Obituaries and Death Notices for 2022
Lee M. Flerchinger
Lee M. Flerchinger slipped quietly away on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. He was born November 7, 1928, in Pomeroy to Orville E. and Alice E. (Hooley) Flerchinger. He graduated high school in Pomeroy and worked on the family farm until he married Peggy Udine Johnson April 24, 1951. They moved to their own farm in Asotin, where they had three children, two daughters and a son.
In 1963, Lee decided to move to Dayton and created his own farm machinery business, selling and repairing farm equipment. In 1968, he moved to the Lewiston area, where he worked for the Ed McCann farms, was a mechanic at Twin City Foods, independent trucker and worked for his brother Marcus. He was multi-talented from design to implementation. Lee also worked as a city engineer for the City of Kendrick. After retiring, he never lost the farming bug — he loved to have a garden.
Lee and Peggy divorced in September 1976. This is when he learned about and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He found what he was missing in his life and was very active in the Church.
In July 1978, he met Rae Von Skeem and they were married two months later. Lee’s service in the Church included commercial cannery specialist, bishopric counselor, Primary teacher, Scout Master, bishop and he was also a temple ordinance worker for 10 years. In 2005, Lee and his wife served a two-year mission to the Accra Ghana Temple. After returning home, he served a one-year mission for FamilySearch answering family history questions remotely online.
Lee was preceded in death by his parents, Orville and Alice Flerchinger, his brother Marcus, sister-in-law Ilene Flerchinger, niece Susie Carter, son-in-law Mike Myers and brother-in-law, Ted Shrum.
Lee is survived by his wife, Rae at their home in Clarkston, sister Connie Shrum of Medical Lake, children Mollie Flerchinger of Winchester, Becky Myers of Kooskia, and Dan Flerchinger of Nine Mile Falls. He had six grandchildren, Casey (Laci) Myers, Matt (Tracey) Myers, Angie Flerchinger Lopez, Andrea Szwed, Kathleen Szwed and Elliott Flerchinger. Lee also had six great-grandchildren; Bass, Megan, Maggie, Decker, Mila and Sia.
Graveside services were held June 2, 2022, at the Pomeroy City Cemetery.
Wendell Dean Johnson
Dean, as he preferred to be called, passed away Sunday, April 3, 2022, at Garfield County Memorial Hospital. Dean was born Sept. 27, 1933, to Carl and Myrtle Black Johnson in Pomeroy.
Growing up, Dean lived at the bottom of Casey Creek on the Snake River. He enjoyed swimming, fishing, and rowing a boat across the river to attend school at Almota when he was 11 and 12 years old. Later, he attended school in Pomeroy where he played football, basketball and baseball. Dean excelled at football, earning the Alumni Trophy and the Block & Tackle Trophy. Dean also sang the lead in several operettas in high school.
Dean met Shirley E. Graham while she was spending the night with a friend from school. He was there playing tag football with the brothers of her friend. They were married Oct. 6, 1952, in Lewiston at the home of Dean’s aunt and uncle. He was attending Washington State University in Pullman at that time, studying geology. Dean and Shirley have four daughters, Marcia, Pam, Julie and Susan.
Returning back home on the Snake River, he worked for his dad in the fruit orchard hauling and selling fruit and produce as far north as St. Maries, eventually leaving the river and working for several local farmers. In 1960, Dean went to work for Dye Seed Ranch where he learned agronomy and became the field representative. He retired 50 years later.
Dean had several hobbies and interests. He collected parts and pieces of old toy cars and trucks for rebuilding and giving to neighbors and to the grandkids. He also restored old cook stoves for many people over the years. Since growing up on a fruit orchard and gardening farm, he loved raising produce and selling or giving it away. Dean took up stained glass for several years, making lamps, Christmas ornaments and windows. He was an avid “rockhound,” and along with John Dye, Johnny Armstrong, Harold Graham and several others, started Garfield County Rockhounds.
Dean enjoyed traveling as long as he didn’t have to fly. The family loved camping and traveled and camped extensively throughout the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. As a member of Clan Graham Society, he and Shirley enjoyed attending Highland Games and hosting clan tents at many locations in the Northwest.
His other interests included researching and helping to write a book about Garfield County century farms. Dean was his wife’s committee working on the Centennial Boulevard during the Washington State Centennial in 1986 to 1990.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Lewis; sister Helen; and a grandson, Nicholas Siglin. Dean is survived by his wife, Shirley; his sister, Mila Watt; his four daughters, Marcia (Tim) Baden, Pam (Ernie) Kimble, Julie (Gary) Long and Susan Sutliff; 13 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
A service will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Garfield County Museum in care of Muriel Bott or to the United Methodist Church in Pomeroy.
Donald L. Horntvedt
Donald L. Horntvedt passed away peacefully March 22, 2022, at home in Kennewick with his three children by his side. He was born on July 5th 1941 in Pasco to Howard & Elizabeth Horntvedt. Don is survived by his sister, Karen Overholt, children, LaDonna (Brett) Smith, Lance (Sue) Horntvedt, Melissa (Lester) Mehrer and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Don was a proud member of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union 598 and a friend of Bill W's for 48 years. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 10am at Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home, 1401 S. Union in Kennewick. There will be no viewing or grave side service and we will celebrate his life after the memorial service at the Tri-City Alano Club at 102 E Kennewick Ave, Kennewick WA 99336, between 11:30 and 1:30pm. Refreshments will be provided.
In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to Benton County PUD, Helping Hands, at P.O. Box 6270, 2721 W 10th Ave, Kennewick WA 99336 in Donald Horntvedt's name.
Daniel Moffett “Dan” Williams
Daniel Moffett “Dan” Williams called Wednesday, March 9, 2022. Born to Winfrey and Mary Howard Williams on June 19, 1925, Dan spent his life growing wheat, barley and bluegrass, as well as maintaining a small herd of Hereford/Angus cattle (or as Dan called them, red cows and black cows) on the Williams Brothers Farm. He graduated from Pomeroy High School in 1943 and went on to study at Washington State College for two years, where he played golf under Jack Friel.
The oldest of two brothers, Dan left college to run the family farm during the war. In 1971, he and brother Lew were named Soil Conservationists of the Year by the Soil Conservation District, recognizing their early adoption of terraces to prevent erosion.
Dan married Evalyn Zurick on Armistice Day, November 11, 1950, and had four children. John, Scott, Paul and Lisa. After divorcing in 1965, he married Marie Jaspers in December 1968. Dan and Marie were married for nearly 51 years.
Dan was a hardworking, dedicated farmer, but his passions were for athletics and outdoor recreation of all kinds. He loved the local Pirates and even more so his Washington State Cougars. Dan was a season ticket holder for many years of both Cougar football and basketball. He was a near-scratch golfer his entire life and belonged to Clarkston Country Club for a few years before moving to the Lewiston Country Club. Dan won the club championship at Lewiston in 1969, as well as winning a couple of Sole-Survivor championships following the annual Wing Ding tournament. He loved the outdoors, was a bird hunter and one of the more knowledgeable mushroom hunters in the area. He was an avid and talented fisherman, whether it was off the coast of Ilwaco, steelhead on the Snake River, or rainbow in Pataha Creek and the lakes of the Tucannon.
Dan was preceded in death by his wife, Marie; his children Scott and Lisa; and his brother, Lewis. He is survived by his sons John (wife Melodee), of Marysville, Washington, and Paul, of Issaquah, Washington; his sister-in-law, Praxy Williams McIntyre (husband Ken); his nephew, Scott (wife Rochelle, children Cassidy and Jack), and niece, Leslie Williams; his four grandchildren, Whitney McGreevy, Curt (wife Marylou), Darrin (wife Tracy) and Ashlee (husband Jed Lubin); four great-grandchildren, Taryn and Tanna Williams, Isabelle Williams and Nathaniel Lubin-Williams; as well as a host of Brewer Jaspers in-laws, nephews and nieces.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Memory Manor for their care and compassion in Dan’s final years. They are planning a graveside celebration of life at 11 a.m. June 4, 2022, in the Pataha Flat Cemetery. They ask that in lieu of a memorial, to consider a donation to the Eastern Washington Agricultural Museum. Please send contributions to Eastern Washington Agricultural Museum, P.O. Box 326, Pomeroy, WA 99347.
Margaret Ann Killingsworth
Margaret Ann Killingsworth died February 24, 2022, at Lewiston Transitional Care of Cascadia.
Margaret was born to George and Lois VanBrocklin on Oct 13, 1927, at Leavenworth, Washington. While attending Washington State College in Pullman, she met her roomate’s brother, John Killingsworth. They were married on June 28th, 1947, and took over farming operations from John’s folks, Matt and Lucinda Killingsworth on Kirby Mayview Road. They had 2 daughters: RuthAnn (Smith) and Elaine (Fouty).
Margaret was active in several Pomeroy organizations and groups: Pomeroy United Methodist Church, Philomathean Home Ec Club, Philomathean Garden Club, and Grange. She actively participated in 4-H Club when her daughters were members. She was Garfield County Extension Aide for 10 years. Margaret spent many hours in the garden and sewing room. For several years she helped with Home Ec Club Fair Booth. She was appointed to the Hospital Board; she enjoyed it and learned a lot, but did not campaign for a second term.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of nearly 60 years John, and her younger brother, Roger. She is survived by her daughters RuthAnn Smith (Richard) and Elaine Fouty, a sister, Georgina King of Pea Ridge, Arkansas, and nieces and nephews.
No service will be held at this time. Margaret will be interred in Pomeroy City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pomeroy United Methodist Church, c/o Wayne Fitzsimmons, 1566 Hwy 12 E, Pomeroy, WA 99347, Pomeroy Senior Center, PO Box 23, Pomeroy, WA 99347 or Garfield Co Ambulance Fund, PO Box 69, Pomeroy, WA 99347.
James D. Herin, 80, of Pomeroy, 80, of Pomeroy, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2022, at Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston. Merchant Funeral Home of Clarkston is in charge of arrangements.
Robert Davis, 67, of Pomeroy, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022, at Garfield County Hospital in Pomeroy. Richardson-Brown Funeral Home of Pomeroy is in charge of arrangements.
Emma Sue (Whittaker) Kelly
Sue Kelly left this earth for her eternal home Monday, Feb. 7, 2022.
Emma Sue Whittaker was born to Clarence and Mary Whittaker on Aug. 24, 1934. She graduated from Lawrenceville Township High School in 1952. She played sports as a member of the GAA (Girls Athletic Association), sang in the choir and was a member of the Tomahawk School Paper. Sue married her high school sweetheart, Tom Kelly, on June 20, 1952, in Lawrenceville, Ill. They moved to Pomeroy in November 1960. Sue worked several different jobs and retired from the Garfield Memorial Hospital as a CNA in June 1997. Sue loved elderly people, so she continued to provide home health to several families in Pomeroy and also enjoyed providing childcare as well for families when needed.
Sue was a member of the Christian Church and attended the Pomeroy Christian Church for many years and then the Church of Christ when they moved to Royal Plaza in Lewiston in February, 2021.
She is survived by her husband, Tom; her children, Tom (Dort) Kelly, of Clarkston, Jon (Kelly) Kelly, of Pomeroy, and Tami (Mark) Morgan, of Richland; grandchildren Elijah, Rachael (Ernie), Michael (Larissa), Justin (Krista), Brooke and Dani Sue; great-grandchildren Jayden, Makayla, Aubree, Malaki, Lexis, Hoyt, Braxton, Jack, and Case. She is also survived by one brother, Neal Whittaker; sisters Marilyn Hawkins, Clarice Camuso, and Becky Glevenyak. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and two sisters.
Her family takes comfort in her life lived as a believer of Christ and that she peacefully passed away by the side of her groom of 69 years. A family graveside is planned for later. The family would like to thank the Royal Plaza staff for the care they provided Mom.
Memorials may be made to the Pomeroy Christian Church, PO Box 699, Pomeroy WA 99347 or the Pomeroy Food Bank, PO Box 15, Pomeroy, WA 99347.
Katherine “Kathy” Jo (Rimmelspacher) Carlson
Katherine “Kathy” Jo (Rimmelspacher) Carlson died peacefully in her home of natural causes on Friday, Feb. 4, 2022.
