Richard Arthur Simler died Nov. 14, 2017 in Orofino due to natural causes. He was 97.
Richard was born on Oct. 11, 1920 at Woodland to his parents, Mildred and Edd Simler. He attended school at Woodland and married Zetta Kellum in 1942 at Woodland. They moved to Kellogg, Idaho where he worked in a mine smelter for a short time before he was drafted into the Army.
When discharged from the Army in 1945 he returned to Woodland to farm for 44 years, retiring in 1989. Upon retiring they moved to Kamiah and lived there until 2015 then moved to Orofino and have lived there until present.
Richard enjoyed traveling, camping, woodworking, and occasional fishing and hunting.
He was honest to a fault, trustworthy, independent, reliable, stubborn, resourceful, and would help anybody with anything if he liked them.
Richard is survived by his wife of 75 years Zetta Simler of Orofino; his son Edward (Jo) Simler of Kamiah; and daughter LaDean (Marvin) Evans of Kamiah; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, and brother Russell Simler.