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The Press OBITUARIES - August 2012

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Betty Kay Hibpshman Aguirre
Betty Kay Aguirre slipped silently to heaven on Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, while at home. Betty was born in Provo, UT, on April 10, 1943. She was the second oldest of nine children, moving to American Falls, ID, where she was raised. Betty met Frank Aguirre in high school in American Falls. They were married July 9, 1959, and were married for 26 years, being parted by Frank’s death. Together they raised a family of one boy and five girls.
Betty’s personality was outgoing and personable, which made for the perfect fit for her to make a career as a waitress. She had a faithful following of customers, who were more like her friends and family, making sure no one’s coffee cup was empty. Betty made her way to working at the Tommyknocker on Main Street in Twin Falls, where she ventured out and bought the restaurant, making it her own. She later opened her own restaurant in Filer, ID, giving it her signature name of Betty Kay’s, again, making it her home away from home and a local gathering spot. Betty met Virgil Thompson while waitressing, becoming best friends, companions, and later husband and wife. She was also parted from Virgil by his death.
Betty enjoyed boating with the family, golfing and fishing. She loved coffee with the girls, water aerobics, but most of all, yard sale-ing with her BFF Dorothy Moody.
Betty was preceded in death by siblings Nancy Linhartson and Jim Hibpshman, by husbands Frank and Virgil, by children Frank Jr., Craig, and Kimi, and grandchildren Terri Cooper and Stephanie Aguirre.
Betty is survived by her children, Debra (Todd) Quinley, Toni (Robert) Martinez, Ron (Shirlene) Aguirre, Cyndi (David) Cooper, Judi (Terry) Winkle, and Ricki Wright. She is also survived by siblings, Denise Nelson, Rick Hibpshman, Kelcey Hibpshman, Steven Hibpshman, Linda Ellison, and Berry Hibpshman. She has 21 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Abiding by Betty’s wishes, because she was the boss of us, she was cremated so there will be no viewing. Services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Twin Falls Reformed Church on Grandview in Twin Falls. Services were under the direction of Lance Cox and the staff of White Mortuary “Chapel by the Park”. Friends may leave condolences for the family by visiting www.whitemortuary.com.

Spencer J. Nilsson
Spencer J. Nilsson, of Sterling, ID, returned to his Heavenly Father Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. Spencer was born on Aug. 28, 1998 to his parents Ron and Yolanda Nilsson. Spencer is the little brother to Lacie, Trevor, Riley and Suzanne.
During his stay on this earth Spencer had many talents. He enjoyed snowboarding, hunting and riding his motorcycle. He also enjoyed playing his guitar and was very proud when he could play the song “Smoke On Water” by Deep Purple which was taught to him by his father. Spencer loved music. He was a band member at Aberdeen Middle School where he played the drums. Spencer was also an active member of the Lakeview Boy Scouts taking part in Pinewood Derby, hiking and camping.
Spencer loved his family and friends very much. Spencer is survived by his parents Ron and Yolanda Nilsson; three sisters, Lacie (Martin) Sorenson, Riley (Chase Duncan), Suzanne (Tony) Wilson; one brother, Trevor (Kendra Foster); and his niece and nephew, Kayden and Kassidee; his grandparents, Elgin and Barbara Simonson and Jim Nilsson. Spencer is also survived by many aunts and uncles, cousins and friends.
Meeting Spencer in Heaven with open arms is Grandma Earline Nilsson, Great-Grandpa Earl Anderson, uncles Tyler Simonson, Kenneth Vollmer, Gary Mcintosh, Indio Martinez, and many more. Although, Spencer’s talents that he gave us here on earth will be greatly missed, they are now bigger than ever as he plays in the choir of the Lord and his realm of angels, he will be looking over and protecting his family he loved so much.
Spencer you left much too soon, you will be dearly missed by everyone who was a part of your life. Our love for you will remain in our hearts forever.
The viewing times will be Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m., and Thursday morning from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Lakeview Ward, Springfield, ID. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at the church. Interment will follow at the Springfield-Sterling Cemetery.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.

