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.