Elmer Marvin Lockridge was born Sept. 29, 1931, to Bruce and Clara (Currier) Lockridge, in Cottonwood. He passed away at his home in Lewiston at age 85 on Monday, June 12, 2017, after a short battle with cancer, and with family by his side.
He lived with his family in Craigmont and attended 12 years of school there, graduating in 1949. In his senior year he lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track. He attended North Idaho College of Education (now Lewis-Clark State College) in 1949-50 and Lewiston Business College in the early 1960s.
Elmer began his career with Potlatch Forests Inc. in January 1951 and retired in December 1985. During his nearly 35 years with PFI, he started as a forklift operator and dryer tender in the pulpwood plant and earned promotions to standards clerk, shipping clerk, plywood superintendent for five years, production and shipping scheduler, and finished in the lumber accounting office.
He enlisted in the U.S. National Guard in February 1951 and was called to active duty serving as a supply sergeant in the 148th Field Artillery Battalion with the U.S. Army at Camp Carson, Colo., from May 1951 to December 1952. After being released from active duty, he returned to work for Potlatch and continued serving in the National Guard for another three years. He was honored to receive a Quilt of Valor on Veterans Day 2016.
In 1953, he married Geneva Huffman and they had three daughters - Kathy, Denise and Sharon (Sheri). They later divorced in 1962. On June 3, 1966, he married Marilyn Masters Miller and helped raise her two children, Wayne and Diane. They were married in the Orchards United Methodist Church and have remained active members since. After living in the Orchards for several years, they built their current home in the Shiloh Addition in 1982. In 1971, they bought a cabin at Santiam Creek on the South Fork of the Clearwater River. After Elmer retired, they built a new cabin and removed the old one. Many gatherings took place there that included fishing, four-wheeler rides, sledding and campfires.
Service to others was important to him. He joined the Masonic Lodge in 1960 and received a 50-year pin in 2010, the Scottish Rite in 1963 and he received the KCCH degree and Red and Blue Hats in 2009, and the Shrine in 1964. As a Shriner, he served on the director's staff, was appointed to the Calam Temple Divan in 1982, elected potentate in 1991, appointed treasurer from 2001-09, and served on the Board of Governors for Shriners Hospital for Children from 1992-96. For 10 years he helped coordinate bus trips to the East-West Shrine football game in California as a fundraiser for the hospitals. He joined the Royal Order of Jesters in 1991 and served as director in 1995. From 1962-1975 he was active with Potlatch No. 1 Federal Credit Union, serving on the credit committee, board of directors, supervisory committee, and president for two years.
For many years he was a member of Lewiston Golf and Country Club, and as an avid golfer he was happy to achieve a hole-in-one. He loved fishing and spending time in his boat, and he looked forward to weekly card games with friends for several years.
Elmer was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Deloris; and two great-granddaughters, Kaia and Faith. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Marilyn; daughters Kathy (Randy) Martin of Lewiston, Denise Lockridge and Sheri (Ron) Schlader, both of Missoula, Mont.; stepchildren Wayne (Connie) Miller of Hawaii, and Diane (Tom) Turnbow of Clarkston; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service with the Rev. Mike Lawson officiating will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Orchards United Methodist Church, with a lunch to follow. Burial services will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 911 W. Fifth Ave., Spokane, WA 99204; Orchards United Methodist Church, 1213 Burrell Ave., Lewiston; Kaia Markwalter Endowed Scholarship at LCSC Foundation, 500 Eighth Ave., Lewiston; or a charity of one's choice.
The family wishes to thank SJRMC, Palliative Care and Home, Health and Hospice for their compassionate care and support.