Joyce Hall
Salt Lake City, UT -- On Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, Joyce Hall was surrounded at home by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren when she passed away after a brief illness. She was born in American Falls, ID, on July 18, 1929 to Vern and Clotheil Eames and was the third of 12 children. Preceded in death by Robert Bates and Robert (Dutch) Hall, she is survived by her children: Greg (Debbie) Johnson, Robyn (Mike) Shaw, and Shelly (Thom) Filgo, as well as five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Joyce loved cooking, jazz music, live theatre, all sports (particularly Utah Jazz basketball), bridge with her girlfriends, motor home travel with Dutch, the Democratic Party and its ideals, and her pampered, well fed pets. Most of all, she loved being home where her door was always open to family and friends, young and old. No neighborhood youngster ever left without something sweet in their pocket.
A private ceremony for the family will be held on Friday, Aug. 24, at 1 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Park in Bluffdale, UT, followed by an open gathering at her home from 4 to 9 p.m. for her family and all who knew her.
Joyce’s children express their gratitude and thanks to all who provided loving care to her in her final days, especially CareSource Hospice Service, the RNs and staff at St. Mark’s Hospital (3 West), as well as SereniCare Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Utah Humane Society.

Death Notice
Betty Kay Aguirre
Betty Kay Aguirre, 69 of Kimberly, ID, passed away Monday, Aug. 20, 2012 at her home. Arrangements are under the direction of White Mortuary, (208) 733-6600.

Ivan Vance Haskell
Ivan Vance Haskell, 89, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, of natural causes at the Pocatello Veterans Home.
Born Jan. 20, 1923 in Sublett, ID, Ivan was the fifth of nine children born to Raymond and Sarah Haskell. He married Iola Warner in Elko, NV, on March 28, 1952. Ivan and Iola had two daughters, Debbie Youngstrom (Lyle) of Aberdeen, ID, and Brenda Gillett (Terry) of Gilbert, AZ, eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Ivan was preceded in passing by his wife Iola (February, 2008), siblings (Lucille Porath, Ada Wangsgard, Alvin and Daniel Haskell) and one great-granddaughter. His surviving siblings include brothers George and Carl and sisters Erma Moss and Lola May Stokes. Ivan had been a member of the American Falls 4th Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints prior to entering assisted living facilities in Pocatello.
Ivan received his elementary and high school education at schools in the Sublett and Rockland, ID, areas, followed by one semester at Albion State Normal School. In January 1943 he was called into the armed service, received training as an Air Force Cadet and received his Flight Officer Commission and a Navigator Rating for the B17 and B29 bombers.
Following his military service he began farming, mostly in the American Falls area, which became his primary means of supporting his family. Although he worked a number of farms his longest employment was at the Vard Meadows farm in the Rockland valley. He loved being out-of-doors, studying the land and enjoying the wildlife. He also took a period of time in his career to earn a Realtors license and to sell real estate. As he completed his farming career he was blessed to be able to spend many hours at his childhood home near Rockland. Being at the “Cully place” brought him great satisfaction as he remembered those wonderful childhood days.
Ivan’s greatest joy came in his family relationships, particularly with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He received great joy in exploring, hiking, swimming, playing games and teaching them his favorite tricks and jokes. Many times, as the children would accompany him to the “Cully place” near Rockland, there would be a surprise for them, maybe a new trail with scary inhabitants or a new toy he had constructed. He was very creative and enjoyed using his skills to make things for the children. He also loved to tell anyone who would listen about his experiences as a Navigator on the bombers. He kept models of the planes and would show the children where he sat in the plane and the experiences he had during World War II.
In Ivan’s later years he renewed his interests in sports and trained diligently in swimming and running so he could compete in the Senior Games. He participated several times in the games and received many “gold medals” and other rewards for his efforts. His commitment to training for and participating in the games was an inspiration to those who knew him. His stash of medals will be shared amongst his family as an example and remembrance of this good man.
The visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Aug. 15, at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St., American Falls. The graveside service with military honors will be at 11 a.m. at Falls View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Idaho State Veterans Home, 1957 Alvin Ricken Dr., Pocatello, Idaho 83201.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.

“O.E.” Elmer Feld
“O.E.” Elmer Feld passed away Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at his home in Aberdeen, at the age of 94, incident to old age. His loving and caring wife Berneta was at his bed-side.
Dad was born May 28, 1918 in Idaho Falls, ID. He was the first child of six, born to Albert William Feld and Olga Justina Leffelbein Feld. He attended school in Rockland and American Falls through the seventh grade. Times were tough, so Dad quit school to help his Dad work to basically feed and clothe the family. He followed his Dad around to help with his janitorial job in the Rockland and American Falls School District. This along with his carpentry skills supported the family of nine. Dad remembered helping his father reroof the Fairview School, carry the ashes from the school furnaces, do the repairs and many of the other miscellaneous needs of the schools.
Aug. 21, 1935 at the age of 18, he joined the CCC’s. One of the first memorable jobs he did was to help deliver the Christmas tree to the State Capital. I don’t remember him saying so, but I presume he also helped cut and prepare the tree for transportation.
Dad said he earned $25 a month, most of which he sent home to his Mother, to help with family expenses. The reason being, that his Father was very ill with cancer, and was able to work very little. While in the Civil Conservation Corps, one of the jobs Dad was involved in was building roads up the Salmon River from Riggins. Dad was proud of the time he spent in the CCC’s. I’m not sure just how long he might have spent there, but on March 31, 1937 he was honorably discharged because of his father’s death.
Dad married the love of “HIS LIFE” Nov. 26, 1938. Those early years of marriage were hard times. They didn’t have much, but that wasn’t anything new to either of them. They both came from large families, and it was the war years. Dad worked for other people, but he wanted to be a farmer. He started farming in 1945. That was the beginning of many years of hard, hard work. He had one great advantage in his favor. Mom was willing to work as hard as he did whenever it was necessary. They were a successful team. Dad always wanted to be the best at what he did. Good crops were important to him. He always wanted to be on the cutting edge of farming. He built the first Behlen Potato Storage in Pleasant Valley. He was named Grassman of the Year in 1968. He drilled one of the first deep irrigation wells in Pleasant Valley.
Although Dad didn’t have much book “learnin”, he had the hard knocks of life, and was a hard worker. With the help of landlords, equipment dealers, bankers, family etc., when Dad retired farming in 1982, he considered himself successful.
It is said that some people play as hard as they work. Not Dad. He never knew a day of relaxation as long as he was farming, but when he quit farming “Golf” was his next job. He gave it every bit of intensity and energy as he did farming. We never thought Dad would learn to enjoy something so much after he retired, but he did. For not learning to golf until the age of 62, he was excellent at the game. It became his life, almost 24 seven. That might be an exaggeration, but he dedicated all the time he could to his next found love. After 20 years of enjoying golf, he found he could no longer keep his eye on the ball and frustration more than enjoyment caused him to quit playing almost as quickly as he began. Macular degeneration had won the fight. Dad didn’t want to play golf if he couldn’t continue to improve rather than get worse.
Mom and Dad enjoyed summers in Island Park and winters in Needles, CA. After all of those years of hard work, they deserved these good relaxing times. Dad had a lot of great accomplishments and his family is another one. He is survived by his wife of nearly 74 years, Berneta; daughters Myrna (John) Duffin, Pocatello, Penni (Steve) Wride, Draper, UT, Candy (Ed) Seal, Pocatello; sons Jeff (Renae), Pocatello, Todd (Judy), South Jordan, UT; 21 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren, 9 great-great-grandchildren, and one half sister, Sonjia Gunter, Pocatello.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, his wife’s parents, all of her siblings, a son, Mike, and a granddaughter, Andrea Lin Duffin.
Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Friday Aug. 17, at the Aberdeen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Dad’s name to your favorite charity. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.
Celebration of Life
