OBITUARIES - September 2008
Daniel “Danny” Charles Behrend, 58, of Aberdeen, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2008 at home surrounded by loving family and friends.
He was born Dec. 22, 1949, in Blackfoot, the son of the late Charles Behrend, and Donna Behrend, who survives. He is the oldest of six siblings: Bonnie (Ernie) Medellin, Paul (Debbie) Behrend, Janis (Brian) Thomas, Steven Behrend, and Carla (Brett) Gonzales.
Danny attended Aberdeen High School, where he loved football, water skiing, and playing in his band “The Torres”.
He attended the University of Idaho and Idaho State University. He married Kay Marie Pratt in July 1973.
Danny and Kay settled in Aberdeen where they farmed and raised their family. He was active in the community. His greatest love was coaching the Aberdeen boys’ junior varsity basketball team. In 1992 he took over management of Hazard Creek Golf Course. He developed the Aberdeen Golf Association and championed the golf program that exists at Aberdeen High School.
He is survived by his loving wife Kay; his children: Jason (Lori) Behrend, Cody (Sarah) Behrend, Kam (Kyle) Schneider, and Jenny Behrend; and his grandchildren: Alyssa, Carter, Spencer, Braden, Noah, and twins on the way.
Danny was preceded in death by his father Charles, his brother, Steven, and his nephew Chris Medellin.
The Rosary service will be held at 4:30 p.m., Friday at the Presentation of the Lord Catholic Church, Blessed Sacrament Chapel in Aberdeen.
The visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, and Saturday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Aberdeen with the funeral service at 11 a.m.
Interment will follow at the Aberdeen cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary.
Long-time owner of Mr. G’s Golden Fried Chicken in American Falls, Vera Irene Gunter, 76, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008 of natural causes in Pocatello. A viewing will be held at Colonial Funeral Home on Thursday, Sept. 4, from 7 to 9 p.m., and services will be held on Friday at 1 p.m., also at Colonial Funeral Home.
Christina (Lotz, Burgess) Kingsbury was born Jan. 9, 1941 in Yreka, CA. Chris passed away unexpectedly Aug 30, 2008 in Aberdeen.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Velma (Swede) Lotz and brother Thomas Lotz Jr. She is survived by her husband Stanley; her two daughters, Joanna Burgess of California and Theresa Burgess of Alaska, along with her stepchildren, Misty Carter of Idaho, Scott Kingsbury, Michael Kingsbury, Robert Kingsbury, Zane Caruthers, all of California, and Todd Kingsbury of West Virginia; 24 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, one born Aug. 30, 2008. Coming from a large family, Chris was also survived by many other family members and lifelong friends.
Chris grew up on the Klamath River outside of Yreka, CA, then married and moved to Yreka. She later moved to White City, OR, and after her divorce, moved to Sacramento, CA, where she met her husband Stanley. They lived in the area many years before moving to Aberdeen in 2004. Chris will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.
At her request there will be no services. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls.
John William “Jack” Anderson, 83, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, passed away peacefully early Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008, at his home following an extended illness. He was born June 23, 1925 in Newport, WA, a son of Gustaf W. and Cicley May Morton Anderson.
Jack had a great love of family and spent as much time as possible with them. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed spending time with his wife of nearly 60 years, children, grandchildren and buddies on annual hunting trips. There was always competition between “the boys” to see who would bag the biggest buck, which amused dad. Jack spent most weekends of the summer camping and fishing in Mackay, Chesterfield and Island Park, or anywhere else the fish were biting.
Jack joined the Marine Corps shortly after the beginning of World War II and served our country in the Pacific Theater in campaigns at Okinawa, Guadalcanal, New Caledonia, British Solomon Islands, Caroline Islands, Marshall Islands, and in Guam as well as China. After the war, he returned to northern Idaho, where he worked as a lumberjack, in the mines, delivered coal and many other post-war jobs that were available. It was during this time in the town of Spokane where he met the love of his life, Glenna Kelly, and after a short two-week courtship they were married on Sept. 27, 1948. After spending time at Glenna’s home town of Rockland, they moved to Pocatello to raise their family, where he worked as a driver for Consolidated Freightways and Bannock Paving Company until his retirement.
Dad was an early riser and was well known for his early morning walks all around the streets of Pocatello. He had many friends and always had a dog treat in his pocket for the canine friends he encountered on his daily treks. Dad had a natural way about him that attracted friends, fur or not. He was well liked by many people and always willing to lend a hand and help those in need. His neighbors will miss having him around to clean the snow off everyone’s walks, as well as tending to many of the yards in the neighborhood for those that needed the assistance.
Dad was a lifetime blood donor to the Idaho Red Cross. He volunteered his time to many different causes, enjoying most, the 20 years he spent working at the Frontier Rodeo and Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo.
He is survived by his wife, and four children, sons Larry D. (Barbara) Anderson, Kelly L (Dawn Marie) Anderson, Randy C. (Gayle Sue) Anderson; daughter, Rosanna Anderson; his sister, Beatrice Graupman, Coeur d’Alene; brother-in-law, Chester Bland, Spokane, WA; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister, Jean Bland; brother-in-law, Clarence Graupman; his parents, Gustaf and Cicley Anderson.
Graveside services will be held Friday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m. at the Valleyview Cemetery in Rockland, with military rites. The family will meet with friends Friday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, Madiera Room, Pocatello. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Manning-Wheatley Funeral Chapel, 510 N. 12th Ave., Pocatello. Online condolence may be sent to the Anderson Family at www.manningwheatleyfuneralchapel.com.
|Maria Teresa Gallegos, 79, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008. She was born June 13, 1929.
She was a native of Mexico. She married Cristobal Gallegos and moved to Modesto, CA, where they had six children. She enjoyed singing and her birds. She moved to Idaho in 2000 after the death of her husband.
She is survived by her children: Martin Gallegos and Gonzalo Gallegos of American Falls, Jose Gallegos of Modesto, CA, Dolores Gallegos of Texas, Lourdes Cervantes of Texas and Maria Cantu of Pocatello; 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Cristobal Gallegos.
She will be missed by her family and friends. A special thank you to Harms and Beacon Nursing Home for making her stay in Idaho as comfortable as possible.
Mass was held Friday, Aug. 29, at 10 a.m. at St. Jude’s Catholic Church Ceres. Committal was at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery in Modesto, CA.
Vera Irene Gunter passed away in loving arms at her home in Pocatello on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008, at the age of 75.
Vera was born to Leslie and Julia Brown on March 23, 1933, in Corning, Iowa. She lived in southern California, where she met and married the love of her life, David H. Gunter. They moved to Southeast Idaho in 1973, where they owned and operated Mr. G’s Golden Fried Chicken in American Falls, for over 20 years. She was known to many as “Mrs. G.” After retirement, she moved to Pocatello to live with her daughter and grandchildren.
She enjoyed traveling and spending precious moments with her family and friends.
She is survived by her children Wanda Daniel, G. Daniel Gunter, David Wayne Gunter, Karen M. Gunter, Shirley A. Vannausdle, Orvil K. Gunter, LaVonda Perkins, Anna Gunter and Donna Gunter; 28 grandchildren; multiple great-grandchildren; and several great-great grandchildren; four sisters, Anna, Bonnie, Betty, Francis; and two brothers, James and Russell.
She was preceded in death by her husband, David H. Gunter; sons, Merrill Eugene Purtle, Raymond Purtle, Gerald Purtle, David Douglas Gunter; daughter, Sandra Gunter; brother, Charles Brown; and her parents.
A viewing was held at Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 S. Fourth Ave, Pocatello, on Thursday Sept. 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services were also held at the funeral home on Friday, Sept. 5, at 1 p.m. She was laid to rest at Marsh Center Cemetery directly following.
She will be deeply missed. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.colonial-funeralhome.com.
Albert “Al” Henry Deeg, 83, of Pocatello, passed away Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008 of an apparent heart attack.
He was born April 30, 1925 in American Falls, to John Deeg Jr. and Pauline Burgemeister Deeg.
Al served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He married Phyllis Clara Reeves on Dec. 23, 1951. They were happily married for 56 years. To this union were born three daughters, Katherine Ann Rademacher (Gary), Pocatello; Sandra Lee Cottrell, Pocatello; Pamela Kay Peasnall (Steve), Safford, AZ.
He retired from FMC Corporation after working there 28 years. He was an electrician by trade.
