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The Press OBITUARIES - May 2012

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Lorraine Permann
Lorraine Claude (Vollmer) Permann passed away at age 93, on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at The Pocatello Care and Rehabilitation Center. She was born March 22, 1919, in American Falls, ID, to Christian (Chris) H. and Hanna M. Vollmer.
Lorraine married Cecil Brady Haggard in American Falls. They had one son, Vernon D. (Haggard) Permann, and were later divorced. Lorraine married Otto William Permann in 1940 at Dillon, MT. Lorraine and Otto leased two farms in the Roy area, and in 1945 purchased a home in American Falls which allowed their son Vern to attend and graduate from American Falls High School. In 1951 they purchased a farm located in the Crystal area of Arbon Valley. The home in American Falls was sold in 1956, and they made their permanent residence on the farm at Crystal. During the next 14 years, three additional farms were purchased that bordered the initial farm.
In addition to cooking and cleaning for her family and several seasonal farm laborers, Lorraine worked in the fields and operated several different types of farm equipment. In 1965 Otto and Lorraine sold all of the farms and retired in Pocatello, ID, where they purchased and sold several different properties, settling at 78 Cedar Hills Drive. They traveled extensively until Otto became ill and passed away in 1980. Lorraine met a friend and companion Warren R. Dixson, and they enjoyed traveling until his passing in 1999.
Lorraine is survived by her son Vern and daughter-in-law Bonnie Permann, who live near Culdesac, ID. Lorraine is also survived by a brother George (Thelma) Vollmer of American Falls, granddaughter Joni S. (Mike) Petersen, great-grandchildren Austin, Evan, Dylan and Ava Grace Petersen of Stratton, NB, grandson Vaun D. (Beatrix) Permann, and great-grandson Michael Permann of Ogden, UT. Lorraine is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins who have remained close, and have been of great comfort to her.
Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents Chris and Hanna Vollmer, husband Otto W. Permann, companion Warren R. Dixson, and grandson John Douglas Permann.
There will be a graveside service Thursday, May 24, at 10 a.m., at the Falls View Cemetery, American Falls. A luncheon will follow at the Willow Bay Baptist Church, 246 Lee Street, American Falls.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.

Florence Eva Perry Beitz
ROCKLAND – Florence Eva Perry Beitz passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2012. She was born Jan. 5, 1921, in Rockland, ID, to George Elmer and Florence Ida Hartley Perry. She attended and graduated from Rockland School. Eva worked at the Rockland Mercantile for four years.
She married Edwin Conrad Beitz on June 9, 1946, at her home in Rockland. They were later sealed in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. They have lived in Washington and California and then settled down in the Ogden/Roy, UT, area for 21 years. In September, 1973, they moved back to Rockland. Through the years Eva has had several church callings.
They had two daughters and one son, Betsy Ann, Karen Kay and Edwin Eugene. Eva was devoted to her family and friends.
She is survived by her husband, three children, Betsy (Clark) Vanek, Karen Beitz and Edwin Eugene (Victoria) Beitz, her sister Erma (John) Steidley, four grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was loved by family and friends. We will miss her greatly.
The funeral service was held on Monday, May 14, at 11 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Rockland Ward, in Rockland. The visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment was at the Rockland Valley View Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street, American Falls.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.

Ray McLean
Ray Owen McLean passed away in Rockland, ID, surrounded by his family on Tuesday, May 8, 2012.
Ray was born Nov. 9, 1923 in Landing, ID, in the Rock House to Thomas Daniel and Edith Hannah Hadley McLean. Ray was the eighth child in a family of nine. He attended the Landing School. Ray loved horses and bareback riding, and rode with the Rockland Posse as well as the Aberdeen Boots and Saddle for many years.
On Oct. 1, 1949, Ray married his wife of 62 years, Evalyne Thorne. They started their life together in a little log cabin that is still standing today at the foot of Mollies Nipple. Ray and Evalyne were blessed with seven loving and very energetic children. All seven children were raised in the Rockland Valley.
After retirement, Ray and Evalyne enjoyed camping, fishing and family.
Ray is survived by his wife Evalyne; his seven children, Myrle (Kathy) McLean, James (Cindy) McLean, EvaRae (Chuck) Bybee, LaMont (Mary) McLean, Irvan (Kathy) McLean, Tammie (LeRoy) Phillips, Kim (Jeanne) McLean; 23 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. Ray was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and five sisters.
