished swimmer.
David was a life member of the Nez Perce Eagles Lodge No. 631, the Kelly Creek Fly Casters Club, The Elks Lodge BPOE 896, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
David is survived by brothers Eugene and Robert, son Michael, and Michael's adopted daughter Mary.
His funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston, with burial at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens. Please join David's friends gathering to visit at Vassar-Rawls from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Grateful thanks to our many helpful friends, particularly to sister-in-law Claudine Weiss, a saint among us.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made to the Lewis-Clark Animal Shelter, 6 Shelter Road, Lewiston, ID 83501, (208) 746-1623; or to the Salvation Army, 1835 G St., Lewiston, ID 83501, (208) 746-9653.
Charles James 'Red' McCollister, 92, formerly of Orofino
Charles James McCollister, 92, known as Charlie "Red", passed away Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, in Lewiston at Royal Plaza Care Center. Red was born in Gooding July 5, 1917 to Hiram Franklin McCollister and Martha Elizabeth Lincoln McCollister. The family soon moved to the Clearwater River area.
After attending grade school in Lenore, Red graduated from the Peck High School in 1936. From 1936 through 1941, Red worked for the U.S. Forest Service, did highway construction, grain elevator construction, and some farming. In 1941, Red went to work in the woods for Potlatch. He began driving the dozers that were replacing horses to skid logs, and then became a cross-cut sawyer. Red rose through the ranks to saw boss, skidding boss, and camp foreman. He served as logging production superintendent at Headquarters at the time of his retirement in 1982.
In 1943, Red met June Huffman, from Cleveland, OH, when she spent six weeks working as a flunky in the cookhouse at Camp 54. June and Red were married on May 10, 1944, in Lewiston, and have enjoyed sixty-five years of married life. From 1947 to 1950, Red took a break from the woods, and he and June lived on their ranch on Canyon Creek Road, north of Orofino, farming and raising cattle. They had three children, a son, Jim, and daughters, Patty and Sandra.
In 1950, Red returned to work for Potlatch. This was also Red's first year on the Clearwater River log drive. He soon became the foreman of Camp T and the foreman of the log drive.
The ninety mile log drive down the Clearwater from the river logging camps on the North Fork to the Lewiston Mill made news every spring. Red became the iconic lumberjack. In 1962, Red appeared as the foreman of the log drive on the television show "To Tell the Truth". Red and other members of the log drive crew were featured in Walt Disney's movie, "Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar" in 1967. Red also contributed to and appeared in "The Last of the Log Drives", a documentary. Red had a knack for telling stories with humorous understatements, a reputation as a person who was good to work for and an appreciation of history in the making. His friends teasingly called him "The Legend".
During retirement, Red and June enjoyed traveling near and far. They often wintered in Yuma, AZ and were members of the Good Sam Club. Red and June also enjoyed trips to Mexico, Alaska, Canada and China, always learning new things about the cultures and economies.
Red was a wonderful family man. He is survived by his wife, June, at home in Lewiston; his son, Jim McCollister of Orofino, his daughter, Patty Pabst and son-in-law Rob of Camas, WA, and his daughter, Sandra Goffinet and son-in-law John of Orofino. Red's grandchildren are Meridee Pabst and husband Dave Hajek of Washougal, WA, Alison Pabst of Seattle, WA, Matt Finlayson and wife Emika of Vancouver, WA, and Ross Finlayson, of Bellevue, WA. Red's three great-granddaughters are Lily and Jayla Finlayson and Lainey Hajek.
Red is also survived by his sister, Bonnie Delaney of Spokane, WA and several nieces and nephews. Red was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Mattie McCollister, and a sister, Elsie Onstott.
Cremation has taken place with a private memorial service planned for the future.
The family extends thanks to all of the old-timers who stopped by to visit Red and to the family, friends, neighbors, and caregivers who offered comfort and assistance.