Barbara D. Nevins, 76
Barbara D. Nevins passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at her home. She was 76.
Barbara was born Aug. 14, 1937, in Spokane, WA. She married Jack Nevins April 27, 1957. Jack and Barbara raised their family in Clarkston, WA. She worked in the banking industry as a data processor until her retirement in 1998.
She was a loving, supportive mother and grandmother. She is survived by four children, Julie and Joel Mittelstaedt of El Paso, TX, David Nevins of Clarkston; Lisa and Bill Jollymore of Clarkston and Diane and Andy Hairston of Peck; nine grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. She will be loved and missed every day.
There will be a viewing from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home, with a graveside burial service at 3 p.m. at Vineland Cemetery.
Lawrence 'Larry' Arneson, 92, Orofino
Lawrence 'Larry' Arneson, 92, passed away April 29, 2014 at Clearwater Valley Health and Rehab in Orofino.
Larry was born to Adolf and Laura (Nigard) Arneson on Aug. 12, 1921 in East Fork Pine Creek, Kellogg Idaho. He grew up in Kellogg, until graduating from high school. Larry's father one day said, "I guess we should go to Moscow and enroll you in college." Larry argued that the family could not afford to send him to college, but his father told him not to worry, they would find a way. This always stayed with Larry.
Larry enrolled at the University of Idaho and pursued a degree in Forestry. He loved the outdoors and working with the land. He was an active member of the 1941 summer camp along with Frank Dillion, Dick Campana and Bob Stillinger. In March 1943, he was called away from the U of I and into service and stationed at the Army special training camp in Laramie, WY. There he met and later married his wife, Eleanor. Larry and Eleanor married on a three-day pass in Kentucky in 1944. During World War II Larry served his country in the European Theatre with distinction in the 285 Engineering Battalion with a rank of Sergeant acting as a foreman construction engineer. After the war, Larry and Eleanor returned to Moscow where he then finished his degree.
In 1948, Larry went to work for Potlatch Corporation and stayed for 37 1/2 years. He spent that career as a Forest Engineer responsible for the transportation system in the Headquarters Region. They lived and made their home at Headquarters from 1948 - 1975, and then moved to Kamiah. Eleanor passed away in 1999. Larry later remarried Anne Graft of Kamiah in 2010.
Larry was a life member of the American Legion and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #5407 in Kamiah. He always remembering his father's words and Larry was a proud University of Idaho Alumni, member of their Gold Circle Gift Society and sponsor of the Lawrence and Eleanor Arneson College of Natural Resources Scholarship, doing for others what his father did for him.
Larry is survived by his wife Anne Arneson of Kamiah; sons, Robert Arneson of Beaverton ,OR, Alan Arneson of Orofino, Mark and Jan Arneson of Maryville, IL; Dennis and Debbie Arneson of Woodstock, GA; daughter, Connie and Tony Nelson of Shelby, NC; step-daughter, Arlene Thomas; niece, Gayle of Spangle, WA and seven grandchildren: Jay, Cory, Libby, Dennette, Deyna, Bryon and Tara; and three great-grandchildren.
Larry was preceded in death by his first wife Eleanor Arneson; parents, Norman and Laura Arneson; and sister, Norma Cooke.
There will be a graveside funeral service Monday, May 5, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Lewis Clark Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Lewiston. A memorial service will follow at the Kamiah Faith Lutheran Church located at 6th and Idaho Street at 3 p.m.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Lowell Hunter, 91, formerly of Orofino
Lowell Hunter joined his family in Heaven on April 24, 2014. He has been living at the Idaho State Veteran's Home in Lewiston for three and a half years, under the care of the wonderful and loving staff.
