Irene Hill, 89, formerly of Pierce
Irene Hill, 89, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. On this day we lost a loving mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She was born to Simon and Agnes Ringsage on Aug. 31, 1924, in Potlatch. During her childhood, she was cared for by several relatives and friends in multiple locations. She returned to graduate from Pierce High School with her sister, Florene. After graduating, she waited tables in Lewiston and then, during World War II, she went to California where she helped build airplane parts. During the war, she met her soon-to-be husband and soul mate.
She married Gerald T. Hill on Oct. 24, 1945, in Lewiston. They lived in Lewiston until 1950 and then moved to Pierce. They returned to Lewiston in 1958, where they raised two children, Norman and Connie, along with an assortment of animals. She worked as a waitress at the Sixteen Inn and the Lewis-Clark Hotel until she sustained a knee injury in 1967.
In 1985, she lost her husband and soul mate of almost 40 years. She spent the years following his death making memories with her children and grandchildren and traveling to places that she always wanted to see. She enjoyed spending time outside gardening, fishing, camping and walking along the river. In her later years, she enjoyed getting to know her grandkids and great-grandkids. They were always her pride and joy. After moving to Lapwai in 2009, she enjoyed watching the wildlife and her daughter's Springer Spaniels, Hoss and Freckles, jumping in the tall grass trying to find each other.
She is survived by her sister, Pat Lou Sorenson; brother, Fed Brown and , Carol; son, Norman Hill and wife, Sandy; daughter, Connie Oneal and husband, Raymond; her grandchildren, Becky Littke and husband, Matt, Steven Hill, Johanna Strehle and husband, Scott, Chrissy Garner and husband, Keith, Rachael Hill and Tim Oneal; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gerald Hill; her sister, Florene McManus; and numerous sisters- and brothers-in-law. Her family will remember her love and compassion for others.
My mother is a woman like no other. She gave me life, nurtured me, taught me, dressed me, fought for me, held me, shouted at me, kissed me, but most importantly loved me unconditionally.
There are not enough words I can say to describe just how important my mother was to me and what a powerful influence she continues to be.
Mom I love you!
I cried when you passed away. I still cry today. Although I loved you dearly, I couldn't make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest. God broke my heart to prove to me that he only takes the best.
We as a family want to thank all of her special friends, nieces and nephews who have stood by her through the years. You meant so much to Mom!
At Irene's request, there are no services planned.
Merchant Memorial Group is handling arrangements.
Dr. Harold Dean 'Ike' Phelps, MD, 87
Dr. Harold Dean (Ike) Phelps, MD, passed away on Sept. 18, 2013 at Avalon Care Center in Pullman. Memorial services with military honors will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m. at the Pullman Presbyterian Church.
Harold was born on Feb. 10, 1926 in Madison, SD, and was the third of 11 children born to Donald and Hazel (Anderson) Phelps. He attended Madison schools, leaving a semester early from his senior year of high school to join the Navy in 1944 during World War II. After training he served as a radio operator aboard Naval aircraft along the Pacific coast of the US, where they scanned for enemy submarines and other threats to US security.
After the war, Ike resumed his studies at General Beadle College in Madison, then the University of Oregon and finally University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where he completed his first two years of medical school.
He marred Nancy Jane Baughman on Aug. 13, 1950 at the home of a friend in Minnesota. The next year, daughter Nancy Caroline was born, and soon after Ike and Nancy moved to Dallas, TX, where he completed his M.D. and where daughters, Vicki and Sandy, were born.
The family moved from Dallas to Monroe, LA, for his residency, then to Riverdale, ND, then to Winner, SD., where he was in general practice and where daughter, Judy, and son, Mike, were born.
Ike decided to pursue a radiology specialty, so the family moved to Colorado Springs, CO, where he took a position at Penrose Hospital. During that time period, he spent months studying nuclear medicine in Oakridge , TN, and at Cincinnati General Hospital before becoming a full-fledged radiology partner at Penrose in Colorado Springs. The family remained in Colorado for seven years, another son, Jeff, was born and then Ike went on a nation-wide search to find what he considered a safe and wholesome environment to continue raising his family. After a year of travel from Florida to Washington State, he chose a 55 acre property in Albion, WA, with a job as the radiologist for both Pullman, WA, and Moscow. In addition to those two hospitals and Washington State University student health department, Ike also acted as physician for the WSU football team and had a weekly route to Grangeville, Cottonwood and Orofino, Idaho hospitals to read their X-Rays every Tuesday.
Ike served as Chief of Staff for both Pullman Memorial Hospital and Gritman Medical Center in Moscow. Ike continued with the huge responsibility of being the only radiologist in the area until he invited his brother-in law, Dr. Richard Lillard to partner with him in the late 1960's. In 1968 Ike's youngest son, Shawn, was born.
Ike was an advocate of alternative health treatments, was a practitioner of hypnotherapy as an adjunct to medical therapy for decades and preferred using herbal supplements to cure illness when possible. He practiced clinical hypnotherapy as a side interest and inspired his wife and oldest daughter to join in that profession. Ike was an astute diagnostician, freely offering consultation and a healing hand to anyone in need. His sense of humor and love of playing jokes on loved ones will always be remembered.
In addition to his demanding profession and raising seven children, Ike was always busy building or fixing something on his farm in Albion. He and Nancy had a huge annual vegetable garden and during the decades of life there he built a racetrack for go-carts, built a putting green in the backyard, put in a swimming pool and built the impressive enclosure by himself. He terraced the backyard, transforming it from a horse pasture to expansive lush lawn and garden. He and Nancy planted seedlings, including some brought from Colorado, that have grown to be majestic trees adorning the property.
Over the years, he raised horses, cattle and Doberman pinschers. At times there were chickens, turkeys and rabbits. There were always pet dogs and barn cats who eventually wound up in the house. Ike nurtured injured birds and adopted a dove, showered affection on his pet African pygmy hedgehog and enjoyed the daily visits of the wildlife abounding on his rural property.
Ike was a member of the Pullman Presbyterian church where he served as Deacon and Elder; the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis; Pine Grove Grange #15; Fraternal Order of the Elks and the Albion Historical Society.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Nancy; daughters Nancy Caroline (husband AlaaHassan), Vicki and Judy; sons Mike, Jeff (wife Lesley) and Shawn (wife Stacy); six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by three sisters and three brothers.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, one sister and his daughter, Sandra.
The family requests memorial contributions in Harold's honor be directed to the Pullman Presbyterian Church or to the Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation.
Kimball Funeral Home, Pullman, WA, is caring for services.
Gerald W. Harris, 81, formerly of Southwick
On Sept. 25, 2013, the world lost a wonderful man who loved his family more than anything. Gerald Harris was born June 30, 1932, in Southwick to Virgil and Opal Harris. He spent the majority of his young life in Southwick and Kendrick, where he attended school and graduated.
On Jan. 4, 1952, he married the love of his life, Delores Medalen, in Coeur d'Alene. On Aug. 1, 1952, Gerald went to work for General Tire in Lewiston, and that began his lifelong career in the tire business, eventually becoming a zone and district manager for Les Schwab Tire Center in Lewiston.
When he wasn't working, Gerald was an avid golfer and enjoyed fishing for Kokanee and Chinook salmon at his cabin on Lake Coeur d'Alene. Gerald loved his friends and family and was happiest when spending time with them. He will truly be missed.
He is survived by his wife, Delores; his four children, Linda Gentry (Marvin) of Medford, OR, Duane Harris (Elaine) of Spokane Valley, WA, Keith Harris of Deer Lodge, MT, and Gerlene Hattan (Wayne) of Clarkston, WA; nine grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren.
A viewing for friends and family will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Monday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home, 920 21st Ave., Lewiston.
Clara Rogers, 84, born at Teakean
She passed away from Alzheimer's Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston, WA. Clara was born Aug. 16, 1929 in Teakean to Fred and Laura Sansom. Her childhood was spent living for a time at Captain John on the Snake River, Asotin and Centralia, WA.
Clara married Rodney Rogers in March of 1948 and moved to Enterprise, OR. They had three children, Ralph Rogers of Lewiston, Bert Rogers (deceased) and Steve Rogers of Clarkston.
In 1952, Clara and Rodney moved to Asotin and in 1954 bought the house in Clarkston where she resided until her death. Clara worked as a cook in the school systems, country club, Moose lodge and several area restaurants. She was well-known for her bite-size steak and pies.
Clara is survived by her husband, 2 sons, 7 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her second child, Bert Rogers; her mother and father, Laura and Fred Sansom; a sister, Gladys; and brothers, Albert Sansom and Vilas Sansom.
A graveside memorial will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 6 at Vineland Cemetery in Clarkston. A covered-dish dinner will follow at the Clarkston family home.
Merchant Memorial Group is caring for arrangements.
Josephine R. (Surry) Luper, 83, born in Orofino
Josephine R. (Surry) Luper passed away Sept. 22, 2013, in Lewiston after a brief battle with cancer. She was born March 19, 1930, in Orofino to Claude A. Surry and Ettna R. Surry. In her early years, Josephine resided in Stites and Clarkston, WA. She graduated from Clarkston High School in 1948. After high school, she worked at the local telephone office, attended one year of college at North Idaho College of Education. She married James N. Luper on April 7, 1951, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Clarkston. Together they raised six children, James Luper Jr., Richard Luper, Pamela Woods, Shelley Herinckx, Daniel Luper and Nicolette Luper. Josephine's primary profession was as a wife, mother and homemaker. After she got married, she worked part time as a bookkeeper at Clearwater Beverage Company and the family business, Carburetor and Electric Inc., for many years.
Josephine had a passion for cooking, entertaining and volunteering for various local charities. For many years, she was a member of the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, where she participated in Catholic Daughters and St. Mary's League and helped teach religious education classes to elementary children. She was a volunteer at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Auxiliary since 1973. In the early 1980s, she was a past chairwoman of the Idaho Hospital Association Auxiliary as a liaison for hospital volunteer organizations throughout Idaho. Josephine was very involved in the Nez Perce County 4-H programs as a group leader and judge, and she continued to work with the Idaho 4-H Foundation for several years. She also volunteered with the American Red Cross at local blood drives and supported her husband James with events and activities hosted by the Lewiston Lions Club and Lions Multiple District 19. Josephine enjoyed sharing her culinary skills by going to local schools as part of the Idaho Women for Agriculture "Bread in a Bag" program. When not volunteering, she loved to travel to the Oregon Coast and many other locations in Canada and the Western United States.
Josephine is survived by her husband, James N. Luper; children, James C. Luper and his wife Catherine (Grahn) Luper of Clarkston, Richard C. Luper and his wife Ramona (Martinez) Luper of Temecula, CA, Pamela J. Woods and her husband Tracy Woods of Vancouver, Shelley R. Herinckx and her husband Kevin Herinckx of Banks, OR, Daniel J. Luper and his wife Susan (Schmidt) Luper of Lewiston and Nicolette A. Luper of Oak Harbor, WA; , Christine D. Luper, Heather (Luper) Koppel, Brooks J. Luper, Richard J. Luper, Ramanda R. Luper, Kendra M. Herinckx, Thomas J. Luper and Michael J. Luper; great-grandchildren, Gavin Koppel and Claire Koppel; and sisters, Pauline Ausman and Evelyn Dashney. She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Ettna Surry; and sisters, Esther Thorpe, Ilene Scharnhorst and Deloris St. Marie.
A rosary and service will be at 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Lewiston. Memorial donations may be made in Josephine's name to the All Saints Catholic School and/or Nez Perce County 4-H Youth programs. Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Dorothy Jean (Taylor/Clark) Jones, 87, Orofino
On Nov. 19, 1925 Dorothy Jean was the first born of Walter Elry Taylor (Roy) and Iva Loretta Bates Taylor in Burley. They family grew to a total of eight. Being born into a farm/ranch family, Dorothy was not a big sister; she was also a second mother and teacher. She provided guidance with school studies and life lessons for her younger siblings. Dot or Dotty had a love of baseball and was better than most of the boys, talk about a hard hitter! She was also a fan of going fast whether or not it was around a diamond or on a horse. She loved hunting, hiking, fishing, riding horses, going out for hot fudge sundaes and crafting.
Dorothy was always a giving and caring person from an early age. At 8, she cared for children and kept house for the elderly in her community. At 16, she attended a business college in Weiser. While a student, she met then married Sheldon Russell. In 1944, a bubbly baby girl was the first of many gifts of God. Divorced, she remarried in 1947 to Harlan Duane Clark and moved to Twin Falls. From this marriage four more children blessed this couple. Sadly, she and Harlan divorced shortly after their last child was born.
When Dorothy's health began to fail, her two youngest children stayed with their oldest sister and her husband until she was able to care for them again. Her love for her children was, as she put it, "motivation" as she struggled with her health.
Dorothy once again tried marriage which ended also. Living in Twin Falls, she had raised the last of her children when her health once again changed her life. She moved to Orofino, making it her permanent home. She brought grace and love to all those that came into contact with her. Known as 'Grandma' to her church and community, Dorothy touched hearts and had a definitive impact on many lives.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents and three of her siblings. Her survivors are as follows; Dareline and Jim Routh, Pati Aslett, Ronald and Thiet Clark, Tami and Pete Rodriguez, and Wyly Clark (Jones); 10 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren; and all the 'grafted-in grandchildren she adopted through the years including Ronatta and Ryan, Mike and Michael, Beaver and Angie, Bill and family, Cherish and Levi, Summer, Matt Bridgett, and so many others it is impossible to be thorough.
Her faith in Jesus Christ enhanced the caring, giving and loving person she was. If you were fortunate enough to meet and get to know this woman, then you have been truly blessed. We will miss you, but look forward to seeing you again when the Lord calls us home also.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Sept 25, at the Orofino Tabernacle Church at 10 a.m.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Virgil Hale Evans, 77
Virgil Hale Evans, 77, of Lewiston, passed away Sept. 9, 2013, in Lewiston. He was born Jan. 19, 1936, to Herschel Hale Evans and Alice Naomi (Tillman) Fosket in Colfax, WA. While in high school he worked at Sears and the Auto Theatre. He graduated from Lewiston High School in 1955.
Virgil married Betty Mae (Stowers) Axtell Sept. 6, 1969, in Lewiston.
Virgil worked as a steeplejack for GP Kendell from 1955 to 1961; as a land surveyor for the State of Idaho Highway Department from 1961 to 1994 when he retired; and from 1994 to 2010 as a driver for various auto dealerships in Lewiston. He also worked as a bundle drop driver for the Lewiston Tribune from 2006 to August 2013.
He was a member of the Eagles Lodge and was in the Idaho National Guard.
He loved to fish for steelhead and catfish as well as play and teach cribbage to his children and grandchildren.
Virgil is survived by his wife, Betty Mae (Stowers) Evans of Lewiston; stepdaughter Shelon, aka Shelly Louise (Axtell) Chappell, and her children, Justen BradLee Chesnut, Jarica Shelon Chesnut and Marissa Danielle Chappell, all of Bainbridge, Island, WA; son Clinton Hale Evans of Clarkston, WA, and his children, Lauren Nicole Evans and Rebecca Lynn Evans, both of Lewiston, and Savanah Rae Evans of Clarkston; and three great-grandsons, Linken, Declan and Orian; brothers, Clayton Evans (Barbara) of Tyler, WA, and Stanley Evans (Marjorie) of Pierce; and sister Darlene Blackwell (Harold) of Lewiston. He was preceded in death by brother, Francis Evans, father, Herschel Evans, and mother, Alice (Tillman) Fosket.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 1104 Warner Ave., Lewiston. Memorial donations may be made to the Idaho Foodbank.
Michael Hebert, 62, formerly of Orofino
On Aug. 29, 2013, God called Mike home after a short and courageous battle with esophageal cancer, (GERD). He passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife and daughter.
Mike was born April 5, 1951, in Coeur d'Alene. He grew up on the family farm near Southwick. He graduated from Orofino High School in May 1969. After graduation, he moved to Lewiston and attended Lewis-Clark State College and graduated with an associate's degree in auto mechanics. While in college he met his wife, Charlene Steeley, and they were married on Dec. 4, 1970.
On May 12, 1977, they welcomed their daughter, Jamie, and on July 26, 1979, they welcomed their son, Jason.
Mike worked for Omark-CCI, now ATK, for six years, then started his lifelong career as a truck driver, working for Baker Truck Lines, then owning his own truck, Mike Hebert Trucking and finally driving for Dietrich and Sons (Nutter Corp.) until illness forced him to retire in June 2012.
Mike loved the outdoors, camping, hunting, four-wheeling, and snowmobiling up on the family farm and cabin in Soldiers Meadows. The last 18 years, he had a large garden and loved making his homemade salsa and his special hot pepper salt, which was in demand by family and friends. His last hobby was his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, taking day trips on weekends with wife and lifelong friends, Doug and Kris, and riding at every opportunity. Last, he loved spending time at home with his family and dogs, and listening to the oldies on Saturday night and reminiscing about the good old days.
Mike is survived by his beloved wife, Charlene (Char) of 42 years; daughter, Jamie (Jim) Maxwell, of Juliaetta; son, Jason (Natalie) Hebert of Lewiston, now residing in Brisbane, Australia; grandson, Casey St. Clair; granddaughter, Cassie St. Clair; and granddaughter, Taylor Hebert; his parents, Marjorie and Wallace Newman of Lewiston; mother-in-law, Olive Steeley; sister-in-law, Guyla Tiede; brother-in-law, Russell Steeley; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, plus his beloved dogs, Smokie and Flash.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Floyd and Flossie Dill; father-in-law, Guy Steeley; brother-in-law, Glen Tiede; and his beloved dog, Diesel.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at CrossPoint Alliance Church, 1330 Powers Ave., Lewiston; followed by burial at Lewis Clark Memorial Gardens and a reception at the church.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Association or the Lewis Clark Animal Shelter.
Linda L. Stadtmiller, 63, formerly of Orofino
Linda L. Stadtmiller, 63, of Lewiston, passed away Sept. 2, 2013, at her home. She was born April 30, 1950, to Mabel Foote McKenzie and Clarence Palmer in Orofino.
Linda married Leonard Stadtmiller in 1969 in Porterville, CA. She lived most of her life in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley and had a home day care and then worked at Lewiston Care Center, Orchards Nursing Home and retired from Royal Plaza in 1997. She met her lifelong partner, James McCartney, in 1979 and they were together for 34 years.
She is survived by her life partner, James McCartney of Lewiston; son Devin and Nicki Stadtmiller of Lewiston; grandchildren Jeremey, Connor and Cassidy, all of Lewiston; great-grandchildren Reyne and Afton, both of Lewiston; daughter Alicia Stadtmiller and Brian Winters of Portland, OR; grandson Logan Stadtmiller of Portland; brothers Brian Palmer and Sid Palmer, both of Lewiston; and sisters Brenda of Pullman and Judy of Clarkston. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mabel McKenzie; stepdad, Neil McKenzie; brothers, Rodney C. Palmer and Mike Palmer; sister, Freda (Palmer) Johnson; and brothers-in-law, Larry McCartney and Ron McCartney.
A private gathering will be held at a later date.