Thursday, February 24, 2005

Lillian M. Wherry, 89

GRANGEVILLE: Lillian M. Wherry, 89 of Grangeville passed away Tuesday, February 22, 2005 at Syringa General Hospital in Grangeville. Services will be held Monday, February 28, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. in Hamlett, Illinois. Local arrangements are under the direction the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Lanny D. Rose, 57

NEZPERCE: Lanny D. Rose, 57 died at St. Mary’s Hospital, Sunday, February 20, 2005 after a courageous albeit a short battle with brain cancer.
Lanny was born in Cottonwood, Idaho March 22, 1947 to S. Dale Rose and Marjorie J. Weber – Rose of Grangeville, Idaho.
A 1966 graduate of Grangeville High School, Lanny was always seen around town on a motorcycle or in his ’56 Cherry Red Ford. Lanny worked for Rickman’s Rockery. It was there that he began his life-long interest in plants, flowers and “lawn farming”.
By fall, 1966 Lanny joined the United States Air Force, served 4 years of active duty in Air Security and was released at the rank of Sergeant. His Air Force duty took him to Vietnam at Bien Hoa Airbase where he was exposed to Agent Orange.

June 1968 he married Sandra Zorb they divorced in 1973.
Lanny joined the Lewiston Police Department in 1970 as a patrol officer and later as the juvenile officer and served until 1976.

In 1975 he married Mona Broyles-Gaylord. They moved to Nevada where Lanny attained his Criminal Justice degree while working as a prison guard. Lanny joined the Nevada Highway Patrol in 1980 and retired from the patrol in 1988. They moved to Nezperce that same year. They owned and operated Rosi’s Bar until 1996. Mona died in 1997.

Lanny was active in the Nezperce Lions Club and the VFW Post. Again he was seen around town on his now favorite ride ….. this time his lawnmower; most often accompanied by his pal, Buddy. Lanny always looked forward to fall and deer hunting. He spent countless hours with his family and friends hunting, the cleaning, cutting, especially the eating and of course telling tales (really tall) hunting tales.

Lanny will be deeply missed by his children, Sean Dale Rose; Toni Broom and her husband Weldon of Spokane; granddaughters Addley Rose, Westminster, Colorado, Alexis Shoemaker and Delaine Broom, Spokane; his parents Marge and Dale Rose; sister Nancy and husband Kevin Asker, Grangeville; sisters Susan and husband Keith Ray, White Bird; Sandra and husband Mike Schoo, East Wenatchee, Washington ; brothers Mike and wife Debbie Rose, Nezperce; Kevin Rose and Dan Rose of Las Vegas, Nevada; 12 nieces and nephews; 10 great nieces and nephews and even 2 great-great nephews in the Rose family; his fiancée, Cheryl Roach, Nezperce; brothers in-law; Duane and wife Julie Roach, Jay and wife Tedi Roach, sisters in-law Nyla and husband Terry Stephenson, all of Genesee; Karol and husband Dave Hanson, Twin Falls, and Cheryl’s 6 nieces and nephews, and 7 great nieces and nephews.

Lanny is preceded in death by a son Jerette Rose, an infant grandchild, Michael and Shari Schoo, and a brother Tom Rose.

A Rosary will be held at St. Peter’s and Paul’s Wednesday, February 23, 2005 at 11:30 a.m. A private graveside service will be held later. Cremation has taken place.Memorials may be made to the Cancer Society or the Christmas Light Fund, Nezperce Lions Club, Nezperce, Idaho 83543

Friday, February 18, 2005

Charles E. “Chuck” Burke, 70

GRANGEVILLE: Charles E. “Chuck” Burke, 70, of Grangeville went to be with the Lord, on Friday, February 18, 2005 at his home under the loving care of his family.

He was born August 28, 1934 at Rochelle, Illinois a son of Clarence and Ruth Burke. He is survived by his wife, Ruby, six children-three daughters, Susan and Leonard Warren of Grangeville, Kathy and Mark Enright of Echo, Oregon, Judy and Daniel Gautney of Grangeville, three sons, Terry and Darlene Burke of Clarkston, Cole Burke of Grangeville and Shane and Marcy Burke of Clarkston, 16 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

At his request there will be no service. Cremation is under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Animal Ark in Grangeville.

