Don Squires, 95, formerly of Orofino
Don passed away Saturday, July 5, 2014, of natural causes, at Life Care Center of Lewiston.
Don was born Dec. 29, 1918, to William C. and Charity (Tinney) Squires in Topeka, KN.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945 as an Army quartermaster, master sergeant. He was in World War II, serving in Australia, New Guinea, Japan and the Philippines.
On May 29, 1943, he married the love of his life, Hilda Cathleen Erwood, in Melbourne, Australia. In 1945, he was discharged from the service and moved with his wife, Cathy, to Los Angeles, CA, where they had their first child, Carl Squires. They later moved to Orofino, where their daughter, Terry Squires, was born in 1949. In 1955, he moved his family to Lewiston, where he was self-employed in construction as a cement finisher.
Don enjoyed playing cards, painting, woodwork and researching family history on his computer. He also enjoyed following his grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their sporting events throughout the years. He was their biggest fan!
In their early retirement years, Don and Cathy enjoyed traveling in their motor home to Arizona in the winter months.
Don is survived by son Carl Squires of Clarkston; WA; grandson, Don Squires, and wife, Laurie, of Winchester; granddaughters, Kassi Smith of Lewiston, Sarah Randall and husband, Blake, of Lewiston, Summer Hepburn and husband, John, of Lewiston, Holly Miller and husband, Charlie, of Lewiston; along with 15 great-grandchildren.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, William C. and Charity Tinney Squires; wife, Cathy Squires; daughter, Terry Squires Smith; two brothers; and five sisters.
The family would like to express deep gratitude to all the staff at Life Care Center of Lewiston for their outstanding care and support.
A celebration of life will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Clarkston Event Center, 841 Sixth St., Clarkston.
LeRoy 'Joe' Barden, 91, Kooskia
LeRoy 'Joe' Barden, 91, of Kooskia passed away Wednesday July 9, 2014 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
Cremation has taken place and no services are planned. Arrangements have been entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.
Theodore Roosevelt Crabb, 92, formerly of Orofino
Theodore Roosevelt Crabb, 92, passed away on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at his home in Bonners Ferry, Idaho.
Ted Crabb was born May 28, 1922 in Orofino to Jarrett and Stella (Kight) Crabb. He attended schools there, graduating from Orofino High School in 1940 and the University of Idaho in Moscow in 1942.
Ted was a Staff Sergeant in the Army during World War II from Dec. 18, 1942-Jan. 5, 1946 in the Signal Corps maintaining the Army trucks. He spent 57 days on the Island of Okinawa during WWII. After his discharge, he worked for 2 years as a mechanic at the Chevy Garage in Orofino. From 1946-1967, he farmed 200 acres of a 400 acre farm in Orofino, raising cattle, clover, wheat and barley. After he moved to Sandpoint, he worked for the State Employment Service from 1968-1984 when he was forced to take a disability due to a heart attack.
He was past commander of the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) and was Mr. VFW Man of the Year in 1961-1962 in Orofino. He was also past exalted ruler of the Elks and past president of the Eagles. He and his late wife, Nancy, were members of the North Idaho Rainbow Chasers. He played drums at dances with a group of friends for years and was a master card player, loving the thrill of the game. Relatives remember being skunked by him many times over the years. He also restored old cars, finishing one for each of his children and step-children before his death.
Ted was first married to Lola Albers and had two children: Carla (Steve) Laws of Lenore and John Crabb of Anchorage, AK. They divorced and he married Anne Hoiseth who was the mother of his son Jarrett Crabb of Sandpoint. Their marriage also ended in divorce.
He met his soul-mate Nancy (Perry) Chapin in 1980 while he was playing at an Eagles dance and they dated for two years before they married on June 16, 1982 in Coeur d'Alene. They both loved music, fraternal organizations and both had a great sense of humor. Nancy passed away in January 2010. He gained the respect of his three step-children: Dean (Terri) Chapin of Woodland, CA, Darrell (Christell) Chapin of Twin Lakes, Idaho and Russell Chapin.
Ted died early the morning of July 8, 2014 at his home in Bonners Ferry after a short bout with cancer. Besides his children and step-children, he is also survived by grandchildren: Heather Sparano and Ryan Laws, Cory Crabb, Christopher Chapin, Cody Whitman, Bryce Chapin, Ryan (Breanne) Chapin and Courtney Chapin and great-grandchildren: Nicole Sparano, Joe Sparano, Owen Chapin and Madison Chapin.
Funeral services will be held on July 14, 2014 at Coffelt's Funeral Chapel in Sandpoint at 2 p.m., with Chuck Wigton, officiating. Friends may call at Coffelt's Funeral Chapel on Monday from 9 a.m. until time of services A reception will be announced later.
