Cletus Andrew Uhlorn was born Oct. 7, 1922, in Ferdinand, the oldest of 14 children, to Aloysius F. and Scholastica Duman Uhlorn. Cletus died Sept. 23, 2011, at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Cletus graduated from Ferdinand High School in 1940. He then attended Lewiston Business School, graduating in 1941. He served in the 20th Air Force Service Group from November 1942 to April 1946. During that time he attended the University of Utah in Salt Lake City from 1943-1944, in the Cadet ASTP Program. He also attended Colorado A & M at Fort Collins, Colo., in 1943. He was honorably discharged at the rank of staff sergeant and served in Iwo Jima. After the service he farmed until 1947, then attended the North Idaho College of Education from 1947-1948. He then attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis from 1949-1950, graduating with a degree in Mortuary Science. While attending the university he met Elizabeth H. (Peg) Johnson Lindboe. They were married Sept. 19, 1950, in Aberdeen, S.D.
Cletus and Peg returned to Cottonwood and purchased the movie theater in 1950 and operated the Mode Theater until 1964. Cletus and Peg started the Uhlorn Funeral Home in 1950 and retired from it in 1981 after selling the business to his son, Andy. Cletus and Peg also operated the ambulance service in Cottonwood from 1950 until 1975. During this time, not wanting to be idle, he sold cars for Jordan Motors and Captain Auto with Andy.
Cletus was always very involved with the community. He served on the city council for eight years and was mayor for four of those years. He was the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce president twice; Opportunities Unlimited president for one year; a member of the Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA) for five years; serving two years as vice president; was president of the Idaho Funeral Services Association from 1969-1970; he was appointed by the governor to the Board of Examiners for Funeral Services from 1978-1981; a member on the building committees for the school, hospital and Catholic church; and was the manager of the Cottonwood Cemetery and member of the board from 1958 to 1982. He was a member of the Lions Club, Elks Club, Knights of Columbus, Crankers Club and the Grangeville Country Club. Cletus was also the Red Cross representative for 16 years. He loved the community he was a part of and tried to involve himself in the betterment of that community.
Due to Peg's ill health, they spent winters in Arizona from 1982-2003. They managed to enjoy some golf and pool during that time.
Cletus was preceded in death by his wife, Peg; daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Ted Toennis; and siblings and in-laws, John and Mary Uhlorn, Rita Forsmann, Walt Ruhoff, George Gehring, Joanne Uhlorn, E. Lloyd and Neile Johnson.
He is survived by sons John Uhlorn of Clarkston, Dave and Kathy Uhlorn of Seattle, and Andy and Judy Uhlorn of Cottonwood; daughters Cathi and Bill Schmitz of Boise and Nez-
perce, and Lisa and Dave Nightingale of Cottonwood; his grandchildren, Kim and Randy Mattson, Jennifer and Mike McDowell, Megan and Allison Uhlorn, Gina and Casey Hess, April and Chad Parsells, Andrea and Loren Mooney, Jesse and Valerie Uhlorn, and Kerry McKinstry; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; his siblings and in-laws, Gerald Uhlorn, Vern and Peg Uhlorn, Maurus and Karen Uhlorn, Edna Ruhoff, Irma and Don Tacke, Jane and Don Hoene, Sally and Ralph Terhaar, Merna Gehring, Sr. Angela (Vera) Uhlorn, Sr. Cecile Marie (Betty) Uhlorn, Lowell and Katie Johnson of Lincoln, Neb., and Laura Johnson of Seattle.
Funeral services for Cletus will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cottonwood under the direction of Uhlorn Funeral Home. Burial will follow at the Cottonwood Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday.