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The Press OBITUARIES - December 2011

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Gayle Goff Eames
Pocatello -- Gayle Ann Goff Eames, 58, of Pocatello, passed away Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 at Portneuf Medical center.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Ninth Ward, corner of Quinn and Hawthorne. A viewing was held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday evening at Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 S. 4th Avenue, Pocatello, and one hour prior to the services at the church. Burial was at Falls View Cemetery in American Falls.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Gayle’s name at 2005 S. 4th Avenue, Pocatello, Idaho, 83201. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.colonial-funeralhome.com.

John Kildew
John Kildew passed from this life, at home on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, following a long battle with lung disease. John was born Jan. 29, 1927 in American Falls, the son of John and Alice Barnard Kildew. He grew up in Rockland and graduated from Rockland High School in 1944. John’s father died of pneumonia in January when he was eight years old, after trying to rescue a friend who drowned in the icy waters of a water wheel on Christmas Eve. Shortly after, he went to live with his aunt and uncle, Bob and Vera Robinson.
After graduating from high school in 1944 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He went through basic training at Farragut, Idaho, and was then shipped to the island of Guam where he served as a radioman until the end of WWII. After his discharge in 1946 he enrolled in college at the University of Idaho, Southern Branch, (ISU) in Pocatello. When his uncle became ill he had to return to Rockland and help on the farm. He worked at various jobs, including hauling potatoes in the fall during “Spud Season”. It was during this time that he met his future wife, Jackie. They married in 1951 and made their home in Rockland most of the time.
In 1959 he purchased a farm at the end of a “Dead End” road just a mile from where Jackie had grown up. They eventually bought 80 sagebrush covered acres from the State of Idaho to complete their farm. John, Jackie and their two sons, John A. and Kim, worked diligently to clear the land. It provided more feed for their herd of cattle. In 1960 John accepted employment at Power County Grain Growers, starting out as a mill hand and finishing in 1987 as a grain buyer. His years of labor on the farm and working in the grain dust weakened his lungs causing the disease which eventually ended his life.
In John’s younger years he liked to rodeo, competing in bareback bronc riding. In later years he took up skiing, both water and snow, and more recently golf. He could never have been classified as an expert in any of these endeavors, but really had a lot of hours of fun with his friends trying. On the ski hill he never crashed and burned, but always seemed to somehow land on his feet. He had an astonishing mathematical brain, and could remember what cards had been played in any game of cards. He followed all of the high school, college, and professional teams in football, basketball, and could even be found watching baseball if that was the only game in season. Keeping up with sports provided most of his entertainment in recent months when his lung disease incapacitated him.
He is survived by his wife Jackie, and two sons, John A. and wife Natalie of Paradise, UT, and Kim R. of Boise; two grandsons and three granddaughters; one sister, Lenore Hartley, Pocatello. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Gene; grandparents, Rollo and Sadie Kildew and Thomas and Millie Barnard.
The funeral service was at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, American Falls Third Ward, 656 Pocatello Avenue, with Bishop Steve Tolman conducting.
The visitation was from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street, American Falls, and Friday, from 10 to 10:45 a.m. before the funeral at the church. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.

Willard Paul Richard
1923-2011
Willard Paul Richard, 88, formerly of Aberdeen and American Falls, now of Loveland, CO, passed away under Hospice care at McKee Medical Center in Loveland on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, from complications due to a broken hip.
Willard was born on March 7, 1923, to Emanuel and Lydia Brandt Richard in Olpe, KS. He was the youngest of eight children. He was raised in the Olpe and Emporia, KS, area. On July 10, 1944 he married the love of his life, Ruth Ellen VanDorien in Kingman, KS. Willard and Ruth farmed west of Emporia, on the Chase County Line, until they were flooded out and decided to move to Idaho in February of 1946.
Willard farmed southwest of Aberdeen until 1972. Willard and Ruth retired from farming and moved into American Falls. He worked for area farmers and also drove truck for Partner Steel in Pocatello and Double L in American Falls, among others. He loved his 18 wheeler days and helping friends with planting crops and potato harvest. His favorite trips were the ones that he was able to take Ruth along on. They had a great love of travel that farming and dairy cattle had never allowed them to do before. Dad always talked about their trip to Caribou, Maine in the 18 wheeler.
They moved to Loveland, CO, in May of 2004 to live with their oldest daughter due to Ruth’s failing health. Ruth passed away on April 12, 2008. Willard continued to live with his daughter and looked forward to trips back to Idaho for potato harvest and his share of those famous Idaho Potatoes. He always appreciated the Richard and Rob Giesbrecht and Roy and Doug Ruff families for allowing him to take potatoes back to Colorado. He loved going back to Kansas to visit family and old friends. He also enjoyed wandering through flea markets and garage sales with Bonnie.
In May of 2010, Willard was diagnosed with Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) which made his leg muscles very weak and painful. Due to several falls, he was moved to Lakeview Commons Assisted Living in Loveland, where he lived until his death. His favorite pastime was playing with his great-grandchildren, Tadhg and Rhiannon McDermid of Berthoud, CO. They truly adored their great-grandpa and will sorely miss him. He also always enjoyed visiting with Jean Mayhew, a dear family friend in Loveland. We will always be grateful for the friendship she provided for him.
He is survived by his three daughters: Bonnie (John) McDermid of Loveland, CO; Connie (Dr. Dale) Friesen of Lawrence, KS; Debbie (Dr. Roger) Tobias of Lyons, KS, and two sons: John (Marylyn) of Marsing, ID, and Ron of Moscow, ID. He is also survived by his sister Caroline “Kelly” Elliott of Burley, ID, and his 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Other survivors include many nieces and nephews who were very special in his life.
Arrangements in Loveland were handled by Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home and in Aberdeen by Davis-Rose Mortuary of American Falls.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 20, at the First Mennonite Church in Aberdeen. A viewing took place for one hour prior to the service. He was laid to rest beside his wife Ruth in the Homestead Cemetery, southwest of Aberdeen following the service.
Willard and Ruth had a great fondness for the Palisade’s Mennonite Church Camp and a memorial has been established in their names at the First Mennonite Church in Aberdeen. Contributions can be sent to First Mennonite Church, 381 W. Washington Street, Aberdeen, Idaho 83210. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com
Jay Phillips
William Jay Phillips 81, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, surrounded by loving family.
Jay was born May 28, 1930 to Roscoe and Karna Phillips in Gooding, ID. He began his schooling in the Gooding area before the family relocated to American Falls. Jay attended the old Fairview Elementary School and graduated from American Falls High School in 1949.
Shortly after graduating, Jay enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served during the Korean conflict. After returning home from the service in January 1953, Jay met the love of his life, Betty Belville. They were married on July 25, 1953 in Pocatello. The couple had seven children but lost three of them to early deaths. They resided in several places in the Springfield/Pingree area early in their marriage. Jay worked various jobs in these early years doing everything from delivering milk and coal to working in a bakery in Blackfoot. As their children got older and ready to begin school, Jay moved the family back to his beloved American Falls where he had always hoped to raise his family. Jay worked at Lamb Weston for a few years before going to work for FMC in Pocatello, where he would work for 25+ years until he retired.
Jay was a member of the American Legion and the VFW. He was actively involved in the American Legion which was very special to him. He was a long-time life member and served in all the local offices up to Commander, then was elected District Commander, and finally State Commander of Idaho in the late 70’s. He was very proud of his country and fellow veterans and always wanted to help in any way he could. He worked with the local law enforcement agencies to start the fingerprinting program at the local grade schools and assisted with getting the Life Flight program up and going in the Pocatello area. Both projects were very dear to him.
When Jay wasn’t volunteering or serving his fellow veterans he loved to fish! His favorite trip was to Seward, Alaska, where he caught a 180 lb. halibut. He also enjoyed hunting, snowmobiling, riding his motorcycle, and spending time with his children and their families. Jay loved his family and never missed an opportunity to drop in on an unsuspecting family member. He looked forward to his family reunions when he could reminisce with his brothers and sisters. Jay never met a stranger and always had a joke to tell you.
Jay is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers LeRoy, Dean, Earl and Glenn, a baby sister Vera, his daughter Beverly and his infant sons Jay Lynn and David Wayne Phillips.
Jay is survived by his wife Betty of 58 years in American Falls, his children LeRoy and Tamie Phillips of American Falls, Roger Phillips of Anthem, AZ, Pam and Robert Mazza of Pocatello, and Dorothy and Robert Glencross of Kalispell, MT, sister Maxine McUne of Downey, brother Merlin Phillips and sister Darlene Grimm of Blackfoot He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 19, at the Aberdeen LDS Chapel with Bishop Keith Phillips and Pastor Dean Lifshay officiating. Interment followed the services at the Aberdeen Cemetery with veteran’s honors by the Aberdeen American Legion Post 59. A reception followed at the LDS Chapel. Visitation was held Sunday, Dec. 18, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Davis-Rose Mortuary, American Falls and at 10 a.m. before the funeral at the church. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.

Charlie R. Littlefield
Charlie R. Littlefield, 66, of Pocatello, formerly of Aberdeen, passed away Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 in Pocatello, following lingering health complications.
He was born May 19, 1945 in American Falls to Raymond A. and Hazel (Canfield) Littlefield.
Charlie was good hearted, and enjoyed fishing, traveling, country music, and visiting and exchanging stories with friends and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents and infant brother Carl Littlefield; two brothers, Harold Littlefield and Alvin Littlefield; and a sister, Carol Clark.
Charlie is survived by one brother, Ron (Andrea) Littlefield of Pocatello; and two sisters, Jane (Jay) Simonson of Idaho Falls, and Donna (Brian) Jensen of American Falls.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, Dec. 17, at 1 p.m., at Falls View Cemetery, American Falls, with a lunch following, location to be announced. Arrangements are under the direction of Cornelison Funeral Home, Pocatello. Online guest book and condolences available at www.cornelisonfh.com.

Funeral Notice
John Kildew, Jr.
John Kildew, Jr., 84, died Monday morning, Dec. 12, 2011, at his home.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, American Falls Third Ward, 656 Pocatello Avenue, with Bishop Steve Tolman conducting.
The visitation will be 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 15, at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street, American Falls, and Friday, from 10 to 10:45 a.m. before the funeral at the church.
A full obituary will appear in a later edition of The Power County Press. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.
Funeral Notice
Jay Phillips
William Jay Phillips, 81, of American Falls, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011 at Rosetta Assisted Living in Pocatello, surrounded by his loving family.
The funeral service for Jay will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 19, at the American Legion Hall, 180 S. Main, Aberdeen. The visitation will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street, American Falls, and at 10 a.m. Monday at the Legion Hall before the service.
A full obituary will be in a later edition. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.
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