Rexford Dewey Christensen, 88, Orofino
Rexford Dewey Christensen, born in Blackfoot on June 3, 1924, died in Orofino on Dec. 29, 2012 of natural causes. When he was almost a year old, his mother carried him a block down the street to visit her friend who had that day given birth to Edith Clark. Rex met her the day she was born, and would marry her 19 years later in 1944. They were married for 68 years. At the end of World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps as a radio operator on a B-29. He worked for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for over 20 years and as a police chief for Amtrak in Los Angeles, CA for five, before retiring in 1982 to Blackfoot.
He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served with Edith in the New Jersey, Morristown Mission and in the Idaho Falls Temple, and he served as Patriarch in the Blackfoot Idaho South Stake.
Rex was preceded in death by his parents, William Dewey and Elva Christensen; daughter, La Rae Call; grandson, Rick LeBaron and great grandson, Logan LeBaron.
He is survived by his wife, Edith; daughter, Annette LeBaron (Doug) of Orofino; son, Kevin (LeeAnn) of Twentynine Palms, CA; son-in-law, Lynn Call of Ogden, UT; 16 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday at the Orofino Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with burial following at Riverside Cemetery in Orofino. In lieu of flowers, you may send donations to a non-profit organization for Parkinson's disease research.
Grace Ellen Huffman, 87, Lenore
Grace Ellen Huffman, 87, Lenore, passed away Dec. 29, 2012 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
Memorial services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Michael Tim McHale, 65, Orofino
Michael Tim McHale, 65, Orofino, passed away Dec. 28, 2012 in his home.
No services are planned at this time. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory are caring for arrangements.
Donna Fay Plotnik, 83, Weippe
Donna Fay Plotnik, 83, Weippe, passed away Dec. 24, 2012 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
No services are planned at this time. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Wayne O. Blue, 79, born in Orofino
Wayne O. Blue passed away Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, in Lewiston.
He was born Aug. 11, 1933, in Orofino to Everett and Gladys Blue.
He served in the U.S. Navy for five years during the Korean War. He was an owner-operator trucker for 30 years. Wayne and Karen Hovey were married Aug. 20, 1960.
Wayne is survived by his wife, Karen; his son, Brad and Lori Blue of Hillsboro, OR; his daughter, Brenda and Joe Funaro of Lewiston; his brother, Oren Blue; sisters, Cora Miller of Kamiah and Betty Skinner of Othello, WA; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Cecil, and his parents.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home and Crematory is handling arrangements.
Josephine M. Duff, 90
Josephine M. Kayler Gilbert Duff, 90, of Lewiston, died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
Cremation has taken place and no services are planned. Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.
Orin Leroy 'Lee' Squire, 75, Orofino
Orin Leroy 'Lee' Squire was born in Billings, MT on Oct. 24, 1937, to Georgia Maxine Squire, and as a young child, he was adopted by Jack E. Squire, who was his "dad".
Lee passed away Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 in Orofino.
Lee grew up in Euclid, OH, where he graduated from Euclid High School, and then joined the United States Marine Corps. After completing his term with the Marines, Lee then joined the US Navy, from which he retired after 22 years, as a Chief Warrant Officer 4.
Lee met Phyllis Coon in a high school math class, and in 1958 they were married. Together they had three beautiful daughters. Lee and Phyllis were a powerful force working together through the years, in their family and their many contributions to their community, no matter where the military or life sent them. They maintained decades-long relationships with many people, who remained dear to them throughout their lives together.
While he was in the military, Lee pursued a college education between deployments, and in 1980, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Old Dominion University in Virginia. This degree opened the path to achieve his lifetime goal to be an attorney. After retirement from the Navy, Lee was off to law school and his next career.
Utilizing one last move provided by the military, Lee, Phyllis, and their youngest daughter, Jackye, moved to Moscow where he was accepted to the University of Idaho College of Law. He and Jackye attended college together for two years, a truly rare and unique opportunity for a father and daughter.
After obtaining his Juris Doctorate degree in 1985, Lee was given the opportunity to share office space with attorneys John Swayne and Steve Calhoun in Orofino where he and Phyllis put down deep roots. Lee was an active member of the local Kiwanis Club, as well as the Marine Corps League and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Over the course of his legal career, Lee was the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney of Clearwater County, and served as the City Attorney for Orofino, Pierce, Weippe, and Kamiah. In 1999, he was selected to be the Magistrate for Clearwater County in the Second Judicial District of Idaho. This appointment was a great honor to him, and he took being a Judge very seriously.
