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Isaiah George Quequesah

February 11, 1997 — March 15, 2024

Elmo

Isaish G. “Zaya” Quequesah, age 27, passed away March 15, 2024. Isaiah was born February 11, 1997, to Gwyn Hewankorn and Joe Quequesah. 

Isaiah was an avid outdoorsman and spent a lot of time cruising around in the hills with family, whether it was to hunt, cut firewood, Christmas trees, go fishing, or just riding around telling stories and making memories.  Zay was also a gamer, where he would spend countless hours playing games online with his friends.   

Isaiah started his education in the Polson school district but transferred to Ronan when his sister Amber started school in Ronan.  She was involved with many different sports activities, so Zay got to travel to many different places throughout the years to watch Amber play, whether it was softball, basketball, or watching her cheer lead.  A lot of the girls on Amber’s team would tease Isaiah because they would see him at all the games.  Isaiah was known as the “hall walker” at Ronan High school, whenever I would have to go check him out of school early, he would be found walking the halls.  Isaiah was a jokester and loved to tease his siblings and his dad, but he loved deeply and cared a lot about those around him.

Summertime you would find Isaiah at the lake almost every day swimming with his friends.  He worked with the summer youth program when he was able to, and when he was too old to work with the summer youth program, he became a contract worker and worked with his uncle with the Kootenai Culture Program maintenance department. When we would go to rodeos, or fairs, Zay was able to pass as “under 12” for many years because he had such a baby face.  When he became too old for that he decided sneaking in would be the answer; he had such a zest for life and made everyone around him laugh and just be happy because of his infectious personality.  But through the years, life’s struggles began to take its toll on Zay.

Isaiah is survived by his mom Gwynetta (Gwyn) Hewankorn of Elmo and his father Joe Quequesah of Ronan; his siblings Lee Hewankorn, Mary Hewankorn (Steve), Matt Hewankorn (Adele), Matyssa Quequesah (Dale), Amanda Quequesah, Amber Quequesah (Terrell); also his many nieces and nephews; his special friend Chasity Johnson and his children Za’liah and Theseus Quequesah; his uncle’s Adrian Hewankorn, Orsino Walker, of Elmo, Travis Couture, of Ronan, aunties Georjean Moomaw, Janice Hewankorn, Becky Ortuno, of Omak WA, and Angel Quequesah of Pablo; and his numerous brother and sister cousins; also his Grandma Florence Bays of Pablo and great-grandma Lavonna Bays of Elmo.

He was preceded in death by grandparents George and Bernice Hewankorn, Joe Quequesah, great-grandpa Ed Bays.

A rosary will be on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at 8:00 pm and a funeral service Thursday, March 21st at 10:00 am, all at Elmo Hall. The burial will follow at Dayton Cemetery.
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