Donald A. Lederhos

1928  ~ 2006

There are unique people who come into our  lives. They bring humor, strength, caring, teaching, color and  fun. One of those people we will always cherish was Don Lederhos.  Donald Anthony Lederhos, age 78, died peacefully at home on Friday, August  18, 2006.

A  Vigil Service and Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 24, at St. Ann’s Catholic  Church, Bonners Ferry. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m.  Friday, August 25, at St. Ann’s Catholic  Church, with internment following in the Grandview Cemetery.
dlederhosDonald  Anthony Lederhos was born May 7, 1928, in Vincent, Kansas,  to Margaret (Wittman) and Joseph Lederhos.  He was the fifth of 11  children. Don grew up on farms in Kansas  until the family moved to Denver, Colorado, in 1940 after hard  times during the Great Depression. Don spoke German until he entered  the first grade, where classmates taught him to speak English. In Denver, Don’s father worked at Fitzimins Army Hospital. His  mother was resourceful in keeping the family fed and cared for. Don  attended Cathedral School, Morey Junior High and East High School. The  Lederhos family were devout Catholics (Volga-German).
Don  entered the U.S. Marine Corps. in 1946 at age 18. While in the  service, he met and married Juanita Frances Johnson on June 5, 1948 in El Cerrito, California. Following  his marriage, Don returned to Colorado  where he worked in a floor covering business for his brother  Damien. He later worked at Gates Rubber in Denver. Don returned to California and  attended engineering school at Northrup Aviation on the GI Bill.  For  a time, he worked two jobs at once at Duschak Helicopter Service and  Douglas Aircraft building metal fixtures and jigs. He eventually  worked full time at Duschak rebuilding rotor blades and he learned to  fly. From then on, Don piloted helicopters stringing power cables on  high-tension power lines in the Western States. He sprayed weeds on Railway  tracks and he flew for Fish and Game in Augusta, Montana. Don  spent time in Guatemala  and Panama  working and flying helicopters.
Don  and his family moved to Bonners Ferry in 1971 where he continued his  construction piloting career.  In 1978, he started a helicopter  logging business. Later, Don started a helicopter repair and rebuild  shop.  He and his wife Frances ran the local airport for many years.
Don’s  wife Frances died May 9, 1998, following a heart attack. He married  Fredericka Florea February 22, 2002. Don enjoyed flying, watching  Gunsmoke, radio controlled modeling, inventing, woodworking, and farming,  but his greatest joy of all was spending time with his children,  grandchildren and the rest of his family.
Don  is survived by his wife Fredericka and his eight children: Toni (Doug)  Chandler, Cindy (Jeff) Lederhos, Trinka Wilson, Don (Karen) Lederhos,  Gretchen (Michael) Coats, Eric (Linda) Lederhos, Kevin (Monica) Lederhos,  and Monique (Gary) Worley.  Don had 29 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren.   He is also survived by 10 brothers and sisters: Damian Lederhos, Juanita  (Bob) Kersteins, Josepha Smith, Ester (Bill) Burge, Lela Neidig, Gilbert  (Thelma) Lederhos,  Jeanette (Wayne) Svenson, Jimmy (Maureen)  Lederhos, Clarence (Louise) Lederhos, Joe (Paula) Lederhos.  Don was  preceded in death by his wife Frances, his grandson Brent Worley, and his  son-in-law Kip Wilson.
The  family suggests memorials for the St. Ann’s  Catholic Church building fund 6712 El  Paso, Bonners Ferry, ID  83805.