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The Press OBITUARIES - December 2010
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Dr. Charles Linfield Crowder
Dr. Charles Linfield Crowder was ushered into the presence of the Lord by the angels on Friday, Dec. 24, 2010 at 10 A.M.
Linfield was born in American Falls Nov. 13, 1929, and taken home to the homestead of his parents, Charles David Crowder and Elizabeth (Dille) Crowder, the Dille House built by Heber Dille in Neeley, ID. Soon afterward his family moved to American Falls. When Linny was 13 years old they moved into their home on Garfield Street where he lived for most of his life.
He had five siblings: a brother Kelly and four sisters, Alice, Ruth Mary, Margo and Gracie. He attended high school in American Falls, played on the basketball team the years they won two state championships, and graduated in 1948. He went on to attend Northwest Bible Institute where he met his sweetheart, the love of his life, Nellie Luella Fuller, and married her. Linfield was a very loving and devoted husband. He nicknamed his adored wife Nellie Blue because of her fondness for the color blue.
Reverend Crowder pioneered an Assembly of God Church in Kuna, ID, and also served for a time as a Juvenile Court judge and worked as a lifeguard on the side. He went into Evangelistic work and fathered four daughters who he nicknamed Princess, Sugar Bowl, Angel and Sunshine.
Dr. Crowder was known to some as the “Man of many Ministries”. For over 50 years he was involved in world evangelism, preaching revivals, crusades, camp meetings, youth camps, minister’s institutes, and Spiritual Emphasis revivals at Bible Colleges. He was also known as the ‘Man of a thousand teenage friends’ as he led many teens as well as others to know Jesus Christ.
These ministries took him into all 50 states and 60 countries of the world. On March 29, 1956 he was ordained as a minister with the Idaho District of the Assemblies of God and in 1960 he received appointment as a missionary evangelist for overseas evangelism. As such he traveled to over 60 countries of the world with 34 trips to the Marshall Islands. In 1969 he was honored to be the speaker at the Sunday evening service of the General Council of the Assembly of God in Dallas, TX, where there were approximately 10,000 delegates in attendance.
He was the Spiritual Emphasis speaker for Northwest University in Kirkland, WA, the most times in their history and they honored him as Alumnus of the Year and then with an Honorary Doctor of Divinity in 1986.
Dr. Crowder was well known for his preaching on Bible prophecy, science and current events as he correlated the three. He was considered by some to be one of the top Bible preachers in our nation during his generation. One of the loves of his life was taking people on Bible tours to the Holy Land and during his life he led 54 tours to Israel.
Dr. Crowder helped start a movement called Craftsman for Christ. The name was later changed to Mission America Placement Service (MAPS). It is a ministry of Assemblies of God U.S. Missions that coordinates volunteers to assist churches and ministry institutions with construction and evangelism projects.
He is survived by his loving wife Nellie Blue of American Falls, four daughters, Linelle Patrick of Meridian, ID, Alice Taylor of Twin Falls, ID, LeiLani Mussell of Payette, ID, and Sarah VanSell of Boise, ID, along with his sons-in-law and 13 grandchildren, In addition he is survived by his sisters Alice Trumblee of Idaho Falls, ID, Margo Plumb of Corpus Christie, TX, and Gracie LaBombard of Silverdale, WA.
There are many hundreds of people that knew him as their spiritual father, friend and mentor. Many of them he called ‘Fifth’ daughters and ‘Sons’.
Linfield was often heard to say “I like my lifestyle!”
Doc’s life was all about ministry and he often ended his sermons with this question: “Eternity, Eternity, where will you spend Eternity? And what will you do with Jesus?”
We look forward to that day when we will see him in Eternity!
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, at the PowerHouse Christian Fellowship, 2905 Sunbeam Rd., American Falls. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 30, at American Falls High School, with a viewing starting at 12 before the service. Condolences can be made online at www.davisrosemortuary.com.

