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
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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.
Richard (Dick) Lon Trainor, 94, of Kooskia, died October 22, 2019, at Grangeville, Idaho.
Richard was born in Iowa, to Harry and Eva (Simonis) Trainor. The family moved to Pablo, Montana, when he was very young. He graduated from Ronan High School and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After his service, he worked at the Hanford Nuclear Plant near Richland, Washington, as a reactor operator. Married Betty Ely and had two children, Richard Jr. and Janice Lynn. He and Betty divorced and Richard moved to Colorado and worked for the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant until his retirement in 1988. Married Roseann Carlton in 1986 and moved to Idaho in 1993, where he built his dream horse ranch and raised Appaloosas. Richard was preceded in death by his parents and brother James. Survivors include his spouse, Roseann, children Richard (Susan) and daughter Janice (Zeke) Hammond, sister Barbara Pearson and brothers David and Jerry; 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Trenary Funeral Home, 18 West 1st Street, Kooskia, ID., at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, October 26, 2019. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard’s name to the Clearwater Quick Response Unit (CWQRU), 688 Sally Ann Road, Clearwater, ID. 83552.
Jimmy Roy Dotson 80, of Harris Ridge, near Kooskia, died October 11, 2019, at the Palouse Hills Care Home in Moscow.
Viewing will be held 10:00 A.M., to 12 noon, Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at Trenary Funeral Home Chapel.
The Graveside Funeral Service will be at 1:00 P.M., Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at Harris Ridge Cemetery.
William “Bill” Holder, 67, of Nezperce, died Wednesday, September 25, 2019, at his home.
A Graveside Service will be held at the Nezperce Cemetery, 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 5, 2019. Arrangements have been made through Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.