Steven Robert Weeks, 63, died July 9, 2009, at the Pinewood Care Center in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, from complications of pneumonia.
Graveside inturnment was at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 18, 2009, at Pine Grove Cemetery in Kooskia, Idaho. There was a no-host lunch afterward.
He was born March 15, 1946, at Kamiah, Idaho, to Robert Weeks, and Diane Hazelbaker-Weeks.
Steve loved the Clearwater Valley and lived there most of his life. He attended schools at Kamiah, Kooskia, and Orofino, Idaho. He sometimes caught a fish or two during school hours, but he hated it when he got caught skipping as cutting his own willow switch never ended well.
Steve was a true rebel from the ’60s with the cars, the cigarette in his mouth and you-can’t-stop-me attitude, family members said. He enjoyed working on car motors and always had one or two in pieces with a couple more in the wings that he was doing some horse trading on.
He had a variety of jobs, mostly working in the woods making posts or wood to sell to keep some money in his pocket. He never had much, but would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it more than he did. Steve was close to a few of his cousins.
The family moved to Oregon and Steve lived in several different places with a variety of jobs. He married twice and created partnerships that provided him with a large extended family.
He moved several times between Oregon and Idaho and eventually came back to Kooskia and opened a tire shop. He liked to drive around and check on his dad, uncles, and cousins in the area and see how many deer he could see from his pickup window.
Steve’s health began declining several years ago. He first had caregivers in his home and eventually needed the facilities of a nursing home, first at Orofino and then at Coeur d’Alene. He was very thankful for the many calls he received from friends and family and to those who made the trip to see him wherever he was.
Steve loved the many wonderful aspects of the Clearwater Valley, including its people, abundant wildlife, and beautiful rivers. He is now at peace and back home.
Survivors include his daughters, Peggy Franke and her partner, Mike Crane, of Baker City; Kathy Roberts and her husband, Jim of Ogden, Utah; his mother, Diane Elkins of Yakima, Wash.; brother, Larry Weeks and his wife, Dee, of Lewiston, Idaho; sister, Dawna Mae Glenn, and her husband, Jerry, of Yakima, Wash; step-sister, Donna Marie Davis of Prescott, Ariz.; adopted sister, Barbie Elkins of Baker City; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many in his extended family who called him “Dad” or “Grandpa.” He was “Uncle Steve’ to many special nieces and nephews and enjoyed the friendship of his cousins throughout his life.
Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, July 23, 2009
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor