Marsha Bergeson, 72
ST. GEORGE, UT - Our beloved mother, wife, grandmother, and friend, Marsha Kim Glover Bergeson, passed away on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 after a valiant fight with breast cancer at the age of 72. She was surrounded by her loving family who will miss her dearly. Marsha was born in Rexburg on May 25, 1937 to Arvid and LaJetta Glover.
She married her sweetheart Shelton Jones Bergeson on June 9, 1954 in the Idaho Falls Temple; the two were inseparable from that day forward. Marsha and Shelton had eight children that were the light and the focus of their lives.
Marsha was active in ward and stake organizations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all her life; Relief Society President, Ward Missionary, and also served a full time mission with her husband in the Spokane, WA mission as well as a local mission in St. George, Utah. Part of their mission was spent in Orofino. She touched each person that she came in contact with and was truly the epitome of unconditional love. Serving others was her true mission in life.
Surviving are: her husband Shelton and eight children: Blaine Bergeson (Leslee), Larry Bergeson (Terry), Todd Bergeson, Brenda Milne, Chris Bergeson (Atsuko), Paul Bergeson (Chrissy), Bill Bergeson (Amy) and MaShel West (Clay). Also surviving are 30 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, Grandma Marsha always made them feel special.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Yutonna Bean and Jackie Ferney as well as her grandparents.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 15 in St. George. Internment was Tuesday, March 16 at the Groveland Cemetery in Blackfoot.
Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff Street, St. George, is caring for arrangements. Friends and family are invited to offer their condolences at www.spilsburymortuary.com.
Linda I. Haag, 69, Orofino
Linda Irene Dahlberg Haag, 69 Orofino, passed away peacefully Friday, May 7, 2010, in Orofino with family and friends by her side after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born in Dayton, WA, April 24, 1941 to LaVerne and Lillian Dahlberg.
Linda married Charles Lester Haag on May 21, 1960 in Coeur d'Alene at the famous Hitching Post. The raised their family of four in Culdesac before moving to Orofino in 1983.
Linda was very active throughout the years with her four children, volunteering for all their activities as well as community service. She drove school bus for the Culdesac School District for many years. In addition to her own children and grandchildren, she was fondly known as "Mom/Grandma Linda" in both the Culdesac and Orofino communities.
Linda loved camping with family and friends and especially being "camp cook" at their Moose Creek hunting camp. All of the grandkids loved to bake chocolate chip cookies with grandma and she would always share those cookies and her special pumpkin pies with friends. She thoroughly enjoyed staying in touch with friends and family on the telephone and always had a kind hug. She enjoyed her water aerobics classes and babysitting for anyone who would ask. She had a very strong Christian faith and was an active member with the ladies group at the Covenant House Christian Center in Orofino.
She is survived by her loving husband of almost 50 years, Charles, at the family home in Orofino; daughters, Diana Haag of Orofino, Holly and Ramiro Sosa of Miami, and Denise and Stephen Duren of Weiser; son, Tracy and Annette Haag of Orofino; seven grandchildren, Shantel, Nathan, Justin, Grayson, Shae, Christopher and Samantha; two great grandchildren and her special buddy, Dutch.
She was preceded in death by her parents, LaVerne and Lillian; and grandson, Trevor Haag.
"Wife-Mother-Gramma or Granny" Linda will definitely be remembered for her unconditional giving and kind, loving heart she shared with anyone and everyone. She will not be forgotten through the hearts of many.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Linda Haag Memorial Fund at US Bank in Orofino.
Charles Henry Battles, 84, formerly of Weippe
Charles Henry Battles, beloved husband, father, grandpa and friend, passed peacefully at his home with his loved ones at his side, Sunday, April 25, 2010.
Chuck, as he was known to many, entered this world Sept. 20, 1927, in Orofino. He was born to Jewel and Mary Battles, and was raised on their ranch in Weippe. Early in life, Chuck learned to log and ranch. He worked for a time at Potlatch Forests Inc., and then attended school at the University of Idaho, earning two degrees, one in education and the other in business and accounting.
Chuck loved his country and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving at the end of the Korean War as a first lieutenant. He was stationed in the Philippines, Korea and Japan. After serving his country he came back, returned to college and decided to make accounting his vocation. He was the owner of Battles and Ells Accounting and retired in 2009.
