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OBITUARIES - April 2008
Verla Price Thomas
Verla Price Thomas, 94, passed away on Sunday, March 30, 2008 at Harms Memorial Hospital, American Falls, of natural causes. She was born on March 2, 1914 in Paris, ID, to Heber J. and Annie G. Price. She graduated from Fielding High School in 1932 and from Utah State Agricultural College, Logan, UT, with a degree in education in 1936. While attending college, she met William M. Thomas, Jr., and they were married in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple on Aug. 19, 1936.
Her husband’s career in public education began in Swan Lake, where a son, Garf, and a daughter, Karen, were born. They moved to Arimo, where another daughter, Renee, was born, and then to American Falls and to Shelley, where they added three more children: Lynette, Clark and Shirlyn. In 1963, the family returned to American Falls, where Mr. Thomas served as superintendent of schools for 16 years. After retirement, the couple served an LDS mission at the Los Angeles Temple Visitor’s Center and then as temple workers in the Idaho Falls Temple for eight years.
Verla was a “steadfast and immovable” wife and mother to the end of her life. Her service to her family included writing thousands of letters (one each week) to her then-grown children.
She excelled at crocheting (afghans for each grandchild’s high school graduation), knitting sweaters, quilting, embroidery, and was an accomplished seamstress, sewing most of her daughters’ clothing as they were growing up. She continued to crochet edging on baby blankets into her 93rd year. Her hands were always busy doing or making something worthwhile for someone else.
As a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Verla served as a “Singing Mother,” a teacher, organist, Relief Society president and always as a visiting teacher. Her musical and administrative talents were often called upon, and she never veered from an opportunity to share.
Her contributions to the community also included being a “Pink Lady” and accompanist for the “AF Sharp Singers” and numerous other musical groups.
Patience, compassion, optimism and absolute integrity were hallmarks of her character.
Verla’s brown eyes were distinctive and captivating. In her husband’s words (taken from an oral history of their courting days), “Verla liked my red hair . . . (and) I thought Verla was the prettiest girl I had seen. She had pretty brown eyes . . .” In later years, when her hearing was impaired, she continued to be a skillful listener, listening with her eyes and heart as she had always done.
“Isn’t your mother beautiful today?” is a question her husband often asked around the dinner table. The summer centerpiece was usually a Dixie cup with a rose or short-stemmed petunia he had picked for her from his flower garden. None of her children have the red hair that she had hoped for them, but several of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren are owners of this coveted quality.
Survivors include her children; Garf Thomas (Mexico, Missouri); Karen Copes (Bob) Meridian; Renee Hawkley, Boise; Lynette Mickelson (presently serving an LDS mission in India with her husband, Richard); Clark Thomas, Farmington, UT; Shirlyn Robbins (Clint), American Falls; 25 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Thomas; daughters-in-law, Karen Bloxham Thomas and Claudia Flanders Thomas; and son-in-law, Daniel Leland Hawkley.
A viewing will be held Wednesday, April 2, at 9 a.m. and funeral services at 10 a.m. at Cottonwood Memorial Mortuary, 4670 Highland Dr., Holladay, UT, a central location for her family members to gather. Interment will be in the Holladay Memorial Park in Holladay. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Harms Memorial Hospital or to the William Thomas Middle School Library.
Raymond Alvin Haskell
Rockland - Raymond Alvin Haskell, 87, died peacefully at home Thursday morning, April 3, 2008.
Alvin was born on Oct. 10, 1920 in Sublette, ID, to Raymond Levi and Sarah Horn Haskell. He was the fourth child of nine children. In 1929 Alvin moved with his parents and siblings to farm in Rockland.
After graduating from Rockland High School in 1940, Alvin attended Vo-Tech School in Weiser, ID, and in 1942 accepted a position as a Machinist Trainee at the Boeing Aircraft Company in Seattle, WA. In 1943, he joined the U.S. Navy and completed Diesel Training at the Naval Training School at Iowa State College in Ames, IA. Alvin served as a Motor Machinist Mate second-class in World War II until an injury in the Azores Islands lead to an honorable medical discharge.
Following a long recovery, he returned home to farm with his father in Rockland. Soon thereafter, he met Mary Clevon Braithwaite, of Arco, ID, who came to Rockland to teach school. They were later married in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on July 27, 1948. Together they raised seven children and spent the rest of their lives farming in Rockland. Alvin’s hobbies included snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, and piloting his private airplanes, making numerous deep sea fishing trips to Mexico.
Alvin enjoyed sharing his abilities as a mechanic and welder with neighboring farmers and friends.
He was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, serving in numerous ward and stake callings.
Alvin was preceded in death by his loving wife, Clevon, his parents, a sister Lucille Porath and a brother Daniel. He is survived by seven children: Darrel (Janaan) Haskell of Pocatello; Ronald (Lynn) Haskell of Highland, UT; Gordon (Debra) Haskell of American Falls; Teresa (Peter) Dietz of Sandy, UT; Shirley Edwards of Pocatello; Byron (Janell) Haskell of Spanish Fork, UT; and Annette (Robert) Ramos of Reno, NV; three sisters and three brothers, Erma Moss of American Falls; Ada Wangsgard of Huntsville, UT; Ivan Haskell of American Falls; George (Verla Rae) Haskell of American Falls; Lola Mae (Theron) Stokes of Pocatello; and Carl (Ilene) Haskell of American Falls; 32 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Rockland Ward Chapel, Rockland, with Bishop Evan Kress conducting. Visitation hours were from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 7, at the Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St., American Falls, and from 10 to 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday morning at the church, prior to services. Interment was at the Valley View Cemetery.
Lavon L. Warner
Aberdeen – Lavon L. Warner passed away at home from an apparent heart attack on Friday, April 4, 2008.
He was born Oct. 5, 1927 to James LeRoy and Helen L. Warner in Aberdeen. He married Janice Woolley in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on March 8, 1948.
He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served faithfully in many callings. He served in the American Falls, Idaho Stake Presidency, many years as Stake Patriarch, and as Bishop of the Aberdeen Third Ward. He also served 17 years as an early morning seminary teacher in both Aberdeen and American Falls. He served with his wife in the Idaho Falls Temple and as missionaries in the New York/Rochester Mission.
He is survived by his children, David (Claudia) Warner, San Diego, CA; Barbara Daniels, West Jordan, UT; Sandra (Grant) Cannon, Salt Lake City, UT; Keith (Pam) Warner, American Falls; Barry E. Baxter (son-in-law), Salt Lake City; Nancy (John) Wellington, Salt Lake City; Betsy (Russ) Barrus, Aberdeen; sister, Arlene (Virgil) Barnard, American Falls; brothers, Duane (Laura) Warner, Aberdeen; Alan (Julia) Warner, American Falls; 30 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death on Dec. 28, 2007 by his wife Janice; his parents, James L. and Helen L. Warner; father and mother-in-law, George R and Louisa H. Woolley; his daughter, Mary Jane Baxter; and granddaughter, Lindsay Wellington.
The funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 10, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Aberdeen Third Ward, with Bishop Garn A. Lovell conducting. The visitation will be at the church from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the funeral service.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary.
Keith William Tomlinson
Keith William Tomlinson, 63, of Rockland, ID, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, April 3, 2008. He and his twin brother, Kenneth, were born to William H. Tomlinson and Alice Beth Crippin Tomlinson in American Fork, UT, on May 21, 1944.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra, of Rockland. He is also survived by his children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles and his Stepmother Pearl McKnight. His mother and father, twin brother, a sister and his Grandmother Gertrude Crippin, and his Great Aunt Margaret Giesbrecht preceded him in death.
He and his twin brother, Kenneth, and sister, Ann, were raised by his grandmother and great aunt. Memorial services were held at the First Mennonite Church in Aberdeen on Tuesday, April 8, at 11 a.m.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary, American Falls.
Ruth Richard

Ruth Ellen (Van Dorien) Richard passed away under Hospice Care at North Shore Health Care Facility in Loveland, CO, on Saturday, April 12, 2008.
Ruth was born June 18, 1925 in Norwich, KS, to Harry W. and Ada May (Fair) Van Dorien. She was the sixth of eight children. She attended schools in Norwich.
On July 10, 1944, she married Willard Paul Richard of Emporia, KS, whom she met on a blind date. They enjoyed 63-plus years together. Willard and Ruth farmed west of Emporia until early 1946. They moved to Aberdeen, where they farmed until their retirement from farming in 1972. They moved into a new home in American Falls. At that time, Ruth achieved her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse when she earned an LPN License. She spent most of her nursing career at St. Anthony Hospital, later to become known as Pocatello Regional Medical Center in Pocatello.
After their retirement, she and Willard loved to travel. The have fond memories of a road trip they took in an 18 wheeler to Caribou, Maine for one of Willard’s many retirement jobs.
She was a member of First Mennonite Church in Aberdeen. While living in American Falls, they also attended the American Falls Congregational Church. Ruth was well known and loved for her homemade cinnamon rolls and cookies, as well as her roses. She had many fond memories of the years she spent going up to the Palisades Mennonite Church Camp and cooking for the young people. She truly enjoyed helping others.
In May of 2004, due to her ill health, Ruth and Willard moved to Loveland, CO, to live with their daughter and her family. Since September of 2006, she has been a resident at North Shore Health Care Facility in Loveland where she received warm and loving care.
Ruth is survived by her husband, Willard of Loveland and her five children, Bonnie (John) McDermid of Loveland, Connie (Dale) Friesen of Lawrence, KS, John (Marylyn) Richard of Marsing, ID, Debbie (Roger) Tobias of Lyons, KS and Ron (Nelda) of Moscow, ID.
She also is survived by 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers and two sisters.
A viewing will be held at Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 18, at 11 a.m. at The First Mennonite Church in Aberdeen. A viewing will be held at the church one hour prior to the funeral service. Internment will be in the Homestead Cemetery in Aberdeen.
Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home in Loveland and Davis-Rose Mortuary of American Falls are in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to The Palisade Mennonite Church Camp in care of First Mennonite Church, PO Box 246, Aberdeen, ID 83210.

Emma Permann Ellis
Emma Permann Ellis, 97, former resident of Aberdeen and American Falls, died Sunday, April 13, 2008 in Pocatello. Emma was born May 24, 1910 in Romania to John and Katherine Eider Kurtz. Her parents were of German descent, living in Russia and thankfully they immigrated to America in 1910 when Emma was a baby. They eventually homesteaded a farm at Roy, ID, where Emma grew up along with eight brothers and sisters. They attended a one-room schoolhouse for that area called Seeping Springs School.
Emma married Richard Permann in November 1929 at the Congregational Church in American Falls. They farmed for a few years until they moved to Aberdeen where Richard ran a business in town. They were parents of three sons and a daughter. Richard passed away in 1957. Emma worked in cafes for many years and as a cook in the old Shiltz Memorial Hospital in American Falls. She moved to Sun Valley to work in housekeeping at the Sun Valley Inn, where she met and married Willie “Bill” Ellis in 1960. They later moved to Jerome, ID, where she worked in potato processing in Twin Falls and Bill worked at King of Spuds in Jerome. Bill passed away in 1967. Emma lived in her cozy home in Jerome for many years. She enjoyed going to church, taking care of her home and flowers in her yard, playing cards with a group in Jerome, and she was a member of a women’s club composed of older women who gave each other support. She was also an excellent cook. She moved to American Falls in 1994 to be near family.
Emma has been living in an assisted living facility and a nursing home, both in Pocatello, for the last few years. She was preceded in death by all her original family, two husbands, two sons, Ruben and Robert, and a great-granddaughter, Paige Newby. She is survived by a son, Don (Nancy) Permann of Ogden, UT; a daughter, Beverly Jensen of Pocatello; a daughter-in-law, Marilyn Permann of American Falls; 19 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
We thank Hillcrest Haven for their wonderful care during her time there.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 17, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 656 Tyhee Avenue, American Falls. The viewing will be prior to the service from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the church in the Fireside Room. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary.
Alberta Nelson
Alberta Nelson, 98, passed away Thursday, April 10, 2008 in Pocatello, after a long illness.
Alberta Edna Confer Nelson was born in Beatrice, NB, on Nov. 26, 1909 to Charles Morton Confer and Letitia Belle Hager Confer. When she was 18 months old her family moved to Idaho to homestead in the Rockland-Roy area. She loved to tell people about riding horseback to school when she was a child. When she was older, she and her mother would spend the school year in American Falls, returning home in the spring. After the loss of the Homestead, the family moved to American Falls and she graduated from American Fall High School in 1928.
Work had begun on the American Falls Dam and her mother ran a boarding house. This is where she met William M. Sikes who had come to work on the dam. They were married in May 1929. In May of 1930 a daughter, Margueritte, was born and in August of 1931, a son, Bill. This marriage ended in divorce. Alberta later married Fenton L. Nelson. They loved the times they could spend camping and fishing together, especially when grandchildren were with them. Fenton passed away in March 1987.
Alberta worked in various places during her high school years and when her children were small worked at Petersen’s Grocery. During the war years she and Fenton ran their own Café, Alberta’s Café. A few years later she opened a women and children’s clothing store. Her last job was at First Security Bank where she worked for 18 years before retiring. Following retirement, Alberta enjoyed several years as a “Pink Lady” at Harms Memorial Hospital. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of American Falls and a Past Matron of Lakeview Chapter #71, OES.
She was a caring friend, known as “Bertie” to her close friends and “Aunt Bertie” to her nieces and nephews. She was a wonderful loving mother, known as “Mamma” and “Mom” and a very special grandmother known as “Grandma”, “Granny” and “Gram”. She loved music and especially loved to dance. It was her joy to teach “the Charleston” to any of her grandchildren who were willing to try.
Alberta is survived by her daughter, Margueritte and husband, Richard Morris, and her son, William H. “Bill” Sikes and his wife, Jill; grandchildren, Pam Morris (Jerry Seiffert), Rick and K.D. Morris, Karen Wiggum (David), Dr. W. Lars Sikes (Theresa), Gwen Branvold (William), Elizabeth Rush (Wayne), Kip Sikes (Vicky); 12 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and cherished nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Owen Nelson of Soda Springs.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Harley Confer, sister, Pearl Hutton and her husband, Fenton Nelson.
The family expresses their deep appreciation to the staff at Beacon Hospital and Rehab for their loving care over these past years and Creekside Hospice.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at the United Methodist Church, 710 Ft. Hall Ave. in American Falls, with Pastor Marcie Collins officiating. The visitation was Tuesday one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials in Alberta’s memory are preferred to the United Methodist Church, 710 Ft. Hall Ave., American Falls 83211 or to a charity of choice.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary, American Falls.
Charlene VanSell
Charlene (Mary Charlene) VanSell passed away on Thursday, April 10, 2008, following her courageous battle with cancer.
She is survived by her husband of 21 years James R VanSell; her children: Terri (Manuel) Rodriguez of American Falls, David (April) Preston of American Falls, Susanne (Kelly) Campbell of Wenatchee WA, Heather (Lorenzo) Gonzales of Blackfoot, Michael Thomas Manahl, Leo Paul Manahl and Barbara Ann Manahl, all of Iowa, and Aaron VanSell of American Falls. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Anika (Josh) Claunch, Alexandria, Aryana, Ainzlee, Dustin, Timmy, Joey, Brandon, Elizabeth, Emilee, Glenn, Charlene Rose, Makiyah, Gabriel, and Kiera. She is also survived by many brothers and sisters: Audrey Maze, Ellen Erickson, David Goulet, Betty Bedinger, Doreene Ashpole, Katherine Collins, Duwayne Goulet, Robert Goulet, Keith Goulet, Geraldine Mares, Donna Becker, Julie Kirn, Dorothy Hiebe, Lois Straight, Bryon Goulet, Warren Goulet and Michael Goulet.
She is preceded in death by her loving parents, Alfred and Ethel Goulet, and her beautiful great-grandson Tylan Claunch, brothers Richard Goulet, Emil Goulet and her sister Jean Rhodes.
Wife, mom, grandma, sister, aunt and friend: Charlene was born on May 15, 1948, in a rural town in northeastern Montana. She was the 15th of 21 children. She soon realized her love of cooking and people at the age of nine, when she started working in the family restaurant. She did move a couple of times and landed in Nampa, ID. Finally settling in American Falls and meeting her husband James after the death of her first husband Murray. Briefly moving to Marysville, CA, her heart remained in American Falls. And in 1989 she moved her family back and has stayed ever since. Life hadn’t always been easy, but Charlene always found the light at the end of the tunnel. She was gifted with a heart of gold and loved just about everyone.
Charlene was very much in love with her family and desired to be near them always. She loved to go yard selling, thrift shopping, feeding her squirrels, cooking food, talking to her children and loving and doting on her grandchildren and great-grandson. Charlene loved watching her children grow up to the wonderful adults they are today, and cherished every moment she ever had with all her grandchildren and great-grandson. She loved working as a cook and a waitress. She loved going on trips to see family. Taking care of her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandson was always on the top of her priority list. Passing down traditions from her family to her children’s families was a precious gift she gave fully.
For those of you who knew Charlene, you knew her as the loving, no holds barred friend everyone should have. When she cared about you, you could see the love shine in her eyes. As with most people who knew her and loved her, she is a piece in our daily lives that will be missed wholeheartedly.
A memorial service was held Monday, April 14, at 1 p.m. at the PowerHouse Christian Fellowship, located at 2905 Sunbeam Road in American Falls, with Pastor Steven W. Isaak officiating.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary.
Shirley Maxine Thornhill
Shirley Maxine Goddard Thornhill, 72, of American Falls, passed away Tuesday April 15, 2008 at Portneuf Regional Medical Center. In 1995 Shirley survived a stroke and showed nothing but strength and courage for the last 13 years living under very difficult conditions. Shirley taught those close to her resilience, strength and to never give up.
Shirley was born May 24, 1935 in Pocatello, to Leonard Eugene and Dorothy Mazel Elliot Goddard. She was the youngest of four children, having three older sisters, Jean, Pat and Martha.
In 1951 Shirley met her best friend and love of her life Merritt (she had no choice she was run over by him on a motorcycle during a snake dance). Merritt and Shirley married on May 8, 1953. At the time of their marriage Merritt worked for Western Electric, and they traveled the western states installing the new dial telephone offices. These were some of her happiest days of her life traveling in their Terra-Cruiser, meeting and making many close friends.
In 1955 they welcomed the birth of their first daughter, Jami Lee, and in 1959 their second daughter, Jeddi Sue.
In 1963 Merritt and Shirley moved back to American Falls to run Indian Springs, a family owned business, which they owned and operated for 32 years. Shirley loved arrowhead hunting and as grandpa says had an “eagle eye.” One of her favorite areas was on Cedar Ridge where Shirley wishes to return to, so she can again, “soar with the hawks.”
A celebration of our Grandma’s life was held Friday, April 18, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls. We ask that you bring any memories, stories, and photographs to celebrate grandma’s continuation of her voyage.
Shirley is survived by her caregiver, friend, and loving husband Donald Merritt Thornhill; two sisters, Martha Richards and Jean Decker; one brother-in-law, James Keith (Karen) Thornhill, Sandy, UT; two daughters, Jami Lee (Pat) Shanahan, Salt Lake City, UT, and Jeddi Sue (Ron) Wagstaff, Marsing, ID; five grandchildren, Ryan (Jamie) Shanahan, Lucinda (Kasey) Poulson, Michael (Miriam) Shanahan, Jimmy (LettiJo) Wagstaff, Xana Wagstaff; five great-grandchildren, Hayden, Konley, Adakai, Jacy, Senika; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her three four-legged sons Bailey, Luter and Max, whom were her constant companions.
Shirley is preceded in death by her mother, father, sister Patricia, and two brothers-in-law, Noel Richards and Frank Decker and her in-laws M.K. (Buster) and Jo Thornhill.
We will all miss her love and caring ways even with her physical limits very much and wish only the best for Pocatello Long Term Care Staff, Dr. Bradley Burton and Dr. Kevin Hill.
The family invited friends to a visitation and Celebration of Life for Shirley from 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 18, at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street in American Falls.
Memorials preferred to the Pocatello Care and Rehab Center, 527 Memorial Dr., Pocatello, ID 83201 or the Pocatello Animal Shelter, PO Box 281, Pocatello, ID 83204.
David William Spiker
David William Spiker, loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 18, 2008, at his home in American Falls.
He was born Dec. 14, 1936 in Wendell, ID, to Frederick and Marguerite Yates Spiker. His family moved to Pocatello where he spent his childhood and teenage years. He attended elementary school at Saint Joseph’s Parochial School and also attended Pocatello High School.
He served in the United States Air Force from 1955 to 1959. On Sept. 3, 1960, he married Patricia Roper of American Falls. He was employed by G&W Floors for several years, followed by 39 years of employment at Idaho State University Facility Services. He was looking forward to retiring in June of 2008. Dave was passionate about golf, woodworking, gardening, working in his yard and cooking. He especially enjoyed his annual winter getaway trip to Mesquite, NV, where he spent time with his friends and enjoyed the many golf courses in the area. His most cherished times, however, were when he was surrounded by his family who will miss him dearly.
He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia; his children, Daniel (Jeni) of Georgia, David (Ronda) of Texas, Elizabeth (Randy) Pitchford of Bennington, ID, and John (Jodie) of Meridian, ID; sisters, Imogene (Chuck) McAnally of Texas, Nadine (Bill) Haney of American Falls, Linda (Dale) Derbidge of Nevada; and a brother, Donald (Mary) Spiker of Pocatello; grandchildren, Daniel Jr., Matthew and Alana Spiker of Florida, Janelle Spiker of Massachusetts, Valerie and Samantha Chikato, Brady and Kade Pitchford, all of Bennington, Lindsey, Haley, Kayden, and Alexa Spiker of Meridian; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Bob, Lloyd, Tom and Clarence; as well as a grandson Braxton Pitchford.
The viewing was from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at St. Anthony’s Chapel at Seventh and East Wyeth, in Pocatello, with vigil service at 7 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, at St. Anthony’s Chapel. Interment will follow at Fallsview Cemetery in American Falls with military honors by the American Legion, Roland Evans Post No. 3. Those wishing to may contribute in lieu of flowers, to their favorite charitable organization or the Idaho Youth Ranch in David’s name.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street, in American Falls.
Kent Ray Anderson

Beaverton, OR – Kent Ray Anderson, 65, of Beaverton, OR, lost his four-year battle with cancer on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008 at the Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Beaverton. He was born Sept. 29, 1942 in American Falls to Robert and Cleaom Anderson. He received all his schooling in American Falls and served his country in Vietnam.
In his younger life he loved his horses, hunting and fishing. His career as a jeweler took him from Pocatello to Fairbanks, Alaska, and then on to Honolulu, Hawaii. He lived for a time in Arizona with his brother, Larry, until he passed and then onto Beaverton to live by close friends and obtain employment with Fred Meyers in the fine jewelry department.
As his health declined he was still able to find much joy in fishing and going to the ocean front with good friends Dana and Juney Bennett. He also enjoyed his time with the “Reel Fishing” group for the past three years, all who were victims of cancer.
He is survived by children Trever, Eric, Anjie, Amanda and Kisha, and 10 grandchildren. One sister, Lorna Lee Thornton, also survives him, along with many friends he gathered wherever he lived. He was preceded in death by his brother Larry Dee, his parents and all grandparents.
His choice for cremation has taken place and there will be a memorial service to honor his life at the Falls View Cemetery in American Falls at 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, with Military Honors by the American Legion Roland Evans Post No. 3.

Iva Dell Barnard

Iva Dell Barnard was born on Jan. 16, 1916 in Rule, TX, to James Austin McCanlies and Violet Irene McCanlies. She died on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 in American Falls.
Shortly after Iva Dell was born, her family moved to Benjamin, TX, where she grew up. After graduating from high school, she attended college for two semesters, but was lured away to a job in Austin with the state legislature. During the war years she accepted a job with Phillips Petroleum in Midland, TX, where she met Army Air Corpsman Lodell Hartley Barnard.
On July 31, 1944, Iva Dell and Lodell were married in Wickett, TX. In late 1945, they were discharged from the service and moved to American Falls. Lodell worked at Power County Implement Company installing irrigation sprinkler systems. They had two sons; Wilson J. and Austin L. Iva Dell then worked at First Security Bank on the corner of Fort Hall Ave. and Idaho Street. Later Lodell went to work for the Bureau of Reclamation on the Michaud Flats project.
In 1960, Iva Dell, Lodell and the boys transferred to East Wenatchee, WA, with the Bureau of Reclamation to work on larger irrigation projects up and down the Columbia River valley (Wenatchee, Chelan, Orville, Wells, etc.). At each place Iva Dell worked in the local bank. She also maintained her hobbies of crocheting throw rugs and piecing and making quilts. She enjoyed gardening and canning green beans, peaches, pears and cherries.
After spending 40 years in the state of Washington, they moved back to southern Idaho to be near nieces and nephews. At first they landed at a retirement community in Twin Falls and then on to Pocatello. After Lodell passed away in 2005, Iva Dell moved to Power County Nursing Home where she met new friends and received excellent care from a very caring staff.
Iva Dell is survived by her son, Wilson James (Melanie) Barnard of Albuquerque, NM and their children, Jason James (Melissa) Barnard of Katy, TX and Brenda Gay (JimEd) Eichhorst of Albuquerque, NM; and her great-grandchildren, Aaron James Barnard and Marley Rebecca Barnard of Katy, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews, including Dorothy Meyers, Virgil and Arlene Barnard, Gilbert and Donna Barnard, Mary and Don Simms and Durl and Donna Gibbs.
Iva Dell was preceded in death by her husband, Lodell; her son, Austin; her parents; and all of her brothers and sisters: James, Jerene, LaVern, Aleene and Vernon.
Graveside services are scheduled at Falls View Cemetery on Monday, May 5, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Power County Nursing Home or the Pink Ladies Auxiliary.
Arrangements are under the directions of Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls.

Weston Lee Campbell

North Logan, Utah – Weston Lee Campbell, 20 months, was unexpectedly called back to his Heavenly Father early Wednesday, the 23rd of April, 2008.
Weston was born in Logan, UT, on the 21st of August, 2006, the only child of Emily Ann Eddy and Jeffrey Lee Campbell.
Weston lived his short life with a joyful spirit. He was all boy. He brought a smile to the faces of all the people who knew him. He loved everyone and was always excited to meet new friends. He was always curious about his world, and especially loved being outside on the farm in Arbon where he lived most of his life. He will always be remembered with his binky in his mouth. He loved his snuggy blankie, Twizzlers, dogs, the cows, mud puddles, dancing, and his family. He also loved riding on tractors with his dad and grandpa, and riding the four wheeler with his mom.
He will be missed by his parents, Emily and Jeffrey Campbell, and his grandparents, Paula and Thomas Allen of Logan, UT, Teresa Lowry of Smithfield, UT, and Kenneth and Melinda Campbell of Arbon. Great-grandparents include Ken and Betty Jo Lowry of Logan, Barbara Eddy of Ogden, and Don and Mary Lou Campbell of Hyde Park, UT. He is survived by many uncles, aunts, and cousins who will miss him dearly. Weston’s dear friend, Shawnta Ward, greeted him on the other side and will take care of him for us until we can see him again.
The viewing and funeral were held on Monday, April 26, 2008, in North Logan, UT. Burial was at the Arbon Cemetery.

Barbara Jean Jackman

Pocatello – Barbara Jean Jackman died at Pocatello Regional Heart Institute early Tuesday, April 22, 2008, at the age of 75.
She was born March 20, 1933, in Blackfoot, ID. Her parents were Rhea Mae (Wilson) and Morris Duncan. Barbara graduated from Aberdeen High School. On the 17th of November 1951 she and Max Dean Jackman were married in Idaho Falls, ID.
She will be remembered by many for her love of crafting. Her interests were diverse including: ceramics, handcrafting miniatures, embroidery, cross stitching, crochet, toll painting, water colors, oil painting and recently wood carving and playing the organ. Barbara enjoyed good music, berry picking, trying new recipes, and camping.
Survivors include her father, Morris Duncan; sister, Chaille Lee; brother, Mike Duncan; daughter, Rhea Lynn Jackman Felker; sons, Ricky DeLyn and Mark DeLane Jackman; grandchildren, Shawna Bennett, Brandie Heck, Shellee Jackman, Jessica Jackman, Scott Felker, Amber Arnold, Leslie Snodgrass and Kyle Jackman; great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Emelyn, Andrew and Zaden Bennett, Autumn and Tavia Heck, Aiden Felker, Zoie Snodgrass, and Paige, Sophia and Terrick Arnold. She is preceded in death by her mother Rhea Mae Duncan, husband Max Dean Jackman and a grandson Terrick Jackman.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 26, at 10 a.m. at the West Pocatello Stake Center, corner of Hawthorn and Eldridge Road. The family received friends and extended family Saturday morning from 8:45 to 9:45, prior to the funeral services. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls.

Bonnie June Sherfey

TWIN FALLS — Bonnie June Palmer Bartholomew Sherfey was called home Monday, April 21, 2008, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 86 at the Twin Falls Care Center.
She was born June 17, 1922, in Hailey, ID, the daughter of William Clinton and Gertrude Grace Palmer, formerly of Declo. June was raised along with eight other siblings on a dry farm in Heglar. School time was accomplished on horseback and attendance was short lived, but June managed to graduate from the eighth grade. Since there were nine siblings and only two boys, June, along with sister, Edna, spent summers herding sheep on the farm and the mountains of Heglar Canyon and vicinity, doing farm chores and helping their father accomplish the tasks of rural farm life.
Bonnie June married Alonzo Lee Bartholomew in 1940; from this union, five children were born, Alta Lee (Jay) Holstine, Alonzo Leon Bartholomew, Reita Fern (Ordell) Simper, Bonnie Rae Bartholomew (deceased) and Carma June (Vern) Buss.
While raising her children, June spent several years working as a waitress in American Falls at Rogers Cafe, Log Cabin Cafe and Poleiges Cafe. June and Lee divorced in 1958, and June moved to Burley and again used her waitress talents to please patrons at Nelson’s Cafe. She married Delbert Sherfey on Feb. 14, 1968.
June is survived by her children, 10 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, two brothers and four sisters.
A graveside service was held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Declo Cemetery in Declo. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Visions Inc., 209 Shoup Ave. W., Twin Falls, ID 83301.
Special thank yous to the staff and employees of the Twin Falls Care Center and Hospice Visions. Arrangements are under the direction of Parke’s Magic Valley Funeral Home in Twin Falls.

Edith Klempel
Edith Adelgunde Giesbrecht Klempel died at Ukiah Convalescent Hospital on April 12, 2008, just 10 days after her 105th birthday. She was born in Paso Robles, CA, of German immigrants and learned English when she began school.
She attended BIOLA, class of 1926, and then took nurse’s training at the Deaconess Hospital in Newton, KS, class of 1929. The miracle drug at that time was aspirin. She worked for the town doctor for several years in Aberdeen, accompanying him out to the various farms for home deliveries of babies. She delivered the anesthesia – ether on gauze – a very inexact method, but everyone lived. She married Gustav C. Klempel at the advanced age of 33.
After the children were born, Edith stayed at home. She forced her daughters to practice the piano, for which they are grateful. She was always active in church, taught Sunday School for many years, and sang in various church choirs.
In later years she spent quite a bit of time writing letters and notes of encouragement, not only to many friends and relatives, but also to any number of people who were on her prayer list.
She was easily identified on her walks around Ukiah by her yellow baseball cap. She lived independently for 20 years at Creekside Village until a few months before her 100th birthday, when she had a slight stroke. She received loving and respectful care at Ukiah Convalescent Hospital from that time on. The family is also very grateful for the care she received from Guy Teran, MD, Judy Lemke, FNP, Pablo Cortina, MD, and for her audiologist, Glynnis Tambornini.
She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Gustav Klempel, and she was the last of 14 children. Her two daughters, Judy Ballenger and husband Larry, and Ruth Hensell and husband Ron, live in Ukiah, and she has a son, Dennis Klempel, who lives in San Diego with his wife Karen. She has five grandchildren, Lisa and Becky Hensell of Seattle, Ruth Ballenger and her husband Michael Emerling of South Pasadena, Peter Ballenger and his wife Ali Rubinstein of Pasadena, and Alan Garcia and his wife Lyn of Camas, WA, and is also survived by five great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held on Saturday, April 19, at the New Life Church (Evangelical Free). Memorial donations may be made toward sound equipment at New Life Church. Arrangements were under the care and direction of Empire Mortuary.
Goldie Louise Ure
Goldie Louise Fullmer Ure passed away Sunday, April 27, 2008 at her home in Aberdeen. She was born Sept. 24, 1922 at her parents’ log cabin on the ‘Old Ranch’ by the Teton River outside of Tetonia, ID, to Horace Preston Fullmer and Hazel Alice Mildred Aseneth Thomas. She is the oldest of three children, her siblings Edythe Pehrson and Merlin Fullmer and her parents preceding her in death.
She grew up in Teton Valley, where she married Ralph W. Ure, Oct. 30, 1940. They lived there, operating their farm and sheep ranch until 1980, when they moved to Moreland and then to Aberdeen in 1997. Ralph passed away June 30, 2001.
Throughout her life, Goldie served her family and others, participated in various church positions and community events by sharing her many talents, including quilting, sewing, crocheting, teaching, writing, acting, dancing, singing and laughing. She and Ralph also served in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple for 10 years.
Goldie is the mother of Ralph Dennis Ure, Pocatello; Melvin Deloy Ure, Anaheim, CA; Gwendolyn Louise Winters, Pocatello; Shane Walter Ure, Aberdeen; Suzanne Wyatt, Garland, UT. She has 34 grandchildren and 86 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Saturday, May 3, at 11 a.m., with a viewing preceding at 9:30 a.m. at the Aberdeen First Ward LDS Church, with Bishop Russell Barrus officiating. The graveside service and internment will be at Cache Clawson Cemetery, east of Tetonia, at 3:30 p.m.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary, American Falls.
 
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