Phyllis Louise Bell, 71, Peck
Phyllis Louise Bell went to be with her Heavenly Father on June 24, 2013. She was surrounded by her loving family.
Phyllis was born on Nov. 30, 1941 to Frank and Ellen West in Orofino. She grew up in Peck and was the youngest of four children.
She met the love of her life, Robert Bell, and they were married Sept. 13, 1960.
They have four children: Ron (Gail) Bell of Meridian; Randy Bell of Las Vegas, NV; Brenda (Jeff) Anthony of Crowley, TX and Barb Bell of Lewiston. They also have two granddaughters: Shandi and Rhiannon; three grandsons: Casey, Shane and Cody; two great-granddaughters: Topaz and Wednesday and one great-grandson, Jaden. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Frances.
Phyllis worked for the Orofino School District and Kayler's Tree Farm in Peck for many years and never missed a day of work. She also babysat many of the local kids which she really enjoyed.
She also enjoyed warm sunny days in her backyard, anything and everything to do with Elvis, the family dog, Snowball and she especially enjoyed contests. She won many things over the years for her efforts.
Her grandchildren were the jewels in her life. She had an extra special bond with her first grandchild, Shandi.
Phyllis is survived by her husband, Bob of Peck; her children; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; sister, Maxine of Lewiston; brother, Ellis of Peck; numerous in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff and residents at Clearwater Health and Rehab and the Clearwater Valley Hospital for their support, compassion and care.
A private family graveside service is being held. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.
Joyce Lavon Harrington, 71, Lenore
Joyce Lavon Harrington passed away at her home at Lenore on June 24, 2013 due to complications from cancer.
Joyce was born to Nicholas J. Leopoldus and Sarah (Weitzel) Leopoldus on Feb. 27, 1942. From that moment on she lived her life with Strength, Grace and Dignity. Even with the ravaging toll this terrible disease brings she was able to maintain her Strength, Grace and Dignity.
In 1960 Joyce graduated from Lakewood High School in Lakewood, CO. After high school she attended Colorado State University in Ft. Collins for one year, transferred to Lamar Tech in Beaumont, TX for a year, and then came back to CSU to finish her education, earning her B.A. degree in Biology.
In 1965 Joyce Lavon Leopoldus and Robert M. (Mike) Harrington were married in Lakewood, CO. To this marriage three children were born, Cynthia Lynn, Angela May and Robert Eugene. It is because of her natural mothering abilities that they grew up to be superb adults.
Joyce and Mike gathered up the youngsters and moved to Lenore in 1978. Although she had always enjoyed outdoor activities, Joyce was able to whet her appetite for hunting and fishing, especially for steelhead. Joyce worked as a substitute teacher for Orofino Schools for 25 years and was still able to find time to fish at Lenore and hunt the surrounding area. She was well known for her fishing and hunting skill.
Joyce was a wonderful person to love and be loved by. She will surely be missed by many. Joyce was preceded in death by her father Nicholas J. Leopoldus and mother, Sarah (Weitzel) Leopoldus. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Mike Harrington; children: Cindy Merriman and Jim, Angie Montambo and Gene Harrington; one sister: Beverly Karges and Bob; two brothers: Nick Leopoldus and Enid and Dick Leopoldus; five grandchildren and five great grand children ; mother-in-law, Irene Harrington; sister-in-law, Leah Struck.
In Lieu of flowers in her Memory, memorial donations may be made to Orofino American Legion Baseball at Lewis Clark Credit Union in Orofino or by mail at American Legion Baseball P.O. Box 1417 Orofino, ID 83544.
The family would like to extend thanks to Dr. Shah, the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Hospice and Sister Margie.
Cremation has taken place and at her request no services will be held.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.
