Freddie Vessey, 87, of Stites, died December 22, 2019, at his home. The Funeral Service will be held 12noon Saturday January 4, 2020 at Trenary Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery near Grangeville. Arrangements under the direction of Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.
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Rhonda Joy Barnes, “Bunny” 64, of Kooskia, died December 1, 2019, at her home in Kooskia. Rhonda was born in Eugene, Oregon on November 13, 1955, Edgar and Roberta Barnes. The family moved to Denver, Colorado where she was joined by her sister, Patti. She lived in Kooskia during her elementary school years, while part of her high school years she lived with her father and step-mother in Denver, where she graduated from Iver C. Ranum High School. Rhonda spent much of her adult life living in Illinois and traveling throughout the United States for work where she made many, many lifelong friends. She returned to Kooskia to retire and be closer to her family. Rhonda was the gentle soul of the family – sweet, loving and sincere. She loved her pets, her flowers and gardens and her hummingbirds. She loved putting up her decorations – for EVERY holiday. Though she had no children of her own she loved her nieces and nephews and her god-daughter, Peggy Vermillion, immensely. And her neighbors – she loved her neighbors and friends who watched out for her and cared deeply for her. She was very active in the Rebekah Lodge and volunteered much of her time to her community and worked for the cemetery district in Kooskia. She was preceded in death by her father, Edgar Royal Barnes and mother, Roberta “Joy” Lee. She is survived by her sister, Patti Kelly of Grangeville, brother, Doug Barnes, step-mother Christie Barnes, step-brother, Dan Wittenburg, all of Denver, CO., step-father, Robert Lee of Kooskia, half-sister, Renita Lee of Grangeville, nine nieces and nephews and ten great nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, December 13, 2019, at 11:00 A.M., at Trenary Funeral Chapel, in Kooskia, Idaho followed by a potluck dinner.
Rhonda Barnes 64, of Kooskia passed away Friday Dec. 1, 2019. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 A.M., Friday, December 13, 2019, at Trenary Funeral Home Chapel
On November 30, 2019, Heaven gained a “one of a kind” Angel. Donald O. Simmons began his journey home with his family by his side. He was 85 years young. Don was the youngest of six boys, born February 27, 1934 in Kamiah, Idaho to Eula and Gustave Simmons. He grew up in the Kamiah, attending school and graduating from Kamiah High in 1951. He married the love of his life, Barbara Hronek, on February 20, 1955. Don and Bobbi met in junior high and Don loved to tell the story of how he would pay Bobbi’s sisters, Bev and Betty, a nickel to let them sit together on the couch. Don worked at Kamiah Service Station and in the woods for four years after graduation before joining the Army where he served two years in Germany with Bobbi at his side. Don bought Kamiah Dray in the 1950s, hauling lumber and presto logs, and buying and selling hay. Bobbi helped him with this, often driving the truck after learning that bucking bales was no fun. In 1958 Don attended a City Council meeting where the Council was looking for someone to haul garbage. He took on the task, earning $300 a month and he soon put $50 down and made monthly payments of $50 to purchase his first garbage truck. After 60 years in the business, Don officially retired in 2018. Don was a member of the Kamiah Volunteer Fire Department, Kamiah Jaycees, American Legion Post #75 (38 years), Kamiah Chamber of Commerce, Kamiah Masonic Lodge #56 (57 years), a Kamiah Kub Booster, and served on the Board of Directors of Burkhart Homes. During his time with the Chamber, Don served as President and was recognized as Chamber Member of the Year in 1989 and 2001. During his term as President of the Kamiah Jaycees, he received the Senator of Idaho award. Don was instrumental in building the Vo-Tech shop program at Kamiah High School, as well as the wrestling and baseball programs. Don also was one of ten community members who signed the note to build the Kamiah Clinic. Bobbi and Don were chosen to serve as Grand Marshals for the 68th Annual BBQ Days celebration. Don loved to be “Santa” during the holidays, and you could always find him shopping at Johnson Jewelry or Kamiah True Value on Christmas Eve around 4 pm. Don loved sports and was always in the bleachers cheering on his children and later, his grandchildren, at school sporting events. Don is survived by his children Mike Millage (Jackie), Lori Johnson (Jim), Eddie Simmons (Kim), Dona Stanley (Kevin) and Robert Simmons (Sheila); his grandchildren Cassandra Mann, Drew Johnson (Cassie), Chazz Johnson (Nicole), Kalee Johnson, Ricky Simmons, Nikka Johnson, Kori Robbins, Trevor Robbins, Chad Simmons and Santana Simmons; and great grandchildren Hadley & Piper Johnson, Cayden & Braxton Johnson, and Amelia Crist, as well as Helen Wilkins, his “Little Sister,” and numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his lifelong friends Chuck Doty, Geraldine Bernard, Tim Smith and Lloyd Bidwell and his companion Janice Jones. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eula and Gustave Simmons, his wife, Barbara Simmons, and his brothers, Ronald, Arnold, Gordon, Norman and Gerald Simmons. Memorials may be made in Don’s name to The Kamiah Presbyterian Church (to help with the Emergency Feeding Outreach program), PO Box 5, Kamiah, Idaho. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday, December 14, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at The St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Kamiah, Idaho, with a potluck dinner following in the basement.
|Patricia Dianne Mills 81, of Kamiah passed away November 20, 2019 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. Patricia was born August 7, 1938 in Springfield Missouri to Earl James and Juanita Ruth Tolliver Stovall. Patty was a member of Valley View Church of the Nazarene for many years. She was always willing to help any of her friends and family. She is loved and will be missed. She leaves behind her children Don Schmidt, Paul Schmidt, Bryan Schmidt, Shirley Reams, Larry Rivera, and Daniel Mills ; a brother Rev. Ward Earl Stovall; and many Grand Children She is preceded in death by her husband Brad Mills; a Grandson Preston Vorhauer; her parents Earl James and Juanita Ruth Stovall and a sister Shirley Sullins. A graveside service was held 11:00am Tuesday November 26, 2019 at Winona Cemetery on Red Rock road near Kamiah.|
David Gualco, 68, of Kamiah, died November 17, 2019 at his home in Kamiah. David was born, September 30, 1951, to Paul and Kathleen Gualco. After graduating he joined the Army and served his country in Vietnam. When he returned he began a career as a commercial cabinet maker for hospitals and schools. After retiring he and his wife, Margaret moved to Kamiah. They both had a passion for motorcycles and enjoyed riding together. He loved to camp and enjoyed being outdoors as much as possible. He is proceeded in death by his parents and two brothers. David is survived by his wife Margaret, daughter Kristy Gualco, stepdaughte, Danielle Roach and stepson Chris Coodey. The Memorial Service is at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, November 23, 2019, at the Valley View Church of the Nazarene, in Kamiah.
There will be a Memorial Service for David Gualco on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 3:00 P.M., at the Valley View Church of the Nazarene in Kamiah.
Jerry William Eppler, 88, of Kooskia, died November 1, 2019, in Lewiston, Idaho. Jerry was born May 2, 1931 in Oklahoma City to Edward & Zelma Eppler. He graduated from Arcadia High School and went eventually to join the Army where he served from 1950 to 1953. He was a true cowboy and outdoors man. Some of his hobbies included horses, knitting hunting, packing, guiding and being outdoors. Jerry was loved by all and will be dearly missed. He wished to have his cremains scattered at the Gang Ranch in British Colombia, Canada. Condolences can be sent to www.trenaryfunderalhome.com
Leonard Ray Baldwin, 79, of Orofino Idaho/Kenai Alaska, passed away on October 6, 2019.
He was born in Kooskia Idaho, September 20, 1940, and followed work to Alaska in the mid-1970s. He made Alaska his home until 2005 when he moved to Orofino Idaho.
Leonard is preceded in death by; parents Frank and Mabel; wife; Claudia; Son; Frankie; brothers; Jim; Leo; Norman; David; Dan; Sisters; Elsie Morgan, Violet Kinnick, Linda Denham; Brother in-laws; Roy Morgan; Ralph Kinnick; Hance McFeron; Sister in-laws; Olive; Kathy
Leonard is survived by; Marilyn Baldwin; Randy; Greg (Scott Hagerty); Kristine Copple; Steven Sartin; Justin Baldwin; Son in-law Matt Copple; Daughter in-Law; Shelia Sartin; Christa Baldwin; Grandchildren; Joslyn Sartin; Aislyn Sartin; Raelyn Sartin; Kadence Sartin; Aralyn Sartin; Darci Baldwin; Brayden Baldwin; Carter Baldwin; Great Grandchildren; Jaden; Savannah; Brothers; Jeff; Sisters; Elva McFeron; Martha Goff; Brother in-laws; Gary Goff; Joe Denham; Sister in-laws; Helen Baldwin; Penny Baldwin.