Lowell Nathan Hunter was born on June 25, 1922 in Russell, Idaho to Milton and Frances Fannie Hunter. He was the middle child of nine. He worked on the farm and enjoyed hunting to help fill the family table. He spent four years in the Army Air Corps, receiving training as a gunner and driver. He drove for several different colonels and generals. After World War II ended, he returned home on the train to the folks' ranch up on Eureka Ridge, overlooking the North Fork of the Clearwater River. He worked in many positions in Clearwater County as deputy sheriff, school bus driver, digger for the local funeral home, saw mill worker for Ahsahka Mill and Potlatch Corporation, retiring after 25 years there.
Lowell met his future bride, Dorothy Marie Powell, at the Clearwater County Fair. They married in 1956. Together they built their home from scratch downtown on Orofino Creek behind the Junior High. They lived there for over 60 years. They raised two daughters, Karen Elaine Hunter of Lewiston, and Nancy Lee Ann Hunter of Columbus OH.
Lowell is survived by both daughters; his grandchildren, Carmine Jackson of Orofino, Anthony Johnson and Wyatt and Meagan Johnson of Fort Bragg, NC, and Seth and Candis Johnson of Beaufort, SC, and three great grandchildren: Avabelle, Keagan and Trevor, of whom he was extremely proud.
Memorial service and Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 9 a.m. at the Idaho State Veteran's Home at 821 21st Avenue, Lewiston, ID in the Activities Room. A private family burial will follow at a later date at Weseman Cemetery in Orofino.
Devann M. Maurer, 17
On Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, our sweet baby girl, Devann Marie Maurer, 17, of Lewiston, passed away.
Devann was born Dec. 2, 1996, to the proud parents of Dan and Amber Maurer and big brother DJ. Devann was in the midst of her senior year at Lewiston High School. Prior to her time at LHS, she attended preschool at Lapwai, elementary school at both Centennial and McSorley, and then her junior high years were at Jenifer Junior High, all in Lewiston. She also was taking many classes through Lewis-Clark State College and had the goal of one day working in the medical field. She had most recently been honored by an Upward Bound Scholarship through the University of Idaho Extension to help with her college fees.
She was an active, vibrant and fiery little redhead with the smarts and academics to match. Dare challenge her, and it only fueled her competitive spirit to succeed. In addition to her internal fortitude, she had a heart bigger than any I have known. She took the time to always be grateful for others and always looked to make new acquaintances. She was a great coach. Whether teaching her little sister, Dayvee, how to read and write, play soccer, or helping others on the soccer field, she naturally loved to share and help others succeed.
Devann's favorite hobby was soccer, although she loved fishing, four-wheeling and camping. Hanging with her buds in the trenches of the soccer field was her thing. Unfortunately, she was smaller than she knew. She suffered two ACL reconstructive surgeries at 14 and 15 years of age, both after she made Olympic Development teams. During her first recovery, while in physical therapy, she suffered from a kidney failure episode. Most kids would have given up, but it truly only motivated her. She worked harder than ever to overcome her setbacks and made it back to her varsity team for both her junior and senior seasons of high school. Although she decided to retire, her skills and grit had been noticed by some colleges, and that made her feel accomplished.
She also participated in the Distinguished Young Woman program for Lewiston. She said it was a wonderful experience and she found a new, amazing set of friends. She was looking forward to the program this year and highly encouraged other girls to participate. She was voted most inspirational by her teammates this past season in soccer and was also voted to receive the Spirit of the DYW program of 2013.
Her most special relationship was with her baby sister. You can rarely find a photo of Dayvee in it without her big sister there. She loved her sister more than anything. Her mother was her best friend, where she could find comfort and solitude. She and her older brother shared their same redheaded humor. She was also very connected to her Grandma Candy, and we find peace knowing she was welcomed with warm and open arms. Devann, we all love you to the cabin moon.
