Opal M. Hamilton, 92, formerly of Weippe
Opal Meredith Hobbs Hamilton passed away at the age of 92, Thursday, June 10, 2010 at Guardian Angel Homes in Lewiston. She was born April 21, 1918, at Tofield, Alberta, Canada, to Loid Hutchins and Maud Hoisington Hutchins, the eighth of nine children.
When she was about 5 years old, the family, who had moved to Canada shortly before her birth, returned to the U.S., settling first in Spokane, WA, and then in the Fraser area near Weippe. She attended the Cottonwood School, and then the family moved to the Hanford, WA, area before returning to Canada in 1928.
In 1935, she married Cyril Hobbs at Barrhead, Alberta, Canada. They farmed in that area until 1943, when they moved to Weippe, to be near her mother and brothers.
In Weippe, she worked at the H&W; Mercantile Store as a clerk during the 1950s and early 1960s. In 1966, they moved to Lewiston where she worked at the Lewiston Care and Rehabilitation Center. In 1970, they moved to Moscow. Her husband passed away in 1974 and in 1975 she moved with her youngest son, Fred, to Milton-Freewater, OR, for a short time before moving to Sandpoint.
She married her second husband, Lawrence Hamilton, in Sandpoint. He passed away in 1987 and in 1989, she moved back to Lewiston, where she remained until her passing.
Opal enjoyed gardening, but most of all loved having her family and friends near. She could always put together a meal for unexpected guests. No one ever left her home hungry. She was a kind and loving person who had a big smile for everyone.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Orel Hutchins, Leslie Hutchins and Lawrence Hutchins; four sisters, Florence Sampson, Zoa Ford, Della Bisson and Hazel Hutchins; two stepsons, Donald Hamilton and Larry Hamilton; and a stepdaughter-in-law, Minnie Hamilton.
Opal is survived by her brother, Eldon Hutchins of Lewiston; her daughter, Thelma (Term) Nylund of Camas, WA; three sons, Raymond Hobbs and wife, Geraldine of Clarkston, WA, Fred Hobbs and Herb Hobbs, both of Lewiston; a stepdaughter-in-law, Shirley Hamilton of Bonners Ferry; one sister-in-law, Alice Hutchins of Lewiston; also 11 grandchildren, Bonnie Hunt and Wayne Wilson of Lewiston, Bev Dobrinski and Tina Bowman of Vancouver, WA, Kathy Edwards of Priest Lake, Debra Reida of Battleground, WA, Ed Hobbs of Tualatin, OR, Chris Hobbs of Hercules, CA, Melanie Pichette of Spokane Valley, WA, Amy Bare of Ellensburg, WA, and Mark Hobbs of Liberty Lake, WA; six step-grandchildren, Randy Hamilton of Sandpoint, Sandra Beamer of Carywood, Alan Hamilton and John Hamilton of Bonners Ferry, and Ann and Laura Hamilton; plus numerous great-grandchildren and a few great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino, with interment to follow at the Weippe Cemetery. For those wishing to make memorial contributions, the family suggests the Hilltop Heritage Society Museum at Weippe.
The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of the Liberty House for their care and kindness during the past two-plus years.
Everett J. Jordan, 81, formerly of Weippe
Everett J. Jordan, 81, passed away Wednesday, June 2, 2010, in Boise, but lived in Lewiston for 50 years. He was a lifelong Idahoan, except for his time in the military. Everett was born at home in Weippe, Nov. 1, 1928, to Glenn and Florna Carr Jordan. He grew up working in the family store in Weippe, enjoying the outdoors of the Weippe prairie, as well as the surrounding mountains and streams. Everett attended Weippe schools from the first grade through high school, playing sports and excelling in academics.
Everett graduated with a teaching degree from Lewis-Clark Normal School and later earned a master's degree from the University of Idaho.
Everett married Helen Fountain on April 4, 1950, in Lewiston; and they recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They first taught in Salmon and then went to New Plymouth to teach. When Everett joined the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, Helen went with him to Colorado, South Dakota and on to Tokyo where they resided for two years and had their first daughter, Patricia.
Upon their return to the United States, their second daughter, Amy, was born at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane, WA. The family moved to Lewiston and Everett became a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserves.
Combining his love of being a HAM radio operator with the military, Everett "patched" through many military personnel via radio and phone so that they could communicate with their loved ones during the Vietnam War. During this time, Everett was an instructor for Lapwai junior and senior high schools, teaching math and science classes until 1989, a total of 33 years. Everett literally knew Lapwai schools inside and out, having installed many electronic and technical systems, including a satellite system for distance learning.
Everett also loved flying and had his instrument-rating private pilot's license. He first learned to fly while stationed in Denver during the early 1950s. He and his brother-in-law, Bud Fountain, loved to talk about flying experiences and they owned several planes together over the years. He inspired his daughter, Amy, to get her pilot's license as well.
While Pat and Amy attended UI, Everett and Helen welcomed many foreign college students into their home for weekends and holidays. One of those students, Maggie, still calls the mom and dad, as does their son-in-law, Dilip.
Everett was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF), Elks, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and a 50-year member of Masonic Nez Perce Lodge No. 10 AF and AM.
Everett is survived by his wife, Helen; his daughter, Patricia Saletore and her husband, Dilip; and daughter Amy Brasley and her husband Larry. Everett and Helen have five grandchildren, Ambika Saletore Silva and her husband, Dustin, Ayesha Saletore, Nikhil Saletore, Nathan Brasley and Ann Brasely.
Everett was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, James (Bud) Fountain.
A service was conducted Friday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Chapel in Lewiston, with military honors to following at Normal Hill Cemetery.
Donna Ann Fitzpatrick, 64, Pierce
Donna Ann Fitzpatrick, 64, Pierce, passed away at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino Monday, June 7, 2010.
Cremation is to take place. A memorial service will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel Saturday, June 19, at 12 p.m.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Robert H. 'Bob' Rears, 71, formerly of Pierce
Robert H. 'Bob' Rears, 71, of Clarkston, died Wednesday, June 2, 2010, of pneumonia.
Bob was born Sept. 10, 1938, in Sandpoint to Chester M. and Ruth Ramsey Rears. They moved to the Rears Ranch in Wray, CO, in 1943 and later moved back to Sandpoint. He spent the rest of his childhood with his mother and stepfather, Tilford (Tip) Garrison. He graduated from Sandpoint High School in 1956.
Rears went to Chico, CA, after his high school graduation to attend Chico State College, where he met and married Alice Morris in 1959. Together they raised five children. Rears was a proud sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1959 to 1964. He worked at Chico Redding Optical Laboratories while in California.
The young Rears family moved to Pierce in 1969. He graduated from Lewis-Clark State College in 1972.
Rears was a school teacher, coach, sheriff's deputy for the Clearwater County Sheriff's Office and an expert in Idaho history. Among some of his adventures, Rears brought fencing to Pierce, starting the first Junior Olympic Fencing Team in northern Idaho. He wrote articles for the Lewiston Morning Tribune, Old West Magazine and Summit Magazine.
Rears and his wife moved to Taholah, WA, in 1990 to teach, and from 1992 to 2000 Rears was a teacher for the Lewiston School District at the Juvenile Detention Center, Sacajawea Junior High and North Idaho Children's Home, while living in Anatone, WA.
He was an avid outdoorsman, climbing the highest peaks in western America, whitewater kayaking and backpacking the western United States, including mapping out the Idaho Centennial Trail during the state's 100-year anniversary. In 1980, Summit Magazine declared him "the last of the mountain men."
Rears was active in the Lions Club, Pierce Community Center, a Boy Scout leader and Sierra Club member. He enjoyed playing his guitar and singing with his family. He was a colorful storyteller with an infectious laugh.
He is survived by his wife, Alice; two brothers, Chester D. and Faye Rears of Arizona, and Richard Garrison and Celia of Spokane, WA; his twin sons, Christopher Jay and Ann Rears of Portland, OR, and Johnothan Ray and Mary Rears of Clarkston, WA; his daughter, Robin L. Stewart and Bruce Weigers of Boise; and twin daughters, Dana M. Stedman-Chandler and Brian of Clarkston, and Kari J. and Kelly J. Lineberry of Kamiah; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by sister, Jewel Sunberg, and brother, Gordon Garrison.
A memorial service has been scheduled for 2 p.m. July 25 at the Lewiston Community Center.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Pacific Crest Trail Association at www.pcta.org.
Ramona L. Key, 71
The angels brought Mona peacefully home to Heaven on May 26, 2010 with her husband and children by her side. She was 71 years old.
Mona was born on March 7, 1939 to Zenita (Grandma Shorty) and Morley Hopper in Weiser. She grew up and attended school in Weiser.
Mona Hopper met and fell in love with Bill Key and they married on June 6, 1964. They made their home in Grangeville and have five children, Robin, Joe, Allen, Michelle, and Sonya.
