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OBITUARIES - February 2009
Irene Haberer

Irene Carmichael Haberer, 82, Neeley, died Saturday evening, Jan. 24, 2009, at her home following a lingering illness, with her loving husband by her side.
She was born July 4, 1926 at Tabor City, NC. She was proud of her Scottish Carmichael Highlander heritage, who emigrated to the Carolina’s from Ireland after being removed from Scotland. Her great-grandfather deeded land for a State Park along the Little Peedee River and established a church nearby. At the early age of 10 she had the responsibility of helping cook, wash and tend to her blind grandmother. Later she also helped her father raise and care for her siblings due to her mother’s illness. Studies to become a nurse at Emory University were cut short by ‘Cupid’ when she met and married Ernest Montano. They moved to Los Angeles where she raised her two sons and became successful owning a Laundromat, hamburger stand and apartments. Later becoming a single mother she raised her family while working and earning her cosmetology license. While working as a hairdresser she met Bill’s mother, who said ‘they should get together’. They met and married in May of 1966. Her success, business intuition continued by buying Bill’s stock option while he was working at a fledgling computer company. Mom loved writing poetry, knitting, gardening and her view of the Snake River and sunsets. Her ‘hammer to the wood’ is evident by all the finished interior of the house they built together, while also finding time to train and medal in a Senior Olympics Swim Meet. She loved singing her Baptist church songs in deference to her Catholic and Lutheran husband(s). Love of life and with her twinkling eyes and Carmichael grin even in discomfort and pain characterized her daily life. Bill has been blessed with sharing his life and care for her.
Mom is survived by her husband Bill; sons Ernest Jr. (wife – Cora and sons); Daniel (wife – Vika and sons); Vikie Montano (Basgall); sister, Christine; brothers, Bob and Buster; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Labon and Mazella Bridgman Carmichael; brothers, Bill, J.B., Tom; and a sister, Grace.
All of us have been truly blessed with a truly wonderful Loving Mother, a Helpmate and Life Companion forever and a new Angel in Heaven to help guide us by her example of love and Care. Private visitation was Thursday, Jan. 29, at 3 p.m. in the Cornelison – Henderson Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello. Online guest book and condolences available at

Allen (Stretch) Brumfield

On the road again
Allen (Stretch) Brumfield, our beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, at his home at 1618 North Main, Pocatello.
In 1972 he joined the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1975 as a sergeant and expert marksman.
In 1989 he married the love of his life Sharon Davis. He was a long haul truck driver until forced to retire because of COPD, a long-time illness he fought.
He is survived by his wife, parents Jim and Leone Friesen, brother Larry Brumfield, two stepbrothers, two stepsisters, four children, and ten grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father George Brumfield.
Memorial services will be Friday, Feb. 6, at 12 p.m. in the Mennonite Fellowship Hall, 381 E. Washington Ave., Aberdeen.
In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted.

LeRoy Kenneth Copeland

lly into heaven Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009 at St. Marks Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT, with his wife Yolanda and daughter Erin at his side. LeRoy was born Dec. 3, 1937, in Aberdeen, the son of Carlisle Calvin Copeland and Nedra Esther Vargason and was the third of eight children.
After graduating from Aberdeen High School, he served four years in the United States Navy. He married Patricia Spurrier, they were later divorced. He is survived by four children born of this union: Cathy Hutchinson, Buck (Kristi) Copeland, Jeanette (Chad) Slichter, and Joe Copeland.
He had a lifelong love of horses. He worked on ranches and farms as a young man. He was a member of the Aberdeen Boots and Saddle Club and rode with his uncle Hassell Vargason for eight years.
He also enjoyed team roping and won many trophies and ribbons. He worked as an industrial maintenance man for J.R. Simplot in Aberdeen and as an original member of the maintenance team when Great Western Malting opened in 1981 in Pocatello.
LeRoy married Yolanda Blair on Valentine’s Day, 1978. He is survived by his wife, son Jeff (Jaime) Osborne, daughter Erin, and is preceded in death by his son Andrew Osborne.
LeRoy volunteered at Salt Lake County Aging Services. He also was a campground host in Idaho and Wyoming after retiring from Conveyors Equipment in 2000.
