Major Janet Rosalie Celick, 90, passed away unexpectedly on September 9, 2019 at her residence in Elkhorn Lodge in Touchmark at Meadow Lake Village in Meridian, Idaho. She was surrounded by family and friends.
Janet was born June 24, 1929 in Missoula, Montana to Charles Donald Simpson and Ruth Jane Mosteller Simpson, both employed to the United States Forest Service. They left Ogden, Utah for Montana so Charles could take over Supervisor of the Lolo National Forest Headquarters in Missoula.
The family moved to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho where Janet and brothers, Ken and Don, went to school. She loved the big Craftsman house by the lake and was sad when they moved to Baker, Oregon, for her Dad to manage another forest. Janet attended grades 7-12 in Baker, graduating in 1947. She worked for a local jeweler in town before going to Oregon State University in Corvallis, and on summer breaks, worked at Yellowstone Park.
Janet joined the United States Air Force in 1951, where she earned rank of 2nd Lieutenant in 1957, 1st Lieutenant in 1958, Captain in 1962 and Major in 1967. She was stationed worldwide during the Korean and Vietnam wars and told stories of travels in Europe, Japan, Southeast Asia, among other places. After retiring in 1973, Janet stayed in Sacramento area, studying writing and art and then in 1977, bought her new home in Boise. She sang in the First Presbyterian Church choir and was very active with the Boise Disabled American Veterans was also DAV Chaplain and Van Driver for veterans.
She loved her home and last years with all the people at Elkhorn Lodge.
Janet is survived by nephews: Alan (Denise) Simpson, Robert Simpson, David (Jennifer) Simpson; and nieces, Sheelah (Craig) Simpson Pfeffer and Denise (Steve) Haugen.
She is predeceased by her parents, Charles and Ruth Mosteller Simpson; Aunt Rosa Mosteller; and brothers, Ken and Don Simpson.
A Memorial Service with Military Honors will be held on October 5th at 2:00 P.M. at Accent Funeral Home, 1303 N. Main Street in Meridian. Janet's urn will be interred alongside her parents at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Baker City, Oregon, with a granite marker provided by the Veterans Administration.
Special thanks to VA HBPC Illaria Moore, Touchmark, and DAV Janice Caruthers.
Any memorial contributions may be sent to:
Disabled American Veterans
444 W. Fort Street, Room 153
Boise, Idaho 83702
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