Mikray G. M. Moser, 19
(Sept. 28, 1995 - Sept. 30, 2014)
On a rainy day in September 1995, God blessed our family with a unique and pure soul, Mikray George Morris Moser. From the beginning, he was always climbing to new heights. He would climb doorjambs, then trees. As a toddler, he was under the constant supervision of his sister, Mallori, which would cause a disturbance as he did not always want to go where she thought he should. Just prior to his second birthday, he was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder that required a bone marrow transplant. His sister stepped up and gave him what he needed. He never slowed down.
Upon starting the first day of kindergarten, while his mother had concerns, in true form, Mikray turned before leaving and gave her a thumbs up - just as he did on his graduation day. He has always been a fighter, not one of those who caused trouble. The one that fights for good, he was the red Power Ranger or the Robin Hood in video games. Against his mother's pleas, he liked war and battle games.
Mikray loved playing soccer and would play both seasons in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley, even with a broken arm. When you're blessed with a father of 6 feet 7 inches, Mikray grew tall. He played basketball into high school, but jumping was what he really liked. He had great practice as our family went through two trampolines. He would jump from one piece of furniture to another; jump over fences or onto buildings. So when track season came, he joined the team in all the jumping events.
Mikray was a member of 4-H. He took market lamb and horse projects. He came away with knowledge, public service and many friends. Mikray enjoyed cars, engines and motorcycles, and any medium that can be tinkered with, disassembled and reassembled. Like many young men, it gave him freedom. He had a 1970 Nova as a project car. Many plans were made about how to finish it. He ended up driving a Firebird his senior year. Learning seemed easy for Mikray. He rarely studied but graduated with honors. His senior project was to build a fast gaming computer at reasonable cost. True to form, two hours after parts arrived, Mikray had his computer built at one-third of the cost. He planned on getting a computer engineering degree through the U.S. Air Force until he was diagnosed with cancer last October.
Mikray had a sense of humor that he shared. He avoided negativity. He considered himself a Christian, a shy person and a man of few words. Mikray shared himself to his close friends. During this last year, Mikray showed everyone including his family how to live. Not one complaint or self-pity did this man give. He looked for a better world and never gave up hope.
He is survived by his parents, Morla and Mike; sister, Mallori; grandparents, Morla Rice, Eldon (Velma) Rice, and Marilyn Moser; uncle and aunt Mark and Lisa Moser; cousins Haylin and Mikayla Moser; and close friends Garett Uhlorn, Jacob Mellick, Teno Murillo and Taylor McConnell.
Please make any memorial donations to the Jackson Pay It Forward Foundation.
A celebration of Mikray's life will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Sweeney Track at Vollmer Bowl on Normal Hill in Lewiston.
Kelvin Ray Byers, 76
Kelvin Ray Byers passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, Sept. 27, 2014, on the 56th anniversary of marriage with his surviving wife, Helen. He was 76 years old. They raised two children together in Lewiston, Larry Byers and Tammy McKeirnan.
Kelvin was born to Delbert and Emma (Perry) Byers on Sept. 26, 1938, in Avon, along with his twin brother, Melvin. They would later be joined by the birth of their sister, Judy Enger. The Byers family grew up in the Avon, Deary and Bovill area, and all the siblings went to Deary High School.
Kelvin worked at the Idaho Transportation Department for 36 years and retired when he turned 55. His favorite hobbies included boating, fishing, gardening, woodworking, traveling and spending time with his wife up at the cabin on the Freeman Creek area of Dworshak Lake.
Kelvin was a hard-working, honest and family loving man. He had a good sense of humor and was well liked by many who he came in contact with in his life. He is well known for his quick wit and boastful laughter. He especially adored his grandchildren, Matthew Byers and Danielle McKeirnan. He also enjoyed working on projects with his son-in-law, Danny McKeirnan.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Orchards Community Church, 822 Bryden Ave., Lewiston. Please sign the online guestbook at www.mtviewfuneralhome.com.
Helen M. Steiner, 84 Orofino
Helen M. Palmer, was born Dec. 25, 1929 in Denver, CO to Anna and OB Palmer, went to be with the Lord on Sept. 27, 2014.
Helen and her parents moved to Orofino in 1935, and later living in Kooskia and then Weippe where she spent most of her youth and graduated from Jr. /Sr. High school. While in school, Helen was very sports minded. She played softball as catcher, pitcher and first base, basketball as first string guard and ping pong where she was champion for three years. Between sports and school, Helen also worked on the green chain for Battles Saw Mill in Weippe.
Other jobs she held included service station attendant, assistant postmaster, private ironing and accounting. The family then moved to Orofino and then to Seattle, WA, where Helen worked as a banker. She met and married Dallas Seaver in 1950 and they moved to Indiana. They had two girls, Darla and Janet. This marriage ended in divorce and she moved back to Orofino, where she met an old acquaintance, Lee Steiner, from her early school days in Grangemont. Helen and Lee married in 1958 and they had two sons, Randy and Terry. Helen also acquired two stepchildren, Brock & Teena, who she thought of as her own. Lee passed away at the Veteran's Home in Lewiston on Jan. 1, 2005.
In Orofino, Helen worked at Hanson Garage and for Clem Secaur Accounting at tax time. She went to work for Hans Wetter Insurance and was still there when Hans left and Earl Picket took over. Then Greg Kimberling bought it from Earl and she worked for Greg until retiring due to her health issues. She also owned and operated a ceramic shop with the help of her daughter Darla for 14 years. Helen loved her family very much and enjoyed having them around.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Ralph and grandson, Travis Leddige.
Helen is survived by her children: Darla and Mike McGee, Janet and Tim Overman, Randy Steiner, Terry Steiner, Brock and Liz Steiner, and Teena and Rod Gortsema and 11 grandkids and 12 great-grandkids.
A funeral service will be held Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel with burial to follow at Orofino Riverside Cemetery.
Helen was an amazing woman-a true angel from God. He saw how tired she was and took her home. She was loved so much and will be truly missed. We love you Mom!
Frances I. Wilson, 86, formerly of Bobbitt Bench, Orofino
Frances I. Wilson, age 86, died peacefully with her family by her side Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Guardian Angel Homes in Lewiston.
Frances was born the daughter of Pink and Freda Greer on March 20, 1928, in Lewiston. She was the youngest of five children. Prior to graduating from Clarkston High School in 1946, she grew up on the Bobbitt Bench near Peck. In 1948, Frances married Gerald (Jerry) Wilson in Orofino. They started their married life in Peck, where daughter Marilyn was born in 1950 and son Gale was born in 1952. Jerry commuted to Orofino, where he worked for Stoddard Electric as an electrician. Soon after the birth of Gale, they moved to Orofino, where Jerry continued to work as an electrician while pursuing his love of flying on nights and weekends as a backcountry bush pilot. Flying was the love of Jerry's life, and Frances was there to provide support on the homefront. Always striving to be the perfect wife, and the perfect mother, she did everything from raising two children to providing lighting with the headlights of her car for Jerry's nighttime landings. She always prioritized the importance of family first. Her job was to take care of the family, and she did it well.
In June 1959, the family moved to Lewiston, when Jerry purchased interest in Hillcrest Aircraft Company.
Frances loved her home, with gardening and cooking being of great importance to her. Many have been the recipients of Frances' garden vegetables, homemade bread and pies. She loved to bake, and Jerry always enjoyed the bottomless chocolate chip cookie jar.
In an effort to keep the neighborhood up to her standards, she started purchasing houses as they came up for sale. This eventually led her into a full-time job managing several rental homes, with Frances doing all the upkeep for the houses and the yards, including mowing the lawns. Always energetic, always organized and always project-driven, Frances could accomplish more in any day than most anyone.
Frances and Jerry always had a love for Clearwater County, so in 1967 they purchased property on Eureka Ridge, where they enjoyed many happy times. The family still owns this property today.
Exercise was always a part of her day. She started going to aerobic classes when they first became popular in the 1980s, and continued until 2012.
Frances was baptized in the Orofino Seventh-day Adventist Church, and always maintained a love for that church. When she moved to Lewiston, she became a member of the Lewiston Seventh-day Adventist Church and was a dedicated and active member there for 56 years. Jerry and Frances enjoyed many summer Sunday afternoons playing golf at the Clarkston Golf and Country Club. Her golfing interest continued on to include many early morning golf games with the Tuesday morning 9 Holer Group.
Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry, in 2000; brothers Burel and Raymond Greer; and sisters Vretta (Sis) French and Nadean McKelway.
Frances is survived by son Gale, with wife Cindy, of Lewiston; daughter Marilyn, with husband Phil Stonebraker, of Clarkston; and grandchildren Greg Stonebraker, with wife Tiffany, of Seattle, Jeff Stonebraker, with wife Sarah, of Seattle, WA, Keith White, with wife Chrissey, of Lewiston, and Charli Coldiron, with husband Luke, of Moscow. She has eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are provided by Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home. The service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 1212 19th St., Lewiston. Memorial donations may be made to Lewis-Clark State College Foundation, 500 Eighth Ave., Lewiston; Orofino Seventh-day Adventist Church, 46418 U.S. Highway 12, Orofino; or Beacon Christian School, 615 Stewart Ave., Lewiston.
Barbara Irene Opdahl, 75, Pierce
"And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you." 1 Peter 5:10
On Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, Barbara Irene Opdahl, 75, passed from this world of physical challenges to her glorious eternal home.
Barbara was born in Albert Lea, MN on Nov. 25, 1938 to Marvin "Tim" and Irene (Reim) Ramsdell. She grew up in Alden and graduated from Alden High School in 1956. In 1957-58 she attended Hamilton School of Business. She married her childhood sweetheart, Harlan Opdahl, on Jan. 17, 1959. A vacation trip west with Harlan resulted in their move to Idaho in 1965.
