Michael George Anderson, 55, CCSO back country deputy
Michael George Anderson passed away on Oct. 10, 2010 at the age of 55 at his home in Kamiah.
Mike was born to Henry 'Hank' and Clara Anderson in Coeur d'Alene on May 16, 1955. Mike graduated from Coeur d'Alene Senior High School in 1973. He went on to earn a degree in Law Enforcement from North Idaho College and a Business Degree from Lewis-Clark State College. He also earned several credits in Criminal Justice from Gonzaga University.
Mike always knew he wanted to be a cop. He started his career in the Pinehurst Police Department in 1976. He then worked for Kootenai County Sheriff's Department as a marine deputy and later became a sergeant. In 1986, he became the Chief of Police of St. Maries. From there he became a captain for the Post Falls Police Department. In 1993, he was elected county commissioner for Kootenai County. Following relocation to Southern California, he worked as Security Supervisor for Knott's Berry Farm. In 1998, he returned to the Pacific Northwest and became the Security Manager for Pike Place Market, later working as the Emergency Service Manager for the Seattle Center.
Following his heart back to Northern Idaho, he went to work for the Boundary County Sheriff's Department. In June of 2009, he moved to Kamiah to be closer to his daughter and grandchildren and began working with Clearwater County Sheriff's Department as their back country deputy, which he really enjoyed. He recently completed his first responder certification. Mike's devotion in serving the community involved him in saving many lives throughout his law enforcement career, as well as his work with the Kootenai County Dive Team and Kootenai County Search and Rescue. Mike was also a co-founder of Mountain West Rescue dogs. He loved all his search dogs, but his favorite was Sundance. Mike volunteered his time and expertise to the people of Haiti. He was also a volunteer for the community of Post Falls.
Mike loved being outdoors and nearly all physical activities. He was good at everything he tried. He particularly enjoyed bicycling and was involved in the Cascade Bicycle Club. He had recently bought a horse and was enjoying learning to ride. He enjoyed skiing, NASCAR races ad spending time with his grandkids.
He is survived by his fiancée, Dana Bontrager; his sister, Marilyn Kossky, of Placentia, CA; brother, Dale Barnes, of Coeur d'Alene; daughter, Brandy Conner and son-in-law, Scott of Sandy, UT; daughter, Suzi Quintal, and son-in-law, Mike, of Kooskia; and son, Casey Anderson, of Great Falls, MT. Mike is also survived by his five grandchildren who were the light of his life; McKenzie age 6, Jake age 3, Hayden and Devin age 2, and Kade age 1, along with several nieces and nephews.
Mike was much love and will be missed.
A memorial service was held in Coeur d'Alene.
Edeltraud 'Edie' Woods, 63, Pierce
Edeltraud Margarete 'Edie' Woods, Pierce, died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010. at Clarkston, WA. She was 63.
She was born June 3, 1947 at Uttingen, West Germany to Otto Leibold and Babetta Kistner Leibold. Edie attended schools in Uttingen.
She married David W. Woods in Uttingen on Dec. 9, 1972.
Edie was a store manager from 1984-1992. She was a member of the Lutheran Church. She loved traditional dancing; the polka and especially the waltz. She was also a talented musician and enjoyed playing the Zither for family and friends.
She is survived by her husband, David, at their home in Pierce; son, Michael Woods, Kent, WA, and daughter, Bianca Ervin, Vancouver, WA.
Preceding her in death are her parents, Otto and Babetta Leibold; brothers Gunter and Karl Hinze Leibold.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m. at the Pierce Lutheran Church.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.
Edeltraud 'Edie' Margarita Woods, 63, Pierce
Edeltraud 'Edie' Margarita Woods, 63, Pierce, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, at Tri State Hospital in Clarkston, WA.
Cremation will take place as requested. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Lee Ann Sparks, 46, Orofino
LeeAnn Sparks, 46, Orofino, passed away due to injuries received in an auto accident just outside Orofino Oct. 5, 2010.
Cremation will take place. Private family services will take place at a later date.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Todd Douglas Christensen, 53, Orofino
Todd Douglas Christensen, husband, dad, grumpa, brother, uncle, friend, "A true gentleman with a kind gentle soul and a heart of gold."
Todd Douglas Christensen, Orofino, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Oct. 3, 2010. He was 53. He was surrounded by his family.