Keith S. Heckman
Keith S. Heckman passed away peacefully on Oct. 14, 2011. His family, Holly Whited, Heather Fehringer and Hailey Giesbrecht, invite friends and family to join them in celebrating his life on Sunday, Aug. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Heather Fehringer’s home, 2530 Neibaur Rd., American Falls, ID 83211.
Maxine Harwood
Maxine Harwood of American Falls died Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, a month short of her 94th birthday.
She was the daughter of Peter and Lou Kujawa, born Sept. 8, 1918 in Rockland, ID. Her mother died when Maxine was 2½ and her father left the family to return to California. Maxine and her 11-month younger sister Rowene were raised by their aunt Vera Darling and their grandmother Cora Darling, who was the Power County Superintendant of Schools from 1921 to 1933.
Maxine attended school in American Falls and after graduation attended one year of business school in California. She returned to American Falls and worked briefly at The Power County Press. On Nov. 10, 1939 she married Wayne Harwood to whom she was married until his death on May 24, 2000. Wayne and Maxine spent their entire work lives farming in the Rockland Valley and maintaining both the ranch home and the home in American Falls – across the street from the home in which she had been raised. They sold the farm and retired in 1977.
She was a faithful member of St. John’s Lutheran Church which she enjoyed and supported until her death. Former Pastor Mike and Karen Dismer visited a few days before her death. She was a member of Eastern Star and P.E.O. She dearly loved her P.E.O. sisters and her Hobby Club friends, especially Artha, Bobbie and Arlene.
Maxine is survived by her sons Bart (Julie) of Boise and Bob (Tuyen) of Ketchum, grandchildren Greg and Wendy Harwood, both of Boise, and four great-grandchildren.
Maxine’s family deeply appreciates the friendship and assistance given to Maxine by her friends, P.E.O. sisters, members and pastors of the Lutheran Church, caregivers and others in the community- too numerous to mention individually. Maxine cherished living in American Falls because everyone was so good to her.
There will be a memorial service Saturday, Aug. 18, at 2 o’clock at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 656 Tyhee Avenue in American Falls.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.
Leora “Jean” Harris
Leora “Jean” Harris, 61, of Pocatello, passed away on Sunday, July 29, 2012.
She was born in Rexburg, ID, on July 3, 1951, to Daniel and Elna Hopkins. They lived in Tetonia until she was eight years old and then moved to Pocatello. She attended Washington Elementary, Franklin Junior High, and graduated from Pocatello High School in 1969.
Jean met Clifford Harris and the two were married on Aug. 17, 1973, in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. Together they raised four children: Mac, Michael, Lennie and Dennis.
She worked many retail jobs but her primary focus was staying at home caring for her children and grandchildren.
Jean was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served in many callings including Young Women’s President, Primary President and also worked in the Idaho Falls Temple.
She enjoyed hand work, crocheting, cross stitching, ceramics, grandkids, scrap books, quilting, grandkids, reading, and spending time with grandkids.
Jean was a quiet, old fashioned, loving person with a positive attitude.
She is survived by her husband, Clifford of American Falls; son L. Mac Harris of American Falls; son Michael (Lori) Harris of Richfield, UT; daughter Lennie (Ryan) Hanson of Elko, NV; son Dennis (Alicia) Harris of Silverdale, WA; six grandchildren Katie, Kaleb and Carson Harris, Ethan, Addyson, Olivia and baby girl Hanson (due Oct 2012); brothers Daniel (June) Hopkins of Enumclaw, WA, and Jerry (Nola) Hopkins of Pocatello; sisters Mary Ann Hansen of Seattle, WA, and Marleed (Boyd) McAffee of Orem, UT.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Brent Hopkins.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 at the American Falls Second Ward Chapel, located at the American Falls Stake Center, 111 Church Place.
A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 S. 4th Ave. Pocatello, and one hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will follow at the Cache-Clawson Cemetery in Tetonia. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.colonial-funeralhome.com.
 
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