OBITUARIES - August 2007
Georgia JoAnn Weisenburger, youngest daughter of George and Thelma Thomas, died on July 27, 2007 after a valiant battle with cancer. She was born March 6, 1933 in Aberdeen.
She is survived by her husband, Cecil, seven children, Steve (Mary Lou), George, Guy (Wendy), Mark (Karla), Howard (Marnae), CeAnn (Joel Whitehead), Kim, 25 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren with one due in September, one sister, Mona Deane Larsen and one brother, Victor Thomas (Mae).
She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Thelma Thomas, and one sister, Velene Mauch.
Mom married her eternal companion, Cecil Weisenburger on Jan. 17, 1952 and the marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple Jan. 19, 1963. Mom dedicated her whole life to being a loyal wife and compassionate mother, working tirelessly in her most important job of teaching and raising her children in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Mom always looked forward to being with her family and spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed painting ceramics and lovingly spent time teaching her grandchildren how to paint. She loved to spend hours painting Christmas ornaments for each grandchild every year. She liked to dabble in oil paints, chalks and was a beautiful seamstress. She served in many callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She enjoyed being involved in the RSVP Mentor Program at the American Falls Elementary School.
Mom touched many people throughout her life and will be missed by many.
Services will be Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 11 a.m. at the LDS 4th Ward building. There will be a viewing on Aug. 1, from 9:45 until 10:45 at the LDS 4th Ward building.
Fred Dubois Thompson graduated from this life on Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at American Falls.
Fred was born Feb. 20, 1916 on the kitchen table of a hotel in Dubois, ID, the son of Artimus Crusoe Pritchett and Loretta Belle Tobias. His mother died when he was six years old and, after several years of living in extreme financial hardship conditions, he and two of his siblings were placed in an orphanage. Fred was adopted by two very special people, Frank and Annie Thompson, who took him into their home, gave him their last name and raised him to manhood.
In October 1948 he married Ellen Alice Fackrell and, in doing so, became “Dad” to the three children she was raising - Darla Dee, Dorothy Nell, and Jerald Ross. Fred and Alice later adopted these children, whom they raised in American Falls. In July 1978 Fred and Alice’s marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple, and eventually all three of their children were sealed to them. Alice passed away in April of 1991, leaving a big, big hole in Fred’s life. That hole was filled when he married Leona Neal, who helped him so enjoy his last 15 years of life. Her laughter, her beautiful singing voice, and her zest for life were balm to his broken heart, and he loved her dearly.
Fred is survived by his wife (Leona), his three children, Darla (Gene) Gibbs, Dorothy (Niels) Christensen and Ross (Louise) Thompson; his stepchildren, Ron (Carol) Neal, Nancy (Joe) Lakatos, Carol (Ben) Cheney, Gary (Joy) Neal and Jerry Neal, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his sister, Verna Trowbridge; a brother, Roy Pritchett; and a very special new member of the family, Donald Wendt. Fred was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Alice, and two brothers, Tom and Ernie Pritchett.
A viewing was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 30, at the LDS Stake Center, 111 Church Place, American Falls. An additional viewing was held at that same location from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31, with the funeral taking place at 11 a.m. Interment was at the Falls View Cemetery in American Falls, under the direction of the Davis-Rose Mortuary.
The family extends heart-felt thanks and appreciation for the years of loving care, friendship, and genuine human kindness to Carolyn Thomson and her husband, Gary. Not all of the angels are on the other side of the veil.
Amanda Adolf Sherman, 82, of Kimberly passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2007, at her son’s home in Kimberly, ID.
She was born Oct. 10, 1924 in American Falls, to Ludwig and Christina Adolf. She attended schools in American Falls and the University of Idaho. In 1948, she married Robert “Dutch” Sherman. After their marriage they moved to Shoshone where she worked as a clerk for the draft board. In 1951, they moved to Kimberly where she enjoyed being a substitute teacher for Kimberly and Hansen schools for 20 years. Amanda was an active and life long member of the Lutheran Church and a charted member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kimberly.
She is survived by her son, Rick (Letty) Sherman of Kimberly; her sister, Elfreida (Bob) Van Orsdel of Norwalk, CT; special brothers, Fritz (Rose) Eymann of Boise, Chuck (Vicky) Sherman of Emmett, ID; grandchildren; Adrienne Hunting of Idaho Falls, Mitch (Rosa Sherman) of Pocatello; great-grandchildren, Hailey, Abby, Connor and Alivia; her girls, Arlis Adolf and Helen Martinez of Denver, CO, Janice (Ron) Baumgartner of Aurora, CO, Elaine (Patrick) Barron of Hemet, CA, Marilyn (Brandon) Burch of Pullman, WA, Leslie (John Eddy) Van Orsdel of Cos Cob, CT; nephews, Brian Van Orsdel of New York, NY, Neal (May May) Adolf of Vancouver, WA; and grand nieces/nephews. She is also survived by her precious kitty, Peterlee.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother, Art Adolf, doggy/grandson, Taylor and great-grandson, McKay. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kimberly with Pastor Sunderman officiating. Private family interment services will follow under the direction of White Mortuary “Chapel by the Park”. The family suggests memorials in lieu of flowers be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kimberly. Mandy’s wit will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Doris LaVerne “Vernie” Chapman, 62, of Lewiston lost her battle with breast cancer and died Thursday, July 26, 2007, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
LaVerne was born to Ernest and Grace (Brown) Harris in American Falls, Idaho on November 13, 1944. She married Bryce Chapman in American Falls on June 19, 1960. They resided there until 1973 when they moved to Lewiston.
LaVerne worked for ATK Ammunition Systems for 31 years. She enjoyed spending time with her family, gardening, and just spending time outdoors. For the last two years, LaVerne has volunteered at Camelot Elementary School in Lewiston where her grandson Josh went to school. She worked diligently with first grade students on their reading last year and the regional test scores came back very high.
LaVerne was preceded in death by her mother, Grace, of Boise, sister Shirley Labes of Portland, Ore., sister Irene Albers of American Falls, and sister Rita Kelso of Boise. She is survived by her husband, Bryce, her son Bob Chapman, her son Jeff Chapman, and her grandson Josh Chapman.
Arrangements for Laverne Chapman are with Malcom’s Brower-Wann Funeral Home. A memorial service has been scheduled for 2 p.m. August 2, 2007, at Malcom’s Brower-Wann Funeral Home 1711 18th Street in Lewiston. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions in LaVerne’s name be sent to The American Cancer Society 1403 W. 3rd Spokane, WA 99204 or online at www.cancer.org.
|graveside services will be held for Luenna Charm Erickson “Lue” Walker and her daughter, LaVon May Walker Walc on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007, at 2 p.m., at the Fallsview Cemetery in American Falls with Pastor Steve Isaak officiating. Family and friends are invited to attend.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls.
Judson Ralph Walker, 40, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007, in Burley.
The graveside service was held at Neeley Cemetery at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 14, with Pastor Mario Smith officiating.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St., American Falls.
| Helena Alice Kress Armstrong Smith was born Feb. 20, 1913 in Gifford, ID, to Adam and May Kress. She passed away Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007 at Harms Memorial Nursing Home in American Falls.
Soon after Alice’s birth her parents moved to Southern Idaho and took up a homestead in Roy, ID, where Alice grew up and attended Mountain View Grade School for eight years. Alice attended high school in American Falls for a short time but then became sick and had to return to Roy, never returning to high school. She grew up on the farm and learned the hard work of house keeping and farming until marriage, she was well prepared to do what was necessary to help provide for her family.
Alice and her first husband George W. Armstrong had two sons, George Kent Armstrong and Ray Armstrong. Her husband George passed away July 1, 1954.
She later married Richard Smith and born to this union was Steve Smith. Richard brought with him a new daughter, Sandi Smith McCambridge.
Alice’s siblings include Marion Bybee, deceased, Verna Nelson, deceased, Roscoe Kress, deceased, (Alice Detzil Kress), Homer Kress (Betty) of American Falls, Ellis Woodrow Kress, deceased, Eugene Kress (Gayle Taysom Kress) of Rockland, and Rosaleah Kysar, deceased.
Many thanks to the employees of Harms Memorial Nursing Home for their kindness and everything they did for the seven years Alice resided there. We as a family will be ever grateful to you. Thanks so very much for the dear lady who was at Alice’s side in her passing.
Good Bye Alice, we as a family love and appreciate your kindness and caring for us. God Bless.
The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 656 Tyhee Avenue, American Falls, with a viewing one hour prior to service at the church. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary.
| Arthur “Art” Leo Jasman, 85, passed away on Sunday, July 29, 2007 in Sandpoint, ID.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, at the First Baptist Church, 1230 Michigan St., in Sandpoint.
He was born July 27, 1922 to parents William F. and Mary Kump Jasman on their dry farm at American Falls. He graduated from American Falls High School, at the age of 16, in 1939. He was trained and worked as an electrician in Pocatello and Portland until he was drafted into the Army in 1942 where he served in the Signal Corps in Okinawa and then in Korea during its occupation at the end of WW II. He was discharged in 1946 with the rank of master sergeant.
Art married M. Jean Dahle Aug. 23, 1947 in Aberdeen. The newlyweds moved to a farm on the Jewel Lake Road near Sagle, where they reared six children. Art and Jean farmed both in American Falls and Sagle for 18 years before selling the farm in American Falls.
Art was an area Vermeer hay equipment dealer for over 30 years. He was a community-minded person and served on many boards and task forces for local and regional organizations including the Co-op, Farm Home Administration, Bonner County School District, and others. He also served for 36 years as a board member for Northern Lights, Inc.
He is survived by his wife, Jean Jasman of Sagle; one son, Jim Jasman of Sagle; four daughters, Cynthia Jasman of Colbert, WA, Joyce (Paul) Sheley of Sagle, Linda (Mark) Bell of Sagle, and Lora (Christopher) Biermann of Newport, WA. Grandchildren include Naomi, Jessica, Stephanie, and Isaac Sheley; Lori Jasman; and Audra and Heidi Biermann. One sister, Helen Kress of American Falls, and two nephews Larry Kress and Lee (Judy) Kress also survive him.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Richard Jasman, two brothers Edward and Roland Jasman, and a sister, Marie Powell.
Family and friends are invited to sign Art’s online guest book and view his obituary at www.coffeltfuneral.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Coffelt Funeral Service in Sandpoint.
| Julia Victoria Beck, 86, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2007, at Harms Memorial Hospital in American Falls.
Julia was born March 11, 1921 in American Falls to William and Phoebe Jacobs. She had five brothers, Morris, Seth, Roy, Bennett and Paul, and two sisters, Ethel and Ruth.
Julia grew up in American Falls and Rockland. The family lived in old town American Falls and their home was moved to new town when the dam was build. She enjoyed going to the movies, dancing and swimming.
Julia met Maril L. Beck at a dance. They fell in love and were married Jan. 2, 1937. They were later sealed in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on Dec. 27, 1946. They had five children: Donald (Darlene) Beck, Santa Ana, CA; Loah (Von) Thompson, Salt Lake City, UT; Faye (Mike) Welch, Aberdeen; Victoria (Lorin) Lords, Lehi, UT; Connie (Brent) Cornforth, Aberdeen. They have 25 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
They farmed south of Aberdeen until 1960. They then sold the farm and moved to town, where they had more time to enjoy their hobbies. Julia was an avid quilter and seamstress. She loved to knit, crochet and scrapbook. She also wrote many poems, family histories, journals and did genealogy. Julia held many church callings, but her favorites were any that dealt with music. She had the opportunity to sing with a women’s choir in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on two occasions.
Julia was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, daughter Loah Thompson and great-grandson Stockton Welch.
The funeral was at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Aberdeen First Ward. Internment followed at the Aberdeen Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls.
| Judge Arnold Taylor Beebe passed away the 12th of August, 2007, in St. George, Utah.
Arnold was born July 20, 1921, in Blackfoot, Idaho, to C.S. and Ellen Taylor Beebe. He grew up and attended school in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Nampa, Idaho.
Arnold met Merle (Del) Beebe, the love of his life for 65 years, at Nampa High School, and they were married on January 25, 1942.
Arnold was a World War II U.S. Army veteran serving his country in the South Pacific. He attended Boise Junior College, the University of Illinois and was awarded a law degree from the University of Idaho, College of Law, in 1950. He practiced law in Canyon County, Idaho, and then in 1955 moved to Blackfoot, Idaho, and formed the law firm of Furchner, Anderson and Beebe.
He practiced law in Blackfoot until 1968, when the governor of Idaho appointed him a State District Court Judge in the 7th Judicial District with chambers in Blackfoot. Judge Beebe remained in that position until his retirement in 1986.
As Judge he held court in Blackfoot, Arco, Challis, and Salmon, Idaho, where he presided over many interesting trials and made many longtime friends. He was widely admired by lawyers and litigants alike as an incisive legal scholar and for his belief in justice under the rule of law, without fear or favor.
Arnold was an active sportsman and was a very accomplished golfer, winning many amateur tournaments in Eastern Idaho and maintaining a single-digit handicap until just before his death. He was instrumental in the development, construction, and facilitating and donation to the City of Blackfoot of what is now the Blackfoot Municipal Golf Course.
Arnold is survived by his wife, Del, of Blackfoot and St. George; sons, Stephen A. Beebe (Debra) of La Quinta, California, Judge Mark A. Beebe (Laurie) of American Falls, Idaho, Wynn R. Beebe (Sandi) of Blackfoot; and daughter, Joan K. Caywood of Nampa, Idaho. He has nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
As per Arnold’s wishes, cremation has occurred. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 25, at 11 a.m., at the Blackfoot Elks Lodge No. 1416.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), a volunteer organization representing abused and neglected children in child protection court proceedings, 836 Center Street, Pocatello, Idaho 83201, c/o Vicky Hadley, Director.
| Don Richard Zaring passed away in his home, surrounded by his loving children, on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007. He was born July 22, 1931 in American Falls, to Don Norman Zaring and Eura Leona Boyd.
He attended the University of Idaho and then enlisted in the Army.
He was married to Marcia Jean Hess on May 23, 1958.
He married Ardyth Loretta Martin on June 29, 1979. They resided in Layton, UT, until her death on Feb. 13, 2001. He then moved to Pleasant View, UT.
He was a Branch Chief at Hill Air Force Base for 30 years until his retirement at the young age of 56. He then spent his time camping, gardening and traveling.
He is survived by five children: Marc Zaring, Ogden, UT, Eric (Debi) Zaring, Kennewick, WA, Richard (Brooke) Zaring, Clinton, UT, Suzanne (Stan) Stradle, Hermiston, OR, Michael (Brenda) Martin, Liberty, UT, Cody (Marsha) Martin, South Ogden, UT; 21 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and sisters, Nancy Anderson and Alice Roy. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents and wife.
The viewing was held on Monday, Aug. 27, at 9 a.m. at Lindquist Mortuary, 2140 N Washington Blvd, North Ogden, UT. Funeral services followed immediately at 10 a.m. Graveside services were held at 4 p.m. at the Neeley Cemetery in American Falls.
The family has requested that memorial donations be made to Hospice at Intermountain Homecare, 3776 Wall Avenue, Ogden, UT 84404.
| Amanda E. Tuft died August 22, 2007 after a long illness. At the time of her death she was in the wonderful care of Harms Memorial Nursing Home.
Amanda was born November 25, 1923 in Lincoln, NE. In 1944 she married Claude C. Slater in San Francisco, CA. They raised their four children in the San Francisco Bay area of California.
After Claude’s death, Amanda married Forrest C. Tuft in 1986 and lived in Penn Valley, CA. Following Forrest’s death, Amanda moved to American Falls to be near her daughter.
Amanda is survived by her son, Thomas C. Slater (Deanna) of Redwood City, CA, her three daughters, Nancy J. Vignola of Milpitas, CA, Karen L. Coronado (Richard) of American Falls, ID, and Cheryl A. Powers (Ron) of Grass Valley, CA, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held for Amanda in September 2007 at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Colma, CA.
| Oct. 6, 1965 – Aug. 17, 2007
Troy Don Daniels, formerly of American Falls, died Friday, Aug. 17, 2007, near Seneca, OR. He was 41.
A celebration of his life was held at noon Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the Seneca City Hall. The service was officiated by Wayne Wilson and Ron Hazelton. A potluck reception followed.
Mr. Daniels was born Oct. 6, 1965, in American Falls, to Lyle Gene Daniels and Wanda (Slimp) Daniels. He attended American Falls High School.
On April 3, 1988, Mr. Daniels became the father to a baby girl, Tiffany, with Tammie Larraine Wilson. They were married on Sept. 4, 1988.
Mr. Daniels was employed as a forklift driver at Malheur Lumber. He was a volunteer firefighter for the Seneca Fire Department.
He loved fishing and spending time with family and friends. He also enjoyed hunting, being outdoors, woodworking, old cars and welding.
Mr. Daniels is survived by his wife, Tammie Daniels of Seneca; daughter, Tiffany, also of Seneca; mother, Wanda (Slimp) Reynolds of Aberdeen; grandmother, Jessie Brown of McCammon; father, Lyle Gene Daniels, and stepmother, Martha, of Columbia, SC; sister, Schounna Daniels of Douglasville, GA; father- and mother-in-law, Warren and Louise Wilson of Seneca; sister-in-law, Teresa Chaffee, and her husband, Brandon, of Richland; brothers-in-law, Wayne Wilson, and his wife, Rhonda, of Seneca; Steve Wilson and his wife, Rhonda, of Burns, OR; Arley Wilson, and his wife, Tiffany, of Nampa; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lyle and Dolores Daniels.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Troy Daniels Memorial Fund through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.