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Robert L. Wolf, 85, Dworshak Dam worker
On Dec. 24, 2011, a faithful husband, loving father and grandpa slipped away from us. He was surrounded with family and friends as he passed away peacefully at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston.
Bob was born in Peola, south of Pomeroy, WA, Feb. 21, 1926, in a little cabin on the family farm to Christopher C. and Mary Alice Wolf. He was one of 10 children. He attended Peola Grade School for two years, Holy Rosary Parochial for six years and graduated in 1943 from Pomeroy High School.
He farmed wheat, barley and cattle on his father's farm in Peola from 1943 to 1950. He served in the U.S. Navy for three years and 10 months from 1950 to 1954 as a machinist mate 2nd class, receiving the Good Conduct Medal. Bob then returned to work on the family farm for four years. In 1960 to 1963, he began work as a warehouseman on the missile bases in Spokane, WA and in Nebraska. Once again, he worked on a cattle ranch known as the Tucannon Cattle Ranch. He finally found his niche working as a warehouseman in heavy construction from 1965 to 1988. He was well known as a reliable worker they could count on to remember all the part numbers. During this time, he worked on the dams being built on the Snake River, including: Lower Granite, Lower Monumental and Little Goose. He also worked on Dworshak Dam. He retired in 1988 in Clarkston.
He married Carol Donnally Wolf on April 30, 1966. They had 45 wonderful years together. During those years he enjoyed gardening. He loved a beautiful rose garden. They never missed a bazaar and loved to take family to the sausage feeds to help raise funds for the churches. During retirement he also found joy in a daily walk with his wife, many with his grandchildren and of course the family dog. He was a man who was a friend to all and if he joked with you, you were known to be one of his favorites.
Bob is survived by his loving wife, Carol Wolf; his brother, Jim Wolf of Clarkston, WA; his sister, Jeannette Fischer of Pomeroy; his stepchildren, Bill Steele and Ross West of Clarkston, and Cheryl Stumpo of Aurora, CO. He was a loving grandpa to Rebecca Lewis, Brad Steele, Gordon and Grace Stumpo, Sean and Patrick West; and three great-granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his parents and seven siblings, Joe, Wilbur, Jeanne, Mildred, Sam, Helen and Phil. There is a great Wolf family reunion in heaven as we speak.
The family would like to sincerely thank the nurses, care providers and staff at the Idaho Veteran's Home for all their loving care and good humor.
We will be celebrating Bob's life Friday with a rosary to be recited at 10:30 a.m. and a funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., all at Holy Family Catholic Church in Clarkston. A luncheon will follow for all who would like to attend. The Rev. Root of Holy Family Catholic Church will officiate. Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is handling arrangements.
Memorials may be sent to Holy Family School or a charity of one's choice.

Gale R. Aspelund, 63
"The most important thing in the world to me is my Lord and my family. Without honor, pride and respect for one's self and others, there is nothing." Gale R. Aspelund, 63, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
He was born Oct. 14, 1948, in Miles City, MT. He graduated from Lewiston High School and joined the U.S. Navy, where he served for 22 years.
His parents, Myrad and Mildred Aspelund, preceded him in death. He is survived by his sons, Dale and Pandora of Anacortes, WA, and Dante and his partner Debbie Byram of Lewiston; his sisters, Cheryl Holbrook of Lewiston and Debbie Hislop and husband Jeff of Spirit Lake; his brother, Doug Aspelund and wife Debbie of Lenore; his beloved granddaughters, Lottie and Olive of Anacortes; his adopted granddaughters, Jessica Byram and Rebecca Cable; and many nieces, nephews and loving friends.
Gale was a very good man who took great pride in serving his country and for the men and women who still do. Family was very important to him and he was proud of the men his sons turned out to be. He enjoyed fishing and camping, loved to play pool and Yahtzee, and really loved to win. His smile would light up anyone's world.
A viewing will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston. He will receive full honors graveside at 2 p.m. Friday at Normal Hill Cemetery.

Sylvia Maxine Hayes, 92
Surrounded by friends and family Sylvia Maxine Hayes, a resident of Plummer, passed away Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d' Alene at the age of 92. She was born March 8, 1920, in Lewiston to Fred and Margaret Pearsall.
