Randy R. Beck, 55, formerly of Orofino, Pierce
Longtime Lewiston resident and businessman Randy R. Beck passed away Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, after a long and courageous battle with esophageal cancer. Randy was born Dec. 10, 1955, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, to Roy and Marge Beck.
He rode home to Orofino from the hospital in his dad's logging truck. It was on this trip that his love for the great outdoors began. His mom and dad were very proud of their little logger man. Randy spent the first six years of his life in Orofino and Pierce.
Randy moved to Lewiston in 1962 and attended first through sixth grade at Orchards Elementary School. He then attended Sacajawea Junior High School and Lewiston High School, from which he graduated in 1974.
It was in the ninth grade, in 1969, that Randy met the love of his life, Susan Bauman. They dated all through high school and were voted the king and queen of hearts their senior year in 1974.
Randy loved sports and played football, basketball and baseball in high school, as well as American Legion baseball during the summer. He was voted Mr. Hustle his junior year in football and was captain of the football team his senior year.
Randy and Susan married June 18, 1977. He was self-employed most of his life as the owner of numerous travel agencies in Lewiston, Spokane and Post Falls, Idaho. He had more than 100 employees during the course of his career and loved them all very much. Most recently Randy had been in financial services as a mortgage broker and private real estate lender.
He was a past board member of the Valley Boys and Girls Club from 1983 through 1987. He was vice president of the board and was one of the first chairpersons of the annual club auction. He was also a board member of the Lewiston Roundup Association and a member of the Rocky Mountain Travel Association, for which he traveled in the United Sates and abroad to promote regional tourism. He was an active member of the Lewiston Chamber of Commerce, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Pheasants Forever and the Rocky Mountain Sheep Foundation.
Randy enjoyed archery, hunting, fishing, camping and four-wheeling with his family and friends. He was an avid outdoorsman in every way. Some of his fondest memories were hunting and fishing with his family, and he has passed his love of the outdoors on to his children.
He is survived by his wife, Susan; son, Riley; daughters, Jamie and her fiancee Zack Bakker, Betsy Sutton and her husband Mitch with son Grady, and Lindsay Biladeau and husband Lee; father Roy Beck; his siblings, Dianne and Larry Smith of Coeur d'Alene, Sam and Martie Beck of Lewiston, Dave and Paulette Bliss of Puyallup, WA, and Lanny and Gwen Watkins of Lewiston; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, and their families, who he loved dearly. Preceding Randy in death were his son, Ryan, and mother, Marjorie.
Randy felt so blessed to have many friends and family. His motto was, "Make today a better day than yesterday." We all have the opportunity to make a difference in someone's life, because as he well knew, so many people made a difference in his.
Randy wished to extend a special thanks to the many health care providers who helped him during his treatment. He cared very much for all of you.
A celebration of Randy's life will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday at Valley Christian Center, 3215 Echo Hills Drive in Lewiston.
Memorials may be sent in the name of Randy Beck to the Jackson Baldwin "Pay It Forward" Foundation at 3527 Eighth St. C, Lewiston, ID 83501.
Boyd Wayne Snyder, 75, formerly of Weippe
Boyd Wayne Snyder, 75, formerly of Weippe, passed away peacefully Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010. Boyd was born to Walter and Flarnie Bonner Snyder on Aug. 6, 1935 in Weippe. The youngest of eight siblings, he worked for the railroad with trestles up through Winchester surrounding areas. His various jobs included crop dusting, Schmidt Bros. Mill, Hutchings Lumber, Timberline High School and his retirement for the Ponderosa Restaurant.
His first marriage ended in divorce. He married N. Lynn Spicer Austin, and helped raise her son, Lance. Boyd taught his son, lance to fish and hunt, which they did often. When grandson, Wayne, was born, the first thing he said was, "That boy wasn't born with a fishing pole in his hand." H was an avid hunter and fisherman in the Wieppe area until 1987, when he moved to Orofino. The hunting, fishing and camping stories will continue with them.
Boyd is survived by his wife, Lynn; grandson, Wayne J. Snyder of Moscow; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Lance G. Austin Snyder; five brothers, W. Jay, Martin Lee, Walter Dean, Oren and Norman; sisters, Phyllis Hix, and Delores Brink.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Heather Marie McLean Lougee, 35, Peck
Heather Marie McLean Lougee, born Dec. 14, 1975 to Dolan and Juanita McLean in Lewiston, passed away in Spokane, WA on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010. She was 35.
Dolan and Juanita brought Heather home to Orofino, to her older sister Heidi, and the two of them had many wonderful years growing up. As soon as Heather was old enough to walk she was dancing. When Heather was one year old she won "Miss Personality" at a Centennial celebration in the Orofino City Park.
