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The Press OBITUARIES - May 2009
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Jack Smith Reeves
August 18, 1948 – May 11, 2009
Jack Smith Reeves, 60, of Vancouver, WA, passed away on Monday, May 11, 2009 in the arms of his sweetheart Marla Jean Reeves.
Jack was born on Aug. 18, 1948 in Walla Walla, WA. to Ora Lee (Smith) Rowe and Thomas Boyd Reeves. He grew up all over the Northwest including Washington, Idaho and California on the Island of Alcatraz. He married the love of his life, Marla Jean Barnard, on Oct. 13, 1967, in American Falls. This is where Jack started his career as a carpenter and became a lifelong member of the carpenters union.
He and his family traveled all over the northwest as he followed his union jobs including such states as: Montana, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and finally landing on the Island of Kauai in Hawaii, where they lived for 20 years. They moved back to Washington in 2007 to be near their sons and grandchildren.
Jack was preceded in death by his mother, Ora Lee (Smith) Rowe; his father, Thomas Boyd Reeves; and his grandson, Ethan Elijah Reeves. He leaves behind his wife, Marla Jean (Barnard) Reeves; his dad, Willard Rowe; two brothers, Earl and Thomas Reeves; three sisters, Neva Roberts, Reva Hutzel and Zeata Rowe; two sons, Brendan Cory and Damon Jackson Reeves; and four grandchildren, Jack Thomas Reeves, Kaleb Kila Willard Reeves, Trinity Keela Reeves, and Lily Jean Reeves.
Jack was a free spirit who was loved by many. We will miss his whit, his stories, and his wisdom.
A memorial service will be held in American Falls. Date and time will be announced later.
John L. Payne
John L. Payne, born on Nov. 25, 1935, passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday, May 12, 2009.
He is the son of John Lawrence Payne and Verda Louise Whitaker, brother of 10 siblings, two of whom have passed. He married Katherine Joyce on Nov. 25, 1971. He is the loving father of eight children: Jeffrey J. Payne (Melanie), Kelly M. Payne (Tami), Lori Laverdure, Steve C. Payne (Sharla), Joseph A. Natcher (Patricia), Denise Matejovich (Dan), Charlotte Strolko (Larry), Theresa Minana. He has 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
John worked as a meat cutter at Ogden Dress Meats and at Rockland Custom Pack. He also worked for Power County until he retired.
He was a lover of all animals and the outdoors, enjoyed participating in and watching the rodeo, as well as the 4-H program.
He spent his life helping people unconditionally.
Melvin Lewis Osborn
Melvin Lewis Osborn went on to be with our Lord on Saturday, May 9, 2009.
He was born April 28, 1934 to George and Jennie Osborn. He lived 16 miles west of American Falls, where he farmed with his parents. He met and married Esther Miller in 1958. They bought and lived in a house on the farm. They had three girls and one boy.
Melvin loved farming and his cows. He also loved to play jokes on those he cared about, he was kind hearted and would help anyone if he could. We will miss him terribly, but we know he is in a better place.
His son Daniel, his father George, his mother Jennie, and his brother Herald preceded him in death. His wife of 50 years Esther, three daughters, Fairrie Beebe of Idaho City, Marcella Ruiz of American Falls, and Eileen Lunsford of Kellogg, six grandchildren, two sisters Esther Isaac of American Falls and Lois Lowre of Oregon, three nephews and one niece survive him.
The funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 16, at the PowerHouse Christian Fellowship, 2095 Sunbeam Road in American Falls with Pastor Steven W. Isaak officiating. The visitation will be Friday, May 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St., American Falls and Saturday one hour prior to the service at the church.
Paul Daniel Livingston

10/12/1936 to 4/30/2009
Paul Daniel “Digger” Livingston passed away from natural causes, at his home in Salt Lake City, UT, with the love of his four children close by.
Dan was born in Las Vegas, NV, to Paul Livingston Sr. and Alice Brower, Oct. 12, 1936. Dan attended the Las Vegas schools, achieved his Eagle Scout at the age of 14, and played city league baseball. As a teenager he organized a motorcycle club with his father’s help. He also began racing stock cars and helped with pit crew work when not scheduled to race.
Later, he was drafted into the Army, where he served at Fort Huachuca. In 1964, he met Leah Bush, to whom he was married for 18 years.
He turned his passion for cars into a career in the automotive industry, including sales, auto repair, and ultimately his own specialty auto body paint business in American Falls. Along with his love for racing, he cheered on his beloved UNLV Running Rebels basketball team.
Through years of service in the American Legion, Dan willingly donated much of his time to working with military veterans, youth programs, and assisting with the welfare needs of Latino families. Dan was also renowned for his unbridled sense of humor and eternal optimism. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Paul Daniel Livingston is survived by his sister, Doris Ridley; his four children, Shelli, Jay, Jared and Jody Livingston; his supportive daughters-in-law, nieces and nephews;, and his nine beautiful grandchildren.
The service was held at Utah Veterans Park, Riverton, UT, on Tuesday, May 5, 2009.