Margaret Williams, 84, Pierce
On Thursday, July 3, 2014, as loved ones gathered around her hospital bed and gave her a tender farewell, Margaret E. (Maggie) Williams, 84, a longtime resident of Pierce, took her last earthly and belabored breath. We know in our broken hearts that she fought the good fight but as her respiratory health became further diminished, it was evident that she could hold on no longer.
Maggie was born on June 8, 1930, in Port Orchard, WA, the second of four children born to Alfred and Bertha Mae Cann. She grew up and attended school in Clarkston, WA, before the family moved to their Kendrick farm in 1943. In February of 1948, at the age of 17, she moved with friends to Pierce, where she met her first husband, Melvin Dahl. They were married at Cardiff's Spur in July of that year and lived at the Musselshell until moving into Pierce in 1954. They raised four daughters together there and throughout this time she was a homemaker, restaurant worker, bartender and business owner. Mel died in February of 1982.
In May of 1992, Maggie married the second great love of her life, Wally Williams, in Lewiston. She and Wally enjoyed their life in Pierce and loved supporting the community, the school, Timberline High School sports and watching baseball together, even though it was often on separate TVs! They moved to Lewiston in the fall of last year; however, Maggie was a Pierce girl to her core and her heart never left her cherished hometown.
A strong woman, she was dedicated to her family and friends. If she loved you, you knew it and she would defend you to the end. Maggie had many opinions that she often shared and a sweet side that was appreciated by anyone who knew her. She was Wally's biggest cheerleader in any endeavor he undertook, and they had a lot of fun together. They doted on their animals, Miss Kitty and their special little dog, Ali. She enjoyed "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy," and rarely missed a Mariners game on TV. She recently attended LCSC (Lewis-Clark State College) World Series games with Wally, even though it was somewhat of a struggle for her. A special memory was attending a Mariners game in Seattle and seeing their anniversary wish on the reader board at Safeco Field; and being the 2001 grand marshals of the Pierce 1860 Days parade. We are so happy that just days before her death she enjoyed another Cann/Osborn family reunion and was able to visit with family members from afar.
Maggie is survived by her husband, Wally; and daughters, Nancy and Lonnie Cowger of Pierce, Linda Smith and Randy McKinnon of Weippe, Debbi and Mike Duffy of Lenore, and Traci Tolle and Tony Kast of Clarkston. Her older brother, Don Cann, of College Place, WA, also survives her. Her grandchildren include Tami LaDoux of West Richland, WA, Kelly Cowger of Pierce, Brandi Smith, Sunny Haynes and Michael Tolle, all of Lewiston, Jakki Smith of Loon Lake, WA, and Kylee Tolle of Clarkston. Left behind are nine great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren and many special nieces and nephews. Her bonus family includes five stepdaughters: Sheila Struck of Vancouver, WA, Rona Hall and Barb Robertson of Bonners Ferry, and Tiny Bowling and Verna Soyk of Lewiston, along with numerous stepgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, Dorothy Rider and Alice Mehl, and her son-in-law, Jack Smith.
We invite all family and friends to join us as we celebrate the life of our feisty, resilient, beloved wife, mom and grandmother at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at the Pierce Community Center. We will gather in her honor to pay tribute to this special lady with laughter, music and the sharing of memories. We are so happy she is no longer suffering and is now taking big, deep, easy breaths in heaven!
Gerald T. Blattler, 77, owned bird sanctuary near Southwick
Gerald (Jerry) T. Blattler died peacefully Saturday, June 28, 2014, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. He endured a long illness. Jerry was 77.
Gerald was born Nov. 13, 1936, in Hartford, WI, to Norman and Evelyn Blattler. He had two younger brothers, Jack and Gene. The family moved to Lake Julia, WI, where Jerry enjoyed roaming the outdoors with his faithful dog, Butch.
Jerry graduated from Rhinelander High School in 1954.
He met Celeste Rose Stefonek through friends on July 7, 1956. They married Aug. 24, 1957, at St. Kunegunda's Catholic Church in Sugar Camp, WI. They lived in Rhinelander until 1963.
In hopes of living in a milder climate with a longer growing season and more abundant hunting and fishing, Jerry, Celeste and their two sons, Brad and Glen, moved across the country to Lewiston. Gerald continued employment in the paper industry at Potlatch Forests Inc. when it opened in 1963. Two children, Laura and Stuart, were born in Idaho. Jerry was an incredible wing-shot and enjoyed pheasant hunting near Lapwai. Gerald's love of nature expanded to ownership of his own 20-acre bird sanctuary near Southwick. He very much enjoyed his new life in Idaho.
In 1947, at age 11, Jerry pestered his mother for the book, "Birds of America." Its cost was an astounding $11.95. In the years since, he had absorbed every paragraph and photo. The book was in tatters. As a birthday surprise in 2013, his son Glen combed eBay and located a pristine copy to replace the well-read and well-loved book of his father's youth.
