A Tribute to our Friends
|Darlene McKenzie, a longtime Troy area resident, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at Whitman Senior Living Center in Pullman. She was 88.Darlene was born Nov. 2, 1926, at Gifford, Idaho, to Leo and Edith Waterer Messinger. She grew up on the family farm in the Cottonwood Creek area and attended elementary grades at the Magpie School. She then went to Culdesac, Idaho, where she graduated from high school. Darlene enrolled in the nursing program at Lewiston Normal School (now LCSC).
Darlene and Dan McKenzie were married on Jan. 6, 1945, at Seattle while he was in the Navy. Following Mr. McKenzie’s discharge from the service in 1946, they made their home on Cottonwood Creek until October of 1952 when they moved to a farm near Troy. They farmed in the Dry Creek area all of their lives. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and Daughters of the Nile and attended the Bovill Community Presbyterian Church. They wintered in Arizona for many years beginning in 1972 and attended the Happy Trails Fellowship in Phoenix. She enjoyed crocheting and was an accomplished trap-shooter. She held the Idaho State Ladies championship from 1966-89, and was one of the first women to shoot competitively.
Mr. McKenzie died in November 2003 and she continued to live on the farm until 2009 when she moved to Clark House in Moscow and in 2012 to Whitman Senior Living Center in Pullman.
Surviving are her children, Daniel (Gloria) McKenzie of Troy, Donna Bigford of Moscow, Jeanie (Tony) Glaser of Troy and Debbie (Steve) Kirkland of Troy. She also leaves 13 grandchildren, Jeremy Bigford, Tiffany (Robert) Bentley, Lacey (Kyle) Meredith, Bradley (Nancy) Bigford, Brandon Bigford, Deborah McKenzie, Devin (Tammy) McKenzie, Darin (Sheena) McKenzie, Tammy (Jeff) Iverson, Patricia (Randy) Cheyne, Alicia (Shawn) Blacker, Steve (Melissa) Kirkland and Lindy (Guy) Wells, along with 22 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Daniel Scott McKenzie, in 1976; a sister, Betty Jo Storey; and a brother, Leo “John” Messinger, Jr.
Arlie D. Connerle
|Mickey S. Hewitt passed away Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center from complications after surgery.|
Mickey was born June 25, 1932, in Boise, to Lawrence and Elsie Rhodes Hewitt. He spent his early years in downtown Boise. During middle school the family moved to Fruitland, Idaho, where Mickey attended high school. This is where Mickey met Jeanie, the love of his life and wife of 61 years up until her death in July 2013.
Mickey attended high school in Fruitland and was captain of his football team. They won the high school state championship his senior year. He continued to be a leader of men from that point forward until his last days.
Mickey and Jeanie were married July 15, 1950, in Winnemucca, Nev. They soon started their family in Boise, where Mickey worked as a warehouse man and delivery driver for Booth Fisheries. Mickey was also a professional boxer, boxing under the name Mickey Rhodes and earning the title of Pacific Northwest Champion for both middleweight and welterweight division. In 1952, Mickey traveled to New York City, where he fought in Madison Square Garden, but missed his family so much that he only stayed four months. In February 2002, Mickey Rhodes was inducted into the Northwest Boxing Hall of Fame along with his longtime buddy, Jimmy Grow of Lewiston. They traveled together in the boxing circuit and trained together in Boise.
Between matches, Mickey went to work in the construction business as an operating engineer. The family moved with him to many places where he could find work on a dam or a road project. Mickey settled his family in Lewiston in 1964. He continued in the construction business, eventually starting his own company.
During the 1970s Mickey and his son Jim became very active in thoroughbred race horses. Jim was a nationally ranked jockey and trained race horses for Mickey. Mickey owned several race horses and traveled around the Pacific Northwest and Northern California to watch them run.
In 1980, Mickey moved to Venezuela, South America, with his wife Jeanie to work for his longtime friend Ron Maxwell who represented Nello Teer, a large international construction firm from North Carolina. He was the project manager for building one of the world’s largest dams on the Orinoco River.
Upon his return from South America, Mickey and Jeanie moved to Maui, Hawaii, where Mickey worked for Goodfellow Bros. Construction Co. as an island manager for the next 19 years. Mickey was very active in charity work for his local community of Kihei. This is where they built their dream home and lived during those years. The governor of Hawaii gave Mickey the honor of nominating him as Hawaii’s Citizen of the Year in the early 1990s. Mickey is very well-known and loved by the people of Maui.
While on Maui he also owned a sporting clays shooting range. He loved to shoot sporting clays and trap to the end. In 1996, Mickey won the Sporting Clays National Championship in his class that was held in San Antonio. Right up to the end, Mickey loved shooting targets. He attended a shoot just three weeks prior to being hospitalized.
In 2001, Mickey retired from Goodfellow Brothers and moved back to Idaho so they could spend time with their kids and grandkids. Mickey felt fortunate to have come from a place like Idaho. As a board member Mickey was active in the Lewiston Gun Club and fought very hard to retain the now-closed club.
Mickey was preceded in death by his parents and his loving wife of 61 years, Jeanie. Mickey is survived by Jeanie’s brother, Alan Ray Blackburn of Bangkok, Thailand. Mickey is also survived by his four children, James Merrill (Tammy) Hewitt, Cindy Marie (Gale) Wilson, Judi D. Tierney and Charles Lawrence (Jessa) Hewitt. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Mickey was very close with his children and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.
Surviving Mickey at the family home is his companion, Jo Bills. Jo and dad were like teenagers again, both being the same age and being united after all these years as they knew each other as children. Dad loved Jo deeply and she loved him as well; it was evident when you saw these two together. Jo made dad young and vibrant again. We thank Jo so much for what she gave our beloved father this past year. Thank you Jo, we are so sorry that you have to share in our loss, as we know how much you loved our dad.
Mickey traveled the world, met many movie stars, politicians, recording stars, high-powered business owners and the ordinary man. With his sense of humor he made it easy to love him and he never met a stranger. He helped so many people financially along the way.
Mickey had countless friends, who all meant so much to him. He was truly one of a kind. There will never be another man like Mickey Simpson Hewitt. He will be missed by all who had the opportunity to know him.
Steven E. Eichenberger
Anthony (Tony) Welton
|Anthony Dean “Tony” Welton, 49 of Caldwell, died Tuesday, March 30, 2010, at home. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at Deer Flat Free Methodist Church, 17703 Beet Road, Caldwell. Private interment will be at the Wilder Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell.|
Tony was born , Jan. 20, 1961, in Boise the son of Dwayne and Margaret Mills Welton. He was raised in Meridian, graduating from Meridian High School in 1979. Growing up Tony enjoyed working at his father’s service station and racing cars on the weekend. He began farming, ranching and custom farming in Marsing where he raised his three beautiful children.
Tony was a friendly and outgoing person who made many friends during his life time. He loved to talk and during a meal, he would have to reheat it his plate because his food would get cold while he was telling a story.
Tony’s greatest pride was his children, and he was a devoted father who spent a lot of time with them. Many hours were spent boating, tubing and skiing with his children and coaching their basketball teams. He also had a very close relationship with his parents and was always there to lend a hand. Many trips were enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. His dad, brother and he were avid trap-shooters and spent many weekends at local gun clubs competing for the prize. He was a member of Deer Flat Free Methodist Church. Tony will be greatly missed.
Surviving are his parents, Dwayne and Margaret Welton; children, Chance, Heather and Cheyanne; a brother, Stuart (Raeleen) Welton; sisters, April (Chris) Howell and Mardianne (Randy) Howell; his grandfather, Hubert Welton and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and aunts and uncles.
Lester George Kreller
Charles J. Woodruff
|Charles “Charlie” J. Woodruff, 71, of Boise, Idaho, formerly of Phoenix, New York, passed away May 30, 2013 in Idaho. He was a member of the Class of 1960 at Phoenix High School and after school, served his Country in the U.S. Marine Corps (Semper Fi). Charlie worked at his trade as a sprinkler fitter in New York until he moved to Idaho in 1995 and worked there until his retirement in 2001. After retiring, he pursued his two passions of hunting and trap shooting. Charlie was “very good” at both, being named numerous times to the State Trap Shooting Teams in New York and Idaho. He was selected to the U.S. All American Trap Team (Veteran) several years and was elected to the Idaho Trap Shooting Hall of Fame. He will be greatly missed. Charlie was predeceased by his mother, Dorothy; his father, Zeke; and his sister, Shiela Woodruff Corey. He is survived by his brother-in-law, John Corey; his niece, Heather Corey; and nephew, Scott Corey.|
Louis S. (Ned) Bishop
Louis S. (Ned) Bishop
Ned Bishop 87 of Caldwell ID passed away April 20, 2013 at home with family by his side. Ned was born August 19, 1925 in Monett, MO to Aubrey and Orel Breese Bishop (later Orel Babb). After graduating H.S. in 1943 he enlisted in the Navy. Entering the Navy V-5 program, he was sent to MW Missouri State Univ. Maryville, MO. where he met Marjorie Campbell. From 1944-1946 he was assigned to the USS Monterey which deployed to the Pacific (Philippines and Japan).
After the war he married Margie June 22, 1946. Very much the entrepreneur and salesman he had a varied and interesting career. In 1951 they moved to Kansas City where Ned earned his pilot’s license and flew for Caribbean American Airlines. Next he was a Cessna aircraft sales manager with Executive Aircraft and then held the same position at Wright Electronics. Ned founded Electronic Research Company in 1958 which he sold to Textron, Inc. in 1971. From 1971-1975 he was president of Shaeffer Pen Co. Ft. Madison IA. While in IA he returned to school and received his BA in Business Administration. He and Margie then moved to Pittsfield MA where he headed the newly merged Shaeffer Pen/Eaton Paper Co. 1976-1980. From 1981-1986 Ned was a Group Vice President at Textron Inc. Providence RI. After retirement he was awarded an honorary doctorate in Business Administration from Iowa Wesleyan College. Upon retiring in 1986 they moved to Scottsdale AZ where he sold real estate between 1987-2004. After Margie passed away in 2004 Ned moved to Caldwell ID. where he was associated with Canyon Realty.
Ned loved fishing golf skiing and was a nationally recognized trap shooter. He was active in both the Caldwell and Boise Gun Clubs and had a passion for mentoring junior shooters. He was also proud of his affiliation with the Cowboy Fast Draw Assoc, the QBs and Ned was a friend of Bill W.
Ned loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, he cared deeply for his family and looked forward to being reunited with Margie his sweetheart of 58 years. Ned was also preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jack Doyle. He leaves behind 4 children, Chris Bishop (Cindy Bayless) Scottsdale AZ, Judy Evans (John), Garden City, ID, John “Kip” Bishop, Caldwell ID, Melanie Sittig (Greg) Nampa, ID, 8 grandchildren Scott Bishop, Jennifer (Bishop) Cornelius, Chad Bishop, Justin Evans, Matthew Evans, Michael Evans, Joseph Pattee, Alex Pattee, 15 great grandchildren, 1 great great granddaughter, nephew Jack Doyle and niece Cathleen Doyle.
Kenneth Lee Siemens
| Kenneth Lee Siemens, 74, of Twin Falls, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 20, 2013.He was born Dec. 11, 1938, in Bakersfield, Calif., the son of George and Viola Zacharias Siemens. After graduation at the age of 17, Kenny ventured to Eureka, Calif., where he did various jobs before he began his 30-year career with UPS.Kenny was a longtime member of the Eel River Gun Club, where he became an accomplished trap shooter and won many distinguished awards. While visiting a close friend, Kenny and his wife were impressed with the beauty of Idaho and decided to retire in Twin Falls.Kenny immediately joined the Twin Falls Gun Club in 1994, where he made many lifelong friends, enjoyed many fun-filled days shooting trap, skeet and playing cribbage. Kenny then discovered sporting clay shooting at the Jerome Rod and Gun club. He dedicated numerous hours of his time volunteering, promoting and applying for grants to help ensure the growth of the shooting sport he loved. Besides Kenny’s love and dedication to his wife Juanita, Kenny’s No. 1 passion was dove hunting; he never missed a Sept. 1 opening day of Dove Season.Surviving are his wife, Juanita of Twin Falls; son, Michael Siemens of Blue Lake, Calif.; daughter, Donna Souza of Arcata, Calif.; brother, Everett Siemens of Shafter, Calif.; and sister – Dorris Sciaroni of San Carlos, Calif.; along with two grandchildren. Kenny will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Published on www.kmvt.com, April, 2013
Steven Inouye, at age 65, while being surrounded by family and friends passed after a tenacious battle with cancer. Steve was the second son of Mary and Kay Inouye of Homedale, Idaho and will be missed by his brothers, Carey and Kris.
Steve went on to the College of Idaho where he received his bachelor degree in accounting. Steve was blessed during this time with family and friends. He was loved as a father, husband, uncle, brother, a friend, and had an exceptional career. He also represented the Idaho National Guard in the 25th Army band as a clarinet and saxophone player.
Steve was passionate about the great things Idaho has to offer. He loved the wild rivers and following a well-trained dog in the fields. He was recognized as an Idaho State Champion trap shooter who qualified to lead Idaho in national competition.
