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The Press OBITUARIES - May 2011

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Charles “Chuck” Mock
CHUBBUCK – Charles “Chuck” Mock, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at a local care facility. Chuck was born in Blackfoot, ID, on Oct. 12, 1933 to Charles and Sadie Mock. His father passed away when he was three years old. He went to live with his dad’s sister, Aunt “Mom” Rose and her husband Uncle “Dad” Archie Sorensen in Neeley, ID, a little place outside of American Falls. He grew up on the family farm where he worked, played, and had many wonderful adventures.
He went to school in American Falls where he played all sports and did very well in them; especially baseball. He graduated in 1951 from American Falls High School. He worked for the railroad for awhile. In 1952 Fred Sawyer, superintendent at the American Falls Power Plant, asked him if he would like to work temporary for Idaho Power. June 1, 1952 he started and ended up working 46 years and five months. Forty years were fulltime and the last six years were on disability.
In 1954 he was drafted in the U.S. Army. He served in Germany after the Korean War. While there he played baseball and excelled and that is where he got offered a job playing with the Pittsburgh Pirates farm club. However, he decided to stay with Idaho Power, a choice he never regretted.
In 1956 Chuck met Echo Allen and on Dec. 7, 1956 they were married. They had four wonderful children who have given them many happy years. They moved to Swan Falls where Chuck was made a chief operator and was there until the spring of 1982. They moved to Lower Salmon in Hagerman in 1983. They then moved to Bliss and became a supervisor there. In May 1984 he became supervisor of the largest power plant in Brownlee/Hells Canyon. He started the next phase of his life; he built a new home in Chubbuck, Id, where he resided until he entered the Veterans Home in 2010.
We all go in different directions as the years go by but you all remain in our hearts and memories as dear friends. He could never express how much love he had for his four children, 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was known for playing pranks on all of the people he was around. He never got enough of his hunting, camping and snowmobiling.
He is survived by his wife Echo of 54 1/2 years; his son, Chuck Jr. (Pat) Mock; daughter, Bonnie Summers; son, Ron Mock; daughter, Vicki (Jason) Carney. He was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law and granddaughter Ann Michelle.
See ya later alligator – In awhile crocodile.
Graveside services for Chuck were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 23, at the Falls View Cemetery in American Falls. A viewing was held on Sunday, May 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Wilks Funeral Home, 211 W. Chubbuck Road, 238-8000. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Wilks Funeral Home, 238-8000. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.wilksfuneralhome.com.

Mark Dell Phillips, Sr.
Mark Dell Phillips, Sr., 72, of Aberdeen, passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at his home.
He was born on July 21, 1938 in Sterling, ID, the son of Frank Amasion Phillips and Lauretta Beck Phillips. He married Rosetta Jean Savage on June 6, 1962.
He worked 30 years for Simplot in Aberdeen. He was a rock hound for many years. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and wood working.
He is survived by his wife Jean Savage; brother, Elden R. (Norene) Phillips; children, Debra Lynn Phillips, Mark Dell Phillips, Jr., Brian Lee Phillips and Brenda Marie Phillips; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, and a baby brother.
The visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street in American Falls. Cremation will follow.
Joseph H. Canfield
Joseph Harold “Joe” Canfield, 83, died peacefully at his home on Friday, May 20, 2011 in American Falls.
The graveside service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, June 4, at the Falls View Cemetery in American Falls.
Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street in American Falls. A full obituary will appear in a later edition of The Power County Press and The Aberdeen Times.

Irene Mildred Ytuarte
Irene Mildred Ytuarte, 86, died Saturday, May 14, 2011, at the Power County Nursing Home in American Falls.
Irene was born in American Falls, Aug. 18, 1924, the daughter of Francisco and Dionisia Aguirre. Irene married Agapito Ytuarte on Dec. 20, 1943 in Twin Falls, ID. Irene and Agapito were blessed with two children, Agapito Jr. (Pete) and Maria.
Irene was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She loved all animals and children. Irene took care of many children in her younger years.
Irene is survived by her brother, Phillip (Arlene) Aguirre, and sister, Julie Zacharias; grandchildren, Martin (Tiffany) Ytuarte, Trisha Ytuarte, and Cory (Nancy) Ytuarte; great-grandchildren, Miles, Michael, Tabatha, and Benjamin; and numerous nieces and nephews. Irene will be missed dearly.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents, husband, children, four brothers and two sisters.
The family extends their deepest gratitude to the nurses and staff at the Power County Nursing Home for their love, and respect they showed to Irene over the years.
A private family service will be held. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary.

