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The Press OBITUARIES - February 2010
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Rick Dee Bloxham
Rick Dee Bloxham, 56, of Pocatello, passed away on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 of cardiac arrest. Rick was born in Pocatello on Nov. 27, 1953 to Robert R. and Janet Bloxham. He attended schools in Blackfoot and Osgood, ID, graduating from high school in 1971 at Vale, OR. Employment included Lamb Weston in American Falls for 23 years, Bannock Paving, and Steel West, from where he took an early retirement due to health problems.
Rick married the love of his life, Sue Knittel in 2003. They loved to dance and go camping in their fifth wheel. In earlier years, Rick spent many hours running the Snake River below American Falls in his jet boat. He loved to fish and hunt with his friends and family and he was a favorite uncle to his nieces and nephews. Rick was truly a “jack of all trades” taking pride in doing odd jobs for his friends and neighbors. His grandchildren were “Papa Ricks” pride and joy. Rick was a very positive uncomplaining person; he never said an offensive word about anyone.
Rick is survived by his wife, Sue, and his mother Janet, both of Pocatello; a daughter, Jamie Bloxham of American Falls; brothers, John Bloxham, Rob (Mitzi) Bloxham and Tony (Colene) Bloxham; and his sister, Jetta Bloxham, all of Pocatello; seven grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert; a brother, Michael K. Bloxham; and a sister, Debra Kay Bloxham.
A visitation will be held Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St., American Falls, from 6 to 8 p.m. Donations can be made in Rick’s name to a charity of your choice.
James Fletcher
A humble man, James Edward Fletcher, passed from this world early morning Friday, Feb. 19, 2010. His life began March 20, 1926 in Silver Lake, KS.
Early years through the depression were difficult and following a medical discharge from the military he moved to Idaho with family to seek work. While here he met and married Mary Elaine Jones on Sept. 3, 1948. Their shared life was joined by sons, Jim and Jerry.
Jim was known to many farmers in the area as the combine expert. Early morning phone calls would often awaken him to tempt him with big money to come fix their machinery. His later working life was spent working on John Deere equipment until his retirement. Although he only achieved an eighth grade education, his fantastic and inquisitive mind helped him to design and build models of experimental engines.
He and Elaine spent many hours caring for their five grandchildren. He was a gentle giant to the grandchildren. After retirement Jim spent many hours with his computer keeping in touch with the world. The magic of the computer world kept his diminishing eyesight from isolating him. His infamous almanac helped him keep track of his entire family. Many hours were spent arguing with his sons about his theories of gravity and the universe and engine design.
Jim is survived by his sons, James L. (Susan) Fletcher and Jerry (Johanna) Fletcher; grandchildren, Keri (Greg) Kearns, Amanda (Colter) Bolton, Chris (Charleen) Fletcher, Corrie (Jason) Prescott, Ben (Sutton) Fletcher; great-grandchildren Uriah and Dallon Prescott, Brenden and Aaron and Jenna Kearns, Mackenzie and Railey and Hayden Bolton, Jaron and Jillian and Emalee Fletcher.
Services will be planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Power County Nursing Home in his name. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary.
David Nicklos Schultz
David Nicklos Schultz was born June 9, 1944 in Pocatello. He died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010 in Mobile, AL. His parents were William McKinley Schultz, deceased, and May Elizabeth Dille Schultz, deceased, both of American Falls.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Joiner of Monroeville, AL; a son, William (Bill) Schultz; two sisters, Betty Walker of Minidoka, ID, and Pat Jones of American Falls; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, William D. Schultz, and Virginia Nessen.
David was a graduate of American Falls High School. He served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years and retired back to American Falls. He went back to school and graduated from Idaho State University. He moved back to Alabama about five years ago.
His hobbies and interests were hunting, fishing and traveling. He collected coins, firearms and depression glass, etc.
Services will be held in Monroeville, AL, on Thursday, Feb. 25, at Johnson Funeral Home. Services for family and friends in Idaho will be announced later.
Nobody was a stranger to David. He loved people. David enjoyed being with his family and friends. We will miss him.
Antonio Tamez Sr.
