Sunday, March 27, 2005

Dylan Roland Carr , 3 Months

The families of Scott Carr and Tiffany Brown sadly announce the passing of their beloved infant son Dylan Roland Carr who died at his home in Grangeville on Easter Sunday. He was born December 21, 2004.

In addition to his parents Dylan is survived by his Great grandmother, June Dewey of Grangeville and Great grandparents Chett and Levita Carr of Weippe, maternal grandparents, Teresa Deadfulwater and Kevin Leggett of Grangeville, and paternal grandparents, Shawn Carr and Jackie Page of Weippe, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 2, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at the Blackmer Funeral Home. Private burial will follow. Friends may call Friday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. A dinner will follow the services at Mountain Shadow Baptist Church in Grangeville. Send condolences to the family at

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Elizabeth Sees, 83

GRANGEVILLE: Elizabeth Sees, 83, of Grangeville passed away Saturday, March 19, 2005 at Syringa General Hospital in Grangeville.

Elizabeth was born August 15, 1921 at Gyorkony, Hungary a daughter of Phillip and Elizabeth Kohler. She married George Sees in 1940 in Hungary. They moved to Grangeville in 1951.

She is survived by her husband, George Sr., her children, George Jr, of Kenmore, Washington, a daughter, Elizabeth Heubner of Cave Creek, Arizona, five grandchildren and a sister, Katherine Rubint of Spokane, Washington.

Private family services were held. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Toby Joe Stevens, 42

GRANGEVILLE: Toby Joe Stevens, loving husband, brother, son and friend lost his life Tuesday, March 15, 2005. Toby was born in Loyalton, California in 1962 where he lived until 2003. Toby spent many years working in the woods beginning in 1977 when he was 15 years old. He operated heavy equipment for the family logging business. Toby moved to Paradise, California and met his wife there and together they moved back to Loyalton. He left working in the woods and went to work for the Truckee Public Works Department from 1990 to 2003. He and his wife moved to Idaho. Toby went to work for the Idaho State Transportation Department in 2004. He and his wife had just purchased a home in Grangeville where they had decided to settle.

Toby was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting and fishing. He was involved in archery, the National Wild Turkey Federation youth program and was teaching hunters education in Grangeville. He was in his element in the woods.

He is survived by his wife Juli Stevens of Grangeville, her parents, Billy and Shirley Adkins of Kamiah, his parents, Royce and Elaine Stevens of Loyalton, California, a brother, Chris Stevens of Reno, Nevada, a niece Brandi Stevens of Oregon and a host of friends and loved ones.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 19 at 1:00 p.m. at the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Memorial services will follow in Loyalton, California on Saturday, March 26, 2005. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Hunters Education, c/o Blackmer Funeral Home, 305 No. Mill St., Grangeville, ID 83530. Send condolences to the family at

