Monday, August 30, 2004

Ralph J. Winkler, 63

GRANGEVILLE, Ralph J. Winkler, 63

Ralph J. Winkler died on August 30, 2004 at Syringa Hospital in Grangeville, surrounded by his beloved family, after a courageous 2-1/2 year battle with cancer.

Ralph was born at Greencreek, ID October 29, 1940 to Sylvester Winkler and Christine Wassmuth Winkler. He began grade school in Greencreek, then transferred to Grangeville Elementary in September 1952, graduating from GHS in 1958. After working at Inland Lumber Company and Charlie’s Mobile Service Station, Ralph moved to California to be nearer to his high school sweetheart, Nancy Richardson Aldous. They were married on August 8, 1964 and spent their first years together in Alameda, where Ralph was employed by Caterpillar Tractor Company in San Leandro. Following the births of their two daughters, Cindy and Bonita, they returned to Grangeville in 1967 where Ralph worked for Brown Motors (now Bell Equipment) until shortly before his death.

Ralph was a lifelong member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. He was a Jaycee and a member of the Grangeville Elks Lodge. His favorite pastime was trapshooting, and he was an avid member at the Grangeville Gun Club, but he found time for bowling leagues and was seen in recent years on the driving range at the Grangeville country Club. He rarely missed an opportunity to play pool or cribbage, and he fostered many special friendships during these games.

In springtime you could always find Ralph with his best friends going off to the mountains for firewood. He enjoyed the time with his friends, and always brought wood home for other family members and friends – no one ever had a cold winter when Ralph was around. For that matter, no family member or friend ever had a broken door, or window, or problem, that Ralph wasn’t there to fix. He was always there to help, and was an honorary (and honored) Oktubberfest volunteer, and he also set up all the cement planters on Main Street.

Ralph’s best quality was in being a great dad. From the time his girls were born he was always there for them. He loved nothing better than putting them in the Jeep and taking them on picnics, or fishing, or huckleberry picking and cruising around in the mountains.

His daughters always brought him joy, and he always bragged that they never caused him heartache. He always enjoyed planning special days with his girls and they and their husbands were enormous comfort and companionship during his long illness.

Ralph is survived by his wife of 40 years, Nancy, at their Grangeville home, daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Steve Feldmann of White Bird, daughter and son-in-law, Bonita and Kevin Hafer of Lewiston, and their twin daughters Josie and Ellie, also of Lewiston, who at two had just begun to call their grandpa “Best Pop”. He is also survived by his mother, Christine Winkler of Grangeville, his six brothers and two sisters: Dorothy Fleury of Kooskia, Cletus and Karen Winkler of Clarkston, WA, Ron and Vickie Winkler of Rathdrum, Ken Winkler of Boise, Ed and Terrey Winkler of Libby, Montana, Jerry and Claudia Winkler of Lewiston, Gregg and Becky Winkler of Grangeville, and Gretta and Rick Fischer of Grangeville.

He was preceeded in death by his father, Sylvester Winkler.

A Vigil Service for him is at 7:00pm Thursday, September 2, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Grangeville. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, September 3, at 10:30am. Services are under the Direction of Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Memorials may be made to the Grangeville Gun Club or Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School. Condolences can be sent to the family at:

Saturday, August 28, 2004

Oda O. Key, 92

GRANGEVILLE: Oda O. Key, 92 of Grangeville passed away Saturday, August 28th at Syringa General Hospital in Grangeville.

Oda was born January 23, 1912 at Hugo, Oklahoma a son of Sam and Hettie Stennet Key. He attended schools in Oklahoma. He married Thedis Morrow on May 1, 1937 at Clebit, Oklahoma. They moved to Washington and Oregon and then to Grangeville in 1952. He and his brother operated a saw mill before he entered into the logging business, logging for himself and local saw mills. He retired in 1974. Mrs. Key passed away in 1981.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time in the outdoors.

He is survived by his sons, William Key, Kenneth Key, Michael Key and Jerry Key all of Grangeville, a son Tony Key of St. Maries, his daughters, Betty Altman of New Hampshire, Patricia Embry of Mt. Home, Idaho and Sherry Pwett of Portland, OR. He is also survived by 29 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. In addition to his wife, two sons Oda Jr. and Leo passed away earlier.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 2, at 10:00 a.m. at the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Private family burial will follow the services at Prairie View Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Blackmer Funeral Home.