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Obituaries, Death Notices in the January 22, 2015 issue Print E-mail

John R. Loughran, 97

     John R. Loughran was called home on Jan. 7, 2015, to be with his beloved wife who preceded him in 2007.

     Born Nov. 25, 1917, on a homestead in Lingle, Wyo., to John O. and Mary H. (Walker) Loughran, he was one of six chil1-22-15-obit---loughran_1dren; Catherine, Ellen, Joseph, Robert, and Mary. At age two, the family moved to Pacific Grove, Calif. where John attended school and became captain of his high school football team and secretary of the student body.

     After graduation, John supported his mother, working at the city’s recreation department, until enlisting in the Army Air Corps in 1942.  As a staff sergeant, he was stationed in Hawaii before returning to Pacific Grove upon his discharge from the 7th Fighter Wing in 1945.

     John was raising a young daughter and son on his own when he met Helen (Liddell) Brown, widowed with two young sons of her own.  They were soon married and had another son and daughter.  The couple raised their children, Edward, Richard, Jacquelyn, Franklin, Thomas, and Linda, on the Monterey Peninsula, where John worked for PG&E.  In 1969, the couple and the two youngest children moved to Kooskia where John worked for the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Upon his retirement they moved to Clarkston where he remained until after his wife’s death.

     His wife Helen, first wife Lillian, parents, siblings, and children Jacqueline and Franklin, preceded him and were waiting to welcome him home.

     John, a perfectionist, never realized how talented he was. He could, and did, build anything, houses, a bridge, a beautiful stone fireplace. He would collect bent and rusty car parts and turn them into beautiful, functioning Model A Ford automobiles. One Christmas as a prank he welded together nails, screws, bolts, and miscellaneous pieces of metal, creating animals and insects and people, giving them as presents; but the joke was on him when everyone wanted one of his creations. In later life he loved to “tinker” in his shop and devoted his creativity to building birdhouses, whirligigs, and experimenting with grafting fruit trees. He was active in the Lewiston Crankers Antique Car Club, and was a lifelong hunter and fisherman.

     John leaves behind children Edward (Carole), Richard, Thomas, Linda (Rich), daughter-in-law Donna (Franklin), 11 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

In his last hours his granddaughters Lisa and Molly, and daughter-in-law Donna were by his side along with the supportive staff at Guardian Angel Homes.  Please join the family in a memorial service for John and Helen Loughran, to be held at “The Barn” at Guardian Angel Homes in Lewiston on Feb. 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. followed by the burial at Normal Hill Cemetery.


C. Virginia H. Lee, 98

     C. Virginia H. Lee, 98, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 at Prestige Care and Rehabilitation in Clarkston.1-22-15-obit---virginia-lee-2of2---2-col

     Virginia was born to Charles H. and Clara J. (Shaw) Satterfield on Nov. 11, 1916 at Weiser, Idaho. The family lived at Weiser and Parma, Idaho before moving to Caldwell, Idaho in 1924 where she attended school, graduating in 1935.

     She then attended the Hollywood School of Beauty in Nampa, Idaho, graduating in March 1936.

     Virginia and L. L. (Windy) Lee were married Aug. 3, 1936 and lived in the Caldwell/Notus area until moving to Stibnite, Idaho in July 1942. They moved to Kooskia in January 1946 where she resided until she moved to Evergreen Estates inClarkston in July 2006.

     She was a 40-year licensed beautician and operated her own shop in Kooskia from 1955 to 1971. She then worked for Pankey’s Lolo Foods and Yocum’s Food City in Kooskia from 1972 to January 1981 when she fully retired.

     Mom enjoyed crocheting afghans for her children and grandchildren and knitting dishcloths. She belonged to Kooskia Rebekah’s Lodge #64, joining in 1948. She was also a member of Presbyterian Club, Kooskia Homemakers Extension Club and “13” Club.

     1-22-15-obit---virginia-lee-1of2She and Windy were divorced in February 1963 and she married Kenneth A. Harvey Sept. 3, 1965. Ken died in a logging accident in June 1968.

     She and Windy remarried Feb. 14, 1984. Mom was preceded in death by Windy in 1995 and son Charles (Mike) Lee in July 1996.

     She is survived by her sons, Robert E. Lee (Joy) of Kooskia, John I. (Toni) Lee of Riverside, Calif., L. Daniel (Nancy) Lee of Kooskia and daughter Alita (Phil) Heitstuman of Culdesac, 15 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren.

     Services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 24, at Trenary Funeral Home Chapel in Kooskia. A covered dish dinner and fellowship will follow at the Kooskia IOOF Rebekah Hall.

     Arrangements are under the direction of Trenary Funeral Home.

     Donations may be made to a charity of your choice.



Dawn Marie Burton Snyder, 62

     Dawn Marie Burton Snyder, 62, went to be with the Lord Jan. 3, 2015 in the comfort of her home in Palmdale, Calif. Dawn was born July 16, 1952 in Southgate, Calif. to Eugene and Rose Mary Phipps.

     She was preceded in death by her high school swe1-22-15-obit---dawn-snyderetheart and husband Kenny Burton (USFS). Dawn graduated from Quartz Hill High School in 1970. Dawn lived in Leona Valley, Calif., Kamiah, and Palmdale, Calif.

     Dawn leaves behind her four children, daughters Heather Burton Bolender (Bryce), Tania Williams (Jason), Ashley Snyder, son Daren Snyder, and John Snyder (ex-husband); grandchildren, Ryley Evenson, Shelby Williams, Jordi Williams, Bryce Bolender Jr.; her sister Gail Martin (Ray), nieces Renee Martin-Medlin (Dave), Renee Olson (Buzz), Andrea Kaldhusal (Kurt); nephews Rusty Martin, Rheagan Martin, Tim Burton (Cindy), and Jeff Burton.

     Dawn worked for Walgreens in Quartz Hill, Calif.

     Dawn was known and loved by many that called her mama Dawn. She will be missed greatly!

     The celebration for Dawn’s life will be held Sunday, Jan. 25 at Freedom Bible Fellowship Church, 1115 Idaho St. in Kamiah at 3 p.m.


Lynlee Margarette (Powers) Hill, 44

     Lynlee Margarette (Powers) Hill passed from this life to a better place on Jan. 17, 2015.

     Lynlee was born to Doc and Anne Powers on Jan. 22, 1970 in Yakima.

     She married the love of her life, Michael Hill, and they traveled together with Michael’s work on the Union Pacific Railroad until the babies started to arrive.1-22-15-obit---lynlee-m-hill

     Lynlee was considered “Martha Stewart” by the entire family. She loved quilting, cooking, baking, and creating a bird garden all the while home schooling her two boys, Kevin and William. There was never an occasion where she didn’t have a plate of fresh baked cookies or a cheesecake in hand.

     The whole family enjoyed the outdoors: fishing, camping, hunting (she bagged her first deer this year) floating the rivers, and rock collecting on the banks of the Columbia River. The heart shaped rocks were here favorite.

     Lynlee is survived by her husband, Michael, her two sons, William and Kevin, three brothers, Ron, Mitchell (Adrienne) and Eric (Holly), two sisters Wendy Dravenstatt (Jim), and Dempsey Steen (Jeff), and four nephews and one niece.

     Lynlee was preceded in death by her father Doc Powers.

     A memorial service will be held at The Life Center, with Kelly Lineberry officiating. Service will start at 10 a.m. on Jan. 31 in the sanctuary.

     A lunch will follow at Mike Hill’s house, 147 Lazy J Dr., Stites.


Kimberly Dawn Pitcher Beeler, 34

     Kimberly Dawn Pitcher Beeler, 34, of Lewiston died unexpectedly Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.

     She was born on Nov. 30, 1980 to Donald Pitcher Jr. (Dee) and Leanna (Bashaw) Pitcher.  She attended school in Elk City and Lewiston.  She graduated from Lewiston High School in 1999. Her jobs included seven years with Fed Ex, which she became known as the “cute blonde Fed Ex girl,” and Clearwater Paper where she was employed at the time of her death.1-22-15-obit---kimberly-beeler

     Kim’s most important job was mother to her two children, Orian (13) and Raeley (9). She loved the outdoors. She rode dirt bikes, street bikes, camped, hiked, fished, and rafted.  She loved spending time with her kids and dog.  She loved horses and participated in O-Mok-See events in Elk City, Grangeville, and Lewiston, winning many ribbons.  She rode in the Border Days Parade Drill Team.  She married Levi Beeler in August 2002.  They had two children.  Later they divorced, but remained friends.

     She was preceded in death by her grandparents Don and Iris Pitcher, Junior Bashaw, uncles Perry Pitcher, Randy Bashaw, Jeff Bashaw, and cousins Shawn Smith and Heather L.

     She is survived by her father Dee Pitcher, mother Leanna Bashaw, children Orian and Raeley Beeler, brother Casey (Lindsay) Pitcher, boyfriend Cody Benjamin, seven step-siblings, grandparents Hal and Margie Smurthwaite, Bertha Bowen, aunts and uncles Shala (Lyle) Rowan, Rena (Gary) Ball, Erion (Mark) Smith, Roland Bashaw, Jean (Eric) Unruh, Chris (Steve) Hooper, Brenda Bashaw, and numerous cousins, friends, and her dog Luka Belle.

     She will be remembered as “the baby that bounced her head on the couch,” her little squeaky voice, her beautiful smile, her sense of humor, her love of life, as a dedicated mother and the best friend of all.  She will live in our hearts forever and we are all better people for having had her in our life.  Love and miss you, Kimmie.

     Thanks to Kimberly’s generous gift of organ donation she lives on in many others giving them the chance to fulfill their life’s dreams.  Memorial services will be held Saturday, Jan. 24 at noon at the Salvation Army, 1220 21st Street in Lewiston. A potluck dinner will follow.

     Arrangements are being made by Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston.  In lieu of flowers an account has been set up at Potlatch No. 1 Federal Credit Union in her children’s name. Sign the online Book of Memories at www.mtviewfuneralhome.com.


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Tasty evening Print E-mail
 The 2015 Taste of the Clearwater was held Jan. 17 at The Outpost in Kooskia. The annual Kooskia Chamber fundraiser drew 186 people. People’s Choice award went to Kooskia Cafe. Above, Joan Renshaw of Kooskia Cafe serves food at the event. Below, attendees sample the area’s finest food and drink. Photos by Fern Goodwin
Marshals' uniform gets an upgrade Print E-mail

New look for KMO 

     The Kamiah Marshal’s Office is sporting a new wardrobe addition thanks to the efforts of Dave Hasz, who facilitated the purchase of Kevlar vest covers for the officers.

     Hasz is the Lewis County Emergency Management coordinator and thanks to his efforts, the local police department has acquired much needed equipment and supplies over the years. 

Kamiah Marshal Joe Newman models the new Kevlar vest cover, a huge improvement over the old style which had to be worn under an officer’s garments. Janene Engle/Progress


Take Your Best Shot Print E-mail

Turkey talk - The gaggling is about to begin among this collection of turkeys near Lukes Gulch. The photo was taken last fall. Photo by Robin Lanman


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