IN THE PASSING OF A BELOVED UNION BROTHER, SISTER or FAMILY MEMBER;

MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP THEM.

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IN MEMORY OF A LEADER, FRIEND, HUSBAND, FATHER, BROTHER, MENTOR; VINCE STROOPS

On April 28th of 2014 the Labor world lost a strong, ney, a monumental power known as Vince Stroops.

Born in Coupeville, Washington in 1949. He attended high school at University High in Spokane, Wa. He then attended the University of Idaho. While attending college he went to work in Lewiston, Id at Potlatch Forests Inc. in 1968. In 1971 he was elected as Treasure of his Local Union 608 of the UPP. He was elected President of his local in 1974 and again in 1976 and again in 1980 through 1985. On June 1, 1985 he went to work for the UPIU (a successor organization to UPP) as an International Representative. He worked as a representative of the International (now the United Steelworkers) until  his retirement on June 1, 2009. As an International Representative his duties included Lead negotiator, advocate for the union in arbitration and assisting the locals assigned to him with labor law compliance. For the 24 years he worked for the union he was assigned to a territory from the Cascade Mountains to the Rocky Mountains, covering Eastern Washington, North Idaho and Western Montana. During his work he negotiated about 100 contracts and presented over 250 arbitration cases.
 
Vince has been married to Kay for 40 years and has 2 children, Brian and Julie and 6 grand children.

  There is no service planned as of yet.

 

 

In Memory Of CoWorker, Husband, Brother and Father; Paul Stuk.

 

On Dec. 1, 2013, Paul left this Earth and into the arms of his Savior and Loving Father. Paul was born April 3, 1960, to Leo and Dorothy Stuk at Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston. Paul was raised in Peck with six other brothers and sisters. He graduated from Lapwai High School in 1978. After graduation, he attended college at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston.

Paul worked on the family farm for many years before becoming a construction millwright worker. In 2002, he became employed as machine operator at Clearwater Paper in Lewiston.

Paul married Brenda Montambo Stuk in 1982. They were blessed with their only child, a son, Travis Paul Stuk, in 1985.

Paul enjoyed gold mining, poker, bingo, camping, fishing, road trips, and was very passionate about his political beliefs. But all of these came second to the loves of his life, which were his two granddaughters, Carmen and Lilly. He cherished every minute with them.

Paul is survived by his wife, Brenda at the family home; his son Travis and wife Christiane and their two daughters; two sisters, Linda Meacham, Lisa Ruldolph; four brothers, Leo (Bud) Stuk, Steve Stuk, Donny Stuk, and Dave Stuk; many nieces and nephews, along with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Leo and Dorothy Stuk; and in-laws Russell and Joan Montambo.

At Paul's wishes, there will be no funeral service, but a memorial dinner will be held honoring Paul's life at 1 p.m. Friday at the Teweepuu Community Center, 3402 U.S. Highway 12, Orofino.

 

Dale Marvin KlaudtIn Loving Memory of our Brother, Dale Marvin Klaudt.
 

Dale Marvin Klaudt, 54, of Lewiston, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Dec. 15, 2012, at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland after a short and courageous battle with leukemia. He passed away peacefully in the presence of his loving wife Debbie and his brother Ron. Dale's final days were spent surrounded by family and friends who were grateful for every moment they had with him.

Dale was born April 16, 1958, to Raymond and June (Stringer) Klaudt in Missoula, Mont. He grew up in Orofino, where he graduated in 1976. Dale went to work at the Jaype Lumber Mill in Pierce for a short time before transferring to Clearwater Paper in Lewiston, where he worked for more than 35 years. Dale married the love of his life, Debbie Paris Vicory, on May 3, 2003.

Dale was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman. He could often be found four-wheeling, camping, or hunting with his brother-in-law, nephews and friends, and he especially looked forward to his yearly trips to Alaska to fish with his brother. Some of his greatest and proudest days have been taking his mother huckleberry picking in the Blue Mountains. Dale was also the king of one-liners. He continued to find the joy and humor in every situation, even throughout his illness. Most importantly, Dale was a compassionate and giving husband and friend who let his love for Jesus Christ shine through in everything he did. His company was a blessing to many. He made everyone feel important, and his family, friends, and co-workers knew they could rely on him for support, encouragement, and laughs.

Dale is survived by wife, Debbie Klaudt of Lewiston; parents, Ray and June Klaudt of Clarkston; brother, Ron (Rita) Klaudt of Juneau, Alaska; sister, Coral (Theron) Bruce of Peck; and stepsons, Joseph, Jeremy, and Jeffrey Vicory of Sacramento, Calif. He is also survived by brother-in-law, Jody (Melinda) Paris of Lewiston; father-in-law, Mike Paris (Maura) of Dayton, Wash.; uncles, Jerry (Ella Mae) Klaudt and Neil (Caryl) Klaudt of Missoula, Mont.; nieces, Cicely (Nathan) Bernard of Yachats, Ore., and Sara (Steve) Whitney of Juneau, Alaska; nephews, Jeremy (Krista) Bruce of Wasilla, Alaska, Jason (Trisha) Bruce of Campania, Italy, Jarel (Megan) Bruce of St. Maries, Cody Paris of Clarkston, and Dustin Paris of Lewiston; niece, Amber Paris of Boise; eight great-nieces and great-nephews; many cousins and friends; and his ever-faithful MinPin Bruno.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Mountain View Funeral Home 3521 Seventh St. in Lewiston, with a covered-dish meal to follow. A glorious celebration of Dale's life is going to be planned in the spring on his birthday with family. Please sign the online guest book at www.mtviewfuneralhome.com.

 

 

  We lost a great Labor Advocate Wednesday. 

Dave Whaley, Idaho's AFL-CIO President Passes.

A 4/5/12 Lewiston Tribune story

Undated photo of Dave lending a hand at one of the State's locals many BBQ/Picnic fundraisers.

BOISE - Dave Whaley, who ascended from the floor of a Lewiston sawmill to become the president of the AFL-CIO in Idaho, has died. He was 54.

Whaley had pancreatic cancer and died at his home in Boise on Wednesday, the Idaho Statesman reported Thursday.

Whaley took over leadership of the union in 1996. He was vice president at the time, but in the wake of the resignation of then-president Randy Ambuehl, Whaley left his job at Potlatch Corp. to move to Boise.

"Randy basically dropped the keys on the desk and said, 'I'm out of here,' " recalled Jim Kerns, president from 1981-93. "Dave had to learn from Day 1. He did a fine job."

AFL-CIO membership in Idaho has fallen to about 11,000, down from the more than 41,000 members in 1985 when state lawmakers passed the Right to Work law. That legislation weakened unions by prohibiting payment of dues as a condition of employment.

Undated photo of the United Steelworkers International President, Leo Gerard and Dave Whaley

During his tenure as union chief, Whaley earned respect from Republican leaders who were often on the opposite end of political and philosophical clashes about the role of unions and business.

Republican Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter spent an hour visiting Whaley in the hospital recently, calling him a great friend and praising his contributions to the Workforce Development Council.

"Dave was a good man," Otter said. "Even in supporting my political opponents, as he had to do, he was always even-handed and fair."

Idaho Department of Labor Director Roger Madsen partnered with Whaley and business leaders to reform unemployment insurance rates at the request of employers.

"He has been a strong supporter of the business community, knowing full well that economic development and work force development, to be successful in Idaho, needed a strong business community and a strong work force," Madsen said.

Despite the decline of union membership and influence across the state, Whaley refused to let it affect his commitment to Idaho's working class, union Secretary-Treasurer Cindy Hedge said.

"It was a love of labor and a labor of love," Hedge said. "He was always for the worker and a voice for dignity and respect in the workplace."

The Idaho AFL-CIO's executive board will meet Tuesday to choose a successor. Whaley had resigned as president effective Sunday to spend more time with his family, said Rian VanLeuven, acting president of the Idaho AFL-CIO.

Van Leuven of Lewiston said he counted heavily on Whaley, who would give him advice about where legislators and other decision-makers were on issues.

That insight made him more effective representing labor's interests on groups like the citizen advisory council of the Idaho Industrial Commission, which among other activities, oversees workers' compensation for employees hurt on the job, said Van Leuven, lead loader in the tissue segment of Clearwater Paper in Lewiston.

As focused as Whaley was on labor issues, he also knew, at times, work needed to take a back seat, Van Leuven said. Whaley once asked him to fill in delivering a talk to a Democratic caucus of 13 western states that was meeting in northern Idaho, Van Leuven said.

When he called to tell Whaley how it went, he could hear fans cheering at a Boise State Football game, Van Leuven said. Whaley told him "there are some things that are more important than delivering a speech."

---Celebration Times and Locations:

Saturday 4-14-12 @ 6:00pm to 10:00pm at the

Boise Eagles

7025 Overland Road

Boise, ID 83709

Saturday 4-21-12 @ 2:00pm to 6:00pm at the

Clarkston Eagles

505 Maple St.

Clarkston, WA 99403

---Cards, Condolences for President Dave Whaley:

Tami Whaley

939 NW 13th Ave

Meridian, ID 83642

 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:

Grace Carroll Rocky Mountain Labor School

c/o Utah State AFL-CIO

2261 Redwood, Suite M

Salt Lake City, Utah 84119

 

 
 
Jeffrey Jay Sutton, ever his family's protector and strength, always the kind and compassionate soul, passed away Monday, April 9, 2012, in Lewiston. Jeffrey was born on Thanksgiving Day, 1959, in Boise, to Eileene and Blaine Sutton. His birth and his life were truly gifts that his loved ones have given thanks for every minute of every day, year by year, step by step.

From the time he was a skinny freckled child, Jeff's shoulders were more solid than his child frame would indicate. Jeff always cared for his siblings, seeing them through every joyous and difficult time and loving them without limit or condition. At 16, Jeff's little sister Raina was born, and he always watched out for her like a new father. That is just the type of person he was. Growing up, Jeff wanted to be a teacher and help kids. He never wanted to impress those who society deemed important, but rather paid his attention to those society cast off, loving them when no one else did.

Jeff graduated from Lewiston High School in 1978. He then attended Lewis-Clark State College, majoring in Geology, and eventually transferred to the University of Idaho. Jeff graduated summa cum laude, attaining a Bachelor of Arts in Education with a focus on Earth Science and History, following his childhood dream of becoming a teacher.

Jeff was also a woodsman. He loved nature, saw mystery in each tree and rock formation, and felt at peace knowing there was life and wonder in every blade of grass. As a teenager, Jeff honed his fly-fishing skills in every creek he could find in the deep woods, cooking beans in a can over a campfire. After he graduated from high school, Jeff joined the Forest Service, where he worked for more than a dozen years. Jeff's family and friends would follow him blindly into the woods, never asking to see a map or plan out directions beforehand, knowing that he would lead them on the most interesting paths to reveal the hidden treasures of the forest. His last hike with his family was in the mountains of Vermont, and even then, he never stopped explaining the Latin names of flowers on the trail.

When Jeff was 20 years old, he met the love of his life, Jill. In only a year, Jeff and Jill knew they were meant to spend their lives together and one night, a very nervous Jeff pulled a box out of his pocket over dinner and proposed. Jeff and Jill were married for almost 31 years, and they were each other's best friend and confidante. They approached every major hurdle and celebration together, from college admissions to job decisions, but their love was apparent in every in-between moment, every time Jeff picked up Jill's favorite soda and met her on her lunch break, every time he covered her up with a blanket at night.

Later in life, Jeff went to work at Clearwater Paper, where he stayed for 20 years. He did so to support his two children, Jessica and Jenny, in every endeavor. Woodsman Jeff became a tap dance coach, a craftsman for ballet studios and jazz props, and a chauffeur to dance lessons, civic theater shows, SAT exams, and the nation-wide college tours that he and his daughters traveled together. Professor Jeff's greatest passion was ultimately not for the classroom - it was for furthering his daughters' education and making every sacrifice necessary for them to pursue their dreams and passions. The ultimate sacrifice was taking them to college thousands of miles away on the East Coast, where he would miss them terribly, but where they were able to become the people they wanted to be.

Jeff is survived by his wife, Jill; his daughters, Jessica and Jenny; his mother, Eileene and her husband Leroy; his grandfather, Jay and Blaine Sutton; and his brothers and sisters, Ronda, Troy, Roger, Raina, Jerry, Ruby, Leroy and Candy. He is also survived by his father-in-law, Phil Severson, who was his neighbor for more than 25 years, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and other loved ones. Jeff was preceded in death by his grandfather, Roger; his grandmother, Ruby; and his much beloved mother-in-law, Sylva, who he cared for until her death.

A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. James Catholic Church, followed by a reception.

 

 


 

test4Daniel Dean Long, 28, ClarkstonDaniel Dean Long, 28 years old, the son of Dan and Lori Lodge Long... Passed away October 15, 2011 while doing what he loved most... Hunting in the Blue Mountains with his favorite hunting buddies... 

His parent, Dan and Lori, part of our USW family, have worked at the Lewiston Idaho Pulp and Paper plant and been very active members of Local 608 for over 25 years, holding office 1985-1988.

Danny graduated from Clarkston High School in 2002 and has worked as a logger, at ATK and as a hunting guide in our great state of Idaho.

 
He is survived by his parents, Dan and Lori Long of Clarkston; sister, Brandi Long and brother-in-law Jason Deres of Lewiston; nephews, Jayson and Ryan Deres of Lewiston; nieces, Hannah and Bailee Deres of Lewiston; grandfather, Dean Lodge and wife Virginia of Lewiston; and grandfather, Ron Benjamin and wife Unis of Clarkston. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harry and Zelpha Long, Pat Benjamin and Lanora Lodge.

A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Merchant Funeral Home of Clarkston.

Online condolences can be sent to www.merchantfuneralhome.com


test4Greg Quigley, 48, Lewiston   Greg Quigley  (member USW local-608)

On Tuesday, September 16, 2008 Greg Quigley, 48, beloved husband, father and friend, was taken from us too soon as he was riding his Harley to Quigley, Mont.

Greg was born to Carol and Bob Quigley in Lewiston Oct. 6, 1959. He grew up in Headquarters and graduated from Timberline High School in 1977.

As a young man, Greg loved spending time on the Weippe ranch of his grandparents, Ellis and Bessie Snyder. One of his proudest moments was winning the team roping competition with his grandpa at the Weippe Rodeo in 1980. Greg rode his much-loved horse, Chief.

Greg moved to Lewiston shortly after graduating from high school and got a job at Bruneel Tire. It was during this time that he met the love of his life, Joan. The couple married Jan. 12, 1980, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Greg and Joan had two beautiful daughters, Alyssa, now 26, and Jenna, 21.

Greg started working in the forest industry in the early 1980s. In 1984, he and his family moved to Rowan Bay, Alaska, where he worked for Seeley Logging. In 1987, they moved back to Lewiston. Later, he got a job at Potlatch Corp., where he worked the rest of his life.

Greg belonged to the Northwest Timber Workers and lobbied for forest health. He was influential with politicians around the Northwest.

Greg died doing what he loved, riding his Harley. He rode his bike all around the West, including numerous trips to Sturgis, S.D. He loved to find obscure, out-of-the-way places. He would rather spend nights in his tent than at a hotel. He loved the freedom that riding gave him.

Greg was a member of the Crusaders Motorcycle Club, with whom he took many trips. The club's members were his brothers. The group helped gather donations for the food bank and participated in poker runs for the Lewiston Veterans Home.

Greg loved to read all sorts of books. One of his favorite writers was Jack Kerouac, whose books about travel resonated with him.

Greg was always there for his daughters. If Alyssa needed a light bulb changed at her house in Twin Falls, Greg would hop on his Harley and be there in a flash. The girls say their dad always had the best advice - he always had the answers.

Greg went out of his way to make his wife feel special. He e-mailed her every day to tell her what he loved about her and how special she is. She lovingly referred to him as "Craig," a nickname her dad had given him.

Greg had a gift for talking to people and making everyone feel wanted and welcome. He had a sharp wit and was a talented storyteller. He was representative of all the colorful characters he grew up with on the Hill.

Greg is survived by his wife, Joan; and daughters, Alyssa of Twin Falls and Jenna of Lewiston; as well as the family dog, Sammie Joan. Greg also leaves behind Grandma Bessie of Lewiston, and parents-in-law, Jerome and Jeanne Schrempp of Lewiston. Sisters-in-law include Barb Baney and husband Don of Lewiston; Nancy Orton and husband Duane of Lewiston; Jill Young and husband John of Glasgow, Scotland; as well as cousin Rachel Johnson and husband Roger of Coeur d'Alene. Survivors also include brother Mike Quigley and wife Dawny of Lewiston. Greg's nieces and nephews include Matt and Tara Baney of Lewiston; Nathan Orton of Portland, Ore.; Marcus Orton of Boise; Elizabeth Young of Glasgow; and Gib, Garner, Denver and Derrick Quigley, all of Lewiston. He is also survived by several great-aunts and uncles, and many friends.

A celebration of his life will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Lourdes in Lewiston.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Lewiston Veterans Home.

There are many comments and memories on the Lewiston Morning Tribune site that should be viewed.  go to http://www.lmtribune.com/story/obituaries/24619/  , read and add yours.

Greg touched so many people in an amazingly varied walks of life.  He was always a welcome face to see at the Union hall, the mill or on the road.  May God watch over his family, wife, daughters and give them strength and understanding in this time.  

 


 

Marion Kirk, 76, Lewiston

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Marion Kirk in 1991test4Marion Kirk, 76, Lewiston

Born in Lewiston, April 12, 1932, Marion (Buck) Kirk passed away Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008, after 76 years of a full and happy life.

Marion was raised in Lewiston, graduated from Lewiston High School and attended college at Lewis-Clark State College. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1954.

He was married 53 years to his high school sweetheart, Mary Rivers. They lived in the Lewiston Orchards area for 51 years and raised five children.

The majority of Marion's career was spent at Potlatch Corp., where he started as a pipe fitter and retired as a maintenance supervisor in 1992.

test4Marion Kirk, 76, Lewiston   He was a member of the Lewiston Elks, Lewiston Eagles, Clarkston Moose, Seaport Good Sam's Club, and Cranker's Club. He served on the advisory board for the Lewiston Morning Tribune and the Nez Perce County Fair Board.

Farming was a pastime for Buck with time spent traveling, fishing and golfing. He was fortunate to be active his entire life. One of his favorite pastimes was camping with his family at Priest Lake, Idaho, where he spent the past 39 summers with family and friends.

Buck is survived by his wife, Mary; their five children, Virginia Palm of Palmer, Alaska, Barbara and Derik Mooberry of Reno, Nev., Kate and Roy Weber, Michael and Rhonda Kirk and Alan Kirk, all of Lewiston; his grandchildren, Nicole, Lindsey and Kyle Pastrell of Reno, Jeffrey Palm and Keith Hammond of Alaska, Nicholas, Christopher and Stephanie Weber, Shawn and Kayla Kirk, and Landon, Cameron and RaeAnn Kirk, all of Lewiston. Also surviving is his sister, Ella Mae Watson of Syringa; brother-in-law, Swede Jensen of Lewiston; sister-in-law, Elaine Kirk of Arizona; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and several siblings.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. James Catholic Church in the Lewiston Orchards, with a reception to follow at the church.


E. June Casteel, 84, Lewiston

June Casteel, 84, of Lewiston, passed away on Monday, March 9, 2009, at Life Care Center of Lewiston, due to multiple health issues.

June was born at Lenore, to Oscar and Madge Hollingsworth, on March 3, 1925. On Dec. 20, 1950, June married Harley Casteel. They went on to live in Orofino, Pierce, Townsite 4, Headquarters and Riverside, eventually moving to Lewiston in 2004. Harley wasn't able to live in their new place in Lewiston and moved to Wedgewood Terrace assisted living in July 2004, but Mom was able to live on her own until October 2008.

June is survived by two sons, David Casteel and his wife Elsie of Great Falls, Mont., and Brian Casteel and Elaine Best of Lewiston; and a sister, Blanch Hosterman, also of Lewiston. Along with these, she has two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Mom was preceded in death by her husband, Harley, and a daughter, Vicki, along with four sisters and one brother.

Per Mom's request, there will be no services and cremation has taken place. Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston handled the arrangements.


Harley D. Casteel, 83, Lewiston

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Harley David Casteel, 83 passed away from Alzheimer's disease Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008, at Wedgewood Terrace, Stepping Stones Care Facility in Lewiston. He had been living at the facility for the past four years.

Harley was born July 10, 1925, at Orofino, to George and Blanche Oliver Casteel, where he grew up and farmed on Harmony Heights.

Harley married E. June Hollingsworth Dec. 20, 1950. They raised three children living in Pierce, Townsite 4, and Headquarters, Idaho.

Dad always enjoyed being in the outdoors and loved to spend time camping and fishing on the North Fork of the Clearwater, cutting wood, and driving mountain roads looking for game or huckleberry picking. Dad enjoyed hunting for years but eventually got to the point that he enjoyed looking at wild game more than hunting it.

Dad spent many years as a scoutmaster in Headquarters, taking scouts to many spring camps and winter camps, and on a "50-miler" hike that subsisted on, among other food, a massive amount of fish and gallons of Tang.

He worked different jobs, including at the creamery in Orofino and at the Ahsahka mill. He eventually landed in Headquarters working for Potlatch Corp. He started out working as a cat mechanic and then eventually went to a salaried job, then shop foreman. At the end of Dad's time with Potlatch, he was shop foreman at Jaype. He put in 32 years with the company.