Steve’s greatest passion, though, was watching his three grandchildren, Christian, Madison and Carter, grow and develop. He takes the love of his family and friends on his next journey.
Steve and his children, Kim and Cory, ask that you celebrate life with your own family and friends in his memory. Steve has requested that no service be held and that his ashes be spread in a warmer climate, from where he wishes you all a warm Aloha and a special thank you for being a part of this journey.
Dad, we’ll miss you. Watch over us.
Published in Idaho Statesman on February 17, 2013
X.E. (Bus) Durant
| X.E. (Bus) Durant passed away Aug. 18, 2012, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. He was born May 11, 1922, in Lewiston, to Xavier and Nellie Durant. Bus was raised in Weippe, with his sister, Verla, and as he always referred to him, the “kid” brother, Benny. He and Benny have remained close all these years, including having lunch on Thursdays, usually at Station 3, in Clarkston. Bus and his wife, Mary Ellen, visited Verla and her husband, Paul Ennis, and their children in Boise and Sun Valley many times.Bus told great stories about growing up in Weippe and Clearwater County in the 1920s and ’30s, including taking a family car trip to the Chicago World’s Fair in August and September of 1933. He attended Weippe schools through many of those years, although he moved to Lewiston for his senior year and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1940. He attended the University of Idaho, was in the ROTC program, and served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II. He was discharged from the 95th M.P. Battalion in August of 1946, having served primarily in France and Germany. Upon leaving the Army, Bus returned to the University of Idaho and graduated in 1947. His parents had established a general merchandise store in Weippe and one in Pierce. In the late ’40s, Bus bought out his parents’ store in Pierce, while Benny took over the store in Weippe.Bus married Mary Ellen Ripley in 1949, and they continued to operate Durant’s General Merchandise and Durant’s Grocery for many years. Bus served on the City Council and as Mayor of Pierce including during the Centennial Celebration in 1960, which also was attended by Idaho Gov. Bob Smylie. The event was very successful and is still celebrated annually as Pierce 1860 Days. Bus also was a partner in a cabin located off the Laundry Creek Road, eight miles from the North Fork of the Clearwater River, where he allowed many friends and family members to stay while they hunted and fished. Bus liked to prospect for minerals in that area.Bus and Mary Ellen sold Durant’s General Merchandise in 1978, but Bus didn’t retire. He was elected Clearwater County commissioner and served for 15 years before retiring and moving to Lewiston in 1993.
In 1948, Bus set up a trap range in Pierce and started a long career of trapshooting. Bus served as president of the Camas Prairie Trap Shooting Association in 1962 and 1967 and was past president of both the Orofino and Pierce gun clubs. In 1964, he was elected ATA Western Zone vice president, remaining on the ATA Executive Committee through 1970 while serving four years as vice president, one year as president of the ATA in 1969, and one year as president ex-officio. In 1975, he was appointed to the Central Handicap Committee and he served as chairman of the Handicap Committee for many years while traveling all over the United States to handicap shooters for ATA-registered events. He was ATA president when the organization’s Hall of Fame was dedicated in 1969, and he was enshrined into the hall on Aug. 15, 1989. Bus won many trapshooting awards and was well-known for the time and effort he devoted to trapshooting and for his willingness to help a fellow trapshooter. He participated in many changes to improve the sport, which benefited trapshooters nationwide. He attended the Grand American Trapshoot, held annually in Vandalia, Ohio, every year from 1962 until 2006, a string of 44 consecutive years and a number he was very proud of. He so wanted to make one more trip to the Grand, but declining health prevented a last trip to his favorite event, which has been moved to Sparta, Ill.Bus was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Mary Ellen, in 2006, and his sister, Verla. He is survived by his brother, Benny of Lewiston, and niece, Vickie Smith of Weippe; his nephew, Scott Ennis of Cupertino, Calif.; and nieces, Paula Ennis, of Stowe, Vt., and Lynn Ennis Iozzo, of Gladwyne, Pa.; as well as brother-in-law Herbert S. Ripley and wife Mary of Lewiston; and nephews Mike Ripley of Lewiston, Richard Ripley of Spokane, Dan Ripley of Bellingham, Wash., and Jeff Ripley of Kennewick.Memorials can be made to the University of Idaho or Lewis-Clark State College, as Bus and Mary Ellen each established education endowments at both institutions.
|Henrietta Young A memorial service for Henrietta Young will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19 at Ten Mile Community Church, 4440 E Columbia Rd, Meridian. A viewing will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at Cloverdale Funeral Home, Boise. Services are under the direction of Cloverdale Funeral Home. Henrietta Young was born, raised and spent her entire life in Kuna. She graduated from Kuna High School where she played baseball, basketball and was a cheerleader. She married Donald R. Young on June 6, 1949, celebrating 58 years of marriage this year. They had four children: Steven, Loretta, Michael and Don Neal “Pee Wee.” Henrietta had a passion to be in public and at a young age worked in a local grocery store. Later she spent about 15 years at the local bank before joining Don and their sons in the family business, Don Young Construction & Supply, Inc. Evenings and Saturdays she would often fit in a hair appointment for one of her many older lady friends or family. She loved cooking and baking and was famous for cookies, pies and cakes. She never knew a stranger and they were always welcome for dinner. Henrietta loved TCBY and M&M Peanuts and she called them her one-a-day vitamins. Henrietta loved to shop with her daughter, Loretta and with her sister, Deloris. She enjoyed good times with friends. Her girlfriends were a very big part of her life and activities. She liked bowling, playing cards, traveling to Lions Club activities and conventions, and Kavemen Travelers Good Sam trips with her husband. She was very sports-oriented and enjoyed watching the kids play school sports. Sports were a great part of her life and she was a participant as well as a fan. Don gave her clubs for golfing and her own gun to trap shoot as they traveled all over the West. Henrietta’s husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were very important to her and the loves of her life. She loved and encouraged family get-togethers. She told a granddaughter she wanted to kick this (Parkinson’s’ Disease) and put on her dancing shoes. Survivors include her husband, Donald R. Young of Kuna; her children, Loretta Young-Sidener (Tom) of Meridian; Michael of Boise; and Don Neal “PeeWee,” of Boise; grandchildren, Stephanie Birkle (John) of Woodland, Calif., Jennifer Young of Kuna, Nick Young (Jackie) of Nampa, and Breanne Young of Meridian; great-grandchildren, Grant Birkle, Lauren Birkle, and Emma Young; and sister Ann Davis of Omaha, Neb. She was preceded in death by her son, Steve, her parents, and her sister, Deloris Kern. The family wishes to thank the staffs of Aspen Traditional Rehab, XL Hospice, Capitol Care Center, and the doctors and nurses who gave loving care to Henrietta.Published in the Idaho Statesman on 11/16/2007|