Kathy was born Sept. 3, 1951, in Clarkston to Ed and Della (Barlow) Rimmelspacher.
She was raised on the family farm and ranch in Peola and attended Holy Family School through the eighth grade. Kathy graduated from Clarkston High School in 1969. She later moved to Portland where she attended business school. After her program finished, she returned to Clarkston.
Kathy met the love of her life, Rick Carlson, at a dance club in Lewiston while in high school. They married on Dec. 11, 1971, at Holy Family Church, and were able to share 50 years of marriage.
Kathy made a positive impact on people throughout her life. She lived a life of service and love to others and was loved by many. Through her volunteerism with Holy Family Church and School, the Moose Club, the Eagles, the Foresters, Clarkston High School and many more, she was always generous with her time, her money and her spirit. She also planned many hot air balloon festivals.
Kathy began working at a young age on the family farm. She worked at the Arctic Circle during high school and later worked at a bank in Clarkston. She co-owned and managed a children’s clothing store in Lewiston named Small World while her children were young. As her children got a little older, she taught music at Holy Family School. During that time, Kathy also attended Lewis-Clark State College, completing her degree in 1998. She also worked tirelessly supporting her husband with their work at RC Technologies.
Kathy enjoyed fishing with family and friends and loved hosting the fish fry of the day’s catch. She was a committed contributor on the family farm, spending many hours, weekends and holidays helping with chores like branding, repairing fences, ear tagging, driving truck or chopping hay.
Kathy was preceded in death by her parents; uncle, John (Alvina) Rimmelspacher; and aunt, Sally (Dick) Floyd. She leaves behind her husband, Rick; sister Rose Schutte; three children, Christina (Al) Middleton, Alan (Ambure) Carlson and Alicia Vanderschuere (Michael); eight grandkids, Brianna Carlson, Emily Carlson, Adam Carlson, Sierra Middleton, Riley Middleton, Ella Vandershuere, Mia Vandershuere and Ali Vanderschuere; aunt Marie Rimmelspacher; sister-in-law Elaine (Kent) Dibble; brother-in-law Steve (Rita) Carlson; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Many others count her as family.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the scholarship fund being established in her name at Holy Family School, 1002 Chestnut St., Clarkston WA 99403. A memorial service is tentatively planned for June 24, 2022, at Holy Family Church.
Marie A. Ahlstrom
Marie A. Ahlstrom, 83, passed away in the afternoon Monday, January 31, 2022, in Clarkston.
Marie was born March 11, 1938, in St. Joe, Idaho, to Robert and Willodene Creswell. Marie spent large portions of her life in Los Angeles, Slickpoo, Ruebens, Winchester, Lewiston, and Culdesac. She also lived in Pomeroy for her last 26 years. She raised children her whole life.
She is survived by her sister Carmelita Nedrow; her children Anita Witte, Lyla McCammon, David Crawford, Kristina Gillum, Jenette Spindler and Shannon Ahlstrom; her grandchildren, David, Brian, Theresa, Renee, Tristen, Robert, Danika, Stephanie, Testa, Cassandra, Ayla, Samuel, Kameryne, Hugh (Bucky), Skyler, Sidney, Shadow and Bryndahl; her great-grandchildren, Destiny, Kailee, David, Dakota, Shayla, Dylan, Stessani, Diamond, Marley, Donald (Junior), Meliodas, Anthony, Bryson, Branson, Serenity, Dexton, Sidney (Skeeto), Luis, Victorio, Zamira, Sakima, Terresa, Samuel, Fox, Cadence, Kinley, Alaina, Amanda, Krysten, Alijah, Brynley, Amelie, Jack and Garrett; and her great-great-grandchildren, Logan, John, Bailee, Zaiden, Oliver and Rosemarie Lynn.
Marie was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Willdodene Creswell; her brothers Robert, Paul, William and David Creswell; her son Paul Crawford and grandson Samuel Blair Crawford.
Marie was instrumental in the forming the LC Valley Foodbank in Lewiston, She did outsourcing, networking, referrals and as the director she facilitated an ongoing supply of USDA commodities to help families.
Throughout her life she enjoyed painting, sketching in color, writing, gardening, playing the piano, and playing board games and cards with her children, grandkids and many friends. She had a phenomenal imagination as a great storyteller. This always captured the full attention of everyone listening.
Marie authored a book that became published, titled “Whitehawk: Journey to Rasemore.” She wrote several books that are entertaining and capturing of one’s imagination on different age levels. Although most of her work was not published, the stories still captured the attention of many.
Marie’s life was lived fully and on her terms. She had many friends considered to be like family. All of our prayers for her new-found freedom and wishes for a beautiful journey to the Kingdom of The Lord.
There will be a memorial at noon March 6  at the Elks Lodge in Lewiston, followed at 2:30 p.m. at Hells Gate State Park to release balloons followed by a potluck/picnic with a prayer to send her on her journey.
Peter Robert Ledgerwood
Pete Ledgerwood of Pomeroy died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. He was 61.
Pete was born June 22, 1960, in Pomeroy, to Dick and Catherine Ledgerwood and was raised in Garfield County. He was a proud member of the Class of 1978 and had many friends and family in Garfield County.
Pete had open-heart surgery at 5 years old and was never expected to live a full and active life. He was very active on the ranch and participated in most sports and extracurricular activities. He was active in FFA and showed the Reserve Champion Steer his senior year at the Spokane Jr. Livestock Show.
Pete attended Spokane Community College and later worked at various jobs in Garfield County and surrounding areas, mostly for farmers or chemical companies. In 1987, he was working in Garfield County and was in a severe car accident while on his way home. Life was never the same for Pete. He was in a coma for some time before recovering enough to live on his own with some assistance. Pete worked at Rico’s in Pullman as well as Orchard Lanes in Lewiston and many other odd jobs over those years.
His last years were spent at Memory Manor in Pomeroy, with the loving care of all the staff there. It was mentioned by many who knew him that he had a great smile and “sparkle” in those eyes.
Pete is survived by brothers Jim and Colleen Ledgerwood, Dan Ledgerwood, Sam and Sheree Ledgerwood, all of Pomeroy. Ed and Kerri Ledgerwood of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Pat and Terri Ledgerwood of Kaneohe, Hawaii; and sisters Phyllis Hess of Spokane and Martha Lanman of Dayton. He is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces, a benefit of a large family which he truly enjoyed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dick and Catherine Ledgerwood, Mary Ledgerwood (twin of Martha), Jay Brooks (husband of Martha), Bruce Lanman (husband of Martha), and Rick Hess (Husband of Phyllis).
A service for Pete will be held at 11 a.m. March 18 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, in Pomeroy. A reception will follow at the Catholic School Hall immediately following the service. Donations can be made to Memory Manor in Pete’s name.
Hazel (Tefft) Crawford
Hazel M. Crawford, a lifelong resident of Pomeroy, passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, from congestive heart failure.
Hazel was born to Ansel and Nina Tefft in Pomeroy on April 4, 1930.
Hazel attended Pomeroy schools, graduating in 1948. She briefly attended Washington State University before coming back to Pomeroy and marrying the love of her life, Phil Crawford, on May 1, 1949. Hazel worked briefly outside of the home before the birth of her children and becoming a full-time homemaker and mother.
Hazel was very active in her community. She was a lifelong member of the Pomeroy United Methodist Church; she sang in the church choir and taught Sunday school. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women, Eastern Star, Rebecca Lodge, Golden Girls and the Red Hats. She held several offices in those organizations. She was very active in her daughters’ activities, which included Job’s Daughters and Campfire Girls. Hazel received the Setan Award, which is one of the highest awards in Campfire Girls.
Hazel was preceded in death by her parents and her older brother, Wesley Tefft.
She is survived by her loving husband of almost 73 years, Phil Crawford, of Pomeroy; daughters, Phyllis Sweeney, Kathleen Dung and Nancy Crawford; and grandchildren, Jim Sweeney, Aaron Sweeney, Jeremiah Dung, Adam Mauher and Katelyn Mauher. She is also survived by great-grandchildren, Devin Sweeney, Ali Schwanke, Lillian Dung, Maverick Liasjo and Elena Pemberton.
A celebration of Hazel’s 91 years of life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pomeroy United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice.