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OBITUARIES - November 2007
Samuel Charles Greco

Samuel Charles Greco, American Falls, loving husband of Machelle Greco, parents, Charles Carl Greco and Frances Jordan, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007 of natural causes.
He attended schools in Pocatello and graduated from Pocatello High School. Sam proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. Sam married Elizabeth Baird. They had three children, Frances, Joseph and Patricia.
He owned the Log Cabin Cafe in American Falls. Later he married Gloria Corrington. They later divorced. During his life he was employed at B.E., Elmer’s, Papa Paul’s, Sea Galley, a Chef in Monterey, CA. He then leased the Lakeview Cafe, making a hit in American Falls as a great restaurant, where he met Machelle. They were married on Nov. 25, 1985. They bought and ran the Hometown Cafe in American Falls, until Sam retired due to ill health.
Sam enjoyed cooking, hunting, fishing and gold mining. Sam loved and supported his community. Sam and Machelle sold the Cafe in 1994. In 1997 Sam suffered a massive stroke. Machelle was at his side, caring for him with loving warmth until his death. She and his family were with him as he shed his earthly body. Sam is now free of all bodily limitations. There will be a big void in his friends’ and families’ lives.
Sam’s wishes were to be cremated. The celebration of Sam’s life was Thursday, Nov. 1, at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in American Falls. Internment followed at Mountain View Cemetery in Pocatello, with military honors.
He is survived by his wife Machelle; children, Frances Greco of Ripon, CA, Patricia Greco of Fremont, CA, and Heidi (Brandon) Simms of Delltona, FL., Ted (Bev) Corrington and family, Rob and Sharon Corrington, Kelly and Maggie, all of Pocatello, Nevi (Skip) Goddard, Mike and Laura of Boise, Kevin and Karen of Oregon; a sister Joanne (Joseph) Atkinson of Pocatello; a brother Jerry (Loretta) Greco of Batavia, NY. Sam was blessed with loving and caring grandchildren, Joseph (Trish) Long, Andrea Miranda, Angela (Steve) Casetta of Sacramento, CA, Anthony Greco of Ripon, CA, Max (Greco) Woulfe, Danielle and Stephanie Atkinson of Boise, Abigail and Connor Simms of Deltona, FL, and four great-grandchildren. Those preceding him in death are his parents, his son Joseph Greco, and special cousins, Frances Ivy, Mary Giesler and Carmen Johnson.

Elsie Jarvis

Elsie Fern Schritter Jarvis died Friday, Nov. 2, 2007 at Power County Nursing Home in American Falls from complications of a broken hip.
Elsie was born July 5, 1920 in the American Falls original town site, to Peter and Marie Anderson Christiansen. She lived in the Landing Area during her younger years. In her teens, she worked for the Barnard family in American Falls for room and board, to attend American Falls High School.
She married Herbert Schritter on March 17, 1937. After honeymooning in California they settled in their home in Pleasant Valley where they farmed and began their family of five children. They prospered, and were able to purchase a home in American Falls to live in during the winters, and moved back out to the farmhouse during the farming season.
In 1949 Herbert was killed in an automobile accident. This left Elsie with five small children and a farm to run. With the help of her brother-in-law and his wife, she was able to keep the family farm running and support her family. During the winters she washed dishes on the night shift at Rogers Cafe. Elsie continued farming for many years until her son was able to take over the farm.
She continued to work at various jobs after leaving the farm. She worked as a grocery clerk at L&H Food Store, later supervising the bakery at Cardinal Market. Elsie left American Falls for a few years to live in Burley. While there she worked at Kings, and later managed the Powers Motel for several years. When she decided to retire, she returned to her home in American Falls.
In 1978 she married John Jarvis. They enjoyed their retirement by doing some traveling until John’s death in 1980.
Elsie continued her life in American Falls. Some of her pleasures in her later years of life were spending time with her grandchildren, and doing for others. She was always there when anyone needed help with a trip to the grocery store or the doctor. She loved to work in her yard, and had a beautiful flower garden. Elsie’s family was so important to her, and if you needed her, she was there at the drop of a hat. She traveled all over the United States to spend time with her children and grandchildren.
On Aug. 6, 2006 Elsie had a massive stroke. Even though she was totally paralyzed on the right side, and had a hard time speaking, she worked very hard to overcome it. She joined the family of residents at Power County Nursing Home in October of 2006. She adjusted to her new surroundings in a very short time. She made many friends there with the staff and residents. She loved being outdoors, and sat out in the courtyard everyday she could during the summer.
Elsie was a devoted, lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, where she was very active on the prayer chain.
She is survived by her five children, Lavonne (Kelly Matthews) Amey, Boise, Melvin (Roberta) Schritter, Gold Beach OR, Marion Semple, Twin Falls, Marvin (Renee) Schritter, Sandy, UT, and Maxine (John) Olson, American Falls; 15 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren; two half-brothers, Ralph (Susan) Barrett, American Falls, George (Judy) Barrett, Pocatello; one half-sister, Mary (Mac) McConnell, Mountain Home.
Preceding her in death were her parents, husbands, half-sister, Lois Goebel, two sons-in-law, Eldon Amey and Robert Semple, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
The family thanks Dr. Timmons and the staff of Power County Nursing Home for the care that Elsie received during her year there and for the kindness to the family during her final days. Also, thank you to Creekside Hospice for their services.
Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church in American Falls.
The funeral service was held at 1 pm. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 656 Tyhee Ave. in American Falls. The visitation was Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday one hour prior to the service in the Fireside Room at St. John’s. Interment was at Fallsview Cemetery in American Falls. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St. in American Falls.