Marva Woollett, 71
Marva Ann Carpenter Woollett passed on to Jesus at 12:15 a.m. June 16, 2013, at the age of 71, after a long battle with cancer. The love of my life and the mother of children Gail Ann and Robert Lewis, she was like a mother to her nieces and many of Rob's friends. She was born Marva Ann Carpenter Aug. 31, 1941, in Portland, OR., to Everrett (Red) and Velma (Dot) Carpenter. She was the youngest of five sisters and was everybody's baby. Her tiny stature earned her the nickname Punky; it was a name that stuck with her all of her life. Do not let the name or her small size fool you, because she had a heart as big as the outdoors. She was fearless and enjoyed activities such as stock car racing at Lewiston Speedway with her best friend, sister and lifelong soulmate, Sue Spring. They shared an extraordinary bond and were inseparable right until her moment of passing.
Every summer you could find her at their favorite mountain area of Elk River. She spent her time there camping, fishing and riding her four-wheeler with her husband of 53 years and her grandchildren, Janevea Marie and Jacci Ann Woollett and Joshhya. She married Gary Woollett Nov. 21, 1959.
She is survived by her husband, Gary Woollett; son, Rob, and wife, Jean; granddaughters, Janevea and Jacci, all of Lewiston; sisters, Sue Spring and husband Ed of Lewiston, Evelyne Fish of Iron River, MI., and Dora Nelson and husband Norman of Oakland, OR; nieces, Vicki Frazier and Deborah Clark of Milton-Freewater, OR; along with numerous other nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Gail Ann; her mother; father; and sister, Norma Jakes.
She was loved by everyone who knew her and will be missed by many and always loved. Godspeed little lady.
A memorial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 29 at the 49ers Club located on Tammany Creek Road in Lewiston.
Laverne Coulthard, 90, formerly of Orofino
On Friday, June 14, 2013, our beloved husband, father and grandpa left this world to be in a far better place. He is in peace, yet he leaves behind a family who will miss him greatly.
He was born Nov. 23, 1922, in Chadron, NB., to Homer and Leona Coulthard. They had a good life there until the Great Depression came along. When that happened, they sold all they could and loaded up the Model A Ford and headed west. Dad always said the reason they settled in Clark Fork, Idaho, was because they ran out of gas and money there.
They survived the first year in many ways because of the kindness of others. They were given the use of a log cabin by a local man named Sam Owen. They eventually moved to Hope, Idaho, and settled there.
During the summertime he would work for the U.S. Forest Service and the railroad, along with helping his family to put food on the table by hunting and fishing. In 1941, he graduated from Hope High School. He and another student tied for valedictorian; however, he volunteered for salutatorian so he wouldn't have to give a speech.
After high school he attended the Kinman Business School in Spokane, WA. He left there to take a construction job in Tillamook, OR, later going to work at the Farragut Basic Training Facility. After a short while, he headed out for the Portland, OR, shipyards as a welder.
Not wanting to wait for the draft after the war started, Verne and a buddy of his decided to join the U.S. Navy. However, the Navy recruiting office was closed, so they went across the hall to the Marine recruiting office. His buddy passed the test but Verne, failed as he had always had a problem with high blood pressure. The recruiter told him that if he really wanted to join, he could go home and eat lemons ... and nothing else ... and come back tomorrow. That's what he did and the next day he was a Marine!
He served in the Pacific campaigns of Saipan, Tinian, Tarawa and the Mariana Islands. He finished his corps duties with the occupation of Japan and was honorably discharged Jan. 16, 1946.
He returned to Hope, and in the spring he started doing some painting and construction work. In the fall he started at the University of Idaho but decided schoolwork wasn't for him, so he turned again to construction work at the Hanford project in Richland, WA.
On Dec. 27, 1948, he and Betty L. McChesnie (whom he had known since school days in Hope) were married in Coeur d'Alene. They have two daughters, Audrey (Daryl) Dammon and Kathy (Tom) Greene, and one son, Verne Coulthard, all of Lewiston.
