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The Times OBITUARIES - December 2009
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Richard A. Davis
Richard (Dick) Davis, age 95, of Aberdeen, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at Yuma, AZ.
He was the middle child and the first to be born in Aberdeen to Lillian and David Watson Davis on Aug. 8, 1914. He had 12 sisters and brothers.
Richard (Dick) married Betty May Woodworth March 9, 1935. They were blessed with five children. Those surviving are his daughters, Joan (Robert) Buffi of Aberdeen; Elinor (Steven) Howells, Manhattan, MT; Betty Kay (John) Ruff, Belgrade, MT; 15 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
His wife Betty of nearly 50 years, his youngest daughter Cynthia Feld Harrell, his son Richard Davis and a grandchild Baby Ruff preceded him in death. His parents and all 12 sisters and brothers also preceded him in death.
Dick was raised, educated and in business in Aberdeen for 38 years. He and his wife Betty owned and operated Davis Grocery, D&B Plumbing and Heating, D&B Furniture and Appliance, and D&B Motel and Trailer Court.
He was a member of the Aberdeen Methodist Church, The Odd Fellows Lodge, The Moose Lodge and the Blackfoot Elks Lodge.
Dick and Betty sold their business and retired, then did some world traveling besides going south to Arizona for the winters.
Dick was still wintering in Yuma and returning to Aberdeen for the summers.
The family thanks Diana Goncher for taking care of Dick the last several years.
Internment will be in the Aberdeen Cemetery at a later date.
Angel Villarreal
Angel Javier Villarreal passed away Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009 at Portneuf Medical Center. He is the infant son of Vanessa Villarreal of Aberdeen.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, Dec. 31, at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Aberdeen at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Aberdeen Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls.
Matt Forester
(Ted Dennis Freeburne)
Matt Forester of Florence, OR, passed away in his sleep sometime between December 21 and December 24. He was found in his bed by members of his church and law enforcement. He attended the Siuslaw Presbyterian Church in Florence.
Matt is survived by his brother and sister-in-law Jerry (Marty) Freeburne, Aberdeen, their children, Jennifer (Damon) Peck, Boise, ID, Chris (Becca) Freeburne, and Andrea (Darren) Brassington, Langley, BC, Canada. Families also include eight nieces and nephews. A first cousin, Bruce (Mary Ann) Day, of Tulsa, OK, survives. A second cousin, Dorothy Schill, Hesston, KS, also survives.
Matt never married, and had no children. He had changed his name from Ted Freeburne to Matt Forester a few years ago.
Matt was born in Newton, KS, to Marshall John (Jack) and La Reta (Sharp) Freeburne March 11, 1945. He graduated from Newton High School. Matt developed a love of music and piano at a very early age and became very skilled at the piano and organ. He spent much of his adult life playing for various churches in Colorado, California, and Oregon. He was the organist for the Presbyterian Church in Florence. He was also a computer technician in San Francisco for several years. Matt spent may years in California and then moved to Florence.
A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. at the Siuslaw Presbyterian Church in Florence on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010.
Dale Atwood Whiting
Dale Atwood Whiting, 89, of Sandy, UT, passed away Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009 at Aspen Ridge in Murray, UT.
Dale was born May 29, 1920 to Wilbert and Blanche Rogers Atwood in Pingree, ID. She attended school in Snake River School District, graduating from Thomas High School.
On July 22, 1938, Dale married Lutie B. Whiting in the Logan Utah LDS Temple. Together they had six children. After 25 years, Dale went back to school and got her nursing degree, working at Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot.
Dale was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served in every auxiliary of the church. After her husband passed away in 1976, Dale served six missions, Arizona Holbrook, Apache Tempe Arizona, Australia Sydney Temple Mission, California San Jose, and two Church Education Office Missions. She also served for 6 ½ years as a temple worker at the Idaho Falls LDS Temple and 2 1/2 years at the South Jordan LDS Temple. Dale moved to Utah in 1985, to be closer to her children.
