Donald ‘Corky’ Gene La Chappelle, 80
Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Donald “Corky” Gene La Chappelle, 80, of Osburn, Idaho, passed away July 14, 2019, at the family home in Osburn. He was born March 8, 1939, in Lusk, Wyo. Corky was the son of Art and Josephine (Johnston) La Chappelle.
Corky moved to the Silver Valley in 1955 from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Corky was united in marriage to Dria Lemieux on Oct. 22, 1957, in Coeur d’Alene.
Corky was a mechanic and had worked for the Star Mine of the Hecla Mining Company, the Sunshine Mining Company, the Con Sil Mine and F & H Mine Supply, before his retirement. Corky was known to be a hard worker and work was certainly a large part of his life; he had a great work ethic and would proudly teach others this value.
Corky happily volunteered at the Wallace Visitors Center. He so loved and enjoyed his family and also enjoyed fishing, woodworking and was just a jack-of-all-trades.
Corky is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Dria La Chappelle of the family home in Osburn; two daughters, LuJean (Greg) Allmer of Silverton, Idaho, and Julean (Mike) Capparelli of Osburn; four grandchildren, Jason McKinnon, Aaron McKinnon, Tiffany Capparelli and Brooke Miller; and nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A private family gathering will be held at a later date.
The family suggests memorials may be made to Shoshone Pet Rescue, P.O. Box 884, Kellogg, ID 83837; or to Hospice of North Idaho, 2290 W. Prairie Ave., Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815.
Shoshone Funeral Services & Crematory, Kellogg, Idaho, is entrusted with services. Please share your memories of Corky and sign his guest book at www.shoshonefuneralservice.com.