Obituaries - January 2007
Jordin William Hawley, 11, of Sterling, received his angel wings on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2006, following a courageous and dignified four-year battle with brain cancer. His final days and moments were spent at his home, surrounded by his family and friends, who Jordin had touched in some way during his time with us.
Jordin was born Feb. 11, 1995 in Pocatello, to Arden William and Michelle Lynn Hawley. He lived most of his life in Sterling and attended school in Aberdeen. Jordin was currently in the sixth grade.
Jordin liked all sports, but he especially excelled in wrestling where he earned many medals in the years prior to his diagnosis. He was an avid hot wheels collector and loved his large collection of “singing hamsters”. Jordin had a fascination for dinosaurs and could name nearly every one, including their size, diet and period they lived in. Jordin was an avid music lover; he enjoyed all types, but especially his many Kids Bop CDs. He loved to draw pictures and make cards for friends and family. Jordin enjoyed playing cards, especially a round of Uno or poker with his grandpa’s. Jordin had an incredible sense of humor; he loved telling and playing jokes. Jordin had an amazing spirit and knew no strangers or enemies. He openly loved and befriended everyone he met. He had a huge heart and unending desire to share with others. Jordin possessed a tremendous optimism and never complained about his struggles.
Jordin leaves behind many wonderful caregivers who have provided love and support along with exceptional medical care. Dr. McInturff, Dr. Jensen and the rest of the staff at Pocatello Children’s Clinic, the entire sixth floor nursing staff at Portneuf Hospital, as well as the radiography and lab technicians who have shown such caring and compassion to Jordin throughout his fight.
He is survived by his parents, Arden and Michelle Hawley; a sister, Taylor Hawley (9); grandparents, Don and Kate Jolley, all of Sterling; David and Cindy Kosanke of Salt Lake City, UT; Gerry Hawley of Atomic City, ID; great-grandparents, Leonard Jolley of Sterling, Marcella Nelson of American Falls, and Bill Frew, of Howe, ID; uncles Sean and Bryan Jolley of Sterling, and Sabin Hawley of Blackfoot; Aunt Serrina (Steve) Slay of Blackfoot.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Forrest Hawley, and great-grandmother, Melva Jolley.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007 at the Lakeview LDS Chapel with Bishop Dennis Thurston conducting. The family met with friends and relatives from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1, at the Hawker Funeral Home and again for one hour prior to services at the church.
Interment was in the Springfield Cemetery.
Thomas G. “Tim” Rowe Jr., 83, Pocatello, loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and caring friend passed away at a local assisted living facility on Monday, Dec 25, 2006.
Tim was born in American Falls on May 5, 1923 to Thomas Griffen Rowe and Lila Farnham Rowe. Tim was the fifth child in a family with six sons and three daughters. He attended grades 1 through 12 in American Falls graduating with the class of 1941.
After graduation Tim moved to Pocatello and went to work as an apprentice at American Optical to learn the trade as an optician.
When World War II broke out he put his training as well as his romance with the gal that would become the love of his life on hold and joined the Army. He went to boot camp and then on to a medical facility in Texas for training as a surgical technician. Then he was off to Europe where he spent a year and a half on the move with field hospitals aiding his injured Comrades.
When the war ended Tim returned to Pocatello and his training at American Optical but the icing on the cake was returning to the special girl he’d left behind, Donna Ray. Tim and Donna were married on July 9, 1945. They settled in Pocatello, had two sons and spent the next 60 years together.
Tim loved spending time with his boys as well as other youngsters. He coached Little and Pony League Baseball for ten years, and worked with the Boy Scout program. Tim loved working in his yard and always grew a large and abundant garden, the fruits of which were shared with his family and neighbors. He also enjoyed camping and fishing. When the boys were young nearly every Friday night the old family car was loaded down with camping gear, the Rowe family as well as other extended family members and they headed off to the Antelope Valley or the Lost River Range to fish. Tim and Donna later spent a good deal of time in Mackay with family and good friends enjoying the out of doors, camping, fishing and on occasion a fun evening of dancing at Kens or Perks.