Funeral Notice
Irene Alber
A graveside service will be held Saturday, May 21, at the Aberdeen Cemetery at 11 a.m. for Irene Alber, 68, of American Falls. She passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at Power County Hospital in American Falls surrounded by her family, friends, and loving husband of 43 years, Richard “Sonny” Alber. Arrangements are through Davis-Rose Mortuary.

Funeral Notice
Mary Whitworth
Mary Lee Whitworth, 63, of American Falls, died Monday, May 16, 2011.
The funeral service will be held Friday, May 20, at 11 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, American Falls Fourth Ward, 650 Pocatello Avenue. The viewing will be at 10 a.m. prior to the funeral at the church, and interment will be at 3 p.m. at Chesterfield Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls

Irene Alber
Irene Alber, 68, of American Falls, passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at Power County Hospital in American Falls surrounded by her family, friends, and loving husband of 43 years, Richard “Sonny” Alber. She entered peacefully into eternal rest as she joined our Heavenly Father in Paradise, and for that we rejoice.
Merle Irene Harris was born on April 6, 1943 in American Falls, the oldest of four daughters of Ernest Robert and Grace (Brown) Harris.
Irene was raised in Aberdeen in the house her father built, which was a source of great pride for the family. She attended Elementary School in Grandview, and graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1961. Shortly after graduation, Irene moved to California where she met and married Jim Ridle. They were blessed with a son Troy James in 1963. Irene and Troy returned to Aberdeen in 1966.
Irene soon met the love of her life and soul mate Sonny Alber in Aberdeen and they began their 43 year journey together on Aug. 4, 1967. Sonny took Troy under his wing as if he were his own son as he and Irene started their family together. In October of 1968 their daughter Shawna Jo was born and less than a year later in October of 1969, they welcomed their third child Mindy Lee. Over the years Irene worked at various jobs including Lamb Weston, Simplot, INL, Washington Construction, and Velvet among others. The family moved to American Falls in 1977 to open Sonny’s Service Center where Irene took care of the bookkeeping and many other duties for their business until Sonny retired in 1986. Irene continued to work until 1996.
Irene and Sonny loved camping, campfires, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, traveling, and just being outdoors. Sonny’s racing career took the family all over the country, and Irene captured it all in photographs. She kept scrapbooks and records of every race and every detail of their travels. Irene and Sonny were always together and logged many miles traveling from coast to coast of the U.S., Canada, and even made a month long trip down the California Baja through Mexico.
Irene was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #3. She loved her kitties, gardening, cooking, crafts, crocheting, collecting her favorite things, music (especially Johnny Cash and Elvis), and spending time with family and friends of which she was blessed with so many. The door to their home was always open and there was always room for one more at the table, one more to spend the night. One of the things she loved most in the world was spending time with her grandchildren. Although she only had eight of her own, she was “Grandma Irene” to so many more.
Irene is survived by her husband Sonny ; children, Troy, Shawna (Justin) Kuttler, Mindy (Trini) Ramirez; grandchildren Jordan, Jamie, Teauna, Hailie, Telina, Krystal, Alyssa and Shauntae; sisters Shirley Labes and Rita (Steve) Kelso; brothers-in-law Gene Alber and Bryce Chapman; sister-in-law Donna Mae (Bill) Price; five nieces , nine nephews and great nieces and nephews; along with many friends. They will all miss her dearly.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Sandra, Vernie, and the Harris twins; niece Peggy; brothers-in-law, Dennis and Ben.
The family extends their deepest gratitude to the nurses and staff at Power County Nursing Home for the extraordinary care, love, and respect they showed Irene over the past weeks; as well as Davis-Rose Mortuary.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, May 21, at the Aberdeen Cemetery at 11 a.m.