Jerry worked for the Lewiston School District, rising through the ranks to custodial supervisor and retiring in 1996 with 30 years of service. During his retirement, he and Celeste enjoyed many years at their cabin near Southwick.
Jer is survived by Celeste, his wife of 56 years; children, Brad (Debra) of Lewiston, Glen of Seattle, Laura (Darrel) Pallaske of Spokane and Stuart of Portland, OR; grandson Christopher Wilkins of Moscow; and brother, Jack (Karen) of Avondale, AZ.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Gene.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. James Catholic Church, 1519 Ripon Ave., Lewiston, followed by a luncheon sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary.
Special thanks to Celso Chavez, M.D.; Richard Felt, M.D.; Jane Fore, M.D.; John Ho, M.D.; Michael Minick, M.D.; Michael Parent, M.D.; Luke Pluto, M.D.; Terri Smith, certified nurse practitioner; Lincare; and the staff of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.
Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made to the American Lung Association.
Alma Mae Lawrence, 80, Southwick
Alma Mae Lawrence was born May 29, 1934, to Lars and Anna Handeland, in Bellingham, WA. She passed away peacefully at her home in Southwick, Wednesday, June 18, 2014.
Alma grew up on a farm in Saxon, WA, near the Nooksack River. She graduated as Valedictorian from Mt. Baker High School, Deming, WA in 1951. She attended college at Western Washington College, studying education. While Alma worked for the Seattle Gas Company, she met Albert Lawrence, and after a year of courtship, they married on June 29, 1957. The newlyweds soon moved to Idaho where they farmed and raised their three children.
Alma was active in the Southwick Homemakers Club. She was a member of Cameron Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Alma enjoyed teaching Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and singing in the Cameron Choir. She loved the challenge of working crossword puzzles, solving riddles, and playing the game Upwards. Alma enjoyed her tradition of putting together a jigsaw puzzle each New Year.
Alma was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters and brother-in-laws, June and Bob Lee; Laura and Walt Walters; and two grandsons, Douglas, Jr. and Casey Lohman.
She is survived by her husband, Albert; her sister, Bertha (Don) Koplitz; her children, Earl (Sandy) Lawrence, Amy (Dave) Perry, and Bonnie (Ken) Miller; her grandchildren, Jaclyn Lohman, Valerie (Gary) Hutchison, BreeAnna and Garrett Perry, Ryan and Brian Lawrence, and Angela and Kenny Miller; and her numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends in America and Norway.
Alma's funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Cameron Emmanuel Lutheran Church on June 28, 2014 and her committal service will follow at the Southwick Cemetery. Everyone is invited to a luncheon at the Cameron Church directly following the burial.
Memorial donations may be given to the Cameron Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 12633 Cameron Rd., Kendrick, ID 83537; or a charity of your choice.
Lyle Edward Main, 87, Orofino
Our beloved husband, brother, father, grandpa and friend, Lyle Edward Main passed away Sunday at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. He was 87. His wife and daughter were at his side.
Lyle was born March 16, 1927 in Evansville, WY, to Jesse and Katherine Main. He was raised by his father and mother, Elvira Main. The family moved to Payette in 1943 and Lyle attended school in Fruitland.
He joined the U.S. Army in 1945 and served in Korea before he was honorably discharged in 1949. After that he did some ranching in Oregon before going to work as a long haul and log truck driver in the northwest U.S. He retired in 1986 after almost 40 years as a truck driver.
In 1949 Lyle married Betty Briggs and they had two children.
He and Marge Frazier Clark married June 21, 1976 in Payette. They met at a friend's barbecue. They spent 20 years in Yuma, AZ while they traveled and she worked at the hospital as a nurse. They were blessed with many, many friends. They moved to Orofino in May 2006 to be near his brother Jesse. Marge went to work for Brett Pippenger at Clearwater Crossing RV Park as manager.
Lyle was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3296 in Orofino. He was also a member to the Elks Lodge and American Legion in Yuma, as well as the Moose Lodge in Clarkston, WA.
He loved dancing, Karaoke, riding dune buggies and his family and friends. Lyle was a 'megaload' information follower and loved to see the big rigs roll past his window which overlooks U.S. Highway 12.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Darlene Johnson, Helen 'Dolly' McFarland, Beverly Figero and Valerie Main; and brothers, Danny Main, Ronnie Main and Lloyd Main.
Lyle is survived by his wife, Marge Main; children, Loretta Rowell, Welton, AZ, Lyle 'Red' Main, Orofino, Phillip Frazier Main, Orofino, and Debbie Clark Wobig, Keizer, OR; siblings and spouses, Jesse and Ethel Main, Richard and Margaret Main, Loretta Main, Darrell and Sandy Main, Virginia and Dale Anderson, Myrna Shaw, and Keith and Nelda Main; grandchildren, Donald, David, Charity and Kimberly; great grandchildren, Manuel, Melinda, Miranda, Marcus, Taylor Dawn and Donovan.
