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The Press OBITUARIES - October 2009
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Will Cagle
Willis (Bo) Archie Cagle, 69, beloved husband and father, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009 in Pocatello, ID, of natural causes. Bo was born on Oct. 1, 1940 in Vernon, Wilbarger County, TX, to Eugene Oliver and Billie June Cagle. In 1946 at the age of six years old, Bo began attending the Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch in Amarillo, TX. He lived at the ranch and attended school there through the fourth grade. Dayle and Zula Culwell became acquainted with Bo and he moved in with them when Bo turned 10. He stayed with them off and on until he graduated from Tulia Texas High School in 1959. He attended two years at West Texas State College in Canyon, TX. At a very young age Bo grew to love horses and worked as a cowboy during his summer vacation months while in school and later full time on ranches in Texas and New Mexico. In 1963, Bo joined the Army National Guard serving as an artilleryman until 1969 when he was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant. In 1966, Bo moved to Idaho where he began managing a cattle ranch along the Snake River near Pingree. On May 27, 1972 he married Jeanette Elison in Pingree. A few years after they were married Bo began an excavation company primarily leveling and improving land for farming in southeastern Idaho, including many farms in the American Falls and Aberdeen area. Bo and Jeanette had two daughters and one son and raised their family in Pingree and their children attended school in Aberdeen where Jeanette taught school. Bo retired from his excavation business in 2000. Bo was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Bo is survived by his wife Jeanette; his children, Ann (Joel) Beck of American Falls, Leone (Nathan) Grimley of North Ogden, UT, and Mat (Corrie) Cagle of Moreland, ID; seven grandchildren; brother John Hay of Tyler, TX; and sister Paula Barnes of Amarillo, TX. Bo is preceded in death by his father Eugene Oliver Cagle; mother Billie June Flanagan; brothers Billie Gene Cagle, Dub Hay; and sister Lana Flanagan. Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 26, under the direction of the Hawker Funeral Home in Blackfoot and internment followed the service at the Riverside-Thomas Cemetery.
Fred Kopp

Fred Leonard Kopp died Monday, Oct. 19, 2009 at Harms Nursing Home in American Falls, ID. Fred was born in American Falls in 1923 to Ben and Alvina Rhode Kopp, the third of five children. He grew up and attended school in Rockland and American Falls.
Fred married Esther Deeg on Oct. 25, 1942. He was drafted and served faithfully in the 20th armored division of the Army Corps of Engineers that liberated Dachau, a German concentration camp.
Fred raised his three sons on the farm in American Falls. He loved farming and working on machinery. In retirement Fred restored a D7 Cat and used it to complete many projects.
Fred was a member of the American Legion and the VFW.
He is survived by his sons, Leonard (Pat), Boise; Fred Jr. (Pattie), Phoenix, AZ; Blaine of American Falls; grandchildren, Michelle, Heath, Jeremy and Holli.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Esther; and his siblings, Rudy, George, Margaret and Ben.
A memorial service will be at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary.

Robert L. Mounce
Robert L. Mounce, 62, of American Falls, died Monday, Oct. 12, 2009, following a vehicular accident.
He was born Jan. 19, 1947, in Roswell, NM, to Everett P. and Bessie V. Haynes Mounce. He married Mary Ann Jewell, Dec. 25, 1964, in Burley, ID. He held an associate degree in Electronics. Robert enjoyed hunting, fishing with his grandchildren and camping.
He was very patriotic. He currently has three grandsons in the Service of their Country, one in the Marines, one in the National Guard and one in the Army Reserve.
Robert worked as a fork lift operator for Americold. He was Christian in his beliefs.
Robert is survived by two sons, Robert G. (Julie) Mounce, Meridian, ID; Charles P. (Linda) Mounce, San Antonio, TX; one daughter, Joyce Ann (John) Stone, Pocatello, ID; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; his mother, Bessie Mounce, American Falls, ID; one brother, Doug Mounce, Burley, ID; and one sister, Betsy Mounce, American Falls, ID. He was preceded in death by his father, father-in-law and two sisters.
Memorial services were held Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, at 11 a.m. in the Cornelison Funeral Chapel, 431 North 15th Ave., Pocatello, with Pastor Steve Isaak, conducting.
Devanne Pitman
Devanne Pitman, 47, of Pocatello, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, at her home surrounded by her family after an extended illness.
She was born on Dec. 16, 1961, in Pocatello to Jim and Mary Ann Pitman. She was raised in Lava Hot Springs and attended Marsh Valley schools and received her G.E.D. Devanne married Monty Neifert and they later divorced. She later lived in American Falls and settled in Pocatello with her sons and grandchildren.
Devanne worked as a grocery clerk in Lava Hot Springs, stopped working to raise her boys and later went back to work managing a cash loan business in Pocatello where she was very well thought of until her health forced her to retire.
She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
She loved making up games for her children and later her grandchildren to play. She was dearly loved by all, especially by her grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She always took time for them.
She is survived by her sons Adam Neifert of Pocatello, D.R. Perkins of Idaho Falls, and Brian Pitman of Pocatello; grandchildren Tyler, Brenden, Dakota and Ambrielle; parents Jim and Mary Ann Pitman of American Falls; sisters Trina (Bill) McCallum of Pocatello, Michelle Gifford of American Falls; brothers Jim (LaQuita) Pitman of Richfield, ID, Michael Pitman of Canby, MN, Shawn Pitman of Pocatello; grandmother Lola (A.J.) McNeece of American Falls; as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her sister Natalie Pitman.
Friends and family gathered for a graveside service at the Sutton Cemetery in Archer, ID, at 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.Colonial-FuneralHome.com.
Elva Brucks
Elva Lehrman Brucks of American Falls, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009 at Spring Creek Manor.
Elva was born Nov. 21, 1916 in Dubois, ID, to Henry H. and Theresa Wiebe Lehrman, the first of four children born to Henry and Theresa. When Elva was three years old, the family moved to Aberdeen where she grew up, graduating from Aberdeen High School. She was a lifelong member of the First Mennonite Church of Aberdeen, belonging to Kings Daughters and Bethany Circle.
She was married in the First Mennonite Church to Emanuel H. “Monk” Brucks of American Falls on Oct. 8, 1937 and they celebrated their Golden Anniversary in 1987. Three children were born to Monk and Elva, Richard, Diane, and Raymond.
Monk and Elva resided in Aberdeen until 1978 when they moved to American Falls where she was active at the Senior Citizen Center and was a Pink Lady at Harms Memorial Hospital. Her hobbies included quilting, crocheting, ceramics and bowling. She especially enjoyed crocheting and quilting baby blankets for the newborn babies at the hospital. Elva loved to serve others. Rummikub was a favorite game of hers and she played it well. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren will always remember the kitchen drawer well stocked with candy and treats and the stories she would tell about her life as a young girl.
Spending time with her brothers and sisters gave Elva treasured memories. Each of her siblings was so important to her. She called her sister Ruby, who passed away at a young age, “her angel.” She was very special to all who knew her. A nephew described her life as a “life well lived, full of love and the Lehrman spirit of optimism and positive attitude.”
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Ruby, husband and daughter, and survived by her sons Richard (Sheryl) of Bellevue, WA and Raymond (Shirley) of Boise, ID; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
A viewing will be held at 10 a.m. and services following at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, at the First Mennonite Church in Aberdeen, 381 W. Washington.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made, in the name of Elva, to the Palisades Church Camp, c/o First Mennonite Church, P.O. Box 246, Aberdeen, Idaho 83210.
Esther L. Madsen
POCATELLO – Esther L. Madsen passed away peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009 at a local medical center.
Esther Lavina Ruff was born July 12, 1926 in Aberdeen, ID, to Jacob and Regina Braust Ruff. Esther was the 16th child born to that union. She was raised on a farm and attended rural school through the sixth grade when her parents moved into American Falls, where she graduated from high school.
Esther worked at Peterson’s market for several years and met and married her husband of 56 years, Stan Madsen, on July 9, 1950. They resided in Pocatello where she worked at Fargo’s in cosmetics and began selling Estee Lauder in Pocatello and the surrounding areas. She also worked at Block’s and The Bon Marche.
Esther is survived by two daughters, Regina McKay, Chandler, AZ, Jeanine (Calvin) Rowe, Chubbuck, ID; grandchildren, Ryan (Julie) LaChance, Kristi (Zach) Lott, Robbie (Hillary) Rowe, Jeff and Julie Rowe; four great-grandchildren, Jake and Jesse LaChance, Cayden Lott, and Jaceton Rowe; and one sister, Edna Pagel, Puyallup, WA.
Esther was preceded in death by her husband Stan, six brothers and eight sisters, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at the Wilks Funeral Home, 211 W. Chubbuck Road. A viewing was held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the funeral home and from 1 to 1:45 p.m. prior to services on Wednesday. Interment will follow services on Wednesday in the Mountain View Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.wilksfuneralhome.com.
David E. Walters
After a lifetime of providing thousands of families with the “best vacation they’ve ever had, year after year”, David E. Walters of Princeville, Kauai, moved on to his own permanent vacation home on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009. David was born in Iowa in 1943, grew up in Idaho, started his career in Los Angeles, and began building homes and resorts on Kauai in 1974.
David is survived by his wife Lucette and his daughter Crystal, the center of his universe. He is also survived by his mom Edith, sister Betty (Roy), and brothers Ron (Randall), Larry (Barbara) and Kirk (Loretta), and many nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his hero, his dad Jerry.
David earned his high school degree in Aberdeen, ID, a degree in engineering from University of Idaho and an MBA and Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California. He built PAHIO Resorts into one of the largest resort enterprises and employers on Kauai. His commitment to sound ecological principles preceded today’s “green movement” by decades, and his dedication to customer service and happy employees made him a best friend and rock-star to all those who benefited from his vision and dedication.
Cars were David’s other passion, and he created a collection of major import and fame. His brilliance in this arena was recognized as well with awards such as “Best of Show” at America’s most prominent car show, “Concourse d’ Elegance” at Pebble Beach. Driving the perfected cars in his cowboy boots and jeans was his special joy and took him to rallies and solo tours throughout the U.S. and Europe.
David will also be remembered for his generous philanthropy, much of it provided quietly and with great compassion. The soon to open Wilcox Hospital Infusion Center in Lihue, Kauai, is an example of where he saw and personally experienced a real need, then provided all the funds and personal energy and creativity to fill the need. He was also a major contributor to the Wheelchair Foundation.
Committal services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Homestead Cemetery in Aberdeen. Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 656 Tyhee Avenue, American Falls. The family invites friends to join in a meal following the service to share memories and celebrate David’s life. Memorials can be made in David’s honor to the Wheelchair Foundation, in care of Larry Walters, 2380 Fairview Rd., American Falls, ID 83211. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Kauai at a date to be announced shortly.
Mary Lindhartsen Nowels
Mary Veronica Nowels, 94, passed away peacefully on Monday, Oct. 12, 2009, at Harms Memorial Hospital.
Mary was born Nov. 6, 1914 at home in Spalding, NB, to Nellie and Michael Gilroy. She was the youngest of seven children. She attended and graduated from Spaulding Academy. For three years Mary worked various jobs in Spaulding.
In 1935, Mary married Ogden Lindhartsen; to this union they had eight children and a small dairy farm in Aberdeen became their new home. Sadly, Mary was left a widow in 1963 when Ogden was killed in a car accident. She continued to operate the Hiway Store in Aberdeen to provide for her family.
Mary later married Wilson Nowels in 1966. They moved to his farm south of Aberdeen to raise sheep, farm, and operate his electrical business.
After retirement, Mary and Wilson spent many summers camping at Cherry Creek and fishing in Alaska. Everyone seemed content knowing that Mary could “out fish” them all. She usually caught the most and biggest King Salmon, due to her generosity, no one was left without canned fish.