Dale’s life was her family and church. In her free time she was an avid reader, spent time crocheting, sewing, quilting, doll collecting, watching a good, clean movie and the Utah Jazz games. She loved her little dog, Bandi.
Dale is survived by her children, Blair (Linda) Whiting of Holladay, UT, Lynn (Marilyn) Whiting of Orem, UT, Brent A. (Elaine) Whiting of Cottonwood Heights, UT, LaNae (Michael) Hymas of Layton, UT, Randall (Lea Jean) Whiting of Idaho City, ID and Kevin (Julie) Whiting in Roosevelt, UT; brothers, Wilbert Atwood of Sugar City, ID, and Craig (Marge) Atwood of Blackfoot; sisters, LaRue Hetler of Salem, OR, Rayola Neff of Blackfoot, and Fontella (Doug) Cobbley of Idaho Falls; 33 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren.
Dale is preceded in death by her husband, Lutie; parents, Wilbert and Blanche Atwood; step-mother, Muriel Atwood; daughter-in-law, Marla Lusk Whiting; and brothers, Lynn Atwood and John Atwood.
A funeral service was held at 12 noon on Friday, Dec. 18, at the Sandy Hillcrest Fifth Ward Building, 915 E. Peachblossom Dr. (9100 S.) Sandy, UT. Prior to services, a viewing was held for friends and relatives from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 18. Graveside services took place at the Riverside Thomas Cemetery in Blackfoot, at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19. On Saturday, family met with friends and relatives from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot.
In memory of Dale, please feel free to wear something pink. As her family, we will be eternally grateful for her wonderful example.
Josephine Gardner
Josephine Jensen Gardner 88, returned to her Heavenly Father, Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, surrounded by her loving family, after a brief illness.
Josephine was born June 11, 1921 in Groveland, ID, to Joseph and Bertha Yancey Jensen. She grew up in Groveland, attended school in Groveland and Blackfoot.
She married Earl Gardner, June 7, 1939 in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. They had 12 children, nine daughters and three sons.
She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was a skilled homemaker and a wonderful mother.
She is survived by her loving husband, Earl, of Aberdeen; Earline Lish, Ammon, ID; Janette (Wes) Andrews, Salt Lake City, UT; Lucille Andreasen, LeGrande, OR; Carla (Chet) Wahlen, Aberdeen; Julie (Richard) Drollinger, Firth, ID; Marilyn (Jay) Jackman, Aberdeen; Linda Winona Catmull, Salt Lake City; Ida May (Larry) Nielson, West Valley, UT; Michael (Alisha) Gardner, Reno, NV; Kristy (Bob) Combs, Nauvoo, IL; Marshall (Kathy) Gardner, St. Anthony, ID; Lorin (Jolene) Gardner, Caldwell, ID; 65 grandchildren; 142 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; three sisters and one brother.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, two brothers, one granddaughter, and two great-granddaughters.
There was a viewing Tuesday, Dec. 22, at the Aberdeen LDS Church from 6 to 8 p.m., and Wednesday, one hour prior to the service. The funeral services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 23, at 11 a.m. at the Aberdeen First Ward. Interment will be at the Groveland Cemetery, Groveland, ID. Funeral services are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls.
George James Prestidge

George James Prestidge was born Dec. 11, 1919 on the homestead 10 miles west of Aberdeen to Percy Prestidge and Elsie Hopcraft Prestidge. He was named after his grandfathers, George Prestidge and James Hopcraft.
He only used his first name on legal papers. He was always called Jimmy or Jim.
Jim attended grade school and graduated from Aberdeen High School. He then attended Gooding college for two years. After that he worked at the Nealey Honey Company for four years.
On Jan. 1, 1941 he married Edith Langenwalter at the First Mennonite Church of Aberdeen. In 1943 he had the chance to run the farm across the road from his parents’ farm. Jim really liked farming, especially raising cattle.