James W. Onthank, 42

James W. Onthank of Grangeville, Idaho died March 15, 2005 at the age of 42 in a work related automobile accident on Highway 95. Also killed in the accident was Toby Stevens. Jim is survived by his wife, Cynthia D. Onthank, 42, also of Grangeville, and his two sons. Kirt L. Onthank, 22, his wife Stephanie J. Onthank, 24, of College Place, Washington, Cody J. Onthank, 19, his wife, Falina F. Onthank, 22, and Jim's first grandson, Caleb Josiah Onthank, 16 months, of Walla Walla, Washington. He was also survived by his parents, Samuel and Katherine Onthank of Clarkston, Washington, and his siblings, Michael, Scott and Kelly.
Jim was born on October 24, 1962 in Grangeville, Idaho. He met his future wife, Cynthia Oleson, at a community dance in Cottonwood on July 19, 1980. After graduating from Grangeville High School in 1981, he furthered his education at the Eastern Idaho Vocational Technical School in Idaho Falls where he received his associates of applied science in marketing management. Jim and Cynthia were married on January 23, 1982 soon followed by the birth of their first son Kirt on August 2 of that year. After graduating from EIVTS, Jim worked at Noah's Ark Pet Center after which he rose to the position of Assistant Manager of Kinney’s shoes working at the Idaho Falls and later the Pocatello branches. Moving back to Grangeville, he began work at Miller Hardware and on May 23, 1985 Cody, his second son, was born. Beginning in July of 1987 Jim worked for the Idaho Transportation Department at Reed's bar for six years after which he transferred to the Grangeville office and continued there until his death on the job. November 9, 2003 Jim saw his first grandson Caleb Josiah born to his son Cody and his wife Falina.
More than any other hobby Jim loved the outdoors; whether hunting, fishing, hiking or camping with his family, he always seemed to find peace and enjoyment surrounded by nature. Always by his side during hunting ventures was his best friend since high school, Joe Lothspeich. The two planned for years to hunt caribou in Alaska, but never yet had the chance. Another extension of his love for nature was expressed in his collection of exotic pets that he kept and bred. Included among the animals that he raised were tortoises, geckos, beetles, over 50 species of arachnids, multiple freshwater and saltwater tanks that include tropical coral, discus, and seahorses. He also had quite a green thumb growing various orchids, african violets, carnivorous plants, bonsai trees, and cacti. He also raised and trained two hunting dogs. Rockhounding was another enjoyment of his that kept him outdoors. He would often pack up his family and take them to locales that featured digging for garnets, quartz crystals or sapphires during a summer vacation. He also was accomplished in faceting gems and even cut the sapphire in his daughter-in-law's wedding ring. Jim loved to read novels and non-fiction, adding constantly to his knowledge in all subject matter, especially in the sciences. His acute memory was able to recall facts years after reading them with surprising accuracy.
Above all, Jim was a loving and dedicated husband and father who would put aside anything else in his life for them, even passing up promotions in his career to preserve the time he had with his loved ones. He leaves behind a perfect example of what a family man should be. Jim will be missed by all who knew him, many far beyond our small community.

Memorial services will be held Monday, March 21,2005 at 2:00 p.m. at the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Rick Jorgensen officiating. Services are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Please send condolences to the family at

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Sandra June James, 69

GRANGEVILLE: Sandra June James, 69 of Grangeville passed away Friday, March 11, 2005 after a brief illness at Tri State Hospital in Clarkston.

She was born February 3, 1936 in Holdrege, Nebraska a daughter of Wayne and Norma Seckman. She defied the odds of surviving being born 3 months premature at a time when most babies wouldn’t have.

The family moved to Boise when she was 3 years old and later to Lewiston where she graduated from high school in 1954. Following high school she was married for several years to Frank Heuett and lived in Lewiston. That marriage later ended in divorce. On May 20, 1966 she married Wayne James and moved to a ranch near Clearwater, Idaho. They later moved to a ranch north of Grangeville and that was her home until her death. Although born a city person, she adapted to ranch life and worked alongside her husband, especially working with calves every spring.

Sandra was a very artistic person who loved to draw. She also loved playing Bingo and other games. She was a unique person and will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Wayne, her children, Cheryl Heuett of Kent, WA, and Kevin Heuett of Grangeville, her sister RoJean Greene of Clarkston, WA and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Gretchen Lias.

At her request, her body will be cremated. The family is planning a memorial service at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Send condolences to the family at

Monday, March 07, 2005

Hilton Lee Haddon, 80

Hilton Lee Haddon was taken home by the Lord early Saturday morning, March 5, 2005 at St. Josephs Regional Medical Center in Lewiston of complications from COPD, he was 80 years old.

Lee was born October 16, 1924 in Aberdene, WA. to Granville Tex and Ardis White Haddon.

Lee joined the Navy on Sept. 30, 1942. He served in both the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans on the USS P.C. 1563, USS San Francisco and the USS Chicago. While serving on the USS Chicago, it was bombed and he was wounded and received the Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged from the Navy on October 11, 1946.

Lee married Mary Ida Wiggins on March 25, 1946. They had 7 children together but divorced in 1964.

Lee then married Alice Seversen which also ended in divorce.

On April 25, 1969, Lee married the final love of his life, Muriel Robins. They spent most of their married life in Elk City where Lee worked as a mill wright at Sherear Lumber until his retirement. In 1998, Lee left the area he loved the most, Elk City, and moved to Grangeville which is where he remained until the final weeks of his life here with us.

Lee enjoyed fly fishing in the streams around Elk City and playing his guitar and singing in the areas of Elk City, Dixie, Golden, South Fork and Lewiston. He taught himself to play the guitar at the age of 6 years.

Lee is survived by Raymond and Julie Haddon of Anatone, WA.; LeRoy Haddon of Nezperce, ID.; Tim and Liz Haddon of Amboy, WA.; Terrisa (chi chi) Belknap of Paia, Maui, Hawaii; Jerry Ann and Ron Peery of Winchester, ID.; Honni Hoene and Bill of Lewiston, ID.; and Lola Denise and Chad Christopherson of Kamiah, ID. Step daughters and spouses Carol and Bill Gortsema of Whitebird, ID.; Gail and Wayne Snyder of Kamiah, ID. and Peggy and Norman Steadman of Weippe, ID. Lee is also survived by 22 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Raymond Haddon; his wife Muriel and a grandson, Isaiah Peery.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. at the White Bird Cemetery in White Bird, Idaho. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville.

You may send condolences to the family at

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Martha M. Flanigan, 92

GRANGEVILLE: Martha M. Flanigan, 92 of Grangeville, Idaho, passed away March 4, 2005, while a patient at Syringa General Hospital.

She was born to William Vernon Murdock and Trena Kap Murdock, on June 29, 1912, at Ogden, Utah, the 5th child of seven children of the marriage. She graduated from Ogden Senior High School, and acquired further training in various catagories thereafter.

She married William B. Taylor, Sr., on October 30, 1930, and they divorced in 1943. From such union she had four children, William B. Jr., Robert J., Ann, and a third son who was stillborn. In 1947 she and her 2 surviving sons, moved to Grangeville, which remained her home until she died.

During WWII, she was employed at Hill Airforce Base, Ogden; Lowery Airforce Base, Denver; and Will Rogers Airforce Base, Oklahoma City. After she moved to Grangeville, she worked at the Dry Cleaning Plant, then in her Seamstress Business, the First Security Bank, the Motgomery Ward Store, and was the manager of the Credit Bureau for a number of years until she retired.

On December 28, 1948, she married J. Miles Flanigan, who was the Postmaster of Grangeville, for almost 30 years, and they were together until he died on June 11, 1986. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Charlotte, Pearl, Grace, and Edna, and her brothers Parley, and William Vernon,Jr.,as well as her children, Robert J., Ann, and her stillborn son, and her beloved husband, Miles.

She was a long time member of the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and Parish, at Grangeville.

Surviving her are her son, William B. Taylor,Jr., and his wife, Lucille; her six grandchildren, Kevin Taylor, Pamela Mower, Vern Taylor, Sheila Kerstetter, Nancy Clark, and Heidi Higginson; her twenty -six great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren, all of whom loved her greatly.

At her request, cremation has taken place and no public service shall be held. A private family memorial will be held later this year.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

John William Draper, 85

Pullman, WA: John William Draper, age 85, a resident of Grangeville, died Monday, February 28, 2005 at the Avolon Care Center in Pullman where he has resided for the past one and a half years.

John was born on May 10, 1919 at Tammarack, Idaho to Nute and Carrie Madison Draper. He attended school at Tammarack and after completing the 8th grade he went to work at the sawmill in Tammarack.

On May 12, 1942 went in to the Service. He was in the 10th Mountain division. He served in 3 theaters of the War. He was discharged November 7, 1945.

He and Wanda Lorraine Paradis were married on February 24, 1950 at Council, Idaho. They moved to Grangeville in the summer of 1951. He worked at the area sawmill and retired from Idapine Mills in 1984. After his retirement he enjoyed his garden, home, fishing and bowling. He loved playing with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife at the family home. One son, David Paradis and wife Bev and one daughter, Phyllis Gilmore and husband Lyman of both of Grangeville. 6 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. One brother, Doug Draper in Ill. and one sister, Betty Draper in Montana. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers and 1 sister.
John touched the lives of many people with his friendly smile and howdy. He will be missed by all.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, March 5, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at the Grangeville Christian Church with Rev. Harold Gott officiating. Inurnment of his ashes will be held at a later date at the Council Cemetery. Services under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.