He began working for the Credit Bureau in Lewiston, later working in Grangeville, then in Orofino. He returned to Lewiston, where the couple purchased their first and last home.
In 1962, he opened Western Adjustment Bureau, working there until retiring in October 1988.
Retirement years were spent traveling and enjoying outdoor activities with family and friends. Fishing, hunting, camping, boating and Lewis-Clark State College baseball were among his favorite things.
He was always proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The joy they brought to him through their activities and accomplishments was immeasurable.
A great jokester and storyteller was he. He loved telling stories (especially to his grandchildren). The stories could either be fictional or true (or most likely an embellishment of the truth).
He brought joy and laughter to all through his antics and sense of humor.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Betty and Mary Ann.
He is survived by his immediate family; grandchildren Chad, Keith and Brett Dammon, Ryan, Kyle and Clay Greene, and Emily Coulthard; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Marge (Bruce) Colwell of Coeur d'Alene, together with numerous nieces and nephews, including Steve Berntson of Tacoma, WA who joined the U.S. Marine Corps following in the "footsteps of his unc," whom he adored from the time he could follow in his footsteps. They hunted and fished and shared the bond of being a proud Marine.
He remained a faithful member of the nondenominational worldwide fellowship of Christians, and enjoyed all visits and spiritual encouragement. His faith in God and Christ was a prominent turning point in his life, and made life more meaningful for him.
The family would like to thank all at the Veterans Home who took care of Verne. We value and appreciate your care, kindness and the love that was shown to him and our family.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations may be made to the Idaho State Veterans Home or a valley food bank of your choice.
Services for Laverne were Tuesday at Mountain View Funeral Home in Lewiston. Burial will be Wednesday at the Hope Cemetery.
Jack L. Grove, 78
Jack L. Grove of Lewiston passed away Friday, June 14, 2013, after a diagnosis and a brief illness of pancreatic cancer. He was born June 4, 1935, in Kamiah. He was the son of Lewis and Florence Grove; he entered this world being delivered by his Norwegian grandmother.
His parents moved many times throughout his school years, so he completed his education in many different schools. Jack had many interests during his lifetime. Some of his interests in earlier years included boxing and bareback riding. He also enjoyed owning and exercising race horses. Throughout his later years camping, gardening and boating became big portions of his life.
Jack had many different places he liked to camp, but one of his favorites was the North Fork. While he was there he loved fishing for trout, riding four-wheelers, relaxing and spending time with family. He loved just taking in all of the surroundings.
One of Jack's enjoyments was planting flowers and spending time at home and traveling with his wife Carol. When he wasn't home working, he had another piece of property where he planted many different fruit trees and two different gardens that he enjoyed tending to and watching grow. He kept things well-manicured.
Jack and his boat, the Canyon Cajun, were a well-known sight on the Snake and Clearwater rivers. You could always count on him to be doing some sort of fishing, whether it was sturgeon, bass, steelhead or salmon. He had many early trips where he was one of the first guys to be out on the Clearwater, headed to his favorite fishing hole in the dark.
His parents; brother, Rex, and sister, Judy, preceded him in death.
He is survived by wife, Carol; three sons, Terry, Rex and Kelley; five grandchildren, Stacy, Stephanie, Chandler, Taylor and Jessica; and one great-grandchild, Alex; sister Gloria Syth (Dave) of Deer Park; and nieces, Gina Connors and Jodi Johnson; and nephews, Jerry Campbell and Artie Gallant; and numerous cousins.
We take this opportunity to thank Dr. Weiland, Dr. Driver, Dr. Mirzaei and the Tri-State Memorial Hospital staff for their kindness and wonderful care. We also extend a big thank you to the Royal Plaza staff for their exceptional care and kindness.
Jack has been cremated and there will be no services at his request, but he thanks his family and friends for making life great. I think he might say to you, "You need one life to learn and the next to live."
Bradley Ray Huffman, 22, Cavendish
Our hearts were broken when our son, Bradley Ray Huffman, died in his sleep June 14, 2013 of natural causes. An autopsy is underway. He was born Nov. 21, 1990 in Lewiston, ID to Doug and Julie (Seeley) Huffman and two older sisters, Amy and Lisa. Brad grew up on the family farm in Cavendish, helping with the farm work from the time he could walk.
Brad attended Cavendish Elementary School before going to Orofino for junior high and high school. He won the OJHS (Orofino Junior High School) geography bee in both seventh and eighth grades and participated in the state geography bee both years. He also won the District 171 spelling bee in eighth grade and competed in the regional spelling bee in Lewiston. He ran track for six years and qualified for state in the 800 meter three times. Brad was also involved in 4-H throughout his school years. He took several AP (advanced placement) classes in high school and graduated as a Valedictorian of Orofino High School in 2009.
Bradley attended the University of Idaho and majored in Plant Science while working for the university Wheat Breeding Program. He graduated in December 2012 and took a job in U of I Mustard and Canola Breeding, although he was still involved with the wheat breeding team.
Brad enjoyed farming, gardening, photography, hunting, and fishing. He returned to the family farm most weekends and enjoyed going for long walks with his dog, Kanobi.
He is survived by his parents at the family home; sister ,Amy (Nathan) Faragher and nephew Jared Faragher of Orem, UT; and sister, Lisa Huffman of Kent, WA. He is also survived by his paternal grandfather, Lowell Huffman, of Cavendish, his maternal grandmother, Shirley Seeley, of Orofino, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. His paternal grandmother, Ellen Huffman, and his maternal grandfather, Bud Seeley, preceded him in death.
There will be a service Saturday, June 22 at 11 a.m. at the Best Western - Lodge at River's Edge in Orofino, followed by a luncheon.
Memorial donations may be made to the Cavendish Elementary PTA, 455 Middle Road, Lenore, ID 83541 or the Orofino High School Track Program, 300 Dunlap Road, Orofino, ID 83544.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory are caring for arrangements.
Bettye Ruth (Judd) Meinecke, 81, formerly of Orofino
Bettye Ruth (Judd) Meinecke, 81, of Lewiston, passed away June 5, 2013, in Lewiston. She was born Jan. 28, 1932, to Fred E. Judd and Blanche (Stewart) Judd in Kooskia. She attended elementary schools in the Tri-Cities, WA and Genesee. She graduated from Lewiston High School in 1950 and the University of Idaho in 1954.
She married Jack Fairley Aug. 24, 1954. The marriage later ended in divorce. She married Henry M. (Hank) Meinecke Nov. 19, 1976, and they were still married at the time of her death. He was the love of her life and they had more than 40 years together.
Bettye lived in St. Louis, MO, after her marriage in 1954 and taught school while Jack was in dental school. She then lived in Fairbanks, AK, from 1957 to 1960, where her children were born. She then moved to Orofino and lived there until their divorce in 1973, when she moved back to Lewiston, where she has lived ever since. She was a housewife and mother in Orofino and worked part time at Jack's dental office. When she came back to Lewiston she took over ownership of her dad's bar, The Silver Dollar, and was an owner/bartender there until retirement in 1995.
Bettye was a city councilor in Orofino in the late 1960s, a member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority at the U of I and was a member of the Episcopalian religion. She always loved to swim and taught her children to love and respect the rivers! In her younger years she was athletic and played tennis and golf. She enjoyed trap shooting, bowling and camping as well. Later on in life she enjoyed golf, darts, crocheting and was an avid reader. Gardening was also another one of her hobbies and she had a large vegetable garden. She had beautiful flower gardens and flower pots and loved all flowers. She also enjoyed canning and making jams, jellies, fruits and veggies. She always made pickles in her grandmother's crockpot.
She was a great wife, mother and friend and we will dearly miss her.
