Walking On -- Nancy Earl and Robin Norwest

12.28.2018 Dean Rhodes, Smoke Signals editor Walking On

Nancy L. Earl

Dec. 29, 1957 – Dec. 8, 2018

Tribal Elder Nancy L. Earl, 60, walked on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at her home with her family by her side.

A celebration of her life will be held in April. A notice with more details will be sent out once arrangements have been made.

Flahiff Funeral Chapel of Caldwell, Idaho, is assisting the family with arrangements.


Robin Theodore Norwest

July 24, 1963 – Dec. 17, 2018

Robin T. Norwest

Tribal Elder Robin Theodore Norwest, 55, passed away peacefully on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, at Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville, Ore.

He was born on July 24, 1963, in Newport, Ore., to Marce Norwest and Pauline Barney-Norwest. He spent his first few years in Lincoln City, Ore. Around 1966, he moved to Quesnel, British Columbia, with his mother and brother, Pauline and John Norwest.

His grandparents, Calvin and Wynonna Barney, had already resided in Quesnel with his brother, Skipper Norwest. They all lived on a ranch until it was sold around 1975. After selling the ranch, they all moved to Salmon Arm, British Columbia, where they stayed.

In the late 1990s, he moved to Chilliwack, British Columbia, and started working for his brother, Skipper, at Kedco Construction Inc. where they built gas stations together for a few years.

In 2000, Robin and Skipper moved to Grand Ronde together to start working for Spirit Mountain Casino. They ended up working side by side for a few years more and Smoke Signals did an article about them being two Tribal members and brothers working together in Security.

Robin worked the last 18 years in Security until he retired in August 2018. Robin truly loved life to the fullest through simple pleasures: taking care of his dogs by feeding them McDonald’s cheeseburgers and giving them belly rubs as he called it; chatting with friends and family; going fishing with Skipper; spending time with his nephew, Trevor; and spending time with his brother, John, by going on little trips to casinos. Robin had a real way of reaching people with his joking and loving personality.

He is survived by his brothers, Skipper and John Norwest; sister, Jackie Brown; nieces, Amanda and Watonda Brown; and nephew, Trevor Norwest.

A funeral service was held Thursday, Dec. 27, in the Grand Ronde Tribal gym with a meal that followed at the Elders Activity Center.

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