LeRoy was the proud and loving grandfather of 18 grandchildren; he also has several nieces and nephews. He is survived by his brother David (Carol) Copeland, and sister Ann (Francisco) Hurtado. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Duane Copeland, sister Patricia Corwin, and sister Ethel Austin.
The funeral services were to be held Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m. at the Assembly of God, 329 Harrison Street, American Falls. The visitation was held Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St., American Falls, and Wednesday, Feb. 4, one hour prior to the service at the church.
Interment will follow church services at Mountain View Cemetery in Pocatello, with military honors by the Pocatello Combined Honor Guard.

Emma Louise Stacey

Emma Louise Stacey passed away January 30, 2009 in Pocatello, ID, from prolonged health issues.
Louise was born March 30, 1924 to Thomas A. Dille and Lois M. (Christiansen) Dille at Neeley, ID.
Louise is survived by three sons, Wm. Andrew Smith, Michael J. Smith, and Roger K. Smith, all of Valdez, Alaska, one daughter, Verena L. Wilkins of Dallas, TX, and one sister, Leona Yocum of Pocatello. She had 24 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren. When Louise attended the last Dille reunion, she received the award for having the most descendants at 134. The entire list is too numerous; those living locally are Tia Steed, Don Steed, Toni McLean, Randy White, Kristen Bock, April Steed, Colton McLean, Marrissa McLean, Logan McLean, Devin Mock, Cheyenne Mock, Kailey Nichols, Allisa Nichols, Brendon Nichols, and Joseph Colungo. For the last several years Louise has had her great-granddaughter April Steed living with her as her constant companion.
Louise was preceeded in death by her parents, lifelong Power County residents Thomas and Lois Dille, three brothers - Clifford, John, and Thomas Dille - and one sister, Mina Marcuerquiaga. She is also preceeded by three husbands, Arthur J. Smith, Albert W. (Con) White, and Edward V. Stacey; two sons, Arthur J. Smith and Albert W. (Bert) White, Jr.; two daughters, Karen A. Louk and R. Renie Smith, and her granddaughter Kerry R. Mock.
There will be a viewing at Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5 and from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, prior to services at 11 p.m. at the LDS Stake Center, 111 Church Place, in American Falls.
Interment will be at the Neeley Cemetery for those willing to brave the weather.

Donna Jean Batterton
Donna Jean Batterton, age 76 passed away Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009 following an extended illness. Donna was born June 1, 1933 in Thomas, ID, to Fredrick William Rhode and Leona McMillan.
Her beloved husband, Gerald LuRay Batterton, preceded her in death. Donna is survived by her sister Judy Ann Emma Hoke, Rockford, ID, and her brother Mike Emil Seefried, Willow Creek, MT. She is also survived by her children, LuRay Jean Batterton of Pendleton, OR, Floyd Gerald Batterton of American Falls, Will Bonnie Batterton of American Falls, Marshall Wayne Batterton of Pendleton, OR, Vickie Zimmerman of Pocatello, Toni Dybowski of Pinedale, WY, and William Allan Zimmerman of Kemmer, WY, and eight grandchildren.
The greatest joy in her life was raising her family. Donna also enjoyed gardening, the outdoors, horses and she had a talent for home style cooking.
The visitation was Thursday, Feb. 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Davis Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St., American Falls.
Tosha Marie Hanson
Tosha Marie Hanson, 20, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009, at her home.
She was born April 20, 1988 in Blackfoot, to Gary and Holly (Mauchley) Nelson. Tosha lived in Aberdeen for 13 years, where she attended kindergarten through eighth grade, then moved to Gooding, ID, and attended ninth and tenth grade at Shoshone High School. In the 11th grade she moved to Twin Falls and attended Twin Falls High School.
She married Justin Hanson in 2008. Tosha worked at Classy Castle Daycare and ABC-123 Daycare. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
She loved kids, reading, puzzles, search and find word search, embroidery projects, movies, snowmobiling, boating, riding with her dad on his motorcycle, playing games with family, and most of all being a mom.
Tosha is survived by her husband, Justin, Twin Falls; daughter, Chloe Mae; mom, Holly (Tim) Fleming, Twin Falls; father, Gary (Jean) Nelson, Aberdeen; sisters, Tara (Adam) Simpson, Twin Falls; Tauni Nelson, Twin Falls; brother, Tyler Nelson, Twin Falls; and her grandparents.
