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The Press OBITUARIES - April 2010
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Kay Hansen
Chubbuck -- Kay Hansen, 82, longtime area resident and banker passed away unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, April 22, 2010. He was born June 30, 1927 in Midvale, UT, a son of William and Vera Allred Hansen.
When he was very young, his family moved to Pocatello where he attended schools and graduated from Pocatello High School. He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater.
On Aug. 16, 1948, he married Edna “Honey” Rytting in Pocatello. He then attended Grimm’s Business College in Pocatello and later graduated from the Pacific Coast School of Banking in Seattle. He had a very successful banking career with First Security Bank as Senior Vice President in the credit department. He lived in several communities in Southeastern Idaho during his banking career. He retired from First Security Bank in 1984 after 24 years.
He was active and served in many service organizations in each community where he lived. He served in the Pocatello and American Falls Rotary Clubs, Rexburg Lions Club, Pocatello Kiwanis Club, American Falls Chamber of Commerce, member of the Power County Fair Board. He also played and coached American Legion Baseball and was the United Way Fund Raiser Representative.
He was an avid bowler, golfer, reader, master card player and expert board gamer (Col. Mustard). He was a history buff, always on top of everything current going on in the world. Daddy was everyone’s life line, always the center of family activities. Daddy was also the biggest kid on the block. He loved those “Damn Yankees” but most of all he loved his family. “Meet you on the 19th hole Papa.”
Survivors include his sweetheart of 61 years, Edna R.”Honey” Hansen, Chubbuck, ID; a son, Kerry Dale (Jill D.) Hansen, Manti, UT; two daughters, Deborah Kay Blackburn, Boise, ID; Kathryn Jo Wright, American Falls; a brother, Edward “Teddy” Hansen, California; a sister, Mary Winters, Chubbuck, ID; five grandchildren, Keith Hansen, Matthew Blackburn, Emily Wright, Patrick Wright and Shane (Devin) Wright; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, William Hansen Jr., and a sister, LaPriel Curtis.
Graveside funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 27, at 11 a.m. at the Sutton Cemetery in Archer, ID, with military rites performed by the Madison County Veterans Group. The family received friends on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Manning-Wheatley Funeral Chapel, 510 N. 12th Ave., Pocatello. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Manning-Wheatley Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be sent to the Hansen family at www.manningwheatleyfuneralchapel.com.

Melvin LeGrand Nelson
Melvin LeGrand Nelson, 91, of Rockland passed away on Tuesday, April 20, 2010.
Melvin was born on April 30, 1918, to Bert Albert Nelson and Polly May Perry in Rockland. His early years were spent between the family homestead located in Houtz Canyon and their home in Rockland. Melvin attended school in Rockland, graduating in the class of 1938. After graduating, he enrolled at Idaho State University studying general education. Shortly after, he changed his studies to aviation mechanics and attended the Vo-Tech flight school, receiving his pilot’s license. Melvin farmed on his father’s ranch several years before entering World War II. He spent five years in the Navy attached to the 55th and 69th Construction Battalion. He was stationed in Australia, New Guinea, and the island of Okinawa, Japan. All five years were spent overseas. After returning home from the service in 1946, he again farmed his father’s ranch, which he later purchased.
Melvin and Margaret Louise Blenz were married on April 8, 1947, in Elko, NV. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on Feb. 7, 1962. On Feb. 12, 1949, he and Margaret’s twins, Maralyn and Ron, were born.
Melvin purchased a farm on the East Fork Creek in 1951, and established their registered Hereford cattle operation. The family moved into their existing home Melvin built in 1956. Melvin purchased other farms in the area which became a sizable farming and ranching operation throughout the Rockland Valley. Melvin obtained his real estate license in1955, and worked with his brother, Perry, at Western Real Estate. He then worked for Gate City Real Estate as a salesman and later their farm and ranch manager. Melvin retired from real estate in 1985, and continued farming in partnership with his son, Ron, until he retired in 2001.
Melvin was a life-long resident of the Rockland Valley. Melvin served as Mayor of the City of Rockland for two years from May 1947 to May 1949. He served 15 years on the Draft Board. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Melvin is survived by his wife, Margaret; daughter, Maralyn (Dean) Williams; son, Ronald (Lori) Nelson; and sister, Julia Batterton, all of American Falls; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Perry Nelson; and two sisters, Grace Glascock and Helen Ralphs.
Funeral services were held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Rockland. Visitation was held on Friday, April 23, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Davis-Rose Mortuary and again on Saturday between 10:45 and 11:45 a.m. at the Rockland LDS Church.
Ted Nielsen
Connell, WA -- Ted Nielsen, 83, passed away of natural causes at the Richland Life Care Center Wednesday, March 17, 2010. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in American Falls at the Willow Bay Baptist Church, Saturday, May 8, at 11 a.m. with luncheon to follow.
He is survived by his spouse of 47 years, Kay; daughters, Ritta Nielsen, Boise, ID, Traci (Wes) Knowles, Monroeville, AL, Kori Neilsen, Pleasanton, CA, Chelise (Blaine) Sterner, Gildford, MT, Therese (Tim) White, Pasco, WA; sons, Chris (Joan) Nielsen, Sherwood, AK, Ray Nielsen, Pasco, WA; brother, Charles (Delores) Nielsen, and sister, Floraine Nielsen, both of American Falls. He is also survived by special nephew Stan (Sharon) Rowlands, Livingston, TX, and several other nieces and nephews; 18 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Lydia (Isaak) Nielsen; his sisters, Frances and Florence; and brother, Leroy.
Ted was born in Aberdeen on Oct. 28, 1926, the fourth child in a family of six children. He was raised on the family farm and attended school in American Falls. After school he worked on the farm and then for the telephone company Ma Bell. He married in 1951 and had three daughters from that marriage Ritta, Traci and Kori. He later divorced and remarried in 1962 and from that union had four more children, Chelise, Chris, Ray and Therese.
In 1962 Ted also obtained his radio license at age 36. Ted worked for over 40 years in telecommunications. He worked in Pocatello, then American Falls for Ma Bell. In 1966 he moved to Sunnyvale, CA, and worked in quality control. He then moved back to Burley, ID, in1967 once again worked for Ma Bell. In 1970 he moved his family to Havre, MT, and worked for Triangle Telephone for the next eight years. He then moved to Connell, WA. His last place of employment was Centurylink Telephone in Connell.
Ted resided in Connell for the last 32 years and did not retire until age 70. What was most important to Ted were his family and his faith. His hobbies included fishing, working on cars and riding his motorcycle, not only as a young man but later on too. He was well known by the neighborhood kids as someone they could go to have their tires aired up and their bikes repaired. Later in life his hobbies changed to supporting charities and worthwhile causes such as Billy Graham, Salvation Army, and Jews for Jesus. He was much loved by his family and friends and will be sorely missed.
Mike R. Stokesberry
Mike R. Stokesberry, 57, of American Falls, died Saturday, April 24, 2010.
He was born June 10, 1952 to Leo and Mildred Stokesberry in Twin Falls, ID. Mike grew up on the family farm outside of Filer, ID. He was one of three children born to this union.
Mike was born with a rare condition that caused him to be unable to fight physical conditions that the rest of us took for granted. In the end, the fight for survival was too great.
Mike attended schools in Filer and Buhl, graduating from Buhl High School in 1970. Thereafter he married Debbie Johnson. From this union, Jayson was born. Jayson was the light of his life. They were inseparable, fishing, camping or just hanging out every chance they had! Mike and Debbie were later divorced.
Mike started driving when he was nine years old. No one had to worry about his ability to drive, he was a born natural. Mike became a long haul trucker and continued this passion until ill health forced his retirement. While on the road he met Kathy, who in turn allowed him the privilege of calling her daughter, Becky, his own.
Mike loved having coffee with his friends and unless he was on the road or too tired, he never missed a day with them.
After Mike’s divorce, he never remarried until his one great love entered his life. Mike waited 20 years for her to return and on Dec. 27, 2002, Mike and Rita were married.
Throughout all Mike’s travels he gathered more friends than there are stars in the sky!
Mike is survived by his wife, Rita; his parents; brother, Ron and wife Mary; numerous nieces and nephews, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; his son, Jayson; daughter, Becky (Max) Sprague; stepchildren, Raymond, Danielle and Karly; grandchildren, Kelsey and Christopher Sprague; step-grandchildren, Kyeshia, Aliah, Nathan, Krayson, Kaden and Jayson; and more friends than stars in the sky! Mike majored in fun and was at the top of his class!
Mike is preceded in death by his grandparents, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and his cherished sister, Sharon.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any U.S. Bank in Mike Stokesberry’s name.
You may be gone from my sight, but you are forever in my heart! I will love you forever! Keep on driving baby! Don’t let anyone in the passenger seat! That’s mine!
Love you forever!
Rita
Grace V. Smith
Grace V. Smith, 61, of American Falls, died Monday, April 26, 2010.
The graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 29, at Falls View Cemetery. There will be a viewing from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street, American Falls.

Valeria Doris Amos
Valeria Doris Amos 76, of American Falls died April 14, 2010 at home after an extended illness.
She was born Oct. 16, 1933 in Aberdeen to Earl and Valeria Savage. She attended schools in Aberdeen and graduated high school in 1952.
She married Charles C. Amos April 6, 1953 and had four children, Clarence, Tamara, Brady and LaVonne.
Throughout her life she worked on farms, in potato plants, and then beside her husband cleaning grain for Nelson Seed, eventually having to quit work due to health problems.
She enjoyed playing pool and playing darts. She also liked to read and crochet. But mostly she enjoyed spending time with her family.
She is survived by her children, Tamara (Ron) Swart, Kennewick, WA; Brady Earl Amos, Boise, ID; Lavonne (Jose Jr.) Elquezabal, American Falls; nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and brother, Kirk (Carleen) Savage, American Falls.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles C. Amos; son, Clarence E. Amos; grandchild, Mikia J. DelaCruz; brother, Harold Savage; sister, Cheryl E. Wilkinson; and son-in-law, Gene R. Coleman.
The graveside service was at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at the Aberdeen Cemetery, Aberdeen.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls.


Carla Beck
ABERDEEN -- Carla Jean Reddin Beck, 48, passed away Monday, April 12, 2010 at her home from an extended illness.
She was born Dec. 16, 1961, to Robert and Thelma (Ulery) Reddin in Frankfurt, Germany. Carla attended the first grade in Germany where her father was stationed in the military. She attended schools in Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi and New Jersey as her father was transferred.
Carla married Larry Beck on Sept. 26, 1980 in Dover, Delaware. Carla served in the U.S. Air Force from 1979 – 1984 and in the U.S. Army from 1985 – 1991, when she moved to Aberdeen with her family to raise cattle until the time of her death.
She enjoyed gardening, fishing, reading, traveling and camping but most of all raising her children. Carla never met a stranger and loved listening to peoples’ stories.
She is survived by her husband, Larry Beck, Aberdeen; her daughter, Dr. Tiffany Beck, Pittsburg, PA; and her son, Eric Beck, Los Angeles, CA. She is also survived by her siblings, Sue Crawford, Louann, AR, Roberta Johnson, Payson, UT, Bobby Reddin, Morton, MS, and her Uncle Floyd Nelson Tilley, Bearden, AR.
Per her wishes, there will be no funeral. Friends and family gathered on Saturday, April 17, at 2 p.m. at her home in Aberdeen to celebrate her vibrant life. Arrangements were under the direction and care of Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 S. 4th Ave, Pocatello. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.Colonial-FuneralHome.com.
Bertha Rast Sutton
Bertha Rast Sutton, 89, formerly of American Falls, died Monday, April 12, 2010 in her home in Bend, OR, following an apparent heart attack.
She was born Nov. 2, 1920 at American Falls to Dan and Wilhelmina Rast. She is sur
David Wolfenbarger
David Floyd Wolfenbarger, 54, of Boise passed away Wednesday, April 7, 2010 of heart failure at St. Luke’s Hospital, Boise.
A celebration of Dave’s life was held at Plantation Golf Club on Monday, April 12, from 4 to 7 p.m.
He was born in Pocatello on Oct. 26, 1955 to Floyd Eugene and Afton Sylvia Wolfenbarger, the youngest of seven. Dave graduated from American Falls High School in 1974 and Idaho State University with a management degree in 1979. He married Machelle Brewster in 1978. Nicole Dawn was born in 1981 and Cody Issac in 1984.
Dave started a retail career with Skaggs Drug in 1978 and through corporate changes Osco, Payless and Rite Aid and then Walgreen Stores. He recently began working as a vocational rehab employment specialist with Advantage Vocational Services. He married Anna Wolfe Rubel in January 2008. They had been friends at ISU where Dave was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon and Anna a Gamma Phi Beta.
Dave excelled in many sports in high school including basketball, football and golf. He was state bowling champion at 13. He attended ISU on a golf scholarship and golfing was his life-long passion. Dave loved watching Nicole play high school softball and golfing with Cody.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Mike. His is also survived by his siblings Evva (Jerry) Stubbs, Robert (Lyla), Richard, Dennis (Cindy) and Vicki (Rick) Mendisabal; stepson Rich Rubel; many nieces and nephews; and Anna’s mother Elaine Wolfe; brother Rory Jones; sisters Jill Ragan, Kaye Wolfe and Patti Greenwood.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the Idaho Multiple Sclerosis Society or Idaho State University College of Business.
R. Gerald “Gerry” Beck
Gerry Beck, 79, passed away peacefully in Spokane, WA, on Friday, April 9. 2010.
Gerry was born in Buhl, MN, on Nov. 26, 1930. He was raised in Mt. Iron, MN, and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1953 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.
Gerry had an illustrious career and is listed on over 20 patents for nuclear fuel rods; cake mixes; and dehydrated honey, molasses, onion, garlic and potato products. His most famous patent was for Betty Crocker Potato Buds developed at American Potato Company in Blackfoot, ID.
Gerry lived in Minneapolis, South Carolina, Idaho Falls, Blackfoot, Vacaville, CA, Jackson Hole, WY, Indio, CA, King City, CA, Lihue, Hawaii, American Falls, and Spokane, WA.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Ardelle Beck. He is survived by sons John and Bill; daughter Karen Beck; brother Robert Beck; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held in Britt, MN, this summer. Memorial donations can be directed to the American Diabetes Association (www.diabetes.org).
 
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