By the time she was three years old she had her own "baton," all of 12 inches long, and marched in the Orofino parade with Heidi down the streets of Orofino. She was also in youth baseball for many years, and although her legs were not very long, Heather could get to first base before anyone.
Heather grew up in a yellow house next door to the Tabernacle Church and absolutely loved taking her "boom box" to the church's concrete slab, where she spent countless hours dancing. The older she got, the more true and wonderful friends she acquired. Heather was the life of the party.
While in high school, Heather was a cheerleader, a princess in the O.C.I. Royalty her junior year and senior class president, which involved giving a speech in front of hundreds of people.
After graduating from Orofino High School, Heather attended Lewis-Clark State College for a time. She returned to Orofino to work at various jobs, including Orofino Elementary School, A.S.E., and the Clarkston Aquatic Center.
Heather met the one and only love of her life, Allen Lougee, in 1999, and they married in 2005. She could not be happier with Allen. In the marriage, Heather was blessed with the opportunity to help raise Allen's daughter, Katie Lougee. Katie, the daughter Heather always wished for, was a godsend for her, who loved her and fussed and worried about her to her last day.
Heather and Allen lived in Orofino and later moved to Lewiston. In 2006, they moved to Peck, where they stayed. Together they enjoyed numerous camping trips to the North Fork Clearwater River with Katie and their two dogs, one of which was Sarah, Heather's "girl" who will miss her very much.
Our Heather has been called home to take on the new role as an angel, and there will never be a better one. Our lives will never be the same until we meet with you again on the other side Heather. But when we look to the sky your smiling face will always be there to look down at us and your spirit will always be with us.
Heather wrote the following poem when she was nine years old. It was published in the Wee Wisdom Christian Magazine for Children. "As far off as I can see, there is nothing more meant to me, than this mountain where I stand, where God holds my hand."
Until we meet again Heather, We Love You So Much, your loving family and friends.
Heather is survived by her husband, Allen Lougee; stepdaughter, Katie Lougee; parents, Dolan and Juanita McLean; mother-in-law, Phyllis and her husband Don Wyatt; father-in-law, Ned and his wife Claudia Lougee; sister, Heidi Adams-Garcia and her husband Aaron Garcia; nephew, Jesse Adams; grandparents, Courtney and Evelyn McLean; great-grandmother, Zoie McLean; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Preceding her in death are grandparents, Alfred and Genevieve Jenks, and her brother-in-law, Doug Adams.
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, at Orofino Tabernacle Church, 1839 Michigan Ave, Orofino. Minister Jeremy Gering will officiate.
Arrangements are being handled by Pine Hills Funeral Chapel of Orofino.
Boyd Wayne Snyder, 75, Orofino
Boyd Wayne Snyder, 75, Orofino, passed away at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation Center in Orofino Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010.
Private memorial services are to be held at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory are caring for arrangements.
Robert 'Bob' Lee Wiester, 88, Orofino
Robert Lee 'Bob' AKA "Wildhorse" Wiester, 88, Orofino was born Oct. 30, 1922. He was adopted and then raised on the family dairy farm near Skamokawa, WA by Elma Josephine (Wilson) and Howard Leroy Wiester.
He entered the United States Marine Corp in 1943, completed boot training at Camp Pendleton, CA. After completing advanced training in communication he was assigned to the 5th Joint Assault Signal Battalion with the Fifth Marine Division. He participated in the invasion of Iwo Jima in the Pacific theater, and the landing of US troops on the Japanese Islands after their surrender.
He returned to the farm after his discharge from the Marines in 1946. In addition to his farm chores, he served as a deputy sheriff in Wahkiakum County WA. Later he was elected and served almost five years as the county sSheriff. During that time he attended and graduated from the FBI school in Quantico, VA.
In 1957, he married Marilla (Shirley) Wiester. They were together 44 years until she passed in 2000.
He entered the U.S. Customs Service (the Department of the Treasury) in 1960 spending time in various duty assignments in Montana, Washington and Alaska until his retirement. He and his wife then moved to Joseph, OR, Peck and finally to Orofino.
Bob was active in Amateur Radio (AA7RW), an artist, photographer and gardener. He was a life member of the VFW, a member of the Marine Corp League, the Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite and the Clallam Shrine.
Bob is survived by two sons Robert R. Wiester of Belton MO and Gary L. Wiester of Rathdrum; stepson Dale Olson of Cameron Park, CA and stepdaughter Deanna Kilmer of Shelton, WA. Bob is also survived by two brothers, William (Bill) Wiester of Chehalis, WA, Earl Boren of Glenoma, WA, two sisters, Marie Dorie of Ranier, OR and Marjorie Guy of Stanwood, WA. Eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren are also among survivors.
Bob will be at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel for visitation in remembrance from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 20. He will be interred at the Riverside Cemetery with military honors at 1 p.m. the same day.