Robert E. Wilbanks, 61

GRANGEVILLE: Retired Chief of Police of Grangeville, Robert E Wilbanks passed away Thursday February 17, 2005 at Syringa General Hospital. Robert, better known as Bob, was born December 4, 1943 to Robert H and Geraldine Wilbanks in Anadarko, Oklahoma.
Bob attended Grangeville High School then entered the United States Army in 1960 and was stationed in Germany, specializing in missiles and nuclear warheads; he was honorably discharged in 1963. He moved for a short time to the Twin Falls area where he worked in construction and plumbing. While in Twin Falls Bob married Patricia Long, they had one son Jimmy. Bob and Patricia were later divorced. Bob moved back to Grangeville and was employed by the Nez Perce National Forest Service stationed out of the Moose Creek Ranger District where he worked for 2 years. From there Bob entered into his law enforcement career where he worked for 25 years for the City of Grangeville, retiring in 1995. Bob married Kim Johnson in April of 1987 and helped her raise her 4 children, they later divorced. Bob was very proud of his kids never considering them his stepchildren. Bob’s hobbies include visiting with family and friends, telling stories, reading, shooting his guns, fishing, photography and making hot mustard.
Bob is survived by his mother, Gerry at their home in Grangeville, his three sisters and their husbands; Janice and William Waite of Boise, Nancy and Keith Smith of McCall and Michelle and Bob Forester of Boise. Three step brothers Jack Kidder and his wife Sue, Virgil Kidder and Vaughn Kidder and his wife Susan all of Oregon. His children Jimmy Wilbanks of Oregon, Adam Thomason and wife Kitty, Angie Wilbanks, Tiffany Wilbanks and Jared Andrews all of Grangeville. He also had three grandchildren that were his pride and joy; Tamra, Cordel and Cheyanne and his fourth grandchild, Trenton Robert to be born in May. Bob was very proud of his nieces and nephews; Joshua Young, Sarah Young, Brittany Marie Wilbanks, Jordan Smith all of McCall and Amber Waite of Boise.
Bob was preceded in death by his father Robert his stepfather, who he loved dearly, Jesse Kidder.
The graveside service will be held Tuesday, February 22, 2005 at 11:00 A.M. at the Prairie View Cemetery.

Bob touched many lives and the family would love to hear your stories at a potluck at the Eagles Hall following the services, we have a few stories to tell ourselves.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Olive E. Dahlin, 88

GRANGEVILLE: Olive E. Dahlin, 88 of White Bird passed away Tuesday, February 15, 2005 at Syringa General Hospital in Grangeville.

Olive was born August 13, 1916 at What Cheer, Iowa the daughter of Augustus and Hattie Belle VanWinkle McKamey. The family moved to St. Charles, IL when she was a teenager. She married Ralph Dahlin in 1935. She worked in the City Library at St. Charles for many years. Mr. Dahlin retired in 1970 and they traveled for several years before moving to White Bird, Idaho in 1994. Mr. Dahlin passed away in 2003.

She enjoyed crafts, crocheting, leatherwork, reading fishing and playing Mrs. Santa along with her husband playing Santa during the holiday season.

She was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Charles and the Pleasant View Baptist Church in White Bird. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Connolley of White Bird, a son, Michael Dahlin of Greenville, VA, 6 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband and 5 brothers.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Pleasant View Baptist Church, White Bird

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Donald James Baldwin, 68

GRANGEVILLE: Donald James Baldwin, loving husband and respected father, passed away February 10, 2005 due to a sudden heart attack. He was a 40-year resident of Grangeville who had many ties to the community, and will be missed greatly.

Don, or D.J. as many knew him, lived a full life. He was born July 29, 1936 at Ahsahka, Idaho to Paul and Nita Baldwin. It was an at-home birth, and it was there that D.J. spent his early years. One of his first memories was of running up and down the grassy hills surrounding the railroad house, the family dog always keeping pace, D.J. always commented “keeping me out of trouble.” In those days the house did not have indoor plumbing so D.J. could remember having baths drawn outside in a large metal washing basin, the sun helping him air dry afterwards.

Later on his family moved to a larger railroad house in Orofino, Idaho, where D.J. grew up and attended Orofino High School. He proudly lettered in football, managed the basketball team, played trumpet, and danced in the social dancing club. D.J. was well liked, and graduated in 1954. During this period of time, D.J. spent a summer working solo on a Fire Lookout for the U.S. Forest Service. He enjoyed that time immensely. He fondly recalled experiences including target shooting, hiking, watching lightening bolts trace the night sky (hitting the lookout at times), and chopping wood in the buff.