Vaughn Savage
Vaughn Savage, 66, of American Falls, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010 in Pocatello, ID. He was born Sept. 16, 1944 in Ashton, ID, to Ray and Alvina Savage.
Vaughn proudly served in the Army from 1962 until discharged in 1967.
He worked mostly in law enforcement, construction and truck driving.
Vaughn loved being outdoors fishing, but mostly being in the mountains camping and hunting. He also enjoyed mechanics. Vaughn enjoyed having coffee and visiting every day with his friends.
Vaughn married several times and returned to American Falls in 1992 and married Katherine Hofmeister. Together they had one daughter, Becky.
Vaughn is survived by his wife Kathy, his mother, his sisters Priscilla, Brenda and Marilyn, brothers Melvin and Douglas. Vaughn is also survived by his children Becky Sprague (Max), Vicky Ann, Leslie and Michael; grandchildren Christopher and Kelsey.
Vaughn was preceded in death by his father, and sister Beverly.
We love you and miss you very much. Kathy, Becky, Mom, sisters and brothers, and family. Rest in Peace Sweetheart.
At his request, no funeral services are planned at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary.

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Vaughn Savage

Vaughn Enoch Savage, 66 of American Falls, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, in Pocatello.
At his request, no funeral services are planned. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary.

Ruth Marie Strand
1918 – 2010
We celebrate the wonderful, exemplary life of Ruth Strand as she passed away peacefully on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010 at the age of 92 years in Plano, TX. Her immediate family was at her bedside.
Ruth was born in Conrad, MT, near the family farm on March 2, 1918 to Anna and Torval Halvorson. Ruth’s parents both emigrated from Norway to America at age 16, later met in Montana, married, and raised a family. Ruth’s family had eight children, two of which survive her today; sister Ruby Nixon of Junction City, KS, and brother Torval Halvorson of Missoula, MT.
Ruth was extremely proud of her 100% Norwegian ancestry and ended up even marrying a fellow Norwegian. Her early years were spent helping raise her younger brothers and sisters and doing chores around the farm.
In 1942 Ruth graduated from the Great Falls Deaconess Hospital Nursing School as a Registered Nurse (RN) and moved to California where she met a young Merchant Marine officer on a blind date. Seven weeks later in 1943 she married Clifford Strand, a 100% Norwegian from Minnesota.
At the end of World War II, Ruth and Clifford moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where they spent the next 50 years living and raising their three sons; Ruth worked the majority of her career as an RN for Kaiser Hospitals. Ruth and Clifford where married 65 years when he died at age 100 two years ago.
Ruth’s life hobbies were centered on the activities of her three sons; she was active in support of each of their multiple sports teams, music lessons, cub scouts, PTA, band membership, and the Masonic Youth DeMolay organization. She and Clifford were also very active in the local chapter of the Sons of Norway, their Lutheran Church, and the Masonic Lodge; Ruth also served as an officer of the California Nurses Association.
In 1993 Ruth and Clifford moved to American Falls, ID, to be closer to son Ben and family in their retirement. They quickly became ‘Idahoans’ and involved in local activities which included St. John’s Lutheran Church and Power County Senior Center.
Ruth is survived by two of her three sons: Mike Strand of Frisco, TX, and Ben Strand of American Falls; her husband Clifford and third son David preceded her in death. Ruth has five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews who remained close to Ruth throughout her life.
Ruth will be remembered as being the perfect example of what an outstanding mother, friend, aunt, and grandmother should be. Her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews have all had their lives impacted in a most positive way by her exemplary life. Ruth will be best remembered for her warm and constant smile, her laughter, and positive attitude.
A remembrance of Ruth’s life will be held next year when the immediate family gathers for their annual reunion of Ruth’s relatives in Montana. Her remains will be interned by the family at the Rolling Hills Cemetery in Richmond, CA, where Clifford and son David are located. Your memory of Ruth should bring a smile to your face as you know she will always be smiling.

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Myrna McLean
Myrna Mae Robinson McLean of Pocatello, ID, passed away Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010 at the age of 74.
The visitation was Monday, Dec. 13, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street in American Falls. The graveside service followed at the Valley View Cemetery in Rockland at 11:30 a.m.

Kevin Michael Day
Kevin Michael Day, 51, of 100 E. St Clair Street, Warren, PA, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 at John and Orpha Blair Hospice House.
Kevin was born Feb. 23, 1959, in Warren, PA., the son of Donald and Janet Lauffenberger Day of Warren. Kevin was a 1977 graduate of Warren Area High School. He then began his career with the U.S. Navy, serving for 20 years. He was stationed in Norfolk, VA, and served aboard many ships throughout his career, traveling all over the world. He worked on supply ships for the large part, and also served in the Gulf War. He resided in Norfolk, VA, and most recently in American Falls, ID. Since his Navy retirement, he worked at various jobs including a saw mill in West Point, VA, then painting and sandblasting in Idaho.
Kevin was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved the outdoors and was a member of the hunting club in Williamsburg, VA.
In addition to his parents, Kevin is survived by his wife Teresa Keller Day, Warren, PA; a daughter, Karen Day, Wilmington, DE; one brother, Tim Day and his wife Kelly, Warren, PA; three sisters, Denise Rougeux and her husband Russell, Unity, WI, Debbie Murray and her husband Calvin, Warren, PA, and Cynthia Hultberg and her husband Kevin, Erie, PA; two step-sons, Christopher Barnes and his wife Venessa, Pocatello, ID, and Sgt. Randy Barnes, serving in the U.S Army, York Town, VA; two step-daughters, Michelle Elder and her husband Christopher, Idaho Falls, ID, and Angela Neibaur and her husband Aaron, American Falls; 11 grandchildren and five nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Judith Steele.
Friends were received at the Peterson - Blick Funeral Home, Inc., 1003 Penn Ave., E., Warren, on Sunday, Dec. 5, from, 6 to 8 p.m., where a funeral service was held on Monday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Neil Siefert, pastor, Emanuel United Church of Christ, officiating. Members of the Sheffield and Clarendon VFW provided full military honors at the graveside, assisted by active duty Navy personnel, stationed in Erie, PA.
Burial was in the Pine Grove Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Warren County, 2 Crescent Park West, Warren, PA 16365.

Christina Marie Wasia Moldenhauer
American Falls – Christina Marie Moldenhauer, born Feb. 26, 1970, passed away Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010. Chris was the third child of Ronald and Patricia Wasia. She married Cody Moldenhauer on July 27, 1996. She was blessed with two beautiful children, Chance and Hope Moldenhauer.
Chris graduated from American Falls High School in 1988 and was employed at Regal Shuttle. She loved spending time with her children and attending her son’s sporting events. She enjoyed scrapbooking and building her family and friends into her memories through her scrapbooks. She had many nieces and nephews whom she adored. She made sure to attend every event she could to show her support. She loved each and every one of them as if they were her own. She enjoyed the times she spent in Island Park with her family. During all family events she was always the light of the party. It was said her smile to be infectious.
She is survived by her husband, Cody Moldenhauer; two children, Chance and Hope Moldenhauer; her parents, Ronald and Patricia Wasia; five sisters Wendy (Darrin) Heinson, Desia (Wade) Anderson, Traci (Brandon) Harbart, Tina (Adrian) Ramos, Melissa (Adrien) Wasia; father-in-law, Gary Moldenhauer; brother-in-law, Robert (LeAnn) Moldenhauer; sister-in-law, Kathy (Houston) Anderson; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother-in-law Jill Moldenhauer.
The family would like to thank everyone for their support and prayers during this difficult time.
A viewing was from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street, American Falls. The Rosary followed at 6 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 352 Roosevelt in American Falls. The Funeral Mass was at 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 29, at St. Mary’s with a viewing starting at 1 p.m. at the Church.

Alice A. Ward Rudd
Alice A. Ward Rudd’s Opus
It is quieter in our lives today; the organ and piano are hushed. The music from gifted fingers and a tender loving heart is now being shared with a Celestial Choir. Sweet, charitable Alice died Nov. 27, 2010 at her home, at 3016 W. Cedar Lane in American Falls. She was 80 years old.
Alice was born in Mapleton, UT, Sept. 14, 1930 in her grandparents’ home. Her father, Leonard Arnett, was a coalmine inspector headquartered in Price, UT. Hence, Alice began life in Castle Gate, UT, as ‘a coal miner’s daughter.’ She was preceded in death by her father, her mother, Clara Jensen and her half-sister, Wilma A. Nicholson. Alice has two younger brothers: Tom (Marilyn) Arnett in Los Altos Hills, CA, and Jim (Shirley) Arnett in North Salt lake, UT.
Alice graduated from Price High school. She earned a two-year degree at the College of Eastern Utah and graduated from Brigham Young University in 1952 with degrees in accounting and music.
Alice married Ben Ward on Sept. 10, 1952 in the Manti Temple. They are the parents of three children: sons, Karl (Pam) of Pocatello and Lenn (Karla), of Washington Terrace, UT; and a daughter, Sue Ann Shelman (Tod) of Pingree, ID. Ben worked for Amoco Oil in Salt Lake, Boise and Twin Falls. In 1973, Ben and Alice moved their family to Aberdeen and purchased the Amoco Bulk Plant, which is now Ward Oil Company. Alice worked with Ben in the oil business as they reared their family. Ben died of pancreatic cancer in 1993.
In January 1997, Alice married Dr. Dell Rudd of American Falls. Together they served an LDS mission in Melbourne, Australia, and they both served for more than seven years as ordinance workers in the Idaho Falls Temple. An accomplished organist and pianist, Alice shared her talents with many organizations. She loved to help the Junior Miss girls. Her support for all community and church functions has been a boon to those involved. She taught numerous piano students for 60 years. Together she and Dell have 21 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
If you knew Alice, you loved her. If she knew you, she wanted to help. She devoted her life to doing good, serving others and bringing the gift of music to everyone, a true disciple of Jesus Christ teachings. Alice has struggled with oral cancer for three years and although speech was difficult and eventually impossible, she continued to share her love and encouragement to others with cards, emails, notes with her ‘thumbs up’ attitude. She was a gracious example of cheerfully enduring to the end.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, American Falls Stake Center, 111 Church Place. The family visited with friends on Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and from 9:45 to 10:45 before the funeral at the church in the multipurpose room by the kitchen. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary.
Connie Kimball Wahlen, 54
Connie Kimball Wahlen, 54, of Aberdeen, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 at her home surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer.
Connie was born Nov. 5, 1956 in Oakland, CA, to Clisbee Blaine and Gloria Greene Kimball. She attended and graduated from Monte Vista High School in Danville, CA. After graduation she attended Brigham Young University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in accounting. While attending college she met Kim Wahlen and they were married on May 12, 1979, in the Oakland, CA, LDS Temple. Following college Kim and Connie made their home in Aberdeen, where they made their living as farmers. Connie grew to love the farming life. She loved the community of Aberdeen and was proud to call it home.
She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and fulfilled many callings including: Relief Society President, Young Women’s President and was a faithful visiting teacher. She was known to be a giver of selfless service and was always concerned for the welfare of others.
She loved working with numbers and used her accounting skills to the benefit of her family and community. She was also a talented pianist and enjoyed teaching lessons and playing for her family and friends. She was a wonderful mother and devoted her life to her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Kim, of Aberdeen; her children, Angie (Chandler) Daw of Blackfoot, Jill (Shannon) Lucas of Clinton, UT, Hailey (Marcus) Bradshaw of Aberdeen, Tanner Wahlen of Aberdeen, Garrett Wahlen, currently serving an LDS mission in Tempe AZ, and Whitney Wahlen of Aberdeen; and five grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, Jeff (Kathleen) Kimball, of Auburn, CA, and Scott (Shauna) Kimball, of Mesa, AZ; sisters, Kathryn Carroll, of Danville, CA, and Deborah (Dave) Briggs, of Carlsbad, CA.
She was preceded death by her parents, Clisbee Blaine Kimball and Gloria Greene Kimball, and her mother-in-law Orva Marie Wahlen.
A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at the Aberdeen First Ward LDS Chapel, 149 W. Central, Aberdeen. Family met with friends and relatives from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 29, at the Aberdeen LDS Church and again on Tuesday for one hour prior to services at the church. Interment followed at the Aberdeen Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at condolences@hawkerfuneralhome.com.
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