Sunday, May 28, 2006

Lucile Kaschmitter, 83

GRANGEVILLE: Lucile E. Kaschmitter born Feb. 20, 1923 in Ronan Mt. died suddenly May 27, 2006 at Syringa General Hospital in Grangeville, Idaho. She was 83.

Lucile loved sewing, cooking, playing cards and enjoying the company of her friends. She was a member of the Sts. Peter and Paul Alter Society and acting President, President of the Idaho County Home Extension Club,Allano 500 card club, Fenn Domestic Club, Idaho County Cow Bells, Activities director for Park Hill manner and sang in the church choir at St. Mary’s in Cottonwood throughout her 83 years.

She now joins her loving husband George who passed away June 20, 2003. She is survived byher sons Ray Kaschmitter and his wife Tracy, and children Amanda, Holly and Ryan all of Roseville, CA. Andy Kaschmitter and his wife Wendy and their children Joshua, Nathan, Cassandra, Eric, Daniel, Elizabeth and Thomas, all of Grangeville. She is also survived by three sisters Bernice, Louis and Marion and four brothers Billy, Lloyd, Marvin, and Richard. She is preceded in death by her mother Eleonora, father Anthony and brother Francis.

A rosary will be said Thursday, June 1st at 7:30 pm at Sts. Peter and Paul parish. The funeral mass will be held Saturday, June 3rd at 11:00 at Sts. Peter and Paul with an inurnment to follow
at the Denver Cemetery. Services are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Send condolence to the family at

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Everett G. Dahl, 88

Everett George Dahl, 88, passed away on May 22, 2006 in Santa Rosa, California.

George was born on April 6, 1918 in Grangeville, Idaho, a son of Anton Cydney Dahl, from Norway, and May Phyllisia Zumwalt.

He served in the United States Army during WWII in the China, Burma, and India Theatre. After the war he settled in Alaska and started the city of North Pole, becoming its first Mayor. He also lived for many years in Santa Rosa and Palm Desert, California.

He is survived by his daughter Phyllis and sons George, Steve and Gary and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. He will be laid to rest in his hometown of Grangeville, Idaho, after leading a long and full life.

Local arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Douglas Dean Andrews, 59

Douglas Dean Andrews, 59, of Grangeville passed away Monday, May 22, 2006 at Syringa General Hospital in Grangeville.

Doug was born March 8, 1947 to Lawrence and Eldora Andrews in Grangeville.

He is survived by four children, Bodie of Boise, ID; Joy of Poulsbo, WA; Callie of South Korea; and Tera of Washington State; five siblings, Lila Reuter of Grangeville; Sharon Davis of McCall; Martha Smith and husband Randy of Grangeville; Larry Andrews of Grangeville, and Connie Chadwick and her husband Jim of Idaho Falls, ID.

Doug joined the U.S. Army in 1967 and served with the HHC 1st Bn, 32nd Inf, 7th Inf Division – 8th Army for three years and also served in the reserves until 1973.

Doug was a loving son, brother and father. He was an avid outdoorsman and was always giving a helping hand whenever needed. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends hunting, camping and fishing.

A celebration of Doug’s life will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 26, 2006 at the Eagles Hall in Grangeville. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville.

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Friday, May 19, 2006

Geraldine “Jerri” Keller, 80

GRANGEVILLE: Geraldine “Jerri” Keller, 80 of Ferdinand passed away Friday, May 19, 2006 at the Grangeville Health and Rehab. Center in Grangeville.

Jerri was born May 5, 1926 at Culdesac, Idaho a daughter of Fred and Grace Jackson Williams. As a young girl the family moved to Doumecq where she attended school before moving to Kamiah where she graduated from high school. Following her education she lived in Spokane and Culdesac before moving to Elk City where she built the Elkhorn Bar. She later sold the bar and moved to Alaska and Kamiah before moving to Ferdinand where she has lived since.

She loved to hunt, fish and garden.

She was a founding member of the VFW Auxiliary Post 8311 in Elk City.

She is survived by two daughters, Pam Uhlenkott of Fenn and Teresa Bryant of Elk City, a son Bob Mattson of Culdesac, a brother Fred Williams, six grandchildren, six great grandchildren and her beloved cat “Salty”. She was preceded in death by her parents and companion Eldon Lockett.

Graveside services will be held Monday, May 22, 2006 at 11:00 at Prairie View Cemetery, Grangeville. Services are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

William Carroll Cox, 85

GRANGEVILLE: William Carroll Cox, 85 of Grangeville went to rest on May 17, 2006 from causes related to cancer.

Bill was born December 19, 1920, at Kendrick, Idaho the oldest son of Carroll and Grace Cox. He attended grade school on American Ridge near Kendrick and graduated from Kendrick High School in 1938. Following his education he worked on the family farm until he entered the military in the winter of 1942. He spent his entire tour of duty in the South Pacific under the command of General McArthur and was honorably discharged in 1946.

After returning home he worked for various farms in the Kendrick area and then moved to the Ferdinand area and helped on the family farm. This is where he met the love of his life Bettie Utt and were married in October of 1947. They were blessed with one son, Billy, born in the summer of 1948.

Bill worked for various farmers on the prairie until they moved to Cottonwood where he worked for Vade Spencer at the Cottonwood Sales Yard.

In 1956 he went to work for the Guy Sherwin ranch and worked and lived there until the spring of 1962. They then moved into Grangeville where he was employed by Union Warehouse until he retired in 1986.

Bill loved to work with wood and did many projects for the Elks.

He was a life member of the Grangeville Elks Lodge and Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Grangeville.

He is survived by his wife Bettie, one son Billy both of Grangeville, one grandson, Shawn and his wife Kristi and great granddaughter Brittany of Middleton, Idaho, his sisters, Lela Little of Yuma, AZ, Alma Nickel of Kamiah, Merna Heath of Grangeville and Patty Kaschmitter of Cottonwood, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Scotty and Norman and his parents.

A rosary will be held Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church followed by a funeral rite at 11:30 a.m. Father Bradley Neely will be officiating. Burial with military rites will follow at Denver Cemetery. Friends may call Friday, May 19, 2006 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School or to a charity of donor’s choice.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Glenn Frederick Wasem , 85

SPARTA, MICHIGAN:Glenn Frederick Wasem , 85, of Sparta, Michigan and formerly of Portland, Oregon and the Camas Prairie, left his earthly body and went to be in the presence of his Lord and Savior, on Monday, May 15, 2006 in Sparta.

He was born, November 24, 1920 in Cottonwood, ID, the middle son of Henry John and Alta Fortin Wasem. He grew up on the family farm east of Cottonwood and graduated from Cottonwood High School in 1939. After attending University of Idaho for three years, majoring in Agriculture,
he entered the Army in 1942 and was active during WWII in England, France, Germany, Belgium and Holland as a Medical Technician on the 23rd Hospital Train.

Upon returning from the War, he farmed with his brother Harold for several years.

In June of 1950 he married Bernetta Bolt and they had 4 children. They moved to Craigmont, ID in 1954 where he was employed at Heartburg Implements, the J I Case dealer.. In 1958 they moved to Portland, OR where he worked at J.I. Case Co.and then for Xerox Corporation for over 20 years. He retired from Xerox in 1985 as an electronics technician.

After living in Portland for 42 years, he and Bernetta moved cross country to Sparta, MI to be near their 2 daughters, Jeannette and Lois.

He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour November 5, 1939 and was an active and faithful member of his church.

He is survived by his wife, Bernetta and his daughters, Jeannette and Leo Cumings of Jackson, MI, Lois and Jim Lovell of Sparta, MI, grandsons James and Ashley Cumings and Allen Cumings, granddaughters Rachael, Esther and Bethany Lovell, great granddaughter, Charis Cumings, brothers
Harold and Eldene Wasem and Lloyd and Wilma Wasem all of Grangeville, Idaho.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Robert, daughter Shirley and great granddaughter,
Kelsey Cumings.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 19, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Burial will follow at Prairie View Cemetery, Grangeville. Friends may call Thursday, May 18, 2006 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Blackmer Funeral Home. Family suggests memorial gifts may be given to either Montavilla Baptist Church, missionary fund, 9204 SE Hawthorne, Portland, OR 97216 or to West Cannon Baptist Church, missionary fund, Cannonsburg Rd NE, Belmont, MI 49306. Send condolences to the family at

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Yoshino Stewart, 76

Yoshino Stewart, 76, of Grangeville, passed away Friday, May 12, 2006 at Syringa General Hospital after a short bout with cancer.

She was born March 13, 1930 in Tokyo, Japan to Mr. and Mrs. Komai.

She met her husband Ralph Stewart in Tokyo while he was stationed in Japan. They were married on February 18, 1956 and a year and a half later, Johnny was born. In 1957, Ralph was transferred to the states and was stationed in Chicago. Kathy was born while they were there. In October 1959, Ralph was discharged from the military and the family moved to Grangeville where they now reside.

Yoshino worked numerous jobs throughout the area. She worked at Summerville’s and The Crossroads to name a few, plus many others. She was recognized as the “little Japanese lady in Grangeville”. She may have been little, but she was spunky and never backed down to anyone. People would show up at her house on New Year’s Day to partake in a Japanese Feast, as New Year’s Day was a big celebration in Japan.

Yo liked to cook, do various crafts such as knitting, crocheting, origami (paper folding) and ceramics. She enjoyed visiting with her many friends and going to Boise to spend time with her kids and grandkids. Anytime anyone was in need, Yo was there to help cook and clean or just visit with them. She had a heart of gold and will be greatly missed and will live on in our hearts always. GOOD-BYE MOM….

Yo is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Ralph (Sonny) Stewart at their home in Grangeville; son John and wife Kathy of Meridian and their two kids, Jason of Portland, Oregon and Jennifer of Meridian; daughter Kathy and her husband Bill and their son Billy of Carson City and Kyla, Kayla, Cody and Chad of Nampa. She is also survived by three brothers and three sisters in Japan.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Kauzko, and her granddaughter Shawna.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the Grangeville Christian Church with Pastor Harold Gott officiating. Memorials may be made to Syringa Hospital Hospice of Grangeville.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville. Send condolences to the family at