April 2, 1941 – July31,2021
Walter D. Broncheau, Sr. 80 yrs old was surrounded by love when he passed on the evening of July 31, 2021 at his home in Kamiah, Idaho. Walter was born on April 2nd 1941 in Orofino, Idaho to Milton James Broncheau, Sr. & Elizabeth Moody-Broncheau and was one of nineteen children.
Walt joined the military at the young age of 17 where he found himself traveling across the U.S. using his gift of creating and playing music. Walt would play whatever instrument was needed in the band. While in California Walt landed a gig with Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin & John Fogerty to name a few.
Shortly after Walt spent some time in Walla Walla, Washington where he met and married Cheryle JC Welch on August 5, 1975. They later relocated to Pendleton, Oregon where Walt worked for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Walt was the manager of the Drug and Alcohol Program at their 1st Halfway Home at the end of short mile road. Walt later worked as a Land Field Operator and various BIA Forestry jobs for the Umatilla Tribe. Walt and Cheryle raised their children and created a new foundation for all his children to eventually unite.
Walt’s final resting place will be in his homelands of Ahsahka, Idaho. Preceding Walt in death are his parents, siblings Eugene L. Broncheau, William A. Broncheau, Milton J. Broncheau, Jr., Donald M. Broncheau, Sr., James B. Broncheau, Richard R. Broncheau, Kenneth Broncheau, Verle Broncheau, Janice Broncheau-Sundayman, Eula J. Broncheau-Plummer, Eleanor E. Broncheau-Marks, Bessie C. Broncheau, Virginia Broncheau, and one set of twins. Walt was also preceded by three sons Walter D. Broncheau, Jr., Dale Sijohn and Jason Broncheau, and his Great Granddaughter Nyasia Thompkins.
Walter is survived his wife Cheryle Broncheau of Pendleton, Oregon, his two sisters Dorothy Broncheau-Hudson of Peck, Idaho and Susan Broncheau of Orofino, Idaho, son’s William Broncheau (Loretha) of New Town North Dakota, Roy Broncheau of Red Lake, Minnesota, Tim Allen of Plummer Idaho, daughters Danielle Broncheau of Pendleton, Oregon, Brenda Wardy of Miami, Oklahoma, Tamara Allen-Tomaskin of Plummer, Idaho and Stacy Broncheau of Warm Springs, Oregon.
A Memorial service was held on August 4th at 6 pm at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino, Idaho and Funeral service was held August 5th at Northfork Presbyterian Church in Ahsahka, Idaho at 10 a.m.
The Family would like to thank the, Northfork Presbyterian Church, 1st Church of Kamiah, 2nd Church of Kamiah, Stites Church, Meadow Creek Church, Spaulding Church, Tutuilla Presbyterian Church Pendleton, Oregon, Marilyn Bowen, the Holt Family, Jeff Guillory, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation, the Nez Perce Tribe, Steve & Alexis Coomer Family, Wheeler Family, Red Lake Nation, Lightning Creek Drum, Mary Jane Miles, Combined Choir, Debbie Simler, Land Services, Nimiipuu Health and all who knew and loved Walt he will be dearly missed.