Donald Lyle Miller, born to Howard Liddell Miller Sr. and Alene Hill Miller on January 23, 1953 in Boise, Idaho, left this world after extended illness on April 28, 2019 at his home in Kooskia, Idaho. Although born in Boise, the Clearwater Valley is where Don spent most of his life and where he considered home. Growing up, Don and his older brother Howard spent every minute they could outdoors. The brothers worked together as camp crew for their father’s outfitting business and hunted and fished all over the Selway region. Don would tell stories of various ornery horses and one loving donkey the family owned when they lived on Clear Creek and later Toll Road. After the death of his father, Don moved with his mother to the McCoy Trailer Park in Kooskia, where Alene became the adopted mother to Don’s friends and so many others. After graduating from Clearwater Valley High School, Don joined the United States Air Force where he served as a dental assistant until his honorable discharge in 1973. Don worked in various jobs after the military but always said his favorite was working in the cedar mill, where he adopted the nickname “The Cedar Savage”. Don loved to learn and was interested in many subjects including history and anthropology. It was not unusual to find Don reading an encyclopedia for “fun”. After the death of his mother and years later when the McCoy Park closed, Don moved across the river to the River Junction RV Park on Highway 12 where he lived out the rest of what he called his “66 years of childhood.” Don lived life on his own terms and was fiercely independent to the point of being outright stubborn from time to time. Beneath what could be a gruff exterior was kindness and a concern to put the needs of others before his own. Don is survived by beloved friends and his loving family including, nieces Jennifer Miller (Kevin Taylor), Tabitha Miller (Richard Zuercher), Amanda McKissen (Shane), and Nicole Slade (Tyler). Don was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Howard W. Miller Jr. (Cheri) and many friends. The family would like to give a special thanks to Dean Taylor and Joe and Betty Joe Pace for their help during this difficult time. An incredible thank you to all the nurses, staff, and doctors at St. Mary’s and the Syringa Hospice program for all that they have done and continue to do. Friends of Don are invited to an informal celebration of life gathering at the River Junction RV Park on Saturday, May 11 at noon with a scattering of ashes at Selway Falls to follow. Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia is assisting the family.
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Sarah Arlene Kipp Ridley was born December 14, 1937 in Orofino, Idaho. Her mother was Mae Scott and her father was Adam Kipp. Sarah was raised by her grandmother Mary along with her sister Zola Kipp in Kamiah, Idaho and was a member of the Second Indian Presbyterian Church. Sarah spent summers in Tacoma, Washington, where after high school graduation she met Jack Richard Ridley Sr. from Reno, Nevada. They married in 1955. After moving to Reno, Nevada, Sarah worked at the University of Nevada while Jack Sr. continued his post baccalaureate education at the university. Jack Jr. was born in 1956 and Jana Marlane was born in 1958. The family moved to Davis, CA as Jack Sr. pursued his doctorate. Jeffrey Kipp Ridley was born in 1965 in Woodlawn, California. The family moved to Moscow, Idaho in 1966 and then to Northern Virginia in 1978. After retirement Sarah moved back to Kamiah in 2006. Sarah supported Indian Country by working with various DC organizations including: The American Indian National Bank, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), and Kauffman and Associates (KAI) with Jo Ann Kauffman. Sarah passed away in from natural causes in Spokane, Washington and is preceded in death by Jack Sr., Jack Jr., and Jeffrey. She is survived by her daughter Jana Ridley of Fairfax, VA, her granddaughter Andrea Taylor of Alexandria, VA, granddaughter Alexa Raymond of Redmond, South Dakota and her son-in-law Tony Taylor of Alexandria, VA. There will be a Funeral Service for Sara Ridley, Friday, April 26, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at the Second Indian Presbyterian Church in Kamiah. Burial to follow at Second Indian Presbyterian Cemetery on No Kid Lane.
There will be a Funeral Service for Sarah Ridley, Friday, April 26, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at the Second Indian Presbyterian Church in Kamiah, Idaho. Burial to follow at Second Indian Presbyterian Cemetery on No Kid Lane.
Candace Joanne Shumate O’Hare “Candy” 66, of Syringa passed away Friday April 19, 2019 at her home after battling COPD. Candy was born November 8, 1952 in Hendersonville, North Carolina to Robert and Joan Caldwell Shumate. Candy’s father was in the Navy and like many military families she was able to see a lot of the country and went to 11 different schools in 12 years. With all the traveling and moving she was able to figure out what she liked and where she wanted to retire one day. After High School she made her way west and settled in Alpine, Oregon. While working at a plywood production plant she met Pat O’Hare. They were both adventuress and loved the outdoors. It wasn’t long and they were married. In 2000 they moved to Syringa, Idaho. Candy loved spending time on the river, collecting rocks, reading and hiking the trails. Candy worked at the Wilderness Inn as a maid and helped Pat at the restaurant when needed. She was always a hard worker. Candy was a Loving wife, mom, and friend. She is loved and will be missed. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers Collin and Kevin. Candy is survived by her husband Pat O’hare, two sons Cameron O’Hare & Jason O’Hare; a daughter Angie Rosenstiel; grandchildren Madeleine, Hayden, Carter, Briana, Ashley, Penelope, Cody, Rian, and Bailey; siblings Catherine Shumate, Kim Shumate and Karen Nowlin. We will be Celebrate her Life 1:00 P.M., Wednesday April 24, 2019 at Trenary Funeral Home Chapel in Kooskia. Condolences may be left at www.trenaryfuneralhome.com
Ellen Harper Waggoner, 60 of Kamiah Id passed away on a beautiful spring day on the 15th of April, 2019 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino Idaho. She was surrounded by friends and family. Ellen was born to James and Betty Harper on March 29, 1959 in Cleveland MS. Ellen grew up in Cleveland and attended school at Cleveland High School. Ellen spent her youth in the South and was always a place she dearly loved. Ellen married Ronnie Waggoner on October 28, 1977. Ellen had many fond memories on the river and in the woods of the Delta. Her and her husband Ronnie were the owners and operators of Cleveland Seafood which they worked until they moved out West to Idaho in 1997. Ellen was a hard worker with extraordinary work ethics. She was a very caring person at heart who was always willing to help those in need. She had a deep love of all wild things and could always be found outside working in her garden or tending to her animals, most of all her beloved chickens. One thing she loved the most was spending time with her Grandchildren riding 4-wheelers and camping during the summer. Ellen was Baptist by faith and did her best to do the Lords work throughout her life. Ellen worked at Clearwater valley Hospital until she could no longer and always cherished the relationships she made there. She was a strong woman who cared so much for those in her life and will be missed deeply by those that love her. She is preceded in death by her parents James and Betty Harper Ellen is Survived by her husband Ronnie Waggoner of Kamiah Idaho; (Son) Johnathan of Kamiah Idaho, (Son) Nathan & Kim (Grandson) Bryson of Navarre FL, Brothers Jimmy Harper and Percy Harper of Fox Lake WI Sisters Jeannie Miller (Ronnie) of Nesbit, MS, Patricia Harper Fox Lake, Granddaughters Kylie, Lauren, and Aubrey. The family would like to extend their gratitude to the extraordinary care given by the doctors and nurses and CNA’s of Clearwater Valley Hospital for Ellen. A Memorial Service for Ellen will be held Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 11:00 A.M., at Trenary Funeral Chapel in Kooskia, Idaho. Condolences can be left for the family at www.trenaryfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to St. Jude Research Hospital or a charity of your choice.
There will be a Celebration of Life for Robert Hutchins on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. at the Kooskia City Park. The Celebration will be followed by a potluck. Bring your chair and favorite memories of Bob to share.