Sylvia was preceded in death by her son Jack Harold Summers. She is survived by her loving husband of 39 years Donald Hayes, grandchildren Terri McNeilly, Jill Kjose, Stacey Cahill, and Greg Summers all of Washington state. Her three great grandchildren Brooke Summers-Drennon, Courtney and Mike Cahill will dearly miss her wonderful sense of humor and smile. Maxine touched many lives and was cherished by all.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 1, at 1 pm. at Riplinger Funeral Home, N. 4305 Division, Spokane, WA 99207, 509-483-8558. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Ruby Lee Elliott, 90, Orofino
Ruby Lee Elliott, 90, Orofino, passed away at her home Friday, Jan. 25, 2013.
A visitation will take place from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 3414 U.S. Highway 12, Orofino. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will conclude the services at Riverside Cemetery.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Elnora June Westegaard, 97, Orofino
Elnora J. Westegaard passed peacefully Jan. 16, 2013 at her home in Orofino. She was 97.
Elnora June Jensen was born at home on June 9, 1915 in Viborg, SD. She was the fourth child out of five children born to Neils and Nora Jensen. She lived on her family's homestead with her family until 1926 when her mother died of cancer and she and her older sister, Magdalin went to live with their Uncle Marinus and his family on his farm 150 miles away in Lyman County, SD.
It wasn't an easy life, as she worked like a "hired hand" helping do chores on her uncles' farm during the Great Depression. She proudly completed the ninth grade in a one-room country school house. Going to high school was out of the question with it being 12 miles into town.
At age 20 Elnora started work as a "hired girl" for the Westegaard Family. She earned $2 a week doing cooking, cleaning, laundry and worked alongside Nels Westegaard doing outside chores. On Aug. 29, 1936 Nels and Elnora took matters into their own hands. They eloped to Rapid City, SD where they were married. They left South Dakota, the Depression and the Dust Bowl because they knew that there had to be something better. They briefly stopped at Elnoras' father's home and continued on to Pomeroy, WA to her sister Ruby's home.
Upon arriving at her sister's, whose husband was absent due to work, she promptly went into labor and off to the hospital they went. Ruby delivered twins. From there they traveled to Yakima, WA and followed the fruit harvest and pruning hops for work, trying their hand at everything. They loved being together and on their own.
In 1939, Elnora and Nels moved to Weippe where he worked for Cardiff Lumber Co. and Schmidt Brothers Lumber Co. as a truck driver. Elnora was a homemaker and never lonely having Nels and her sister Ruby's family nearby after they moved there in 1940.
In 1943, they moved to Orofino where Nels started work for Riverside Lumber Company. They bought a home on Riverside where they lived for over 50 years. Elnora was happy there, decorating her home with her own artwork and handiwork. Her kitchen was the heart of their home, where she could be found cooking meals using her home grown products; canning fruit, vegetables and the fish they caught. Elnora had an intriguing collection of salt and pepper shakers that neighborhood kids loved to come look at. They also raised chickens on their little slice of heaven.
Elnora and Nels never had any children of their own, so Elnora's nieces and nephews were very dear to them. The Lewis children of Orofino, Mark, Gail and Laura, were "some of the dearest little ones they've ever known". Elnora and Nels always had a warm smile and hug for them. Some of her fondest memories were when she created the fairy queen out of Johnny Jump-up flowers and Nels making penny whistles.
Elnora loved her flower garden especially the spring flowers. Pets also brought her much, especially her pet parakeet, Pepie. He would repeat everything she would say and was a constant companion.
Elnora and Nels enjoyed fishing together. Elnora was a champion fisher woman with countless record size steelhead fish and pictures in the paper.
Nels retired in 1970 and they bought a trailer and made several trips to the West Coast, California and back home to South Dakota. They celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1986 in style among 200 plus family and friends, coming from near and far to the Danish Brotherhood Society Hall in South Dakota. Elnora recalls it being one of the best times in her life.
They lived happily together until Nels passing on March 17, 2000.
Elnora kept up with her homemaking, gardening, flowers and enjoyable pursuits until health reasons kept her from it. She always had an open door and had many a friend come by and she share her life's adventures and stories. She loved to ramble on about her favorite memories. She was always looking forward even until the day she passed on to her greatest adventure and back to her husband and into the arms of the Lord. She was a bright star that has dimmed and will be greatly missed.
Elnora leaves behind many family and friends who will remember her dearly and cherish her treasured stories.
A funeral service was held Jan. 22 at the Ascension Lutheran Church in Orofino with burial at Riverside Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made on her behalf at either the Ascension Lutheran Church or at the Orofino Senior Citizens Center to help with funeral costs.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Murl Watson, 97, formerly of Orofino
Murl Watson passed away Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
Murl was born to Alfred and Mary Richardson on Dec. 15, 1915, at the home of her grandmother in Nezperce. She attended schools at Lapwai and Orofino, and graduated in 1933. Working for the state unemployment office in Orofino, Murl was transferred to the office in Moscow in 1941. It was there that she met and married William Watson that same year.
In 1943, the couple moved to the Watson family farm at Melrose to provide assistance to William's father in the farm's operation. They were to reside there until 1960, when they moved back to Moscow, and then to Lewiston, where Murl held several jobs in the ensuing years and William worked for the city. They would also make several more moves later to Grand Coulee, Orofino, and ultimately back to Lewiston, where Murl resided for the past 30 years.
She was preceded in death by her three brothers, Joe, Homer and Lyle Richardson; two sisters, Clara Akers and Alice Crea; husband, William Watson; and son, John R. Watson. She is survived by daughter Janet Hunter; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Services are to be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home, with burial to follow at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens.

Sue Hutchinson Blenden, 75, formerly of Orofino
Sue Elizabeth Hutchinson Blenden passed away Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
She was born to George and Luella Hutchinson on Dec. 18, 1937, in Orofino. She married Larry Blenden on Jan. 9, 1954. They spent much of their married lives in Orofino and moved to Lewiston in their later years.
Sue enjoyed gardening, crossword puzzles, playing cards and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Larry Blenden; son, Gary Blenden of Austin, TX; daughters, Karen Freeman (Tom) of St. Maries, Lori Blenden of Lewiston, LeAnn Troyer of Boise; and daughter-in-law, Colleen Blenden of Lewiston. She is also survived by sisters, Bonnie Hawk of Boise and Joanne Reed of Lewiston. She is also survived by many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, John Hutchinson; her son, Michael Blenden; and her grandchildren, Justin Blenden and Jessica Freeman.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Crosspoint Alliance Church in Lewiston.
Memorials may be sent to the Boys and Girls Club of Lewiston.

Elnora June Westegaard, 97, Orofino
Elnora June Westegaard, 97, Orofino, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at her home in Orofino.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Ascension Lutheran Church, 215 115th St. in Orofino. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery with a fellowship luncheon following at the church.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Howard D. Patterson, 90, Orofino
Howard David Patterson, 90, also known as Dave or Pat, entered heaven early Tuesday morning, Jan. 15, 2013 at Clearwater Valley Hospital.
Dave was born in Butler, PA on April 3, 1922 to Howard and Hazel Patterson. He grew up in Butler, hunting, fishing, pulling pranks, and getting into mischief. On Oct. 2, 1942 he joined the Navy and served as a radioman in the Pacific in a seaplane squadron. He survived a crash landing at sea with fifteen others in three-three man life rafts for 44 hours until their rescue.
Dave was discharged from the Navy on Nov. 5, 1945 and returned to Butler, PA. In December of 1949 he was severely burned in a highway accident and spent nine months in the hospital recovering. He then moved to California with a school buddy and found work in a manufacturing plant. It was there he met an office girl named Virginia Ohlson. After a five-month courtship they were married on Oct. 13, 1951.
Dave and Virginia spent the next 13 years living and working in various places including Anchorage, AK, southern Idaho, Denver, CO where Dave attended gunsmith school, then to northern Idaho where they purchased 300 acres near Eastport and homesteaded in a couple different small cabins. When the 36-cents gas line came through, they sold their acreage and returned to southern Idaho where Dave attended heavy equipment school.
In 1964, Dave and Virginia moved to Spokane, WA and he joined the Operating Engineer's Union of which he remained a member for 49 years. He worked on multiple construction jobs within a 200-mile radius of Spokane. Some of those included building the Lewiston levee, Lower Granite Dam, Grand Coulee Dam, and putting in power lines for Dworshak. Dave retired in 1985, and in 1993 he and Virginia moved from Spokane to Orofino. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and motorcycles. Dave was an active member of the First Christian Church in Orofino.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Virginia Patterson; daughter and son-in-law, Ida and Richard Smith of Lewiston; daughter and son-in-law Jennie and Shawn Barrong of Spokane; and brother Thomas Patterson of Saxonburg, PA. Dave also has five grandchildren, Tyler Barrong, Samuel Mahal, Stephanie Barrong, Justin Barrong, and Hannah Smith. Dave will be missed by many.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the First Christian Church in Orofino, Rev. Clarence Howard officiating. A luncheon will follow.

Marcello Peitro Vivoda, 76
Marcello Peitro Vivoda, 76, passed away in Orofino Jan. 8, 2013.
He was born in Rome, Italy and immigrated to the United States in 1956. He worked for Pierre's Bakery in Portland, OR for many years.
He is survived by his son, Robert and Stephanie Vivoda of Siletz, OR; and his brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and MaryAnn Munda of Orofino.
Funeral mass will be at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Orofino on Friday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m. Remembrances may be made to St. Theresa's Catholic Church, Orofino, in his name.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Roland 'Rollie' A. Lycan, 76, formerly of Pierce
Roland 'Rollie' A. Lycan of Kooskia went Home to Glory on Jan. 6, 2013 resulting from complications with leukemia.
Rollie was born Nov. 21, 1936 on Tahoe Ridge to John and Elvena Lane Lycan, the fifth of seven children, later being blessed with two younger brothers through the union of mom and Earl York.
He attended school in the Kooskia/Stites area and graduated in '55 from Stites High School. He married Joanne Larkin later that same year and together they had four children, three girls, Cindy, Teresa, and Randa and one son, Mike.
Rollie, being the outdoorsman he was, worked and played hard in the great outdoors. His work was in the logging industry and play in the hunting, fishing, boating and gold panning arenas. When the logging began to dry up, he changed careers and became a warehouse coordinator on the west coast for Schwan's Foods until he retired. He then did community projects like roadside cleanup and had a very large paper delivery area from Lewiston to Orofino and all points between as well as parts of Lewiston itself.
Rollie's life was a very active one, never standing idly by when something needed to be done. He was very involved in the Pierce Lion's club as well as being president of the CB club. While his children were growing up, the family resided primarily in the Pierce area. He was a very active dad in his community benefitting all to whom projects pertained. At one time the fencing team had the opportunity to go to national competition, so Rollie jumped right in to help with fund raisers to make that possible. While living in Superior MT, he was a leader for the local Cub Scouts group. No matter the location, he was one who could and did reach out and become involved in whatever was happening around him.
His capacity of loving was phenomenal. After tragically losing his own son in 1984 he continued to love others. In 2008, he again lost his beloved wife of 52 years, Joanne. In 2010 he met, wooed, and gave his heart for the final chapter of his life to current wife, Mary, of Kooskia. Together they enjoyed camping, gardening, 4-wheeling, square dancing, while separately he took pleasure in cooking, the hunting, mushrooming, and whatever else he could find to do with family and friends.
Rollie was preceded in death by parents, dad, mom, and Earl; son Mike; wife Joanne; brothers, Junior, Bob, and Allan; and sister, Barbara.
Rising above the sadness and sorrow, Rollie moved on. At the close of the final chapter of his life, he leaves behind wife, Mary; daughters, Cindy (Rick) Stager, Teresa (Mike) Packard, Randa (Steve) Ray, Yuko Cowans; stepdaughter, Laura (Kevin) Wells; stepson, Okle (Wendy) Welch; brothers, Alvin (Janet) Lycan, Gary (Claudia) York, and Duane (Leah) York; and sister, Darlene (Buck) Denham; numerous grand and great grandchildren; nieces; nephews and cousins.
A celebration of Rollie's life will be held on Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. at The Life Center, mile marker 69.5 on U.S. Highway 12, Kamiah, with Pastor Kelly Lineberry officiating. A potluck dinner will follow.
Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia is assisting the family.

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