Todd was born in Hayward, CA to Cox and Donna (Easton) Christensen on Aug. 22, 1957.
Todd graduated from Carbon High in Price, UT in 1975 and went on to receive his Associates Degree.
Todd had many loves. He loved the outdoors and everything in it from the rocks to the trees. He loved his plants and enjoyed sharing his green thumb with all that needed it. He loved to cook and would cook for anyone, anytime that he could. He also enjoyed tying flies for fishing. A great part of his later years were spent making the happiest moments of his life by building bicycle jumps, bandaging scraped knees, rock hunting, berry picking and anything else he could do with his grandchildren. He loved his many friends and family.
He will be missed dearly by all who loved and knew him.
Todd is survived by his soul mate and wife, Cynthia, of Orofino; daughters, Angel Mullins of Arizona, Kristi Arizmendi and Heidi Rickett of Orofino; eight grandchildren whom he absolutely adored, Kristofer, Austin, Tyler, Kelli, Weston, Jordan, Kyle and Kazjia; three brothers, Dane Horn of Tennessee, Max of Colorado, Bruce of Utah; niece, Keri and great nephew, Kennan of Utah; niece Christie Anna of Hawaii; and numerous other nieces, nephews and friends around the country.
Todd was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and a brother, Kelly.
Cremation has taken place and services will be at a later date.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory are caring for arrangements.
Sheila 'Gypsy' McBride-Haueter, 64 of Orofino
Sheila 'Gypsy' McBride Haueter died Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010 at 5:15 p.m. after a three week battle with an acute onset of endocarditis.
She is survived by husband, Russell L. Haueter; brother, Kenneth Kent; grown children, Jeff Ropp, Lisa Gardner, Ron Ropp, Angel Saxon and Harvey Ropp; 15 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Viewing will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 8, prior to funeral at the Orofino Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the services.
A private family interment will follow service. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Sandra Kay (Milne) Schloss, 71, Orofino
On Oct. 2, 2010 after a lengthy and courageous battle against the ravaging effects of Scleraderma, surrounded by her loving family and friends, God called Sandy home.
Sandy was born Jan. 24, 1939 to Allan and Wanda Milne in Kalispell, MT. She was raised in nearby Somers at the upper end of Flathead Lake and attended schools in both communities. She completed two years at the University of Montana in Missoula. She married Donald Jenni of Bozemann, and had four children (two sons and two daughters). The marriage ended in divorce. She was later remarried to the true love of her life, Bob Schloss of Orofino in 1975. They would remain inseparable and committed to each other for the next 35 years, spending 18 of those years in Silver City, NM before returning to Orofino in 1996 to build her "forever" house.
Sandy had worked extensively in the medical field as front office coordinator for numerous doctors and as a dental assistant for 15 years in New Mexico. Since her return to Orofino, her interests centered around assisting in the management of a very fine local physical therapy clinic. Her extensive knowledge and familiarity with medical terminology and procedures lead to a home after hours transcription service with doctors in lucrative practices back east up to just before her death. She truly enjoyed her work and always considered her activities as challenging and educational.
Sandy was a devoted mother to her four children (and any other child in the vicinity) and managed to nurture her flock while holding down full time jobs. Her homes were immaculate and no one was treated as a stranger, all were welcome. She loved to play her piano, and if you listened, you could hear the beautiful music as she practiced for church services every Sunday. She was a truly extraordinary person who willingly gave and shared with others.
Sandy loved her family, the many dogs in her life (all were thought of as "puppies", even at age 15), her humming birds, gardening and roses, her music, nearly all wild critters, just about everyone she ever met, and her morning cup of coffee. Above all, she loved her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. All who have known this special woman have been truly blessed. There will be a hole in our lives. Rest well our beloved.
Sandy was preceded in death by an older baby sister (Heather) and both parents, Allan and Wanda Milne. She is survived by her devoted husband, Bob; younger sister, Sharon; her two sons, Michael and Jeffery; daughters, Kandace and Heather; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and a true puppy named "Bugs".
By request, cremation has taken place. Donations may be made to her special little house of worship: Wells Bench Community Church, 1850 Crow Bench Rd. Orofino, Idaho 83544. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sandy's birthday, Jan. 24, 2011 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel, Orofino.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Thelma Z. McPherson, 98, formerly of Clearwater County
Thelma Snyder Stevens McPherson, the widow of John J. Stevens and James B. McPherson, died of infirmities of age at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011.
She was born at Fraser to Henry C. and Ella Smith Snyder. The family moved to Fords Creek, Orofino and then to Pierce, where she went to grade school and high school.
She attended Lewiston Normal School (now Lewis-Clark State College) and the University of Idaho at Moscow, and graduated from Idaho State College at Pocatello.
Thelma taught school for many years at Bliss, Boise, Pierce and Kamiah, and in Girdwood, AK.
In 1963, she was awarded the first certificate of appreciation in recognition of 13 years of devoted service to the public school children of Idaho. She continued to teach until 1980.
She lived most of her life at Pierce and Kamiah. She moved to Myrtle in May 1993. Thelma enjoyed bowling, gardening and the outdoors.
She is survived by two daughters, Ella E. Joyce of Cavendish and Carol J. Brown of Myrtle; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Howard W. and Leo B. Snyder; and two sisters, Ruby Halliday and Opal Walsvig.
A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Pierce Cemetery. Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston is caring for arrangements.
Stephen Douglas Pruitt, 58, formerly of Orofino
Stephen Douglas Pruitt was born on October 21, 1952 in Moscow. He was the only child of Wilmer Wesley Pruitt and Lucille Poore Pruitt. Always an Idaho native, Steve was raised in Orofino and Kamiah along the Clearwater River in the northern part of the state.
He received his Bachelor of Architecture from University of Idaho, Moscow in May 1977. Steve was active in the Greek system at U of I as a proud Sigma Nu. He met Collett Marie Warren, an Alpha Phi, the first week of their freshman year. They began dating their sophomore year, and in August 1975, the two were married in Collett's hometown of Elko, NV. Upon graduation, Collett and Steve car camped across Europe and Scandinavia for four months before settling in Coeur d'Alene.
In July 1978 they moved to the Wood River Valley where they raised both of their daughters. Gariety Warren Pruitt was born May 1984, and Kaley Warren Pruitt arrived February 1988. Both girls affectionately called him 'Papa'. Steve's father 'Bus' passed away December 1987, and he lost his mother December 2010.
Steve and Collett moved to the Wood River Valley so Steve could practice residential architecture. He was a licensed, registered, AIA architect for 33 years, designing homes in California, Nevada, the Pacific Northwest and even Arkansas. He designed the family's current home in Zinc Spur in 1983 where the girls grew up and still come home to today. He founded his own firm Architecture Plus in 1986. Steve was passionate about designing creative and functional homes. He formed many lifelong friendships during his career; he had an innate ability to listen, envision, and enable his clients to realize their ideal homes.
Throughout his life, Steve firmly believed in contributing to the communities he lived in. Always enthusiastic, he was an avid parent volunteer during Gariety and Kaley's entire school careers. From leading the architectural project at Hemingway to repainting the hallways of WRHS, he enjoyed being an active father. Within the community, he also served with: Blaine County Planning & Zoning, Lions Club, Sawtooth City Homeowners Association, Building Contractors Association of the Wood River Valley, Mountain States Chapter of AIA, Laughing Stock Theatre Company, Ketchum Arts Commission, Wood River Economic Partnership, and Ketchum Community Development Corporation. Recently he was particularly proud of his role in the creation of the Ketchum Town Square, Art on 4th, and the Kagan Park.
His adventurous soul led him to many places in the world. He and Collett have fond memories of their travels to Europe, the Caribbean, and India. He cherished the Sawtooth Basin and camped with his family at their property in Smiley Creek every summer. As the girls grew up, the Pruitts took many memorable family trips to the National Parks of the West and the big cities on both coasts. Steve also backpacked with friends and took annual trips with Kaley throughout the state of Idaho. While Gariety was living in South America, Steve and Kaley visited her in Paraguay and together they hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru. His adventures at home included creative cooking and being behind the wheel of his treasured 1914 Model T 'Toady'.
Steve had a love for the stage, and it developed into quite the family affair. Over the years, all four Pruitts performed side by side. He was a familiar face in many Laughing Stock productions, beginning with his first chorus role in 1979 in Mame. Some of his most favorite roles were: Nicely Nicely in Guys & Dolls, Will in Oklahoma, the Coach in Damn Yankees, Sancho in Man of La Mancha, a townsman in Christmas Carol, and of course, the Emcee in Cabaret. As the theater became a second home for the Pruitts, the fellow players became, and always will be, their second family.
