Saturday, May 26, 2007

Another Uncle in the Moscow Area?

According to the court file, on 21 Aug. 2006, Jason Kenneth Hamilton was granted a 4.5 hour furlough to attend the funeral of his uncle, Delmer West. None of the names in Delmer West's obituary have shown up in my research before, so I'm not sure how he fits in. The obit mentions no children, either surviving or preceding him in death, yet he was survived by "14 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren". Or maybe this was just a ruse to get him out of jail for the afternoon?

17 Aug. 2006

Funeral services for Delmer Roy West, 68, a resident of Harvard, Idaho, will be held on Monday, Aug. 21, 2006, at 2 p.m. at the Princeton Church of the Nazarene, Princeton, Idaho. A graveside service will precede the service at noon at the Freeze Cemetery with Pastor Jim Hillbrick officiating. Potlatch Post No. 10300 will conduct military honors. Mr. West died early Sunday morning at his Harvard home from cancer. He was born on March 10, 1938, at Palouse, Wash., to Emery and Louise (Bolon) West. He attended school at Palouse and later finished his schooling at Walla Walla, Wash. Delmer served in the United States Army from 1956-1958 with time served in Germany. He married Grace Larson on Oct. 3, 1958, and the couple were later divorced. He later married Lela Northrup in 1974 and the couple were later divorced. He married N. Jeanne Becker Erickson on Sept. 11, 1992, at Coeur d’Alene, and the couple made their home at Harvard. Mr. West was a painter and worked with his father for about 10 years. Delmer later worked for the Great Northern Railroad on the section crew for about two years. From 1974 to 2003, Delmer worked road construction for Poe Asphalt Co., in Washington and Idaho. He worked as a flagman for the Northstar Company for the past several years when he retired. Mr. West had been ill with cancer since March of 2005. Delmer attended the Church of the Nazarene at Princeton. He was also a member of Local No. 238, Spokane. Mr. West enjoyed hunting, fishing, horses and raising cattle. Survivors include his wife, Jeanne West, at the Harvard home; two stepsons, Steven R. Heimbigner of Boise and Douglas A Heimbigner of Seattle; one stepdaughter, Karen Heimbigner, of College Place, Wash.; two sisters Maxine Grady of Milton-Freewater, Ore., and Rosemary Northrup of Walla Walla; 14 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.


  • Died 13 Aug. 2006
  • Born 10 Mar. 1938, Palouse, WA
  • Father Emery West
  • Mother Louise Bolon
  • Married Grace Larson 3 Oct. 1958, Palouse, WA; later divorced
  • Married Lela Northrup 1973; later divorce
  • Married N. Jeanne Becker Erickon 11 Sept. 1992, Coeur D'Alene, ID
  • Stepson Steven R. Heimbigner, Boise, ID
  • Stepson Douglas A. Heimbigner, Seattle, ID
  • Stepdaughter Karen Heimbigner, College Place, WA
  • Sister Maxine Grady, Milton-Freewater, OR
  • SisterRosemary Northrup, Walla Walla, WA
  • 14 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren

If someone sees the actual connection between Delmer Roy West and either Jason Kenneth Hamilton or anyone else in this blog, please clue me in!

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