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The Times OBITUARIES - Aug. & Sept. 2011
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Death notice
Lawrence “Larz” Elkin
Long time Aberdeen resident Lawrence “Larz” Neal Elkin passed away on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, at Discovery Nursing Home in Vancouver, WA, surrounded by family. His passing was caused by liver failure due to the effects of Wilson’s Disease.
Larz moved to Aberdeen in August of 1996. He was an artist by trade and made his living that way. He is survived by his mother, Adrienne Elkin; brothers Michael, John and Ty; his son Aaron; and two grandchildren, Amadeus and A.J.
Mary Phyllis Sorensen
Mary Phyllis Sorensen, age 88, passed away at her home in Blackfoot, ID, on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011 following a sudden and brief illness.
Phyllis was born in Pocatello, ID, on March 17, 1923 to Henry Gustavus Stokes and Mary Elizabeth Byington. She was the fifth of five children, three boys, Kenneth Henry, Ernest Theon, and Herbert Lavere, and then two girls, Opal Edna and Mary Phyllis. Herbert died as a baby prior to Phyllis being born. Her father then passed away on March 21, 1928, four days after Phyllis’s fifth birthday.
Her widowed mother raised four children during the Great Depression, with no husband to help her, for a good part of Phyllis’ childhood. This is when Phyllis learned to work hard and to appreciate whatever she had. Her mother later married Lee Blackburn in 1938, and upon his death, married Franklin Bloxham in 1943.
All of Phyllis’s siblings have preceded her in death, as have her husband of 55 years and two of her grandsons.
Phyllis attended schools in Pocatello and graduated from Pocatello High School in 1941. It was at Irving Junior High where she met Alma Kington Sorensen of Tyhee who would later become her husband. She married Alma on Oct. 16, 1941 at her family home.
Alma and Phyllis made their home on a farm in Tyhee where they raised their five children until 1964 when they moved to Sterling, ID. Alma and Phyllis helped operate his parents’ farm in Tyhee, and they continued to farm in Sterling.
She was very fond of animals, flowers, and the outdoors. Phyllis was mainly a homemaker for most of her life, though she held a variety of other jobs over the years, the longest being with the J.R. Simplot Company’s potato processing plant in Aberdeen.
Phyllis was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was baptized on Nov. 8, 1931 at the age of eight.
Alma passed away on Feb. 21, 1997 at the age of 75. Alma (by proxy) and Phyllis were sealed in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on Sept. 18, 2004.
For the past two years, Phyllis has greatly enjoyed living at The Willows in Blackfoot. She was always very appreciative of the kind service rendered in her behalf by the staff at The Willows.
She is survived by her five children: Paul Sorensen (LoRene), Leland Sorensen (Laura), Renah Call (Raymond), David Sorensen (Cheryl), and Kathleen George (David), 22 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 South 4th Avenue, Pocatello. There was a viewing and a family gathering prior to the funeral services. Interment was in Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Pocatello.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.Colonial-FuneralHome.com.
Glenn Alma Anderson
Glenn Alma Anderson, 95, of Aberdeen, ID, returned peacefully to his heavenly home on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011 surrounded by his loving family. Glenn was born to Charles Otto and Emma Lavina Anderson on April 19, 1916 in Malad, ID. He was the sixth out of nine children.
He married Velma Kendall on June 28, 1938 in Pocatello, ID. They were later sealed for time and all eternity in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on March 25, 1953. Into this union were born three children, Gerald (Roberta) Anderson, Glenna (Frank) Casias, and JoAnne (Johnny) Nugent. He is the grandfather to 13 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and 21 great-great-grandchildren.
Glenn spent his life logging, farming, and running sheep, all in the Aberdeen area. He spent 32 years with the Walt Vanderford sheep company. There were many happy memories in Palisades for Glenn and Velma and their many children and grandchildren. After he retired he worked part time in the spring and fall for County Line Farms in American Falls. He loved to go out and drive the tractor.
In Glenn’s later years he spent many happy days camping and fishing in Mackay with his children and grandchildren. He and his brother Earl would see who could catch the biggest and most fish.
Glenn is survived by his wife of 73 years Velma, his three children and their spouses and his 64 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, eight siblings and one grandson, Skip Fisk.
You will be greatly missed by all of us and we look forward to the day when we will all be together again with you in the great beyond.
The family would like to express their thanks to the girls that helped from Access Hospice. Your loving care of Glenn meant very much to the family.
The funeral service was at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 22, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Aberdeen Second Ward. The viewing was Sunday, Aug. 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street, American Falls, and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Monday at the church before the funeral.
Condolences and memories may be expressed at www.davisrosemortuary.com.
Barbara E. Lunden
Barbara E. Lunden, 94, formerly of 792 Swedenburg Rd., Knoxville, IL, went Home to be with her Lord and Savior early Saturday morning, Aug. 20, 2011 at Spring Creek Manor, American Falls, ID.
She was born May 19, 1917, the daughter of Titus G. and Edith Larson Engberg. She was preceded in death by her brother, Herman Engberg; her parents; husband, Clarence; sister, Jean Engberg; and two step-children, Eleanor Brimlow and David Lunden. She is survived by a step-daughter, Virginia (Jim) Greenway of Seattle, WA; 12 grandchildren; many great- and great-great-grandchildren, cousins and friends, all of whom were very dear to her heart.
Barbara accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal Savior when still a child and was in fellowship all her life with a Christian Brethren Assembly in Knoxville. She graduated from Knoxville High School in 1934 and then attended University of Illinois. She taught for District 205, at Bateman and L.T. Stone Schools and also served as principal, until her marriage to Clarence in 1958. She enjoyed accompanying him on his evangelical mission trips and gospel efforts to Newfoundland, many areas of Canada and the United States. She was a faithful helpmate and loved by all wherever they traveled. She kept up an enormous correspondence with family, friends and former students until she suffered a stroke in November 2010.
Joseph R. Schank
Cuba, NY-- Joseph R. Schank Jr., formerly of Aberdeen, ID, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011 at the Buffalo Veteran’s Hospital.
Born March 16, 1946 in Scranton, PA, he was the son of Joseph R. and Lillian Jensen Schank, Sr. In 1982 he married Aren Erdoiza, who survives.
Mr. Schank was a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps., serving from 1964-1966. He later was self employed for several locations around the country, including Ener-Safe in Boise, ID.
He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and was a caring, giving person. While in Idaho he implemented a much-needed food and clothing ministry and along with his wife he volunteered in his church for several years. He loved singing and dancing. He sang in various church choirs over the years and especially enjoyed singing Handels “Messiah” for Easter and Christmas. As a younger man he and his family performed a cantata at the Boise Festival of Trees and he also won several ballroom dancing competitions. In his earlier years he became a small aircraft pilot. He was always available to play Santa Claus to brighten the lives of children. More recently he enjoyed computers and music.
Surviving besides his wife are; a son, Joe Schank of Georgia; two daughters, Aria Schank and Angela Schank, both of Cuba; one step-son Michael Rowen; one step-daughter Samantha Wright; four brothers, Thomas Schank of Caldwell, ID, John (Linda) Schank of Las Vegas, NV, Timothy (Pam) Schank of Caldwell, ID, and James “Kimo” Schank of Oak Harbor, WA; one sister, Georgette (Troy) Hunt of Loveland, CO; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Pete Schank.
Private burial services will be held at the Bath National Cemetery, Bath, NY.
For his full obituary www.oleanfuneralhome.com.
Col. (Ret.) Edwin Ruff
COL (Ret) Edwin Robert Ruff, decorated combat veteran, beloved husband, father and friend passed quickly of a heart attack from heaven on earth – dip netting on the Kenai River in Alaska – to be with his heavenly Father on Tuesday, July 19, 2011.
Ed was born Feb. 25, 1940 in Aberdeen, ID, to Herbert and Bessie Ruff. He graduated from Aberdeen High School, Diesel Mechanic School in Pocatello, ID, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from St Martin’s College, Olympia, WA, in 1974, and a Master’s Degree in Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin in 1981.
Ed was a dedicated, nurturing family man and loyal friend. All will miss his great bear hugs, his wonderful laugh, his excellent cooking, his support, encouragement and generosity. He also had a passion for, fishing, hunting and traveling. He was very active in the Littlerock United Methodist Church and very proud of all the congregation had accomplished. Whatever he undertook he did it with passion, integrity and a never give up attitude.
Ed was drafted into the US Army and served 29 years. After initial basic and advanced training followed by stateside assignments to Fort Bliss, TX, and then attended Infantry Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA, in Oct. 1963. Ed received a 2LT commission in the regular Army as a Combat Engineer. He is one of those rare few with a field commission. He was an Army Paratrooper as well as completing the prestigious Army Ranger training where he earned the Ranger Tab. Ed served subsequent state side assignments at Minot AFB, ND, Fort Leavenworth, KS, Fort Hood, TX, Norton AFB, CA, Carlisle Barracks, PA and Fort Richardson, AK. Ed’s overseas assignments included Wagewan, Korea, Frankfurt, Germany, and three tours in the Republic of South Vietnam with the Army 1st Cavalry Division and as an advisor to the South Vietnamese Army. While serving in Vietnam, Ed received the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Meritorious Medal, Air Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross and the US Army Combat Infantry Badge.
Ed also attended the Army’s senior level officers training courses at the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS, and the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, PA. Ed served in the ranks through Private to SGT and from Lieutenant to Colonel always in positions of greater responsibilities, trust and leadership.
Ed’s military career was full of command assignments, long deployments, challenging opportunities and rewarding accomplishments. Ed’s service to his country was something he was most proud of. Ed retired June 1991. He never lost his love for the soldiers he served with and the brotherhood associated with his long and distinguished service. After army retirement Ed joined Parson’s Corporation Environmental Science.
Ed is survived by his wife of 41 years, Leigh Warren Ruff, of Olympia, WA; and his children, Brenda Ruff, Gayle Jenkins, Barry Ruff; grandchildren, Shelby, Justin, Robert and David; two sisters, Joyce (Howard) Klempel, Marylyn (John) Richard; and two brothers, John (Betty Kay) Ruff, Leonard (Cris) Ruff; great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and cousins. Ed is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Marvin (Suzanne) Ruff.
A Celebration of Life and full military honors will take place on Saturday, Aug. 6, at 9:30 a.m. at the Mennonite Church, 381 West Washington, Aberdeen. Interment will be in the Aberdeen Cemetery followed by a lunch at the Fellowship Hall. The visitation will Friday, Aug. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St., American Falls, ID.
In lieu of flowers a memorial contribution may be made to the Littlerock United Methodist Church, Building Fund, P. O. Box 8, Littlerock, WA 98556
Condolences may be sent online to www.davisrosemortuary.com for the family.

Patricia Diane Doornink
American Falls/Aberdeen - Patricia Diane Doornink, 68, of American Falls, passed away Monday, July 25, 2011, at Pocatello Care and Rehabilitation under the care of Creekside Home Health and Hospice as a result of a stroke.
Pat was born on Oct. 20, 1942, in Bozeman, MT. She was the second daughter of Robert D. Spurrier and Edelene J. Ross Spurrier. She was raised in Logan, MT, until the age of 13 when she moved to Aberdeen, ID, with her mom and one sister.
She attended schools in Aberdeen, finishing in 1961. When she was a teenager she worked at the local “sweet shoppe” and spoke fondly of her experiences there. She worked at area potato processing plants for many years, retiring from J.R. Simplot Company in 2005.
Pat married LeRoy Copeland in April of 1961. They had four children together but were later divorced. She devoted her life to working hard and raising her children. She then married Cecil Doornink on Sept. 30, 1995, in Elko, NV. Pat and Cecil spent many enjoyable days traveling, camping, and visiting their family and friends. She was an avid reader who enjoyed reading books, magazines, newspapers, etc. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandkids and attending their many activities.
She is survived by her husband, Cecil Doornink of American Falls; her four children, Cathy Hutchinson of Billings, MT, Buck (Kristi) Copeland of Aberdeen, Jeanette (Chad) Slichter, of Boise, ID, and Joe Copeland of Pocatello, ID; her 10 grandchildren, Joshua, Justin, Travis, and Seth Hutchinson, Alesia (Kasyn) Vollmer, Baylee and Zakary Copeland, and Victoria, Savannah and Trey Slichter; her great-grandchild Paislie Vollmer; and her sisters Nancy Hill and Carolene Hayen. She is also survived by Cecil’s three children, Debbie, Doug and Aaron, and their families who reside in Wisconsin. She was preceded in death by both of her parents.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 6, at 11 a.m., at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 656 Tyhee Avenue, American Falls, with Reverend Jon M. Beake officiating. Visitation and a light luncheon will follow. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street, American Falls. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.davisrosemortuary.com.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the employees of Creekside Home Health and Hospice and Pocatello Care and Rehabilitation for their loving care of Pat and their support of the family. They would also like to thank all of their friends and family for their care and concern.

 
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