Chuck met the love of his life, Virginia Lee Hake, in 1967. In 1968, he married her as well as her four children and became a cherished husband and stepfather. Virginia worked beside her husband as the secretary for their business. They had a son, David Charles, who died as an infant. They were married 41 years. He lost his love in June 2009.
Chuck loved the Lord and was a member as well as treasurer of Grace Lutheran Church. He was the former president of the Idaho Association of Accountants. Chuck loved animals and served on the board, as well as doing the books, for the Lewis-Clark Animal Shelter. He was a member of the Square Devils Square Dance Club for many years.
Chuck is survived by four stepchildren, Lyle Hake of Tacoma, WA, Mike Hake of Jefferson, OR, Connie Borgan of Lewiston, and Shannie Million of Princeton; two sisters, Bernice Battles and Liz McKinney, both of Lewiston; his 14 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.
Chuck was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia; their son, David; brothers Oren and Kenny Battles; father and mother Jewel and Mary Battles; and a sister, Irene Skyles. There will be a memorial service for Chuck and his brother, Oren Battles, conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston. The Rev. Jim Higgins will officiate.
Memorial donations may be made to the Lewis-Clark Animal Shelter.
Chuck was loved by everyone who ever knew him. Our loss is heaven's gain.
Joan Buckley Watson, 90, Orofino
Joan Buckley Watson went home to be with the Lord on April 8, 2010 at the age of 90. Born in East Liverpool, OH she was the first of six children of Arthur and Gladys Buckley. They moved to Parkersburg, WV where she met Gilbert Watson in 1937 and marked the beginning of a joint life-long adventure for the two.
For the first two of the four years Joan and Gil dated, Joan's mother insisted that two younger sisters go along. Known for his antics, Gil would often drive erratically to irritate the younger siblings. One sister plowed an ice cream cone into the back of Gil's head when fast driving caused the sisters to be thrown around in the back seat.
The couple married in 1941 on Easter Sunday. Not surprisingly, following the reception Gil drove the wrong way on a major one-way street with the wedding party in tow honking their horns.
Joan and Gil had both quit high school in the 1930s due to needing to work during the depression. However, they were very life-experience educated and had a continuing desire to learn.
In the 1940s they became parents to a son and daughter. In the 1950s Joan took swimming lessons, earned her practical nurse certificate, and worked at a hospital in Georgia. In the 1960s she worked as the bookkeeper for a large cattle operation in Mississippi where Gil was the vice-president and general manager.
In the 1970s Joan traveled to Europe with friends from church and learned how to play tennis and golf in Washington. In the 1980s she served as the 1987 state president of the Kansas Cattlewomen where her duties included promoting the beef industry at conventions and parades, attending Cattlewomen's activities across the country, and judging beef "cook-off" events. In the 1990s she was thrilled to ride in a pace car at 90 mph at the Charlotte NASCAR Speedway in North Carolina.
As Joan aged, she said she'd rather spend time with Gil and with family than doing anything else. Throughout her life she enjoyed hosting visitors, sewing, crafts, flower gardening, painting, gospel singing, reading and working at the voting booths.
Joan was a member of the Church of Christ and was a Republican who did not mind giving her opinion. Joan moved to Orofino from Florida in 2002 following Gil's death. They had lived in 11 states and traveled to all but three of the other states during their 61 year marriage. She lived at Brookside Landing for seven years and at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation for six months.
Joan's family include son Jim Watson (Alice), Yorba Linda, CA; daughter Becky Drewery (Billie) of Kamiah; grandchildren Kelly Pike, Kalispell, MT, Kanet Turner (Richard), Walla Walla, WA, Klane Hanson, West Memphis, AR, Rebecca Schaffer, Orlando, FL, Suzanne Robichaud (David), Orlando, FL; great grandchildren Wilson, Dakota, Keith, Bailey, Colby, Alexandria, Megan, Chandler, and Buckley; sisters Louise Weser, Warrenton, VA, and Martha Houser, Parkersburg, WV; brother Larry Buckley (Gayle), New Bern, NC.
