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Obituaries - April 2007
Dean Hatfield

Dean Hatfield, 88, passed away Easter Sunday, April 8, 2007, in Phoenix, AZ.
He is a brother to Doris Pratt.
Dean graduated in American Falls and then moved to Aberdeen and worked five years for Lee Pratt in the service station. He then went to serve his country in the Navy during the war.
In Phoenix, he owned a garage and service station. He was involved in Rotary for 50 years and had perfect attendance for all those years.
Funeral services will be at a Methodist Church in Phoenix.

Fred Burgemeister

Fred Burgemeister, former Aberdeen resident, died Friday, March 30, 2007, in Seattle, WA. He was 80 years old.
Fred was born at American Falls on Oct. 11, 1926. Parents were Martin and Georgia Worley Burgemeister.
He graduated from Aberdeen High School with the class of 1947. After school he moved to Long Beach, CA, where he began a career with the Fox Motion Picture Theater chain. In the 50’s he transferred to Bremerton, WA. He had been a Seattle area resident for the past 50 years.
He is survived by two brothers: Milford (Mip), American Falls, and Richard, Aberdeen. At his request, no services were held.

Homer D. Whittier

Homer Dee Whittier, 82, of Idaho Falls, died Tuesday, March 20, 2007, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center of a sudden illness.
He was born Dec. 9, 1924, in Declo, ID, to Raymond Madsen and Opal Hulet Whittier. The family moved to Rockland when he was four years old. He graduated from Rockland High School in 1942. He attended the University of Idaho for one year with a $100 scholarship from Union Pacific Railroad. He joined the U.S. Army and was stationed at Ft. Lewis, WA, for 18 months from 1945-46.
On Sept. 6, 1950, he married Ora Stoker in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. For 10 years he lived on the farm in Rockland; one year in Newton, UT, while he was employed at Thiokol; in Moreland, ID, on a sprinkler farm; in Groveland, ID, for three years where he began his career as an insurance agent for Farm Bureau. In 1966, he became manager of Bonneville-Jefferson County office and moved his family to Idaho Falls. In 1978, he became affiliated with Lincoln National Insurance Company and established his own agency. He retired in 1992.
He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served a mission to Denmark from 1947-50, as a Stake Mission Leader, Bishop of the Rockland Ward from 1954-1961, High Councilman, High Priest Group leader and secretary, Sunday School teacher, and he and his wife served a Family History Mission in Los Angeles from 1990-1992, and as missionaries in the Idaho Falls Family History Center from 1992-1995.
In his earlier years, he was active in the Republican Party, was a member of the local chapter of Life Underwriters, the Estate Planning Council, and a charter member of the Eastern Idaho Chapter of CLU, where he served two terms as President.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping with family members, classical music, and with his wife he traveled extensively throughout the United States, to Europe, Mexico and Hawaii.
He loved his family and was especially proud of their achievements in academics, sports, music, and activity in the LDS Church.
He is survived by: wife, Ora Whittier of Idaho Falls; daughter, Melanie Reynolds of Logan, UT; daughter, Jamee (Kerry) Cooper of Idaho Falls; daughter, Dawn (Brad) Doman of Idaho Falls; son, Dee (Amy) Whittier of Idaho Falls; son, Ray (Denise) Whittier of Enoch, UT; daughter, Elise (John) Church of Copperas Cove, TX; 34 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Melba Conklin of Boise; and a brother, Karl (Shirlee) Whittier of Pocatello.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Alanna Johnson; brothers, James “Bud” Whittier, LaMar Whittier, Raymond Max Whittier; sisters, Ramona Woirhaye, LaRee Peterson and Carol Barnard.
Funeral services were held Friday, March 30, at the Idaho Falls North Stake Center, with Jerry Hatch of the Idaho Falls 7th Bishopric officiating. The family visited with friends from 6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, March 29, at Coltrin Mortuary, 2100 First St., Idaho Falls, and Friday one hour prior to services. Burial was in the Ammon Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Patricia Elaine Brown