She is survived by her husband, Hank Meinecke; son, Scott F. Fairley; and daughter, Lynn L. Fairley, all of Lewiston. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Per her request, there will be no services. Cremation has taken place. Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Family Hospice, the Salvation Army or the family asks that you plant some flowers.
Please sign the online guest book at www.vassar-rawls.com.
Michael S. Hanson, Sr., 66, formerly of Orofino
Michael (Fishman) Stewart Hanson Sr. left us Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d'Alene resulting from ongoing health complications. Michael was born Aug. 27, 1946, in Long Beach, CA, to Lloyd Eugene Hanson and Lucille Christine Hanson.
Michael spent his youth growing up in Long Beach. He loved surfing, fishing and the lifestyles that coincided with the California sun. He graduated from Robert A. Millikan High School in 1964. He then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1965-1967, during which time he completed a tour in Vietnam. Returning home from Vietnam, he soon met Pamela Suzanne Gillies, and they were married March 8, 1968. They had five children together and were married for 21 years until they divorced in 1989.
Through the late 1960s and early '70s, Michael and his family lived in Rogue River, OR, where Michael was a river guide and avid fisherman. In 1973, Michael and his family moved to Alaska, where he worked on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. After his work on the pipeline, he and his family stayed in Alaska. Michael spent the rest of the time in Alaska working part time and odd jobs and also did what he loved and did best, he simply fished.
By 1981, Michael and his family lived in Idaho, where he spent the remainder of his life. He lived in towns such as Riggins, Cottonwood, Grangeville, Kooskia, Orofino, and finally Lewiston, as long as he could be close to the Salmon or Clearwater rivers. From 2007 to 2010 he lived lakeside in Oklahoma, enjoying the best of the Oklahoma outdoors.
He loved fishing and later adopted the name "Fishman" or "Fishman Mike"; he even had "Fishman" tattooed on his right arm. He commonly would walk into stores and local fishing shops being greeted "hey Fishman" or "what's it going to be today, Fishman?" Michael adored fishing steelhead in the local rivers. He particularly loved the Clearwater River and angled her banks for many years. Fishing was a love and his passion, a passion he loved to share and taught his children, grandchildren, and the many friends in his life. Michael had an exuberant and colorful personality. He was friends with anyone who would share a conversation and genuinely loved people. Michael didn't care about your reputation, only your character. Besides family, friends and fishing, Fishman Mike loved many things including music, writing poetry, wrapping fishing rods and laughter whenever possible. Michael's happiness came easy, as long as he had loved ones, a fishing rod close by and some Bob Dylan or Van Morrison to help carry the day, he was happy. As a father, grandfather, brother, son, and a friend, Michael will be infinitely missed, but has left us with the memory of his ever-present smile and the warm place he has created in our hearts that we will forever cherish.
Michael is survived by his five children: his daughters, Janae Christine Lavendusky of Lewiston, Renee Kathleen Hanson of Seattle, WA and Tracy Rebecca Hanson of Syringa; and his sons, Michael Stewart Hanson Jr. of White Bird and Jeremiah John Peter Hanson of Lewiston. Michael was especially proud to be a grandfather and cherished the seven grandchildren who survive him. Michael is also survived by his mother, Lucille Christine Maddox of St. George, UT; and his stepfather, Billy Winn Maddox of St. George; his brother, Jeffrey Lloyd Hanson of St. George; and his sister, Jane Kathleen Brown of St. George. Michael was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd Eugene Hanson.
A memorial service and dinner will commence at 3 p.m. Monday at the Elks Lodge in Lewiston. Colorful attire is encouraged. Cremation and other arrangements are being provided by Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home. Michael's ashes will be distributed along various locations of the Clearwater River, as per his wishes. In lieu of flowers, please make donations at Twin River National Bank to the Mike Fishman Hanson Youth Steelhead Fund. These funds will be used by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game for the youth steelhead fishing clinics.