Tim was a life member of the VFW. For years he was a very active member of local VFW Post 735. He served in most offices as well as serving one year as Post Commander. In 1976 he was honored as Mr. VFW for the state of Idaho.
Tim was known as one of the best opticians in Pocatello. He worked with Dr. William Clothier dispensing eyeglasses for nearly 35 years. Tim was preceded in death by his wife, Donna; his parents; three brothers, Darell, Robert “Bob”, Todd; and one sister, Dorthy Bull.
He’s survived by his two sons, Timmy (Jackie) Pocatello, Roger (Wendy) Pocatello;
five grandchildren, Faith Murphy, Stephanie (Cliff) Bunn, Trent Rowe, Bobette Rowe, and Trever (Toni) Cantrell; and five great-grandchildren, all of Pocatello; two sisters, Jean Leydet of Mountain Home, and Bettie Cox of Pocatello; two brothers, Jerry, Pocatello, and Roger Dean, Puyallup WA.
At Tim’s request cremation has been completed. No public service will be held. He asked instead that each of you take a moment and remember a fun time you shared together.
Arrangements are under the direction of Cornelison~Henderson Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello.
Velma K. Schell, 84, of American Falls was called home by her Father in Heaven on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006, at her daughter’s home in Pocatello.
She was born March 30, 1922, in Aberdeen, the daughter of George and Katherine Koop Funk. She spent her early years in the Aberdeen area.
She married Paul P. Schell, Oct. 3, 1944 in Aberdeen. Paul passed away Dec. 30, 1960.
She started working at Lamb Weston in 1961 to provide for her family. Velma worked there until her retirement in 1989. After her retirement she worked as a Foster Grandmother at Hillcrest Elementary in American Falls. She loved the children and enjoyed working with them. In 2001, her health forced her to stop working, but she always talked about how she deeply loved the children. In her youth she had wanted to become a teacher, so this fulfilled her dream.
Velma’s greatest joy was spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed the outdoors and spent many hours in the summer working in her garden. Her garden was filled with flowers that she loved. She enjoyed talking and being with her friends. She loved to bake cookies and bread and make candy for her family and friends during the holidays.
Velma is very much loved by her family and friends and will be deeply missed, but is now in a better place free from any pain. Her cheerful smile and laugh will not be forgotten.
Velma is survived by two sons and three daughters, Jerry (Peggy) Schell of Lyman, WY, Marc Schell, Blackfoot, Theresa (Bob) Carter of Pocatello, Gayleene (Robert) Hayes of Clarkston, WA and Denise Schell of Elko, NV. She was also blessed with eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband and parents, one brother, one granddaughter and one great-grandson.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Dec. 30, at 11 a.m. at the American Falls Congregational Church. A viewing was held at 10 a.m. prior to the service. Interment was at Fallsview Cemetery following the service. Services were under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary.
Alma P. Requa left her family and friends on Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, at her home in American Falls, to meet her Heavenly Father and Savior. Alma, the third of nine children, was born Sept. 16, 1925, in McIntosh, SD, to John and Emma Riedlinger, and moved to Idaho in 1936. She attended public schools in Minidoka County.
In 1946, Alma met and married Erwin Hornbacher and moved to American Falls, where they lived, worked and raised three children on the family farm. In 1986 Alma met and married Lewis P. Requa. She enjoyed her volunteer work at the Senior Citizens Center in American Falls and enjoyed her association with all the seniors who came to visit. She also enjoyed reading and gardening. She was a member of the American Falls Congregational Church, where she taught Sunday School and served as the Women’s Fellowship president for many years.
Alma is survived by her three children, Henry (Rose) Hornbacher of American Falls; Phyllis (Gene) Bennett of Rigby; and Albert (Annette) Hornbacher of Jerome; four grandsons, Andrew Hornbacher (Wendell); Matthew Hornbacher (American Falls); David (Karrie) Hornbacher (Twin Falls); and Benjamin Hornbacher (Jerome); two brothers Otto Riedlinger and Herbert Riedlinger; and four sisters Lorena Comstock, Alvina Praegitzer, Christina Jennings and Caroline Davis, all who reside in Minidoka County. Alma was preceded in death by two sisters, Leona Connor and Betty Jennings.