Among the special people who became like family, are Brett Pippenger and Lisa Ponozzo who helped and cared for him so many ways.
A graveside service with military honors by the VFW will be held Saturday, June 28, at 11 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery in Orofino. Stanton and Ruth Walker will conduct the service. Honorary pallbearers are Keith and Darrell Main. A potluck will follow at the Orofino City Park at 2 p.m. for family and friends. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to an account set up at Lewis Clark Credit Union that will help defray funeral expenses.
Sherry (Mallory) Takala, 76, formerly of Orofino
Sherry (Mallory) Takala began her life adventure on May 26, 1938, in Logan, Utah. She grew up on a farm caring for animals, but discovered early her love for painting and art in all mediums. In adulthood, she moved to Nevada and worked as a showgirl, keno writer and pit boss while raising her two children and painting on the side whenever she could. Eventually she left Nevada to pursue her love of painting and the wilderness.
Being a gypsy at heart, she moved throughout all of the Western states. The job she was most proud of was that of a battered women's counselor at the YWCA. Finally she met the love of her life, Steve Takala. She followed him in his job and eventually up to Alaska, where they mined for gold in the Porcupine and also converted an old Navy landing craft into a very unique bed and breakfast/fishing tackle store/art gallery in Haines, AK, called "Noah's Art." Later, after returning to the lower 48 and Steve's death, she took to the road again in her motor home searching for yet new adventures. She landed for short visits in Lava Hot Springs, Orofino and Kamiah, making many friends and learning new skills such as ham radio operation, which came in handy while working with the Idaho search and rescue crews.
Sherry was preceded in death by her parents, Wallace and Adlissa Mallory; her brother, Brett Mallory; and by her beloved husband, Steve Takala.
She is survived by brothers Kim, Cleve and Ronnie Mallory; and by sisters Vicki Wolfsen and Lara Coley. She is also survived by her daughter, Kathleen; son-in-law Lloyd Gilman; and their children, Tawnia, Tennille, Zack, and Porsha; and by great-grandson Clark "Super Baby" Gilman; and also by her son, Bill Carver; daughter-in-law Cindy; and grandson James Carver. She is also survived by many friends, students and followers of both her mystical and art talents and training.
There will be a covered-dish celebration of life from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Valley Community Center located at 549 Fifth St.
Keith L. Hall, 84
Keith L. Hall, beloved husband of Dona W. Hall, passed away June 9, 2014, as the result of a fall at his home. Keith was born May 13, 1930, in Union, OR, to Ehrman Keith Hall and Lois Ellen (Gamble) Hall.
Keith was briefly married to Virginia Sabey in March 1949. They had a son, James Raymond Hall. They divorced in December 1949. Keith married the love of his life, Dona Waneta (Phillips) Hall on April 6, 1952, in Las Cruces, NM. To this union were born Jerry Lynn, Karen Kay and Edwin Keith Hall. Keith and Dona were married 62 years at the time of his death.
Keith served his country from May 7, 1951, to June 1955 in the U.S. Army, when he was honorably discharged at Fort Bliss, TX. After serving his country, Keith worked on construction, driving various pieces of heavy equipment, and finished his career working in production and maintenance jobs in sawmills. He retired from Potlatch Corp. (now Clearwater Paper) in 1992.
Survivors mourning his passing are his wife, Dona W. Hall; his children and their spouses, Jerry L. and Marcy Hall of Fries, VA, Karen Kay and Don Weza of Clarkston, WA and Edwin K. Hall of Lewiston. Also surviving are Keith's eight grandchildren, Jenny, Will and Faye, Joe and Ashlynn, Jeremy and Cara, Joshua and Tara, Michelle and Teddy, Jarad and Gina, and Ashley and Kelly; 16 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren. Grandpa loved and was loved by them all. Sisters and brothers surviving are Connie and Jack DiGiovanna of Union, OR, Rex H. and Mary Hall of Bend, OR, Raymond (Jay) and Kathy Breshears of Brookings, OR, and Sally A. Kelly of Peck. Keith enjoyed a large, wonderful family, and sister and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews, co-workers and friends too numerous to mention here now, but the family thinks of them at this time of loss and sadness.
Preceding Keith in death are both of his parents; his special dad, A. Raymond Breshears; his son, James R. Hall; his sisters, Bette M. Lowe, Velna M. Parker, Eolyn Rose and Karen Kay Hall; and many beloved aunts and uncles.
Mountain View Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A graveside service will take place at 1 p.m. June 28 at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens.