Dow Broncheau, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and champion fast and fancy dancer made his grand entry to the heavenly pow-wow, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019 at Lewiston, Idaho.
Dow was born to Leo and Alvina Broncheau Dec. 20, 1953 in Lewiston. Dow attended school at Lapwai. Kamiah Barbecue Days in 1969 he met his future wife Angela Wheeler. Dow and Angela were married Labor Day Sept. 2, 1974 at 2nd Indian Presbyterian Church with Rev. Walt Moffett officiating. In 1988 Dow and I were visiting with Rev. Moffett, telling him we were celebrating our 14th wedding anniversary, Rev. Moffett’s reply was, “By golly I must have tied a good knot!”
Dow worked at Kamiah Mills, Potlatch Twin Feathers in Kamiah and later transferred to Lewiston PFI Paper production. Dow worked seasonal jobs with the Nez Perce Tribe Fisheries Department. Dow worked for Kamiah Nimiipuu Health Maintenance for 11 years, he later took medical retirement. Dow had a strong work ethic, he enjoyed working and meeting people, many have become longtime friends.
As a young lad, Dow’s favorite pastime was the log runs they had in the Clearwater River back in the ’60s. He enjoyed gathering the logs with his dad and uncles. Dow hit the pow-wow trail at a young age, often winning many championship dance contests. He made many pow-wow buddies throughout the pow-wow trail.
Dow enjoyed visiting his Aunt Margaret Broncheau and niece Linda and Dave White at the Broncheau home in Spalding; he was very close with his niece Linda and her family.
Dow enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting, and gathering. Dow enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren pound the pavement playing in the Spokane Hoopfest 3 on 3 Basketball tournament; it was a holiday for his family. Dow was an avid Kub fan cheering for his sons during their junior/high school years as they played football, basketball, and track. He was proud of his daughters Feather and Delores during their Kub cheerleader and dance team years. Dow was a number one fan of the Kub Nation Warriors; he taped granddaughter Graciela’s games, was proud of her fast break and defense. Dow was the Seattle Seahawk 12th player (fan) way back before being a Seahawk fan was cool!
Dow is survived by his wife Angela (Wheeler) Broncheau, sons Abraham (Susan) Broncheau of Clarkston, Casey (Heather) Broncheau of Kamiah, Alex (Jennifer) Broncheau of Post Falls, Zachary (Olivia) Broncheau of Caldwell, and Timmy (Janelle) Broncheau of Middleton; daughters Feather DelRae (James) Holt of Lapwai, and Delores Higheagle of Kamiah; 35 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; several bonus sons who made our house their home; and a sister Gloria Broncheau.
Dow was preceded in death by his son Darryle Wayne Broncheau Jr. and his parents Leo and Alvina Broncheau.
The memorial service was held Sept. 5 at the Wa-a’yas Community Center in Kamiah. Funeral services were held Sept. 6 at the Wa-a’yas Community Center. Interment followed at 2nd Church Cemetery on No Kid Lane.