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OBITUARIES - January 2008
Lyle Edwin Nelson

Lyle Edwin Nelson, 90, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007 at Nampa, ID. Lyle was born on March 21, 1917 in Sterling, son of David Edwin and Annie Nelson. He spent his childhood at Sterling and graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1935.
Lyle married Loa Cammack on Nov. 1, 1937 at Soda Springs, ID. They were later sealed in the Logan, Utah LDS Temple. Lyle and Loa made their home in the Sterling-Springfield area for 35 years, farming and ranching. They continued their ranching, moving to Malta, ID in 1972. They later sold their Malta ranch and retired to Parma, ID, in 1995, keeping a few head of cattle and horses.
Lyle was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many positions. He served as Bishop of the Sterling Ward for eight years.
He especially enjoyed the outdoors with his cattle and horses. He was still roping great-grandchildren at the age of 85.
He is survived by his wife, Loa of Parma; children, Sherian and Gary Abercrombie of Aberdeen; Sonja and Lyle Sasser, serving an LDS mission in Cambodia; Lila and Gene Thurston of Boise; Lynda and Arlis Wheeler of Sandy, OR; Loa Beth and Stephen Probst of Montague, CA; Mark and Cheryl Nelson of Payette, ID; Douglas and Sylvia Nelson of Parma; sister Melva Nelson of Aberdeen; 38 grandchildren and over 50 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Merland Nelson, sister Ora Redelings, grandson Jeff Thurston and great-grandson Alec Thurston.
Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 31, 2007 at 11 a.m. at the Lakeview LDS Church, 2150 W. 800 S. Springfield. Friends called at the Flahiff Funeral Chapel, 624 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, on Saturday, Dec. 29, from 4 to 6 p.m. and Monday from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. at the church in Springfield. Burial was in the Springfield Cemetery.

Erna Marie Fast Bartel

Erna Marie Fast Bartel went to be with her Lord on Christmas morning, 2007. What a fitting day to receive the “Ultimate Gift”, Eternal Life in Heaven.
Erna was born in Aberdeen on Feb. 23, 1914 to Walter and Elise Claassen Fast. They later moved to California where Erna lived with her parents and cared for them until her marriage to Herbert Bartel of Aberdeen. They were married in the Willow Creek Mennonite Church in Paso Robles, CA in 1967. They farmed and raised sheep together in Aberdeen. Herbert passed away in 1991.
Erna was a member of the Aberdeen First Mennonite Church, where she was active in women’s groups. She supported the Lord’s work with her prayers and finances, including a special interest in mission work.
She is survived by a sister, Marie Schroeder, who lives in Atwater, CA, and by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Jacob, who died as an infant, and Edgar; two sisters, Bertha and Anna.
Erna had a special gift of making friends wherever she went and in turn, all who knew her truly loved her. She had made Quail Ridge Assisted Living in Pocatello her home of recent years. She loved the staff members as well as each of her ‘neighbors’, she so enjoyed the many activities provided which included fishing outings, many bus trips to view fall colors, Christmas lighting, etc. Also on the list were rodeo performances and bowling and the regular exercise workouts where she was a faithful participant.
Erna’s passing leaves a void but many happy memories of times spent with her and we look forward to that Great Reuniting one day.
The funeral service was held Saturday, Dec. 29, at 11 a.m. at the First Mennonite Church, located on the corner of 4th West (Tiger Lane) and Washington, across from the schools in Aberdeen. Pastor Jerry Kaiser officiated. A viewing was held one hour before the funeral service. Burial followed at the Homestead Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls.

O. Norman Davis

“He’s riding off into the sunset”
Dec. 17, 1930 – Dec. 12, 2007
O. Norman Davis, 76, longtime rancher and farmer in Arbon and Tyhee, passed away suddenly at his ranch in Arbon on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from natural causes.
He was born Dec. 17, 1930 in Pocatello, a son of Orval and Delora Thomas Davis. He attended schools in Arbon, Tyhee and Pocatello, and graduated from Pocatello High School in 1949. He was active in Future Farmers of America, where he served as FFA president.
On Feb. 8, 1951 he married Shirley Schild in Pocatello. They spent the next two years at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, NC, where Norman was stationed during the Korean War. After his discharge in 1953 they moved to Arbon where he farmed as well as in Tyhee. They lived in Arbon during the summer and Tyhee during the winters, where their children attended school.
He served on the Advisory Board for the Bureau of Land Management for the Burley District. He was an officer for the Arbon/Rockland Cattlemen’s Association and was currently Vice President of the Pocatello Cattlemen’s Association. He farmed and ranched in the Tyhee and Arbon area his entire life.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Davis of Arbon; a daughter, Kathy (Doug) Alley, Pocatello; a son, Brian (Trinette) Davis, Pocatello; 10 grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Steven.
Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 17, at 12 noon at the Arbon LDS Chapel (on Church Road) with President Bill Hubbard officiating. Interment was in the Arbon Cemetery with military rites provided by the Pocatello Veterans Honor Guard. The family received friends Sunday, Dec. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Manning-Wheatley Funeral Chapel, 510 N. 12th Ave., and Monday prior to services from 11 to 11:45 a.m. at the church.

