OBITUARIES - May 2007
| Francis “Frank” Ernest White Jr., 75, of American Falls, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2007 at his home.
At his request there will be no services, but friends are welcome to contact the family directly to share condolences. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St., American Falls.
| Esther Alvera Wetzel, 93, longtime resident of American Falls, died on Monday, April 23, 2007, with her son Robert and wife Marilyn by her side.
Esther was born on May 27, 1913 at Tuttle, ND, to Edwin August Newton and Ada Olena Anderson Newton. She was baptized June 22, 1913 at the English Lutheran Church. Most of her early life was spent in North Dakota, except for five or six years in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Esther had six brothers and five sisters, one sister died in infancy. She married August Wetzel Nov. 20, 1936 in Steele, ND. The couple left North Dakota and headed west in the fall of 1940. They stopped in American Falls to visit relatives and soon made American Falls their home for life.
They had one son, Robert. Esther was active in the Methodist and Congregational Churches. She was a member of the Rebecca Lodge and was a Pink Lady. She loved her yard, garden, flowers, and her family.
Esther is survived by her son Robert (Marilyn) Wetzel; grandsons, Rob and Kyle; great-granddaughter Brittni; brother, Edward (Rosella) Newton; sisters, Ruth Stark and Irene Johnson; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband August, five brothers and three sisters. The graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Fallsview Cemetery in American Falls. The visitation was Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St. in American Falls.
Howard Daniel Butner, Jr., 40, a life long resident of Power County passed peacefully away Wednesday, April 25, 2007 in Chubbuck, Idaho.
Howard was born April 27, 1966 at Harms Memorial Hospital in American Falls. He graduated in 1984 from Rockland High School where he excelled in football, track and basketball.
After graduating he worked at the Rockland gas station for several years. He then began farming south of Rockland for Steve Benson who he loved and enjoyed working for.
Howard loved working on cars, and would help anyone that needed it. He was a special spirit that gave without thinking of himself.
He is survived by his mother, Doris Suffridge of Pocatello, father, Howard Butner, Sr. of American Falls, brothers, Joseph and John Butner, sisters, Laurie and Mary Butner and numerous nieces and nephews. He was loved and will be missed.
The graveside services will be held at the Fallsview Cemetery in American Falls on Wednesday, May 2, 2007 at 11 a.m. with FR. Jorge Garcia officiating.
The family has asked that memorial contributions be made to Davis-Rose Mortuary, P O Box 413, American Falls, ID 83211-0413 to help with the funeral expenses.
Delphia M. Thomas of Bellingham, WA, passed away Tuesday, April 24, 2007.
She was born Nov. 20, 1917 to John P. and Malvina Mehlhaff. She married Avery Thomas in 1938. He predeceased her.
Survivors include her son, J. Michael Thomas of Bellingham; her daughter, Linda S. Iverson of Fort Collins, CO; two granddaughters, Kelly Iverson of Portland and Julie Bergsten of Vail, CO; three great-grandchildren; brother, John C. Mehlhaff of American Falls; and sister, Colleen Matson of Pocatello.
Blaine Lee “Buford” Smith of American Falls, died Sunday, April 29, 2007 at his home. He was born on Nov. 3, 1935 in Rexburg, ID, the son of Ida Allgood and Leland Blaine Smith.
Blaine married Colleen Tubbs. They later divorced. He later married Kathy Worthington and they divorced.
He loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting and camping. He especially enjoyed being with his friends.
Blaine is survived by two daughters, Debbie Phelps of Pocatello and Kim (Ron) Allen of Moreland. He has four grandchildren, Marie Acuna, Robert Phelps, D.J. Allen, Hailey Newhouse; and eight great-grandchildren. His parents preceded him in death.
Friends were invited to have one on Buford at Freddies Roadhouse on Friday, May 4, from 4 p.m. to ?.
The family will have a graveside service with inurnment on a later date at the Wilford Cemetery in Wilford, ID.
Afton Sylvia Wolfenbarger died Friday, May 4, 2007 at Portneuf Care Center in Pocatello.
Afton was born Jan. 11, 1920, the eldest child of James W. and Myrtle Allen Christensen in American Falls. Afton was educated in American Falls, graduating from AFHS in 1939.
She married Floyd Eugene Wolfenbarger July 10, 1938. To this union were born seven children. Afton was a homemaker until her children were older. She worked at Lamb-Weston, for the Power County Sheriff’s Office and ended her career in the Magistrate Judge’s offices in 1982.
Afton was an accomplished pianist. Floyd and Afton played with their band, The Idaho Rustlers, at many area dances and performed on KSEI Radio in the 30’s and 40’s.
Afton is survived by her children: Evva (Jerry) Stubbs, Robert and Lyla Wolfenbarger, Dennis and Cindy Wolfenbarger, Richard and Lori Wolfenbarger, Vicki (Rick) Mendisabal and David Wolfenbarger. She leaves many grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son Michael, her sister Laura Mae and brothers James and Earl. She is survived by her sisters Betsy Nichol and Nelda Nartker.
Funeral services were Tuesday, May 8, at 11 a.m. with a viewing at 10 a.m. at the LDS Chapel on Pocatello Avenue in American Falls. She will be interred in the family plot in the Neeley Cemetery. Services will be conducted by Bishop Michael Crockett.
We thank the caring staff at the Portneuf Care Center during her final years. The funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary.
| Ethel T. Westover, 92, of Aberdeen, passed away Sunday, May 20, 2007 at Hillcrest Haven in Pocatello, ID.
She was born Sept. 13, 1914 in South Weber, UT, to George Seaman and Charlotte Earl Taggart. She is a lifetime resident of the Aberdeen area. She attended school in Grandview and Springfield, graduating from Aberdeen High School in 1933.
She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She served in many auxiliaries and capacities, including teaching, music and a temple worker in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. She and her husband served a mission in the Tempe, AZ Mission.
On April 4, 1935 she married Ferrell Eugene Westover in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. Ferrell preceded her in death on Nov. 4, 2004.
Ethel was a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.
She worked for J.R. Simplot Co. in Aberdeen for 13 years and worked during harvest for the Vanderfords.
She was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed quilting, crocheting, needle point, fishing and camping. She especially loved the times spent with family and watching her grandchildren in their activities.
Ethel is survived by her children, Howard Eugene Westover of Aberdeen; Barry Earl (Dawn) Westover of Marysville, WA; Sheila (Garth) Hanson of Provo, UT; Dora Anne (Lynn) Rowbury of Aberdeen; Madge (Richard) Lindsay of Blackfoot; Carla Yancey of Highland, UT; Vicki (Randy) Gamble of Aberdeen; 33 grandchildren, 86 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ferrell, a son, Keith LeVoy, her parents, a brother, Earl, and a sister, Mary.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 25, at the Aberdeen LDS Chapel with Bishop Val Wahlen conducting. The family will meet with friends and relatives for one hour prior to services at the church.
Interment will be in the Aberdeen Cemetery.
Andrew Stavast, 90, of Pocatello, passed away at home on Sunday, May 27, 2007 of causes incident to age.
Andy was born to Aaltje and Jan Tienus Stavast, the seventh of 12 children in White Beech, Sask., Canada. He spent much of his youth in the Durban, Manitoba area and later moved to Nelson, B.C., where he met his wife, Doreen. They were married on June 18, 1946 and sealed in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple in 1957. They celebrated their 60th anniversary in 2006. Two sons and one daughter were born to them in Canada and one son born in the United States after they immigrated in 1955. After living 17 years in Sterling and Aberdeen, Andy and Doreen moved to Pocatello, where they have lived for the last 35 years.
During his lifetime Andy was involved in many facets of the dairy industry in both Canada and the States. He ran the family dairy in Apex, B.C., prior to moving to the United States and managed a dairy in Aberdeen until he started working at Northwest Storage and later Kraft. When farming in Canada as a young man he used draft horses and marveled at the machinery now used. His love of horses remained with him his entire life.
He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having served in many capacities and callings from Sunday School President to Ward Clerk and in Young Men’s presidencies. He was proud to have served as a Stake Missionary while living in Aberdeen.
Andy lived a life of service to all he knew. He served as a volunteer fireman in Canada as well as volunteering with the Pocatello Police Department. He always was serving his neighbors. Sidewalks and driveways without number were shoveled at his hand. He was always willing to help those in need. Andrew had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to tell stories. He was an avid gardener and always tried to have the first ripe tomato of the neighborhood.
Andrew is survived by his wife, Doreen; their children, Ken (Shirley) of Idaho Falls; Jim (Peggy) of Orem, UT; Barbara (Dave) of Kuna, ID; and Lyle of Allen, TX; 15 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Margaret of Euderby, B.C. and Kay of Nelson, B.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and nine brothers.
Funeral services will be held Friday, June 1, at 11 a.m. in the Alameda LDS 4th Ward, 1440 Lakeview Dr., Pocatello, with Bishop Russ Meyers conducting. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday evening at Cornelison-Henderson Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello, and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Friday prior to services at the church. Interment will be in the Mountain View Cemetery, Pocatello.
| On Monday, May 21, 2007, our precious little Eve quietly passed away, surrounded by her family. Although she was only with us for a short time, she was an exceptionally valiant spirit who blessed our home, our family, and everyone who met her.
She was born July 11, 2006 in Idaho Falls, ID, to Steve and Jennie Bohrer. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Survivors include her parents, Steve and Jennie Bohrer and her
brothers and sisters, Abby, Caleb, Seth, and Hannah, of Ammon. Her grandparents are Greg and Marsha Porter of North Ogden, UT, and Herb and Linda Bohrer of Springfield, ID.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 26, at the Idaho Falls LDS Stonehaven Ward, 1660 12th Street, with Bishop Jeff Johnson officiating. The family visited with friends Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wood Funeral Home and Saturday from 10 to 10:45 at the church.
Burial will be in the Ammon Cemetery under the direction of Wood Funeral Home, P.O. Box 51434, Idaho Falls, ID 83405-1434. Phone (208) 522-2751. Fax (208) 522-5413. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.
| Susan Irma Klassen, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, died peacefully on Friday, May 18, 2007 after a battle with cancer, at age 64. She was surrounded by her family at the home of her daughter, Shelah Nicoara in Walla Walla, WA.
She was born Susan Irma Smith on Oct. 3, 1942, in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Frank and Irma Smith. The family moved to Reno, NV, where Susan graduated from Reno High School in 1960. She then completed nurse’s training in Stockton, CA, in 1963 and began to work as a nurse.
As a young child, God began His work in Susan’s soul, and she received the Lord Jesus as Savior. That work continued in her life as a young woman, and her greatest desire was to know God and understand His Word. She learned about a Bible school with the motto, “If it’s the Bible you want, you want Multnomah,” and resolved to attend. She studied at Multnomah Bible School in Portland, OR, and graduated in 1965 while continuing to work as a nurse at Portland’s Providence Hospital.
Shortly thereafter, Susan went to England to study midwifery. She completed her training and returned to Portland to work at Emanuel Hospital. Still desiring to know more of God and His Word, Susan was led by the Spirit of God to attend the Assembly gathered to the Lord’s name in Portland.
In June 1967, Susan attended the Bible Conference in Walla Walla, WA, where she met Stanley Klassen. They married on Jan. 15, 1968. With the Lord Jesus as the center of their marriage, they began life together in Aberdeen, ID, and raised their family there for 32 years. In 2000, Susan and Stanley moved to Walla Walla, WA.
Susan’s life as a wife, mother, and sister in the Assembly was characterized by her compassionate spirit and graceful demeanor. She used her nursing skills her entire life to care for sick and dying people in her home as well as many new babies and their mothers. Many remember her fondly for her countless acts of service and ever-ready kindness.
Susan is survived by her husband, Stanley; her children Benjamin Klassen, Sharon Read, Shelah Nicoara, and Janna Porter; their spouses; 12 grandchildren; her brother, Lee Smith; and her sister, Paula Duncan.
Susan, who was always there to help in any situation, is sorely missed by her family, but they look forward to seeing her again, reunited around their Savior in Heaven.