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Nitz Family



Camilla Violet Nitz (“Mimi”) was born prematurely on 20 Aug 1914. She married Ormond Willard “Red” Fodrea on 29 Jun 1935. They had a son, George Ormond Fodrea. She later married Christian Frederick Lutz, Jr., and lived in Dallas, Texas, where she died 16 Mar 1993. She is buried in Prairie View Cemetery.  Chris moved to Laughlin, Nevada after Mimi’s death.


Elsie Brooke Supplee Nitz was born 7 Apr 1916, in Philadelphia. She married Allen Culley Rice (one-time president of Idaho Fiddlers) on 1 Sep 1940. They lived in Boise, where she died 7 April 1978. Allen and Elsie had a daughter named Marilyn.


George Conrad Nitz, Jr. was born 3 Jan 1918. He graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in forestry and worked for the USFS. He died 1 May 1958 of multiple sclerosis and is buried in Prairie View Cemetery with his parents. He left a wife, Joyce Willene Evans Nitz, in Lancaster, Washington and two daughters, Sally and Colleen.


John Hunter Nitz, called “Hunt,” was born 27 Dec 1919. He served in the Marine Corps from 1939 until 1948, and was at Pearl Harbor when it was bombed on 7 Dec 1941. He fought in the Pacific Theater during WWII. After the war, he worked in construction, and married Martha Rae Manring in 1948. She had a child, Constance Manring, by a previous marriage; Hunt and Martha (Peggy) had two more children, Wade Hunter Nitz and Dea Conrad Nitz. Hunt died 15 Aug 2002 in Snohomish, Washington.


Donald Lee Nitz was born 29 Nov 1922, the only child of Con’s and Violet’s to be born in a hospital.  All of the rest of the children were born at home.  He served in the Army Air Corps in Europe during WWII. He married Carol J. Johnson 15 Jan 1950, and they had one son, Lee Roy Nitz, who died in 2002. Don later married Edwina J. Laine on 2 May 1968. Don ran an outfitting business with his brother Wayne from 1964 to 1975 when Don bought out Wayne’s interest and continued to run the ourfitting business until 1984.  Don also owned a grocery store and hotel and operated the Post Office in Elk City for several years. He and Edwina live in the Stites-Kooskia area.


Norma Jean Nitz was born 3 Sep 1926 at the family home on Red River. She married Darrel Fred Farris 27 Dec 1945, and they had a son, Steven Douglas Farris LeProwse. On 6 Jun 1951, she married Robert Edgar LeProwse, who worked for many years for the USFS.  In 1955, they moved to Missoula, Montana, where Bob worked for Anaconda and Norma worked for the USFS.  Norma continued working for the USFS for the next 35 years. They had three more children:  Linda Jean LeProwse, Conrad Robert LeProwse, and Rita LaRae LeProwse. Norma died 25 Jun 2002 in Missoula, Montana.

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