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The Press OBITUARIES - April 2011

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Funeral Notice
Melba Mayer
Melba D. Mayer of American Falls died Tuesday, April 26, 2011 in American Falls.
Funeral arrangements are pending under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St. in American Falls. A complete obituary will appear in next week’s Power County Press.

Graveside Service
Vaughn Savage
A graveside service will be held for Vaughn Savage at Falls View Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 7.
Savage, 66, of American Falls, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010 in Pocatello. He was born Sept. 16, 1944 in Ashton, ID, to Ray and Alvina Savage.
Katrina Kramer Phillips
Katrina Kramer Phillips passed away into the presence of the Lord on Sunday, March 27, 2011, in Omaha, NE. Katrina was born on May 15, 1947 in Denver, CO, and resided in American Falls. She is the oldest daughter of Roland and Katherine Kramer Tabor.
She graduated from American Falls High School in 1965 and later graduated from the University of Utah, where she met her husband, John J. Phillips of Sacramento, CA.
Throughout her lifetime, Katrina loved to travel and enjoyed trips to Europe, the Caribbean, and Israel. Over the course of their careers, Katrina and her husband enjoyed the opportunity to reside in various major cities across the country. As a licensed pharmacist for 38 years, Katrina had a passion for her profession and enjoyed helping others. Her most recent pharmaceutical position was at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
She was a loving and devoted friend, and cherished her time with co-workers, friends, church members, Porsche Club members, and PEO sisters. She served as president of the local PEO chapter and was awarded for outstanding contributions by the Porsche Club of America. She touched the lives of many people, and she will be profoundly missed by the family and friends who loved her.
Katrina is survived by husband John J. Phillips of Omaha, NE; brother Keith Kramer of Surprise, AZ; sisters Nancy Kramer-LaCasse of Sun City West, AZ and Nadine Kramer-Gray of Boise, ID.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, April 9, at the West Center Chapel in Omaha, NE. Memorials may be directed to The Hope Center for Kids, Omaha, NE.

Nina “Peggy” Birrell
Nina (Peggy) Birrell died Monday, April 4, 2011 peacefully at home. Peggy was born Jan. 17, 1922 in Pocatello, ID, to George and Nina (Keeler) Donat.
Peggy married her childhood sweetheart Robert E. Birrell on Dec. 2, 1945. They had 50 wonderful years of marriage. They had three children, Frank (Cathie) Birrell, Howard (Diane) Birrell and Ann (Dale) Waddoups.
Peggy loved golfing and spending time with her family and friends. She was a member of Eastern Star.
Bob and Peggy moved to American Falls in 1970 and opened Bob’s Place. They ran that for many years before retiring.
Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, George and Nina Donat; her husband, Robert Birrell; brother, Bob Donat; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Peggy is survived by her children, Frank (Cathie) Birrell, Howard (Diane) Birrell and Ann (Dale) Waddoups; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Services were held Saturday April 9, at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, 710 Fort Hall, American Falls. Visitation was held one hour prior at 10 a.m. at the church. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary.

Glenn J. Van Sickle
POCATELLO - Glenn James Van Sickle Sr., 86, went home peacefully to Jesus, Monday, April 4, 2011, surrounded by the love of his family.
Glenn was born April 12, 1924, in Marysville, ID, to Bill and Sarah Van Sickle. As a young child, his family moved to Ashton, ID. He attended Ashton High School where he enjoyed boxing and playing football. Shortly after graduation he joined the Navy where he served as a Sea Bee from Nov. 24, 1942, until Dec. 7, 1945. While on leave in San Jose he met the love of his life and soul mate, Mickey Huckabay. Three months later, on Aug. 11, 1945, they married in Eureka, CA. After his discharge they moved to Idaho where they raised five children and two of his grandchildren, Connie and Kenneth.
Glenn worked at the gun plant, railroad, INEL and then the Caribou National Forest, where he started in the warehouse and worked his way up to purchasing agent. He retired after 30 years of service.
Glenn loved watching his children and grandchildren playing sports. He loved his family, hunting, fishing, woodworking, and playing horseshoes. He loved making the coffee every Sunday for his church family. He attended the Cornerstone Chapel and he was baptized Aug. 2, 1998.
He is survived by his wife Mickey Van Sickle; sons, Leo (Mary) of American Falls and Jim (Ruby) of Pocatello; daughters, Glenda (Garth) Herbst of Blackfoot, Florence (Tim) Burwell of Pocatello, Betty (Mike) Beck of Chubbuck; and sister Darlene Taylor of Fort Hall. In all, he had 20 grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Glenn was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Lloyd, Bob and Kenneth; two sisters, Edna McAruther and LaVon Hansen; grandson Daniel Beck; and two great-grandsons Jessie Red Elk and Trey Van Sickle.
Arrangements were under the direction of Wilks Funeral home at 211 West Chubbuck Road. A gathering of friendship was held Friday April 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The funeral service was held on Saturday, April 9, at 4 p.m. Military rites were provided by Pocatello Veterans Honor Guard.
The Van Sickle family has requested that any memorial contributions you wish to make, be sent to the non-profit foundation created by Glenn’s grandson: The Brandon Greening Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness, 501(C3) #/17053004381001, 1965 Constitutions Drive, St. Leonard, MD 20685, or online at BreastCancerInMen.org.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.wilksfuneralhome.com.
James Keith (K) Thornhill
Sandy, UT – James Keith Thornhill, formerly of American Falls, passed away quietly in his sleep Saturday, March 19, 2011, at his home in Sandy, UT, at the age of 73.
He was cremated at his request. There will be a celebration of Jim’s life Sunday, May 1, at 5:30 p.m. at the Willow Creek Country Club, 8300 S 2700 E, Sandy, UT.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity, drink your favorite beer, and play a round of golf. Full obituary and guestbook can be seen online at The Salt Lake Tribune.

William Lawrence Zahn
William Lawrence Zahn passed away peacefully Sunday, April 3, 2011 in Roy, MT, at the age of 69. He was born Aug. 6, 1941 in Lewistown, Fergus County, MT, to Wilbert August Zahn and Ava Mae Kauth.
After high school he worked on the Rindal Ranch as a wrangler, until Line Builders came to the area to build telephone lines. They hired him and his horse (Lady) to pull the telephone lines through the Missouri Breaks. After the job was completed he was offered permanent employment. It was during this time he met Shirleen Mitchell, and was later married in Missoula, MT, on Sept. 2, 1961. They were married for 23 years.
They traveled on line construction for the next five years. Over the course of his construction days they lived in 17 different places and several different states, including, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, North Dakota and Idaho. He always had a strong work ethic and knew the value of hard work. His boss, Max Curtis said “I wish I had ten hard workers like Willie.”
When they were expecting their first child they decided they should settle down and stay in one place. He was hired by Idaho Power in American Falls in 1965. While in American Falls they were blessed with three wonderful children, Gwen Ella, Launa Lee and Guy William Zahn. He retired from Idaho Power in 1998.
He loved his children and grandchildren and spent many hours continuing doing the things they loved and celebrating birthdays and holidays. He took an active part attending his grandchildren’s sports and activities. He was very proud of each and every one of them. He loved hunting and fishing and spent countless hours with his family doing this.
One thing William always enjoyed after his retirement was returning to his roots and helping his brother, sister-in-law and mother on the ranch in Montana. He loved the ranch and loved being there with his family.
He’s had a special friend for the past several years, Carol Rausch and her children (Brenden Rausch, Raylene Green, and Rori Hilton) and her grandchildren. He spent much of his later years camping and hunting and fishing with Carol and her family.
William is survived by his children: Gwen Ella (Martin) King, Launa Lee (Evan) Snow, and Guy William (Brandi) Zahn; his grandchildren, Madison King, Private Preston King USA Army, Baylee King, Jessie Justine Snow, Kylie Lee Snow, Sayli Rae Snow, Kelli Jo Zahn, Koy Mitchell Zahn; his mother Ava Mae Zahn; his sister Margie; and brother Hap.
He was preceded in death by his father, Wilbert August Zahn, and his grandparents.
Services will be held Friday, April 8, at 11 a.m. at Wilkes Funeral Home in Chubbuck. A viewing will be Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m. at Wilkes Funeral Home.

Funeral Notice
Nina “Peggy” Birrell
Nina “Peggy” Birrell, of American Falls, died Monday, April 4, 2011 at home.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 9, at the United Methodist Church, 710 Ft. Hall Ave. in American Falls with Pastor Davey Lefler officiating. The visitation will be Saturday one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Rest Lawn Cemetery in Pocatello.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary

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