Wilma Ruth Kendall
Wilma Ruth Kendall, our beloved mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully on Nov. 12, 2010, in Quincy, WA.
Wilma was born in Trilby, Ohio on Dec 2, 1927 to August and Helen Schultz. In 1943, she moved to Aberdeen, ID. She took care of the Dick and Betty Davis family while in high school, later going to work in their restaurant. She also worked in potato harvest back in the days when you picked spuds “by hand.”
She attended Aberdeen High School, where she met Glee Michaelson and they married in 1945. They had six children, Marie, Lyle, Dale, Jerry, Cheri and Kevin. They moved to Pleasant Valley in 1958.
Glee and Wilma divorced in 1963. Wilma married Dean Kendall in 1976. He preceded her in death in 1994. Wilma’s son Jerry, granddaughter Misty and granddaughter Kisten also preceded her in death.
Wilma worked in American Falls, where she managed Chadwick’s Department Store. She also worked at the Arctic Circle, Morgan’s Department Store and Fargo’s Department Store in Pocatello. She always enjoyed working with the public.
Wilma held local and state offices in the Business and Professional Women’s Association and she was also very active in St. John’s Lutheran Church. She also spent lots of time making a great many quilts.
Wilma is survived by five children, Marie (Randy) Jimerson, Lyle (Donna) Michaelson, Dale Michaelson, Cheri Michaelson and Kevin Michaelson; two brothers, August and Freddy Schultz; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday May 7, 2011, at St. John’s Lutheran Church. The family will receive friends one hour before the service starting at 12 noon in the Fireside Room at church. Inurnment will follow at Aberdeen Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church in American Falls.
Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary.

Melba Delone Mayer
Melba Delone Mayer left us peacefully Tuesday April 26, 2011 at the age of 86 in American Falls, ID.
Born on Oct. 22, 1924 in Malad, ID, Melba spent most of her childhood and adolescent years in Aberdeen, ID. She was the second youngest of nine children. She had six brothers and two sisters. One brother, Glen Anderson (Velma) of Aberdeen, is her only surviving brother.
During her young adult years, Melba lived in Southern California. She often talked fondly about her years in California.
Melba was blessed to have a loving and dedicated husband, Emil Mayer. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 25, 2010.
Melba was a foster parent for 27 babies over the course of a time span of nine years.
Melba is survived by three daughters: Lydia Whitnah (Roger Whitnah) of American Falls; Rita Davis (Diane Soldwedel) of San Marino, CA; and Lori Miller (Rey Saiz) of Edgewood, NM. She is survived by eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Friday, April 29, at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church at 656 Tyhee Ave. in American Falls. The viewing was held from 10 to 10:45 a.m. before the services in the Fireside Room at St John’s Lutheran Church. Funeral arrangements were under the care and direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary.
Fae Hulet Moss
Fae Hulet Moss or Granny Fae to her family and Rockland Valley passed away peacefully Thursday night, April 28, 2011 at the home of her daughter Teri (Brian) Fehringer in Idaho Falls.
Her death came 32 days after her twin brother Ray Hulet passed away.
She was born March 16, 1923 in Provo, Utah to John S. and Nancy Hunt Hulet. At three weeks of age the family of eight moved to Morgan, Utah. It was there she learned the meaning of responsibility and the value of hard work. Her stamina in all aspects of her life was the result of hard work.
When she entered the 9th grade the family moved to Rockland, Idaho the place she called home for 72 years. Fae gained two new interests at Rockland High School. She learned to love playing the game of basketball and she fell in love with Keith Moss. Keith and Fae were married September 16, 1942 in the Salt Lake City Temple.
They made their living on a dairy farm with their 7 daughters, “milkmaids”. Fae knew the farming operation inside and out which proved invaluable. Fae was left a widow at 46 years of age. She still had 4 girls at home, a dairy farm to run and five employees to manage. All of these responsibilities were handled with knowledge and authority. After she sold the farm, Fae moved to town and continued the role of motherhood.
Five years ago Fae moved into the Cottonwood Cove in Chubbuck where she was able to enjoy her independence and cheer for her beloved Utah Jazz team in private. Fae grew to love her neighbors and associates at the Cove.
Fae was a life-long member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Although she dealt with many trials, her faith never wavered.
Fae is survived by her seven daughters and spouses: Kaye (Dennis) Wilson, Helen Rae Ash, Lois (Rod) Egli, Sharon (Steven) Kohler, Dixie (Jim) Olsen, DeAnn (Duane) Blackburn and Teri (Brian) Fehringer; 24 grandchildren, and their spouses; 38 great-grandchildren and one on the way. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Nancy Hulet; husband, Keith Moss; three brothers, Jay, Ray and John Jr. Hulet; two sisters, Valear Moss and Theta Whittier; her granddaughter, Hailey Fehringer, and her sons-in-law, Dayne Ah Loy and Mike Ash.
The funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon, Wed., May 4, 2011 at the Rockland Ward. Burial will follow at the Valley View Cemetery in Rockland. A viewing will be held Tuesday from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St., American Falls and from 10:45 to 11:45 am Wednesday at the church.
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