OBITUARIES - October 2008
Ella Edwina Isaak Bolton, 98, went home to be with her Lord, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008, at Spring Creek Assisted Living in American Falls. She was born Aug. 26, 1910 to August and Justina Mayer Isaak in Neeley, the oldest of nine children.
Ella attended all eight grades at the Neeley School. She attended just six weeks of high school before necessity caused her to leave school to help her mother at home with a new baby. Throughout her teen years she worked as a housekeeper and as a cook in the old hospital in American Falls.
Ella attended Open Bible School in Eugene, OR. There she prepared for mission work leading her to Horseshoe Bend, ID; Vale, OR; and Shoshone, ID.
Ella married Rowe Bolton on June 27, 1934, in a double wedding with Rowe’s sister Florence and Ernie Maisch. They began farming in Aberdeen, later moving to a farm in the Lake Channel area where they raised potatoes, wheat, alfalfa and cattle. From this marriage four children were born, one who died at birth and one stillborn. They raised their two daughters, Dorothy and Marjorie, on the farm, later moving into American Falls. Rowe and Ella were charter members of the American Falls Assembly of God.
Music was Ella’s passion. She played the piano and organ, sharing her gift by giving lessons and serving as a pianist and organist at church. She enjoyed Bible studies, gardening, making quilts, and most of all her family. Ella was an example of a godly wife, mother, and grandmother endearing her many grandchildren to her.
Her daughter and son-in-law, Marge and Dan Wegner, took her into their home on the ranch in Nevada after Rowe passed away in 1999. She loved ranch life, especially watching the baby calves. She moved with them to Oklahoma making friends everywhere she lived. In 2006 she moved to Spring Creek Assisted Living. The family expresses their heartfelt gratitude to the Spring Creek staff and Creekside Hospice for their loving care of our mother and grandmother.
Ella is survived by her daughter, Dorothy Rice and husband George of Pollock Pines, CA; son-in-law Dan Wegner of Cody, NE; grandchildren Sherry (Blaine) Leisy of Post Falls, ID, Terry (Patti) Wegner of Cody, NE, Tammy (Rex) Mayer of Salt Lake City, UT; five adopted grandchildren, Sandy, Melanie, Susan, Karen and Rick; and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Her husband, Rowe, daughters Marjorie Wegner and Elaine Bolton, son James Bolton and three granddaughters JoLinda, Janette and Joni, preceded her in death.
Funeral services were at American Falls Assembly of God at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, under the direction of the Davis-Rose Mortuary. The visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, at Davis-Rose Mortuary, and 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, N.C. 28607, phone (828)262-1980.
Robert Allan Burton, 59, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008, at the Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello.
Bob was born March 15, 1949, in Astoria, OR, to Harry Burton and Margaret Fry Burton. He was raised there and graduated from Astoria High School in 1967.
He was proud to be a Vietnam veteran. He served in the United States Army as a Chinook helicopter crew chief stationed at Qui Nhon from 1968 to 1969, and finished his enlistment at Fort Eustis, VA.
In 1975, Bob met and married Charlotte Isaak in Boise. A year later, they moved to her hometown of Aberdeen, where he worked as an auto parts salesman and at several local grocery stores until 1995. At that time, he joined the Aberdeen Police Department as a dispatcher and was serving as dispatch supervisor at the time of his death. He was also proud to be a reserve police officer for Aberdeen. R1 is 10-42.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Bob is survived by his wife, Charlotte, and sons Peter (Michelle) of Boise, and Joseph, Naval Air Warfare Station, Point Mugu, CA, returning from deployment at Atsugi, Japan. Also surviving are his sister Linda (Kenneth) Stevens of Warren, OH, and many family members throughout the eastern Ohio area. Bob leaves behind Braiden, Adaira, Dillan and Geran Wheeler; Tristan, Derek, Byron, Russell, Vanessa and McKenna Clements; and Jade, Ty, Rivin, China, Aysha and Leiv Mack -- the Aberdeen Police Department children who knew him as ‘Grandpa Bob’.
Friends are welcome at his home. No formal services will be held. His ashes will be scattered at lighthouses along the Oregon coast at a future date. Cremation is under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls.
In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations to USO Operation Outreach in support of our military. Contributions can be made online at www.uso.org/donate if you wish to play an active role in this critically important service to our troops.
Annie Darlene (Lish) Frost passed away peacefully at home, following an extended illness, on Friday, Sept. 26, 2008, surrounded by her loving family.
Annie was born on Dec. 28, 1929 in American Falls, to Edmond Gifford and Fannie Lane (Smith) Lish. She graduated from American Falls High School in 1947, where she was a cheerleader and a great swimmer and diver.
Annie was a very industrious lady and a people person. From the time she was a young woman, she held a job. She bartended at the Downtowner in Boise to raise her two daughters, Kathy and Karen. She went on to operate the Stardust Bar in American Falls, bartended at the Yellowstone Hotel in Pocatello and other local establishments, among other ventures.
Annie was an excellent swimmer. She taught swimming at Indian Springs Natatorium and at the YMCA in Pocatello for special needs children. Annie loved the outdoors and was always on the go. Among those activities, Annie enjoyed shooting trap, bowling, fishing, skiing and gardening, to list just a few. Annie had a wonderful sense of style and taste, which she expressed through sewing, floral arrangements and other home decorating crafts.
Annie married George W. Frost on Sept. 29, 1973, in Rough ‘N’ Ready, CA, and made their home in Pocatello and Mackay, ID. Annie enjoyed traveling with George and spending time at their lovely home in Mackay, fishing the Big Lost River practically from her door step.
Annie loved bible study with Pastor S. Yadon and accepted the Lord, Jesus Christ as her Savior and was baptized on June 5, 1997.
Annie is survived by her husband, George; brother, E. Le Grand (Mable Jones) Lish, sister-in-law Shannon (Robert) Swanson, brother-in-law Roscoe (Susie) Frost, all of Pocatello; daughter, Kathy Lane (Donny) Hedges, Canton, TX; son, Dee Frost, daughter, Christine Frost-Kettler, both of Pocatello; daughter, Kathleen Frost (Gary) Mauch, Burbank, SD; and J. David (Corrine) Frost, also of Pocatello. Additionally, Annie has several grandchildren: Valerie, Vicki, Justin, Jared of the Pocatello and Idaho Falls area, Christopher (Karin) of Dorr, MI, J. Brion (Amanda), Katy (Daniel) of Pocatello, Marc (Vanessa), Corvallis, OR, Jennifer (Jake) of Albany, OR, Brandi, Korbi, Kristine of Pocatello; eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Annie was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter, Karen Lee Klauser.
She leaves many loved ones and friends behind and will be dearly missed. We love you, Annie, and wish you peace.
Cremation has already taken place, per her request. Pastor Steve Yadon will officiate the memorial services at Christ Church, 1245 North Arthur Ave., Pocatello, at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 1.
In tribute to Annie, flowers can be sent to the funeral home or contributions may be made to Idaho Home Health & Hospice, or Christ Church (Pastor Steve Yadon). Their assistance and support during this time will always be greatly appreciated by the Frost family. Friends who wish may send online condolences to the family by visiting www.DownardFuneralHome.com.
“Annie touched a lot of people and taught a lot of people.”
Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield, Pocatello, ID 83204 (208) 233-0686.
Velma Irene Taylor Torman, 87, formerly of Ogden, UT, died Friday, Sept. 26, 2008 at the Power County Nursing Home in American Falls.
She was born May 22, 1921 in Ogden, a daughter of Joseph Elmer and Ethel Elizabeth Treseder Taylor.
On Sept. 21, 1940, Velma married Ralph Henry Torman in Ogden. Ralph preceded her in death on Jan. 4, 1992.
She was raised and educated in the Ogden city schools. She lived in Ogden most of her life and in American Falls since 2004.
Velma was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
She was a member of the O.P.D. Women’s Auxiliary.
Surviving are three sons and four daughters, Tommy (Lorraine) Torman and Leonard (Bonnie) Torman, both of Ogden; Patricia (Allen, deceased) Nelson, American Falls; Janet (Hal) Elks, Emery, SD; Cheryl (Lyle) Craig, Beaverton, OR; Jolene (Steve) Jeppson, Ogden; Eric (Penny) Torman, West Valley City, UT; 31 grandchildren, 60 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, infant son, Shane Henry, three brothers, Jack Taylor, Joe Taylor, Leon Taylor, one sister, Marguerite Johnson and son-in-law, Allen Nelson.
Graveside services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Lindquist’s Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd., Ogden, UT, with Bishop Greg Lewis of the Marriott-Slaterville 1st Ward, officiating.
Friends may call at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd., on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Send condolences to the family at: www.lindquistmortuary.com.
ABERDEEN — Genevieve (Jenny) Lila Hope Kendall, 88, passed away on Friday, Sept. 26, 2008 at her daughter’s home in Inkom, ID, from natural causes.
She was born Jan. 24, 1920 in Franklin, ID, to William and Zina Hansen Hope. She married Arnold Kendall April 3, 1935 in Logan, UT. They had five children, Clarice, Larry, Doyle, Lila and Raylene. They moved to Aberdeen in 1938 to be close to her sister Lois. She loved her crafts, including quilting with her friends, playing cards, glass projects, crocheting dolls and doilies and working in the Aberdeen Senior Center. She enjoyed her work at the Dvorak Drug Store where she cashiered and made ice cream sodas for 15 years.
She is survived by four children, Clarice Armstrong of Chubbuck, Larry (Cora) Kendall, Doyle Kendall (Cindy Licause) of Aberdeen, and Raylene (Bob) Tanner of Inkom; 14 grandchildren, Steve (JoLynn) Mitchell, Clayton (Collene) Mitchell, Wendy (Dee) Jorgensen, Shane (Michelle) Mitchell, Debbie (Cecil) Reed, Carla (Kip) Poulson, Brian (Jennifer) Kendall, Michelle (Dale) Corbridge, Fawn Kendall, Rusti (Kirk) Anderson, Karalee (Rob) Reinhardt, Deon Tanner, Deana (Travis) Holt and Danielle Tanner; 35 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Arnold and infant daughter Lila, twin infant grandsons, her parents, four brothers and five sisters.
The viewing was from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 30, at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St., American Falls. There will also be a viewing Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Aberdeen, 10 to 10:45 a.m. with the funeral service following at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at the Aberdeen Cemetery.
We especially want to thank Toni, Susan, Darci and Rylee of the Creekside Hospice of Pocatello.
Peggy Ann Nichols, 54, of Idaho Falls, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008 at her home in Idaho Falls.
Peggy was born Sept. 6, 1954 in American Falls, the daughter of Meridith Eugene and Wilma Alice Jack Nichols. Peggy grew up in Aberdeen, and then lived in Pocatello before moving to Idaho Falls.
Peggy received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work in May of 1993 from Idaho State University and her Masters degree in Counseling in August of 1996, also from Idaho State University. She had found many years of happiness with her life partner, Alexander Bellanca. She loved fishing, camping, cross country skiing, and most of all spending time with her family. She will be greatly missed.
Peggy is survived by her son, Jonathan Higley of Idaho Falls; a life partner, Alexander Bellanca of Idaho Falls; her parents, Corky and Margaret Nichols of Aberdeen; a brother, Cass Nichols of Las Vegas, NV; two sisters, Terry Walker of Oklahoma City, OK, and Dixie Montgomery of Blackfoot.
