Sunday, October 23, 2016

85th birthday: Montie McCain

Lewiston resident Montie Harold McCain will be the guest of honor at an open house from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday. The occasion is his 85th birthday.

The celebration will be held in the Experimental Aircraft Association Hangar at the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport, 270 O'Conner Road.

He was born Nov. 4, 1931, in Yuma, Ariz., to Alma (McLauchlin) and J.R. "John" McCain. He graduated in 1951 from Caldwell (Idaho) High School.

He and Wilma Mae Wilber were married Feb. 13, 1955, in Caldwell.

In his early years, he worked as a logger, carpenter and in road construction along the I-84 corridor between Boise and Portland.

In 1962, he began work as a truck driver for Northern Pacific Transport, and he and his family moved to Walla Walla.

In 1968, the family moved to Lewiston where he began working as a transport driver for Holsum Bakery. After the bakery closed in 1977, he did carpentry work for Flemming Construction, and drove for Star Motor Freight, Baker Truck Lines and Garrett Freight. From 1979 until his retirement in 1993, he was transport driver for United Retail Merchants in Lewiston.

His wife died in 2007.

Until 2012, he drove semi-trucks for gravel, paving and farm businesses, and continues to hold a current commercial driver license.

An avid pilot, he has been a member of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association since 1961, and is a life member of the Lewiston Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association. He has flown 10 Young Eagles, an EAA program which introduces youngsters to aviation by giving them their first free ride in an airplane.

Twice he has served as Nez Perce County Sheriff's Air Posse commander, and he is a life member of the War Hawk Aviation Museum in Nampa. He's a past member of the Crankers Club, the Power Engine Club and the Lupus Society.

His hobbies include antique automobiles, trucks, tractors and motorcycles, and he likes to attend vehicle auctions.

He has one son, one daughter, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

His children, grandchildren and his longtime companion will be hosts for the celebration.


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