After high school graduation, D.J. enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Throughout his life, he was very proud of his involvement and time spent in the Marines. He believed in serving your country with honor and was especially dedicated to the unique mission of the Marines. He did his best to always impart the importance of this to his children. He was very proud that all four of his boys enlisted in the military, and kept each boy’s photo displayed proudly in his home.

After D.J.’s enlistment was up, he moved back home to Orofino, where he was offered a position with the Idaho Department of Transportation, Division of Highways. He worked in various capacities for the State for 40 years.

He enjoyed his work in the Engineering division, taking pride in the construction of both the Lewiston Hill and the new White Bird Hill Grade and Bridge. Later on he joined the Maintenance division, making sure the roads were safe year-round for everyone. From hot and sticky work with asphalt in the summer to plowing piles of snow in the winter, he was an expert at his job. He arrived 30 minutes early each morning to have a cup of coffee and be ready for the days’ workload. He was a family man, though, and would come home every night almost precisely at the same time with metal lunch pail in hand, ready to be with his family, have dinner, and read the newspaper.

During this time, he again, served his country, signing up in the Idaho National Guard, where he was called to duty twice: once during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and a second time for a tour of duty in Vietnam. A Staff Sergeant in charge of supply, he was especially proud of taking care of the members of his platoon while they were in country. Many of the men who served with D.J. during this time still live in the area, and can remember those times. Although D.J. had difficult memories of war, he enjoyed spinning some tall, but TRUE tales about those events, and the stories were generally hilarious. By the manner in which he told them, you could almost feel that you were there.

D.J. was married three times. His first marriage was short, but intense, and was to his high school sweetheart, Patricia McCoy.

In 1963, he married Lois Keith in Tacoma, Washington. They met on a blind date while he was stationed with the National Guard at Ft. Lewis, Washington. They supported each other through the ups and downs of raising five children. After 20 years of loving and loyal marriage, Lois preceded him in death in 1986.

In 1992, he met the love of his life, Kay Huff in Spokane, Washington. It was love almost at first sight, initially a little awkward since one of their first meetings was at an engagement party between HIS son and HER daughter. But they didn’t let that stop them, and married in 1994, blending the almost-grown two families together. They were a successful team, enjoying much music and laughter. They are known for their generous spirit, opening their home to anyone.

Lately, they had been getting much enjoyment and joy from their newborn granddaughter, Rebecca Ann Baldwin. D.J. and his granddaughter liked to place his baldhead to her fuzzy baldhead. Then they would gaze into each other’s eyes, “growling” at each other.

D.J. enjoyed many pastimes including hunting, fishing, photography, card playing and target shooting. He also enjoyed reading western novels and magazines targeted to the sportsman. He had a love of current events, both local and national. He was an avid news watcher and read the newspaper daily. He also enjoyed homemade baked goods and collecting various items. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. During his life, he attended several churches, including the Church of Christ and the Grangeville Christian Church.

Donald Baldwin is survived by his soul mate, Kay Baldwin of Grangeville; four sons their wives: Brian and Nanci Baldwin of Spokane, Washington; William (Bill) and Peggy Baldwin of Lewiston; Robert Baldwin and Jaime Bigelow of Grangeville; Doug and Christine Baldwin of Spokane; two daughters: Raymona Baldwin of Seattle, Washington and Karin Huff of Cheney, Washington. Eleven grandchildren also survive him.

His second wife, Lois Keith and his parents, Paul and Nita preceded him in death.

Services are Monday, February 14, 2005, at 10 a.m. at Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville, with internment following at the Prairie View Cemetery. A light lunch will follow at the Eagles Hall in Grangeville.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Deborah Taylor Sandlund, 50

GRANGEVILLE: Deborah Taylor Sandlund, 50, of Grangeville passed away Tuesday February 1, 2005, at Syringa General Hospital, after a long battle with leukemia. Deb was born December 24, 1954, in Ogden Utah, to Harry and Alice Taylor. During her illness Deb never gave up. She inspired her friends and family with her courage.

Deb attended Ogden public schools and graduated from Ben Lomond HS in 1973. She graduated with a degree in Forest Biology from Utah State University in 1979. During her Freshman year (1975) she met her future husband Bob Sandlund and they married in 1979. After graduation, Deb and Bob worked part time for the BLM, US Forest Service and the State of Utah. After moving to Salt Lake, Deb decided to change careers and pursue a career in teaching. She enrolled at Weber State University and completed her Secondary Education Degree in 1981 and her Elementary Education Degree in 1988. In 1981, they moved to Grangeville where Bob went to work with the Soil Conservation Service. While in Grangeville, Deb enrolled at the University of Idaho and completed her Masters degree in Education in 2000. Deb worked as a teaching aide for 7 years. She became a full time teacher at Grangeville Elementary in 1989. She taught for roughly 13 years until her illness made it impossible to continue. Deb loved to teach and genuinely enjoyed working with children. Deb had a passion for science and the arts and passed this on to her students. She touched the lives of many students.

Throughout her life, Deb was interested in a variety of activities. She had a lifelong love of arts and crafts and was always making something. She treasured the artwork created by her father and mother which filled the walls of their home. Before her illness, Deb and Bob enjoyed cross country skiing, bicycling, kayaking and a variety of other outdoor activities together. She loved to travel, read and make new friends. Deb loved dogs and was never far from one of their beloved Black Labrador retrievers.

The family would like to express a special thanks to Dr. Wayne Hollopeter for his guidance, support and friendship during Deb’s long illness. His dedication was a great source of strength for Deb. The family would also like to thank the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the staff of the Syringa General Hospital for their efforts on Deb’s behalf.

Deb is survived by her husband Bob, her mother Alice Taylor of Ogden Utah, her brother Paul Taylor of Nashville Tennessee and her sister Sally Jessop of Bow, Washington. She was preceded in death by her father.

A rosary will be held Thursday, February 3, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Grangeville. A memorial mass will be held at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church at 2:30 p.m Friday, February 4, 2005. The Mass will be followed by a gathering in the school gymnasium. All are welcome to attend both the mass and the gathering. Services are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the Deborah Sandlund Memorial Fund at FirstBank Northwest 108 South Mill Street, Grangeville ID 83530.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Helen Delores Walker, 87

LEWISTON: Helen Delores Walker, 87, of Grangeville passed away Monday, January 31, 2005 at the Life Care Center of Lewiston.

Helen was born November 8, 1917 at Green Valley, Nebraska a daughter of Clyde and Helen Irene Colamer Babcock. She attended schools in Lincoln, Nebraska and graduated from high school in 1934. Following her education she moved to Weiser, Idaho and she married Sydney W. Walker on March 6, 1940 at Baker City, Oregon. They lived in Huntington and Nyssa, Oregon and Weiser and Payette before moving to Grangeville in the early 1950’s. She was a bookkeeper for their family business including a gas station and sanitation company. She was also a professional seamstress and sewed for several companies, organizations and individuals in the Grangeville area.

She enjoyed traveling and spending winters in Arizona. She also liked to cook and was affectionately known as the “Cookie Lady”.

She was a life member of the Soroptimist Club in Grangeville and a former secretary of the Grangeville Extension Club. She also was a member of the Grangeville United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Sydney of Grangeville, her son and daughter in law, Butch and Dorothy Walker of Grangeville, her daughter and son in law, Jean and William Heizer of Baker City, Oregon. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Monica Walker, Marietta Holman, B.J. Walker, Brent Ricks, her great granddaughter, Hailey Uhlenkott and two brothers, Clyde Babcock of Colorado and Dick Babcock of Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Willard and Marty and a sister Micki.

Services will be held Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Blackmer Funeral Home Grangeville. Friends may call Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.

William D. “Bill” Telcher, 92

GRANGEVILLE: William D. “Bill” Telcher, 92, of Grangeville passed away Sunday, January 30, 2005 at the Idaho County Nursing Home in Grangeville.

Bill was born July 3, 1912 at Grangeville a son of Ralph and Lennah Wilson Telcher. He attended Grangeville area schools before graduating from Grangeville High School in 1929 as class valedictorian. He attended the University of Idaho before returning to Grangeville where he and his father farmed. He married Helen Skar in October of 1942 at Spokane. Mrs. Telcher passed away in 1952 and Bill raised his two children and continued to farm.

He loved the farming life and was a very good farmer.

He was a member of the Masons, Grange and the Grangeville Christian Church.

In addition to his farming, he loved to read books.

He is survived by his son, Larry Telcher of Lewiston, his daughter and her husband, Lynda and Charlie Hinds of Camas, WA and two grandchildren, Michelle Modglin and Tim Hinds.

In addition to his wife and parents a sister, Margaret Loomis died earlier.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, February 3, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. at Prairie View Cemetery, Grangeville. Services are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home.