Private family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Buck-Miller-Hann Funeral Home in Idaho Falls.
Kenneth Vern Carter, 84, of Idaho Falls, died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center following a long-term illness.
He was born Sept. 4, 1924 in Burley, ID, to Vern Carter and Elizabeth Livingston Carter. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1947. He attended Notre Dame as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. He also attended New Mexico, Preshipman School and the University of Idaho.
He passed the CPA exam the first time. He served as a Lieutenant in the Navy during World War II. After graduation he established his own business in Burley. He moved to Pocatello where he worked as a C.P.A. and later established Ken V. Carter & Co. with his brother Ray. He moved to American Falls where he established their second office.
He married Roberta Culley. They were later divorced.
He married Deanna Jean Gneiting on Nov. 28, 1985 in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. They made their home in American Falls. He moved to Idaho Falls in 2004 and retired in 2007 after 59 years.
He was a member of the Lion’s Club. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in several leadership callings. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golf, hiking, baseball, traveling, and basketball.
Survivors include: wife, Deanna Gneiting Carter, Idaho Falls; daughter, Patty Erickson, Warden, WA; daughter, Peggy Wiedenheft, Eugene, OR; daughter, Colleen McKinnon, Laramie, WY; stepdaughter, Anna Christensen, Idaho Falls; stepson, Dirk Edwards, Melba, ID; brother, Ray Carter, Pocatello; sister, Nadine Kekauoha, Laie, HI; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 10, at the Thayer Wood LDS Ward, 5255 South, 5th West, with Bishop Richard Dyer officiating. The family will visit with friends on Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Wood Funeral Home, 273 N. Ridge Ave., and Friday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. prior to services at the church.
Burial will be in Grant Central Cemetery. The Bonneville County Veterans Memorial Team and the Idaho Honor Guard will perform military rites. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.
Michael Patrick Hurd, 38, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008 at St. Alphonsous Hospital in Boise, ID. Mike was surrounded by friends and family.
Mike was born April 2, 1970 to Gary and Patricia Hurd in American Falls. Mike graduated from Raft River High School. Mike met the love of his life (Mary) in the spring of 1996. Mike and Mary were blessed by a beautiful daughter (Savannah) Nov. 27, 1998. Mike was loved by everyone. He was a wonderful father and husband. His favorite past time was teaching Savannah how to play the guitar. Mike was such a loving and selfless person that even in the event of his death he gave of himself for the benefit of others. He will be truly missed.
Mike was preceded in death by Gary Edwin Hurd Jr. He was survived by his wife Mary; daughter Savanna; parents Gary Hurd and Patricia Muir; sisters Debra Hurd, Pamm Burgess, and Lori Hurd; brother Jason Hurd; and numerous extended family members.
The viewing for Mike was held on Sunday, Sept. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Davis-Rose Mortuary. Additional services were held at the LDS Church, 23709 US Hwy. 30, Murtaugh. The viewing was from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Services began at 11 a.m. on Sept. 29. Mike was buried in the Aberdeen Cemetery at 3 p.m. on Sept. 29.
Please send your condolences to Davis-Rose Mortuary, PO Box 413, American Falls, ID 83211-0413.
|POCATELLO, ID (10-02-2008) - As a faithful Franciscan in likeness to St. Francis and just prior to the commemoration of St. Francis’ own death on October 3rd, Mother Mona Brunner, FSE, welcomed ‘Sister Death’ late tonight at the Franciscan Sisters’ Desert House in Pocatello. Our entire Community of Sisters and Brothers mourns her death, even as we rejoice with her entrance into the glory of eternal life. Mother Mona died peacefully with her Sisters keeping prayerful vigil at her side, only eleven days after having been diagnosed with incurable cancer.