Dad always kept busy after retirement and worked at Barney's gas station on Riverside and was on the Riverside Water Board after retirement in 1985. He also did various jobs for Charlie (Red) McCollister on his property above Orofino.

Harley was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Vy; brothers, Marshall and Arden; and by his daughter, Vicki.

Survivors include his wife, June; two sons, David and Elsie Casteel of Great Falls, Mont., and Brian Casteel and Elaine Best of Lewiston; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren, soon to be five.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wedgewood Stepping Stones Care Facility, 2114 Vineyard Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501.


 

Doris J. Seale, 74, Lewiston

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Doris J. Seale passed away Friday, June 13, 2008, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

Doris was born July 20, 1933, in Orofino to Ross and Bertha Danner Haning. She attended first grade at Banner School in Orofino, then moved to Lewiston, attending Lewiston schools until graduating from Lewiston High School in 1952.

She married Tom Seale in 1953. The couple had six children together before divorcing in 1966.

In 1969, she began working for the Community Action Agency. She left there to work for the Idaho Transportation Department, retiring as a clerical specialist in 1998.

She enjoyed country music, dancing, NASCAR and football, especially the Seattle Sea-hawks.

Doris was very passionate about supporting her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in all of their interests. Her children were her priority and her life. We hope that we would all have a thimble of her strength.

We thank her for the life gifts that she has given us. To quote her, "My children were the light of my life."

She is survived by son Michael and his wife Kelley of Lewiston; son Curt and his wife Geralyn of Lewiston; daughter Laura Fischer and her husband Don of Meridian, Idaho; son Steve of Anchorage, Alaska; son Greg and wife Stacie of Meridian; daughter Cheryl Smolinski and husband Mike of Lewiston; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.  (She is the mother of half-siblings to our own Tom and John Seale.)

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Elmer, Jesse and Harry; and sisters, Rena Owen and Myrtle Mitchell.

The funeral will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston. A celebration of Doris' life will follow

 


 

Owen O. Sexton Jr, 52, Lewiston  (member USW local-608)

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Owen O. Sexton Jr, also known as Sonny, passed away Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008, from doing what he loved to do. He was 52.

He was born Dec. 28, 1955, to Rosetta (Ruth) and Owen O. Sexton Sr., in Spokane.

Owen graduated in 1975 from Kamiah High School; while there he ran track.

After high school he joined the U.S. Army Aug. 28, 1975, and was stationed in Germany, until he married his high school sweetheart, Wanda McLaughlin on Feb. 25, 1978; they divorced in 2002 but remained really good friends.

In September 1978 he had a beautiful baby girl, Tiffany Lynn. Owen ended up doing a second tour of duty in Germany and while there he had two sons. Trevor was born in 1980 and Nicholas was born in 1982. Then in August 1982 the family moved back to the states. He served his country for 23 years that ended when he retired Nov. 30, 1997.

He later married Carrie Huddleston in March 2003.

At the time of his death he worked in CPD at Potlatch Corp.

He loved to ride and travel all over on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. He was part of the former Banana Belt Cruisers, ABATE of northern Idaho and the Warrior brotherhood. He also liked fishing, camping and hunting with his son, Trevor. He loved spending time with his family.

He is survived by his daughter, Tiffany Gray and her partner Erick Fitch of Coos Bay, Ore.; his sons, Trevor and wife Julie Sexton and Nicholas Sexton; his father, Owen Sexton Sr; and his wife, Carrie Sexton, all of Lewiston. He is also survived by two sisters, Wanda and husband Jerry Dunn of Mattawa, Wash., and Faye Sexton of Spokane; he had five grandchildren, William, Chez and Rosie, all of Coos Bay, and Lindsay and Evelynn Sexton, both of Lewiston. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and many friends. Sonny you will be in our hearts forever, we miss you.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Rosetta Ruth; grandparents; and uncle, Grant Sexton.

In lieu of flowers the family would like donations made to Sterling Savings Bank in memory of Owen and the family will donate them to the charities that he loved.

There was a military service 11 a.m. Saturday, March 8th,  at Trenary Funeral Home with a private family burial following. There will also be a gathering at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Wrangler in Lewiston.


May our blessings and sympathies be with Todd Burr and his family in their time of need.  Todd's Grandfather passed recently.  If you wish to help in any way, please, contact the union hall.

May our blessings and sympathies be with Mike Bowen and his family in this time of need.  Mike and family lost Mike's Father recently.  If you wish to help in any way contact the union hall.

Robert M. Street, 64, Casa Grande, Ariz. (member USW local-608)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Robert M. Street passed away Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008, in Casa Grande, Ariz., from lung cancer. He was 64.

Robert was born July 26, 1943, in San Francisco, to Darris W. Street and Bonnie Cass Sanderson. He graduated from Clarkston High School in 1961, then spent four years in the U.S. Navy.

He and Joan Eldred were married May 21, 1966, in Lewiston.

He worked for 10 years for IBM in San Jose, Calif. He spent five years working for Bruneel Tire and Wonder Bread in Spokane. He worked for Potlatch Corp. in Lewiston for 24 years.

We did it all, had it all, enjoyed it all - boating, fishing, camping, skiing, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, and RV traveling and cruising on the Gold Wing. You were the love of my life and we had the best for 41 years. You will always be in my life. We raised two wonderful daughters. Your loving wife.

Our Dad, our hero - When we think of Dad, we think of a family man. He was one who devoted his life to us. His voice was his power, so he thought, but we knew deep down that Dad's heart was his biggest power of all. He loved teaching us how to ride a bike, how to drive Ol' Blue with that 454 Chevy, how to fish, how to pilot a boat, but most of all, we know he just loved teaching us about life. He was our Dad, our friend and our hero. He will live inside us forever. We will continue to love and miss him and trust that he is always watching over us. We love you, Dad! Angie and Julie.