Antonio Tristan Tamez Sr., 58, of American Falls passed away Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, at Hillcrest Haven, in Pocatello.
The visitation will be at 5 p.m. with the Rosary following at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, at St Mary’s Catholic Church, 352 Roosevelt, American Falls. The Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday with a viewing at 9 a.m. before the service. Interment will follow at the Falls View Cemetery, American Falls.
Donations may be made to help cover expenses for Antonio in his wife’s name, Dominga Tamez, at Key Bank in American Falls.
Aurale (Lee) Huff
Aurale (Lee) Huff of Harwood, TX, passed away suddenly early Saturday morning, Jan. 9, 2010, at Seton Medical Center – Hays Hospital in Kyle, TX. Services were held at the Harwood Cemetery, Sunday, Jan. 10.
She was born Oct. 21, 1927, in Harwood to Walter Nixon and Iva May (nee Minear) Huff and was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Walter Huff, Jr. and Wayne Huff; her sister, Martha Lewis; a son, John Holbrook; a daughter, Melinda Antuna; two granddaughters, Heather Windham and Carrie Antuna; and one great-granddaughter, Kindra Albert.
She attended Gonzales schools and graduated from Sycamore High School, Montgomery, OH. Having been around machinery from a young age and being mechanically inclined, at the age of 25, Lee rebuilt a Hillman-Minx automobile engine with no help other than instruction from her father, Walter Huff, who had built airplanes in Harwood, while she was a small child.
Lee learned her trade in the family newspaper business in Sharonville, OH, and worked in several small newspapers in the Cincinnati, OH, area. She become a union member and known as a “tramp printer”, traveled across the United States working at union newspapers in Cincinnati, OH, Houston, TX, San Francisco, CA, Detroit, MI, and she retired from The San Antonio Light, San Antonio, TX. At these newspapers she worked as a Linotype operator typesetter and as the industry changed she moved on to computers. She was the first in the family to become a member of the International Typographical Union, followed by each of her sisters.
Lee was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where she played the piano, the organ, and taught Sunday School and Family History classes to others. She loved music. She was devoted to doing family history in the church and was, at the time of her death, an active full-time missionary serving as a family history consultant and guide to people, from all around the world, that are searching for their roots. Lee has contributed volumes of information to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT, which is now available online to the world. Her contributions to the family history records in both the Gonzales County Archives and the Luling Family History Center are available to all who seek the information and wish to continue the great work in which she was so eagerly and passionately engaged.
Lee is survived by six children: Jennie Conley of American Falls, ID; Karel Holbrook of California; Peggy (spouse Michael) Aspinwall of Arizona; Philip (spouse Karin) Antuna of Colorado; Iva Antuna of Harwood; and Sally (spouse Daniel) Windham of Kyle. She also leaves 26 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Wallace (spouse Diana) Huff of Ohio; two sisters, Rosemary Smith of Harwood and Frances DeChane of Michigan; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends throughout the world. She was a wonderful mother, sister and friend and she will be sadly missed.
Joan B. Annen
Joan B. Annen, age 79, passed away peacefully in her home in American Falls, on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, surrounded by her loving family. Joan battled the last few months of her life with cancer.
Joan was born on Oct. 24, 1930 to George and Mamie Hollinrake in Hemingford, NB. Joan married Harold Annen on Nov. 29, 1947. They lived in Nebraska, California, Washington, and finally settled in American Falls.
Joan is survived by her husband of 63 years, Harold; her children, Larry (KaeAnn) Annen, Debra Annen, James (Linda) Annen, and Shirley (Steve) Lawson; 11 grandchildren, Zach, Kyle, and Ben Annen, Richard and Lonnie Davis, Jason and Gennese Annen, Nicholas and Jami Annen, and Tony and Ashley Annen; six great grandchildren, Kody and Morgan Davis, Clayton Davis, Makenna Budd, and Jesse and Mia Annen; and one sister, Margaret Cadigan of Seattle, WA. Joan was preceded in death by her children, Jerry, James Leroy, and Mary Lark Annen; her parents; and siblings Ruth Osborne, Harlan, Jim, Darold, and Doris Hollinrake.
Joan dedicated her time and energy as a caregiver to her husband, children, and grandchildren. She enjoyed painting, sewing, knitting, gardening, cooking and spending time with her family.
A rosary, life sketch, and comments from the family was held at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in American Falls. The family welcomed friends in the basement of the church after the services for a celebration of Joan’s life. A graveside memorial service was held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, at Falls View Cemetery in American Falls.
The family thanks the community and friends for all the support they have received during this difficult time. A very special thanks to the caring members of Creekside Hospice (especially Courtney, Marcy, Susan, Bob, Sara, Leslie, and Dr. Connor) for the support and care they provided to Joan during her final weeks of life.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls. Donations and memorial gifts can be made to National Parkinson Foundation, Inc., Office of Development, 1501 NW 9th Avenue/Bob Hope Road, Bob Hope Road, Miami, Florida 33136-1494 or on their website:
Virginia Yokers
Virginia Margaret Yokers was born June 5, 1915 to Anton L. and Clara L. Anschuetz in East Tawas, Mich. She was baptized, confirmed and later married at Zion Lutheran Church in East Tawas.
Virginia received her elementary and high school education in East Tawas public schools, graduating in 1932, and then attended a year of County Normal School, all in the same brick building. She took her 28 credits on to Michigan State College, where she played first chair trumpet; and, after three and a half years, graduated with a B.A. in English in January, 1937.
She taught at Kearsley School in Flint, Mich. for one and a half years.
While still a student at M.S.C., Virginia met Floyd Lutz Yokers, the pastor from Immanuel Lutheran in near-by Grand Ledge. Floyd helped Pastor George Bubultz in campus ministry, and (matchmaker) Mrs. Bubultz often arranged for Floyd and Virginia to babysit their kids. Virginia and Floyd were married June 14, 1938 and blessed with six sons: David, Philip, Paul, Mark, Timothy, and Jonathan.
Floyd and Virginia served God in Lutheran parishes in: Fowlerville and Saginaw, Mich.; American Falls, ID; and Ritzville, Chinook, and Naselle, WA.
In 1974, they retired to the Senior Estates of Woodburn, OR, and actively participated in Immanuel Lutheran, where Virginia especially enjoyed the women’s Bible Study. She enjoyed fishing and kept busy through the years with canning, cooking and caring for their large, active family. Virginia loved to paint with acrylics and oil, specializing in colorful birds.
Floyd died in November of 1979.
Virginia moved to Des Moines, WA, in 1998 to be close to five of her sons and their families. While living at Wesley Terrace, she made many fine friends and enthusiastically participated in all the activities. She found joy in singing in the choir, exercising, joining in shuffleboard competitions, and playing Uno and other games. She especially enjoyed spending lots of time with all her family and attending Grace Lutheran in Des Moines.
Virginia is survived by her brother, Norman Anschuetz of East Tawas, Mich., and sister-in-law, Wilma Kohler of Holmen, WI, her six sons, 19 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, as well as a host of extended family and friends. She has blessed us all.
Virginia asked that memorial gifts be made to Wesley Homes Foundation, 815 S. 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198 for The Circle of Concern Fund. The fund makes it possible for Wesley Homes to provide housing for residents who have outlived their assets through no fault of their own at Wesley Homes, Des Moines.
Her family particularly thanks Tim Yokers, her primary caregiver, and the Hospice care nurses and caregivers during her final five months.
Interment was beside Floyd at Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial Funeral Home and Mausoleum in Portland, OR, on Friday, Jan. 29.
Virginia’s Memorial Service will be held Sunday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m. at the Wesley Home in Des Moines, WA.
Glenn A. Phillips
Glenn A. Phillips, 82, loving husband of Margene Parsons Phillips, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his wife of nearly 60 years, four daughters and other close family members. He had fought a very courageous battle with cancer for the last 16 years.
Glenn was born on Nov. 13, 1927 to Karna and Roscoe Phillips in Shoestring, ID, near Gooding. He worked on the family farm and loved to play football. Following graduation from American Falls High School in 1946, he proudly enlisted in the US Army Aircorp. He was honorably discharged after three years of dedicated service. His love for his country did not end there, for he continued to serve his country throughout his life.
He met his lifetime “angel of all angels”, Margene Parsons, on a blind date. They were married on July 15, 1950. To this union they were blessed with four daughters and one son. Glenn and Margene made their home in Arco, ID, where Glenn continued to be active in service to his country and his community while working as a security guard at the AEC. He held many positions in the state VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars). He was proud to be the State Commander in 1971 where he was honored as the All American Commander in the nation. He humbly held any position that was requested of him at state and national levels.
Glenn marched with the Color Guard in many hometown parades. He was an all around sportsman participating in bowling, fishing and hunting and officiating high school basketball and football games. Glenn loved to spend summers camping with family and friends.
In 1958 Glenn was appointed as a Justice of the Peace in Butte County and following court reform he was appointed as Magistrate Judge - he served in the justice system for 27 years.
Upon his retirement Glenn learned he could not just stay home so he went to town and purchased a restaurant to entertain him. He and Margene built and operated Pickles Place for ten years where he was on duty to pour the coffee and greet people. He was the original Pickles Place Greeter.
Following his second retirement, he and Margene traveled to Arizona for the winter to visit his brother. There they discovered a new and exciting world of friends and adventures. He was a proud member of the Geriatric Hells Angels Gang.
Glenn and Margene traveled and saw much of the country that he loved. Glenn always said he had never met a stranger, he just didn’t know their names yet. He was a true friend to many and helped everyone in their time of need.
Glenn is survived by his bride, Margene, daughters Glenda (Salvador) Rodriguez of Blackfoot, Geraldene (Doug) England of Arimo, GayLynn Quiroz of Blackfoot and GaLene (Vaughn) Andersen of Inkom. He leaves behind 16 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, with two more on the way. He is also survived by siblings Jay (Betty) Phillips, Maxine McUne, Merlon (Elaine) Phillips, Darlene Grimm and Sarah Phillips. He was preceded in death by his son Gary, his parents, his mother and father-in-law Albert and Mabel Parsons, two granddaughters Crissa Cottrell and Tazia Quiroz, brothers Roy, Dean, and Earl, and sister Vera.
Services are under the direction of Anderson Family Funeral Home in Arco. A viewing will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 5:59 until 7:59 p.m. at the Anderson Family Funeral Home and one hour prior to services. Funeral services will be on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 10:59 a.m. in the Arco LDS Church. Charitable donations may be made in Glenn’s honor to the Lost River EMTs.
See ya on down the road, Grandpa.
Glee C. Michaelson
Glee C. Michaelson (Our beloved Father and Grandfather) 81, passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 29, 2010.
Glee was born in Gunnison, UT, to Chris and Thalia Childs Michaelson on May 23, 1928. In 1936 at the age of eight, his family moved to Aberdeen, ID, where the family started farming. He attended Aberdeen High School where he met his first wife Wilma Schultz. They were married in 1945 and had six children. Glee and Wilma moved to American Falls in 1959 where they started farming. They divorced in 1963. Glee married Dorothy Geertsen Petersen in 1964. He helped raise her six children, and one more child was born in that union. They divorced in 1989. He married Geniel Dahmer, and later they divorced.
Glee spent his life farming. He enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, traveling and playing cards. He also held various local and state offices in the Jaycees over the years. He really enjoyed being a part of the group.
In 1976 Glee and family built a cabin in Island Park, ID, where they spent many weekends as a family. After he retired he lived in Island Park during the summer months, and in St. George, UT, for the winter months. He moved back to Chubbuck in 2004.
He is survived by a brother, Bob Michaelson; four sons, Lyle (Donna) Michaelson, Dale Michaelson, Kevin Michaelson, and Ron (Melinda) Michaelson; two daughters, Marie (Randy) Jimerson, and Cheri Michaelson; 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, one sister, one son, and one granddaughter.
The funeral was at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the Aberdeen LDS Church. A viewing was held at 10 a.m. preceding the service. Arrangements have been made under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary. Internment was at the Aberdeen Cemetery following the service.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 225 n. Michigan Avenue FL 17, Chicago, IL 60601.
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