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The Press OBITUARIES - July 2009
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Richard Alan Davis

Richard Alan Davis of Spangle, WA passed away July 17, 2009 from complications occurring from a fall in his shop on April 14, 2009.
Richard was born April 4, 1944 in American Falls, ID, to Richard A. Davis and Betty (Woodworth) Davis, Aberdeen, ID. He grew up in Aberdeen and attended Aberdeen schools.
His parents owned D & B Appliance & Furniture and Richard started his mechanical and electrical career working at the family store at age 12 and expanded his wealth of knowledge from there.
He and his first wife Joyce and children moved to the Coeur d’Alene area in the late 60s and Richard went to work for Westinghouse Electric Supply Company in Spokane. He then was hired by Westinghouse Appliance Sales and moved on to become the Spokane Branch Service Manager for Westinghouse Appliance Service in 1968 through 1983. In 1981 Richard started his own company, Economy Appliance Service, later becoming Economy/ABCAppliance Service and continued at the helm until Aug. 31, 2008.
Richard’s love for airplanes and flying led him to build and maintain his own planes up until the time of his accident. In 1994 he fulfilled his childhood dream of living on an airstrip outside his home when he moved to the Paradise Air Ranch outside of Spangle. In 2001 he married his long time friend, Maggie Schab. Richard is also known for his great love for his dogs and cats.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Schab-Davis; children, Lori Davis-Stone (Bret), Clarkston, WA, LaRae Davis-Bennett (Jim), Apex, NC, and Alan Jade Davis (Lisa), Fishers, IN; his father, Richard A. Davis, Aberdeen; sisters, Joan Buffi (Robert), Aberdeen, Elinor Howells (Steve), Manhattan, MT, and Betty K. Ruff (John), Belgrade, MT; grandchildren, Kyle Bennett, Cynthia Bishop-Stone, Zachary Bennett, Jewelea Davis and Braxton Davis and numerous nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty, and sister, Cynthia Feld-Harrell.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to SpokAnimal, 710 N. Napa St., Spokane, WA 99202, S.C.A.P.S., 2521 N. Flora Rd, Spokane Valley, WA 99216 or Hospice of Spokane, PO Box 2215, Spokane, WA 99210.
A special thank you to everyone who went above and beyond in assisting Richard and his family in his time of need. You know who you are.
A celebration of Richard’s life was held Saturday, July 25, at 11 a.m. at the Spangle home, 19714 S. Parker Road, with a potluck following.
“There’s a place I travel when I want to roam, and nobody knows it but me./ The roads don’t go there and the signs stay home, and nobody knows but me./ It’s far, far away and way, way afar, it’s over the moon and the sea/ and wherever you’re going that’s wherever you are./ And nobody knows it but me.”
Spokane Cremation & Burial Service

Kristen Jan Kendell Bolgen

Kristen Jan Kendell Bolgen, 50, of Aberdeen, died Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at her home.
She was born in Santa Monica, CA, Sept. 17, 1958 to Max and Edith Kendell. She graduated from Aberdeen High School and went three years to Idaho State University.
Kristy loved horses and spent a lot of time with her horse on the ranch near Bone, ID. She competed in 4-H horse shows and won the coveted Purple Rosette in Horsemanship.
Kristy married Daniel Bolgen Dec. 14, 1982 in Pocatello. A son, Chase Kendell Bolgen, was born Oct. 16, 1986. The family enjoyed camping, fishing and traveling.
Kristy and Dan ran the Trading Post from 1982 to 1989. Then Kristy was an accountant for Bill Vicker for 16 years.
Kristy is survived by her husband Dan, sons Chase and Shane (Leeann) Bolgen, grandchildren Britton, Hallee and Sawyer, brother Murray Kendell, and mother Edith (Dallas) Kendell Satterfield.
Kristy was preceded in death by her father Max Earl Kendell.
The funeral service was Friday, July 24, at 11 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Aberdeen, with a viewing an hour before the service. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls.

LeLand L. Becker
LeLand L. Becker, 71, Aberdeen, passed away Sunday, July 26, 2009 at his home. The funeral service for LeLand will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at the First Mennonite Church, 381 W. Washington, Aberdeen. The viewing will be an hour prior to the funeral service at the church. Burial will follow the services at the Homestead cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls.
Patricia A. Neu
Patricia A. Neu, wife of Albert Neu, passed away July 22, 2009, of complications following open heart surgery. She is survived by her husband, Albert; daughter, Tammy, Phillips Ranch, CA; sons, Dana, Flagstaff, AZ, and Darrin (Nathalie), Dallas, GA.
Leman Whited

Chubbuck – Leman Whited, 80, passed away Monday, July 13, 2009.
He was born May 21, 1929, in Rayborn, MO, the oldest of six children to Vern and Emily (Ellis) Whited. Leman left home at age 14 and eventually ended up in Idaho in 1947.
He met Ardith LaRae Harris in 1949 and they were married Nov. 17, 1949, in Pocatello, ID. Together they had a son, Dustin Leman Whited.
Leman worked for IML Interstate Motor Lines for 16 years. In 1962, he started his concrete company, L&A Concrete. Later his son, Dusty, worked into ownership in 2004. Leman still continued to work with the business until present.
He was a hard worker, oftentimes working three jobs at a time. Leman loved to work. He liked hunting and fishing and especially his grandkids, Justin and Loran.
He is survived by his wife, Ardith, of 59 years; son, Dustin (Holly) Whited, American Falls; grandchildren, Justin and Loran; brothers, Dale Ellis, MO, Bill Whited, Buhl, ID, Bill Wall, Chubbuck, and Loman Lathrom, Lawrence, KS; a sister, Bonnie Clark, Glendale, AZ. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 16, at Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 S. Fourth Ave., Pocatello. The family received friends Wednesday evening, July 15, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial followed services at Falls View Cemetery in American Falls. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.Colonial-FuneralHome.com.

Phyllis L. West
Phyllis L. West, 87, passed away Thursday, July 16, 2009 at Ashley Manor Care Center in Chubbuck.
Phyllis was born Oct. 17, 1921 in Wagner, SD, to Melvin E. Lawyer and Freida L. (Malone) Lawyer. She was the oldest of three.
She married Lester W. West on Sept. 25, 1935 in Sioux Falls, SD.
She went to work for the Bank of Commerce in Milton-Freewater, OR, in 1954. She moved to American Falls in 1962 and started working at First Security Bank. While in American Falls, she helped organize the Power County Bowling Association. She transferred to northern Idaho in 1974. She retired from the bank in 1993 in Craigmont, ID. She moved back to southern Idaho in 1998 to be closer to family.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, a son, her husband, her brother and sister, a granddaughter, a daughter-in-law and a son-in-law.
She is survived by her son, James (Janet) West of California; daughter, Joan Wahl of American Falls; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A brief graveside service will be held Friday, July 24, at 11 a.m. at Falls View Cemetery in American Falls. Services are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary.
Marie Ely

Marie Nelson Ely, 53, of Blackfoot, passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.
Funeral arrangements were held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 10, at Hawker Funeral Home. The family met with friends and relatives for one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
Interment was in the Restlawn Cemetery in Pocatello.

Jack Reeves
Memorial services will be held for Jack Reeves in American Falls on Saturday, July 18, at 11 a.m. in the orchard (weather permitting) at 458 Garfield Street. If it’s raining, the memorial will be held inside.
A small luncheon will be served buffet style after the service for those who wish to attend. Anyone with questions may call Marla Jean (Barnard) Reeves at 360-597-4227 or email jm_reeves@comcast.net.
Wilhamena Wasia

Wilhamena Thiel Wasia, 87, passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 24, 2009 surrounded by her loving family. She was born, the youngest of ten children, on July 27, 1921 in Idaho Falls to William and Katherine Breuer Thiel. On June 26, 1940 she married Ted Wasia at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Idaho Falls. Ted and Wilhamena were married for 64 years and raised 11 children.
Wilhamena was a wonderful homemaker. She was an avid gardener and an amazing quilter. She was deeply connected to the St. John’s Catholic Church in Pingree and spent many fond hours with her extended church family making quilts and noodles to raise money for the parish. Wilhamena had a strong sense of family and spending time with them brought her great joy.
She is survived by Dick (Linda) Wasia, Kathy (Lynn) Plesner, Larry Wasia, Bob (Jeri) Wasia, Jim (Charlotte) Wasia, Dennis (Jacque) Wasia, all of Blackfoot; Linda (Dean) Jedry of Boise; Mary (Brian) Davis, Julie (John) Calonge of Idaho Falls; Ron (Pat) Wasia of American Falls; Randy Wasia of Pingree; 38 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ted, nine brothers and sisters and her parents.
A rosary was held at Hawker Funeral Home Friday, June 26, at 6 p.m. The family met with friends from 7 to 9 p.m. following the Rosary. The funeral mass was held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 27, at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church located at 584 West Sexton in Blackfoot. Interment was in the Grove City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to St. John’s Catholic Church. Donations should be sent to 692 S. 1800 W., Pingree 83262.

Edgar Olof “Mac” McAlister

Mac passed away Thursday, June 18, 2009 at the Mason Valley Residence in Yerington, NV. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Yerington.
He was preceded in death by his wife Betsy and sisters Helene McAlister and Ella Mae McAlister Stedfeldt. He is survived by four children, Ann, Stephen, Hilary, and Bruce, and nine grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to your favorite charity, or to ARF, the Animal Rescue Foundation, either through Wells Fargo Bank in Yerington or by mail to ARF, 1112 Berney Rd., Fallon, NV 89406-9112.
Mac was born July 28, 1915 near Horseshoe Bend, ID, to Seth Harley and Mary Catherine (Mae) Erickson McAlister, and raised in American Falls, where his father was manager of the power plant. Following graduation in 1939 from the University of Idaho with a degree in Mining Engineering, he worked in various mines around the west. During WWII, Mac joined the U.S. Navy, where he served in the South Pacific as a Frogman in Underwater Demolition Team 7. He was awarded the Silver Star for his conduct during the invasion of Saipan.
With his naval background in detection technology, he became Chief Geophysicist for the Anaconda Company, leading a team which developed electrical detection methods for mineral exploration and was credited as one of several primary developers of Induced Polarization, a major prospecting technique. It was exciting work that brought him much personal satisfaction and many treasured friendships, throughout a 50 year career.
At the close of the war, Mac met Navy lieutenant Betsy Ann Krichbaum of Upper Montclair, NJ. They were married on March 15, 1947, enjoying nearly 54 years together, living and raising their family in Darwin, CA; Yerington, NV; Tooele, UT; and Tucson, AZ. Mac and Betsy eventually moved back to Yerington.
Following Betsy’s death in 2001, Mac came to live at the Mason Valley Residence, where he found wonderful friends, and remained involved in helping protect Mason Valley water rights, local wells and agriculture from proposed reclamation of the Walker River. He was a member of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Yerington.
Mac traveled widely in his career and possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of geography, geology, and mining production. He lived an active life of physical and mental development and self-discipline, as a strong and loving father to his children, teaching them to appreciate nature, encouraging their interests, giving them good starts in life, and providing them and many others with wonderful memories over many years. We miss him but do not mourn him for his was a life well lived.

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