Nez Perce tribal member Ernest Ellenwood, Xha Otts Kaha Ou Po, Grizzly Bear in the Morning, 85 years old, of Lewiston, passed away peacefully of natural causes Friday, March 16, 2018, at Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics. Ernest was born June 21, 1932, in Kooskia to Eugene Ellenwood and Bertha Stevens.
Ernest attended Clearwater Valley High School in Kooskia and graduated in May 1953. He participated in many sports in high school.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army from May 1956 to July 1958. He enjoyed his tour, which took him to Germany and Paris. This began his love of travel.
He traveled to watch his family participate in pow wows throughout the country. He was an avid outdoorsman, known for his walking and running.
Ernest Ellenwood married Mary Ellen Eisele-Ellenwood in 1960. They were married for 29 years until her passing on Nov. 22, 1989.
He attended college at Southern Idaho College.
Ernest started working June 29, 1964, at Potlatch Corp. in Lewiston and retired June 1, 1994.
Survivors include his brothers, Delbert Ellenwood and Raymond Ellenwood Sr., both of Lapwai, and Gordon Webb of California; sister Carol Webb of Kooskia; stepchildren Donald Eisele and Jean Marie Flowers; numerous nieces and nephews; and many grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, who all loved him.
Officiating the services will be Bill Picard at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia. Burial will be at Stevens Family Cemetery in Arrow, Idaho, with the dinner to follow at Catholic Dining Hall in Lapwai.