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William Anthony Shamion, 75, Orofino

      William Anthony Shamion passed away peacefully at his home in Orofino, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 with his family by him. He was 75.

     He was born on Jan. 6, 1938 to Anthony and Margaret Rosalie (Kubarek) Shamion in Stambaugh, MI. The family moved from there to Iron River, MI from 1938 to 1949; then relocated to Chicago, IL from 1949 to 1955; the family finally settling in Orofino in 1955 to the present.

     William (Bill) met the love of his life in Orofino. He married, Ms. Diane Marie Fackenthall on May 25, 1963 at the St. Theresa's Parish in Orofino. They have two sons and one daughter.

     Bill attended and graduated from Orofino High School in 1956. From there he worked for Shamion Logging until 1965. Bill then worked in auto body repair, learning the trade until 1972; when he went on to starting his own business A-1 Body Shop to the present. Bill also attended the University of Idaho and joined the Idaho National Guard.

     Bill was very active and gave of his time in the Orofino community. Bill was elected as a school board member for 13 years and was a member of the Orofino Rotary. He was a lifelong member of St. Theresa's Catholic Church where he was also was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #4585. He was inducted as a Grand Knight and State Deputy.

     William (Bill) A. Shamion was preceded in death by his father Anthony Shamion; his mother and step father Margaret (Shamion) and Joseph W. Cunningham.

     He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Diane M. Shamion; sons Mark Shamion of Port Orchard, WA and Brad and Cindy Shamion of Lewiston; daughter, Tonya Shamion of Bonners Ferry; brother, Daniel Shamion of Republic, WA; sister, Darlene Ibach of Fox Island, WA; granddaughters, Keela Carter of Lewiston, Theresa Sykes and Landa Sykes of Spokane, WA, Samantha Shamion of Lewiston, Jessica Walker of Boise; a great-granddaughter, Kaihdrynn Pickett of Spokane, and great-grandson, Ralph Anthony Johnson of Spokane.

     A Rosary will be held for William A. Shamion at 10:30 a.m. with the Memorial Mass to follow at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at St. Theresa's Catholic Church, Orofino.

     Memorial donations can be made to ICARE (Cancer Assistance and Recovery Effort) of Orofino and Family Hospice of St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Lewiston.

     Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.

Transcribed by Michal Berreth-Beck

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