Leola Swearingen, 86, of Kamiah passed away, Sunday, June 23, 2019 at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation Center Minnie Leola Swearingen was born May 9, 1933, to Charles and Clara Hill James in Little Rock, Washington. At the age of 16 her father took a logging job in the Clearwater Valley. The family moved to a cabin on 6 Mile creek just outside Kamiah. Leola meet John Elvin Swearingen and a year later they were married. Leola was a dedicated wife and mother. While John worked she took care of the family and home. They moved several times over the years but always remained in the Clearwater Valley. Leola enjoyed fishing and being in the outdoors. She was a great cook and was known for her homemade bread. But most of all, she loved her family, children and especially her grand-children. One of her favorite things was to give the grandkids their first bath in her tub. She is loved and will be missed by all her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband John Elvin Swearingen, a son Larry Swearingen, her sister Winnie Swearingen and her parents. She is survived by her sister Ona Burnside, two sons John (Karen) Swearingen and David (Joann) Swearingen, two daughters Judy (Mike) Swearingen and Shirley (Chris) Rieger, and many Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. Viewing will be 1:00pm – 2:00pm Saturday June 29th 2019 at Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia. The Graveside Funeral Service will be 3:00pm Saturday June 29, 2019 at Pinegrove Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.trenaryfuneralhome.com Arrangements have been made through Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia
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On Thursday, June 20, 2019, Jesse E. Weddle, passed away at the age of 77 losing his battle with cancer. He was the loving partner to Patsey Carpenter and a father to three children. Jesse was born July 26, 1941 to Woodrow “Pete” and Mildred Weddle in Safford, AZ. He was the eldest of five children. The family moved to Idaho in 1959. Jesse married Shirley Jean Rogers on September 3, 1965. They had three children, Shannon, Jesse Jr. (Sonny) and Sheryl. They later divorced. Jesse served in the National Guard 1963-1969. He spent his early years in the logging industry as a sawyer cutting down big timber, he loved the woods and took pride in teaching others the industry. He purchased his first log truck in September 1991 from Dan Eller. Jesse and Patsey started J and P trucking. He retired January 23, 2004. Jesse had a passion for fishing, hunting, gold mining and watching old western’s on TV. He and Sonny loved watching PBR and talking about it after each episode. Anytime he could spend time in the great outdoors, he took advantage of it. In His later years he enjoyed spending time at Sonny’s Ranch. Jesse was preceded in death by his parents Woodrow Pete and Mildred Weddle, and his step sister Jane Eller. He is survived by his long time partner Patsey Carpenter, three children Shannon Snyder, Sonny Weddle and Sheryl Schilling (Stevie Schilling), two step-children Mike and Sam Havard, 9 grandchildren, two brothers, Terry Weddle (Tooele, UT) and Lavelle Weddle (Kamiah), two sisters, Linda Scheibe(Troy, Id) and Dianna Chamberlin (Queen Creek, AZ). Two step brothers Don and David Weddle (Arizona), one step sister Ann Gardner (Idaho). Jesse has a big family with many nieces, nephews and cousins. Services will be held at Noon, on July 6, 2019, at The Life Center, in Kamiah. Dinner and stories to follow at Sonny’s home in Winona. Condolences can be left at www.trenaryfuneralhome.com
Leola Swearingen, 86, of Kamiah passed away Sunday, June 23, 2019, at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral Service will be held Saturday June 29, 2019. The Viewing will be 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. at Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia. The Graveside Funeral Service will be at 3:00 P.M. at Pine Grove Cemetery. Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of Trenary Funeral Home.
We will be Celebrating the Life of Jesse Weddle, Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Noon at The Life Center in Kamiah, Idaho.
Barry (Bear) Thompson passed away June 4, 2019 at his home in Kooskia. He was born Oct. 5, 1960 to Francis Truman and Janice Wileen (Muhs) Thompson in Wallace. Idaho. He graduated high school in Wallace. He then moved to Garden City, Kan. for a brief time before moving to the Kooskia area. He worked for the YCC program shortly before beginning a long career for the Forest Service. He began working for the Clearwater National Forest in 1981 on the Lochsa Ranger District then went to the Powell District. He moved on to the Nez Perce National Forest and finished his career on the Moose Creek Ranger District. He started as a wilderness trail crew member and moved up the ladder, finally retiring as a district trails specialist in 2012. After retiring he also worked hunting seasons for Ritchie Outfitters as a camp cook/tender and a mule babysitter. He married Julie Dawkins in 1988 and they had a daughter named Christina. Bear and Julie were later divorced. Bear had a love for animals. He was an avid gardener with a green thumb and loved canning. He would can hot peppers and asparagus and enjoyed giving them all away. He was also an excellent cook whether in the backcountry or a kitchen. He had a kind heart and would go out of his way to help someone. He is survived by his daughter Christina Thompson, her partner Gary, and his granddaughter Lily. Bear was preceded in death by his brother Jeff Thompson and his parents. He will be cremated and a gathering of family and friends will be held at a later date this summer. Happy trails Bear and we will see you on the other side of the pass.
Alyce Mae Murphy of Kooskia passed away Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018 of cardiopulmonary arrest. She was 77. She was born Feb. 5, 1941 in Bowbells, N.D., to Richard Finley Dodge and Edith Augusta Rogers. Alyce attended school in Great Falls, Mont. She married Robert Reginald Murphy and worked at many jobs as they traveled to different states, though the job she liked best was modeling for department stores before her marriage. She is preceded in death by her parents Richard and Edith, her husband Robert, grandparents David and Rebecca Dodge, and Westley and Dena Rogers. Alyce is survived by son Michael (Janis) of Tacoma, Wash.; daughters Barbara Murphy of Tacoma and Roberta (Jonathan) of Seattle, Wash.; brother Ervin (Cindy) Dodge of Stevensville, Mont.; sisters Sharon Dodge of Great Falls, and Gloria (Keith) Flugstad of Kooskia; uncle David Jr. (Hazel) Dodge of Sparks, Nev., and numerous cousins, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 15, at Pine Grove Cemetery in Kooskia. Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia is assisting the family.