Donations may be made in his name to: Wounded Warrior Project, 7020 AC Skinner Pkwy Suite 100, Jacksonville, FL 32256 or WoundedWarriorProject.org.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in caring for arrangements.
Robert Lee Wiester, 88, Orofino
Robert Lee Wiester, 88, Orofino, passed away Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation in Orofino.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20, at Orofino Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel prior to the service from 10-12:30 p.m.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Orofino, is caring for arrangements.
Mary Lorene Childers, 66, Orofino
Mary Lorene Childers, 66, Orofino, passed away at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010.
Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Joseph Silvestri, 84, former area businessman
Joseph Silvestri died Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, due to complications following surgery. Joe was born Dec. 6, 1925, in Martinez, Calif., to Beppina and Joseph Silvestri.
After graduation from high school in 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving in the Pacific and European theaters. He was discharged in 1946. He returned to Martinez and was married to Joan Ann Eimers on Feb. 16, 1947. They remained married, celebrating 63 years together.
In 1951, they moved to Lewiston, where Joe was employed by the Union Paper Co. He later went to work for Holsum Baking Co. and served the Clearwater-Pierce area for several years. Known as "Holsum Joe," he is remembered in a local book in a chapter titled, "I'm a lover not a fighter." He later worked for Mitchell Distributing, serving the Clearwater as well as the Clarkston and Pomeroy areas.
He and Ann purchased a portion of Mitchell Distributing in 1972 and formed Silvestri Distributing Co., which they both operated until the business was sold in 1995.
Joe was instrumental in the formation of the Asotin County PUD, serving as a commissioner from 1984 to 1995. He was also very involved in the community through the Lewiston Lions Club, serving as president on three separate occasions.
Joe and Ann enjoyed traveling to Europe and seeing the United States. One of their favorite places to visit was the Oregon Coast.
He also enjoyed spending time with his family, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his wife, Ann, at their home; his children, Paula and Dennis Hoene, and Jim and Laurie Silvestri, all of Clarkston, and Nancy and David Allman of Vancouver, WA; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to the Lewiston Lions Club or the local food banks.
Richard Lee Legault, 68, Orofino
Richard Lee Legault, 68, Orofino, passed away at his residence in Orofino Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010.
No services are planned at this time. Cremation is to take place.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
The Reverend Monsignor George L. King, 81, Orofino
The Reverend Monsignor George Lambert King died on Nov. 25, 2010 in Orofino after a long illness. He was 81 years old.
Monsignor King dedicated his life to the service of God as a priest in the Catholic Church and was known for his pastoral concern for the parishioners in the many congregations he served.
He was born in Pocatello on June 8, 1929 and attended St. Joseph's Catholic School there He began his studies for the priesthood at Mt. Angel Seminary near Salem, OR and continued his studies at the North American College and Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. Ordained in December 1953, Msgr. King assisted in several parishes around Boise and then studied canon law at The Catholic University in Washington, DC.
After his return to Idaho, Msgr. King served as a priest in several parishes: Idaho Falls, Hailey, Glenns Ferry, Cottonwood and Kellogg. From 1994 to his death, he attended to the pastorate of St. Theresa's of the Little Flower in Orofino, St. Catherine of Siena in Kamiah and Our Lady of the Woodland Chapel in Pierce.
Msgr. King was predeceased by his mother, Mary Primbs King, and his father, Philip D. King. He is survived by his younger brother, Francis, and sister-in-law, Susan, of Denver, CO; three nieces, AnnaMarie King (Theo Parisek) of Rescue, CA, Catherine L. King (Larry LaPensee) of New York, NY, Elizabeth King Humphrey (Philip Humphrey) of Wilmington, NC; and one nephew, Christopher A. King (AnneTone Korshavn King) of Baltimore, MD. In addition, Msgr. King is survived by many cousins and several grandnieces and grandhephews.
The parishioners of St. Theresa's showed much care and concern toward Monsignor during his illness. Special thanks are given to Sister Mary Petronilla currently of St. Gertrude's Monastery in Cottonwood, who served as Monsignor's assistant for many years. The family is deeply grateful to Ethel Kaufman and Sue Kaula who were devoted assistants as well as to Jo Moore. The family also appreciates the care that was provided to Monsignor by Wilma Rapp during the final weeks of his illness.
Msgr. King left this thought, "I am grateful to all who have helped me during my life, although I did not express my gratitude frequently enough. I hope that I can express thanks in Heaven…May God be merciful to me and bless all."
Bishop Driscoll of the Diocese of Boise will preside over a concelebrated mass at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, at St. Theresa of the Little Flower Church, 446 Brown St. in Orofino. A burial Mass will be held Dec. 3 at St. Joseph's Church in Pocatello with internment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a contribution to St. Theresa of the Little Flower Church Elevator Fund.