He had numerous hobbies. He loved golfing, fishing, hunting, rock collecting, gardening, baking, and carpentry. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He had a great outlook on life and sense of humor. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. There was nothing too hard for him to accomplish.
He is survived by his loving wife, Phyllis C. Deeg; daughters, Kathy, Sandy and Pam; brother, Harold (Irene) Deeg, American Falls; sister, Lena (Arthur) Bruns, Eden, ID; eight grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Arthur Deeg; one sister, Bertha Kucera; and one grandson, Matthew Rademacher.
As per his wishes, cremation has been performed and no funeral services are planned. However, Military Memorial Rites were offered by the Pocatello Veterans Honor Guard on Monday, Sept. 8, at the Southeast Idaho Veterans Memorial on South Fifth Ave., Pocatello. Following the military rites, there was an open house at the Deeg residence on Monday, Sept. 8, from 1 to 6 p.m. Friends who wish may send online condolences to the family by visiting www.DownardFuneralHome.com.
Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield, Pocatello, ID 83204 (208) 233-0686.
Virginia Ann Schultz (O’Harra) Nessen, 73 of Rupert, passed away Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008 at her home in Rupert. She was born July 28, 1935 in Pocatello, to William and May Schultz.
She attended school in Pocatello through the seventh grade. The family then moved to the Neeley area. She then attended school in American Falls until she married David O’Harra in 1957. They had three boys and two girls, Mike O’Harra, Jimmy O’Harra, Dan O’Harra, Christy O’Harra and Colleen Severson. They divorced in 1979.
Virginia Married Bob Nessen on June 28, 1980 and lived in Rupert, where she worked at Magic Valley Foods until 1993 when she had to retire early due to health problems. Virginia enjoyed cooking and canning food from Bob’s Garden. She loved visiting with all her family especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband Bob, her two sons and two daughters, four stepsons, Robert, Mike, Dennis, and Doug Nessen, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, one brother and two sisters.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother and a son, Jimmy.
Virginia will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.
The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. at the Power House Christian Fellowship, 2905 Sunbeam Road, American Falls. There will be a viewing at 9 a.m. prior to the funeral at the church. Interment will follow the funeral at the Neeley Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls.
|In memory of Mark Stanton, there will be a memorial tree planting followed by a gathering for family and friends held at Register Rock State Park on Sunday, Sept. 14, at 1 p.m.
| Cathy M. Lee, 56, of Aberdeen, went home to the Lord on Tuesday morning, Sept. 9, 2008, after a long battle with a serious illness.
She was born in Eugene, OR, on Aug. 15, 1952. She attended South Eugene High School and graduated in 1970. She married Teddy Vrettas in 1972, a marriage which was blessed with two children, Brandonn and Seana, but ended in divorce in 1978. Cathy met and married Gary Lee in 1980, and shortly after their marriage they moved to Aberdeen. They were blessed with a son, Dustin. Cathy and Gary were later divorced.
Many knew Cathy as an Avon representative, a vocation she enjoyed for many years. She enjoyed crafts, shopping at thrift stores and especially cats. Cathy was an avid cat lover and owned at least one all of her life, treating them like one of her children.
She was a true loving and caring mother and has always been a loving Christian who has helped many others over the course of her lifetime.
Cathy is survived by her mother, Jean Richardson, of Portland, OR; two sons, Brandonn Vrettas and Dustin Lee, both of Aberdeen; and her daughter Seana (Tim) Gneiting, also of Aberdeen; sisters, Sharon (Vic) Lomboy of Gresham, OR, and Linda Cooley of Eugene, OR.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ray Soward.
A memorial service in her honor was conducted on Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Mennonite Fellowship Hall. Cathy was dearly loved by her family and friends and will be missed tremendously. Arrangements were under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home.
|Faye B. Matson passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008, after a short illness; she was 88 years old.
Faye was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and friend. She also worked for many years as the switchboard/telephone operator at Lamb Weston in American Falls. Faye loved her job and the many friends she made there.
During the later years of her life, she spent most of her time with her grandchildren and great-grands, as she called them. She was always fun and full of life, and she will be deeply missed.
Faye will be buried in the Falls View Cemetery next to her sons who preceded her in death, Richard Houk and Bret VanHorn.
She is survived by her three grandchildren, Mike Houk, Shannon (Rienstra) Harkness, and Jodi (Houk) Randolph, their spouses, and eight great-grandchildren. A private memorial will be held by her family to honor her life at a later time.
|Donald Lester Harwood, 83, of American Falls, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday morning, Sept. 3, 2008, in the presence of his immediate family.
He was born on July 18, 1925 to Ira Lester and Anna Laura Harwood, in Spokane, WA, the fourth of five children. Two weeks later, Don and his mother joined the rest of the family who were homesteading in Roy, ID. With the exception of two tours of duty with the U.S. Air Force and one school year in St. John, WA, Don lived in either Roy or American Falls. As a young boy Don attended school in the Roy area, but as he grew the family began to spend the winter in American Falls, where he finished his schooling, and would return to Roy in the spring to the family farm. He was active in sports in high school, participating in both football and basketball.
At the age of 17 Don left home to serve his country in the Army Air Corps. He was a member of the Eighth Air Force in England, where he flew 34 missions as a Ball Turret Gunner on a B17 Flying Fortress. He and his family were very proud of his service; he seldom spoke of battle, preferring to remember his time and his relationships on base. Don later re-enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, where he served with the West Coast defense as a radar technician. After the war he returned to Idaho to work on the farm and also tend bar in American Falls.
On Sept. 8, 1955 Don married Marvelle Morris in Elko, NV. After a brief honeymoon they returned to American Falls where they would reside for the next 53 years. In May of 1960, Marvelle gave birth to their only child, a son, Donald Brett Harwood.
In the early 1960’s the Harwood’s sold the family farm. Don worked at various jobs, and eventually was hired with the Power County Highway District, where he retired in 1990 after working there for over 25 years.
Don was active in the American Falls community. He was an active member of the American Falls Men’s Golf Association and the American Falls Lions Club, where he held several offices including President. He enjoyed watching local Little League, American Legion and high school sports, especially during the years his son, and later his grandchildren were participating. Aside from his family, which he dearly loved, his one true passion was golf. He began golfing in the late 1950’s and continued to golf regularly until the last few years when physical restriction prevented him from doing so.
Don is survived by his wife Marvelle; their son and daughter-in-law, Brett and Lorna Harwood; and six grandchildren: Jennifer, Jonas, Laura Rachel, Jonathan, Liam and Padraig; his sister, Otella Anderson, all of American Falls; and brother and sister-in-law Jerry and Mona Harwood, of Stockton, CA. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Clint Harwood and Wayne Harwood.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 8, at the American Falls Congregational Church, 745 Bennett Ave., American Falls. Military honors were held at Fallsview Cemetery under the direction of the American Legion Roland Evans Post #3 in American Falls.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St., American Falls.
|Steven DeVon Lowder, 34, of Aurora, UT, passed away Monday, Sept. 1, 2008, in Richfield, UT.
He was born June 15, 1974 in American Falls to Rick Lowder and Elizabeth Olsen.
On Dec. 4, 1993 he married Diana Nord in Ririe.
Steve loved trucking and seeing the United States. He worked for many companies. He enjoyed spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Diana of Aurora, UT; children, Anna, Jesse and Bo, all of Aurora; mother, Elizabeth of Parker Dam, CA; father, Rick of Roy, UT; mother- and father-in-law, Reed and Gaylia Nord of Ririe; grandparents, Jack and Edith Morris of American Falls and Devon Lowder of Aberdeen; brothers, Cory (Wendy) Lowder of Woods Cross, UT, and Shawn Lowder of Idaho Falls; sister, Brandi (Martin) Cheney of Idaho Falls; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandmother Shirlene Lowder.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Aurora LDS Second Ward in Aurora. Friends called from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday prior to services, both at the church. Burial was in the Aurora Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Magleby Mortuary of Richfield, Salina and Manti, UT. Condolences may be left for the family online at www.maglebymortuary.com.
|Emily Ruth Love, 31, of American Falls, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
The funeral service was Thursday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. at the PowerHouse Christian Fellowship, 2905 Sunbeam Road, American Falls. There was a funeral service Friday, Sept. 5, at 11 a.m. in Ririe at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Interment followed at the Ririe Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary. The family thanks the community for all their support.
Gilbert Kent, husband, father, grandpa, brother and friend, passed away Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008 at his home with his wife and children at his side.
Gilbert was born Aug. 14, 1928 in Tarkio, MO, to Gilbert M. and Evelyn L. Smith Kent. He moved with his family from Missouri to Marsing, ID, in 1940. In 1942 they moved to the Oregon coast where he started working falling timber, until his boss discovered he was only 15 and fired him. They moved back to Marsing where he worked in the spud shed and bought his first truck at 16.
He married Wanda Lee Oyler on Aug. 16, 1947. Dad told us that the first time he saw mom walking down the street that he knew he was going to marry that girl.
Gilbert and Wanda moved to American Falls in 1965 because they had a hauling contract with Lamb Weston, that they held for 20 years. They also farmed for 20 years.
He is survived by the other half that made him whole, his loving wife of 61 years, Wanda; son, Rick and daughter Elaine. Grandchildren are Lainie Jo, Gabe, Eric, and Calynn. He included Keri, John Paul, Thomas, and Kris as grandkids too. He has six great-grandchildren. Also surviving are sisters, Opal (Joe) Perkins, Judy (Ray) Larrea. He included Wanda’s sisters as his too, Glayds Larsen, Marsing, ID, Mamie Weere, Caldwell, ID Margaret (Ralph) Dines, Marsing, ID, Mary (Barb Hamon) Rong, Meridian, ID, Donna (Don) Chaney, Centinental, CO, and sister-in-law, Betty Kent, Marsing, ID. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive him.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Cecil and Jim.
The funeral service will be held Friday, Sept. 26, at 11 a.m. at the American Falls Congregational Church, 745 Bennett Ave. Interment will follow at Fallsview Cemetery. The visitation will be Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St., American Falls, and Friday one hour prior to the service at the church.
|John Otto Reitz went home to our Heavenly Father on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008. He passed away in Seattle, WA, after receiving a liver transplant.
John is survived by his wife of 30 years Peggy, their children Ian and Ivy, his brother Philip, his sisters Heidi, Gretchen and Ingrid and their respective families. Born on Oct. 3, 1955 in Madang, New Guinea to missionaries Gerhard and Jean Reitz, service to others was instilled in John from the start. After several years at school in Brisbane, Australia, John moved to the U.S. and graduated from high school in American Falls. Dubuque, IA was his next stop; a place where he earned his undergraduate degree in airport management, secured his pilot’s license, played collegiate rugby, and became an ordained Lutheran minister after completing the Masters of Divinity program at Wartburg Theological Seminary.
John entered the mission field, and served the congregation of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Shreveport, LA. He soon answered another calling, and was commissioned as a Naval Officer. With courage, John served his country for 20 years, and walked beside our service men and women at various duty stations including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, Naval Hospital Bremerton, CREDO Pacific Northwest, and Naval Submarine Base Bangor. He also deployed aboard the USS Roanoke, USS Camden and USS Carl Vinson, and earned his wings with the 2nd Force Recon Radio Company. During his military tenure he received his jump wings with a marine reconnaissance unit and also earned a second Masters degree in International Relations from the Naval War College. John retired as a lieutenant commander in the Chaplain Corps, USN, and was ready to take on a new role, as a hospital chaplain for military veterans.
John had many passions and gifts that ranged from athlete to artist, car enthusiast to carpenter, motorcyclist to musician. He was a life-long student and teacher, who recognized that the journey was just as important as the destination. Along the way, his greatest passion was for those who joined him on what he considered his “walkabout.”
We remember John and celebrate him as a gentle and loving father, devoted husband, spirited brother and a compassionate and humble servant. We already miss his engaging storytelling, honest touch, sage wisdom, and contagious zest for life. John touched so many lives, and truly left all those who knew him in awe. In his death, we honor his commitment to live life for others.
In place of flowers, remembrances may be made in John’s name to the American Liver Foundation at www.liverfoundation.org. The greatest tribute to John would be to register as an organ donor. For more information, visit www.organdonor.gov. A celebration of John’s life was held Saturday, Sept. 20, at 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Belfair, WA. A memorial service will also take place Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 12 p.m. at the Jackson Park Navy Chapel in Bremerton, WA.
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