Barbara worked at Pierce schools from 1966 to 1971, and then she went to work for the US Post Office from 1971 to 1988. Along the way, Barb, Harlan, Harlan's brother, Duane, and wife, Vi, partnered up to form Triple O Outfitters. Barb was chief cook and ultimate hostess for bear and elk hunters and Lewis Clark trail riders. Her sourdough pancakes, huckleberry desserts, and camp potatoes were legendary. Her enthusiasm for the outdoor life was contagious, as was her smile.
Barbara was an active community member. She served on the Pierce Library Board, was a 4-H Leader, a member of the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association, Gem Community Board Member, Clearwater Basin Collaborative member, Potlatch Advisory Committee, and served on the Idaho Travel Council. Barbara was a founding member of Faith Lutheran Church and served in various capacities, including teacher and council member.
Barbara personified the spirit of hospitality. She loved to camp, hunt, snowmobile and embroider. She also loved to cook. Family and friends were always welcome at the Opdahl home, especially around meal time. The entire time her children attended school, each teacher enjoyed a pan of her cinnamon rolls at Christmas. They were so well loved that she continued the tradition for staff even after the youngest graduated. Barbara never missed an opportunity to make new friends. Her faith and devotion to God were the center of her life.
Barbara is survived by four children, Gwen and Bob Schryver of Farmington, NM, Jim and Linda Opdahl of Payette, Diane and Mike Snyder of Baker City, OR and Sharon and Darrin Hartwig of Lewiston; 13 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; 1 sister and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Duane Mutschler of Stillwater, MN; brother-in-law, Richard Borge of Alden, MN; three sisters-in-law, Jean Ramsdell of Burnsville, MN, Violet Opdahl of Lewiston, and Gloria Peterson of Albert Lea, MN; and numerous much loved nieces and nephews. Rod McKuen once said that strangers are friends you haven't met yet. Barbara lived that philosophy every day. Her group of friends continued to grow until the day of her passing.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Harlan; parents, Marvin "Tim" and Irene Ramsdell; a daughter, Katherine; brother, Marvin "Ed" Ramsdell; and sister, Betty Borge; two brothers-in-law, B. Duane Opdahl and Russell Peterson.
A memorial and celebration of Barbara's life will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 19, at Faith Lutheran Church, 611 S. Main St., Pierce. Inurnment will be at Pierce Cemetery after the memorial service, followed by a potluck luncheon at Pierce Community Center. Arrangements are under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette. Condolences may be made to Barbara's family at www.shaffer-jensenchapel.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Faith Lutheran Church, P.O. Drawer C, Pierce, ID 83546 or ICARE (Cancer Assistance and Recovery Effort) 2134 Canyon Creek Road, Orofino, ID 83544.
Fred Fee McFall, 67, Ahsahka
Fred Fee McFall, 67, Ahsahka, passed away Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, at his residence.
Services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Murray Eugene Cram, 92, Orofino
Murray Eugene Cram best known as 'Gene' was born April 3, 1922 in Orofino Idaho to Ira L. Cram and Jessie Bonner. He was their only child.
He passed away peacefully at the age of 92 at St Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston on August 30, 2014, from multiple complications due to age.
Gene was proud that he lived his entire life in Clearwater County, mainly in the Pierce and Orofino areas.
Gene served in the US Army in WWII (World War II) and then he worked as a logger.
After retirement, he delivered the Lewiston Tribune to many of the local residents of Orofino and really enjoyed this job.
Gene's hobbies were camping, hunting, fishing and working on cars.
Gene married Carolyn Magney (Maggie Cram) on March 4, 1960; together they had two daughters, Becky and Shelli.
Gene had two sons from a previous marriage, Michael Eugene Cram (deceased) and Danny Turcott (Alaska).
Gene's long time friend Bill Roupe was like son and brother to the family.
He has three grandchildren Michael L. Cram (Peck), Amanda Cummings (Orofino) and Robbie Cummings (Moscow) and two great grand children.
Gene was deeply loved by his family. He will be truly missed.
The family appreciates everyone's prayers and thoughts during the past month.
No service will be held, due to his request.
Russell B. Duff, 82, Orofino
Russell B. Duff, 82, Orofino, passed away Aug. 28, 2014 in at his home in Orofino. He was born Oct. 20, 1931.
Memorial services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
James H. Gray, 79, Orofino
James H. Gray, 79, Orofino, passed away August 26, 2014 at Orofino. He was born Sept. 7, 1934.
Memorial services are pending. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory are caring for arrangements.
Anne R Childress, 81, Orofino
Anne R. Childress, 81, Orofino, passed away Aug. 25, 2014 in Orofino. She was born April 4, 1933.
No services are planned at this time.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.