JoAnn Hermanson, 76, Orofino
JoAnn Hermanson, 76, passed away on March 12, 2013, in Orofino. She was born March 2, 1937 to Floyd and Ruby Phelps in Klamath Falls, OR. She married Herman Hermanson and owned and operated a cedar shake mill most of her life. Her love in life was gardening and later painting, which she learned as therapy to recover from her second stroke. JoAnn was a fighter. In her 30s she was one of the first women in the Northwest to receive a mechanical heart valve. Despite her health issues, she had a positive attitude and would meet people with a smile. She had a great personality and always made people laugh.
She moved to Brookside Landing in August 2006, which she called her home. She loved playing games, participating in activities and making new friends. She was always the life of the party.
JoAnn is survived by her children, Ellie and (Clay) Hesson, Carl Hermanson, Tammy Hermanson and Katherine (Gary) Brown; grandchildren, Cody Pate and (Shane Herzig), Justin and (Amy) Pate, Kashala and Joe Cox and Joe Wolfe; great-grandchildren, Kaden and Rylan Pate, Logan Damon and Ollis Herzig, and Anthony Cox; sisters, Beverly Fitzgerald, Sandy Tarr and Shirley Coe; brothers, Lyle Phelps and Kenny Phelps; and her special friend, Eileeen Bristol, from Brookside.
A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, March 30, at 2 p.m. at Brookside Landing in Orofino.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Diana Lee Teel, 68, Orofino
Diana Lee Teel of Orofino, born Dec. 31, 1944, passed away on Feb. 15, 2013, following a brave battle with ovarian cancer.
Diana was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. Diana valued family and friends above all and shared her generous and optimistic spirit with many. Diana kept track of all birthdays and anniversaries and felt it was important to celebrate those important days for all of her family. Diana loved teaching her children and grandchildren how to cook, create arts and crafts, read music, and play the piano. Diana enjoyed sharing with others her life experiences to demonstrate that even from adversity you can grow stronger and have a successful life.
Diana's biggest lesson to all was to be caring of others, work hard, do good things in the world and be an asset to society. Diana loved history and also enjoyed traveling. If not traveling to visit family, many travel destinations were to places of historical significance. Diana loved current events and discussing politics ranging from local government to global politics. As a business owner in Weston, OR, she was very active in the community. She was a member of the Planning Commission and a member of Weston Community Church. As a member of the church she was involved with choir, pioneer clubs as well as developing church plays. As a resident of Orofino, she was an active volunteer at the elementary school where her grandchildren attended.
Diana was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Boire; brother, Scott Boire; and husband, Orlan P. Teel. Diana is survived by her uncle, Jack Boire; her six brothers, James Boire, Tony Boire, Michael Boire, Stan Kacin, Michael John Cotter, Bill Cotter; and three sisters, Jan Petty, Terilyn Lopez, and Josephine Hall. Her children, Jacqueline Hall, Gina Lynn Teel, Cindy Teel-Miller and Anthony Teel; as well as her bonus children, Jeanne Sockle, Lori Bryson, Bruce Teel and Julie Frazee; 16 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; nieces and nephews are also survive.
A "celebration of life" will be held in Diana's honor at the Memorial Hall in Weston, beginning at 11:30 a.m. on March 30, 2013. Diana wished to pass the donation "torch" on to all who are willing to donate to any one of her favorite charities in lieu of flowers. The charities are: Children's Square U.S.A., St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Wounded Warrior Project, and Habitat for Humanity.
Shirley Ella Poland, 66, formerly of Orofino
Shirley Ella Poland passed away Wednesday Feb. 27, 2013 at her home in Talent, OR.
Shirley was born June 11, 1946 in Orofino to Lester and Thelma Crawford. She moved to Southern California where she met and married Dick Poland. She moved back to Idaho and had two children. She lived in various parts of the west coast over the course of her life, and the last few years in Talent.
She worked many different jobs through her life including her own businesses, a beautician shop for several years with her sister Anah in Lewiston and a restaurant, motel and trailer court with her parents in Craigmont.
She was a talented artist and decorator and a natural leader.
She enjoyed gardening and shopping (especially at second hand stores.) In recent years she traveled to Arizona with Tena and Gene Lockett looking for desert treasures. Shirley was associated with Jehovah's Witness and loved to share with others the precious promises of the future paradise and resurrection hope.
She had loving care most recently by her sister, Tena and family, Sharon and Fred McFall, as well as wonderful friends, precious neighbors and her constant, faithful companion Tator, her dog.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents Lester and Thelma Crawford; sister Anah Blue; and two brothers, Arthur Crawford and little Henry.
Survivors include her two children, Richard Poland and Brandi Miller; two sisters, Deana Gilmore and Tena Lockett; one brother, Buster Crawford; three grandchildren and one great grandchild to be.
Services will be Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Chapel in Medford, OR. Interment will be Pine Grove Cemetery in Kooskia.
Stories and remembrances may be shared on the mortuary's web site at: http://hillcrestmortuary.com.
William Anthony Shamion, 75, Orofino
William Anthony Shamion passed away peacefully at his home in Orofino, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 with his family by him. He was 75.
He was born on Jan. 6, 1938 to Anthony and Margaret Rosalie (Kubarek) Shamion in Stambaugh, MI. The family moved from there to Iron River, MI from 1938 to 1949; then relocated to Chicago, IL from 1949 to 1955; the family finally settling in Orofino in 1955 to the present.
William (Bill) met the love of his life in Orofino. He married, Ms. Diane Marie Fackenthall on May 25, 1963 at the St. Theresa's Parish in Orofino. They have two sons and one daughter.
Bill attended and graduated from Orofino High School in 1956. From there he worked for Shamion Logging until 1965. Bill then worked in auto body repair, learning the trade until 1972; when he went on to starting his own business A-1 Body Shop to the present. Bill also attended the University of Idaho and joined the Idaho National Guard.
Bill was very active and gave of his time in the Orofino community. Bill was elected as a school board member for 13 years and was a member of the Orofino Rotary. He was a lifelong member of St. Theresa's Catholic Church where he was also was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #4585. He was inducted as a Grand Knight and State Deputy.
William (Bill) A. Shamion was preceded in death by his father Anthony Shamion; his mother and step father Margaret (Shamion) and Joseph W. Cunningham.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Diane M. Shamion; sons Mark Shamion of Port Orchard, WA and Brad and Cindy Shamion of Lewiston; daughter, Tonya Shamion of Bonners Ferry; brother, Daniel Shamion of Republic, WA; sister, Darlene Ibach of Fox Island, WA; granddaughters, Keela Carter of Lewiston, Theresa Sykes and Landa Sykes of Spokane, WA, Samantha Shamion of Lewiston, Jessica Walker of Boise; a great-granddaughter, Kaihdrynn Pickett of Spokane, and great-grandson, Ralph Anthony Johnson of Spokane.
A Rosary will be held for William A. Shamion at 10:30 a.m. with the Memorial Mass to follow at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at St. Theresa's Catholic Church, Orofino.
Memorial donations can be made to ICARE (Cancer Assistance and Recovery Effort) of Orofino and Family Hospice of St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Lewiston.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Dwight Everett McIntire, 95, formerly of Clearwater County
Dwight E. McIntire of Woodland went home to be with his Lord on Feb. 15, 2013. Dwight was born at Winona on April 25, 1917 to Frank and Edna Kirkpatrick McIntire. His family moved around a lot in his younger years. He attended school in Cusick, WA, Newport, WA, Orofino, and Fraser. He graduated from Weippe High School in 1934. After graduation, Dwight worked at Schmidt's Mill in Weippe and drove a team of horses skidding logs in 1936. His family then moved to Woodland where he started farming with eight Percheron horses. On June 26, 1948 he married Anna Marie Altmiller, and they made their home on the family farm where Dwight continued to farm and raise cattle until he retired at 88.
Dwight served on the Woodland and Kamiah school boards for 16 years. He was chairman of the board when the Kamiah High School was built, and in 2012 was one of the first inductees to the Kamiah School District Hall of Fame. He was one of the founders of the Carrot Ridge Volunteer Fire District and was their first president. Dwight belonged to the Woodland Friends Church. He had a strong faith in God and was a wonderful example of love and generosity to his family and neighbors. He was also well-known for his gentle strength and wisdom.
Dwight was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Leland, Gerald (Irish), Lester (Dutch), and Lyle; a sister, Marion Baker; and an infant son, Raymond Dwight. He is survived by his wife, Anna, at the family home; a daughter, Linda (& Don) Burnside; a son, Frank (& Pamela) McIntire; and a daughter, Kathy (& Phil) Hendrickson. He is survived by his grandchildren: Robert (& Kira) Burnside, Jodi (& Shawn) Hudson, Stephanie (& Chris) Duclos, Teri (& Phillip) Rogers, Toni (& Adam) Gillie, Daniel (& Leslie) McIntire, Kevin (& Kate) Hendrickson, Lacey (& Mat) Faeth, and 15 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by many nephews and nieces who loved him dearly. As the people at the Clearwater Health and Rehab noted, "He was a man who was truly loved."
A memorial service will be held Friday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m. at The Life Center in Kamiah followed by graveside services at the Woodland Cemetery and a dinner at the Woodland Friends Church. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Woodland Friends Church or a charity of your choice. Arrangements are by Trenary Funeral Home, Kooskia.
Thomas Steven Suk, 63, former Orofino councilman
Thomas Steven Suk of Missoula, MT, passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 6, 2013 at the age of 63 from complications of diabetes.
Tom was born on Sept. 20, 1949 to Charles Gordon and Mildred Ann Suk in Duluth, MN. His family later moved to Rochester, MN, where he graduated from Mayo High School in 1968. He went on to attend the University of Minnesota where he received Bachelor degrees in History and Forestry.
Tom married Sally Arnold on Dec. 6, 1975, in St. Paul, MN. Tom had a desire to move to Montana as his family had lived in Havre for five years when he was very young. Six months after getting married, Tom and Sally relocated to Libby, MT, for the start of Tom's rewarding 33 ½ year career with the United States Forest Service. They spent eight years in Libby, MT, and 17 years in Orofino before moving to Missoula, MT, in 2001.
A self-proclaimed man of service, Tom always loved to lend a hand to those in need, especially when it came to "fix it" projects. His desire to serve also lead him to answer the call of civic duty. While in Orofino he served many years on the city council and was also involved with the Rotary Club. Golfing was a passion of Tom's. He played on men's leagues and also enjoyed playing golf with his wife. Despite having left Minnesota many years ago Tom stayed a dedicated and passionate fan of the Vikings and Twins.
Tom is survived by his loving wife, Sally, and sons Geoff and Greg. Also surviving Tom are his daughter-in-law Josie (Geoff), grandson Tyson (Geoff), and his brothers James, Robert, and Richard. He was preceded in death by his parents Mildred and Gordon Suk.
An informal outdoor gathering will take place at Dunrovin Ranch, 5375 Terry Lane, Lolo, MT, on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, from 4-6 p.m. A more formal time of remembering Tom will begin at 5:30 p.m. All family and friends are welcome.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Habitat for Humanity of Missoula, P.O. Box 7181, Missoula, MT 59807.
Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery, Billings, MT. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.cfgbillings.com through "Our Families".
Larry L. English, 77, formerly of Orofino, Headquarters
Larry LaRoy English was born Jan. 28, 1936, at White Bird to Dorothy Olney and Howard (Bud) English. He passed away Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, after a long illness.
He spent most of his early years in Lewiston, Headquarters, Orofino and the Anatone-Asotin, WA area. He spent a short time in Anchorage, AK, with his aunt Hazel and uncle Jim Sines until he was able to earn enough money selling newspapers to help pay his way back to Lewiston. He returned with his malamute dog Orphy, which he loved dearly.
When he came back from Alaska, he went to live with his aunt Myrtle and John Curtis in Headquarters and Orofino. He loved his aunt and uncle and their children, Jackie and John, otherwise known by friends and family as Bucky. While living with their family, he liked to run off to a cow camp operated by Clayton Gordon. He was told, "If you like it so much, go live there." Eventually he lived with Clayton and his family until he was old enough to be on his own. He spent his summers working for various farmers in the area. He was highly sought after because he was trustworthy and hard-working.
He joined the U.S. Navy in 1955. He spent time in San Diego, Corpus Christi, Texas, Iwokuni, Japan, Singapore, Australia, San Francisco and Washington. He was a gunner's mate on a P5M2 amphibious reconnaissance airplane. Larry loved to cook so that responsibility became one of his duties. Because they were involved in hazardous duty at the end of the Korean War, their food rations were better than most. He would have made a career of the Navy if he hadn't been injured in a plane crash. He was officially discharged in 1963.
He lived in Lewiston where he married Maryann Bailey and had two children, Jody (Joe) and CaraAnn. He loved his wife and children, but the marriage ended in divorce. He remarried in 1989 to his longtime friend and companion, Rosanne Bailey, who survives him at their home.
Lewiston was his home and he always wanted to return to live here. No other place was to his liking because for some reason he felt isolated when away. Whenever he went on a trip outside of the valley, he was on pins and needles wanting his trip done and to return home. Once he saw what he wanted on his trips away from home, there was no stopping him getting back to Lewiston.
Larry worked at Potlatch Corp. from 1963 until the age of 61. He worked various jobs there: dryer tender, saw filer - a job he loved and was upset when it was closed down - and a Wagner operator for Power 4 until his retirement. At his last job, he worked alternating shifts: days, swing and nights. Whenever he worked the swing shift, each Friday evening, Rosanne and the dogs, Kate and Jake, would take him out food to share. The tower would keep an eye out for Rosanne and they would give him a call to let him know she was there.
He enjoyed participating in many activities over the years: riding motorcycles with his children, being with friends and family. He loved all kinds of aircraft including flying gliders and small planes, competitive skeet shooting and bird hunting with his favorite dog, Sam. He built radio-controlled airplanes, enjoyed steelhead fishing, water skiing, camping - using his sleeper on the back of his pickup truck and later on using his motor home - leather-working, four-wheeling, and drinking coffee with his friends at Jeffrey's Restaurant. Whenever he went camping with his longtime friend Anita and her family, they looked like a bunch of gypsies, hauling bicycles, grub boxes, rafts and canoes among other things, and later on, four-wheelers and related equipment. Over the years, he owned a Yamaha Grizzly, a Kawasaki Mule and Yamaha Rhino. He worked during his spare time at the Diamond C Saddle Shop until it changed hands. He was a very talented man who acknowledged his close friends by making them hand-tooled gun holsters.
In 1963, he had his lower lobe on his left lung removed. He recovered from this operation with good results and had several years of fairly good health. In 2004, due to constant infections and an abscess in the left lung region, his left lung was removed. It was hoped that his other lung would take over, but that would not be the case. He spent three months in a hospital in Spokane, WA; a week at a nursing home in Moscow, where he almost died, and two months at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. Without St. Joe's ICU staff, and his attending physician, Dr. James Fisher, he never would have survived the operation. He was able to come home and did pretty well for about four years. He eventually became dependent on the home ventilator, where he spent the remainder of his life. He fought bravely and without complaint.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Duane and Phil English; and his sister, Patsy Hanks; and his daughter, CaraAnn English. He is survived by his wife, Rosanne; his son, Jody (Joe) English and wife Jennifer and their children Sarah, David and Jordan; his sister, Linda Joyce Arnold; his first cousin, John (Bucky) Curtis - who was like a brother - and wife Lonnie; and longtime friends Anita and Mark Grimm and their children, who became his extended family.
A memorial will be held at a later date.
Patricia Joan Flansburg, 79, Lenore
Patricia Joan Flansburg, 79, Lenore, passed away Thursday, May 16, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
No services are planned at this time. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
George Colbaugh, 101, formerly of Lenore
George Colbaugh was called home May 6, 2013; the cause of death was pneumonia. He was born in Carter County, Tenn.TN, Aug. 28, 1911, to Dan and Margaret (White) Colbaugh. His family also included a brother, Tete, and sisters Bessie Taylor, Ada Garland and Myrtle Cole.
The first day of school had a lasting effect on George. The teacher wrote on the blackboard: "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33. The Scripture verse became a guide to him for the next 95 years. Some of his main interests during high school included being an accomplished basketball player and hunting with hounds in the Blue Ridge Mountains was also his passion. Livestock had always intrigued him. At an early age, he trained a couple of steers to pull as a team. The opportunity to "work" them arose when logs were needed to build a new church. The trees were on terrain too steep and rocky to use a team of horses. George skidded the logs off the mountain with the oxen. The church was built in 1934. The Union Hill Free Will Church flourished and was a strength to him and many others over the years. He was the last surviving charter member. However, it was not the last church building project he was to be involved in.
George traveled west, finding employment felling timber with a crosscut saw and living in logging camps. One such camp was near Westlake (south of Craigmont). The postal clerk in town was Velda Mae Bean, who would become the love of his life. They married June 3, 1939, and have nearly 74 years of happiness together.
Work took them to John Day, OR, where he continued felling timber in addition to being a foreman and scaler. Timber fellers were considered part of the "war effort" and frozen to their jobs.
After the war was over, they purchased a ranch near Lenore. The long hours of raising swine and later cattle were not considered "work" to George since he enjoyed it so much. George retired at age 95, but still enjoyed the daily ranch activities.
Four children also called the ranch home: his son, Dan, of Kendrick; daughters, Carol Dammarell of Kendrick, Leanne (Rez) Nasri of California and Misti (Larry) Sullivan of Lewiston. His beloved grandchildren include Megan (Justin) Lorents, Ace Nasri, Blaise Nasri, Laudan Nasri, Erin Sullivan and Mat Sullivan; and great-grandchild, Jett Lorentz.
George was especially known for his love of all children, working with 4-H projects, playing Santa Claus and helping in youth camps. He also enjoyed playing guitar, with Velda Mae playing the mandolin. They would play music with others and entertain at schools and various churches in the area. He loved to sing the Southern-style songs. At Cream Ridge United Brethren Church he served as Sunday school superintendent and taught Bible class. The children will fondly remember receiving gum each Sunday; disgruntled mothers will not remember the gum so fondly! At Cream Ridge, George once again found himself helping to build another church and parsonage.
Both George and Velda Mae agree on one thing, seeking God first, then helping others made for the happiest times in their lives. George would say, "That's what that old teacher told me, and it's sure worked for me!"
In keeping with his love for children, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Southwick Community Church, in lieu of flowers. Donations may be mailed to Charlie Olson, 40192 Southwick Road, Kendrick, ID 83537. All donations will go toward sending youths to camp or to the Northwest Children's Home if so designated.
There will be a memorial service to celebrate a well-lived life at 5 p.m. Friday at Cottonwood Creek Community Church, with dinner following.
The family would like to thank all the staff at Royal Plaza Care Center and St. Joseph Regional Medical Center for the care and love they showed him during these last weeks. Services are under the care of Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home.
Shirley Estelle Spiva, 91, Orofino
Shirley Estelle Spiva, 91, Orofino, died Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. She was born Aug. 3, 1922 in Santa Rosa, CA, to Harold and Stella Hutchins. She married Harry Ewing, Jr. They were divorced. She later married Cliff Spiva.
Shirley was a LVN (licensed vocational nurse) for 30 years practicing in area hospitals and clinics near Sonora, CA. She loved every minute she spent nursing.
She enjoyed tennis, softball, and backpacking. She was also very creative, enjoying gardening and oil painting. She enjoyed building and flying remote control airplanes with Cliff.
Shirley moved to Orofino in 2003. She is known to her neighbors as the woman that was always working in her yard. She had many kind neighbors who helped "keep an eye out for her."
Shirley is survived by her sister, Dorothy "Edrie" Woolley of Napa, CA; daughters, Donna Holland of Powers, OR, Geri Goldsberry and Jeannie Hodges, both of Orofino; nine grandchildren: Jim (#1), Jeff, Joe, Dan, Mike, Kim, Karyn, John and Heidi; numerous great grandchildren and five great-great grandchild and another on the way.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Wilger Hutchins. Also preceding her in death on Dec. 16 was her Lhasa Apso dog named SiSi (her devoted friend and housemate of 17 years)
She was passionate about her work and her hobbies. She loved her family dearly. She taught them much about life and will be missed beyond words.
May she rest in peace. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.