Glen Lewis Erickson, 76, Orofino
Glen Lewis Erickson, 76, Orofino, passed away Oct. 14, 2013, at Kindred Care in Lewiston of bladder cancer.
He was born Oct. 23, 1936 in Petersburg, NE to Cecil G. and Theresa C. (Maennlein) Erickson. He attended the Cottonwood School in Fraser and later Weippe Schools until joining the Army. He was a Private First Class E-3 and was in the Presidential Guard for President Dwight Eisenhower in Washington, DC from June 13, 1958 through April 1, 1960. It was the only time he spent away from home and the only time on a plane. He flew there and then purchased a car and drove home. He also said the President was a nice man.
Glen married Mary Ann Hayes Dec. 17, 1965 and they were together 43 years before her passing Jan. 20, 2009.
He worked at Schmidts' Mill and the logged for many small companies. The last was with Larry and Bert Spence from which he retired due to a back injury at 74. He was an excellent timber faller who was know for falling trees exactly where needed to.
Glen enjoyed anything outdoors. He participated in lots of rodeos in bull riding and roping. He was a member of the Weippe Rodeo Association from its beginning in 1960 until he passed away. He was a caretaker of Fraser Park the two years and loved every minute of it.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann Erickson; his mother, Theresa A. Erickson; and his father, Cecil G. Erickson.
Survivors include: daughters, Dawn Marie Roby, Okanogan, WA, Theresa A. (Jim) Lashly, Orofino; son, Cecil G. Erickson, Orofino; brother, Don Erickson, Coeur d'Alene; eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place and a private family viewing was held Oct. 17. There will be a celebration of life in the spring at Fraser Park. The date and time will be announced later. He will be laid to rest along side his wife, Mary Ann, in Fraser Cemetery, later on.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
My dad, Glen Erickson, was happy living his life on Lower Fords Creek as a retired logger, but still loved the outdoors. He loved horn hunting and would walk the canyons by his place with his dog, Dew and other dog, Sable. He found a few nice sheds. He loved to walk. Most anyone who drove by would see him outside and wave or stop to visit. He will be greatly missed by family, neighbors and friends.
He loved his family. All the grandkids loved going to 'Papa's Farm', as it was called, to see baby calves in the spring.
He was always offering to help people without expecting anything in return. He took care of his folks place up until he passed as a promise the made to his parents. it is where he grew up. The house is still standing in Fraser. So when he made a promise, he kept it.
He was liked and respected by many.
I, Theresa his daughter, stayed with him in Spokane for a month following surgery, then wanted to bring him home. I got him close and stayed with him at Lewiston Kindred Care where passed with me right by his side.
Rob Miller, 46, formerly of Orofino
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, at 3 p.m. at the Orofino Golf and Country Club off U.S. Highway 12 for Rob Miller.
He died Monday morning, Oct. 21, 2013 from injuries sustained in a scooter/vehicle accident that happened Thursday in Moscow. He was a 1985 Orofino High School graduate and was employed by the University of Idaho in Moscow.
Robert (Rob) Olan Miller, 46, formerly of Orofino
Robert (Rob) Olan Miller passed away Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, as a result of a tragic accident three days prior to his passing in Moscow.
Rob was born Sept. 8, 1967, in Spokane, WA to George and Julie Miller. The Miller family moved to Orofino in 1970, and Rob completed all 12 school years there and went on to college at the University of Idaho, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in biology and his master's in environmental health. Rob was employed at UI as an industrial hygienist at the time of his death.
Rob was a gentle soul with many close friends and passions. He particularly loved golf, skiing and fishing. But his primary love was for his two girls, Sarah, age 10, and Emma, age 5. He was an avid Maniac and Vandals fan.
He is survived by his two daughters; his father, George R. Miller; his mother, Julie Chenoweth; brothers, Ron Miller and Rick Miller; his sister, Holly Hanson; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He will be missed while we remember him with broken hearts.
A celebration of his life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Orofino Golf and Country Club.
Joyce Brammer, 98, taught in Southwick
Joyce Brammer, a teacher, artist and longtime resident of Kendrick, who inspired a love of learning in generations of students and was renowned for her prize-winning paintings, her landscaped gardens and her flower arrangements, died in her sleep on Oct. 16, 2013, at home in Pullman, WA. She was 98.