In 2004, Lee retired due to the declining health of his beloved Phyllis. He cared for her through the years of her illness, until her death, after 50 years of marriage, in July, 2008. Lee was devastated by her death, but he knew they would be together again one day.
In 2010, Lee began corresponding with Shirley Van Kirk, with whom he had attended the same high school, she being a year behind him. After a brief courtship, they were married in July, 2012. While their time together was short, their love for one another was obvious and genuine.
Lee is survived by his loving wife, Shirley; and his three daughters, Laura Meier and her sons, Charles and Zachary; Tammy Gerberding, her husband Bob, and their children Daniel and Andrea; and Jackye Squire. He is also survived by Shirley's children, Richard Van Kirk, his wife Mary, and their children Jared, Sarah and Madelyn; Joaline Garvey, her husband Shad, and their children Courtney and Ashlyn; and Laurena Karrle, her husband Ben, and daughter, Shayna; and by Shirley's sisters, Donna Carron and Nanette Meyer, and her husband Bob. Lee was predeceased by his parents, and his brother, James Squire. Lee also leaves behind many, many long-time and much-beloved friends.
Services will be held at the Best Western Lodge at Rivers Edge in Orofino on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at 3 p.m. The family requests that, if possible, attendees whose calling has required the wearing of a uniform, active duty or retired, to please wear your uniform to the service. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Squire Family Education Foundation, Clearwater County EMS Department, the Orofino Kiwanis Club, or the charity of your choice.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Joyce Buchholz, 87, formerly of Weippe
Joyce Buchholz, 87, of Lewiston, passed away Dec. 25, 2012, from age-related causes at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston. She was born Nov. 28, 1925, to Howard and Minnie Snyder (Bonner) in Weippe. She graduated from Weippe High School.
Joyce married Harold R. Buchholz Nov. 5, 1946, in Vancouver, WA. She lived in Weippe until 1976, then in Moscow for nine years before retiring in the Lewiston Orchards in 1985.
Joyce was a caregiver for family members and loved to cook and bake for her family. She traveled to Europe, Mexico, Canada and extensively in the United States with her husband and children. Joyce went to Branson, MO, five times and loved all kinds of music, but especially Lawrence Welk and country music.
Survivors include her husband, Harold R. Buchholz of Lewiston; son, Greg Buchholz of Bonney Lake, WA; daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Bruce Wyatt of Lewiston; grandsons, Chris and Christy Buchholz of Oakland, CA, and Jonathan and Jamie Buchholz of Seattle, WA; granddaughters, Monika Buchholz of Bonney Lake, Jennifer and Todd Clovis of Asotin, WA, and Jessica and Ryan Thompson of Lewiston; great-grandsons, Jackson Buchholz of Oakland, CA, and Cameron Clovis of Asotin; and great-granddaughters, Cassie Clovis of Asotin and Lyla Mae Thompson of Lewiston. Joyce is also survived by several nieces and nephews and many good friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, mother, four brothers and two sisters.
Visitation and viewing are from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston. A funeral service is at 10 a.m. Saturday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston and burial is at 2 p.m. at Weippe Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Idaho State Veterans Home. The family would also like to thank Diana Stamper, Joyce's personal caregiver and all the staff at the Idaho State Veterans Home for the wonderful care Joyce received.
Dorothy Silflow, 94, formerly of Southwick
Dorothy J. King-Silflow, 94, passed away Dec. 21, 2012, at Guardian Angel Homes in Lewiston.
Dorothy was born Sept. 11, 1918, in Southwick, to Walter and Clara Bateman; she was the third of five sisters. She grew up in Southwick while helping her widowed mother Clara and her sisters, and as a young woman worked as a housekeeper in the Southwick community. She played women's basketball at Southwick High School, from where she graduated in 1937. In 1938, she married Thomas E. King of Southwick. Tom and Dorothy farmed in Southwick for more than 40 years and raised two daughters, Diane and Sarah. She also helped and cared for many aging family members, including her mother and father-in-law. In 1981, Tom and Dorothy moved to Lewiston, where they lived until Tom's death in 1987. In 1992 she married Harold Silflow of Cameron. Harold and Dorothy lived first on the farm in Cameron, and then in Lewiston.
She worked for many years on the family farm, helping to drive grain truck, cooking meals for the farm work crews, and raising her children and grandchildren. She was an avid homemaker and an outstanding cook and baker. She was well known for her quilting, crafting, and artistic abilities. She enjoyed quilting and sewing, woodworking and painting, crochet, tatting, and numerous other craft projects. She will be forever remembered for "Mrs. King's Biscuits and Gravy" and for "Dorothy's Lemon Pie." She loved fishing and was well-skilled at catching fish even when others could not.
She was a member of the Lutheran Church in Cameron and made many quilts for the church bazaar there. She was also active in the Orchards United Methodist Church in Lewiston, and was active in Eastern Star.
Husband, Thomas E. King; and sisters, Bessie Bateman and Edith Wells preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, Harold Silflow of Lewiston; sisters Juanita Reece of Lewiston and Aletha Brown of Kamiah; daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Leonard Eldridge of Clarkston, WA; daughter, Sarah Swartz of Kent, WA; granddaughter, Jennifer Eldridge of Clarkston; grandson and granddaughter, Kenneth and Lillian Eldridge of Evergreen, CO.; great-grandsons, Thomas Eldridge of Australia and Maxwell Eldridge of Evergreen, CO; and stepdaughter and stepson, Kathy and Gary Garland of Cameron.
Services were held Thursday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home, 920 21st Ave., Lewiston.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation in Dorothy's name to the Kendrick-Juliaetta Ambulance Fund, the Cameron Lutheran Church or the Orchards United Methodist Church.
Lt. Col. (Retired) Richard L. 'Dick' Moore, 79, Ahsahka
Lt. Col. (Retired) Richard L. 'Dick' Moore, age 79, passed away December 19, 2012 of congestive heart failure at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Lewiston.
Richard (Dick) L. Moore was born April 11, 1933, in Iowa City, Iowa to Edward Louis and Dorothy Agnes Moore. He graduated from Iowa City High School in 1951, and entered the Air Force in 1953. He was accepted into the Aviation Cadet program and by 1954 had trained as a navigator, radar operator and bombardier, and received his commission as a second lieutenant. He and Mary Jo Reid were married on Oct. 2, 1954, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Galveston, TX. Their first station was Mountain Home AFB where they spent three different tours from 1954-1965. Dick rose steadily in training skills and rank, going from a navigator in the KC-97 to becoming a navigator in jets, (the B-47) then on to pilot training. He earned his pilot's wings in 1958, and became a co-pilot in the B-47. In 1965, while on alert in Alaska, he was asked if he would like an assignment to Vietnam as a pilot of the T-39, and he promptly accepted.
During his year in Vietnam he was promoted to Major, and flew missions daily, carrying military commanders, visiting dignitaries, and reconnaissance films. Decorations awarded during his tour in Vietnam include the Bronze Star and first through third oak leaf clusters to the Air Medal. In 1967 Dick was given the assignment of becoming an instructor pilot in the T-37 at Reese AFB, in Lubbock, TX, where he would remain until his tour of 20 years ended He retired from the Air Force as a Lt. Colonel at the age of 39, and immediately returned to college, where he earned two degrees at Texas Tech University in Range and Wildlife Management. Upon receiving his Master's, he was called by the Corps of Engineers to report to the Dworshak Reservoir Project in Orofino where he would be in charge of elk mitigation.
Dick spent almost 18 years on the elk project, from 1981 to 1998, and witnessed the growth of the elk herd from 237 head in 1982, to a population of over 1,700 by 1995. He retired from the Corps following his 65th birthday, on May 1, 1998.
In 1999, his wife, Jo, retired from teaching and the two embarked on a retirement "hobby" which continues to this day, building and becoming innkeepers of the High Country Inn on the Old Ahsahka Grade.
During the years Dick spent in Orofino, he continued his life's interests, one being a Boy Scout leader of Troop 566, where son Edward attained the rank of Eagle Scout (the other two sons, Richard and Scott had become Eagles in Lubbock.) Until recently, Dick served as a member of the Board of Review for potential Eagle Scouts in Orofino. Other long-time interests were membership in the Knights of Columbus, also the patriotic 4th Degree of the Knights. He was a life-long communicant of the Catholic Church, and was active in parish work.
During the thirty-plus years that Dick and Jo have lived on the "hill" outside of Ahsahka, he enjoyed being "captain" on their pontoon boat on the reservoir, kokanee fishing, and a true accomplishment was the building of their earth shelter home, which took 10 years to complete, from 1982 -1992.. Most recently he especially enjoyed playing with and reading to great granddaughter, Jasey Rae. Whenever the inn had guests, he liked serving as bartender and meat carver. Dick will be sorely missed as a loving husband, father, and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jo at the family home; and 5 children, their spouses, 17 grandchildren: Jude and Jack Vosika of Jackson Hole, WY (Josh, Zach, and Jacob,) Richard and Cathy Moore of Ahsahka (Justin, Nathan, Elizabeth, Jessica and Hank Peterson, Melissa, and Josh,) Sharon and Joe Cardona of Boise (Teresa and Michael Wilchester, Karin, Kristina, and Joseph,) Scott and Anne Moore of Dublin, OH (Alex and Patrick,) Edward and Traci Moore of Boise (Olivia and Dominic,) and three great grandchildren.
Celebration of Dick's life will be held Saturday, Dec. 29, at 10:30 a.m., St. Theresa's Catholic Church, followed by a luncheon in the Little Flower Room.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held later at the Idaho Veterans Cemetery in Boise.
Memorials may be given to St. Gertrude's Monastery, 465 Keuterville Rd., Cottonwood, ID 83522; Clearwater Valley Hospital (CVHC) Foundation, P.O. Box 2169, Orofino, ID 83544; or Boy Scout Troop 536, c/o Pat Larson, US Bank, P.O. Box 1240, Orofino, ID 83544, or any troop or council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Dale Klaudt, 54, formerly of Orofino
Dale Marvin Klaudt, 54, of Lewiston, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Dec. 15, 2012, at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, OR, after a short and courageous battle with leukemia. He passed away peacefully in the presence of his loving wife Debbie and his brother Ron. Dale's final days were spent surrounded by family and friends who were grateful for every moment they had with him.
Dale was born April 16, 1958, to Raymond and June (Stringer) Klaudt in Missoula, MT. He grew up in Orofino, where he graduated in 1976. Dale went to work at the Jaype Lumber Mill in Pierce for a short time before transferring to Clearwater Paper in Lewiston, where he worked for more than 35 years. Dale married the love of his life, Debbie Paris Vicory, on May 3, 2003.
Dale was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman. He could often be found four-wheeling, camping, or hunting with his brother-in-law, nephews and friends, and he especially looked forward to his yearly trips to Alaska to fish with his brother. Some of his greatest and proudest days have been taking his mother huckleberry picking in the Blue Mountains. Dale was also the king of one-liners. He continued to find the joy and humor in every situation, even throughout his illness. Most importantly, Dale was a compassionate and giving husband and friend who let his love for Jesus Christ shine through in everything he did. His company was a blessing to many. He made everyone feel important, and his family, friends, and co-workers knew they could rely on him for support, encouragement, and laughs.
Dale is survived by wife, Debbie Klaudt of Lewiston; parents, Ray and June Klaudt of Clarkston, WA; brother, Ron (Rita) Klaudt of Juneau, AK; sister, Coral (Theron) Bruce of Peck; and stepsons, Joseph, Jeremy, and Jeffrey Vicory of Sacramento, CA. He is also survived by brother-in-law, Jody (Melinda) Paris of Lewiston; father-in-law, Mike Paris (Maura) of Dayton, WA.; uncles, Jerry (Ella Mae) Klaudt and Neil (Caryl) Klaudt of Missoula; nieces, Cicely (Nathan) Bernard of Yachats, OR, and Sara (Steve) Whitney of Juneau; nephews, Jeremy (Krista) Bruce of Wasilla, AK, Jason (Trisha) Bruce of Campania, Italy, Jarel (Megan) Bruce of St. Maries, Cody Paris of Clarkston, and Dustin Paris of Lewiston; niece, Amber Paris of Boise; eight great-nieces and great-nephews; many cousins and friends; and his ever-faithful MinPin, Bruno.
A memorial service was held Saturday at Mountain View Funeral Home 3521 Seventh St. in Lewiston. A glorious celebration of Dale's life is going to be planned in the spring with family on his birthday.