Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Urban Henry Riener, 85

Urban Henry Riener, 85, went to be with the Lord July 15th, 2008, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood, due to complications from cancer.

He was born the son of Clem and Margaret Schmidt Riener on March 29th, 1923 in Cottonwood.

As a young man, he worked at Hattrup's sawmill in Keuterville and during this employment, he lost his arm in an accident. He attended schools in Cottonwood, the University of Idaho and a Vo-Tech school in Wieser, Idaho. He returned to Cottonwood and went into business with his father, Clem, at Riener’s Motors. He purchased H & H Grocery Store from Mike Hilbert, changing the name to Riener’s Grocery. He sold the business to his son Gary when he retired in 1984 and continued helping, never missing a freight day for the next 24 years. Also, he enjoyed working in his shop and helping out on several farms running combine, tractors, or whatever was needed.

He was an avid lover of life and all outdoor activities. He loved hunting, fishing, shooting trap and golf, having recorded two Holes-in-One on the Grangeville golf course. His biggest love was jet boating on the Salmon River. He has given joy to his family and many friends helping them catch their 1st steelhead. The highlight every year for Urbie, was taking the Bishop and several Catholic Priest's fishing on the river.

He was a member of St. Mary Parish, The Knights of Columbus, a member of the Cottonwood Fire Department and the Grangeville Country Club.

He married Rita Seubert at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cottonwood on June 12th, 1945, and together they raised 16 children. The stories shared by his children about their dad provide endless hours of memories.

He is survived by his wife, Rita, at the family home in Cottonwood; their 16 children which entails 10 sons: Thomas and wife Robin, John and wife Sherry, Gary, Donald (Barney) and friend Caroline, and Joe and wife Angie, all of Cottonwood, Dick and wife Kristi of New Plymouth, Harry and wife Jan of Boise, Jim and wife Kathy of Ferdinand, Dale and friend JoAnne of Lewiston, and Ken and friend Dana of Superior, MT; 6 daughters: Carla Riener of Clarkston WA, Betty Dunham and Cindy Ostrander and her husband James of Walla Walla, WA, Sharon Kinzer and husband Cliff of Craigmont, Jean Poxleitner and husband Phil of Grangeville, and Carrie NyGaard and husband Todd of Kamiah; 48 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren; sisters Regina Hollandsworth and Loreen Madden DeShiell’s and her husband Hank of Cottonwood, Marcella Martinson of Red Bluff, CA, Maryanne Kirkes of Las Vegas, NV; Brother-in-Law Ben Seubert and wife Florence of Lewiston, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by grandsons Jacob Riener and Olive twin boys; his parents, Clem and Maggie; 2 baby brothers, and son-in-law, David Dunham.

All, especially his children, will remember him as he instilled strong work ethic and the determination to excel, succeed, and cherish life to the fullest.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to the charity of your choice.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of his grandson, Shaun Riener, of Blackmer
Funeral Home in Grangeville, in conjunction with Uhlorn Funeral Home in Cottonwood for viewing facilities.

Viewing will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2008, from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., at Uhlorn Funeral Home in Cottonwood. The rosary will be recited on Monday, July 21, at 9:30 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cottonwood, with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10:00. Burial will conclude the services at Cottonwood Catholic Cemetery, followed by a luncheon at the Cottonwood Community Hall.

Condolences may be sent to the Riener family at

Monday, July 7, 2008

Ione E. Carter, 73

Ione E. Carter, 73, of Grangeville, passed away Friday, July 5, 2008, at her home in Grangeville.

Ione was born May 2, 1935 at Iowa City, Iowa, a daughter of Maynard and Eva May Abbot Newton. She had lived in Grangeville and the surrounding area for several years.
She was active in the Eagles Lodge, having served as president for two years and also enjoyed running the bingo at the lodge. She loved being a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She is survived by her husband, Rudy Carter, at the family home in Grangeville; her five children, Wesley Jennings and his wife Sandy, Wanda Torres, Winona Latta and husband Earl, Wendy Carter, and Wildena Jennings and husband Tim; fifteen grandchildren and twenty eight great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 8, 2008, at the Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville. Burial followed at White Bird Cemetery.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Lavern Keeler, 80

Lavern Keeler, 80, of Grangeville, passed away Wednesday, July 2, 2008, with his family at his side.

Lavern was born on July 29, 1927 to Dell and Sadie V. Schmadeka Keeler at Grangeville. His sister, Betty Lou, was born in 1930. His parents bought the family ranch in the Tolo Lake area when Lavern was 7 years old.

Lavern attended school at Fairview School, Tolo Lake School, and Grangeville High School. At the age of 17, his father, Dell, passed away. From then on, Lavern ran the family ranch. His mother Sadie passed away in 1991.

Lavern spent his early years working for H&H Ranch, A&T Mining, and LT&L Ranch. He also farmed for Vern Workman and Paul Hauger. He then retired to the family ranch.

On May 17, 1955, he married Edith Laurene Paul in McCall, Idaho. Edith joined him at the family ranch and had eight children: Delvin, Doreen, Lonnie, Kathy, Jerry, Donnie, Rick, and Darlene, all in Grangeville.

Some of his favorite pastimes were hunting, fishing, farming and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Edith; five sons, Delvin, Lonnie, Jerry (Pam), Donnie (Kristi), and Rick (Jody) all of Grangeville; two daughters, Kathy Keeler-Martin of Springfield, Oregon, and Darlene Key (Michael) of Grangeville; sister, Betty Lou Castle of Las Vegas, Nevada; 11 grandchildren, Randa, Kitty, Jesse, Cori, Cody, Brendan, Brooke, Sadie, Courtney, Chantel, Garrett; 4 step-grandchildren, RaeDaun, Lee, Jason, Justin; 9 great-grandchildren, Tamra, Cordell, Allyson, Austin, Morgan, Bryden, Emily, Justin, Holly, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dell and Sadie; an infant daughter, Doreen, and a son-in-law, Bill Martin.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, July 12, at 1:00 p.m., at the Senior Citizen Center in Grangeville with a potluck dinner immediately following.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville.