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Obituaries - March 2007

Dwayne L. Ralphs
ABERDEEN – Dwayne L. Ralphs returned to his Heavenly Father, Monday, Feb. 26, 2007 in Las Vegas, NV. He was born July 10, 1923 in Superior, WY, to Leonard T. and Marie Thorpe Ralphs. His early years were spent in Superior, Ogden, UT and Rockland. In high school he was active in sports and music. His family moved to Aberdeen, where they operated the Western Auto Store.
Dwayne served in World War II as a navigator in the Air Force. He married Gayle Oliver in Santa Ana, CA. while he was on leave. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. After the war they lived in Salt Lake City, where Dwayne received more schooling. They returned to Aberdeen and Dwayne worked with his father in the store where he was a television repairman. Dwayne later purchased the store and worked there for several years until he became a carrier with the postal service. He loved visiting with people and their animals on his route. After retirement he spent several years in Aberdeen. He lived for a short time at the Gables in Idaho Falls and then went to Las Vegas with his son.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gayle; his daughter, Susan Rehmeier; and an infant sister, Lois Gene. He is survived by his son, Randy (Kim) of Las Vegas, NV; four grandchildren; brothers, Lloyd T. (Thelma) of Blackfoot, Roger T. (Joan) of Iona and sister, Norma (Richard) Nielson of Leamington, UT; and many nieces and nephews.
The funeral service was held at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 3, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Aberdeen Third Ward, with Bishop Garn Lovell conducting. The visitation was from 11:45 to 12:45 at the church, prior to the service. Interment followed at the Aberdeen Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls.

R.C. Rube Mayer
R.C. “Rube” Mayer passed away Friday, March 9, 2007 at his home in Twin Falls, Idaho.
He was born March 10, 1928 in Aberdeen. Shortly thereafter, his parents moved to American Falls, where he attended school and graduated from American Falls High School. He attended Idaho State University for two years, and while there, ran a very popular dance band. He started to work for Boise Payette at the age of 14. He worked his way up from yard boy to auditing and management. He was with Boise Payette for 21 years, working in American Falls, Pocatello, Twin Falls, Mountain Home, Greeley, CO, and Sunnyside, WA.
He moved to Twin Falls to be closer to his family and managed Anderson Lumber for the next 15 years. He then went to work for Volco, Jerome, as estimator and contractor sales for 13 years. Rube retired from the lumber business at the age of 63. He then went to work for Mayer Appraisal, Home Inspection, and Property Management, where he worked until his death.
He is survived by his wife Margareta of 58 years. He is also survived by his daughter, Marla Egbert of American Falls, grandson Kevin and granddaughter Karen; daughter, Marlene (Brad) Kelsch of Libby, MT, granddaughters, Kelli and Cortney; his son, Mac R. (Dianne) Mayer and five step-grandchildren; brother Ronald (Alice) Mayer of American Falls, two nephews, John and Ron Jr.; nephew, Chris Hutchison, Boise. He was preceded in death by son-in-law Jim Egbert; sister and brother-in-law, Henrietta and Don Hutchison.
Funeral services will be held Friday, March 16, at 10 a.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church with Pastor Dan Rieke officiating. Interment will be held following services at the Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery in Twin Falls. Friends may call Thursday, March 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Rube’s name to the Our Savior Lutheran Church in Twin Falls.
All services and arrangements are under the direction of the Parke’s Magic Valley Funeral Home of Twin Falls.

Allen W. Crea
Allen Wayne Crea of American Falls died Friday, March 9, 2007 in Idaho Falls.
At the family’s request no services will held. Inurnment will be in the Fallsview Cemetery in American Falls.
Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St., American Falls.

Beverly Martin
Beverly Je’Anne Wright Martin, 72 of American Falls, died Sunday, March 11, 2007 at the Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello.
Beverly was born in Wenatchee, WA, on July 3, 1934. She moved to Idaho and was employed by Lamb Weston.
On November 18, 1976 she married Tom Martin. Beverly was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was a good friend to many and willingly helped them in many ways. She enjoyed cooking, crocheting, gardening, canning and having fun. She especially enjoyed her pets.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Martin, and her parents. She is survived by her step-children.
The graveside service with inurnment was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, at the Fallsview Cemetery with Bishop Jerry Hubbs conducting. The funeral arrangements were under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street in American Falls.

Kenneth Misenhimer
Kenneth Howard Misenhimer, 65 of Aberdeen, died Monday, March 12, 2007 at the Power County Nursing Home in American Falls.
He was born on May 30, 1941 to William Howard and Golda Mae Tubbs Misenhimer. He married Charlotte Isabelle Bloomquist on July 15, 1977 in Twin Falls, ID.
He is survived by his mother, Golda of American Falls; two daughters, Keri (Jose) Cardona, Las Cruces, NM, Kristena Carter of Twin Falls; grandson Daniel Cottem, granddaughter Cara (Brandon) Munk, Logan, UT; three brothers, Dee (Connie) Misenhimer of Filer, ID, Larry (Pat) Misenhimer of American Falls, Dallas Misenhimer of Texas; and Valora Spackman of Idaho Falls; and many aunts and uncles.
The graveside service was held at 11 a.m., on Friday, March 16, at the Aberdeen Cemetery with Bishop Russ Barrus conducting. The visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 15, at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street in American Falls.
He lived a simple, but a happy life.

Susan Nash
1959 – 2007 Susan Nash, age 47, passed away Thursday, March 8, 2007 in North Salt Lake, UT. She was born July 18, 1959 in American Falls.
Susan was an active member of the LDS Church. She served a mission in Kentucky and in many other church callings.
She attended schools in American Falls and Aberdeen, Ricks College, Idaho State University and received her Masters of Science in Geological Engineering at the University of Idaho.
She taught school in Port Townsend, WA, worked at Smokey Canyon Mine as a Geological Engineer in Afton, WY, and for the LDS Church in the Water Resource Department.
Susan enjoyed traveling, camping, hiking, reading, and family reunions.
She is survived by her parents Virl Hone and Barbara Roe Nash, Aberdeen; Brent Nash (Patricia), Salt Lake City; Gayleen Chandler, Pocatello; Glenda Evans (David), Salt Lake City; Blair Nash (Sheryl), Roseburg, OR; Peggy Lowder (Ronnie), Aberdeen; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a brother Blake and a brother-in-law Leroy Chandler and a nephew Brian Nash.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 13, at 10 a.m., at the Foxboro 2nd Ward, 875 Foxboro Drive, North Salt Lake. Graveside service was held in the Aberdeen Cemetery at 4:30 p.m.

Edna Ransom
Edna Jessie (Honess) Ransom, 101, died of natural causes Friday, March 16, 2007. She was under the care of Lincoln Court Assisted Living Service and Hands of Hope Hospice.
Edna was born Aug. 10, 1905, in a log cabin at Ashton, ID, to John Franklin Honess and Jessie Mina (Bowlby) Honess. She was a member of the Aberdeen Methodist Church.
Edna’s early years were spent at Black Springs near Ashton. She graduated from Ashton High School, attended Idaho State University and the University of Wyoming, where she earned her teaching credentials. She initially taught school at Ora, near Ashton, and at Riverdale near Idaho Falls.
While teaching at Riverdale she met her husband to be, Harvey E. Ransom, and they were married at King Hill, ID, on June 3, 1931 where they farmed.
During the depression years they returned to Idaho Falls. Her husband went to work for the State of Idaho as a “Potato Inspector” and Edna worked at a variety of jobs.
In 1942 the family moved to Aberdeen, where Edna resumed her career as a teacher and she taught the sixth grade for 25 years. Both Edna and her husband retired in 1970 and remained in Aberdeen until Harvey passed away in 1984. Edna then moved to Idaho Falls to be near family. When he left in 1990 she returned to Aberdeen and lived at the Aberdeen Senior Housing until July of 2003 at which time she moved to Lincoln Court in Idaho Falls.
Edna lived virtually all of her life in the Snake River Valley and never tired of the terrain or the people. In addition to her work outside the home, she still found time for many hobbies, was an immaculate housekeeper, and a great mentor to her children.
Survivors include a sister Mary LuAnna Swain, Baghdad, AZ; a son Victor H. Ransom, West Lafayette, IN; a daughter Mary Ann Ervin, Redmond, WA; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
The memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, at the United Methodist in Aberdeen, with Pastor Marcie Collins officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Aberdeen Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls.
Condolences may be emailed to the family at

Verna C. Harris
Verna C. Harris, 86, passed away Thursday, March 15, 2007 at the Syringa Chalet.
She was born Jan. 3, 1921 in Thomas, ID, to Elmer William and Charlotte Crystal Cobbley. Verna has lived her entire life in Bingham County, mostly in Springfield and Pingree, and just the last few years moved to Blackfoot. She received her education at Thomas.
On Aug. 24, 1936 she married Leland Wilmer Harris in Idaho Falls. Their marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple in 1959. He preceded her in death on March 25, 1999.
She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in various callings including dance director, which she loved and enjoyed.
Verna drove school bus for 19 years and helped with the family dairy.
Her hobbies were crocheting and embroidery. She also loved the time she and Lee spent square dancing and ballroom dancing.
She is survived by her son, Ricky W. (Shirley) Harris of Chubbuck, ID; two daughters, Dixie Lee (Charlie) Huber of Post Falls, ID and LaVerne Ellen (James) Parkinson of Blackfoot; one brother, James Cobbley; one sister, Donna Jean Behrend; 11 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Leland; her parents; three brothers, Myron Elmer, Harold Julian and Max Robert Cobbley; and five sisters, Lila Adams, Frances Cobbley, Mildred LaVern Thompson, Fern Hamilton, and Melba Jane Farrar.
A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 19, at the Lakeview LDS Chapel with Bishop Dennis Thurston conducting. The family met with friends and relatives from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at Hawker Funeral Home and again for one hour prior to services at the church.
Interment was in the Riverside-Thomas Cemetery.

Verna’s family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to all of the staff at Syringa Chalet for the compassionate and loving care they gave to their mother.

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