Erle H. Daniels

     Lewiston resident Erle H. Daniels, 92, died Sunday, March 11, 2012, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center due to causes related to age.
     Erle was born to Fred Hobart Daniels and Anna Brown Daniels Bloom, Dec. 23, 1919, and grew up in Cavendish. He attended country schools in the Cavendish-Teakean area.
     Erle was part of a second generation, on both sides of his family, born in the same homesteaded region of Idaho.
     His mother described Erle as a child who took apart and put together all kinds of things just to see how they worked. So it was natural that he became a machinist in the service, a logger and a builder, collected tools and always enjoyed fixing things.
     Following four years of honorable military service in Africa and Europe with the Army's 3rd Division during World War II, he returned to Orofino and married in 1947. They raised three daughters together.
     While living in Orofino and Lewiston in the '50s and '60s he owned and operated Erle H. Daniels Logging and logged forests in Idaho, Montana and Oregon. Erle continued his self-employment in the '70s and '80s by building and remodeling homes. He also owned and enjoyed horses during this period.
     During more recent backwoods travels, he would point out roads and campgrounds that he originally cleared, especially those in the North Fork area surrounding Cold Springs.
     Erle married in 1975 and lived in Kendrick until 1992, when they returned to Lewiston.
     Erle is survived by his wife; his three daughters and their husbands; stepdaughter and her husband; stepson and his wife. He is also survived by his sister; and brother and his wife; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and recently his sisters, Wanda Wood and Elaine Mathison.
     Erle touched many lives and had a great number of friends and relatives, all of whom he appreciated and remembered very well. Some of the younger ones thought of him as their dad, too. He enjoyed friend and family gatherings, dancing, camping, hunting, fishing, playing cards, gambling, fixing things, storytelling and reading.
     A celebration of life service and reception will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday in Somerville Hall at the Episcopal Church on Eighth Street and Eighth Avenue in Lewiston. Cremation has occurred. Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home of Lewiston is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be made at the funeral home's website,
     In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a loved one in need or to a cause of the donor's choice. Dad often said, "Charity begins at home."
     The family wants to thank all those who assisted in his care, visited and sent their condolences.

Lewiston Tribune, March 14, 2012, p. 5B
Transcribed by Jill Leonard Nock

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