Steven L. Young
|Our beloved father, grandfather, son, brother, and friend, Steven L. Young, 54, of Kuna passed away Saturday, April 2, 2005, of natural causes. Steven was born March 7, 1951 in Boise. He attended school in Kuna, graduating from Kuna High School in 1969. In 1975 he graduated from Boise State University and began teaching and coaching at Kuna Junior High School. He left teaching to work with his family at Don Young Construction in 1980 and served as the company´s president since 1989.He enjoyed playing high school sports, fast pitch softball, city league basketball, and golf. He participated in the American Bowling Congress Championships annually. He was also an avid trap shooter and lifetime member of the Boise and Caldwell Gun Clubs. A competitor at heart, Steve excelled in all that he did. Although he left us unexpectedly, he will be remembered as a generous, hard-working and humble man. He will always be respected and admired for his integrity, compassion, and ability to tell a great story. He is survived by his three children, Stephanie Young-Birkle of Sacramento, Calif., Jennifer Young of Kuna, and Nicholas Young of Nampa; a son-in-law, John Birkle of Sacramento; a grandson, Grant Birkle of Sacramento; his parents Donald R. and Henrietta Young of Kuna; a sister, Loretta Young-Sidener of Meridian; two brothers, Michael Young and Don (“PeeWee”) Young, both of Boise; loving partner Maureen Yogerst of Kuna; and friend and mother of his children Marcie Young of Boise.|
Donald Robert Young
|Donald Robert Young 1926 – 2012 Donald Robert Young, 85, of Kuna, passed away peacefully Thursday, June 21, 2012. Don was born September 11, 1926, to Chester C. and Lottie Mae Young. He was a life-long resident of Kuna, Idaho, leaving only to serve in the United States Army during World War II. He was a graduate of Kuna High School and attended Boise Junior College. On June 6, 1949, he married Henrietta Perraut. The couple went on to have four children and celebrate 58 years of marriage before Henrietta’s passing in 2007. In 1957, Don – a lath and plasterer by trade – started his own business. With his wife and sons by his side, his company, Don Young Construction & Supply, Inc., built homes, churches, schools, banks, and other projects across the state until 2005. He had a reputation for being a tough but honest businessman. Don was an avid athlete, participating in baseball, bowling, golf, and trapshooting. He gave up the opportunity to play professionally for the Chicago Cubs in order to start a family. Sports played an important part in his life, and he enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren in sport, sponsoring bowling teams, breeding and owning race horses, and trapshooting at the Boise and Caldwell Gun Clubs, where he was a life member. He loved watching Atlanta Braves games on television, and if he dozed off during the game, he would quickly wake up if anyone attempted to change the channel. In addition to sports, Don enjoyed serving his community. He was a life member of the Nampa Elks, Good Sams, and the Kuna Lions Club, serving as its President in 1975. Don is survived by his sons, Michael Young and Don Neil “PeeWee” Young, both of Boise, and his daughter, Loretta Young-Sidener of Meridian. He is also survived by four grandchildren and their spouses: Stephanie Young-Birkle and her husband, John Birkle, of Woodland, California; Jennifer Young and her husband, Travis Pauley, of Kuna; Nicholas Young and his wife, Jackie Young, of Kuna; and Breanne Young of Meridian. He is survived by six great-grandchildren: Grant and Lauren Birkle, Emma and Hannah Young, Katelyn and Cash Pauley. Don was preceded in death by his wife Henrietta and his oldest son, Steven.|
Harold D. Ward
|Harold D. Ward Harold D. Ward, 78, Rupert died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008 Harold was born near Broken Bow, Neb. on Oct. 6, 1929 and moved to Idaho as a child. He grew up in the Sunny Slope and Arena Valley areas near Homedale and Wilder. He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army in Korea from 1950-1952. After his time in the service, he returned to Wilder and married EdithLees his wife of 55 years. In 1954, Harold and Edith drew a farm north of Rupert where they have lived and farmed since that time. Harold enjoyed working the land, his hobby of trapshooting and riding his Harley Davidson with his son and friends. In his later years he began refinishing furniture and working with his son in a second-hand and antique business. He also enjoyed the time he spent with his daughter and grand children Hayley and Keagan who had a very special spot in his heart. Harold was a man of many skills and was always willing to use those skills to help others who needed him. He would often drop what he was doing to fix a leak, repair a door or weld a piece of machinery for someone who asked. He is survived by his wife Edith of Rupert, son Earl of Hammett, daughter Deann (Scott) Shillington of Hayden and grand children Hayley and Keagan Shillington of Hayden brothers Glenn Ward of Wilder, Roger Ward of Hagerman, and sisters Grace Thomas of Bruenau, Donna Marsh of Wilder and Mary Cantrell of Rupert. He was preceded in death by brothers Ben and Dick.Published in the Idaho Statesman on 8/7/2008.|
Alferd William Wing
|Alferd William Wing, 82 of Caldwell, passed away Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at West Valley Medical Center of natural causes. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 23 at Dakan Funeral Chapel in Caldwell. Al was born Oct. 8, 1925 at Caldwell, the only child of Frank and Willie Lee Arnold Wing. He was reared on a farm on Sunny Slope and educated in Caldwell, graduating from Caldwell High School in 1943. Al farmed two family homesteads with his dad and worked for Crookham’s after high school. He was introduced to Bethel Pettis by mutual friends in 1949 and they were joined in a lifelong marriage on Oct. 8, 1950. Two daughters, Marcia and Sheryl, were born of this union. Al began his career in law enforcement with the Caldwell Police Department as a patrol officer in 1957, working his way through the ranks until he retired as Captain in 1985. Never one to be caught up in the politics of the job, he most enjoyed serving the public, especially his many years as a detective. He became proficient in the darkroom, developing the department’s crime and accident scene photos for many years. Al also became a fingerprint expert, participating as one of only 20 officers from across the US invited to attend the FBI Academy in a pilot program geared toward enhancing the skills of local law enforcement agencies in the late 1960’s. During his second stint at the Academy he wrote a paper that was used as a fingerprint training tool in many subsequent classes. Following his retirement from the Department he worked part-time at First Security Bank in its security operations until 1998. Outside of work, Al had two passions: trapshooting and the Odd Fellows Lodge. He began shooting with a friend in 1946 and won his first trophy in 1951. During the early years of his marriage and raising a family he didn’t have time to shoot often – but as his girls grew older Al got serious about the sport. It took him nearly 40 years to hit his first 50,000 targets by 1988, but only ten years to reach 100,000 targets in 1998. He was only the second shooter in Idaho to reach that milestone, and was inducted into the Idaho Trapshooting Hall of Fame that same year. In 1993, at the age of 68, Al suffered a detached retina during a shoot and was told his shooting career was ended unless he learned to shoot right-handed. This was no small feat for a life-long lefty, but with typical determination he was back shooting 200 straight targets at the Lewiston meet three years later. In addition to shooting, Al was an active member of the Marsing and Caldwell Gun Clubs, serving on the Caldwell Board for sixteen years and as its President for four. His other passion was the Odd Fellows Lodge where he was a member of IOOF Lodge #10 since 1948. He served the Caldwell Lodge in nearly every capacity including Noble Grand, and has been a Trustee of the Lodge for many years. He was the Caldwell Representative at the State Grand Lodge a number of times and had reached the position of Deputy Grand Master before stepping down for health reasons. At the time of his death, Al was serving as Caldwell’s Chaplain. Al was preceded in death by Bethel, his wife of 57 years, in November, 2007. He is survived by daughters Marcia Wing (Gregory Garlick) and Sheryl Wing, and by his “adopted” daughters, Kristine Rickenbach and Teresa Rickenbach, all of Boise. The family would like to thank the staff at West Valley for their caring and kindness during Al’s last days.Published in the Idaho Statesman on 6/21/2008.|
James H. Clayton
|Jim Clayton went to his rest Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. Jim had been battling cancer for the past year.He was born July 28, 1933, in Montello, Nev. He grew up in Buhl, Idaho. In first grade he met the love of his life, Shirley. They married on Aug. 8, 1954, and had two children, Steve Clayton of Twin Falls and Linda Mitchell of Coeur d’ Alene.Jim attended the University of Idaho where he received his bachelor’s in Civil Engineering, and went on to work almost his entire career with the Idaho Transportation Department. He began his career in Burley, and eventually moved to Lewiston in 1973, where he was promoted to District Engineer, a position he enjoyed until his retirement in 1993. Jim was very well respected by all the people he encountered during his career. Jim loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman all of his life. He spent
thousands of hours in his boat with friend s and family, and loved nothing more than bringing home a big steelhead or a limit of bass. He also enjoyed trap shooting, and was active in the Lewiston Gun Club.He was a loving, caring and generous husband, father, grandfather and friend. He had a great sense of humor and love for life. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him, especially his wife, Shirley; his son, Steve; his daughter, Linda; his daughter-in-law, Jeanine; his son-in-law, John; and his four grandchildren, Annie Clayton, and Melissa, Molly and Andy Mitchell.Published in the Lewiston Tribune on 09/02/2007
Daniel G. Slade
|Daniel G. Slade of Meridian passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007. He was 64. Dan was born in Durango, Colo. on July 11, 1943, to Donald E. and Katherine I. Slade. He attended school in Silverton, Colo. until 1960, when the family moved to Mesa, Ariz. Dan continued his education at Mesa High School. From there he joined the U.S. Army, and spent the remainder of his life in the service of his country. Dan met his future wife, Carole Marie Bickerstaff, while stationed in Irwin, Pa. The couple were happily married for 43 years, and lived a full life that involved family, travel, golf, and laughter. Dan retired after 21 years in the army, and then joined the Department of Defense as a technical specialist for the Apache helicopter. During his career he was involved in most of the significant military events of the past 40 years. That included recovery efforts on the Gemini Space Program, three (3) tours of duty in Viet Nam, an assignment to Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm, an assignment to Bosnia,|
and an assignment to Afghanistan during the second Gulf War. He retired in 2006, and devoted himself to hunting, sports shooting (he was a member of the Boise Gun Club) and golf. Dan was preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers: Donald King, Larry Neil, and Hal Leroy. He is survived by his wife, Carole; a daughter Toni, now living in Portsmouth, Va.; a son Daniel, Jr. and granddaughter Carly, both in Chandler, Ariz..; brother Max Barneigh and wife Leona, in Boise; two sisters, Sherry Slade of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and Katherine Willis of Meeker, Colo., two sisters-in-law, Georgia Zimmerman of Parowin, Utah, and Carman Slade, of Klein, Colo.; and numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family members. The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation and gratitude to the excellent and caring staff of 4 South at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Boise.
Published in the Idaho Statesman on 11/8/2007.
Thomas Irvin Garrigus
|Thomas Irvin Garrigus, 60, former Hillsboro resident, died Dec. 29, 2006 in Plains, Mont. Born in Hillsboro, Ore, Nov. 9, 1946, he was the son of Don and Wanda (Williams) Garrigus. He graduated from Hilhi and attended Western Business College. He served in the Air Force from 1965 to 1969, where he was a member of the US Air Force Shooting Team. The way he told it, his dad helped him shoot at his first clay target when he was three years old. He enjoyed the sport and became a world-class shooter. In the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games, Tom represented the USA in trapshooting and won a silver medal, the US highest finish in the event since 1920. In 1996, Tom ran the Olympic Torch on a leg in Salem, Ore, and was a referee for Trap & Skeet at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. A salesman most of his life, he was most proud of his role of Assistant Shotgun Coach of the USA Shooting Team from 1992 to 2002. He took many shotgun teams overseas to participate in World Cup Competitions where they secured many gold, silver and bronze medals for the USA. Tom was also a director of the Hillsboro Trap & Skeet Club and the Boise Gun Club for many years. Tom was an avid bird and big game hunter and fisherman and it was his dream to retire in Montana. He had lived in Victor in the early 80s and Montana was in his blood. He and his wife, Jackie, married in March of 1993, moved to Plains in August of 2006 and were having their dream house built. Tom will be remembered for his great smile and laugh, his love for his children and step-children and his hearty chuckle when he played with his grandkids. Survivors include his wife, Jackie of Plains, Mont.; Children, Scott Garrigus of Nampa, Idaho, Bob Davenport of Aloha, Ore., Chris Dye of Nampa, Idaho, Sara Osborn of Vancouver, Wash., Jeff German of Boise, Idaho Thomas Bradley Garrigus of Clackamas, Ore. Robert Garrigus of Scottsdale, Ariz. Sisters, Joann Thomas of Hillsboro, Ore., Marilyn Bush of Indian Rocks Beach, Fla.; Brother, Richard Garrigus of Bend, Ore. 13 grandchildren also survive.Published in the Idaho Statesman on 1/31/2007.Read more about Thomas Garrigus accomplishments on wikipedia.org|
Alfred E. Varady
|Alfred “Big Al” E. Varady, 74, of Mountain Home, died at his home on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006.Big Al was born Oct. 29, 1931, in North Hampton, Mass., the son of Alfred and Mary Ann Varady.After high school, he joined the Air Force. After 20 years of service he retired and then worked 20 years for the Civil Service.On Sept. 8, 1963, he married Betty D. Campbell in Greenville, S.C. Together they had one daughter, Carol Ann. In 1967 they moved to Mountain Home.Big Al was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was an expert on guns and reloading and advised others on the proper techniques of loading ammo. His hobbies included making gun stocks, collecting knives and being in the outdoors. Big Al was a devoted husband and father, his family said.He is survived by: his wife of 43 years, Betty Varady, his daughter, Carol Varady, of Mountain Home; sons Alfred Varady, Jr., of North Carolina, Heath Varady of Tennessee, Mark Varady of Arizona; a daughter, Susan Klosek, of Arizona; a brother, Robert Varady of Massachusetts; a sister, Charolette Dwyer of Massachusetts, nine grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by both his parents and one sister.Published in Mountain Home News on October 11, 2006|
Patricia Josephine Kreller
|Patricia Josephine Kreller, 86, passed away Monday, Oct. 23, at St. Luke´s Hospital in Boise. Pat was born on March 20, 1920 to Charles and Agnes Jessie Eisenbeis in Blaine, Kansas. She was the seventh of the 11 children in the family. When she was a teenager, the family moved to Wapato, Wash. in the Yakima Valley. Pat married Clyde Rice in 1940, and they moved to Port Orchard, Wash. Their daughter, Carol, was born in 1948. Pat and Clyde divorced in 1952, and Pat became a hard-working single mother. She worked as a nurse at St Alphonsus Hospital in Boise and at St Elizabeth Hospital in Yakima. Pat then became a meat wrapper and worked for her brother Chuck in Wapato before making a permanent move to Boise in 1960. She continued working as a meat wrapper for M&W Markets and Albertsons until 1972. In 1971 Pat married Lester Kreller. Pat and Les recently celebrated their anniversary of 35 happy years together. During their marriage they loved to travel and spend time with friends and family. Pat especially loved babysitting her grandsons when they were little and was thrilled when she became a great-grandmother.Pat spent 22 years as a volunteer at St Alphonsus Hospital, and she was a member of Sacred Heart Church for 46 years. Pat was always organized, prompt, and reliable in whatever she did. Pat and Les moved to Regency Columbia Village early in 2006. She enjoyed participating in the activities and making friends with the other residents and staff. Pat loved and was dearly loved by her family. She was pre-deceased by her parents and her sisters and brothers Sister Geneva Eisenbeis O.S.B., Sister Honora (Ag) Eisenbeis O.S.B., Monica Stocker, and Virginia, Ray, Jiggs, and Bill Eisenbeis. Pat is survived by her husband Les Kreller, daughter Carol and her husband Tom Martin, grandsons Ryan and Kelly Martin, great-granddaughter Ashlynn Martin, step-daughter Joyce and husband Orin Robinson, step-granddaughter Kathy and husband David Graves, and her sisters and brother Rose Hill Olsen, Rhea Marchetti, and Chuck Eisenbeis.|
Robert A. Copsey
|Bob Copsey passed away at his home in the early morning hours of Feb. 26, 2006 at the age of 86. It was pure “orneriness” that allowed him to keep the cancer at bay as long as he did, no doubt mixed with a reluctance to leave his children and grandchildren, without the lovingly forceful guidance he provided throughout his life. Services will be held Thursday, March 2, 2006 at 10 a.m. in the first Presbyterian church, 950 W. State St., Boise. Bob was born in Westerville, Neb. on July 6, 1919, to Harve and Ruth Copsey who raised him, along with his two brothers, on their farm. He graduated high school in 1936 and was working as a power company lineman when W.W. II broke out in Europe. Enrolling in a crash course sponsored by the Alliance Nebraska Elks Club, he completed the equivalent of two years of college studies in 90 days in order to qualify for cadet pilot training in the Army Air Corps. His air Corps service took the new, young lieutenant to northern Africa in 1942 where he piloted B-17s. As Allied forces began to drive north, the 99th Bomb Group was transferred to southern Italy. Bob was promoted to Captain and completed his 50th combat mission on Christmas day 1943. He was 24 years old. Decorated numerous times, including two Purple Hearts, he was the only pilot able to successfully bomb a key bridge in the Italian mountains crucial to the Allied advance. During his time overseas he was corresponding with Dee Dee Olsen back in Broken Bow and they fell in love. As he neared the end of his tour, he made perhaps his boldest decision of the war and sent her a letter with a proposal of marriage. There was one condition attached: Bob asked if his father could present her with the engagement ring to seal the deal before he returned home. When he got off the train in Omaha some months later she was waiting, the engagement ring already on her finger. They were married April 10, 1944. After the honeymoon and two years as a B -17 instructor, Bob landed a job as pilot for Chicago Southern Airlines and they moved to Memphis, Tenn., where their first two children, Douglas and Richard, were born. In 1946, Bob accepted an offer from his aunt, Pearl Copsey Hutchinson, and her husband, Joe, to come to work for them in a business they had started a few years earlier in Boise, called Idaho Barber & Beauty Supply. they headed west and soon after they settled in Boise, Dee Dee gave birth to their third child, Dee Ann. during the 45 years he remained active with IB&B, Bob proved to be an astute businessman, growing the company into one of the largest wholesale supply houses in the northwest. Bob took advantage of the great Idaho outdoors as an avid bird hunter. In order to sharpen his shooting skills, he joined the Boise Gun club, where he was trapshooting tournaments throughout the west and regularly bringing home a trophy or two. He was also active in the Shoshone and Hi-Yu trapshooting fraternities, and greatly enjoyed the many friends he and Dee Dee made in those groups. His other outdoor passion was golf, and as a charter member of Crane Creek Country Club, he enjoyed many years on the links with the wonderful friends he made there, especially his great pals in the Dew Sweepers. He raised his family with a strong, loving hand, and will be remembered as much for his kind, warm heart as his ardent work ethic. He was a leader, a gentleman, a loving father and caring husband. The biggest loss of his life came in October of 2003, when his wife Dee Dee passed away after 59 years of marriage. He is survived by two brothers, Dr. Gayle Copsey of Spokane and Harry Copsey of Albuquerque, and by three children, R. Douglas Copsey and wife, Cheri, Richard Copsey and wife Nancy Self, Dee Ann Patterson and husband Scott; grandchildren Kate, Camille and Meredith Copsey, Jason Patterson and wife Brooke, Rachel Jacobus, Cheri Catharine Workman and husband Dave; and great grandchildren Bailey and Davis Patterson, and Abigail Workman.|
Dean Parker Williams
|Dean Parker Williams, 67, of Boise passed away at his home from cancer on May 15, 2004. Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Dean moved to Boise in 1972 for the open high desert and abundant bird hunting. He was an expert shot gunner throughout his life, and used this skill as a longtime volunteer with the Idaho Retriever Club. While in Idaho, he also worked for 20 years with the Boise City Building Department. Dean was a constant student of nature and cultures, an early follower of blues music, a fan of fast engines, and a lover of sporting dogs, especially those large Oorang Airedale Terriers. He enjoyed all seasons of hiking in the Boise Front, as well as his North End Boise neighborhood. Dean´s faith gave him a foundation of peace and direction, and he valued his membership with St. Michael´s Episcopal Cathedral. Dean married Betty Macek in Pennsylvania, and they had three children together. Though later divorced, they remained friends. His parents Dean, Sr. and Ruth Williams, his brother Charles, and his daughter Breon preceded Dean in death. He is survived by his wife and companion of 16 years, Karen Hoekstra; his son Maj. Charles Williams; daughter Cindy Williams; brother Barry Williams and wife Debbie; granddaughter Amanda Haneke; and great-grandson Jayden. Dean was a true friend to many others he now leaves behind.|
|Louie “Louie” Echevarria, 68, of Boise died peacefully Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005 at home after a yearlong, courageous battle with cancer, with his beloved wife at his side. Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2005 at Cloverdale Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at St. John’s Cathedral, 775 N. 8th St, Boise with Reverend Simeon Van de Voord presiding. Burial will follow at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Cloverdale Funeral Home. Louie was born March 15, 1936 in Aulestia, Bizkaia, Spain to Jose Manuel Echevarria and Florentina Aramburu Echevarria. In 1952, leaving his beloved homeland at age 16, Louie immigrated to the United States with his mother, brother and sister to join his dad and Tio Victor Aramburu, settling in Parma, Idaho. He attended Parma High School. Louie enlisted in the U.S. Navy Jan. 5, 1956 and served aboard the USS Hornet until his honorable discharge Dec. 4, 1959. Returning to Parma, Louie had various jobs until he realized barbering was the career for him. He attended Boise State Barber College in May 1963 and graduated in October 1963 as a licensed barber. After his apprenticeship, he opened his own business at the Owyhee Hotel. Louie decided to relocate his business and opened Louie’s Barber Shop on Bannock Street. After 42 years of barbering, Louie retired in November 2003 due to ill health. He loved his business, his many dear and loyal customers, and the lifetime friendships that he made at his barbershop. In September 1964 Louie married Sharon Sanders Jackson and adopted her two children. They later divorced. On May 2, 1984 Louie married his sweetheart and soul mate, Luise “Lu” Guisasola in Boise. Louie’s most enjoyable hobby was trap shooting and sporting clays. He also enjoyed playing golf and traveling. Among their many travels, Louie and Lu made two memorable trips to the Basque country. Louie was a member of Euzkaldunak (Basque Center), Basque Museum and Cultural Center, St. John’s Cathedral Parish, Boise Gun Club and Idaho Sporting Clays. Louie is survived by his loving wife Lu; his mother Florentina; his brother and sister-in-law Imanol and Esther of Madrid, Spain; sister and brother-in-law Dolores and Ricardo Salutregui of Boise; adopted daughter Tina; uncles and aunts, several nieces, nephews and cousins, here in the United States and in Spain. He was preceded in death by his father Jose, mother-in-law Marie Aberasturi, adopted son Jeff and several aunts and uncles. Our thanks go to his many doctors and nurses. Our special thanks to the staff of Boise Memorial Hospice, especially to Todd and Arlene, for their devoted tender care for our Louie.|
|Joseph “Joe” Naclerio, went to be with the Lord on November 30, 2004. Joseph was born in Agerola, Italy on June 11, 1928 and came to America in 1947 with his family. He worked as a contractor with his father. He met and married his wife, Angie Nesci of 48 years on Dec. 1st, 1956 and later moved his family to Boise, Idaho where he developed a mobile home park and built his family home. Joe loved the outdoors and hunting. He spent many hours with his hunting companion “Aldo”. They traveled many miles together as Joe pursued his outdoor dreams. He loved the outdoors “almost” as much as his wife’s cooking! Joe was a skilled trapsman and a friend to all that knew him. Joe will be dearly missed by all. Survivors: wife, Angie Naclerio, of Boise;
his sons, Joseph, Anthony, and Fred Naclerio, all of Boise; his mother, Serafina Naclerio, of Coral Springs, Fla.; 2 brothers, Gus Naclerio, Mike Naclerio and his wife Vivian; 3 sisters, Frances Deluca, Vera Rouvas and her husband Jim, Louise DeGasperis and her husband Vinnie; 4 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He is proceeded in death by his son, Alan Naclerio and his father, Alfonso Naclerio.
Robert Allen Crist
|Robert “Bob” Allen Crist, 56, passed away June 25, 2010 at Canyon West Health and Rehab Facility in Caldwell, ID. Bob was born May 14, 1954 in Boise, Idaho to Katherine Mary Crist and William Maynard Crist. He was married to Kay Lynn Shelton for 25 years. Bob was a larger-than-life character, a storyteller, and an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing and hunting in the Idaho mountains. One of Bob’s greatest passions was trap shooting and he traveled all over the NW competing in trap shoots and meeting new people. He was a great family man, and local business owner of Crist Pump Company. He was also a great friend, willing to help anyone with anything, whether it be a pump emergency on Christmas morning or helping a friend haul out a bull elk that was down in a treacherous ravine. He would like to be remembered for his humor and genuine care for others. He is survived by his two daughters: Shay (Crist) Beckwith 28, and Courtnie Crist 24, and two grand children: Kace Robert Beckwith, and Paxton Marie Crist. He is preceded in death by his father Maynard Crist and brother Tommy Crist.Published in Idaho Statesman on June 28, 2010|
|Ray Anderson Miller passed away August 6, 2010 at home, surrounded by his family at the young age of 76. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. A visitation for family and friends will be held Friday, August 13, 2010 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Relyea Funeral Chapel. A private family grave side service will be held Saturday morning on August 14, 2010. A reception for family and friends will be held on Saturday afternoon, August 14th at Crane Creek Country Club from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Ray was born on September 25, 1933 in Boise, ID to Harvey and Esther Miller and grew up on the family farm with his brother Marvin. He graduated from Meridian High School in 1951. He attended Boise Junior College, and graduated in 1953. Ray went on to further his studies at the University of Idaho where he joined the Delta Sigma Fraternity. He met his wife Bobbie at a dance, where they discovered a common interest in bridge and were soon engaged. Ray graduated from the U of I in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry. He started his 38 year long career with the Idaho Department of Lands in September. Ray and Bobbie were married in 1956, when he also enlisted in the U.S. Army, Military Intelligence, stationed in Missoula, MT. He was honorably discharged in 1959. Afterwards, he and Bobbie moved back to Boise and Ray continued his forestry career with the state. Much of Ray’s career was spent in the field and at the “Log Cabin” where his work eventually went to computer tech and aerial photography interpretation. Ray ended his forestry career as Chief of Technical Services. In 1992, Ray became the first Idahoan to win the national John Wesley Powell Award for Achievement in State and Local Government. When not working and raising his four girls, Ray continued to perfect his lifelong pursuits/joys/interests of golf, trapshooting and bridge. He was an active member of the Boise Gun Club and together with Bobbie traveled the West to many trapshooting tournaments. He often returned with a trophy including a class A championship in 1997. He was active in the Shoshone, Hi-Yu and Pacific Trapshooting fraternities and was president of the ISTA, SRTA, and the PITA. He also enjoyed golf with his Dewsweeper pals and sharing the game with his grandsons. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Bobbie; his children Sheila Miller and her husband Wally Orzepowski, Leslie and her husband Brett Porter, Marianne and her husband Scott Taylor, and Allison Rohnert; grandchildren Brandon and Aric Taylor, Alex and Harry Rohnert, Laura Miller and Sophia Orzepowski, and Ian and Adam Porter. Ray was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Marvin, and a son-in-law.Published in Idaho Statesman on August 08, 2010|
Richard (Doc) Stack
|Whether you knew him as Richard, or Dick, Rich or just Doc, he will long be remembered as “a gentleman and a gentle man.” That’s how his friends described him in an article that was written about him in On Target magazine, a little newspaper for hunters and trap-shooters some years ago. Richard loved to shoot trap, hunt birds and big game, as well as to fish. He developed a passion for target shooting as a young man in the ’40s when he served in the Civilian Military Training Corps, where he learned to shoot so well. He also became a pretty decent lightweight boxer in his spare time there with the guys at the camp. He was a member of the Lewiston and Boise gun clubs during a period of 40 years, and was the oldest shooter there at 85 when he decided he was finished with it.Richard passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 6, 2010, in his sleep. He was born Aug. 4, 1921, to Molly and Emmett G. Stack, and Richard lived a full 88 years, being preceded in death by his younger sister, Mary Winkle, and his younger brother, Roger Stack. As kids they were known as Pich, Pog (poj), and Perry. Richard grew up in Coos Bay, Ore. (then called Marshfield), being close to his brother Roger and his first cousin, Tom Stack. The three of them went to medical school together and were later known among family members as “the three amigos.”After graduating from Oregon State University in 1946, and the University of Oregon Medical School in 1948, he interned at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane and later practiced in Ephrata, Wash. Richard served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War for two years as a medical officer at the base hospital in Moses Lake, Wash., leaving as a captain in 1951.He practiced medicine in Lewiston for more than 34 years as a urologist. He was partners for many years with Dr. Russell Scott, and then had a solo practice after Dr. Scott’s retirement. He served as chief of staff for a time during his many years associated with St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. He was a well-liked and respected physician and surgeon, and was known from one end of the state to the other. Richard had an incredible memory for people’s names and their situations, even decades after he treated them or their family members. They found him to be genuinely kind and gracious, with an easy laugh and a chronically positive outlook, just like his mother, Molly, had.|
When he was doing his medical residency in Spokane, he met a beautiful Canadian/American X-ray technician named Marie. She used to joke that, “We met in the dark room and he told me he was rich, so I married him. I didn’t find out until a year later that it was only his name!” They were married for 40 years until she passed away in 1990, only a few months after he retired. They had two children, Jim, who lives in Seattle, and Val, who lives in Meridian with her husband Paul.
A few years after Marie passed, Rich married a childhood friend and classmate from Marshfield, Ore., named Veva Peterson Billingsley, then widowed. They actually used to double-date when they were about 14, but never dated each other – they each dated the other’s friend. They graduated together in 1939 from Marshfield High School, and were happily married for 13 years before she also passed away. So even with numerous health ailments during the years, he managed to outlive two wives in more than 53 years of marriage.
A stubborn Irishman, something he was very proud to be, he finally agreed to move down to Meridian, near his daughter Val, in mid-2006. He used to tell people he moved down there so she could keep an eye on him. He lived in a great little neighborhood called “James Place,” and grew to appreciate the friendship of the people there. Some have remained friends with him years after he moved into assisted living. The family appreciates the care and support they gave him while he was there, and in the time since.
He moved to his final residence at Meadow Lake Village in Meridian two years ago, where staff and caregivers came to love him as well. Being in the minority at that stage of life, you could often hear comments from some of the female residents like, “I’d like to have that cute little doctor come and sit right next to me at dinner!” Everyone there knew him and said he was one of the nicest, easiest people to get along with. He made it very easy to want to be near him.
His urn will be interred in a plot next to Veva’s grave in Coos Bay, soon. Marie had been cremated after her death, and her ashes were spread in a favorite spot of hers up the Snake River from Lewiston, preferring no grave site. We will all miss him tremendously.
Published in Idaho Statesman on July 08, 2010
|William E. “Bill” Brummett 1927 – 2011 William E. (Bill) Brummett, of Weiser died of natural causes on March 8, 2011 at Caldwell Care Center in Caldwell, ID. He was 83 when he passed. A remembrance service will held Friday April 15, 2011 from 4:00 pm till 6:00 pm at the Weiser Senior Center, 115 E. Main St., Weiser. William was born on July 31, 1927 in Emmett, ID to Josh and Jackie (Linkous) Brummett. He grew up between Wilder and Weiser where he graduated from Weiser High School in 1945. Bill joined the Marine Corp on Jul 1945 and was discharged on Aug 1946, at the rank of Private First Class. He joined the Idaho Army National Guard in March 1950 where he achieved the rank of Sergeant then completed Officer Candidate School at the Idaho Military Academy where he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in Jul 1951. He graduated from Army flight training in Jun 1956 at Ft Rucker, Alabama. After a farming accident in Oct 1957, where he lost leg, he was discharged from the military. In 1950 Bill married Betty and had their first son, William H. (Bill Jr.) in Aug 1953 and later Bradley in May 1956. They were divorced in 1970. He was married twice more and died single. He was known for his abilities to conduct an auction sale that not only sold the items at hand, but entertained the crowd. He was a farmer, auctioneer, rodeo announcer, real estate broker and other occupations. Bill was elected mayor of Weiser in November 1965 and served from 1966 through 1969. He tried to serve the public, the best he knew how, by improving services for the people of Weiser. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff at Boise Valley Behavioral Hospital of Boise, Trinity Health and Rehab of Midland in Nampa and Caldwell Care Center in Caldwell where Bill spent the last 2 ? years of his life. He still had his unique personality till the day he died.Published in Idaho Statesman on April 10, 2011|