Living through the great depression, Mary never wasted food and learned to enjoy wild birds and game. She was a self-sufficient woman and always provided for her family. She baked bread, canned fruits and vegetables, sewed, and loved to knit. Every child, grandchild, and great-grandchild had a pair of grandma’s slippers.
Mary was a loving mother, grandmother and, great-grandmother. She loved to hold babies and they loved her to hold them. Many times she would say how each child is a blessing, and we needed to thank the Lord they were healthy.
On several occasions she would be called upon to care for her grandchildren. Years later her children were blessed for the opportunity to care for her. She spent many years with her daughter Karen, in Moscow and Boise. She later came home to live near Kathy at Spring Creek Manor. She made many friends there that she loved dearly, and they loved her too.
Mary was proud to be 100% Irish. She was also a devout Roman Catholic and lovingly shared her faith with her family. It was often joked about that she lived so long because of her Irish blood. But we all know it was because she had to learn to be strong through many hardships. Mary had a heart of gold and will be missed deeply.
Mary is survived by her children: Larry Lindhartsen of Kimberly, ID; Gary Lindhartsen of Aberdeen; Karen (Don) Dempster of Boise; Mary Ellen (Ron) Panik of Carson City, NV; Kathy (Larry) Hunter of American Falls; Greg (Gloria) Lindhartsen of Kenai, AL; and John (Carla) Lindhartsen of Silver City, NM; 22 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by the father of her children, Ogden; also by her second husband, Wilson; her daughter Cynthia (George) Behrend, and her granddaughters Tammy and Pam.
A rosary will be held Friday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Following the rosary will be a visitation at 6:30 p.m. to meet with friends and family. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Internment follows at the Aberdeen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Mary and her family would deeply appreciate donations to be made to: Catholic Charities of Idaho.
Funeral arrangements are under direction
Alvin Fehringer

Alvin John Fehringer, 81, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, at Portneuf Medical Center surrounded by his loving wife and family.
Alvin was the third of ten children born to Leo and Angela Fehringer. He was born at the family home in Peetz, CO, on June 16, 1928. He graduated from Peetz High School and worked on the family farm for one year. He then went to work for John Deere in Sidney, NB.
Alvin met the love of his life, Phyllis Jean Loch, at a community dance in Sidney. Alvin and Phyllis could really “cut a rug.” Everyone enjoyed watching them dance, and even though Alvin slowed down quite a bit in his later years, he and Phyllis still delighted the crowd when they danced to “In the Mood” at their grandchildren’s wedding dances.
Alvin and Phyllis were married at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sidney on April 25, 1951. Two years later, they welcomed the first of their six children, Rhonda. They then moved back to the family farm in Peetz where he resumed his farming career. While living in Peetz, their next two children, Dan and Debbi, were born.
The family moved to Denver, CO, in 1959, where Alvin took classes to become a computer operator. He then went to work for Farmer’s Union Insurance Group. During their time in Denver, their next two children, Ed and Curt, were born.
Not suited for “big city” life, Alvin and Phyllis moved their young family to Aberdeen, ID, in 1967 to return to life on the farm. The following year, their youngest child, Daren, was born.
In 1978, Alvin and Phyllis moved to American Falls and continued farming. Alvin loved farming, and never completely retired from it. He still enjoyed spending time on the farm and driving the tractor. Alvin also enjoyed woodworking, and over the years made many special and cherished items for his family.
Alvin was a lifetime and active member of the Catholic Church and truly lived his faith. He loved his family and was respected and admired by all who knew him. He was deeply loved by his wife and family, and his children all feel blessed that God chose him to be their Dad.
Alvin is survived by his wife of 58 years; his children, Rhonda (Douglas) Schwartzenberger and Debra (Jerry) Crusat of Idaho Falls, ID; Daniel (Renae) and Edwin (Elizabeth) of Coeur d’Alene, ID; and Curt (Brenda) and Daren (Nicole) of American Falls; 20 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one great-grandson.
A rosary and viewing was held Sunday at 6 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, American Falls. The family met with family and friends after the rosary.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s. Interment followed at Falls View Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Alvin’s memory to a favorite charity.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls.

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