Patricia Brown, 74, of American Falls, died Sunday, April 15, 2007, at her home following a year-long battle with cancer. She was born June 8, 1932, in Norcatur, KS.
Patricia graduated from University of Oregon, School of Nursing in 1950 receiving her R.N. Patricia married Jack Brown on Feb. 27, 1959 and they had six children together. She was always active in the community. She taught 4-H for 28 years, led a women’s Bible study for the last 35 years and was active in numerous community events and activities. She volunteered at the hospital, Spring Creek Assisted Living Center, Community Youth Center and was well known for making home made cinnamon rolls and pies for all she knew who were in need.
Patricia was preceded in death by her parents John and Alice Pickett.
She is survived by her husband Jack; her eldest son Jack Jr., his wife Alyce and their three daughters, Jacqueline, Jennifer and Joelle; daughter Jeanne; daughter Joyce and her husband Sam Rosen and their children, James, Jordan, Jack and Chloe; daughter Julie and her husband Mike Kelly and their children Elaine, Eric, Sean and Ryan; son Jim; and daughter Janice and her husband Jeff Uhlmeyer and their three daughters Emily, Anne and Abby; and her brother-in-law, Joe Brown. She is also survived by one brother, Bob and (Bonnie) Pickett; two sisters, Nancy (Dale) Lingle and Dixie (Dick) Floyd; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A viewing at Davis-Rose Funeral Home will be held Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 19, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in American Falls. Interment is immediately following. Viewing is also at 10 a.m., immediately preceding the service.
Please send memorial donations to Jay and Jackie Johnson (Acct. #390), c/o World Mission Prayer League, 232 Clifton Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403 and/or to Kevin and DeAn Pettit, ABWE (Association of Baptists for World Evangelism) PO Box 8585, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8585.
Services are under the direction of the Davis-Rose Mortuary, American Falls.

Donald Nielson

Donald Lavon Nielson of American Falls died at his home Thursday, April 12, 2007. He was born Sept. 5, 1927 in Burley, ID, to George Louis and Etta Verl Lamb Nielson.
He was the oldest son in a family of eight children. He grew up in the Raft River area. He loved to rodeo and won several prizes doing so. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 18 in Elko, NV. He had found a home and loved it. He retired from the Navy in 1969. He taught at the junior college level and worked in the air conditioning and refrigeration field after his retirement.
He married Annette Prescott in Waukegan, IL on Aug. 19, 1959. To this union was born Daniel Louis Nielson, Pocatello, and Jeanne Marie (Don) Anderson, American Falls. His children from a previous marriage are Donald Arthur Nielson, Honolulu, Donna Louise Romero, San Diego, and Cindi Tano, Honolulu. The joys of his life were his grandchildren, Matthew Don Anderson, Philip Scott Anderson and Alyssa Ann Nielson. He is also survived by his sisters, Lila Dayley and Betty Murray, and his brother, Billy Nielson. We love him and will miss him forever!
The grave-side service was held at 11 a.m., Monday, April 16, at Fallsview Cemetery with military honors. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St., American Falls.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the local animal shelter as Dad always said he loved his animals more than most people.

Kerry Ray Bock
Kerry was born in Pocatello, ID, on May 14, 1971. She was a natural born beauty and was tragically taken from us on Tuesday, April 10, 2007. Cause of death is unknown at this time.
Kerry graduated from American Falls High School in 1989 and also attended Idaho State University to further her education. She was involved in the American Falls community and loved living in the small town.
She was well known and well loved by all who know her. She left so many people who will miss her gleaming spirit every single day for the rest of their lives.
Kerry was survived by the father of her children, Ronnie K. Mock; her gorgeous son, Devin M. Mock; and her precious princess Cheyenne M. Mock; her “Daddy” Donald K. and Shirley Bock of Pocatello; her mother and stepfather, Michael J. and Linda N. Smith of American Falls; her “baby” brother, Matthew B. Smith; and a sister, Kristen K. Colungo, also of American Falls.
Kerry now rests in comfort with her middle child, a son, Nicholas Ray Bock, whom preceded her in death.
Kerry was so full of life and loved life. The highest peak of every day of her life was the time she spent with her children.
Kerry glowed with such great pride whenever she spoke of her son. And her daughter is her very best friend. They are her heart and soul and she will always be with them.
Graveside service is today, Wednesday, April 18, at 4:30 p.m. at the Neeley Cemetery.

Kerry Ray Bock
From Devin Mock and Cheyenne Mock
To Our Loving Mother: We Miss You So Much already and know we will forever ‘till we meet with you again. You will live on through us, because I have your eyes and sis has your smile But most of all Mom! You taught us so well.
We Love You the Most!

Kerry Ray Bock
Kerry Ray Bock was born in Pocatello, Idaho on May 14, 1971 to Donald K. Bock and Linda N. Bock. She was called to join her son on April 10, 2007.
She attended school in American Falls and at ISU. She was very involved with the Head Start program at one time and was co-owner of the Time Out Lounge in American Falls. She was married to Ron Mock of American Falls in 1996. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1999.
She is survived by her parents, Donald K. Bock of Pocatello, Linda N. and Michael J. Smith; one sister, Kristen K. Bock; one brother, Matthew B. Smith; her son, Devin M. Bock; her daughter, Cheyenne M. Mock; two nieces, Kailey A. Nichols and Alissa M. Nichols; two nephews, Brendon E. Nichols and Joseph J. Colungo, all from American Falls. She is preceded in death by one son, Nicholas Ray Bock.
Kerry loved her children with all of her heart. Her entire world revolved around them. We will all miss her very much. She will always be in our hearts.
Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 16, at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street, American Falls. There will be a graveside service at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, at the Neeley Cemetery.

Stanley P. Holloway
Stanley P. Holloway passed away April 5, 2007 in Pullman, WA. He was born on a southern Idaho homestead near Roy, ID, on Nov. 7, 1919 to Clyde S. and Leda P. Holloway. He learned at an early age the importance of family, friendship, and hard work. It was a hard life on the homestead, and to help make ends meet, Stan’s mother, Leda, accepted teaching positions at different schools in Idaho, and Stan, his older sister, Calla, and two younger brothers, Waldon and Norman, would attend those schools. As the new kid in school, Stan always had to flatten a nose or two before being accepted by the other students. Finally the family left the homestead and Stan graduated from high school in Dallas, OR. From there he attended Linfield College in McMinnville, OR for one year.
When Pearl Harbor was bombed on Dec. 7, 1941, signaling the beginning of World War II for the United States, Stan signed up with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, 2nd Marine Division. His battalion, later called “The Forgotten Battalion,” stormed the beaches and fought the battles of Tulagi, Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, Guam and Iwo Jima. After almost four years of combat, of the original 500+ Marines in the battalion only 17 remained.
There was one bright spot during those four years. Between the battles of Guadalcanal and Tarwa the Marines rested in New Zealand where Stan met the love of his life, Margaret Stewart. The story of those years is recounted in a book published in 2005, and written by his son, Clyde Holloway, entitled “Pacific War Marine.”
After the war Margaret traveled from New Zealand to marry Stan in a little church in Amity, OR. The young couple settled in Farmington, WA, to farm and raise a family of two girls, Dorothy and Anne, and two boys, Clyde and David. In 1970, the Holloways left farming and Stan went to work at Washington State University as a physical plant stores clerk. He retired from there in 1985.
Stan enjoyed life, every moment of it. Some of his favorite things included gathering with friends and family, beach combing, reading, memorizing and reciting poetry (Edgar A. Guest was his favorite), gardening, and playing cards (bridge, pinochle, blackjack). He always looked forward to yearly reunions of The Forgotten Battalion, and he was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Stan also enjoyed being an active member of the Pullman Senior Center.
Stan was a sweet boy. He remained that way his entire life. Despite living through all the violence of WWII, he was always a gentle, kind and peaceful man. To those who knew him, probably the most descriptive word that epitomized Stan Holloway is “gentleman.”
Surviving Stan Holloway are his wife, Margaret D. Holloway; daughters, Dorothy Nilles of Leavenworth, WA and Anne Kannegaard of Troy, ID; sons, Clyde Holloway of Vancouver, WA and David Holloway of Oak Grove, OR. Other family includes nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Stanley was the last remaining of his siblings. Many will miss him; many more are deeply affected by what Stanley P. Holloway has done in his lifetime.
A memorial service was held on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at the Quality Inn-Paradise Creek, 1400 SE Bishop Blvd. in Pullman under the care of Kimball Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or to the Pullman Senior Center.

Selma Lee Frazier Thompson
IDAHO FALLS - Selma Lee Frazer Thompson, 83 of Idaho Falls passed away peacefully on Friday, April 20, 2007, at the Good Samaritan Center where she had resided for the last three years. She was born on Aug. 16, 1923 at Hardin, MT, to William and Lucy Howell Frazer. Selma attended Sarpy country school through the eighth grade. She graduated from Hardin High School and Montana State University. Selma taught home economics in the high schools of Clovis, NM, Big Timber, MT and Buhl, ID.
Selma married John Robert Thompson on June 11, 1949, and raised four children while living in Filer, ID, Dundee, NY, Fond du Lac, WI, Idaho Falls and Aberdeen.
Selma was a homemaker first and foremost, using her home economics background; her home was always spotless, she was an excellent cook, and she sewed beautiful dresses for her two daughters all through their school years. Selma’s hobbies included traveling, reading, gardening and sewing.
Selma was preceded in death by her husband, J.R. (Bob) Thompson, her youngest son, David Robert Thompson, and her three brothers.
She is survived by her son, James William Thompson, her daughters Jane Ann Robertson and Katherine Lee Paul, her daughter-in-law Katharine Lee Thompson and her beloved grandchildren Jocelyn Andrea Thompson and Turner Riley Thompson. She also left behind many dear friends in the Idaho Falls and Aberdeen areas.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 23, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 145 9th Street in Idaho Falls, with Father Joe McDonald, celebrant. Burial followed at the Fielding Memorial Park Cemetery in Idaho Falls. A visitation for family and friends was held at the church one hour prior to the funeral on Monday. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Hospice of Eastern Idaho, or Idaho Falls Good Samaritan Center. Both organizations provided Selma with kind, loving care. Condolences may be sent to the family online at
Laurence “Larry” James Koger

Laurence “Larry” James Koger, our beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, went to join his beloved Mom and Dad on Friday, April 20, 2007 at home with family by his side.
Larry was born Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 1932, in the Old General Hospital in Pocatello, to Ora Iver James and Wilma Evelyn Rhoades Koger. Larry’s beloved parents passed away six weeks apart in 1992.
On Feb. 26, 1954. he married Natha “Beryline” Cain Koger in Pocatello. They had just celebrated 53 years together this February. From this union they had a son, Keith James Koger, and a daughter, Ramona Joyce Koger Ping, and they adopted a son, Joshua Don Koger.
He was the first grandfather to be on the Policy Council of the Head Start Program in Pocatello. He and his wife spent many years as Service Officers for DA V Chapter No. 3 doing service claims for veterans. He was a life long member of the D.A.V.  He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 4. He served as President of the Bannock County Veteran Memorial Association, and he and his wife oversaw the complete renovation of the Veteran’s Memorial Building.
Larry loved anything outdoors. His younger days were spent hunting and fishing with family and friends when possible. Some of his best days were spent at the coast and in Hawaii with his loving wife.
He is survived by his wife, Beryline; son Keith James (Betsy) Koger; daughter Ramona Joyce (William) Ping; adopted son Joshua Don (Michelle) Koger; sisters Betty Darlene (Ed) Adams, Berneda Ellen Haight, Lois Louise (Jerry) Dalpiaz; sister-in-law Thelma L. Koger; brother- and sister-in-laws Darrell C. and Arliss Cain Yeend. Grandchildren: Greg, Kris (Julie), Steven (Christi), Mandy (Russ), Amber (Jeri), Jessica (Justin) and Adam. Great-grandchildren: Myshella, Gabe, Makayla, Kaiden, Kolton, Ricky, Tishauna, Jessica, Dylan, Jackson and two more on the way.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Clayton Robert, baby sister Melda Nadine, and brother-in-law and friend Orlan Jay Haight.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday, April 25, at 2:30 p.m. in the Fallsview Cemetery in American Falls with military graveside rites. The family will receive friends at the Cornelison - Henderson Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello, prior to the graveside service from 1 to 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday.

Francis Zemo

Francis (Frank) Zemo passed away on Tuesday, April 17, 2007, at the Power County Nursing Home in American Falls. He was born July 10, 1914, in Portal, ND, the fourth of five children born to Bazel Zemo and Anna Pernaga. The Zemos had emigrated from Vienna, Austria to Manitoba, Canada, and then to the United States.
Frank’s education started in Wolf Point, MT. The family moved to American Falls in 1924 to seek opportunities during the construction of the original American Falls Dam. He was graduated from American Falls High School in 1933, where he was a superb quarterback on the football team that outscored opponents 406 to 21 in one year. They defeated Aberdeen 109-0, and lost only to Twin Falls High School and Boise High School.
He served three years in the U.S. Marine Corps prior to World War II, and was honorably discharged due to recurring knee problems. He spent several years as a stevedore and truck driver in Ely and Reno, NV. Frank learned to deal cards while in Reno, and was then employed by the Bank Club there.
Frank spent some time in northern Idaho polishing his gaming skills and enjoying the fishing there and in Montana. He owned many dogs during this time and thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors.
Frank married Albie Janet Vaughn in 1948 in Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Reno. They enjoyed 49 years together before her death in 1997. They moved to Las Vegas where he was a much sought after dealer and pit boss. His good looks and sense of humor made him popular with casino clientele. Over the years he worked at the Horse-Shu Club, Sands Hotel, the Aladdin, the Stardust, and Caesar’s Palace until his retirement in 1973.
He moved back to American Falls in 1999 to be near his nephew, Moon Wheeler. He lived in the A.F. Senior Housing, and Spring Creek Manor before residing in the Power County Nursing Home. He was a favorite of the caring and loving staff during his time of declining health. We will all miss him.
His parents and four sisters, Monne Wheeler, Jenny Monaghan, Olga Schilling, and Judy Reece predeceased Frank. He is survived by one nephew, Moon Wheeler of American Falls, and two nieces, Aliceann Doyle of Winnemucca, NV, and Joanne Burke of Reno, NV, as well as several great nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held at Fallsview Cemetery at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, with Fr. Jorge Garcia of St. Mary’s Chapel officiating. Davis-Rose Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Randall Larsen
Randall J. “Randy” Larsen passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2007, at Harms Memorial Hospital. Randy was born in American Falls on June 16, 1940 to Alvin and Ellen Beth (Barnes) Larsen. He was the second oldest and the second son in a family of 11 children. Randy attended school in Aberdeen and graduated from Snake River High School.
He married Loa Jean Yancey in 1959 and three children were born to this marriage, whom he loved dearly. They were later divorced.
Randy worked hard all his life. He worked in potato processing plants in Idaho and for Columbia Industries in Washington, and numerous other jobs throughout his life. He was a member of the Aberdeen Boots and Saddle Club and also enjoyed bowling on a team with his father and brothers.
He is survived by his children, Shane (Dawn) Larsen of Blackfoot, Shaunna (Randy) Weatherston of Blackfoot, Sharla (John) Hershberger of Pocatello, 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; brother, Kent Larsen of Boise, sisters, Toni Bowman of Meridian, Mardyne Kisner of Aberdeen, Karla (Melvin) Morris of Rockland, Di (Ed) Hill of LaGrande, OR, Jan (Joe) Pratt of Aberdeen, Tracy (Denton) Graves of Chubbuck; sisters-in-law, Karen Larsen of Nampa, Sharon Larsen of Pocatello; and lots of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother and his father; sister Sandra Hollingsworth; brothers Rick Larsen and Dallas Larsen; brothers-in-law Ty Hollingsworth, Jim Kisner and Bob Bowman; three nephews, one niece and a dear friend, Maria Ytuarte.
A graveside service was held Monday April 23, at 11 a.m. at the Aberdeen Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls. He was a friend to all he knew.
Randy we love you and we will miss you.
“Later, Later”

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