Robert is survived by his wife, Joan of Casa Grande; his daughters, Angela and husband Daryl of Chandler, Ariz., and Julie Street of Casa Grande; brothers, Joe and Dee Street of Madera, Calif., Larry and Sandy Street of Chandler; grandchildren, Jaideyn Chanelle and Colten Jacob Goard; Bob's favorite mother-in-law, Grace Eldred; in-laws, Judy and Roger Baker, Ken and Marsha Eldred, Dawn and Dennis Thorpe, Deb and MT Mill, Terry and Teresa Eldred, all of Lewiston, Kelly and Mike Vig of Mohall, N.D.; many extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Kyle Street.

Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Robert's life and potluck will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 2, in the Bennett Pavilion at the Asotin County Fairgrounds in Asotin.

The family suggests memorial donation be made to Trinity Hospice, 1377 E. Florence Blvd., Suite 149, Casa Grande, AZ 85222.


Our thoughts and prayers go out to Brother Steve McAtee (USW 712) for the loss of his brother:

David J. McAtee, 39, Lewiston

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

David Joel McAtee passed away Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007, at Lakeview, Ore., while camping with some of his brothers and a nephew, as a result of an allergic reaction to a bee sting.

David was born Jan. 14, 1968, in Boise to Cheryl Ann Stevens McAtee and Douglas Joel McAtee.

He graduated from Lewiston High School in 1986 and served in the U.S. Army during the Gulf War as a medic in Wurzburg, Germany. During this time he married Robin Yarber of Lewiston. The marriage later ended in divorce. He had no children.

He worked for Potlatch Corporation for several years until a back injury prevented him from working any longer.

He enjoyed spending time in the mountains camping, fishing, hunting mushrooms and picking berries. He also enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews playing games, having barbecues, teaching them to garden and how to take care of their pets.

David is survived by both his parents; his stepmother, Beverly McAtee of Boise; and six brothers and two sisters, Steven and Andrea McAtee, and their daughters, Vanessa and Melissa, all of Lewiston; Roger McAtee of Spirit Lake, Idaho; Kenneth McAtee and son, Charlie, both of Lewiston; Jennifer McAtee and her children, Devin and Naomee, all of Clarkston; Peter McAtee of Clarkston; Gregory and Tiffany McAtee and their daughter, Noelle, of Victoria, Texas; Rebecca McAtee of Phoenix; and Jeffrey McAtee and his daughters, Jackie and Katie, all of Lewiston. He is also survived by several aunts and uncles as well as two great-nephews, Carson and Logan.

The funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Ninth and Preston in Lewiston.

Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements


Richard L. Gruell, 73, Lewiston (member USW-712)

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Richard Lee (Dick) Gruell entered heaven Tuesday, July 3, 2007.

Dick was born April 19, 1934, in Lewiston, to Albert Gruell and Millie Burr. He graduated from Lewiston High School in 1952.

Dick worked at Potlatch part-time for two years, then served in the U.S. Air Force for four years, from 1953-57, reaching the rank of staff sergeant.

He and Jeanette Louise Cridlebaugh were married Sept. 2, 1955.

Dick returned to Potlatch after the service, retiring in May 1994. He also enjoyed working in the maintenance department and made many lifelong friends.

He was an active member of the Orchards Community Church.

Dick was a stranger to no one. During high school he was very proud of his football and track accomplishments. He enjoyed attending local sporting events.

Dick was so proud of his family. They were the best part of his life. His grandchildren were the very sparkle in his eye, always looking forward to their activities and rarely missing an event.

He had many good years at Black Lake. There wasn't much he missed out on. The camping trips, 4-wheeling, snowmobiling, cruising, Reno and just traveling! Dick was known and loved for his funny, exaggerated, lengthy detailed stories ... OVER & OVER again!

He had a very happy, healthy and full life. Jean'e was his best friend and soul mate for 52 years.

Dick is survived by his wife, Jeanette (Jean'e) Gruell of Lewiston; daughter, Tracy and husband Tony Webster of Clarkston; son, Kelly and wife Carmen Gruell of Lewiston; daughter, Gina and husband Bob Sparks of Lewiston; grandchildren, Christopher LaVoie, Tyler LaVoie, Kendall Webster, all of Clarkston, Chris Webster and wife Andrea, Katia Sparks, Kinsey Sparks, all of Lewiston; and a sister, Leona Wessonen of Seattle.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Mickey Gruell and Donald Gruell; a son, Jerry Gruell; and his favorite mother-in-law, Louise Cridlebaugh.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, July 9, at Orchards Community Church in Lewiston, with Pastor Mark Brewster officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the Orchards Community Church.

Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home of Lewiston is handling arrangements.

We will forever miss you!


Jerry R. O\'Shaughnessy, 68, Clarkston (Member of USW-608)

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Jerry R. (Shag) O'Shaughnessy, 68, of Clarkston, passed away Thursday, June 7, 2007, at Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston after a lengthy battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

He was born Sept. 12, 1938, in Lewiston, to Bernard and Irma Stewart O'Shaughnessy. In November of 1956, he married Sharron Wassink. They remained married for 33 years.

He is survived by his three children, Pam O'Shaughnessy and Ronda Turner, both of Clarkston, and Dan O'Shaughnessy of Las Vegas. Jerry is also survived by seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, numerous cousins and four nieces.