Inez Cornforth

Inez Cornforth, 91, died Tuesday, Jan 1, 2008, in her home (and favorite red chair), in Aberdeen, with her family surrounding her.
Inez was born Sept. 12, 1916 in Somerset, KY, to William and Myriah Whitaker Lankford. She was the third of seven children, having two brothers and four sisters.
When Inez was nine years old their family home was destroyed by a tornado. The family moved to Fort Collins, CO, then on to Idaho.
On Jan. 16, 1948, Inez married Roy Cornforth in Twin Falls, ID. She is survived by two daughters, Ann (and Jerry Haxby, Blackfoot), and Vicki (and Rolly Morrison, Caldwell); one son, Brent (and Connie Cornforth, Aberdeen), nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; and two sisters, Polly Heaney and Verlene (and Bob Mann), both of Aberdeen.
She was preceded in death by her husband Roy; two brothers; two sisters; her daughter Debi Lusk; grandson, Scott Randall; and son-in-law, Garth Randall.
Inez was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. She was a well-loved resident of the Aberdeen area. Inez was very easy to visit with as anyone knows who came for coffee. She always had an open door for all, including goose hunters who needed a pan of fried spuds. Inez served many a meal to stuck and wayward hunters.
Memorial services were held at the Mennonite Fellowship Hall in Aberdeen on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 11 a.m. Family and friends were asked to bring a favorite memory of Inez to share. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary. Those wishing to send a donation may contribute to the Idaho Commission for Libraries (Books on Tape), 325 West State Street, Boise, ID 83702.

Charles (Chuck) Finlayson

Charles Alexander (Chuck) Finlayson, 72, passed away from an extended illness at Elmore Medical Center Hospital, Mountain Home, ID, on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007 surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Shoshone, ID, to Frank and Louisa Finlayson on June 6, 1935. Raised in Shoshone, he graduated from Shoshone High School. Chuck served in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged. In 1959, he married Alice Craig. They had four children and resided in Glenns Ferry. They were later divorced. He worked for various farmers and trucking firms. He took an electronics course and for a short time worked for an electrical contractor. He enjoyed working on small appliances.
Chuck worked for the Idaho State Highway Department for 16 years. He spent many long hours plowing snow on the freeway and on the road to Fairfield. During the rest of the year he drove trucks and did highway maintenance. He worked on the Special Crew for several summers on jobs throughout southwestern Idaho. He retired in 1990 from a job-related disability.
In 1977 Chuck met the love of his life, Rosalie Burgemeister, at a square dance in McCall. They were married April 2, 1978 in American Falls. They square danced in most of the western states, including Hawaii, and attended three National Square Dance Conventions.
Chuck was a charter member of Grace Lutheran Church in Mountain Home. Throughout the last 17 years of his life, as he struggled with his disability, he was a model of courage and patience to all who knew him.
Chuck is survived by his wife, Rosalie; four children, Lucile (Blaine) Allen, Melba; Cheri Arellano, Portland, OR; Craig (Cindy) Finlayson, Meridian; and Mark (Ada) Finlayson, Boise; his brother Frank (Arleen) Finlayson, Kuna; sister Betty Clayton, Shoshone; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a great-grandson, Jed Griggs.
A viewing was held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel in Mountain Home on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008. Funeral services were at Grace Lutheran Church, 2422 American Legion Blvd., Mountain Home, at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 4. Interment was at Mountain View Cemetery following the service. Memorials can be made to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements were under the direction of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel in Mountain Home.

Janice Woolley Warner

Janice Woolley Warner passed away peacefully at home in Aberdeen on Friday, Dec. 28, 2007.
She was born to George Rees Woolley and Louisa Chipman Herbert on March 28, 1928 in Salt Lake City, UT. She married Lavon L. Warner in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on March 8, 1948. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served faithfully in many callings. She especially enjoyed working with the youth. She served with her husband in the Idaho Falls Temple and as missionaries in the New York Rochester Mission.
She is survived by her husband, Lavon L. Warner; and children, David (Claudia) Warner, San Diego, CA, Barbara Daniels, West Jordan, UT, Sandra (Grant) Cannon, Salt Lake City, Keith W. (Pam) Warner, American Falls, Barry E. Baxter (son-in-law), Salt Lake City, Nancy (John) Wellington, Salt Lake City, Betsy (Russ) Barrus, Aberdeen; brothers, LeGrand (Gwen) Woolley, Tigard, OR, and Bruce (Annette) Woolley, Provo, UT; 30 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George R. and Louisa H. Woolley; mother and father-in-law, Helen L. and James L. Warner; daughter, Mary Jane Baxter; and granddaughter Lindsay Wellington.
The funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, 2007, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Aberdeen 3rd Ward, with Bishop Garn A. Lovell conducting. The visitation was at the church from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the funeral service. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary.

Robert I. Ewing, Jr.

Robert I. Ewing Jr., 91 year resident of Rockland and American Falls, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008. He was born March 30, 1916 to Robert I. and Susan Victoria Ewing.
Bob grew up on Cedar Street in Rockland, graduating from high school in 1934, then moving on to the University of Idaho, Southern Branch (ISU) and Henagar Business School in Salt Lake City before beginning his career in American Falls in 1937.
Bob married Frances Louise Claassen of American Falls on May 5, 1938; and he was looking forward to 70 years of married life in May of 2008. They had one son, Robert I. Ewing III.
Bob was the first manager of the Farmers Co-op in American Falls from 1937 to 1960. Many will remember that he was the first to arrive in the morning, and last to leave at night. Under his direction, the Co-op was among the first in the area in the sprinkler irrigation and the liquid fertilizer businesses. He left the Co-op in 1960 and took a position with Lamb Weston for a year before “he froze to death”. He followed that with a year as a trouble shooter for Pacific Supply Co-operative. He finally found his nitch in life in 1962, beginning a 20 year career as an independent realtor and insurance agent in American Falls.
Bob was busy in his spare time. His career included: Chairman of the Harms Memorial Hospital board of directors when the hospital was built; chairman of the Power County Senior Citizens board when housing for senior citizens was built. He served several terms on the American Falls City Council.
Bob was a charter member of the American Falls Rotary Club, attending faithfully for 32 years, and a 40 year member of the local Chamber of Commerce. He was a 50+ year member of the American Falls Masonic Lodge. Bob also attended the Methodist Church.
Many will remember the letters Bob wrote to The Press. He may not have always taken the popular stance on issues, but he usually was right on target. It almost broke his heart when his beloved word processor finally wore out. He also had a lifelong love for everything to do with Rockland. About the last time he was able to drive, he insisted on going to a fundraiser at the high school.
Bob and Fran spent 27 winters in Lake Havasu, AZ. He loved his place on the lake and enjoyed an active life there.
Bob is survived by his wife, Frances, a son Robert I. III (Marianne) and a granddaughter, Amy (Andrew) McCullough, of Eugene, OR. He is preceded by his mother and father; his only sibling, Logan was killed in New Guinea in 1944.
A memorial service was held at 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14, at the Katherine Winter Davis Little Theatre, 233 Idaho St. in American Falls.
Interment was at the Fallsview Cemetery in American Falls. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary.

Helmut R. Rast

Helmut R. Rast, 88 of Boise, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008 in a Boise hospital of natural causes. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, at the corner of Orchard Street and Cassia in Boise. Burial with military honors will follow at Terrace Lawn Cemetery. A viewing was held from 4 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel.
Helmut was born May 6, 1919 at American Falls. He grew up on a farm near Aberdeen and attended schools in Aberdeen, graduating from Aberdeen High School. He farmed in that area until January of 1942 when he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps. After basic training he was sent to England with the Eighth Air Force, where Helmut worked as an airplane mechanic. He spent over 40 months in the European Theater. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 21, 1945.
It was then that he and his brother, Herbert, bought the Aberdeen Truck Line which they operated until 1957 when it was sold. He then sold autos in Pocatello until 1969 at which time he moved to Boise. In Boise he also sold autos until his retirement in 1985.
Helmut married Ruby Schlepp Bunton in San Francisco, CA, on Nov. 13, 1954. They lived in Pocatello until moving to Boise in 1969. After his retirement Helmut and Ruby enjoyed traveling. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping. Helmut was a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church and he held several positions in the church during his lifetime.
Helmut is survived by his wife Ruby of Boise, and one brother, Herbert of Bozeman, MT. He was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother.

Kaylynn Lilya
Kaylynn Lilya, 55, daughter of Freeman Lilya, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008 at her home in American Falls.
A celebration of her life was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Sagebrush, 2810 Pocatello Ave., American Falls. A graveside and inurnment service will be held at the Riverside-Thomas Cemetery in the spring.
There will be a complete obituary prior to the graveside service. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary, American Falls.
Della M. Taillet
Della M. Taillet, 62, of Abilene, TX, passed away Friday, Jan. 18, 2008. A graveside service was held Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 11 a.m. in Potosi Cemetery with Brother Jim McCurly officiating, under the direction of North’s Funeral Home. The family received friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at North’s Memorial Chapel, 242 Orange Street, Abilene.
Mrs. Taillet was born Oct. 23, 1945, to Lorenzo and Jenny Leyshon in Aberdeen. She married Robert D. Taillet, Sr. on Dec. 6, 1965 in Twin Falls. They spent their honeymoon in San Jose, CA, and while there, decided to make San Jose their home. One year later they had their only child, Robert D. Taillet, Jr. They moved to Abilene in 2002 to be close to their family.
Della was a floral designer and teacher’s aide for many years. She also coached her son’s soccer team when he was a child. She enjoyed collecting birdhouses over the years, but her greatest joy was her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Dareld Leyshon, who passed away as a child.
She is survived by her husband, Robert D. Taillet, Sr.; one son, Robert D. Taillet, Jr. and wife Paige of Potosi; one grandson, Travis Taillet of Arizona; two granddaughters, Karly and Kacy Taillet of Potosi, TX; and four siblings, Jay Leyshon, Mildred Curtis, LaRue Schumacher, and Euvonne Edmonds.
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John Ernest Josephson
John Ernest Josephson passed away Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008 at the Bingham Memorial Hospital Extended Care Facility.
John was born in Pingree, ID, to Ernest and Grace Josephson Aug. 17, 1949 which was his mother’s thirtieth birthday. He grew up in the Pingree area and attended Snake River High where he participated in sporting activities. He attended College of Idaho and then began farming. He married Jeanette Thurston; they were later divorced. He is survived by a son Ben (Ali) and a grandchild on the way, a daughter Ashley, and a granddaughter Elisa. He is also survived by his mother Grace, his sisters Sonja (Lee) Durney, Linda Josephson, and Janet Bradford, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and an infant sister.
John was remembered for his affinity for fast, cool cars (GTO and Corvette), his athletic prowess, and his soft, easy going nature. The family spent many happy hours on the ski hill. He was an active member of the Aberdeen Jaycee club.
John suffered a brain tumor nearly 20 years ago and his capabilities declined steadily until he required considerable care. He spent several years in extended care where he was supported by the staff and his immediate family. His mother was there with him on a daily basis and they became an expected part of the activities in and around the hospital. John especially enjoyed the many little league ball games near the hospital. The family is grateful for the special care and relationships John enjoyed at the facility.
John was cremated according to his wishes. A celebration of his life was held at the Blackfoot Elks Club on Saturday Jan. 19, beginning at 2 p.m. The family suggests in lieu of flowers that John is remembered with a donation to their favorite charity.
Patricia “Pat” Blackburn Lea
Patricia “Pat” Blackburn Lea passed away Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008, in the Veteran’s Home. Services were held Tuesday, Jan. 29.
Pat was a 1943 graduate of Aberdeen High School. She is the sister of Quinton and Velda Blackburn of Springfield and Ruth Gneiting of Sterling.
William Grover Pennington
William Grover Pennington was born Nov. 22, 1937 in American Falls and passed away Monday, Jan. 28, 2008, in Gooding, ID.
He is survived by two daughters, Roxie E. (Pennington) Wellnitz and Cindy M. (Pennington) Johnson and spouses, all of Pocatello.
He passed away after a long fight with Alzheimer’s disease.
Services are scheduled Thursday, Jan. 31, at Davis-Rose Mortuary, American Falls. Family visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., at which time there will be a procession to the Neeley Cemetery, with a graveside service at 1 p.m.
Karen Misenhimer Monson
Karen Misenhimer Monson, 71, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2008, in Newport Beach, CA. She was born to Harold and Lena Misenhimer on Sept. 16, 1936, in American Falls.
Karen grew up on the family farm in the Little Creek area and attended school in town, graduating from American Falls High School in 1954. She earned a degree in education from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, where she also met her future husband, Stanley Monson. They were married on June 24, 1956, and were blessed with three children.
Karen spent most of her professional career as an educator — a career that took her from Washington to California to Saudi Arabia and finally to directing her own Montessori school in Orange County, CA. She loved children, enriching the hundreds of young lives that she touched.
Karen’s Christian faith was the central force throughout her life. A lifelong Lutheran, she was active in each parish of which she was a member, serving in many leadership roles including that of church organist. An accomplished musician, Karen found a special sense of fulfillment when surrounded by music. With her family, she traveled extensively through Europe and the Middle East as well as from Alaska to Texas to the east coast.
Karen was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Bob and infant Donald. She is survived by her husband Stanley; two daughters, Cheri and Stefanie, and their husbands, Richard and Robert; son David and his wife, Melinda; three granddaughters, Kirsten, Zoey, and Avery; sister, Darla Misenhimer Siver; sister-in-law, Geraldine Seefeldt; and nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A memorial service was held for Karen on Monday, Jan. 28, at the Lutheran Church of the Master, Corona Del Mar, CA. Her ashes will be scattered at a later date in Idaho over the farm homesteaded by her grandparents — the land that she loved.
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