Steve's love for his girls has been his motivating force throughout his adult life. This was most apparent when he was diagnosed with a malignant aggressive sarcoma in his spine in July of 2010. He withstood radiation, a one-of-a kind tumor resection surgery, chemotherapy, clinical trials, and alternative medicine. He was treated with skill and compassion at the Mountain State Tumor Institute in both Twin Falls and Boise, and most extensively at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
Through the grace and generosity of family friends in Newton, the Pruitts were able to enjoy a lot of time together in this crucial year. Steve and Collett watched proudly as their daughters began their careers in New York City. Gariety is pursing Dual Master's Degrees in Elections & Campaign Management and Latin American & Latino Studies at Fordham University. After graduating from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Kaley is now dancing and choreographing professionally as well as working in arts administration.
Despite Steve's brave and difficult battle, treatments did not stop the growth of the tumors. The Pruitts returned to the Valley to enjoy its beautiful Indian Summer with family and friends. Just before dawn on Monday October 3rd, Steve passed peacefully at his Zinc Spur home surrounded by Collett, Gariety, Kaley, and their beloved dog Mavis.
There will be a celebration of Steve's life on his birthday, Friday Oct. 21, 2011. It will be held at the NexStage Theatre starting at 7 p.m., with the program beginning at 8:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, Collett, Gariety, and Kaley suggest a memorial donation to Laughing Stock Theatre Company or Hospice and Palliative Care of the Wood River Valley. Although his time was too short in years, his life was lived fully; Steve will always be remembered and celebrated by those who knew and loved him.
Thomas R. Pease passed away Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, at Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston. He was surrounded by his family at the time of his passing. Tom was born Jan. 24, 1928, in Spokane, WA, to Alice Gilbert Pease and Richard C. Pease.
He grew up on the family farm near Lenore. As a young boy of 14, he worked for the railroad at Lenore. Tom went to school in Lenore, Orofino and Lapwai, leaving school at age 17 to enlist in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He trained in Fort Lewis, WA, and served with the 65th Combat Engineers, attached to the 25th Infantry Division on the island of Honshu, Japan, reaching the rank of corporal. He was honorably discharged in 1947, moved to Clarkston, WA, and began working at Solberg-Currie Olds auto dealership.
It was during this time that Tom met his true love, Irene Adamson. They married June 4, 1948, and celebrated their 63rd anniversary this year.
Through the following years Tom worked a variety of businesses including: Kauffman Buick, Tom Smiths Nut Shop, Singer Sewing Co., Seven-Up sales and delivery, and Crescent Manufacturing. Tom and Irene purchased the Clarkston Heights Market in 1960 and ran it until 1964. He also worked in sales at Gray Buick for several years.
In 1967, Tom began a new phase in his life when he began employment with the National Bank of Commerce as a loan officer. Tom enjoyed his time with the bank, through the mergers with Rainier and eventually SeaFirst, until he retired in 1982.
Tom was a 49-year member of the Elk's Lodge of Lewiston. He was a longtime member of the Clarkston Moose Lodge, spent 41 years in the Clarkston Lions Club, was Lion of the year in 1983-84, co-Lion of the year 1992-93 and took particular pride in his responsibility as sight chairman for 21 years. He was also a life member of the Clarkston Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Tom enjoyed hunting and fishing in his younger years - training and instilling respect for the outdoors in his children. He loved to entertain his friends and family with jokes, stories and personal anecdotes. The boys at Station 3 coffee club will never be the same without Tom. He will be greatly missed by all.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Robert J. Pease. He is survived by his wife, Irene; his children, Mike Pease and wife Mickey of Phoenix, AZ, Stan Pease and wife Kristi of Snohomish, WA, Resa Whittum and husband Ron, and Rob Pease and wife Kelly, all of Clarkston; and the delight of his life, his six grandchildren, Ryan and Thomas Whittum, Justin and Trevor Pease, and Rob and Lorie Alexander; and four great-grandchildren, Emma and Kacen Whittum and Josh and Emily Alexander.
Private interment services for family will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at Normal Hill Cemetery in Lewiston. All are welcome for a memorial service to be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Moose Lodge in Clarkston. The family asks that you come with your stories as we toast Tom's journey through life.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the VFW, Clarkston Lions Club Sight Program, Elks Rehabilitation programs or a charity of the donor's choosing.