Mona's kids, grandkids, and her family were her whole life. She loved to go camping, rafting, and 4-wheeling with all of them. She looked forward to their trips to Yuma in the winter and going to Mexico. She loved traveling and treasured every minute she could spend with her true love. She enjoyed anything to do with the outdoors. She loved riding on their trike. She was a wonderful painter and always enjoyed the scenery around her. They took their "lil dogs", Keno and Odie, everywhere with them.
Mona is survived by her husband, Bill, at their family home; three daughters, Robin Morris of Alaska, Michelle and Steve Caine and Sonya and Tim of Spokane, WA; two sons, Joe and Jennifer of Lewiston, and Allen amd Mary of Spanaway, WA; 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; three sisters, Barb Long of Lewiston, Marlene and Butch Huddleson of Weippe, and Dee Dee Pitman of Washington; and her brother, Marion Hopper and Eva of Oregon.
She was preceded in death by her mom, Nita; father, Morley; her in-laws, Oda and Thedis Key; six brothers-in-law; a granddaughter; a nephew, and a great niece.
Mona was our angel on earth. Her love and laughter will remain in our hearts forever.
Services will be held on Saturday, June 12, at 11 a.m., at the Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville, followed by a potluck celebration of Mona's life at the Senior Citizens Center in Grangeville. Viewing will be held on Friday, June 11, from 2-6 p.m., at the funeral home.
Joseph Ward memorial service planned Saturday
A memorial service for Joseph Anthony Ward, 69, Orofino, will be held Saturday, June 12, at 2 p.m. at Covenant House Christian Center, 12517 Hartford Ave. in Orofino.
He passed away Thursday, June 2, 2010 in Orofino.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Joseph Anthony Ward, 69, Orofino
Joseph A. Ward, 69, Orofino, passed away at his residence Thursday, June 2, 2010.
Cremation is to take place and services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
Frank 'Frankie' Jerome Dietz, 48, Weippe
Frank 'Frankie' Jerome Dietz, Weippe, passed away May 29, 2010. He was 48. Frankie was born Dec. 21, 1961 in Fargo, ND.
Frankie was raised in Weippe loving the outdoors. His passion was hunting and fishing. He served in the National Guard, worked in cedar mills and logged throughout the northwest.
Frankie will be missed every day by those that love him.
He is survived by his "Dad", Lester, and mother, Eileen; brothers, Lauren, Greg and Roy; and sister, Tina.
He was preceded in death by his baby sister, Sandra, and his son, David.
A prayer service will be held Saturday, June 5, at the Lutheran Church in Pierce at 10:30 a.m. A covered dish dinner will follow at noon at the Weippe Senior Center.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Cremator is caring for arrangements.
Linda Irene Haag, 69, Orofino
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 28, at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel for Linda Irene Haag who passed away May 7, 2010 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
A potluck will follow at the Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.
Wilma Lucille Berry, 69
Wilma Lucille Berry, passed from this life Saturday, May 22, 2010, surrounded by her family.
Wilma was born in Columbus, IN to Eugene and Viola Stickens Jan. 11, 1941. The family lived in Colorado, Arizona and Idaho as she grew up.
She attended school in all three states, graduating in 1959 from South Mountain High School in Phoenix, AZ. She worked as a home nursing aid in Phoenix and a telephone operator in Orofino.
After marrying, Wilma became a mother and homemaker to three sons. She was a loving mother, sister and grandma. She took great joy in supporting her sons in their sports and other activities as they grew up.
She enjoyed greatly the time with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sisters and brother and their families.
In her later years, she enjoyed meeting and making new friends and traveling to the coast and to Nevada.
Wilma is survived by her son, Don and his wife, Rosie, of Orofino and their children, son, Hugh and wife, Billie, daughters, Heather and husband, Tyler, and Amy and husband, Brian, and their children, Adrian, Austin, Carter, Jackson, Noah and Riley. She is also survived by son, Chris, and Dustin his son of Orofino and son, Joe, and girlfriend, Katie of Couer d'Alene.
In addition, she is survived by her sisters: Donna Roy, and husband, Larry; Edna Summers and Dorothy Young, all of Orofino and Charlotte Heatherly of Phoenix; brother, Kenneth Stickens of Dallas, TX, as well as many wonderful nieces and nephews and their families.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Patricia Heinecke, of Colorado, brothers-in-law, Cal Summers, Scott Young both of Orofino and nephew, Johnny Heinecke of Colorado.
"Mom was loved by many and she will be missed."
A funeral service will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino Thursday, May 27, at 11 a.m. with burial to follow at Weseman Cemetery.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.