Lois Margaret Marvin Schmidt

As fall descended on the Nebraska countryside, Joseph and Katherine Fernau added a new member to their family. Lois Margaret was born Sept. 2, 1915. The family was now complete. Four boys and three girls. Her brothers were Lee, Art, Ernest and Joseph Floyd. The girls were Mildred, Carrie and herself. She was raised on a farm near Ainsworth, Brown County, NB. Her grandfather, John H. Fernau homesteaded the original farm in 1884. In 1899 Joseph L. Fernau, her father bought the homestead from his father. The family lived in the old log home until Lois was six years old.
Summers were busy gardening and canning. They picked a lot of wild plums, crabapples and mulberries. They did a lot of canning and jelly making.
Lois went to a country school, District 20. She attended it for eight years. Her children attended the school in later years. The school finally closed in 2000. The old brick schoolhouse was a place for family get-togethers. They had plays and had many box socials. Christmastime was always a special time with plays and Santa’s visit.
In the spring of 1932 a young man named Charles H. Marvin came to work for her father. He was a very handsome young fellow and Lois was soon captivated by him. They were married Aug. 4, 1932 in Winner, SD.
Due to hard times they lived with her parents for three years till they could get their own start in farming.
Charlene was born Jan. 20, 1933. It was a difficult winter and they had a hard time getting to the hospital. The snowdrifts were over the top of the car. One time they turned around in the middle of the road. All went well, but when Charlene was born the cord was around her neck very tight and when they cut it blood spurted all over. It was a close call.
Dennis Charles was born April 16, 1938 while living at the old Wheeler Place.
All the houses were heated by wood stoves and also burned corncobs after they had dried out. They were to farm here for many years. Times were hard and you depended on Mother Nature for moisture. Sometimes there was plenty and sometimes it was very dry and the crops didn’t do so well. It was while in this house that Charlie built a big storm cellar. It was used as protection for tornados and also for storing food that had been canned. Also we sorted root vegetables. We had to go to the cellar many times if a tornado was near. They were quite prevalent.
Lois and Charlie always had a nice garden. They always had about 200 chickens each year. They used a lot for fryers and kept a lot for laying hens. One year a herd of wild dogs got into the flock and killed a lot of them. Lois and Charlie cleaned chickens all night and into the next day to try and save some of the meat.
On May 13, 1943, Gary Bruce was born. Still farming was hard and not much profit. Lois wanted a piano, but couldn’t afford one. She decided to raise turkeys and sell the eggs. Turkeys are the dumbest of the fowl family, they would wander half mile from the house and lay their eggs. We always had to watch them so we would know where the eggs were.
Lois was always a good shot; she could shoot the eye out of a pheasant with a 22 rifle. Charlene would drive the car and Lois would shoot out of the window as they were driving along. Charlene could hardly reach the clutch and brake. One time after hunting and going home she lifted up the trunk door on the car and a pheasant flew out.
In the spring of 1949 the Marvin family packed up and moved to Heyburn, ID. They were to run an irrigated farm for Lois’s sister and brother-in-law. The first year Charlie’s wheat ran 125 bushels to the acre. They thought they were in hog heaven. They also had a large herd of dairy cattle.
Once established in Idaho, the family was introduced to wild game hunting. Lois was just as at home hunting deer as she was at pheasant hunting. Most of their vacations were hunting and fishing. Lois shot a lot of deer in her days of hunting.
They moved to American Falls and both went to work at Lamb Weston. They bought a house at 1638 Idanha.
Dennis married Dianna Campbell on Aug. 12, 1970. Lois and Charlie lost their son-in-law, Jack Barclay in a car accident this month also.
Charlie had a stroke in 1975; he got around pretty good and went to his grandson Doug’s ball games. Charlie loved sports, especially baseball.
Gary worked for the State Department. Gary and Judy flew Lois and Charlie to Washington DC for Christmas in 1978. What a time they had, it was their first time in a big city. They took in all the usual sights. They especially enjoyed the trip to President Kennedy’s grave. Lois went on a tour of the White House; Charlie wasn’t feeling very good that day.
Lois took care of Charlie at home. In 1982 they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, with all their family and friends attending. When Lois could no longer take care of Charlie, he moved to the Harms Rest Home. Lois would visit him every day.
Charles Hunt Marvin went to live with his Heavenly Father on Aug. 1, 1986.
Lois was a widow for sometime. In December 1987 she married Theophill Schmidt. They went to California and Arizona for the winter. Their happiness was short lived. Theophill died in December of 1988.
Lois lived alone at her home in American Falls. She did all of her own yard work and had the most beautiful flowers and vegetable garden. She would go hunting and fishing as long as her health allowed.
In 1998 after raising her family by herself, her daughter Charlene married a wonderful man, Jack Taylor from American Falls.
In September of 2000 Lois had a hip replacement and recuperated at the home of Charlene and Jack Taylor.
In September of 2003 she moved to Spring Creek Manor in American Falls.
Lois and Charlie had three children, nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. One great great-grandchild died in infancy.
Lois died Monday, May 4, 2009. The graveside service will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, May 8, at Falls View Cemetery in American Falls. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls.

Robert B. Radford

A memorial will be held for Robert B. Radford in the Rockland Ward Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday, May 9, 2009. Bishop Evan Kress will be presiding and conducting.
The service will begin at 1 p.m. The family will receive friends and guest 45 minutes prior to the beginning of the service.
Robert passed away in Beaverton, OR, on April 11, and a funeral was held in Beaverton on April 18.
Robert, age 50, is the son of Sharel A. and Robert L. Radford of Rockland.

 
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