Don Birchmier

Don Birchmier Photo0001Donald J. “Birch” Birchmier, of Lewiston and a longtime Moscow resident, died Sunday, April 8, 2017 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. He was 93.

Don was born January 28, 1924 in Moscow to Gus and Amy Jacksha Birchmier. He grew up and attended school in Moscow, graduating from Moscow High. He attended the University of Idaho for a time prior to serving in the Army Air Corps from 1945-46. He was discharged as a First Lieutenant. Don returned to the University of Idaho, and earned his bachelor’s degree. Birch ran Orland Hardware until the store closed and then worked at Furniture Center in Moscow until his retirement.

Don and Harriett Orland were married on January 6, 1943 in Coeur d’Alene and raised two children. Harriett preceded him in death in May of 1999.

Birch loved fishing. He and his longtime companion, Louise and friends spent many hours in the boat on the water with a pole in one hand and a drink in the other. His favorite fishing spot was Lake Roosevelt.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Elvira and Katherine. He is survived by his long-time companion Louise Babbitt, his son Chuck (Yasuko) Birchmier of Mill Creek, WA; his daughter, Jane Musick of Moscow, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; his grandson-in-law, Jim Stemmene and longtime friends Bob and Betty Robinson and Ken and Carol Robinson.

Birch requested no formal service. In remembrance, raise a glass and cast a line. Memorials can also be made to any organization for the benefit of Veterans.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to

5 Responses to Don Birchmier

  1. Robie G Russell says:

    Jane, sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He had a great run. Hope all is well with you!

    — Robie Russell

  2. Anne Yenni Anderson says:

    Chuck and Yasuko,
    I’ve always had fond memories of living next door to your Grandmother Orland
    and knowing your family. It was nice to see your father at Furniture Center from
    time to time – always that warm and friendly smile. Prayers for your family.

  3. Max Bingman says:

    We are so sorry for the loss of “Birch”. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He had a lot of friends from Jaycees, the hardware store, Furniture Center and those he met after he retired. I recall from Jaycees he and I helped plant grass in the original front lawn at Lena Whitmore School.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Max and Eleanor Bingman

  4. Harriot Hagedorn says:

    Chuck and Jane, so sorry to learn your dad passed away. It occurred on the day that would have been my dad’s 94th birthday had he still been alive. I remember calling to tell your dad Pop had died, and Birch was very upset to learn that. They were such good friends! I have many great memories of times we were together as children. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Love, Harriot

  5. Ellwood Werry says:

    Chuck and Jane….Sad day indeed as I just learned of you Dad’s passing. I first met Birch at the U of I after my Army service in WW II when I pledged the Delta Chi fraternity….As your Dad was a member of Delta Chi. Thus lots of great college memories. I shall keep him and you in my prayers….My best to you and

    all of your family. Ellwood Werry, Sandpoint ID

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