Jerry was preceded in death by his father, Bernard, and mother, Irma; his older brother, Bernard (Bud); and his stepfather, John B. Standley.

Jerry's grandparents homesteaded in Winchester, where he spent much of his childhood, enjoying the outdoors with his grandparents. Some of his relatives worked at the old Winchester Mill and taught school in Winchester. One of his cousins drowned in Winchester Lake, and some of his family members are buried in Winchester's Golden Ridge Cemetery.

Jerry attended grade school in Yuba City, Calif., and finished his schooling in Clarkston. In 1955 Jerry joined the U.S. Marine Corps and received a medical honorable discharge after boot camp.

Jerry joined Potlatch Corp. in 1957. Most of his career was on the No. 2 paper machine as a machine tender. For years, he was a member of the Papermakers Union Local 608, where he helped negotiate a few contracts and supported other members with union activities. He was chosen as part of the Potlatch team to travel abroad in efforts to redesign and update the paper machine. At the time of his retirement, Jerry was the No. 2 machine supervisor. Jerry loved making paper!!!

He was a member of the local Moose and Eagles lodges. After retirement, Jerry enjoyed traveling in his RV, which took him throughout the western United States. He loved sports. Some of his favorite activities were golfing, fishing and hunting.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. June 30 at Vineland Cemetery in Clarkston. After the service, his family are invited to gather at the home of Jack and Delores O'Shaughnessy, located at 2026 Crestview Drive in Clarkston to celebrate Jerry's life.

His family suggests memorial donations be made to the American Lung Association or a charity of your choice.

Please sign the online guest book at www.merchantfuneralhome.com


 
Thursday, April 12, 2007

View PhotoDavid Russel Wilkerson, 51, Lewiston (member USW local 608)

Dave's spirit left his body Easter Sunday, April 8, 2007, at 12:50 p.m., in Spokane 's Deaconess Medical Center .

He was born April 19, 1955, in Lewiston , to William R. and Celestine F. Wilkerson. He was the oldest of four children. He had three sisters, Diana Lodge, Loretta Wilkerson and Anita Grimm. He grew up in Lewiston , attending Our Lady of Lourdes grade school, Jenifer Junior High School and Lewiston High School .

Dave was married to Danette and together they had two sons, Joshwa and Jothan Wilkerson. He had four grandchildren, five nephews and three nieces. 

He trained for and became a journeyman carpenter, a job he had until changing occupations by taking a job out at Potlatch in 1995. He continued to use his carpentry skills helping others. 

Dave was known as a very giving and generous person. His life was devoted to his family and friends. Dave was athletic, full of energy and always active. He was precise, accurate, devoted to excellence and always eager to learn new things. Dave's example for doing what's good is modeled through those that knew him.

There will be a viewing from 1 to 5 p.m. today at Mountain View Funeral Home, Seventh and Cedar in Lewiston . The memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at River City Church , 707 Seventh Ave. in Lewiston

We know we share the sentiment of all who know and love Dave, we want him back and we thank God for him. And so, dear son, dear brother, dear father, husband, uncle, grandfather, friend and mentor, we love you, Dave, and we miss you very much.


Posted: Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006
Nicholas Zacharia Moser, 17, born May 31, 1989, in Lewiston, was taken from us early Monday morning, June 19, 2006.

Nick grew up in Lewiston and had a life full of love and happiness. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, 4-wheeling, camping, snowboarding and spending time with his girlfriend.

Nick was a wonderful lifeguard at Lewiston's Orchards Pool and worked part-time at Applebee's in Lewiston.

Nick attended Orchards Elementary, Sacajawea Junior High and was entering his senior year at Lewiston High School.

We will be honoring Nick's memory with a vigil at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston, where all are welcome to come and share their thoughts and memories with all.

The memorial service will be at 10 Thursday morning at St. James Parish in the Lewiston Orchards.

Nick is survived by his father Philip Moser; mother and stepfather Vickey and John Marshall; his brothers: Andrew Davis, Cody Moser, Les Marshall, Todd Marshall and Dylan Marshall; his sister Rachel Moser; grandparents: Richard and Josephine Boson and Ruth Moser; great-grandparents Carl and Cruz Ringle; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, step-family and a niece.

Nick was preceded in death by his grandfather, Gilbert Moser, and his aunt, Sheri Boson.

Nick will be missed, loved and remembered by all -- forever.

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 5, 2006

[Larry Lee Speno, 50 -- LEWISTON]
Our brother passed away peacefully at the Tekoa Care Center on March 22, 2006, after fighting a courageous battle with Huntington's Chorea. He was only 39 when this disease struck him. God has taken him to a better place so there will be no more suffering. He will now have peace.

Larry was born in Lewiston on Aug. 26, 1955. He attended Our Lady of Lourdes School, Jennifer Jr. High and Lewiston High School.

He went to work for Potlatch Corp. and continued working there for 14 years. Larry was also a card shark, he spent a lot of time at Tom Smith's playing poker and blackjack with his buddies, although his favorite past time was spending time with his family and listening to his favorite music.

Larry is the fourth child to be born into this family of five children. He is leaving behind Mike Speno of Seattle, Mary Lou Cox and husband Merle of Clarkston and Gary Speno of Lewiston and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins both here and in Italy.

Larry was preceded in death by our parents, Frank and Alfonsino Speno, our zia, Theresa Speno, one brother, Darrell Lewis (Louie) Speno, an aunt and cousin in Italy.

Larry never married.

We, as a family, celebrated our brother Larry's life in a private get-together.

Mom and dad, please take care of our brother.

From the Lewiston Morning Tribune (log on to www.lmtribune.com to sign Nicks guestbook.)


Audrey N. Ausman, 43, Lewiston
Our Audrey went to Heaven on angels' wings, Monday, Feb. 20, 2006.

Audrey was born April 7, 1961, to Allen and Sandy Crawford in St. Maries, Idaho.

Audrey was raised in Headquarters, attending schools in Pierce and Weippe, graduating with honors from Timberline High School.

Following high school, Audrey married her high school sweetheart, Rick Ausman. Together they shared the responsibility of raising their two children, Joshua Jay and Rickelle Wesleyne Ausman.

Audrey graduated from Stylette Beauty College in Lewiston in 1984, and followed her cosmetology career to the McCall-Donnelly area for a short stint.

Later Audrey attended a technical school in Lewiston. After completion, she used her education to hold several positions in the L-C Valley, including Mike's Heating and Air Conditioning, Hobson Heat and Fabrication, Coleman Oil and Guardian Heating and Air Conditioning.

After her professional career, Audrey was active in trying to keep her classmates and friends together through class reunions. She loved her friends, her family, her animals and sharing old memories (even if they weren't her own memories). Audrey's favorite times were, and will continue to be at the North Fork of the Clearwater River.

Audrey is survived by her loving husband, Rick, at their home in Lewiston; son Joshua and wife Heather of Whidbey Island, Wash., and daughter, Rickelle Wesleyne Ausman of Alameda, Calif.; parents Allen and Sandy Crawford of Orofino; brothers Allen N. Crawford of Pierce, and Dimond Crawford and wife Sherry Crawford (Audrey's best friend) of Southwick. Audrey has two grandchildren, Brooke Nanette Ausman and Harley Ann Ausman. She also has numerous nieces and nephews that dearly love her.

At her request, cremation has taken place. A small service will take place at 10:30 a.m. today at the United Methodist Church in Asotin.

 as  Published in the Lewiston Tribune 2006-02-23


Robert (Rob) Alan Goodrich, age 41, passed away Friday, Feb. 24, 2006, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

Rob was born Nov. 6, 1964, in Goldendale, Wash. He was the third child of five born to Daniel A. Goodrich Sr. and Patricia (Patty) Ann Wierman. Rob attended school in Pierce and graduated from Timberline High School in Weippe in 1984.

He joined the Idaho National Guard in 1983 and later joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1984. He traveled to many places around the world during his enlistment in the service and was honorably discharged in 1987 as a lance corporal.

After Rob's enlistment in the service, he moved to Lewiston. At the time of his death he was employed at Potlatch Corp.

In 1987 he married Patricia Soule. They had two children, Lindsey Ren and Dylan Alan. The marriage later ended in divorce.

Rob was a very caring and loving father. His children were everything to him. He was proud of them and enjoyed attending their activities and events. They cherished spending time together camping, fishing and hunting. Rob was an avid hunter and loved being outdoors, especially with his family and friends. He also enjoyed woodworking and was a talented craftsman.

Rob is survived by his children, Lindsey and Dylan of Lewiston; his parents, Dan and Patty Goodrich of Pierce; his brother, Dan Goodrich Jr. and wife Tanjee of Pierce; his brother, Ray Goodrich and wife LeAnn of Lenore; his brother, Mel Goodrich and wife Marlene of Lewiston; and his sister, Lisa Ensman and her husband Fred of San Jose, Calif. He is also survived by his grandmother, Florence Weber of Lewiston; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Myron and Bonnie Goodrich, and Melvin Wierman.

Rob was engaged to Paula Brown.

There will be a rosary at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, March 4, at Our Lady of Woodland Catholic Church in Pierce. A funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m. at the Pierce Community Center, with Fathers George King and Sean Caulfield officiating. Burial will follow at the Pierce Cemetery. After the burial, there will be a gathering of family and friends at the Pierce Community Center.

Rob will be terribly missed and forever loved by his family and friends. Our lives will never be the same, but we know he is now at peace and we will see him again in heaven.

Robert A. Houston, 73, Clarkston

Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Robert (Bob) Albert Houston, 73, died of heart failure Saturday, May 3, 2003, at his Clarkston home.

He was born Feb. 1, 1930, in Detroit. As a young child he moved frequently and attended various schools.

Bob joined the U.S. Navy in 1947 and served aboard the USS Turner as a signalman.

He received the Navy Occupation Medal for service in Asia and a China Service Medal Extended.

After serving five years in the Navy he worked for General Motors in Trenton, N.J. Later he attended ground school flight training and became an aviation instructor in Washington, D.C. He then worked at the Weather Bureau Agency in Harrisburg, Pa., and other aviation-related jobs as he worked his way toward the western United States. His love of flying led him to become a crop duster for 15 years in Oregon, Texas, Arizona and Canada. He settled in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley and became an employee of Potlatch Corp. for 15 years. He retired in 1994.

He married Marietta Fry Nov. 23, 1984, in Coeur d'Alene.

He is survived by his wife, Marietta, at the family home; two stepsons, Tony Nelson of Lewiston and Wade Nelson of Spokane; two stepdaughters, Jody Stephens of Spokane and Gina Davis of Lewiston; and three granddaughters.

He was preceded in death by his first wife and two daughters.

Cremation has taken place, and inurnment will be held at a later date.

A celebration of his life will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the family home, 2614 Cascade St., Clarkston.

Malcom's Brower-Wann Memorial Chapel of Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.