There was a graveside service at the Rockland Valley View Cemetery on Saturday, May 12, at 11 a.m.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com
Audrey Jean Shelman
Audrey Jean Shelman, American Falls, ID, died Saturday, May 12, 2012 at Power County Nursing Care, American Falls.
She was born Oct. 19, 1925 in Columbus, WI, to Earl J. and Martha McKibbin. She was reared and educated in Fond du Lac, WI, graduating in 1943 from Fond du Lac High School. She spent several years there as a P.E. and tennis instructor and then in Kentucky helping her folks manage a motel in Park City. She also worked at Jack Raymon’s famous Reptile Garden as a snake handler. She met Jesse Shelman there while he was on leave from paratrooper training at Fort Campbell.
Audrey and Jesse were married in 1950 in St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Fond du Lac. They moved to Idaho in 1955 and in 1959 they ventured up to Alaska with their three children and Jesse’s sister, Petie. Jesse and Audrey owned and operated Soldotna Drilling on the Kenai Peninsula and enjoyed raising their children in beautiful Alaska. Audrey was active in organizing Junior Bowling in Soldotna and was director of the Susitna Girl Scout Council for several years. She didn’t fish or hunt but canned salmon and put up moose meat that Jesse and the kids brought home. She had lovely flowers especially sweet peas, roses and lilies and an abundant vegetable garden. She enjoyed preparing fried chicken and potato salad for picnic lunches served on a blanket on the living room floor for her family to enjoy after they returned from weekend skiing. Another fond memory is mother being fetched up by Dad and dancing around the house, music or not. Mother helped Dad build a Cessna J-3, spending many hours sewing and ironing on the wing fabric. They enjoyed flying it for many years.
They retired in 1978, moving back to Idaho, where Audrey’s husband helped out on Woodworth and Koompin farms, and they also traveled in their motor home until Jesse’s health failed. She was widowed in 1993 and remained living on the farm close to Klaren and Cheryl until Parkinson’s disease made it necessary for her to move into local care centers in American Falls.
Audrey was a lifelong Lutheran and especially loved to wear one of her numerous hats to Sunday church service. She was currently a member of Shepherd of the Falls Lutheran LCMC and before that St John’s Lutheran.
Audrey enjoyed bowling, bingo, gardening, crossword puzzles, horse races (especially Santa Anita and the Triple Crown), listening to big band music, watching classic movies and being with friends, family and especially her grandsons. She always had a smile and often reminded those around her to “keep the faith” no matter the circumstances.
Audrey was preceded in death by her husband Jesse, her parents, three siblings, Wayne, Jane and Colleen, and one grandson, Jesse Wirz.
She is survived by two daughters, Christine Williams (Carthell), Cheryl Koompin (Klaren), American Falls; a son, Marc Shelman, (Bill Hewgley), Sandy, OR; three grandsons, Nicholas Wirz, Kenai, Alaska, Kamren Koompin, Kael Koompin , American Falls; sisters- in-laws Dolly Arenas, American Falls, Kathy Thomas, Joy Gifford, Scottsdale, AZ, Petie Smith (Roger) Forest Hills, CA; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Per her wishes, cremation took place and internment with a Christian burial service will take place Wednesday, May 16, at 11 a.m. at Falls View Cemetery, American Falls. A picnic lunch will follow in the American Falls City Park north shelter.
The family would like to thank JP Kruckeberg for officiating the service and Mrs. Fran (and Chuck) Hildebrand for offering special marimba music.
Appreciation and heartfelt gratitude goes to the caregivers at the elderly care centers in American Falls and thank you to Davis-Rose Mortuary.
Memorials may be directed to Power County Hospital District, (Nursing Care Special Projects), 510 Roosevelt, American Falls, Idaho 83211 or The National Parkinson Foundation, PO Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.

Bessie B. Carpenter
Preston - On the morning of Friday, May 4, 2012, our most kind and gentle Bessie passed away peacefully at the Legacy House of Logan surrounded by family. Bessie was born on April 10, 1925 at her home in Mapleton, ID, to Esther Naomi Talbot and Henry LeRoy Bennett. She was the tenth of 11 children.
She grew up by the beautiful Cub River and attended Mapleton school and graduated from Franklin High School in May of 1943. A favorite pastime of the youth was the dances held every weekend. The most popular dance place was the Persiana in Preston where she met and fell in love with Charles Clements Carpenter. Charles and Bessie were married Nov. 26, 1943 and later sealed in the Logan LDS Temple.
A short time after Charles and Bessie were married, Charles was drafted into the Army, and Bessie moved in with her parents. Upon Charles’ return, Charles and Bessie bought a farm in Whitney where they stayed for many years. In 1961, they moved to Preston. Bessie was a stay-at-home mom to ten children. Bessie learned many skills being a mother to ten children. She was frugal and made use of what she had. Her quilts were done with even small stitches.
In 1979, Charles and Bessie moved to American Falls, which proved to be a blessing in their lives for they met many kind and wonderful people there. Charles and Bessie held positions in their ward, where Bessie was the librarian for quite a while. Upon Charles’ retirement in 1989, they returned to Preston to be closer to their family, especially Brent who was living in Logan, UT. Bessie was content to stay close to home. She was a quiet and gentle lady who wouldn’t hurt a soul. She kept a tidy and quiet home until all the kids and grandkids showed up. All who entered her home felt welcomed and loved.
She is survived by her husband Charles of Preston, her eight daughters and two sons: Peggy Phillips of Preston, Linda Carpenter of Logan, Brent Carpenter of Logan, Carol Carpenter of Phoenix, AZ, Jana Lang (Ellis deceased) of Chubbuck, ID, JoAnn Barthlome (Randy) of Preston, Laura Jeanne Smith (Hal) of Franklin, ID, Tamra Wilson of Herriman, UT, Tracy Carpenter (Diana) of Cub River, ID, LeeAnn Mellinger (Brian) of West Haven, UT; 28 grandchildren 43 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother, Eldon Bennett of Franklin, ID. She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings: Unita, Vilda, Argell, Adra Seamons, Iris Olsen, Athaleen Tufts, June Rasmussen, Theron and Harold.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 10, at 11 a.m. in the Preston 10th Ward LDS Chapel, 155 North 200 West in Preston with Bishop Doug Roper conducting. A viewing will be held on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 South 800 East in Preston and Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Franklin Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.webbmortuary.com.
The family is grateful to Access Hospice of Logan and Preston and Legacy House of Logan for their kind and gentle care of Bessie.

Robert E. Mann
Robert Mann, 85, passed away at his home Sunday, May 6, 2012. Bob was born Oct. 22, 1926 in Aberdeen, ID, to Edward and Clara Mann. He graduated from Aberdeen High School. While there he was a gymnast, but his pride at this time was his Harley motorcycle and he spent many hours cruising down the roads with his friends.
World War II came and he enlisted in the Navy. He had a great love for his country. He was sent to California to the Navy ship yards. He was assigned to the ship USS Hazelwood. While there his high school sweetheart Verlene Lankford joined him and they were married July 9, 1945 in Valejo, CA.
After his discharge they moved back to Aberdeen. He bought a farm north of Aberdeen where they lived until his passing. Many will remember his years as an auctioneer. He spent many years volunteering his time to the Boy Scouts of America serving as a scoutmaster. He received the Silver Beaver award for his many years of service. He was a member of the American Legion. He served as Chaplin for many years. He was an avid fisherman and hunter and has many of his big fish mounted on his wall.
Bob is survived by his wife Verlene; three children, Pat (Dale) Palmer, Danny (Susan) Mann and Becky (Tom) Shank; son-in-law Kenneth Oldfield; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Dennis Mann.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Betty Christensen; and daughter Bonnie Oldfield.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 12, at First Mennonite Church, 381 W. Washington, Aberdeen. The visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street, American Falls, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday before the service at the church. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.
Mary Lou Konczos
Mary Lou Konczos “Birdie”, 76, of Pocatello, died Friday, May 4, 2012, at her home. She died following a brave battle with lung cancer.
She was born Oct. 8, 1935 in Twin Falls, ID, to Robert Kenneth Rayl and Pearl Mozella Rayl. Mary Lou was the second of three children. She attended and graduated from Twin Falls High School.
She then moved to Pocatello where she graduated from Idaho State University in 1960 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education. She worked for American Falls School District from 1960 to 1998.
She married Raymond Joseph Konczos on Aug. 8, 1964, in Twin Falls at the First Methodist Church. On Aug. 18, 1967, their only child was born, Stacy Lynn. Mary Lou and Raymond were later divorced.
Mary Lou fulfilled her life-long dream of becoming a teacher. She taught first grade for 38 years as well as summer school in the migrant program. In 1983 she was chosen as the American Falls Teacher of the Year by her peers. She was quoted as saying “that she loved the opportunity to watch the kids she taught grow up in the community.” At the time she had been a teacher to more than 600 children. Mary Lou was a founding member of the teacher’s honor society Delta Kappa Gamma and served as president of the local chapter. She also served as the President of the American Falls Teachers’ Association and was a cooperating teacher through Idaho State University. After retiring in 1998 she continued to substitute teach. On Nov. 18, 2004 she received a Service to Education Award.
Mary Lou enjoyed her home. She took great pride in her yard, especially working in her rose and flower gardens. On many a summer afternoon, you could find her sunning on her deck.
She is survived by her daughter Stacy (Richard) Swan of Pocatello; brother Bill (Pepper) Rayl of Filer, ID; sister Bobbie (Jim) Crawford of Kimberly, ID; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, wonderful family and friends in which she loved dearly.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her ex-husband.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 10, at Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 S. 4th Ave., Pocatello. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, also at Colonial Funeral Home, as well as one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial will follow the services at the Mountain View Cemetery. Afterwards, all are invited to join family and friends for an open house at 2601 S. Fairway Dr., in a celebration of Mary Lou’s life.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to Stacy Swan’s American Cancer Society, Relay for Life team. A web link is provided online at www.Colonial-FuneralHome.com, condolences to the family may be sent as well.
Michael W. Roth
Michael W. Roth, 33, Tualatin, OR, died Sunday, April 29, 2012 at home with his parents at his side. He died following a long battle from an unknown neurological condition that began very early in his life and caused him to lose many of his physical abilities. He continued to enjoy life and was loved and cherished by all who knew him for his uncomplaining and happy personality. He was quick to smile and a joy and inspiration to those who knew him.
He was born in Portland, OR, on Nov. 11, 1978. He attended Bridgeport Elementary School, Hazelbrook Middle School and graduated from Tualatin High School in 1997. He attended classes at Portland Community College until age 21. He attended Good Shepherd Work Activity Center for several years. Michael loved playing t-ball when younger. Michael was a cub scout and enjoyed attending Kiwanis Camp each summer and trips with his parents and sister. Michael liked all types of music, especially country western. He enjoyed 11 years of friendship, learning and fun at Tuesdays Treasures at the Tualatin Presbyterian Church sponsored by Quiet Waters Outreach. Michael lived at home with his parents.
He is survived by parents Gary and Linda (Bauer) and sister Deborah. Michael was the grandson of longtime American Falls residents John C. and Ida Bauer who predeceased him. He is the nephew of Dianna and Dennis Campbell, Dennis and Darlene Bauer, the late Robert Bauer, John L. and Bonita Bauer, Rick and Shonda Bauer, as well as many cousins in the American Falls area. He is the grandson of Naomi and the late Frank Roth and nephew of Dennis Roth of Washington.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, at Tualatin Presbyterian Church in Tualatin, OR.
Those wishing to donate may send a contribution in Michael’s name to Quiet Waters Outreach, P.O. Box 714, Sherwood, OR 97140.
David William Bentzinger
David William Bentzinger began his newest journey, in the twilight hours of Monday, April 9, 2012.
David was born to Anne Bauer, and Richard Day on the 23rd day of September, 1950, in Boise, ID. He was later adopted by Wayne Bentzinger and spent his childhood being raised by his parents, Anne and Wayne. David was the second of five children, however, later in life he learned that he had nine half brothers and sisters. He attended school in Mountain Home, and enjoyed many summers in Rocky Bar. He joined the Marines, and served his country honorably, and we are all indebted to him for his service.
David was preceded in death by his mother and father, grandparents, and brothers Rick and Dude. During his final moments on earth, he achieved his greatest “high” of all time, while also playing one last prank on those who were there for him at the end. As he made his accent, David was surrounded by the love and laughter of those who truly cared for him.
 
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