Mother Mona, one of the founding members of the FSE Community, was also the foundress of the Franciscan Family Life Center and the Franciscan Counseling Center in Pocatello. As a teacher, a principal and then a marriage and family therapist, she served families in the southeast Idaho region for over 39 years. In the 1970’s she helped her self-supporting community by working at Power County Press in American Falls and as an agricultural enumerator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 1977 Mother Mona founded the Franciscan Counseling Center and continued as Director up to the present time. Prior to living in Idaho, Mother Mona was a teacher and principal of elementary schools in St. Mary’s Ridge, La Crosse and Edgar, Wisconsin, as a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, La Crosse, the community she had joined in 1951. She professed her final vows in 1960. Seven years later she became the Directress of Novices for two years. In that capacity, she realized the need to meet the new challenges to religious life offered by the Second Vatican Council, and became a founding member of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist in 1973. Mother Mona was elected to the General Council of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist in 1987 and served until 1999.
Mother Mona received a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Viterbo College, La Crosse, in 1961 and a Master of Arts in Sacred Doctrine from St. Mary’s, Notre Dame in 1967. She also studied theology at Fordham University, New York City.
The daughter of Andrew and Emma Brunner, Mother Mona was born February 2, 1933, in Durand, Wisconsin, the youngest of five children. Growing up on a dairy farm and being a member of the farm ‘threshing crew’ by driving the tractor, she loved hard manual labor and work outdoors. Her creativity and passion for work are expressed in the Franciscan Sisters’ Family Life Center where numerous sculptures and gardens beautify the desert landscape. The Community remembers her as a pillar of faith, a pioneer in the renewal of religious life, a religious woman whose Spouse was Christ and His Church as she ministered to and enjoyed people of every age. Her forthrightness in asking in-depth questions, her sense of wonder and playfulness, and her clever ‘prankster’ attitude will be the substance of stories told to the younger generations in years to come.
Mother Mona is survived by her Franciscan Community in 12 Centers around the world, her sisters, Winnifred Schuh of Mondovi, WI, Goldene Weiss of Durand, WI, Jean McCook of St. Paul, MN, Betty and her husband Bob Hartung of Elmwood, WI as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by 9 Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, 1 Franciscan Brother of the Eucharist, her parents, Andrew and Emma Brunner, and her brother, Hubert.
It was Mother Mona’s wish that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to our foreign missions in Jamaica and the Holy Land. Donations may be sent to: The Franciscan sisters of the Eucharist, Family Life Center, 2098 Truckerville Rd. Pocatello, ID 83204.
A wake was held from 3 to 7 p.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Community, St Anthony’s Chapel with a Rosary service to begin at 4:30 p.m. at the church. A Mass of a Christian Burial was celebrated Monday at 2 p.m. at the church with interment following at the Family Life Center Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care and Direction of Downard Funeral Home. Friends who wish may send online condolences by visiting www.DownardFuneralHome.com.
Downard Funeral Home 241 North Garfield Pocatello, ID 83204 (208) 233-0686.
| Evelyn Bright Shumway, 84, of Woodville, ID, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2008 at Idaho Falls.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the Woodville First Ward, 1555 N. 700 E., with Bishop Kris Kelley conducting. The family met with friends Oct. 2 from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at Nalder Funeral Home, 110 W. Oak Street, in Shelley and Friday morning 9:30 until 10:40 at the church. Burial was in the Woodville Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.nalderfuneralhome.com.
Cora Grace Nowland, 70, American Falls, died at her home on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008. Cora was born Dec. 7, 1937 in Norwood, ID, to E. E. “Slim” and Margaret McBride Fortin. Cora married LeRoy Fay Nowland on May 22, 1965 in Boise, ID.
Cora enjoyed going on trips with her husband, mother, father, sister and family. Cora had many hobbies and interests. She enjoyed, reading, crocheting quilting, traveling, listening to all kinds of music, fishing, camping and just being in the outdoors. She especially loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, mother, brothers, and sister. She also liked to go yard selling with her mother, sister and children.
Cora was on the American Legion Auxiliary, and she held several jobs. Mom enjoyed every one she worked with. Mom just loved being with family and friends.
She is survived by her mother, Margaret; sister, Rose Sells; brothers, Joe, Larry and Kenny (Connie) Fortin; children, Ernie (Sue) VanSell, Jim (Charlene) VanSell, Michael J. VanSell, Randy (Yvonne) Nowland, Sandy (Gerald) Buttars, Sharon (Ernest) Parr, Teresa (Charles) Sweeney, Larry Nowland, Sherry Boles, Debbie Coombs, Jerry Nowland, and Tina Walters; 34 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter and many nieces and nephews.
Cora was preceded in death by her husband, LeRoy F. Nowland; father, E.E. Fortin “Slim”; daughter-in-law, Charlene VanSell; and great-great-grandson, Tylan Claunch.
The memorial service for Cora was at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Powerhouse Christian Fellowship, 2905 Sunbeam Rd., American Falls. There was a time for visiting with family and friends before the service starting at 1:30 p.m. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary.
| Iva May Walmsley, born Dec. 9, 1920, passed away in Washington on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008 surrounded by her family, following an illness.
Iva started her life off as a preemie with her twin sister, Irene. They weighed in at 5 lbs. total. Their incubator was a shoebox filled with cotton batting set on the oven door of a wood cook stove. Her parents’ place was just outside a small town called Trenton, Ontario, Canada.
While working as a switchboard operator at the Air Force base in Trenton, she met and fell in love with Hubert James (Jim Sr.) Walmsley. He was serving as an Air Force mechanic. They were married in 1948. After the war, they moved to Sudbury, Ontario. Children followed with Virginia being the first and Jim Jr. a close second. They moved to a small 100-acre farm a few years later outside of Consecon, Ontario where Jim Sr. farmed part-time and worked full-time for Batta Shoes. He later worked as a linotype operator for the “Trentonian,” a local newspaper company. In 1962, they moved from Canada to Colorado Springs, CO, so Jim Sr. could take a graphics art course. The next year, they moved near Eugene, OR. Jim Sr. died July 25, 1974. Iva continued living at their home in Veneta, OR, until 1996 when she moved to American Falls to be closer to her son. In 2006, she moved to Issaquah, WA to be near her daughter.
Iva enjoyed flowers and raised some beautiful roses and an English garden while in Oregon. She enjoyed watching birds and squirrels, and she especially loved cats. As far back as Jim and Virginia can remember, Iva always had a cat. Iva enjoyed photography and received a few awards for her photos. She also enjoyed reading what she called “a nice, quiet murder.”
Her husband Hubert James, twin sister Irene Wilkins, and brother Stan Terry preceded Iva. She is survived by a daughter and a son: Virginia (Farhad) Imani in Mercer Island, WA; Jim (Debbie) Walmsley, American Falls; and four grandchildren: Jason (Lovelyn) Imani, Amy Imani, Julie (Brian) Bieda, Jamie (Daniel) Harmon.
A memorial will be held Thursday, Oct. 16, at 2 p.m. at the community room of the American Falls Housing, 290 Tyhee, with Pastor Mike Hill officiating.
|Douglas Delano Driscoll passed away on Monday, Oct. 20, 2008 at his home in American Falls. He was born on June 1, 1927 in Aberdeen, to Martin Adolph “Bus” Driscoll and Fay Wride Driscoll. Services were held Saturday, Oct. 25, at 10:30 a.m. at the Aberdeen LDS Church. Viewing was held at the Davis Mortuary in American Falls on Friday, from 7 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, at the Aberdeen LDS Church from 9 to 10:15 a.m.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and two grandchildren.
He considered himself truly “blessed and spoiled” and was fortunate enough to spend his life surrounded by his passions; family, friends, farming, and airplanes. He was most known for his zest for life and supreme optimism. He valued common sense, self reliance, hard work, honesty and good times.