A memorial service will be held on1:00 P.M., Saturday, November 16, 2019, at Trenary Memorial Chapel, Kooskia Idaho. Food and refreshments to follow at Kooskia ID, City Hall.
Harold “Grizzly Bear – x̣áx̣aac” Jerome Walker Jr., peacefully crossed over to ‘éey’snin wéetes (Happy Land) on Saturday, November 2, 2019. He was 60 years old. He loved life, loved his family, and loved that he came from this beautiful land here in Idaho. He was a proud Niimiipuu (Nez Perce) tribal member, being one of the last full-blooded Nez Perce. He was born in Grangeville, Idaho on June 28, 1959, to Beulah “Billy” Oatman and Harold Jerome Walker Sr. He descended from the WhiteBird – lamtáama, Lookingglass – qemnéqe’, and too-hool-hool-zote band. x̣áx̣aac, or better known as Grizz, was an avid hunter and fisherman of the Nimiipuu Land. He often joked that his forever home was along Clear Creek, right next to Lookingglass campsite. He had many memories along the creek, fishing, hunting, and just being with his beloved relatives and friends. “Grizzly Bear” loved telling his stories of night fishing the middle fork of the Clearwater and Selway Rivers. It’s a lost art. Fishing to Grizz was about timing, and he, along with his brothers were shown the holes and times of when and where to best fish. He loved floating down the Selway and Clearwater Rivers. Something he carried onto his fatherhood. All of the nieces and nephews knew that “Uncle Grizz” would get his tubes ready for both the winter and summer months in the Kooskia/Kamiah valleys. He was so loved by all his family!! Grizz was taught how to test his strength and endurance by walking on the bottom of the Clearwater river. His cousins and relatives would see who could last the longest underwater by carrying boulder rocks racing on the bottom of the river. This was most often done right under the old Kooskia bridge. His brothers and him have many memories of jumping off the old Kooskia bridge, floating by, and living from the special river – káyxkaynim kúus. Grizz went to grade school and high school in Kamiah, Idaho, and although he did not get his diploma there, all of his Kamiah class mates knew him his whole life and considered them all family! Grizz obtained his GED from LCSC and then attended Lewis Clark State College Mechanic School where he solidified his love and skills for automobiles. Everyone knew they could call on him for their car troubles, and mechanics were often surprised when he knew what was wrong with his rig and could not outsmart him. His love for being out on the land, fishing, hunting, and harvesting strengthened his relationships with those who surrounded him. He never hesitated to share his knowledge or love for the land, especially fishing and hunting. He showed his unconditional love to all and could always add a smile or laugh to your day. He is survived by his brothers Gary Peters (Yakama), Marilyn Peters (Kooskia), and Ladonna Peters (Kamiah), Paula and Adrian Moody (Culdesac), Linda Belle Walker (Kamiah) and Roy Walker (Along the rivers), Mike Forseman (Nez Perce), and Penny Sue Moffett (Kooskia). He is survived by his children Ivy Walker (San Francisco, CA), Alexis Walker (Lapwai), Bessie Walker (Lapwai), Althea and Monica Walker-Ortiz (Chandler, AZ), Christine Walker and Mike Largin (Phoenix, AZ), Aleck Walker (California), and Ray Sanchey (WhiteSwan, WA). He leaves his legacy to grandchildren Farley EagleSpeaker, Weliix Lookingglass, Hiyk’iwn Walker, Jaycee Sanchey, and Mia Largin. He is preceded in death by his mother Beulah “Billy” Oatman, father Harold Jerome Walker Sr., piláqa (mothers father) Enoch Oatman, qáaca (mothers mother) Annie Smith Parting, qaláca (fathers father) Lynus “Poppo” Walker, and ’éele (fathers mother) Isabelle Moody, sisters Barbara Jackson, Tamzen “Tami” Walker & Simone LaSarte Rodriguez, brother Tracy “Buzz” Walker Sr., nephews Oren James Elwell III, and James “Tiskat” Walker. A dressing will take place on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 1:30pm at the Wa-A-Yas Community Center in Kamiah, ID. Walasat Services will follow on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 5pm at the Wa-A-Yas Community Center, dinner to follow. Sunrise services will take place on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at the Wa-A-Yas Community Center. Burial to follow at the family cemetery – Nicodemus Cemetery in Kooskia, ID. Giveaway and feast to follow at the Wa-A-Yas Community Center. The family would like to express their love and gratitude to Velveeta “Beebus” Hunt, Linda Belle Walker, Korena Popp, Amy Wilcox, and the Grangeville Hospice nurses who helped care for Grizz in his last days.