Joe Allen
Joe F. Allen passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007, at Whispering Pines in Chubbuck, ID. Joe was born April 26, 1918, in Hagerman, ID, the son of William and Loretta Allen and was the seventh of 12 children.
Joe married his high school sweetheart, Martha Gehring, Aug. 16, 1941, just prior to induction in the military service. They were blessed with four children.
Joe completed high school in three years graduating from American Falls High School and was elected the first student body president at American Falls High School. After graduation he attended Albion State Normal for two years and received his teaching certificate. He was then drafted into the military for one year and sent to Signal Corps School in Fort Monmouth, NJ. The one year of service became four years after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. At the end of the war, Joe returned home with the rank of Staff Sergeant, and began coaching and teaching. He taught and coached at Midland College in Fremont, NB, at Arimo, and then Shelley. During this time, he also attended Utah State University earning his bachelors and masters degrees.
In 1952 Joe and Martha returned to American Falls where he began farming and drilled the first irrigation well in North Pleasant Valley.
Joe always believed in the importance of education, and he served on the American Falls School Board for 11 years, serving as chairman for seven years. He served as president of the American Falls PTA and was elected president of the Fifth District PTA. He was a member of the A.F. Lions Club and helped organize the first Little League basketball program. Joe and Martha were the recipients of the Distinguished Alumni award from the American Falls Education Foundation in 1999.
Joe served as chairman of the A.F. Bridge Committee for eight years. During this time, with the help of many dedicated A.F. and Aberdeen residents, and a few politicians, the new bridge was built.
Joe also served on the Secretary of Agriculture’s Potato Advisory Committee; helped organize, and was president for the first two years of the Potato Growers of Idaho; helped organize and was president of the American Falls – Aberdeen Beet Growers Assn.; and helped organize and was president of the American Falls – Aberdeen Underground Water Users Assn., was elected to the to the Idaho State Senate, and inducted into the Eastern Idaho Ag Hall of Fame.
Joe was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. He was a devout Christian and passed that legacy on to his family.
Joe and Martha loved the time they were able to spend together and were able to enjoy many well-deserved years traveling and spending time with their children and grandchildren, before she passed away in October 2000.
Joe was a cowboy at heart. He was very knowledgeable about many subjects, was an avid reader, and loved to discuss farming, religion, and politics. He also loved sports, as a participant in his younger years, then as a coach, and as a fan when he grew older.
Joe was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Martha, his son, Norman, his grandson, Jeremy Mark, six sisters, three brothers, and his parents.
He is survived by three children, Sid (Marilyn) Allen, Jolene Mark, Linda Allen, and a daughter-in-law, Gerry Allen; six grandchildren, Kristin (Bruce) Winder, Sean (Katina) Allen, Dustin (Honi) Allen, Lena Allen, Natalie (J’Dee) Grover, and Chris (Anne) Mark; 11 great-grandchildren, Macy Winder, Jadon and Bryson Allen, Shanice and Aunnika Allen, Alexis and Keagan Swanson, Reagan, Dylan and Dawson Grover, and Brendan Mark; and two brothers, Bud Allen and George Allen.
Joe was loved and respected by his family and friends, and, he, and the long conversations, and even the lectures, will be missed. We love you, Dad.
Services were held Monday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 656 Tyhee, American Falls. Interment followed at Fallsview Cemetery in American Falls with military honors by the American Legion Roland Evans Post #3.
Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, PO Box 55, American Falls, ID 83211. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls.
Verle Lee Ackley
July 5, 1948 – Nov. 7, 2007
Verle Ackley peacefully passed away in his sleep after a prolonged battle with Multiple Sclerosis. He will be remembered for his charm and charismatic personality.
Verle was very proud of his children and grandchildren which was known by anyone who had conversation with him.
We are very thankful to each of his caregivers and friends, especially Rebecca, Sharon, Ben and Crystal.
While Verle’s battle with MS certainly provided many trying times for our family we cherish the opportunities that we had to grow closer together and spend time with each other.
Verle is survived by his parents Ronald and Viola Ackley, brother Londell Ackley and family, sister Cheryl Greenstreet and family, children and grandchildren; Jerrod (Rishay) Ackley, soon to be Ronald Lee II, Ryan (Dawn) Ackley Ryleigh, MaKenna and Khye, Cade Ackley (Mellie Contreras), Leticia, Mia and Olivia, Chantelle Ackley (Nique Skeeter) and ChaNique Skeeter.
In lieu of flowers a memorial to the Multiple Sclerosis Society: 616 Tejon St., Colorado Springs Co. 80903. (719) 634-2820.
Matthew Anderson

