Idaho County Free Press
Wednesday, July 14, 1976
Held For Air Crash Victims,
Vanderwall and Son, Jackson
Funeral services for Ronald
C. Vanderwall, 34, and son, Henry Jackson Vanderwall, 5, were held at the
Prairie View Cemetery, Grangeville, July 13, 1976 at 2 o'clock with the Rev.
William Dawkins, Orofino Baptist Church, officiating.
Vanderwall and his son were
killed in an airplane crash January 15, 1976.
Ronald Vanderwall was born
in Grangeville February 13, 1941, to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Vanderwall. He
attended grade school and three years of high school in Grangeville. He
moved to Sunnyside, Washington with his parents where he graduated high school.
He entered the U.S. Army in 1961 and served for two years.
the service, he moved to California and entered the Northrop Technical School.
After this schooling, he moved to Reno and took his Flight Training.
He moved to Alaska in 1968
where he worked as a pilot until 1972. He moved to Orofino in 1972, living
there until 1974 when he went back to Alaska for the summer. He returned
to Orofino where he took the position of Operator-Manager of the Orofino
He married Joan Davis in
Quincy, Washington June 26, 1965.
Jackson Vanderwall was born in Soldotna, Alaska July 18, 1970. He moved to
Orofino with his parents in 1971 and lived there until his death.
Survivors include his
mother at the family home; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Vanderwall of
Orofino and Mr. and Mrs. Roland Davis of Soldotna, Alaska; a brother, Jason, and
a sister, Melissa, at home.
of Ronald include his widow; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Vanderwall; two
sisters, Mrs. Sheri Russell, Yreka, California and Mrs. Sally Mounts of Happy
Camp, California; a son, Jason, and a daughter, Melissa, at home.
Hansen-Noland Funeral Home were in charge of arrangements.
The family suggests that
memorials may be made to the Search and Rescue Squad, Dept. of Aeronautics,
Plane Wreckage Discovered
The wreckage of a single
engine Bellanca airplane, missing since January 15, 1976, was found July on a
ridge of Junction Mountain in the Kelly Creek area of Clearwater County,
Clearwater County Sheriff, Nick Albers, said.
An individual manning the
Junction Mountain lookout was out hiking on his day off when he noticed the
wreckage and notified authorities, Albers said.
The bodies of the planes
occupants, found at the site of the wreckage, were transported out to Gilbert's
Funeral Home in Orofino. They were Ronald Vanderwall, 34, Orofino, his
five year old son, Henry Jackson Vanderwall, and Charles Kennedy, 57, Kooskia.
Albers said the bodies were
not in the plane, but investigators revealed that the three occupants were
killed upon impact. He said the Federal Aviation Authority and the
National Air Traffic Safety Board were into the crash site Monday.
According to their findings, the plane was in a left bank when it hit the
hillside, Albers said.
The wings were totally
destroyed, but the fuselage was pretty much intact.
investigation has concluded, but authorities are still working on piecing things
together to finalize the report.
Note:: In the January issue regarding the disappearance of the plane, Mr.
Kennedy was stated to be the pilot.