John William Cermak, Sr., 67, formerly of Orofino
John William Cermak Sr. was born March 25, 1946, to William Cermak and Ruth Jay in Everett, WA. He passed away from organ failure Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, surrounded by his children at his home in Clarkston, WA.
He grew up in Orofino and graduated from Orofino High School in 1964.
His first job was working for Watkins Grocery in Orofino. He also was a rescue diver for Clearwater County for a while and worked for Boeing in Seattle, WA.
He later worked heavy construction for several companies in the Operating Engineers Local 370, including MacGregor Triangle Co., Kiewit Construction, Murphy Brothers Inc., Quigg Bros., Goodfellow Bros., to name just a few. He worked on projects such as the Lewiston Hill, the levee from Clarkston to Chief Timothy State Park and Swallows Park to Asotin, Lower Granite Dam, Grand Coulee Dam's third powerhouse and Lookout Pass. He logged and built road in Clearwater Country for Kelly Kelso Logging Inc. and then Musselman Construction Co. until he medically retired in 1992.
On May 28, 1995, he received a heart transplant at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.
John married Sherry L. Farance in 1967. They had four children and later divorced. He married Pamela Good in 1986 and they later divorced.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Cindy Jean Cermak;, and his best friend and brother-in-law, Neal Oxford.
He is survived by his sisters, Rosalie Oxford of Galesburg, IL, and Lynn Robbeloth of Orofino; his children, John Cermak Jr. and wife Debbie of Lewiston, Darrell Cermak and wife Sherree of Lewiston and Anne Cermak and partner Mike Baker of Clarkston. He is also survived by his grandchildren, David and William Cermak of Lewiston; Jeremy, Jennifer and Scott Cermak of Lewiston; and Anthony and Olivia Baker of Clarkston.
John loved to camp in the backcountry and go rock hounding by himself or with his family. He also enjoyed hunting, gardening, woodwork, American Indian history, building roads and most of all, spending time with his family.
His awesome sense of humor, personality, smile and laugh will be greatly missed by those who knew him.
A very special thanks to transplant doctors Timothy Icenogle and David Sandler, coordinators Pam Hester and Paula Kaley of the Inland Northwest Thoracic Organ Transplant Program in Spokane, WA. He was proud to be part of your heart transplant family. Also a very special thanks to Dr. Garcia and the wonderful staff at Tri-State Dialysis, as well as Wasem's Pharmacy - you've all been a part of John's achievement of an amazing extra 18 years of life.
Cremation has taken place. At his request there will be no funeral. A memorial service and burial will be planned at a later date.
Memorials may be made in his name to the Inland Northwest Thoracic Organ Transplant Program at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, 105 W. Eighth Ave, Spokane, WA 99204.
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Marion James Kayler, 93, formerly of Peck
Marion James Kayler passed away Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, at Royal Plaza Care Center. He was 93 years old. Marion was a conservation farmer, timber manager, dairyman and a valued source of community history.
Marion was born Aug. 21, 1919, to James H. and Harriet Benscoter Kayler in Peck. Marion grew up on the family farm and graduated from Peck High School in 1937. He attended the University of Idaho before returning to the dairy and grain farm.
He married Helen Mae McNees of Parma on June 20, 1940, in Lewiston. As farmers, they made their home on Angel Ridge near Peck for 49 years. They retired in 1977. Following their retirement, they managed their timberland, traveled and spent winters in Arizona. Marion and Helen moved to Lewiston in 1989.
During the 1950s, Marion served two three-year terms on the board of supervisors of the Nez Perce County Soil and Water Conservation District and was a member of the State Board of Directors for four years. Marion also served on the Farmers Home Administration Board of Supervisors for three terms and was a charter member of the Nez Perce County Planning and Zoning Commission. He served as director of the Federal Land Bank Association in Lewiston from 1966 to 1977, served as director of Lewiston Grain Growers Inc. for nine years and was a member of the State Tree Farmer Committee for four years in the late 1970s.
Marion was a recipient of the Idaho State Grassman of the Year Award in 1957 and received the County Conservation Farmer of The Year Award in 1962. He and Helen were awarded the distinction of Outstanding Tree Farmers of The Year by the state of Idaho in 1983.
Marion and Helen were members of the Peck United Methodist Church and attended the Orchards Community Church upon moving to Lewiston. In his younger years, Marion was a leader for the 4-H Club, a member of the Peck Gun Club and a lifelong member of the Lewiston Elks Club.