Articulate and thoughtful, Joyce possessed an artistic nature and quiet demeanor that belied her steely determination and ambition. She revered books and believed deeply in the transformative power of education. As a young woman graduating from Lewiston High School in 1933 during the depths of the Great Depression, she struggled to gain a first-rate college education. She studied first at Lewiston State Normal School, mentored by the famed drama teacher, Carolyn Silverthorne, and graduated in 1935 with a teaching certificate that she put promptly to use. Her first job was as the sole instructor in a one-room schoolhouse amid wheat fields on American Ridge, near Kendrick, where she taught the first grade, the eighth grade, and all six grades in between. She walked to school, arriving early winter mornings to stoke the wood stove. She encouraged farm children to bring a vegetable to toss into a steaming pot for the communal soup they shared for lunch. It was while teaching there, boarding with a local farm couple, that she met her future husband - a fast-talking, quick-witted farm boy named Werner Brammer who, as he later told the story, was smitten at first blush, not only with Joyce's beauty and smarts, but by the fact "she was making $90 a month teaching school and I was going broke farming."
But the part of the story Werner always left out was how long he had to wait. Joyce, determined to press ahead with her studies, left him and Idaho, boarding a train for Iowa City to study literature and drama at the prestigious University of Iowa. But wait Werner did. And when Joyce returned from Iowa in 1940, her newly-minted B.A. in hand, their courtship flourished with renewed vigor.
In August 1941, four months before the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Werner and Joyce married in the garden of her father's home in Lewiston. It was a marriage of two verbal people with agile minds and sharply divergent temperaments - a marriage that at times crackled with tension - but one that proved deeply affectionate and enormously durable, a bond that lasted 68 years until Werner's death in 2010 at 93. Indeed, it was a marriage that gave credence to the old cliche that opposites attract.
A lifelong farmer, Werner was an outspoken charmer and dogged crusader who fired off innumerable letters to the editor and who could be relentless in pressing his views on politicians and neighbors alike. In contrast, Joyce was a quiet observer, an astute listener and a savvy judge of what made people tick. She was someone who could as easily inspire and encourage the student who struggled as she could stimulate and challenge the brightest child in the class. If Werner was often the life of the party, it was Joyce to whom friends and neighbors turned for her sage counsel and sympathetic ear. Despite divergent styles, Joyce and Werner built a life together with an astonishing singleness of purpose. Both were frugal and worked hard.
Her teaching salary was key in helping Werner make a go of the farm. "Often before I got my pay check home," Joyce recalled, "he had it spent on a cow." Though the more reserved of the two, Joyce was as strong-willed as her more voluble counterpart, a fact Werner may have obliquely acknowledged in his 80s and 90s when asked the secret to their long marriage. "Well, it's like this," he'd reply. "The man makes all the BIG decisions and the woman makes all the little ones." "Really?" His listeners always asked. "And that works?" "Oh yes," Werner would insist, nodding solemnly. "Sixty years so far and not one big decision."
Joyce Walthall was born Feb. 16, 1915, the oldest of three children and the only daughter of Raymond and Vera Smith Walthall, in Spokane, WA. Joyce's mother was a milliner and her father was a grocery wholesaler. Joyce's artistic bent bloomed early. Teachers noted her deft sketches of classmates in grade school and encouraged her to take art classes. Her carefree childhood, however, ended when she was 13 and her mother died, leaving Joyce to shoulder much of the responsibility for raising her two younger brothers, Douglas, 11, and Keith, 5. Subsequently, the family moved to Lewiston, where her father worked as branch manager of Mason-Ehrman Co.
After their marriage, Joyce and Werner made their home at Southwick, where he farmed and she taught high school. When Southwick High was consolidated with Kendrick High, Joyce was hired there to teach English and art and to direct the school plays, events soon eagerly anticipated by students and the community alike. The couple moved to Kendrick, where they lived for the next 50 years, raising two daughters, Rhonda Brammer, of Kendrick and New York City, and Denise Brammer Blacker, of Pullman.
Even in retirement, Joyce taught adult art classes and later kindergarten, charmed to be teaching children of the children she'd taught decades before. Joyce was a lifelong member of the Christian Science Church. She was a founding member of the Kendrick Garden Club and belonged to the Valley Art Center and the National Chrysanthemum Society. She and Werner delighted in lunching with friends and neighbors at the Kendrick Senior Citizens Center and late in life, they took up square-dancing and made dozens of friends through the Twin City Twirlers.
Joyce is survived by her two daughters; her son-in-law, Keith Blacker, and her cousin and beloved friend, Marilynn Albro, of Marysville, WA. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers and her husband.