A celebration of Joan's life was held on April 11 at the First Christian Church in Orofino. Family members participated in the service that was led by Jeremy Gering who along with his wife Christy visited Joan frequently. For those wishing to give a memorial, Joan chose Oklahoma Christian University where her two children attended. Memorials may be sent to OCU, Mike McDonald Endowment Scholarship, 2501 E. Memorial Rd, Edmond, OK 73013.
Grant Ciscero Evans, 82, formerly of Clearwater County
Grant Ciscero Evans, 82, a retired electrician, died of congestive heart failure Saturday, April 24, 2010, at his home. He was born Feb. 28, 1928, the youngest of 15 children, to Charles Monroe Evans and Estella Adella Scobey at Vinita, OK.
He married Kathryn L. Wilson on Dec. 5, 1946, right after he was discharged from the U.S. Navy, at Hanford, CA.
In 1948 they moved to Dent, then to Headquarters, where he worked for Potlatch Forests Inc. for 17 years. In 1966, they moved to Lewiston and he was employed by the Camas Prairie Railroad until he retired in 1989.
He was a proud member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 28 years. He was a very successful elk hunter in his younger days, and harvested his share of deer and bear as well. He also shot competitively in small-bore events and won several distinguished awards across the Pacific Northwest.
While living in Headquarters, he was elected president of the local chapter of the International Woodworkers of America Union and was a member of the IOOF Lodge. He enjoyed traveling and visited 49 of the 50 states. In his later years, aside from his AA activities, he did a lot of reading. He continued his zest for learning new things to the very end.
He was preceded in death by his wife Kathryn in 1996, a daughter Cleota in 1950, a son Charles in 1985 and a daughter Cloretta in January.
Survivors include a son, Randall G. Evans of Omaha, NE; four daughters, Marilyn J. Shrum of Lewiston, Marie A. Aasted of Tacoma, WA, Rita F. Evans of Poulsbo, WA, and Bonnie S. Hursh of Selah, WA; as well as 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
His body will be cremated and buried at Normal Hill Cemetery in Lewiston. A memorial service will be set at a later date to accommodate family.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in memory of Grant Evans to the Lewis-Clark Alano Club, P.O. Box 1834, Lewiston, ID 83501.
Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is handling arrangements.
Kyle William Wirgau, 24, Orofino
Kyle William Wirgau entered this world fighting to live on December 12, 1985; and, on April 19, 2010, joined his twin, Adam Michael, in heaven. Kyle was a life-long resident of Orofino. Kyle was a happy young man who taught others how to live in "Kyle's World." His smile was contagious and made you wonder what it was that he found so amusing. He loved listening to Christmas music and Reba McIntyre, traveling, and people reading him stories. We were blessed to have him in our lives.
Kyle leaves behind to cherish his memory his mother, Karen; grandmother, Joyce Wirgau; aunts and uncles Penny and Dan Hogan, Neil and Melody Wirgau, Mary Lou and Joe Tunnicliffe, Mark Wirgau, LuAnn and Joe Sills, Sharon and David Fritz, and Amy Goodson, 17 cousins, and his devoted personal care provider Lila Winslow and faithful companion Cubby. Meeting him in heaven are his grandfather Arnold Wirgau, adventurer/traveling companion June Seasor, and twin brother Adam Michael.
A memorial open house will be held on Saturday, April 24, from 1-4 pm at 215 Tamarack in Orofino. Prayer service and internment will take place at Leer Lutheran Church on May 1 at 11 am. Memorial donations may be made to Clearwater Humane Society, PO Box 2063, Orofino, ID 83544. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is caring for arrangements.
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7
Kyle William Wirgau, 24, Orofino
Kyle William Wirgau, 24, Orofino, passed away at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino Monday, April 19, 2010.
A memorial open house will be held in Kyle's memory Saturday, April 24, from 1-4 p.m. at 215 Tamarack St. in Orofino.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Fredrick W. Altmiller, 85, born at Bruce's Eddy
Frederick W. Altmiller passed away peacefully at Guardian Angel Homes in Lewiston April 15, 2010 due to complications of age. Fred was born Sept. 20, 1924 at Bruces Eddy (Mary's Bay) on the North Fork of the Clearwater River near Ahsahka to Frank S. Altmiller and Alivina Regina Wagner Altmiller. He was the 10th child of 12.
Fred attended school in Ahsahka, graduating from the eighth grade. He and his brothers and sisters crossed the river by boat or on the ice in the winter.
During World War II, Fred was drafted at the age of 17 and served in the U.S. Army as Pfc. in the 17th Airborne. His tour of duty involved the Europe-Invasion of Germany. After returning home from the war, Fred me his wife of 62 years, Kathryn May Burch. They were married Oct. 30, 1948 and started their family, daughters, Francine and Carolyn, and son, Fritz.
Fred was an excellent woodsman and loved the outdoors and nature. He began his logging career at an early age as a sawyer and dozer operator. He worked for Potlatch Corp. and several logging contractors throughout the years. He also sawed in Alaska and Oregon with his son, Fritz, and ran dozer on the clearing process during the construction of Dworshak Dam.
In earlier years, Fred enjoyed participating in cross cut, chopping and sawing competitions with brothers and extended family during the Clearwater County Lumberjack Days. Fred was an avid fisherman and hunter and always had time to take family and friends fishing and camping. He was a proud and devoted family man and was greatly loved by family and friends. His grandchildren were his treasures. His "Big Smile and Heart" will be missed by all.
Fred is survived by his wife, Kathryn, at the family home; daughters and spouses, Francine and Butch Finke, Carolyn and Mike Adams all of Orofino; sister, Anna McIntire of Kamiah; grandchildren, Darin Adams, Lisa Robertson and Stephanie Frank all of Orofino; Jennifer Hudson of Lewiston; Jayson and Josh Altmiller of California and 14 great grandchildren.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents; son, Fritz Altmiller; grandson, Doug Adams; brothers, Carl, Frank, Eddie, Albert, Ernest, Jake and Johnny; sisters, Caroline Roby, Viola Roby and Mary Kelly.
Margaret Ann Walker, 81, Orofino
Margaret Ann Walker, 81, Orofino, passed away Sunday, April 11, 2010 in Orofino.
Funeral services are pending with Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino caring for arrangements.
Margaret A. Walker, 81, Orofino
Margaret A. Walker passed away peacefully April 11, 2010 of natural causes. She will be dearly missed by family and friends.
Margaret was born Oct. 13, 1928 to Horace G. and Margaret Ann McMillin in Batesville, MS, the eldest of two children. Her father's occupation as county road foreman caused the family to do some moving during her early school years. She graduated from West Plains High School in West Plains, MO in 1942. In 1949, she received her nursing diploma from Methodist Hospital in Memphis, TN and so began her life dream of becoming a registered nurse.
Her first job landed her in Harrison, AR working at the local hospital. She me her future husband, Garold E. Walker known to friends and family as JR. Garold had been discharged from the Army and had just started his career as an ironworker on Bull Shoals Dam outside of Harrison. Margaret was offered a nursing job with Morrison and Knudsen as a first aid nurse on their new project at Cabinet Gorge Dam located in Clark Fork. She was off on an adventure of a lifetime to a state that she would fall in love with.
After the completion of Bull Shoals, Garold was transferred to Cabinet Gorge Dam. They married Oct. 11, 1952 in Thompson Falls, MT. Margaret returned to her parent's home in Camden, AR to give birth to their daughter.
The family moved from town to town and state to state over the course of 13 years. Places included Ione, WA; Strawberry, CA; Heber Springs, AR; Lisbon, Portugal; Snelling, CA; Mossy Rock, WA and finally settling in Orofino.
After their daughter graduated from high school, Margaret returned to her nursing career at Clearwater Valley Hospital during the late 1970s and early 1980s. She then took on the director of nursing position at what is now known as Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation. Both Margaret and Garold retired in the early 1990s to enjoy traveling to ironworks reunions, taking care of their place, gardening and their family. Margaret loved spending time with her two grandchildren, taking care of her many flower gardens and canning vegetables from their garden.
Margaret was a member of the Eastern Star and Daughter of the Niles.
She is survived by her daughter Sue and husband, Chris Anderson; and grandchildren Max and Kelsey. She was preceded in death by her parents, Horace and Margaret Ann McMillin; brother, Robert Earl McMillin; and husband of 57 years, Garold E.Walker.
In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations given in their names to Clearwater Valley Hospital Foundation Fund, P.O. Box 2169, Orofino, ID 83544.
Graveside services for Margaret and Garold will take place April 23 at Wells Bench Cemetery for family and friends. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.