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Homeless vet honored at funeral

Sgt. Harold Markiewicz, a member of American Legion Post 143 in Post Falls, delivers a flag to Parkinson's family in his honor.  (Young Kwak / Pacific Northwest Inlander)
Sgt. Harold Markiewicz, a member of American Legion Post 143 in Post Falls, delivers a flag to Parkinson's family in his honor. (Young Kwak / Pacific Northwest Inlander)

Few people knew exactly where Robert Parkinson camped, and he liked it that way. Tucked into the woods on Potlatch Hill in Coeur d'Alene, not far off Interstate 90, a green tarp shielded his tent from rain and passersby. The 56-year-old military veteran was a very private person. He spent most of his time at his campsite, preferring to be surrounded by a thicket of trees, with a good novel, to the company of most people. He came into town every once in a while to work as a day laborer, to get supplies, to eat at one of the soup kitchens or to check out a new book from the library. But he would only stay a little while. Because of his lifestyle, not many people knew about Parkinson's personal life/Mitch Ryals, Inlander. More here. (Inset photo, courtesy of the Inlander: Robert Parkinson served in the U.S. Army from 1979-82. He carried his military papers around with him until the day he died.)

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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