A public viewing will be held Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m., at the American Falls Congregational Church prior to the funeral service at 2 p.m.
A memorial contribution to the American Falls Congregational Church in Alma’s name would be acceptable in lieu of flowers.
Doris A. Vieira 86, of American Falls, died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007 at the Portneuf Regional Medical Center, Pocatello.
She was born April 30, 1920 in Mendocino, CA, to James and Edith Seargant Cruttenden. She married John Costa on March 1, 1938 and they had two daughters, Edith and Alois. They later divorced. She married Louis Vieira in 1953 and divorced many years later.
Doris loved people, reading, crocheting, and at one time she enjoyed deer hunting. She enjoyed her dog Peaches and the companionship of caring for him. Doris dearly loved her friends.
She is survived by her two daughters, Edith (Lane) Foster and Alois (Gordan) Boswell; four grandchildren, Rick Foster, Dee Foster, Anthony Gonzales and Ameila Henrie; eight great-grandchildren, Alix, Ryan, Chase, Brae, Nathon, Keighlie, Emma and Eric.
The funeral service will be held Thursday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m. at the Power House Fellowship, 3315 Rock Creek Rd., American Falls with Pastor Steve Isaak officiating. The visitation will be Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St., American Falls and one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials may be made in memory of Doris to the Idaho Youth Ranch, PO Box 3538, Boise, ID 83707-9921.
Mom, you will always be in our hearts and love you very much.
Kathie Jeannine Nelson Seamons passed away peacefully in her husband’s arms on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007, at her home in Layton, UT. Jeannine was born Oct. 27, 1947 in San Francisco, CA, the first child of Kathryne Dewey and Clifford Nelson.
Jeannine’s positive influence was felt by all those who knew her. She lived by her motto, Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father and her oldest daughter, Melonie. She is survived by her husband, Wayne; her children, Jared (Tiffany), Leo (Helena), Tracy (Devin), Clint (Brandie), Amanda (Eric), Tamra (Rasheed), Danielle (Mike); 17 grandchildren; one great-grandson; her two brothers, Cliff and Ed; four step-siblings and her step-mother Glenna.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 11 a.m. at the Angel Crossing LDS Ward Chapel, 505 S. 1000 W., Layton, UT, with a viewing prior to the funeral from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Funeral services are under the direction of Myers Mortuary, Layton, UT.
Interment will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11, at the Hagerman Valley Cemetery, Hagerman, ID. You may send condolences to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com.
Allen E. “Doodle” Hunt, a 79-year-old resident of Burley, died Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007, at his home.
Allen was born Sept. 27, 1927, in American Falls, the son of Merlin and Ella Nora Allen Hunt. His early life was spent on his parents’ cattle ranch at Lake Channel. When Allen was a small child, he gave himself the nickname, “Doodle,” and it has stuck to this day. He spent many an hour herding cattle and it was here he learned to love horses.
His love for rodeo was influenced by his father, Merle, who during the summer traveled the rodeo circuit as a saddle bronc rider. At the age of 12, Allen began his rodeo career at Cody, WY, traveling the rodeo circuit with his father and brothers. When Allen turned 18, he enlisted in the United States Army, serving with the U.S. Calvary. When he returned from the Army, he worked the family ranch at Lake Channel, and Allen continued with the rodeo circuit, winning many awards in bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, and bull dogging. An accident severing three fingers from his right hand prevented him from competing in any roping events.
Allen met and married Twylla Glorfield in 1949, and farmed south of Burley, until he was thrown from a saddle bronc at a rodeo in Wells, NV. The injuries resulting from this accident made him incapable of participating in rodeos and farming anymore, so Allen got his real estate and insurance license while Twylla went back to school and received a degree in education. Allen and Twylla spent most of their time at their home in Burley, enjoying their family.
He is survived by his wife, Twylla of Burley; four children, Dawn (Bruce) Beck and Allen B. (Debbie) Hunt, both of Burley, Tim (Debi) Hunt of Jerome, and Terry (Jana) Hunt of Aurora, CO; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Aleta (Lonnie) Stringham of Oakley; and one brother, Merlin Jefferson “Jay” Hunt of Bountiful, UT.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Geraldine Hunt; and one brother, Pons Day “Pete” Hunt.
The funeral was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Burley West Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2420 Parke Ave., with Bishop Brian Barlow officiating. Burial was in Pleasant View Cemetery with military rites accorded by the Mini-Cassia Veterans.
Friends called from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday at Rasmussen Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., Burley, and from 10 until 10:40 a.m. Tuesday at the church.
David Jay Hunter left this earth for that great roundup above on Monday, Jan. 15, 2007. Jay, as he was known to all who were near and dear to him, arrived in this world on May 14, 1945. He was the second son and fifth child of David E. Hunter and Josephine Ashton Hunter. He was raised and educated in Rockland, where he excelled in sports and graduated from high school. Upon graduation he joined the Idaho Air National Guard in Boise and served for nine years. Jay was very proud of his years in the guard.
On Sept. 3, 1966, he married the love of his life, Alice F. Mauch in American Falls, and they were blessed with two sons and a daughter.
Jay worked for the Ralphs brothers in Rockland for several years, then moved to American Falls, where he was employed by Webb Tractor, then Falls Tractor. From there he became a service representative for Allis Chalmers Corp. for ten years. After that he spent five years working for the Power County Highway District. It was during this time that he was a volunteer for the American Falls Fire Department and the Power County Search and Rescue.
In 1990, Jay took a job with Kubota Tractor Corp. and moved his family to Sandy, OR. They lived there until September 2006 when they returned to Idaho due to Jay’s health.
Jay was known for his honesty and dedication to whatever he set out to do. He also had a great love of horses and the great outdoors. Some of the family’s best times were spent camping and snowmobiling.
He leaves behind his loving wife, Alice; sons, David Shane (Colleen) Hunter of Portland, OR and Todd (Stephanie) Hunter of Pocatello; daughter, Sara (Mike) Barlow of Mather, CA. He also leaves behind Grandpa Jay’s girls, his eight beautiful granddaughters, his brothers, Lynn (Karen) Hunter of Rockland, Danny (Cheryl) Hunter of Blackfoot, and sisters Donna (Ron) Carbino of El Cajon, CA and Nadine (Steve) Bastian of Preston, ID. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Laverl Ralphs.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Assembly of God, 329 Harrison Ave., American Falls. The visitation will be Wednesday, Jan. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St., American Falls and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Interment will be in the Valley View Cemetery in Rockland.
Emma Renfro of American Falls, died Friday, Jan. 12, 2007 at the Power County Nursing Home.
On Dec. 16, 1940, a beautiful baby girl named Emma was born to George and Lucetta Turner in American Falls. She grew up in Springfield, ID, by the lake. Emma began school in Springfield and later finished her schooling at Aberdeen High School. Emma always loved helping and working with her dad in the cellar and driving truck. Emma also loved baton twirling, performing and was very active at her school. Following high school she attended Link’s Business School in Boise, ID, obtaining her degree in business. Upon graduating from Link’s Business School she began working at First Security Bank, where she worked for 32 years before retiring.
Emma met the man of her dreams, Horace A. Renfro Sr., and they were married Jan. 20, 1962. Over the next five years Emma was blessed with three children, Horace Jr., Shelley and Emma P. On April 27, 1974, she was sealed to her husband and children for time and all eternity in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.
Emma had 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren whom she loved and cherished with all her heart.
Emma enjoyed spending time with her family camping, taking one day shopping trips and taking family vacations. She loved to crochet, quilt, cross-stitch and paint crafts. Emma was also an avid collector of stuffed animals.
Emma is survived by her husband, Horace Sr.; children, Horace Jr. (Gayla), Shelley (Gary), and Emma P. (Bret); ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one sister, Leola Line.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; three sisters; and one grandchild.
Emma was loved by many and will be missed by all.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 15, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 650 Pocatello Avenue, American Falls Third Ward, with Bishop Michael Crockett conducting. The visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 14, at Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls and Monday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at the church prior to the service.
Marcella Nelson, age 89, longtime Aberdeen resident, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007 at the Harms Memorial Nursing Home.
Marcella was born April 27, 1917, on the family farm in Guckeen, Minnesota to Alfred and Blandina Kennedy Shea. She attended school and graduated from Fairmont High School in Fairmont, Minnesota.
Marcella moved west to Idaho in 1939 settling in Aberdeen. She began working at Dvorak Drug shortly after arriving and continued to work at “The Drug Store” for Dvorak’s, Frank Wallace and Dwight Wallace until she retired in 1992. She will long be remembered as the sweet little lady at the Drug Store.
Marcella met her soul mate Roland “Dutch” Nelson shortly after her arrival in Aberdeen and they were married March 8, 1948 after he returned from the war. Dutch and Marcella farmed in the Aberdeen area until Dutch unexpectedly passed away in February, 1964. Marcella continued to run the farm, while raising two children, and working at the drug store for several years. She eventually sold the farm and moved into town.
Marcella was a devoted member of The Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. She served numerous positions in the Catholic Ladies Altar Society. She was proud to have been involved in preparing and serving hundreds of funeral luncheons. She was a member of Aberdeen American Legion Auxiliary and the Farm Bureau Association.
Marcella loved to cook and would often prepare meals for the satisfaction of doing it. She would then call Kathleen to bring her family over because “I’ve got all this food and don’t know what to do with it”. She had a terrific sense of humor and was still making her family laugh right up to the end. She thoroughly enjoyed a good laugh.
Marcella is survived by a son James R. Nelson of Las Vegas, NV, a daughter, Kathleen (Don) Jolley of Sterling, ID, granddaughter, Michelle Hawley, grandsons Sean Jolley and Bryan Jolley and great-granddaughter Taylor Hawley, all of Sterling. She was preceded in death by her parents and all five sisters in Minnesota, the love of her life Roland “Dutch” Nelson and great-grandson Jordin Hawley.
Marcella lived for those she loved and those she loved will always remember. She touched the hearts of all who knew her and the memories she left will long be treasured.
The Funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday, Jan. 26, at the Presentation of the Lord Catholic Church, Blessed Sacrament Chapel with Fr. Jorge Garcia as Celebrant. The Rosary service was held on Thursday, Jan. 25, at the church. Interment was in the Aberdeen Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St., American Falls.
Helen Madeline McCool Brewington, 98, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007 in Albuquerque NM. She was born Jan. 8, 1909, in Emmett, ID, the daughter of Hulda and Robert McCool.
She attended school in Emmett and then went to Lewiston Normal School, Lewiston, ID, to become an elementary school teacher. She first taught in one room schools where the children would arrive to school on horseback. She also taught in Aberdeen, where she met the love of her life, George Brewington. They were married Nov. 20, 1942. She loved to teach and taught GED math courses in her retirement to adults pursing a GED. She also loved to tutor children in reading.
Helen was known for her wonderful sense of humor and always finding the positive in others. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and a great role model for her family and all who knew her.
She attended Aberdeen Presbyterian and Methodist churches. She was a devout Christian.
She moved to Albuquerque in 2001 to be closer to her daughter. She lived in a senior care residential center with seven other women. She was nicknamed the “cheerleader” at this facility because she always found the positive in others. She played the piano and had the other women sing-along. She maintained her sense of humor and continued to eat candy up to her death. She lost her own mother when she was 26 years old and often said that “Not a day goes by that I don’t think of my mother”. She leaves that legacy for family and friends in that we will miss her and think of her daily.
She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers and one sister, her husband, George and two grandchildren.
Survivors include her three children, Jim (Eileen) of New Jersey, Nancy (Bob) of Vancouver, WA and Mary Ann (Ed) of Albuquerque, NM; grandchildren, Wendy (Jack) of Butte, MT, George of San Francisco, CA, Monica (Patrick) of New Jersey and Sara (Dan) of Portland, OR. She is also survived five great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m. at the Aberdeen Methodist Church. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow at the Aberdeen Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls.