Thursday, April 28, 2005

James L. Brewster, 69


James (Jim) Brewster, 69, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2005 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston do to complications of a stroke. He was 69 years old.

Jim was born in Sterling, Illinois on October 11, 1935 to Merle and Francis Brewster. The family moved west in 1938 to Oregon where Jim attended grade school in and around the Klamath Falls area. In 1950, the family moved to Grangeville where Jim graduated from GHS in 1954 where he competed in basketball, baseball and track.

Jim’s love of the outdoors started early as he spent many hours in the woods. Logging for his father in high school, he moved to driving trucks for Brewster logging until 1964. He also served in the National Guard, based in Grangeville, from 1957 to 1961. Moving from logs to oil, he spent the next six years driving for Standard Oil. Missing the wood smell, he went back to work for Wicke’s Saw Mill in 1970. The woods called him back in 1973 as he went to work driving truck for Toivo Pottala Logging until 1980. He finished his career with Union Warehouse in 1997, spending 17 years delivering many gallons of fuel and fuel oil all over the Camas Prairie.

Just out of high school, Jim found his life long love in Barbara (Bobbi) Heminger. They were married on September 6, 1959 in Kooskia, Idaho. Jim and Bobbi spent 45 wonderful years enjoying each others company among the splendor of the outdoors. Jim and Bobbi lived in Grangeville until 2000 when retirement brought him to the Lewiston Valley. His retirement was joyful, spending time with his grandchildren in Texas and Idaho as well as time with family all over the United States. An avid outdoorsman, he spent countless hours riding his ATV, hunting, fishing, camping and hiking. If he wasn’t in the mountains, you would probably find him at the arena, team roping or chasing a calf. He was a well gifted communicator, spending many hours talking with anyone who lend him an ear.

Jim was a member of the Grangeville Elks Lodge #1825 from 1965 to present. His eagerness to serve also found him on the Border Days Committee from 1958 to 1968 where he served as President in 1968. Countless other hours were spent as a member of the Idaho County Sheriff’s Posse, Grangeville Gun Club and Grangeville town basketball and baseball teams of the 1960’s and 70’s. In his retirement, Jim enjoyed the camaraderie of the White Bird Pathfinder and Lewis-Clark ATV clubs.

Jim is survived by his wife, Barbara of Lewiston; daughter Jodi Thomas, her husband Greg and grandchildren Tyler and RayAnn of Magnolia, Texas; daughter Teresa Corey, her husband Jeff and grandchildren Heather and Ryan of Lewiston, Idaho; a brother, Michael Brewster, his wife Debbie and family of Grangeville; brother Dan Brewster of Grangeville; sister Irene Degenstein, her husband Pete and family of Kelso, Washington.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents.

Jim touched the lives of too many people to count. We will miss him dearly.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Grangeville EMT or Central Idaho Rodeo Association.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at the Grangeville Christian Church with Reverend Randy Meyers of the Pleasant View Baptist Church of White Bird officiating. Services are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville

Saturday, April 23, 2005

John W. DeHaas, Jr., 50

Lewiston: John W. DeHaas, Jr., 50 of Cottonwood passed away Thursday, April 21, 2005 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center of cancer.

John was born June 3, 1954 at Grangeville a son of John and Susan Stuvinga DeHaas.
He attended Grangeville schools and graduated from Grangeville High School in 1972.
Following graduation he worked for Wicks Forest Industries in Grangeville for ten years. He moved to Lewiston and then to Cottonwood where he has lived since.

He enjoyed rodeos, fishing with his friends and reading.

He is survived by his parents, John and Susan DeHaas of Grangeville, his brothers, Richard and wife Paula DeHaas and family of New Mexico, Larry DeHaas of Lewiston, Gerald and wife Karyn DeHaas and family of Fairbanks, Alaska, James DeHaas and his fiancé Susan and family of Bainbridge Island, Washington, his sisters, Cathy Bailey and family of Superior Montana, Carolyn Wren and family of Grangeville and Chris and her husband Tim Haener and family of Boise and his caregiver Sue Silvers.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Pastor Jude Reardon of the Grangeville Christian Reformed Church will officiate. Burial will follow at Prairie View Cemetery. Friends may call Monday, April 25, 2005 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, c/o Blackmer Funeral Home, 305 No. Mill St., Grangeville, ID 83530. Send condolences to the family at

Friday, April 22, 2005

Kenneth M. Meyer, 79

COTTONWOOD: Kenneth M. Meyer, 79 of Grangeville passed away Friday, April 22, 2005 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood.

Ken was born October 27, 1925 at Fenn, ID to Frances and Melissa Conant Meyer. He attended Fenn Grade School and graduated from Grangeville High School in 1943. During his school years he was active in the Fenn 4H Club and played in the high school band. He served in the US Navy from 1944 - 1946 and attended boot camp and radio school at Farragut. He served aboard the USS Dixie, a destroyer tender, in the South Pacific including the Ulithi Islands, Philippines and China. He attended the University of Idaho for 3 years studying general agriculture. He married Dorothy Fischer on August 22, 1948. He drove logging and grain trucks and he and his brother farmed and raised cattle in the Fenn area until he retired in 1995.

Ken was a member of the Charity Grange #294 for over 50 years, and has been Master of the local Grange since 1988. He was also a member of the National and State Grange as well as a member of Idaho Lewis County Pomona Grange. He served as State Grange Overseer for 8 years. He was a member of Mount Idaho Lodge #9 AF&AM for nearly 50 years, was a Prairie Chapter DeMolay Dad for 5 years, a director at Union Warehouse for 18 years, a member of the Solar Flying Club for 10 years, a member of the Idaho County Planning Commission for 5 years, a member of the VFW and a Life Member of the NRA.

He enjoyed snow-catting, RV’ing, and square dancing.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy of Grangeville, a daughter and son in law, Diane and Ed Obermeyer of South Beach, Oregon, a son, Roger Meyer of Vernonia, Oregon, grandsons, Shawn and Brian Obermeyer, granddaughter, Rhiannon Meyer, great granddaughter, Michaele Obermeyer, a brother Jack Meyer of Fenn, Idaho and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Evalyn Johnson.

Cremation will take place and a private inurnment will take place at the Denver Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Please send condolences to the family at

Elma E. “Jerry” Hall, 83

GRANGEVILLE: Elma E. “Jerry” Hall, 83, of Grangeville passed away at Syringa General Hospital on April 20, 2005 after suffering heart failure. Her family was at her side.

Jerry was born in Shelley, Idaho to Walter Allen and Phoebe Winn Nye on January 3, 1922. She graduated from Nyssa High School in Nyssa, Oregon. She married Floyd Stephen Hall on March 14, 1942, just before he left overseas for duty in World War II.

She enjoyed picking huckleberries, crocheting, playing cribbage, watching the Mariners and the joy of her life were her grandchildren.

She is survived by 7 children, Shanna Roundy of Nampa, Idaho, Shirley and Jim Knutson of Moses Lake, Washington, Sherry and Don Calkins of Caldwell, Idaho, Susan and Mike Borrows, of Otis Orchards, Washington, Floyd and Deanna Hall, of Grangeville, Dick and Lark Hall of Grangeville and Skip and Cindy Hall also of Grangeville. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, two sisters, Alice Jensen and LaRue Ernest of Oregon and a brother Alvin Nye of Boise.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Floyd S. Hall, in 1984, her parents, one brother, a grandson and a great grandson.

Funeral services will be held Monday, April 25, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Burial will follow at Prairie View Cemetery, Grangeville. Friends may call Sunday from 2:00 to 6:00 at the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Please send condolences to the family at

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Eldon L. Lockett, 64

FERDINAND: Eldon L. Lockett, 64 of Ferdinand passed away Tuesday at his home.
He was born Nov. 9, 1940 at Owyhee, Oregon the eldest son of Del and Sylvia Crist Lockett. He spent many years in the logging business in Oregon and Idaho and he mined in Alaska. He also built his own log cabin in Elk City.

He married Mary Evelyn Wynn and they were later divorced. He loved spending time in the outdoors and fishing in Alaska.

He is survived by two daughters, Sheryl and her husband Ron Raddas of Yakima, Washington and Kimberly and her husband Butch Louis of Oroville, California, his long time companion of 23 years Geraldine Keller of Ferdinand, his brothers Gene Lockett of Medford, Oregon and Jerry Lockett of Cottonwood,Idaho his sister Charlotte Glessner of Port Orchard, Washington, five grandchildren, Jesse Louis, Chereen Louis, Annie Louis, Alex Raddas, and Kelsie Pottenger, and one great granddaughter Akilah Louis and nine nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 22, 2005 from 1:00 to 4:00 at the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. at Blackmer Funeral Home with Pastor Harold Gott of the Grangeville Christian Church officiating. Inurnment will follow at Prairie View Cemetery, Grangeville. Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Syringa General Hospital Hospice in Grangeville. Send condolences to the family at

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Ernest J. “Fuzzy” Davis, 78

GRANGEVILLE: Ernest J. “Fuzzy” Davis, 78 of Grangeville passed away Tuesday at Syringa General Hospital in Grangeville.

Fuzzy was born June 20, 1926 at Healdsburg, California and was raised in Greenville, California. He served in the US Navy in the Pacific during WWII. He retired from sawmill work after 40 years in Plumas County, California. He married Mariella Taddie on April 23, 1977 in Greenville. They moved to Grangeville in November of 1990. He worked part time at Miller Hardware in Grangeville and was known as the ‘little guy with the big smile”.

He loved all outdoor activities and was a big football and baseball fan. He loved spending time with his family.

He was a past member of the Eagles, Elks and American Legion.

He leaves a large family, his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place and no services will be held. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.
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