As a well-known historian of the Nez Perce County and Peck area, he authored the book "Early Days in Big Canyon Country," which was published in 2006. His keen observations and talented pen brought alive a lifestyle now vanished into memories. Marion's hobbies included aerial photography, writing family history and sharing stories. He was a kind, generous and loving man who had great curiosity and enthusiasm about his many projects and interests.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Harriet Kayler; his wife, Helen; his sister, Josephine Duff; his nephew, James Gilbert; his son-in-law, Jerry Conley; and his grand-nephew, John Robert Kayler.
He is survived by his brother, John (Beverly) Kayler of Peck; his daughter, Janet Conley of Boise; his daughter, Susan (Bill) Kayler-Daley of Denver, CO; and grandchildren Mark (Ana) Conley of Seattle, WA, Wendy (Eric) McFarland of Boise, Ryan Daley of Denver, and Alison Daley of New York City, NY. He is also survived by four great-grandchildren, Ben and Sam McFarland and James and Elena Conley; two nephews, Jeff (Treva) Kayler of Peck, and Jack (Patti) Gilbert of Potlatch; and niece, Dixie Gilbert of Richland, WA.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Marion's memory be made to the John Kayler Loose Change Scholarship Fund (Orofino High School) to P.O. Box 157, Peck, ID 83545.
Edward Lee Peterson, 84, formerly of Headquarters
Surrounded by his loving family, our husband, dad, papa, and friend died on Aug. 16, 2013, at his home in Clarkston, WA.
Edward Lee Peterson was born Dec. 12, 1928, in Culbertson, MT, to Nova Ratledge and Eric Gustav Peterson. He attended school in Bainville and played baseball, football and basketball. He later moved with his family to Eugene, OR. He joined the U.S. Navy when he was 16 years old and was honorably discharged after three years.
After his time in the Navy, Ed moved to Headquarters, where he worked in the logging camps. During this time, he met Joan Marsh, who was spending the summer in Headquarters. He was instantly smitten. When summer ended, Joan went back to her home in Lewiston. Ed then made 200-mile round trips in order to court her. They were married Oct. 6, 1951, in Lewiston.
They made their home in Clarkston, where they raised their family.
Ed worked at Potlatch for many years until his retirement. He coached his children's baseball teams and was a scorekeeper for several years. He supported his children's and grandchildren's sports by attending their events and cheering them on.
He had many interests, including reading, working in his yard, crossword puzzles, sports, history, keeping up on current events and golf - especially golf. He was proud of the two holes-in-one that he achieved during his many years of playing golf.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents; stepdad, James Delaney; brothers, William and Walter; parents-in-law, Ben and Marcella Marsh; son-in-law, Daniel Porter; and sister-in-law, Sally Bowlds. He is survived by his wife, Joan; his children, David (Pete), Bob (Pret), Diane Porter, Roger and his wife, Marlene, Nadine and her husband, Ty Walters, Julie and her husband, Jerry Rogers, and Dale and his wife, Christine; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and his best friend, Kenny Schmidt. He is also survived by his four-legged buddies, Charlie and Nellie.
There will be a private graveside service followed by a celebration of Dad's life from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday at 1121 16th Ave., Clarkston.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Debbie from Hospice for her loving care, to Ann Marie for her moral support, and to Heidi for her massages that helped our dad feel so much better.
Dolores R. Waters, 82
Dolores R. Waters, 82, of Pomeroy, WA, died Aug. 17, 2013, at Garfield County Long Term Care. She was born March 10, 1931, to Tom Deaveny and Nola Lyda Deaveny in Asotin, WA. She was raised in Clarkston, WA, and graduated from Clarkston High School in 1949. She lived in Juliaetta for seven years and then moved to Clarkston, living there until 1972. Dolores lived in Spokane from 1972 to 2012, when she moved to Pomeroy to be near family.
She married Daniel Claasen in Clarkston right after high school; they later divorced. She married Wilburn (Muddy) Waters in Spokane, WA. He passed away in 1986. She was a homemaker all of her life and worked for a short time at Stockyards Inn and Catholic Services in Spokane.
Dolores is survived by her daughter, Deborah Hill and Bert of Lenore; son, Curtis Claasen and Julie of Pomeroy; granddaughter, Alicia Cummings and Sean of Seattle, WA; grandson, Seth Claasen and Andrea of Pomeroy; great-granddaughter, Charlee Belle Cummings; great-grandson, Chase Cummings of Seattle; and great-granddaughter, Camryn Claasen of Pomeroy. She was preceded in death by her second husband, Wilburn (Muddy) Waters; mother, Nola Jones; father, Tom Deaveny; and stepfather, Ray C. Jones.
A memorial Mass is being celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 634 High St., Pomeroy. Father Robert Turner of Pomeroy will officiate. Memorial donations may be made to Garfield County Hospital c/o HUGS, 66 N. Sixth St., Pomeroy.
Dr. Linden John Bishop, MD, 62, Orofino
Our beloved husband, father, brother and friend, Linden Bishop passed quietly from this world on Aug. 18, 2013 at Univerity of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City, UT.
Linden was born in Council on Feb. 1, 1951 to Harold O. and Mary E. Bishop. He was the fifth of six children and spent his life making memories on their Clear Creek Ranch.
Linden married Catherine Schoen Oct. 3, 1978 and they had two children Amber Jean and Ashley Linden Schoen . Following his divorce, Linden met Diana Rung at a singles outing. They were married on the beautiful day of Aug. 18, 1990 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Helena, MT. From that day forward for the next 23 years exactly, their lives were intertwined. They made a special addition to their family by adopting Brandon John who was born in Vladivostok, Russia.
Linden was raised at the family ranch and received great enjoyment caring for the cattle, helping with the family garden, working in the hay fields, hunting, fishing and roaming the surrounding mountains. His interest in medicine began as a child when he cared for animals in distress on the ranch; Pepto-Bismol for a sick dog and a hot toddy for a suffering cow were his early treatments.
Linden financed his education at the University of Idaho working as a logger, fisheries researcher and fireman. He graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed his residency at Morgantown, WV. Linden loved his career as a Family Practice and Emergency Room Physician and had a great passion for medicine and learning. He touched the hearts of his patients because he was willing to take time to help them understand and let them know he cared.
Linden took great joy spending time with his immediate and extended family. He loved driving his jet boat on Dworshak Reservoir, swimming and floating the rivers and creeks of the Clearwater valley, hiking with the Boy Scouts, attending hunting camp with his brothers and cousins, as well as skiing and motor biking with his children.
Linden is survived by his dedicated wife, Diana; his mother, Mary Bishop; brothers, Dennis (Jerrie Ann) Bishop, David (Louise) Bishop , Rocky (Crysti) Bishop; sister, Mary Jane (Don) Fluharty; sons Ashley and Brandon; and daughter, Amber.
Linden was preceded in death by his father, Harold O. Bishop, and sister, Kathryn Maie.
Dr. Bishop was truly blessed to live his dream and leaves a legacy of living life to the fullest, healing and caring for others. He was a hero, a leader and deeply loved - our lives will never be the same without him. He will be missed more than words can express.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24 at St. Theresa's Catholic Church located at 446 Brown in Orofino with Rosary beginning at 10:30 a.m. and Mass at 11 a.m. followed by a dinner for family and friends.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinic Foundation, 301 Cedar Street, Orofino ID, 83544.
Janet Louise Steiner, 71, Orofino
Janet Louise Steiner of Orofino passed away Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 at Clearwater Valley Hospital. She was 71.
There will be a graveside service Friday, Aug. 16 at Sanders Cemetery off of Wells Bench Rd. at noon.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Marie Green, 93, Orofino
Marie Green of Orofino passed away Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 at Kindred Healthcare in Lewiston. She was 93.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Merle Loseth, 77, Orofino
Mildred "Merle" Loseth, loving wife, mother, grandmother, friend to many, and life-long resident of the Orofino area passed away peacefully on Sunday the 11th of August, 2013 at the age 77. Merle was comfortable in her passing, surrounded by her family, after a courageous 16-month fight against lung cancer.
Merle was born Feb. 6, 1936, in Ahsahka to Andrew J. and Dorothy M. Bryant Bobbitt. She married John Douglas Loseth on Dec. 31, 1956, in Orofino and they spent the next 54 years living in the family residence on Riverside Avenue, where he had lived since age five before passing away in 2010. Merle remained living in the Loseth family home until her passing.
Merle grew up on the family farm on Crow Bench before moving to Peck at the age of seven in 1943. As a young girl she helped her mother as a switch board operator for the Peck telephone exchange for Interstate Telephone and General Telephone Co., which was in her home until 1953, when it became part of the Orofino exchange.
Merle attended elementary school in Peck and attended junior high and senior high school in Orofino, graduating from Orofino High School in 1953.
After graduating from high school she went to work in the business office for Speer Cartridge Works in Lewiston. She took bookkeeping classes and continued as secretary/bookkeeper at Speer until 1955, when she returned to Orofino to work in the accounting department at the State Hospital North.
Merle began a 35 year career with the Clearwater Valley Hospital in 1960 as head bookkeeper and soon after she became the hospital's office manager. She then served as acting administrator in 1963 before becoming business manager.
In 1968, while raising her active family and serving as business manager, she completed a year-long course on Hospital Administration offered through the University of California and administered by Boise State College. She spent many weekends in Boise and many nights studying to complete this training which helped her to advance in management at Clearwater Valley Hospital.
In 1969 she was promoted to the position of Administrator of Clearwater Valley Hospital, which she held for 25 years until her retirement in 1994. Merle's vision for the hospital was well received and the hospital flourished under her watch.
She worked collaboratively with many staff members, doctors, health professionals and organizations over the years leading the hospital to new levels of professionalism that saw the addition many new services such as physical therapy, respiratory therapy, home health, hospice and on-site emergency room physicians for the residents of Clearwater County.
Her last major initiative was a $1.28 million Capital Campaign drive. The drive, which included donated labor, equipment, and volunteer time in the true Orofino "Maniac" spirit, resulted in the construction of a clinic and administrative offices at the hospital that brought doctors, other health care workers and medical services under one roof. The construction also brought a birthing room and the remodeling of the hospital's interior, bringing it into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The new addition to Clearwater Valley Hospital, say those who worked with Merle, was a tribute to her untiring determination to bring the best health care possible to the upper Clearwater River region.
Merle served concurrently as the Clearwater Valley Hospital Administrator, the Medical Park Clinic Administrator, the Kooskia Medical Clinic Administrator and the Administrator of a Kamiah home health care office in her final working years.
Merle was well respected by her peers and spent many long hours making sure the Clearwater Valley Hospital took good care of its patients and that it took good care of the staff and doctors associated with the hospital.
In addition to her work at the hospital, she was active in a number of related health care organizations. She spent 14 years volunteering for and served as the Chairwoman of the Idaho Hospital Association, served three terms on the Board of Directors of Blue Cross of Idaho, was active in the Orofino Chamber of Commerce, worked with Idaho Emergency Medical Services and helped establish the North Idaho Consortium for Continuing Health Education.
Merle was instrumental in the passage of legislation allowing rural Idaho hospitals to establish medical clinics. She also helped spearhead the establishment of home health, hospice, the Clearwater Valley Hospital Foundation serving as a Board Member and the Hospital Auxiliary serving several terms as President.
Merle enjoyed singing with the Clearwater Choraliers. The group was formed in the early 1970's and Merle traveled with the group many times to area cities to perform in concerts. The Clearwater Choraliers later became the Orofino Community Choir and she was an active member of the choir until her passing. She served as the Treasurer for many years and was honored for her many years of choir membership and involvement at the spring 2013 concert series.
Merle was a member of Chapter CD of PEO, the Fine Gold Good Sam's Club, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Ladies Auxiliary, and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. She especially enjoyed time spent with her Bunco Group and her Lunch Bunch. She also enjoyed sewing and made ribbon winning quilts.
Merle was a great friend to have and was loyal in visiting with her friends, helping sick friends, assisting friends with transportation to and from appointments, getting them to the airport for travel, or to just lend an ear to a friend in need.
Merle especially loved her grandchildren. Merle and John took their grandkids on many camping trips and motor home excursions. She loved attending their many school sports activities, dance recitals, school educational events and summer baseball and softball games.
She is survived by her brother Dale and his wife Peggy in Spokane, WA; son Pat and his wife Diane in Clarkston, WA and their children Shawnna and husband Steven, Andrew and Keeton; and son Chris and his wife Lori in Asotin, WA and their children David, Caitlin and Erik. She also is survived by her many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband John, she was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Joe and an infant sister.
Please join in the celebration of her life at her memorial service in Orofino at the Pine Hills Funeral Chapel at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, immediately followed by a lunch at the Clearwater County Senior Citizen's Center across the street from the funeral home. There will be a burial service at the Riverside Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.
Memorials, in lieu of flowers, can be sent to P.O. Box 82, Orofino, ID 83544 for either the Clearwater Valley Hospital Auxiliary or the Orofino Community Choir.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.