After serving in the military, he returned to Idaho and on Dec 3, 1947, he married his high school sweetheart, Maurine Van Orden. After homesteading in Grandview, he and Maurine moved to Aberdeen to raise their family and began farming in Pleasant Valley. He later chose to pursue his life long passion of flying and started a crop dusting business. He was quoted as saying “Here I am all alone, laughing like a fool! Me! Flying, and getting paid for it. This is unreal!”
In retirement he bought a small home overlooking the American Falls Golf Course that was similar to the one he grew up in. He credited his parents for any success he’s had. They taught him to aim for perfection and each time you do something, do it a little better than the last time.
He is survived by sisters: Joan Fischer, Harriet Clark and Barbara Ellis; and brothers Wallace, Jerry and Michael Driscoll; four daughters, Iris (Richard) Schelske, Andrea (Garry) Myler, Nancy (Bill) George, Shelley Driscoll; and two sons, Jeff (Julie) Driscoll and Mart (Anna) Driscoll; 19 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
| Allen “Wayne” Egan, 82, of American Falls, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008. Wayne was born on May 15, 1926 in Franklin, ID, to Lucy and Milo Egan.
Wayne spent his childhood in Salt Lake City, UT, surrounded by his five siblings. He was preceded in death by his brother, Ralph Egan, and his sister, Thelma Heath. He is survived by his sisters, Roma Hodgson, Toole, UT, Mardene Dennison, Salt Lake City and Jean Carlson, Salt Lake City.
At the age of 17 Wayne joined the U.S. Navy and served from 1943 to 1947. He moved to Pocatello where he initially took a job with the phone company and later became employed by Consolidated Freightways.
His charming smile and infectious laughter caught the eye of his beloved Dee and they ultimately married on Oct. 25, 1967. Dee and Wayne moved from Pocatello to American Falls in 1973. Wayne worked as Warehouse Manager at Lamb Weston from 1964 through 1988, where he and Dee developed many close and long lasting friendships. He was honored to serve as the Mayor of American Falls from January 1990 until December 1993. He worked part-time at the Soft Touch Car Wash from September 2000 until October 2007, where he enjoyed chatting with the customers and providing treats for the children.
Wayne was a man of compassion, loyalty and honesty, whose love of life provides us with a better understanding that time is precious, friends are invaluable and what you get back in life is directly related to what you put into it. His passions included golfing, spending time with family and friends, taking care of their pets and feeding the squirrels. “Egan’s” compassion and commitment to his many friends are evident by the overwhelming outpouring of support during this difficult time and is truly a tribute to his memory.
The examples set by Wayne’s character and integrity will always remain evident in the family members he leaves behind ... his wife and the love of his life, Dee; his children, Alana Jean (husband Richard) Meyers, Las Vegas, NV; Gary James Allen, Fresno, CA; Terry Jean (husband Raymond) Workman, American Falls; Toni Lynn (husband Patrick) Kinney, Scottsdale, AZ; William Glenn (wife Marie) Radtke, Twin Falls, ID; grandchildren, Rick (Candice) Meyers, Lucy (David) Wall, Clayton Jack (Jen) Montgomery, Terry James (Katie) Montgomery, Whitney (Nick) Wall, Tiffany (Chris) Webb, Tieg (Cassie) Radtke and Cody Allen; as well as many beloved great-grandchildren.
At Wayne’s request, there will be no funeral services. The family will receive friends on Saturday, Nov 1, at the American Falls Golf Course Clubhouse between 2 and 5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to a fund established to promote the junior golf program in American Falls. Donations may be made to: The Wayne Egan Junior Golf Program, c/o Advantage Plus Federal Credit Union, ATN: Jamie Evans, 3415 Johnny Creek Road, Pocatello, ID 83204.
Life cannot be measured in years, it must be measured in memories. “When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”
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