Bernard Wortman

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Bernard (Barney) Hershal Wortman, a native of Wallowa County, died Feb. 24, 2012, at Orofino, Idaho, at age 91.

He was born at Imnaha to Virginia Carper Wortman and Charlie Wortman, one of eight children.

He attended Riverside School at Promise and lived in Wallowa most of his life until 15 years after his marriage to Inez Isaacson in 1941. They settled at Big Cedar near Kooskia, Idaho. The couple had nine children.

Bernard worked at many jobs in his lifetime, including lumber mills in Wallowa and Idaho. He herded sheep in his youth and also worked as a ranch hand while still living in Oregon. He worked for Potlatch in Lewiston, and before he retired he worked for the U.S. Service Service.

He was a horseman, hunter, fisherman and artist. He was known for the handmade hatbands and necklaces made out of antler pieces he handed out as gifts, his fiddle playing and his hearty laugh.

He is survived by children, Barney Wortman of Kamiah, Idaho, Elmer Wortman of Portland, Edith Brewer and Wilda Wortman of St. Maries, Idaho, Phyllis Heath of Kooskia, Idaho, Dixie Dietrich of Clarkston, Wash., and Frosty Wortman of Post Falls, Idaho; brother Ersel Wortman of Wallowa; sister Mervine Wortman Hardy of Cricket Flat; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by son Timothy Wortman, daughter Carol Wortman; brothers Fred, Stan and Ray Wortman and twin sister Bertha.

He spent the last part of his life at the Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation Center at Orofino. He was cremated and his ashes buried at the Big Cedar home in Idaho.

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