Devann is survived by her brother and sister, DJ and Dayvee; mother and father, Dan and Amber; grandparents Earl Maurer, Don and Betsy Fisher of Lenore, and Neil Anderson of Polson, MT; aunts and uncles, Bob Maurer and Juanita Picard-Harris, Dori Anderson and Rob Reed of Clarkston, WA, Jason and Cari Castle of Fort Benning, GA., and Brian and Stephanie Stachofsky of Clarkston; cousins Aaliyah Maurer, Joe Vallee, Brenden Reed, Tucker Wilson, Michael Maurer, Zac Maurer, Paige and Meagan Stachofsky, and Kaci, Jordan and Hanna Castle.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Candace Maurer; uncle Charles Maurer; great-grandfathers Gordy Anderson, Robert Willer and Fred Maurer; and great-grandmother Gratia Willer.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston. A memorial celebration will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Valley Christian Center, 3215 Echo Hills Drive, in Lewiston. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to the Devann Maurer Memorial/Scholarship Fund at any branch of Potlach No. 1 Federal Credit Union, or online at gofundme.com/h9zmgg.
Larry Arnold Blenden, 78, formerly of Orofino
Larry Arnold Blenden passed away Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, at the age of 78.
Larry was born May 18, 1936, in Greer, to Marvin and Lela Blenden. He was the eldest of four children.
Larry graduated from Orofino High School. He married Sue Hutchinson on Jan. 9, 1954. They spent most of their married life in Orofino, where they raised five children. Larry was a mill worker for Ahsahka Lumber Company and Potlatch Forests Inc.
Larry was a member of the Orofino Volunteer Fire Department and Orofino Celebrations Inc. (OCI) as well as a Little League coach. His favorite things included hunting, fishing, bowling, winning at cards and telling tall tales. What he loved most of all was his family. He lived and breathed to make them laugh, smile and help with any harebrained scheme. He was a strong, generous, happy man.
While he is no longer here with us, he is surely overjoyed to be reunited with his beloved wife, Sue; son Mike; and grandkids Justin and Jessica; as well as his parents and many friends.
Larry is survived by his children, Gary (Syl) Blenden of Austin, TX, Karen (Tom) Freeman of St. Maries, Lori Blenden of Lewiston, and LeAnn (Sean) Brennan of Las Vegas, NV; daughter-in-law Colleen Blenden of Lewiston; brother Ron (Marie) Boyer of Post Falls; sister, Peggy (Mike) Dimmick of Troy; and sister, Jackie Firestone. He is also survived by many grand- and great-grandchildren.
There will be a celebration of life at noon Tuesday at CrossPoint Alliance Church, 1330 Powers Ave. in Lewiston. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley.
His struggle is over, but his impact on our lives is not. Until we meet again.
James Spencer, 83
Jim Spencer, beloved husband, dad and grandpa, lost his brave battle with cancer Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, with family by his side. He was 83.
Dad was born March 17, 1931, in Troy. He was the middle of three sons of Herbert and Phoebe Johnson Spencer. He graduated from Troy High School in 1949 and was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1950. He was stationed in Anchorage, AK, and honorably discharged in 1953.
After returning home, he was reunited with the love of his life, Judy Asplund. They were married Aug. 22, 1953, at the Nazarene Church in Troy. In 1955, they moved to Spokane so dad could continue his education studying mechanics at Spokane Vocational and Tech. After graduating in 1958, they moved back to Troy.
Next to our mom, dad's other love was driving a truck. He started his career driving for Carl Carbon and Sons and then went on to drive for Poppie Corp, Cay's Rock Crushing, and eventually retired from North Idaho Crushing. It was a career that spanned more than 50 years!
Dad was happiest when he was outdoors. He loved to take his family on camping trips and cut firewood every fall. He was a member of the Moscow Post of the American Legion. Dad was a hard-working family man who loved us as much as we loved him. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Judy, at the family home; two sons, Forrest Spencer of Uniontown and Keith Spencer and his wife Colleen of Elk River; daughter Lisa Gludt and husband Doug of Lewiston; brother, Richard Spencer of Troy; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Bill.
Cremation has taken place and there will be no service per dad's wishes.
