Bill Knox, Sr.
William “Bill” LeRoy Knox, Sr. passed away peacefully in the home that he built at the age of 64 years on January 12, 2004 in rural Challis, Idaho.
He was born on August 14, 1939 in Portland, Oregon the fourth child of 11 born to Robert Edward and Mary LaVerne (Howard) Knox. He spent the first years of his life in Baker, Oregon. Bill moved to midway between Salmon and Challis and attended Salmon High School.
He stayed around the area and worked for the Forest Service and local ranches.
In 1957, while working at Piva’s ranches he met the love of his life, Lawana Giampedraglia.
Bill and Lawana were united in marriage on January 11, 1958 in Nampa and to this union three children were born: Debra, Tanya and William Jr.
They lived in Baker for about a year, and moved to Clayton where they lived until their home burned in March of 1962.
In July of that same year, they settled on their property between Clayton and Challis.
In the following years Bill built the house they still live in.
Bill was an industrious hard worker. He owned and operated a saw mill.
His favorite part of working in the lumber industry was going to the mountains to get logs. He loved being in the mountains. He also enjoyed travelling, camping and spending time outdoors. He particularly loved to snowmobile.
Bill leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Lawana of Challis; two daughters: Debra Knox of Boise and Tanya Corrigan and her husband, Dan of Challis; son William Knox Jr. of Challis; three grandchildren: Kayla and Kevin Corrigan, and William Knox III all of Challis; four brothers: Bob and Jan Knox of Haines, Oregon, Jerry and Faye Knox of Challis, Jack and LaVerne Knox of Big Fork, Montana, and Tim and Jean Knox of Boise, Idaho; step-brother Mike Swett of California; four sisters: Rose Bybee of Grass Valley, California, Nadine Simmons and her husband, Wayne of Sacramento, California, Bonnie Swett of Boise, and Floress Florian and her husband, John of Buhl; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were conducted from the Challis Community Church U.C.C. on Saturday, January 17 with the Reverend Richard Miller and Vern Rusk officiating. Interment was in the Challis Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Wood River Valley at 507 North 1st Avenue, Ketchum, Idaho 83340 or to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Jones & Casey Funeral Home of Salmon.
William Dean "Bill" Wilson
William Dean “Bill” Wilson, aka “the Cookin Cop,” passed away Monday, January 5, 2004, at his home.
Bill was born May 1,1927 in Flushing, Michigan. He spent time in the Marines serving in WWII and soon after married Leslie Lorene Rogers. For many years he served as a police officer in both Michigan and Florida, as well as a member of the Bomb Squad in Texas.
In the 1980s Bill moved to Challis and was employed by Cyprus Mine.
Later, he worked as a dispatcher for the Sheriffs office, deputy coroner, and at times, a baliff. Bill served on the Challis City Council, and was a member of several organizations.
He will be remembered for his unmatched wit and his love of telling jokes and making people laugh.
The words, “Did you hear the one about...?” or “Did you hear about the guy who...?” will forever stay in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to have been entertained by him.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Leslie Wilson; sons, Bill Wilson, Bob Wilson (Debi), John Wilson, Mike Wilson (Lori), Mark Wilson; daughters Paula Hensarling (Jan), Lisa Cleeves (Mike) and numerous grandchildren.
Arrangements are under the direction of Salmon River Funeral Chapel.
Steve Banta, 48, Salmon, passed away in Missoula, Montana December 16, 2003.
He was born in Salmon, the son of Westley Gail and Bonnie Banta, and spent his whole life in Salmon except for about six months in Redding, California in 1981.
He formed close ties with Ralph Frazee, Glenn Sorenson and Bill Bolton.
They became father figures for Steve after his father moved away.
Steve married Natalie Kathryn Woodward March 20, 1982 after a four-month engagement.
He was stepfather to Natalie’s two children, Nathan Woodward, 14, and Heidi Ann Woodward, 9.
A year later, Christopher Stephen Banta was born on February 19, 1983.
Three years later, Breana N. Banta, better known as Amy, was born on August 16, 1986.
Two years after that, Julia Elizabeth Banta was born on August 17, 1988.
Steve worked for various logging and construction companies from 1977 until 1985: Mile High Logging, Westfall Logging, J&D Saw Sales, Doreain Pehrson Construction and Bob Smith Welding and Auto Repair. He also worked for the BLM on the helitack crew fighting fires.
He became a skilled operator on numerous pieces of heavy equipment and was known to be one of the best skidder operators of his day in the early 1980s.
In 1985 Steve was hired at Cyprus Thompson Creek Mine. By April of 1995 Steve was a mill maintenance lead tech over the entire concentrator. He supervised 12 mechanics. Then, in December 1997, he advanced to be a mill maintenance coordinator for the grind floatation and fresh water circuits.
He was responsible for maintaining the mill at 98 percent availability.
In July 2001, Steve decided to take a job with the city of Salmon as a mechanic so he could spend more time at home.
He also ran a home business, Steve’s Saw Repair, for about 10 years.
He is survived by his mother, Bonnie Banta of Salmon; sister, Kathy Luther of Nampa; wife, Natalie of Salmon; children, Chris, Amy and Julia of Salmon; stepchildren, Nathan Woodward of Burbank, California and Heidi Osborne of Escondido, California and five grandchildren.
William D. Fox
William D. Fox died of natural causes December 27, 2003 in Boulder City, Nevada.
He was born in Challis, Idaho January 2, 1916, to Burton D. Fox and Beatrice Bradbury Foley Fox.
He passed away at his home in Boulder City, Nevada on December 27, 2003.
He was a graduate of Challis High School in 1933 and a graduate of Albertson’s College of Idaho in 1956.
Bill served as Custer County Assessor from 1941 to the time of his enlistment in the Navy.
A Navy veteran of WWII he served from August 31, 1942 to October 26, 1945.
He is survived by Marjorie, his wife of 60 years and daughters, Joyce Welsh of San Pedro, California; Susan Bicek of Boise; Patricia Fox of Spring Creek, Nevada; and Kristin Fox of Air Oaks, California, three grandchildren, and his sister Elsie Sharp Smith of Challis.
A celebration of his life will be held next summer at the Fox family cabin in Obsidian.
Jean Cameron Giese
Jean Cameron Giese, 83, of Denton, Texas, died Monday, December 29, 2003, at her residence.
She was born April 18, 1920, in Challis, to William Cameron and Laura McClure Cameron.
She lived in Chalis from 1920 to 1943 and continued to return to visit the area as recently as the summer of 2003.
She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho and her master’s degree from Texas Women’s University.
On September 10, 1949, she married J.W. “Bill” Giese in Challis.
She was a board member of the City County Day School and was active with Meals on Wheels in Denton.
A memorial service was held Friday, January 2, in the chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors.
Survivors include her husband of Denton, Texas; one daughter, Katie Giese Owen of Corpus Christi, Texas; three sons, Mark Giese of Little Rock, Arkansas, Tim Giese of Denton and Jeff Giese of Boise; one brother, Duncan Cameron of Dixon, California; and seven grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the City County Day School, 1603 Paisley, Denton, TX 76209 or to the Jean and J.W. Giese Scholarship Fund c/o University of North Texas, P.O. Box 311250, Denton, TX 76203 or the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church St. Vincent DePaul Building Fund, 1215 N. Elm St., Denton, TX 76201.
Evelyn Louise Simmons Barrow
Evelyn Louise Simmons Barrow, ("Louise” to family and friends), previous resident of Challis, passed away peacefully at home in Lanett, Alabama on Saturday, January 3, 2004.
Born in Des Moines, New Mexico, May 16, 1918, Louise is survived by her husband of 63 years William Barrow of Lanett, her three daughters, Nancy Hesse of Lanett, Deborah Barrow Zak and her husband Frank Zak of Las Vegas, NV and Laurie Kemerer, of Delmont, PA.
She is also survived by her siblings, Kathleen Clark, Betty Stowe and James Simmons, her sisters-in-law Claudia, Rita and Ann.
Louise was the proud and loving grandmother of Cherrell, Linda, Rene, James, Neeley, Randy, and Sean.
She also was great-grandmother to Brianne, Melissa, Lindsey, Ashley, Erin, Rebecca, Michael and Cassie, and great-great grandmother of Joseph. She is survived by many nieces, nephews and their children and grandchildren in whom she delighted.
Louise was a gifted and prize-winning artist. Her preferred medium was pencil and although she excelled at portraiture, she also enjoyed drawing and painting wildlife, landscapes and fashion. She was also a gifted, self taught seamstress and designer.
As a young woman she considered a career in fashion as well as a career with Disney Studios.
Instead she chose marriage and family although she had a long history of working outside the home as she traveled to many different locations with her husband during his 22 years of military service.
Besides her artwork and sewing, Louise’s many activities and interests included crochet, quilting, Toastmaster’s, genealogy, gardening, reading, rooting for her favorite baseball teams and enjoying the companionship of her dogs.
Louise’s sharp intelligence, humor and wit will be missed by all.
A small graveside service is planned in Challis on Friday at noon at the Challis Cemetery
and a memorial service is planned for later this month in the Las Vegas home of her brother.
Joyce Bradshaw Fidler
Joyce Bradshaw Fidler, a long-time resident of Ketchikan, Alaska, died December 17, 2003 in the Olympia General Hospital in Olympia, Washington.
Joyce was born December 20, 1937 in her grandma’s house in Rexburg, to Leona and Ray Bradshaw.
Her father died August 1991.
Survivors include her husband Phil of Yelm, Washington; four children, Janice Bonman of Boise, Jody Hall of Ketchikan, Alaska, Joe Rollog of Bellingham, Washington and Jay Rollog of Boise; her mother, Leona Bradshaw of Challis and her brother, Keith Bradshaw of Challis; six grandchildren and one nephew, Rustan Bradshaw.
Cremation took place in Olympia, Washington.