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Debbie Mikesell

Debbie Mikesell

Debbie Mikesell is the daughter of the late Preston E. Mikesell and Joan Mikesell Head. Debbie attended and graduated from the Sandpoint High School of Sandpoint, Idaho in 1974. She then attended and received her Associates degree from the University of Idaho. Debbie then pursued her dream since High School, and attended the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science, where she received her degree in funeral science. Debbie is a licensed Mortician and has been serving families in the Silver Valley since 1978.  

Debbie has been very community involved. She served as the first woman mayor of the City of Wallace, the first woman president of the Idaho Funeral Service Association. Debbie had also served as president of the Wallace Chamber of Commerce and was honored as Citizen of the Year in 1996 through the Chamber. Debbie is a member of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of Wallace, Idaho. She loves and enjoys her Family, Friends and her dogs.  

I feel blessed to live here in the Silver Valley and especially to love the very special people who live here. My goal as a Funeral Director is to listen, console and to help heal those Families of which I serve; and my wish is to embrace my families within my arms and be their strength during the most difficult times of their lives.  

Debbie purchased Shoshone Funeral Services from Lonny and Jenny Duce in January of 2012. 

Lonny Duce

Lonny Duce

Lonny M. Duce was born on December 15, 1947 at Shelley, Idaho; he is the son of Daniel and Mary (Jones) Duce. Lonny married Jenny Beal on December 5, 1969 at Idaho Falls, Idaho. Lonny and Jenny have seven children and twenty-eight grandchildren.  

Lonny started in funeral service in 1968 serving as a resident trainee in Blackfoot, Idaho. He received his license in 1973 and became employed with Shoshone Funeral Services of the Silver Valley. He became manager of this company in 1982 and in 2004, Lonny and his wife Jenny, purchased the funeral home. Lonny also served as Shoshone County Coroner for twenty plus years.  

Lonny is a member and past president of the Idaho Funeral Service Association; he has served on the State of Idaho Board of Morticians and has also served on the board of the Idaho State Association of County Coroners.  

Within his community, Lonny served on the Shoshone Medical Center Hospital Board for ten years; he is a member and past exalted ruler of the Kellogg Elks #1841; a member of the Boy Scouts of America (Eagle Scout); and serves as Bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints- Kellogg Ward; Lonny is also a member of the Historic Wallace Chamber of Commerce and the Historic Silver Valley Chamber of Commerce. Lonny was one of the founders and helped to formulate the Shoshone County Youth Accountability Board. He also helped with Little League baseball for twelve years. 

Lonny loves and enjoys his family, fishing, golfing, camping and his Saint Bernard dog- Major.


Art Fleming

Art Fleming

Art Fleming Art grew up in Moses Lake, WA, worked in Oregon and Montana as well as Idaho; he is a Northwest guy. After graduating from Mountain View Bible College and attending Western Evangelical Seminary, Art pastored churches in Sundre, AB, Canada, Tenmile, OR, and Roy, WA. He moved to the Silver Valley with his wife, Doris and their four children in 1989. He worked at Building Maintenance & Supply and Spunstrand in Wallace before becoming the pastor of The United Church of Kellogg in 1999, which he served until 2008.  

Art and his wife were networkers for Youth With A Mission in Lakeside, MT until returning to the Silver Valley in 2011. He now serves as Chaplain at Silver Wood Village (Good Samaritan Care Facility) in Silverton and is a citizen volunteer in Wallace. He continues networking with churches and pastors throughout Western Montana and North Idaho as well as Southeast Asia. He is also working part time with Shoshone Funeral Services.  

Art and his wife enjoy being a part of the community of Wallace and the Silver Valley once again. Art counts it a privilege to work with Debbie at Shoshone Funeral Services and be of help to families in their time of grief.


Tyler Wingerson

Tyler Wingerson

Tyler Wingerson, the son of Terry and Barb Wingerson was born and raised in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Tyler attended and graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High in 2009. After high school Tyler attended Iowa Central Community College, where he received his Associates in Applied Sciences. He then attended Des Moines Area Community College, where he received his degree in Mortuary Science. Tyler is a licensed mortician.Tyler moved to Kellogg in 2014 to serve the Sliver Valley. His dream was always to move west and he is most excited to experience what the Sliver Valley has to offer. Tyler is a volunteer wrestling coach for the Kellogg High School and a member of Kiwanis. Tyler loves his family, enjoys snow skiing, and kayaking.


Rick Smith

Rick Smith

Rick Smith was born in Grand Forks ND, to the late Jimmy Smith and Joyce Smith.  He attended schools in Delaware, Arkansas, Montana and graduated from Mullan High school.  Rick married Kristie Newell in 1986 and together they have two children, Jackie and John.

 Rick worked construction before going to North Idaho College Law Enforcement. He began working for Osburn Police Department in 1987 after 8 years, he went to work for Wallace Police department for 2 years and spent 19 years at the Shoshone County Sheriff’s office as the jail administrator; retiring after almost 30 years in August of 2016.  After a short retirement break, Rick started working for Shoshone Funeral Service in November of 2016.

Rick was an EMT with the Mullan Ambulance and is still a Volunteer with the Mullan Fire and Fire District 3 in Mullan.  Rick has been a Deputy Coroner for the past 20 plus years.  He has served as chairman of the Mullan School board, Mullan City council, fire chief  for Mullan volunteer Fire department and president of the Idaho Jail Administrators.   

Rick enjoys hunting, fishing, shooting, anything in the woods and spending time with his hunting partner, Kristie.   



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