William Anthony Shamion
William Anthony Shamion passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at his home in Orofino, with his family by him. He was 75.
He was born Jan. 6, 1938, to Anthony and Margaret Rosalie (Kubarek) Shamion in Stambaugh, Mich. The family moved from there to Iron River, Mich., from 1938 to 1949; then relocated to Chicago from 1949 to 1955; the family finally settled in Orofino from 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 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 start 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 No. 4585. He was inducted as a grand knight and state deputy.
William (Bill) A. Shamion was preceded in death by his father, Anthony Shamion; and his mother and stepfather, Margaret (Shamion) and Joseph W. Cunningham.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Diane M. Shamion; sons Mark Shamion of Port Orchard, Wash., and Brad and Cindy Shamion of Lewiston; daughter Tonya Shamion of Bonners Ferry, Idaho; brother Daniel Shamion of Republic, Wash.; sister Darlene Ibach of Fox Island, Wash.; granddaughters Keela Carter of Lewiston, Theresa Sykes and Landa Sykes of Spokane, Samantha Shamion of Lewiston and Jessica Walker of Boise; a great-granddaughter, Kaihdrynn Pickett of Spokane; and a 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. Saturday at St. Theresa's Catholic Church, Orofino.
Memorial donations can be made to ICARE of Orofino and Family Hospice of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Lewiston.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.