Archie Harold Junes died July 11, 2017 in Lewiston, Idaho of complications from metastatic esophageal cancer. He’d been undergoing treatment since Fall, 2016.
Arch was born August 17, 1940 to Ferdinand (Fred) & Ilmi Anttila Junes, in a little log cabin outside Menagha, MN. He joined older brothers, Harvey & Ruben & sister, Thelma. The various reminisces of the brothers & sister were like a throw-back to a different era, such as the numerous times Arch & Ruben would torture Thelma by wriggling a stick up through the bottom of the outhouse, mimicking a snake.
When Arch was around six, his mother & father separated. His dad, Fred, moved to Idaho with Ruben & his mother, Ilmi, relocated to Spokane, WA with the other three children. The stories they told of their trip west in an old auto, complete with rumble seat, were a throwback to the Depression Era.
Arch spent the next 12 years in Spokane & graduated in 1959 from Lewis Clark High School. During his school years, he worked for Hecker Hardware, a short bike ride from his home, which was good since he was too young to drive. After he obtained his driver’s license, Arch worked after school for Boyle Fuel of Spokane. He worked in the woods, felling trees, summers in Grangeville before joining the Army in 1960. This was at the start of the escalation of the Vietnam Conflict and many of his fellow recruits were sent there Arch must have had a guardian angel watching out for him because he was deployed to Germany where he spent the next the next thirteen months. The beautiful photos of the German landscape were a treat to see and he was able to travel a lot through the countryside.
After his discharge from the Army in 1962, Arch returned to Grangeville and spent the next 35 years working for the Nez Perce Forest. He designed & built many of the forest roads, including the back country road into the Gospel-Hump area, roads around Red River & up the Lochsa.
Arch retired in 1997 from the Forest Service & was able to devote the next 20 years to his passion of collecting antique & collectible Winchesters and many Western connected items. The joy he got from participation in regional gun shows & the many friends he made during those years were wonderful.
A short, three month courtship led to the marriage, on May 21, 1965, of Arch & Linda McGrane of Grangeville. were married,. They moved to property Arch purchased about four miles above Grangeville & spent the next 52 years building a wonderful life together. Arch designed & built their home overlooking Grangeville & the Camas Prairie and they spent many days & evenings drinking coffee, wine, beer and looking over the area they loved. Their two daughters, Patsy and Debby, loved growing up in the freedom of the country & Arch & Debby made many runs on the back roads surrounding the property. They made many family trips to Spokane to see Arch’s mother &, in 1974, to attend the Spokane World Expo.
After the girls left home, Arch & Linda frequently traveled—a Junes family reunion in Minnesota, to Alaska, the Oregon Coast, Canada & the Yukon, Montana, the Seattle King Tut exhibit, Arizona, California with future trips in the works.
Arch is survived by his wife, Linda, at their home, granddaughters, Shelby Lynn, (AJ) of Fall City, WA and their three children; Dani Johnson Smith, (Marty) & son, Max of Three Rivers , Idaho; Jessica Beman and daughters of Grangeville; Katelyn Bressie of Minot, N.D. & daughter; LesLee Ames, Ponderay, ID, & sons. Others surviving are brother, Ruben Junes, Lewiston; sister, Thelma Ward of S. Carolina; half-sister, Karen Pesio, Lewiston, half-brother. Darell Junes, Lewiston; step-sisters, Darlene Nordean, Lewiston, Nora Longhorn; Stella Funke, Hermiston, OR; step-brother, Rube Junes, Lewiston.
He was preceded in death by daughters, Patsy Ellison, Post Falls, ID; Debby Schneider, Caldwell, ID; brother, Harve Junes, Lewiston; brother in law, Ed Ward, N. Bend, OR. Half-sister, Jeannie Howard, Winchester, ID; and step-brother, Don Junes, his parents Fred Junes, Grangeville; Ilmi Junes, Grangeville; step-mother, Elma Junes, mother-in-law, Verna McGrane and numerous other family members.
Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, July 19, 2017 11:00 A.M. at the Grangeville Christian Church, 402 W. South First, Grangeville with commitment following at Prairie View Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 18, 2017, from 7-8 P.M. at Blackmer Funeral Home.
Contributions may be made Community Cancer Fund, 510 W, Riverside Ave, Suite 207, Spokane, WA 99201 or the charity of your choice. Send condolences to the family to Blackmerfuneralhome.com