Our family would like to thank the staff of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center and St. Joseph Cancer Center for the wonderful, compassionate care our dad received throughout his illness.
Donations may be made to St. Joseph Cancer Center or a charity of one's choice.
Leonard Tracy Teed, 61, Weippe
Leonard Tracy Teed, 61 of Weippe passed away Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 at his residence in Weippe.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Jim Keeler, 99, Clearwater County woods worker
Jim Keeler, 99, of Clarkston, passed away Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at Riverview Residential care in Clarkston, WA.
Jim was born Nov. 18, 1912, up on Cedar Creek Ridge above Kendrick, to Millie (Mann) and Charles Keeler. Millie and Charles were parents of Olive, Helen, Jim, Iris, Irene (infant baby girl who died at birth), and John Keeler. All have preceded Jim in death.
Jim lived on Cedar Creek Ridge until he was 18 months old, and then moved with his parents to Little Bear. He lived on Little Bear and attended Kendrick school through the sixth grade. He moved back to Cedar Creek Ridge and attended Gold Hill School at Linden, through the eighth grade. He attended the Gold Hill Church in Linden. After graduation from Gold Hill School he moved to Spokane and attended Lewis and Clark High School for one year. He returned to Kendrick to work as a trapper with his brother-in-law, York Martin. That venture didn't pan out so he returned to the family farm on Cedar Creek Ridge. Times were tough so Jim worked where he could, mostly in the woods at Headquarters, Pierce, Weippe, Dent, Elk River and Bovill.
In 1935 Jim married Dorothy Reed of Clarkston. They had two children, Ron and Judy. They were later divorced. From 1935 until 1941 Jim worked at the creamery in Kendrick. Later in 1941, just before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, he moved to Kellogg to work in the mines. He worked at the Bunker Hill, Sunshine, Lucky Friday and other area mines as a contract Diamond Drill and explosives operator.
In 1942, he married Mildred Tallon (Burkhart) of Kellogg. In 1944, Jim and Mildred, Jim's son Ron and Mildred's son Charles Tallon moved to California to seek employment in the war effort. Jim quickly found employment with the Hercules Power Company manufacturing explosives for the U.S. military. Jim worked for Hercules for a few months but couldn't deal with the "powder headaches" from the nitro, so he got a job with Standard Oil Company of California (Chevron) loading ships at the port in Richmond, Calif. In early 1945, Jim was drafted for military duty, but because of the importance of his duties with Standard he was granted a deferment. After the war ended, Jim continued working for Standard Oil at various locations in California. In 1946, Jim and the family moved to Tracy, CA, where he worked in the pipeline department as a stationary engineer operating large steam-driven oil pumps that pumped oil from the oil fields in Bakersfield to the refinery in Richmond. While in Tracy, in addition to working for Standard, Jim sold Studebaker cars and cut meat at the Tracy Quick Freeze. In 1957, he was transferred to Antioch, CA, and then in 1964 he was promoted to station chief and transferred to Atascadero, CA, where he retired in 1975.
After retirement, Jim and Mildred moved to Pismo Beach, CA They stayed in Pismo Beach until 1986. The whole time Jim lived in , he took his vacations in Idaho. He spent most of the summers before and after retirement camping at Priest Lake and trout fishing the various streams and creeks in northern Idaho. In addition to camping and fishing, Jim was an avid "rock hound." He spent many years searching the Northwest for "treasure." He cut and polished rocks and made custom jewelry for over 40 years in Antioch, Pismo Beach and Clarkston.
In 1986, Jim and Mildred moved to Clarkston. They joined the First Christian Church in Clarkston and became active as volunteers at the Asotin County Food Bank. Jim served as food bank president for 18 years, retiring six years ago. Jim lived in his home in Clarkston Heights until three years ago. He sold the home and moved into Royal Plaza where he enjoyed good care, good friends, good times and lots of food. Shortly before his death Jim moved to Riverview Residential Care in Clarkston where he received warm loving care, good food and a great view of the Clarkston Country Club Golf course.
Jim was preceded in death by his mother and father; all his siblings; and his beloved wife, Mildred.
He leaves behind his son, Ron Keeler, and daughter-in-law, Judy of Victor, MT; daughter, Judy Miller of Sandy, UT; stepson, Charles Tallon and daughter-in-law, Andrea of Lewiston; grandson, Kevin Keeler and wife, Andrea of Clayton, CA; granddaughter, Lori Morales and husband Alex of Pittsburg, CA; granddaughter, Sabrina Hughes and husband Michael of Danville, CA; grandson, Thomas Tallon and wife Carol of Brentwood, CA; grandson, Cris Miller of Salt Lake City; UT; granddaughter, Ericka Williams of Salt Lake City; great-grandson, Nickolas Keeler of Clayton; great-granddaughter, Stephanie Keeler of Clayton; great-grandsons, Dallas and Alex Miller of Salt Lake City; great-granddaughter, Katryna Williams of Salt Lake City; great-granddaughters Kayla and Sarah Tallon of Chico, Calif.CA; great-grandsons, Spencer and Quinton Hughes of Danville,; great-granddaughter Brittney Hughes of Danville; niece, Peggy Snyder and husband Chuck of Lewiston; and many other nieces and nephews. In addition to family, Jim leaves many friends and associates in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley, especially Jim Bailey, Betty Jahn, Joanne Huntley and the many volunteers at the food bank.
There will be no services. In lieu of flowers, Jim suggested memorial donations be offered to the Asotin County Food Bank.
Celebration of Life set for James 'Jim' Allen Willis
There will be a Celebration of Life held for Jim Willis Saturday, Sept. 8, at 11 a.m. at the Orofino City Park.
Those who would like to bring a potluck dish to share are welcome to do so. A lawn/camp chair is also suggested.
Jim passed away suddenly July 28, 2012.
AJ 'Andrew Jonathan' Davis, 19, Orofino
AJ 'Andrew Jonathan' Davis, 19, Orofino, died Aug. 31, 2012 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center ICU in Lewiston, from a severe ear infection causing a blood clot in his brain.
He was born April 20, 1993 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. His parents are Pamela Vanderpool, Billy Watson and Jeffery Vanderpool; sisters, Anna Cannon, Nicky Watson and Mikalya Vanderpool; brothers, Brandon Watson and Paul Vanderpool.
He worked for Northeon of Orofino.
He is survived by great grandmother, Georgia Watkins; grandparents, Sherri Weber, Steve Weber and Andrew Davis; aunts, Tracy Weese, Zoe Davis-Takini and Tanya Whiteley; uncles, Tchad Wiley, Robin Whiteley and Jeff Davis; cousins, Alax Contreras, Jamie Weese, Bean 'James' Weese, Justin McKey, Austin Whiteley, Anna Whiteley, Tristan Whiteley, Haden Whiteley, Garrett Whiteley, Daniel Davis and Sean Davis and numerous other loving family and friends.
AJ was preceded in death by great grandfathers, Jerry Watkins and William Daivs; great grandmother, Elsie Davis; grandmothers, Linda Davis and Grandma Watson; brother, Cody Watson and pet dog, Buck Davis.
Services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Orofino at 2 p.m. Sept. 22. The family would like to ask that you wear AJ's favorite color, camouflage. Pastor Hale Anderson will officiate. Honorary pallbearers are Justin McKey, Bean Weese, Austin Whiteley, Daniel Davis, Tristan Whiteley, Haden Whiteley, Sean Davis and Garrett Whiteley.
Any donations should go to Pamela Vanderpool at 278 106th St., Orofino, ID, 83544 to help with the services.
AJ was a kind and giving person, in the end donating his organs. His death gave others the chance to live. It is a comfort to know that part of this beautiful young man lives on.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is caring for arrangements.