Funeral services were Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 11 a.m. at Hankins LDS 11th Ward chapel, with visitation starting at 9 a.m. Burial followed at the Twin Falls Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Parke’s Magic Valley Funeral Home, 2551 Kimberly Road, Twin Falls.
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Dora Mazuren
Dora Mazuren, 99, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2008 after a very long illness.
She was born in Shelley, ID, to Heber Thomas and Anna Tomina Karoline (Bolander) Child on Oct. 2, 1909. She was their first child and joined a blended family of six other brothers and sisters. Three more children were born following Dora.
She worked at the Shelley phone company as a young woman and later moved to Los Angeles, CA, where she met her future husband, John Mazuren. They were married on Jan. 6, 1931 in Huntington Park, CA. They had one child, Beverly Jean Heward of American Falls.
Dora could always be found working in her yard and keeping a beautiful flower garden. She was an accomplished seamstress and loved making doll clothes for her daughter and grandchildren; needlework was also one of her talents. She made the most wonderful pies and cookies, a favorite being her mulberry pie.
Her grandchildren have treasured memories of her reading them stories and being attentive to them. She served her family all her days and was an example of love, strength, kindness and service. She was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she served as a visiting teacher in Mesa, AZ, and American Falls.
She is survived by her daughter, Beverly; eight grandchildren, Pamela Bouldin (Bobby), Cheryl Heward, Bryan (Becky) Heward, all of Mesa, AZ; Craig Heward, American Falls; Dale (Shelly) Heward, Chandler, AZ; Dana (Glen) Coates, Price, UT; Keri (Bryce) Miller, Las Vegas, NV; and Kyle (Rachel) Heward, Queen Creek, AZ. Dora has 27 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren; also numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Dora was predeceased by her parents; brothers Jack, Albert and Harold; and sisters Beatrice Scobie, Evelyn Child, Juanita Schaffer, Minnie Stoker, Iva Child, Elva Munsee, and Verna Stephens.
Funeral arrangements were with Davis-Rose Mortuary and burial was at the Shelley Cemetery. The viewing was at 9 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 2, with the funeral following at 10 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel, 650 Pocatello Ave., American Falls. The family wishes to give special thanks to Heather and her team of caring nurses from Creekside Hospice.
Betty Jean Schatz
Betty Jean Schatz, 80, passed away on Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, at an assisted living facility in Pocatello from complications of Alzheimer’s.
She was born on June 23, 1928 in American Falls, to Beda Rosander and William Schatz. She spent her childhood years on the family farm west of American Falls and graduated from American Falls High School in 1945. She was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in American Falls.
Betty was a hard worker. She worked for Eddy’s Bakery, Reno Wholesale, Texaco Distributorship, and Jones Glass. She was an astute businesswoman and was a partner in John’s Paint & Glass until her retirement in 2001.
Betty is survived by her daughter, Melanie (Kevin) Christensen, and her two grandchildren Kate and Drew; two brothers, William Schatz and Erwin Schatz (Audelia). Her nieces and nephews were her “family” also: Diane Beitz (Mike), Gary Ferguson (Kim), Linda Sonnen (Bob), Mike Ferguson, Patty Porath (Lynden), Gloria Dillon (Mark), Terry Godleski (Walt), John Schatz (Rosie), Clarke Schatz (Julia), and Jamie Schatz (Stephanie). Betty was preceded in death by her parents and sister Melba Ferguson Adolf.
A memorial service for Betty will be at 11 a.m. Monday Feb. 16, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 656 Tyhee Avenue, American Falls. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary.
The family would like to thank the staff and directors of Ashley Manor Alzheimer Care Facility and Access Health and Hospice for their loving care of Betty.
Alfred Victor Haugen
Alfred Victor Haugen, 81, Pocatello, formerly of Newberg, OR, passed peacefully to be with his Heavenly Father, surrounded by family, at his home Friday, Feb. 6, 2009.
He was born Aug. 27, 1927 in Watford City, ND, to Asle and Jenna Askivikan Haugen. Growing up on the North Dakota prairie, Alfred helped his family in various ways after a tragedy left him fatherless at the age of nine. In 1946, Alfred joined the United States Army Air Corps, serving in Guam during World War II. Upon discharge from the military, he moved to Portland OR, where he attended Clark College, graduating in 1951 as a Journeyman Mechanic. He later met and married the love of his life, Emogene Bonneville, on Feb. 25, 1952. Alfred secured employment with Portland General Electric from 1960-1989, retiring after 29 years of service.
He shared his unwavering faith and devotion to his Lord with his entire family. Throughout his life Alfred was an avid outdoors man, enjoying activities with his family including hunting, hiking, camping and gardening. Huckleberry picking at Mount Adams was a favorite activity enjoyed by the entire family, along with friends. Alfred was a great teacher, instructing his sons in mechanical work, which continue as family traditions today. His great sense of humor was loved by all. He fascinated children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren. Upon retirement he enjoyed traveling with his wife, visiting friends and family. Alfred is remembered for always having time to help others.
He is survived by Emogene, his wife of 57 years; and blessed to this union five children, Duane Asle Haugen of Redman, OR, Bruce Alfred Haugen of Pocatello, Lynn Marie (Steve) Deeg of American Falls, Marcus Drew (Brenda) Haugen of Newberg, OR, and Jeremiah Cleve Haugen of Newberg, OR; nine grandchildren, Jenny Kay Haugen, Daniel Haugen, Jason Haugen, Michelle Deeg, Amber Deeg, Jessica Haugen, Jill Haugen, Jenna Haugen, and Janessa Haugen; four great-grandchildren, Tristin Haugen, Dakota Haugen, Hunter Stewart and Echo Stewart; three siblings, Borgny Moe of Portland, OR, Agnes Allen of Georgia, and John Haugen of Bend, OR.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Olaf, and a sister, Ester Petersen.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 13, at 11 a.m. in the Cornelison ~ Henderson Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday evening and one hour prior to services Friday in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Falls View Cemetery, American Falls, with military graveside rites by the American Falls Veterans Honor Guard. Online guest book and condolences available at
Leona Neal Thompson
Leona Margaret Neal Thompson, 87, of Nampa, ID, died of cancer Tuesday, Feb 3, 2009 at the home of her youngest son, Jerry L. Neal.
She was born in American Falls to Abraham and Margaret Goertzen on Dec. 24, 1921. Leona was the oldest of 10 children. She was raised and attended school in American Falls. She married Rulon Neal in Bozeman, MT, on Aug 31, 1940 and their marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on June 1, 1971. She and Rulon owned Neal’s Sand and Gravel Company when first married. She also worked for Van England’s department store and worked in the school cafeteria. After the death of Rulon in 1991, she met and married Fred Thompson. She had a love for music and spent much of her time dancing and singing in her later years. She loved spending time with family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Rulon Neal and Fred Thompson; a daughter, Darla Kay; her brother, Richard; and parents, Abe and Margaret. She is survived by her five children and their spouses: Ron and Carol Neal, Middlefield, CN; Nancy and Joe Lakatos, Caldwell, ID; Carol and Ben Cheney, Boise, ID; Gary and Joye Neal, Nampa, ID; Jerry and Karren Neal, Nampa, ID; brothers, Johnny, Boise, ID; Leonard, Garland, UT; Robert (Buzz), Lewiston, ID; Larry, Caldwell, ID; and sisters, Lena Gray, Boise, ID; Violet Sturman, Boise, ID; Dorothy Shell, Boise, ID; Verla Sutton, Boise, ID. Leona has 24 grandchildren and 56 great-grandchildren.
A viewing was held Thursday, Feb. 5, at the LDS Stake Center on Linden Rd, Caldwell, ID, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 6, at 3 p.m. with a viewing from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 111 Church Place in American Falls. Internment was at the Falls View Cemetery, American Falls.
A special thank you to our hospice friends, Leora Thacker, Carolyn and Gary Thomson, and all who helped with the care for our mom in her final weeks. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heart and Home Foundation, 1815 S. 10th Ave., Caldwell, ID 83607. (208-454-0262)
Kevin R. Schmett
Worcester, MA – Kevin R. Schmett, 43, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, at Umass Memorial Hospital. Kevin is survived by his beloved wife Li Shen (Maggie); his son Saben, 21, who is serving in the U.S. Army; daughters Sage, 19, who is attending Massachusetts Art and Design, and Erika, three months (who will come to know her father through the stories that will be passed on to her); his parents, Roy Schmett of Laramie, WY, and Tillie Schmett of Boise, ID; and his two brothers, Greg Schmett and family of Las Vegas, NV, and Jayson Schmett and family of Anchorage, AK.
Kevin was born in American Falls and moved to Laramie, WY, at age seven. Kevin was a graduate of Laramie High School and attended the University of Wyoming and Phoenix Institute of Technology. Kevin pursued his career as a design engineer with Morgan Construction. Kevin will be returning to Idaho for his final journey, where his ashes will be scattered along the Snake River.
Kevin was a lover of art, music and poetry, which he also composed. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Kevin Schmett to the MassArt Foundation, 621 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115.
Kevin will be sadly missed by all that knew and loved him.
Lucille M. Knight
Lucille M. Knight, 85, of Blackfoot, passed away Monday, Feb. 2, 2009.
She was born Aug. 5, 1923 in Sheridan, WY, to Charles M. and Nellie Ellen Sayer Osieck. Lucille loved music, especially guitar and singing. One of her hobbies was raising boxer dogs.
She is survived by her son, Wayne B. Knight of Blackfoot.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 72 N. Shilling Avenue, Blackfoot.
Neil Eugene Pratt
Neil Eugene Pratt, passed away Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009 from a heart attack at Montrose Memorial Hospital. He was born Sept. 15, 1942 to loving parents Lehi Jones Pratt and Doris Carmen Hatfield in Pocatello. He graduated from Aberdeen High School and continued his education at Brigham Young University where he earned a BA Degree in Youth Recreation and a Master of Arts in Continuing Education.
In 1961, he was called to serve a mission for The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Hawaii. There he served for two years and loved the Hawaiian people.
After his mission, he married Eleanor Capson. They had eight children and were later divorced.
On Sept. 14, 1984, Neil married Joanne Kalisciak, his best friend and the love of his life. They had two children.
Neil’s career began in the LDS Church Education System, where he was the Seminary/Institute Teacher and Director. He worked for the Cancer Society and the Boy Scouts of America as an Executive Director. Later he worked for his brother at Pratt Medical. At the time of his passing, he was the Executive Director for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program for five counties.
As a member of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Neil served in many capacities: including a member of the Bishopric; Stake Mission Presidency; High Priest Group Leader; Gospel Doctrine Teacher; and was currently serving a Church Service Mission with his wife, Joanne, as Group Leaders for the Addiction Recovery Program. He was a beloved Scriptorian, who loved missionary work and service. He was an Eagle Scout and had earned three palms and strongly supported the Scouting Program.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lehi Jones Pratt, and brother, Darin Dean Pratt. He is survived by his wife, Joanne; his mother, Doris, Aberdeen; one brother, Gary Pratt, Aberdeen; one sister, Annie Eccher, Blackfoot. He is also survived by 13 children: Patricia (Ron) Jones, Wasilla, AK; Carmen (Russell) Hardy, Long Island, NY; Stephen (KariAnn) Pratt, Pocatello; Brian (Lisa) Pratt, Springville, VA; Rachel (Randy) Kidman, St. George, UT; Becky (Matt) Jarman, Salt Lake City, UT; Christy (Aaron) Florence, East Rockaway, NY; Joseph (Heather) Pratt, Yelm, WA; Jessica (Steven) Lathen, Sahaurita, AZ; and Andrew Pratt, Montrose, CO. Neil also had three step-children, Adam (Angie) Burden, Ogden, UT; Nathan Burden, Montrose, CO; and Elizabeth (Michael) Schatz, American Fork, UT. He was blessed to have 42 grandchildren.
Neil was an intelligent, innovative, hard working man who delighted in sharing his knowledge with others. His hobby was to tinker around with cars and he loved to discover how things worked so he could fix them. His love, support, curiosity, kindness, and service will be sorely missed.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 19, at 10 a.m. in the LDS Delta Chapel, 1679 Pioneer Rd., Delta, CO. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18, at Taylor Funeral Service, 800 Palmer St., Delta, CO. A visitation will also be held from 9 to 9:45 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Delta LDS Chapel. Burial will be in the Aberdeen Cemetery in Aberdeen, Saturday, Feb. 21.
Condolences may be sent to Taylor Funeral Service or a contribution may be made to the LDS Missionary Fund in care of Bishop Kevin Pulsipher, 1213 Sunrise Dr., Delta, CO 81416.
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Richard H. (Rick) Cluff
05/15/1936 – 02/11/2009
The final checkered flag has fallen in the life of Richard H. (Rick) Cluff on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009 at Harms Memorial Hospital in American Falls.
Rick was born in Salt Lake City, UT, to Richard H. and Helen VanVulkenburg Cluff on May 15, 1936. They moved to Idaho and lived in Aberdeen and American Falls where he also went to school.
He married Helen Allen and from this union four children were born: Allen, JoVonnie, Salynn and Darrin. They were later divorced.
In 1962 he met his wife of 46 years, Lois Bevins. He married the love of his life on Dec. 28, 1962 and they renewed their vows at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in 1999. A son and daughter, Sheldon and Lucy, were born from this union.
Rick was proud of his service in the Idaho National Guard and received an honorable discharge. He worked in construction as a millwright and was also an excellent diesel mechanic. He enjoyed helping young people and sharing his time and knowledge teaching them how to weld and build things out of metal.
The mountains and rivers were his playground. It wasn’t unusual for him to load up the kids and half the neighborhood kids and head for the desert or hills for a camp over. He instilled this love of nature to all his children. He loved whitewater rafting and went on several trips down the Salmon River with friends Carl Smith and Harvey Partner. Riding 4-wheelers came next on his favorite things to do in the Arizona Desert with Marj and Denver Linscheid or in the Idaho mountains above Rockland with Lois.
His greatest passion was racing. In the late 60’s he raced stock cars in Pocatello, Meridian, and Salt Lake City. His Chevy “Rebel” car #261 was well known in the racing circles. He never went to the track in dirty coveralls and all the dents and scratches on his car were painted weekly so the car always looked brand new.
NASCAR racing and the yearly trip to the Las Vegas race was something he really looked forward to. The rest of the NASCAR season would find him at Freddie’s Road House with his friends, Fred and Cia, Nancy, Julie, Crispy, Dave and the rest of the crew cheering on their favorite drivers, especially #88. He was fondly known as Mr. President and could answer any NASCAR questions, but only after it had been thoroughly hashed over and then it was his job to verify.
Rick is survived by his wife, Lois of American Falls; children, Allen (Brenda) Cluff of Pocatello, JoVonnie Wilson and Sheldon Cluff of Las Vegas; son-in-law Bill Bloxham, Pocatello; daughter-in-law, Connie Cluff, Eatonton, GA; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; his brothers, Lonald (Myrna); Earl (Donna); Kelly (Jo); Hyrum (Kathy), all of Pocatello, and Lee (Darlene) of American Falls.
He was preceded in death by his parents and step-father Joe Yearwood, his brother John, and children, Darrin, Salynn and Lucy, and Black Lab, Duke.
Rick chose to be cremated with no formal services.

Reed McEntire
Reed Zollinger McEntire, 86, passed away Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009, in American Falls. Reed was born July 27, 1922 to Raymond Eli McEntire and Sara Ann Zollinger in Rexburg, ID.
Reed graduated from Madison High School and attended one year at Ricks College in Rexburg. He was a member of the Ricks basketball team and played in the NCAA tournament in Denver, CO.
He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in September 1942 and went to boot camp in San Diego. He was then sent to Ford Island in Honolulu and from there to Palmara Island. After other assignments he was sent to action on Iwo Jima Island. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps at the Naval Air Station in Seattle, WA, in 1945.
After his service in the Marine Corps, he was hired as an Idaho State Patrolman for two years. He then went to Salt Lake City with General Motors Corp. and was sent to Flint, Michigan, to train as an auto claims adjuster. He served in this capacity in Blackfoot, ID, and also worked as parts manager for Kozanke Chevrolet and Oldsmobile Dealership in American Falls. After this time, he purchased and operated the Arctic Circle Drive Inn in American Falls until he retired.
He was active in numerous service organizations and in 1952 was a prime person in the starting of the Lions Club in American Falls and in Aberdeen. He was the last surviving charter member.
Reed married Marion Grace Clayton, from Burley, ID, on July 23, 1947 and after many years of happy marriage Marion died April 4, 2002.
Reed is survived by his son, Mark Reed McEntire, and sisters, Marjorie Smith and Marilyn Curtis. Reed is preceded in death by his wife; son, Michael; brother, Nolen; and sisters, Afton Welker and Elma Erikson.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at the United Methodist Church, 710 Fort Hall Ave., American Falls. The family will meet with friends and relatives from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St., American Falls.
In lieu of flowers, donations will be graciously accepted at the Power County Senior Citizen Center in American Falls.
Dennis Lee Weerheim
Dennis Lee Weerheim, age 70, longtime American Falls resident, passed away Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009 after a bout with cancer. He was born May 14, 1938 in Corsica, Douglas County, SD. Dennis was the youngest of five sons of Jacob and Velma Weerheim.
After high school Dennis worked several jobs before moving to Emmett, ID, where he lived with his brother, Harry and Mary Weerheim. He joined the Army in 1960. During this time he was TDY 90 days in Vietnam. He was later stationed in France. While there he toured many cities and countries including Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Holland, Luxemburg, and Spain. Dennis enjoyed his time in the military and would tell friends and family of his many experiences overseas. He was honorably discharged in 1964.
Upon completion of his service in the military, Dennis returned to Idaho. He worked several construction jobs upon his return. He was involved in helping to build many of the roads in the Idaho and Wyoming area for which he was extremely proud. He later met and married Lois A. Hensley in Pocatello. They lived in several cities before settling in American Falls.
Dennis worked for Garrett Freight Lines, J.K. Merrill & Sons, and E&G Contractors. When their youngest son was born, Dennis started his own successful excavation business, Weerheim Excavating.
Dennis enjoyed a full life and was a very loving husband and father. Dennis has touched many lives while with us and will be greatly missed. He spent a lot of time with the younger kids, nieces, nephews, neighbor kids and friends’ kids. He enjoyed many outdoor activities such as motorcycle riding, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing and camping with family and friends. Another of Dennis’ favorite past times was barbecuing with family and friends. “Denny”, as his friends knew him, liked to shoot the breeze with everyone while eating a good barbecued meal. Denny was always willing to help out when a person was in need or dispense some wisdom when called upon. He was a pillar of his community and his family.
Dennis is survived by is wife Lois A. Weerheim; four children, Shawn R. (Shirley) Weerheim, Afton, WY, Ronald T. (Sherri) Weerheim, Preston, ID, Vicki D. (John) Murillo, Pocatello, ID, Harry L. (Jennie) Weerheim, Sagle, ID; two brothers, Ken (Norma) Weerheim, Armour, SD, Harry (Mary) Weerheim, Emmett, ID; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Velma Weerheim, two brothers, Merle Weerheim and Marvin Weerheim.
Dennis will be cremated under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary. At his request there will be no memorial service. Condolences may be sent to 525 Grant St., American Falls, ID 83211.
Dennis Adam Knoblick
Dennis Adam Knoblick, 53, of Pocatello passed away Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009 at his home following complications due to knee surgery.
He was born Aug. 5, 1955, in Pocatello, the son of Otto and Jeanette Coon Knoblick.
As a child, he grew up in American Falls until third grade, then moved to Pocatello with his family. He attended Greenacres Elementary, Franklin Junior High, and graduated from Pocatello High School in 1973.
After high school, Dennis joined the United States Army and was stationed in Germany. He received an honorable discharge in 1977.
Dennis married Debra Thompson in October of 1977 in Grace, ID. Debra and Dennis had one daughter, Lorelei, during their marriage. They later divorced.
He was a self taught mechanic and was an excellent carpenter. Dennis was employed at Mobil Auto, Memorial Vaults, and Brennan Construction, where he was working at the time of his death. Dennis had a way of making you laugh and also a story to tell. He greatly enjoyed wood working and fishing. He is survived by his daughter, Lorelei K. Bollinger, Clifton, ID; three sisters, Colleen Shackelford, Spokane, WA; Jean (Ken) Harris, Pocatello; Judy (Paul) Deffinger, Pocatello; and three grandchildren, Trenten, Amara and Justine. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 1 p.m. at Manning-Wheatley Funeral Chapel, 510 N. 12th Ave., Pocatello. The family received friends on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Manning-Wheatley Funeral Chapel and on Tuesday one hour prior to services. Military rites were provided by the Pocatello Veteran Honor Guard. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Manning-Wheatley Funeral Chapel. Visit for online condolences.

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