Matthew Anderson was born in Pocatello March 18, 1989. Grandpa Spec wanted to name him Don Buckley but he had to settle for Matthew Don instead. As a result, Matthew was known as “Buck” for many years.
He attended school in American Falls, graduating in the top 10 percent of the class of 2007. He was active in Concert Band, Jazz Band, Pep Band, soccer and golf. He lived his entire life in the Neeley area surrounded by family and friends.
Matthew was attending college at ISU to study engineering and living at the Rendezvous Center at the time of his death Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007. He truly loved his new found independence. In his short time there, he made many new friends and participated in club and intramural soccer, club billiards and racquetball. College life was definitely for him!
He was extremely lucky to have some very special lifetime friends: Brandon, Kenneth, Harold, Destin, Kegan and many many more. Anyone who knew him loved his beautiful smile and warm personality.
Matthew is survived by his parents, Don and Jeanne Anderson, brother Scott, grandmothers Ann Nielson and Nancy Anderson, Aunt Nancy (Gary Woodworth) Evans, Uncle Dan Nielson, Cousins Kyle Evans and Katie (Andrew) Gardner.
He was preceded in death by his grandpas: Spec Zaring, Lyle Anderson and Don Nielson.
We love him dearly and will miss him forever.
The funeral service will be held Friday, Nov. 23, 2007 at the American Falls High School, 2966 S. Frontage Road at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Fallsview Cemetery in American Falls.
Memorials may be made to the Bank of Commerce, 590 Tyhee Ave., American Falls, ID 83211 for the Matthew Anderson Memorial Scholarship Fund in Matthew Anderson’s memory.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St., American Falls.

Chuck Chadbourne

American Falls — Our dear husband, brother and good friend, E. Charles “Chuck” Chadbourne died Monday, Nov. 12, 2007 at home.
Chuck was born Oct. 18, 1934 to Charles and Jessie Weir Chadbourne in American Falls. He married Connie Alcorn in August of 1983.
Chuck graduated from Rockland High School in 1952. He served honorably in the U.S. Army in Verdum, France. He was a Lieutenant in the Clearfield, Utah Police Department; worked in security at Lamb Weston in American Falls; served on the American Falls City Council; and was a member of the American Legion Roland Evans Post No. 3 in American Falls. He retired in 1997.
He is survived by his wife, Connie; stepson, Elmer; sister-in-law, Renae; brother, Jim (Linda) of Syracuse, UT; sisters, Veon Harkey and Gayla Thompson of Salt Lake City, UT; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Gerald Frank “Jerry” Chadbourne.
The graveside service was held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Valley View Cemetery in Rockland with military honors by the American Legion, Logan Ewing Post #78 and the Roland Evans Post No.3.
Memorials may be made to the Humane Society, Barton Road, Pocatello, or Idaho Youth Ranch in Chuck’s memory.
Services are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls.

Gerald LuRay Batterton

June 19, 1935 – November 11, 2007
Gerald “Ray” Batterton died at his home on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007.
He was born on his family’s ranch in Raft River to Floyd and Emma (Abbott) Batterton on June 19, 1935. He was one of 11 children. Growing up, he attended school both at the one room school house in Heglar Canyon and then in American Falls when his family moved here in the winter of 1948. He, along with his dad and brothers worked in the sawmill that they owned.
Ray joined the Army as an infantryman in 1954 and served in the mop-up of Germany for four years, being honorably discharged in 1958. Returning to American Falls, Ray met and married the love of his life, Donna Jean Roahde on April 8, 1958, in Elko, NV.
Ray worked with his father with the Union Pacific Railroad for years. He was also employed as a truck driver for a while. For most of his life, though, nature called to Ray and he was happiest working as a farmer and a rancher.
He and his family lived here off and on for several years, also in Lewiston, ID, Colfax, WA, where they lived by his best friend Wayne Booth, Tucson, AZ, Echo, OR, and in Helix, OR, where they spent 14 years, before returning here for good in 1992.
Ray was a man with little patience for contracts and paperwork. He came from an era where your handshake was your bond. It was all he ever needed and he knew he’d keep his end of the bargain and, you had better, as well. Though he didn’t speak much you could almost always tell what he thought of whatever was going on around him by his actions and mannerisms.
He passed along to his boys and their children his love of nature and animals. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also loved to just be in the mountains camping or even just for the day. All of his life he had horses and was an excellent rider. He also roped and wrangled cows until his late 60s on his sons’ ranch in Fox, OR. He taught each of his sons about mechanics, both heavy and light duty, something each and every one of them carry today.
Ray’s greatest joy in life was his wife and family. If any of them needed something, he would usually do without so that they would have it. He dearly loved his wife and devoted his last few years seeing to her health, sometimes at the risk of his own, but never for long as his sons were there to return to their parents as they had been taught. He held a special place in his heart for his grandchildren and they for him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Harry and Floyd Batterton; his sisters, E. Louise Schmittgall, Mae Yarbro, J. Jean Herman, and Ethel Sorensen; brothers-in-law Fred and Bud Roahde, Leo Sorensen and Gerry Campau.
He is survived by his wife, Donna, at the home; sons, LuRay G., Pendleton, OR, Marshall W., Athena, OR, F. Gerry and Will B. of American Falls; sisters, Arlene Campau of American Falls and Betty Batterton, Vancouver, WA; brothers, Tom Batterton of Burley and Virgil Batterton of Salmon; eight grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Charitable donations may be made to: Wild Mustangs, or the Arbor Day Foundation.

Thelma Danks Walker Custer

Thelma Danks was born in Evanston, WY, on Nov. 27, 1920 to Leon B. and Eulalia Danks. Her father, being an employee for the Union Pacific Railway as a switchman, moved his family to North Platte, NB, when Thelma was a young girl.
Music was always very important to her family. When she was in high school, her parents and all three girls traveled to nearby towns to play for dances.
Thelma attended BYU, where she met her eternal companion at a missionary reunion. Basil R. Walker and Thelma Danks were married on April 2, 1942 in the Salt Lake Temple. They resided in Rockland, where they raised their family of 11 children. Basil moved the family to Pocatello for three years and then decided in 1969 to move to the Boise Valley.
Thelma lost Basil in 1971 and decided to go back to college, learning the trade of Medical Technician. She worked for St. Alphonsus for the next 13 years.
In 1981, Thelma met and married George Custer, who she spent the next 23 years with.
Thelma is survived by her children, Mark Walker, Irene Marshall, Cortland Walker, Anita Lewis, Twayne Walker, David Walker, Diane Dulgarian, Paula Toland, Nyal Walker, Robin Walker, and Tina Prince-John. She is also survived by 56 grandchildren and 80 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 16, at the Cherry Lane LDS Chapel, 1615 W. 2nd Street, Meridian. Friends visited with the family from 9 until 9:45 a.m. at the church prior to the service. Interment followed at the Rockland Cemetery, Rockland, at 3 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of Relyea Funeral Chapel.

Donald K. Bock

November 27, 1941 - November 12, 2007
Our loving dad, grandpa, brother, and friend passed away peacefully at his home following a year of valiantly battling lung cancer.
Dad went to school in Butte, MT, until he was accepted into the Marine Corp at age 17. Dad was very proud of his service as a Marine to the U.S.A. He earned his good conduct metal, rifle sharpshooter, and pistol marksman during his years in the Marine Corp.
Dad married mom (Linda Jones) in 1965 in Pocatello. They were both Montana natives. They had two daughters, Kristen and Kerry. We were dad’s world.
He is survived by his daughter Kris Bock (Steve Colungo), her children Kailey Nichols, Alissa Nichols, Brendon Nichols and Joseph Colungo. His other grandchildren, Devin Mock and Cheyenne Mock, all of American Falls. Two brothers Orville (Wanda) Bock of Pocatello and Ken (Jan) Bock of Massachusetts. Three sisters Diane (Joe) Jewett of Helena, MT, Kathy Keating (Dan Sweeney) of Butte, MT, Shirley (Richard) Corriea of McKirney, TX. Two sisters-in-law Donna Bock of Pocatello and Teena Bock of Alder, MT, his long time companion, Shirley Spraker of Pocatello, her children and grandchildren. Dad is also survived by many, many nieces and nephews, special friends and those that he adopted in his heart that all called him “Uncle Don.”
Dad loved all of the grandchildren! Each one holds a special place in his heart.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Chester, sister Delores, all of Montana, brother Charles (Bud) of Pocatello, brother Leo of Alder, MT, daughter Kerry Bock and her son Nicholas of American Falls.
The family thanks all of the wonderful caring people from Creekside. They did so much for dad as well as the family and will never be forgotten. I also give a special thank-you to Aunt Kathy, Aunt Diane, Gary and Donna Hall for always being there and staying as strong as they did through one of the most difficult times in our lives. God bless you all!

Lois B. Hodson

Our beloved wife, mom, grandma, sister and friend passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007, surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer.
Lois, the youngest of four children, was born on Sept. 10, 1924 to William and Ethel Overdorf in Pocatello.
In 1942, Lois married Harold Judge and they had four daughters. They later divorced.
On June 29, 1973, she married Peter Hodson in Reno, NV. For 34 years they made their life in American Falls.
Lois enjoyed her garden, taking walks, sewing, quilting and most of all spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, James Overdorf, sister, Evelyn Baker, and a daughter, Maureen Judge.
She is survived by her husband, Peter Hodson; three daughters, Holly Braden of Capatan, NM, Lisa (Carl) Olafsen of Pocatello, and Mary (Lamont) McLean of American Falls; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Services were held on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 10 a.m. at the LDS Stake Center in American Falls. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at Davis-Rose Mortuary on Friday, Nov. 16, and also from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the LDS Stake Center. Internment was at Mountain View Cemetery in Pocatello.
Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls.

Louise M. Lounsbury
Louise Margaret Lounsbury, 87, beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and friend went home to her life partner, Carlos, on Nov. 23, 2007. Mom was born on Sept. 3, 1920 to Fredricka and John Liese in Pleasant Valley, west of American Falls. Mom was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. She grew up on the family farm and attended the Quigley Grade School until going to American Falls High School, graduating with the class of 1939. While attending high school she met and fell in love with her soul mate, Carlos H. Lounsbury. They were married Oct. 7, 1943 making their home in American Falls, raising their four sons. Mom and Dad spent 52 years together until Dad’s passing on Sept. 20, 1995. 
Mom worked at various retail businesses and Lamb Weston but her best job was being at home keeping track of her boys. Mom enjoyed her flowers and visiting with anyone who would take the time to listen. Later in life, she enjoyed the Senior Citizen Center. She could make a hair appointment and going to Ken’s Market a social outing. Mom could make friends with anyone.
Mom loved holidays with her boys and their families.
Mom is survived by her four sons and families, John (Eldona) of American Falls, Bob (Loa) of Pocatello, Gary (Rhea) of Twin Falls and Alan (Cathy) of Meridian. Ten grandchildren, Rob (Christy), Tracie (Mike) Smith, Krista (John) Bobish, Camille (Lanny) Nelson, Becky (Robert) Clay, Seth, Corey (Leslie), Lindsey (Randy) Rindlisbaker, Chad (Adrienne), Paul. Thirteen great-grandchildren, Brian, Megan, Mason, Alex, Kiara, Hannah, Merrick, Eli, Mekai, Rett, Halle, Olyvia, Maddux. One brother, Bill (Shirley) Liese of Boise and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mom was preceded in death by Dad; her parents; grandson, Scottie; two brothers, Arthur, David; one sister, Amalia.
Mom, we will miss you and hold you in our hearts until we come together again.
Love Forever,
Your Boys.
The visitation was held Monday, Nov. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 656 Tyhee Avenue, American Falls and one hour prior to the service. Funeral services were held 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007 at the church. Internment followed at Fallsview Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary. 
We would like to thank the staff at Ashley Manor and Creekside Hospice, Pocatello, for Mom’s loving care. Our family suggests that memorials in Mom’s name be made to the Idaho Youth Ranch or American Falls Senior Citizen Center.
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