A celebration of Joyce's life is planned for November. Gifts in her memory can be made to the Kendrick Senior Citizens Center or the Moscow Christian Science Church.
Jeanette Mae 'Jet' Ellis, 83, Freeman Creek campground host
Forever in our hearts
Surrounded by her children, Jeanette Mae 'Jet' Ellis of Clarkston, WA passed away after a long battle with debilitating health issues. She died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at age 83, at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston.
She was born April 18, 1930, in Lewiston, the oldest of three daughters of Herbert and Rose Anderson of Clarkston. She attended school in Clarkston and graduated from Charles Francis Adams High School in 1948. After high school, she studied nursing. On April 28, 1949, she married Louis Richard Ellis and began a life devoted to her family, while her husband worked as a teacher for the Lewiston School District and then at Pomeroy High School.
The couple had five children collectively known as the "Five D's": Deborah Lou, Denise Lynn, Diane Lee, David Louis and Dawn Lauri. She and her husband greatly enjoyed camping, fishing and woodcutting, and after retirement served as camp hosts at Freeman Creek Campground on Dworshak Reservoir and at Pacific Beach State Park in Grays Harbor County, WA. While most of her adult life was dedicated to homemaking, she also worked in food service for the Clarkston School District for 12 years, retiring in 1988. Her health began to decline before the death of her husband on March 17, 2009. She became a resident of the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston in 2011 on the basis of her husband's service during World War II.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, and leaves as survivors all of her children and their families, as well as her sisters and their spouses, Laura Rose and Don Evans and Karen and Charles Barth, all of Clarkston. Her surviving children and their spouses are Deborah and Clem Manwaring, Denise and Dave Bateman, Diane and Dave McDonough, David and Ethel Ellis, and Dawn and Tom Stalford, all of the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Vineland Cemetery in Clarkston. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to the Idaho State Veterans Home.
James Mathew Redl, 92
James Mathew Redl made a big entrance into this world when he was born on Aug. 20, 1921, to Mathew and Margaret Redl at Obert, NE. Jim weighed a whopping 13 pounds. He has now left a big hole in our lives when he left us on Oct. 21, 2013, at the age of 92.
He graduated from high school in 1939 at Newcastle, NE. He served overseas in the U.S. Army Air Forces from 1943 to 1946. He married the love of his life, Mary Frances Hintz, on Feb. 14, 1947, in Sioux City, IA. They spent 66 loving years together.
Jim was the jack of all trades, working as a sawyer, in auto body repair and as a heavy equipment operator for the city of Lewiston, retiring in 1985. He had the ability to jury-rig anything back together. He lived in Newcastle, NE., Sioux City, IA, Pierce, Clark Fork, and settled back in Lewiston permanently in 1969.
He was a member of the National Disabled Americans and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Lewiston. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, and fishing. He was also known for selling his vegetables and fruits, and he spent many hours cracking walnuts, hence, "Jim's Nut House."
Jim is survived by his wife, Mary Frances; sons, Jim (Linda) Redl of Lewiston and Tom (Oats) Redl of Peck; and his daughters, Sara (Randy) Olson of Lewiston and Mary (Darrel) Uhlorn of Cottonwood. He is also survived by his grandchildren who he adored, Ann Marie Gale, Curt Scott, Dawn Tolatti, Mary Rumbaugh, Brent, Kylie and Holli Uhlorn; and his four great-grandchildren, Breanne, Randall, Lauren and Katie. He was preceded in death by his beautiful daughter, Cecelia Peters; parents Mathew and Margaret Redl; and sisters, Delores Schroeder and Cleona Hintz-Sportone.
A rosary was recited Wednesday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home, 921 21st Ave., Lewiston, and the funeral is at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. James Catholic Parish in Lewiston. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to All Saints Catholic Parish Building Fund, 633 Fifth Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501; or Veterans of Foreign Wars, 1104 Warner Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501.
Vassar-Rawls is in charge of the funeral preparation.
A Fisherman's Prayer
God grant that I may live to fish until my dying day,
And when it comes to my last cast, then I most humbly pray,
When in the Lord's safe landing net I'm peacefully asleep
That in his mercy I be judged as big enough to keep.
William 'Bill' Edgar Gregg, 82, Dworshak construction worker
William 'Bill' Edgar Gregg died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was born April 24, 1931, to Grover C. and Faye Mashburn Gregg along with his twin brother, Robert, in Potlatch.
He attended schools in Potlatch and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1950. He served as a seaman on the USS Diphda in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged from the service in 1953.
Bill married Beverly Ann Bieren on Sept. 1, 1956, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Clarkston. They recently marked their 57th year of marriage. Bill and Beverly have two sons, Gordon and Matthew.
Bill worked as a construction laborer and was a member of Local 239. He worked on construction projects including Dworshak and Lower Granite dams, the Dike Bypass, and the Lewis-Clark Grain Terminals. He was especially proud of the work performed on the pump houses on the Dike Bypass, as he oversaw the concrete work of exposed aggregate. He sustained an industrial injury in 1984, at which time he was forced to retire from his profession.
Shortly thereafter, Bill and Bev purchased a cabin in Stentz Springs in the Blue Mountains outside of Pomeroy, WA. Bill loved the outdoors and there was little anyone could do to keep him from the mountains. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a scourge to the local elk and steelhead populations. He was a member of the Asotin County Sportsmen's Association.
Bill loved to make wood and could spot a tamarack from a mile away. He had all his cables, saws, snatch blocks and whatever other paraphernalia he needed to extract that wood. He and his brother-in-law, CB, would leave in the dark of morning and be back with a couple cords of wood by 10 a.m.
Bill cowboyed for local ranchers, rounding cattle up from the mountains, branding and driving cows. It was just another way to be outside in the open country he loved so much. He was also an avid golfer and was a proud member of the "Grumps" at Quail Ridge Golf Course.
Bill is survived by his wife, Beverly; two sons, Gordy (Patty) of Lewiston and Matt (Kori) of Portland, OR; seven grandchildren, Bethany (Steven) Tuttle of Portland, OR, Sara (Joshah) Jennings of Pullman, WA, Boaz Gregg of Spokane, WA, Jordan Gregg of Portland, Peter Gregg of Lewiston and Patrick and Benjamin Gregg of Portland; three great-grandchildren, Judah, Eva, and Titus Jennings of Pullman; and many nieces and nephews.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Grover and Faye; a sister, Helen Lohman; and his twin brother, Bob Gregg.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Merchant Funeral Home, 1000 Seventh St., Clarkston, WA. A luncheon will follow at Holy Family Parish Center at 917 Chestnut St., Clarkston.
Memorials may be made out to Holy Family School.
Carol Juanita Partee, 53, Orofino
Carol Juanita Partee, 53 of Orofino died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2013, at her home.
Private services are to be held. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Glen Lewis Erickson, 76, Orofino
Glen Lewis Erickson, 76, Orofino, passed away Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehab in Lewiston.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Marshall R. Harwick, 72, born in Orofino
Marshall R. Harwick, 72, of Genesee, died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at Gritman Medical Center in Moscow as a result of a single-vehicle accident near Genesee.
Marsh was born Nov. 19, 1940, in Orofino, to Howard L. and Carolyn G. (Monaco) Benson. He grew up in Lewiston, where he attended Lewiston schools. After high school, Marsh went to work for Meats Incorporated, which was a slaughterhouse located in Clarkston, WA.
He met Kristin W. Malcom and the two were wed June 15, 1964, in Lewiston.
Marsh went to work for his father-in-law at Malcom's Brower-Wann Memorial Chapel and attended Lewis-Clark State College before getting his degree in funeral service education from Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Ore. He became a part owner of the funeral home, and in 1985 he and Kris purchased Mahoney Memorials in Clarkston.
In 1986, he moved to his current home near Genesee. In 2002, Marsh left the funeral home and began working at Mahoney's on a full-time basis. During this time he continued to serve families at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home on an at-need basis and more recently back at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home as well. Marsh loved people and felt fortunate to serve those in need.
He was active in the Lewiston Elks Lodge for over 40 years where he held various positions and served on numerous committees, including the Food Caravan and as a board member of the Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Hospital. He also belonged to the Masonic Lodge.
Marsh enjoyed fishing, sharpening knives and helping his friends butcher their livestock.
He is survived by his son, Marshall W. Harwick; daughter, Dedi J. Christeson; son, Jason M. Harwick; six grandchildren; a sister, Joyce M. Bronniman; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Stan and Ken Harwick; and most recently his wife, Kris Harwick, who died Jan. 13, 2011.
Viewing will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Valley Christian Center, 3215 Echo Hills Dr., Lewiston, with burial to follow at Normal Hill Cemetery.