Jim and Edith had four children, Ardis, Barbara (deceased), Jim R. and Charles.
Jim was very community minded. He served as secretary for the Idaho Potato Growers for ten years, Chairman of the Aberdeen Farm Bureau and Chairman of Aberdeen Senior Citizens Center of six years.
After 43 years on the farm they moved into Aberdeen where he joined the Aberdeen Lions Club where he was secretary for 20 years.
He is mourned by his wife, Edith; his daughter, Ardis (Steve) Parsons; sons, Jim (Mary) and Charles; and many relatives and friends.
The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 18, at the United Methodist Church in Aberdeen. The visitation will be Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. and Friday one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Aberdeen Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St., American Falls.
Donations may be made in his name to the building fund for the new Health West Clinic.

Harold Edward Isaak

Harold Edward Isaak, beloved husband, father, brother and grandfather, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Friday, Dec. 11, 2009. He had been diagnosed with a brain tumor on Nov. 3 and was at home being cared for by his family and close friends. He was surrounded by his family at the time of his peaceful passing.
Harold, a lifetime native of Aberdeen was the third of 11 children born to Peter and Eva Isaak at their rural home in Aberdeen, Aug. 18, 1929. He attended Aberdeen schools and graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1947. Following graduation, he farmed with his father raising potatoes, beets, wheat, barley and hay as well as milking cows on their 120 acre farm.
Harold was drafted in the U.S. Army in 1950 and served as a technician in a MASH unit and a front line aid station specifically in the Punch Bowl and Heartbreak Ridge areas in Korea. He was also stationed at Fort Sam Houston and graduated #2 in the class of ‘53 in the army dental training.
Prior to his military service, Harold met Shirley Ann Aeschliman of Colfax, WA, in 1947 at a church conference. She was still attending high school while they corresponded and built a relationship. When Harold was drafted, Shirley started her nurse’s training at Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing and Whitworth College in Spokane, WA. Upon discharge from the Army they were engaged and Shirley continued with schooling and Harold rented a farm just down the road from his father’s farm to begin his own dairy. They were married Oct. 28, 1955.
For many years Harold and Shirley sold milk by the gallon under the name of “Harold’s Dairy” to many people in Aberdeen. He was helped into retirement in 1993 when he was kicked by a cow during milking, which sent him into surgery and many weeks of recovery. At that time, his son Charles came home from Portland to help with the dairy.
Harold was not just content to retire quietly. After retirement, Harold got busy with his home based business with the Melaleuca Company. He had been involved with selling and distribution of the products since 1986 and enjoyed the traveling it allowed he and Shirley to do over the past few years. They have many stories of the travels that they took together. He also enjoyed working on the computer and putting puzzles together with his granddaughter, Rainee.
For the last few years Harold enjoyed being a substitute bus driver for the Aberdeen School District, as it made him feel young. He also served on the local election committee and was one of the election judges in Aberdeen. There was no moss to grow under his feet!
Singing was always a large part of Harold’s life as he was involved with church choirs and ensembles as well as the AF Sharps for many years. He had been a part of the Community Musicals organized by the Aberdeen Arts Council, with the most recent involvement in Bye, Bye Birdie.
Harold had a deep dedication to his wife and family, but also to God and was a willing servant in the work of the Lord.
Harold and Shirley have been members of Gideons International, an organization committed to distributing Bibles throughout the world. Prior to his death, he served as Chaplain for the Intermountain Association of Gideons. He loved passing the testaments out to the schools, hospitals and prisons, spreading the word of God. Over the years, Harold has been an active member of the First Mennonite Church as well as Calvary Chapel in Aberdeen. He enjoyed being involved with the church camp programs and has served as cook at the Palisades Camp and Old Faithful Christian Ranch in various capacities. If there was an activity that he could participate in, he would. He loved teaching classes and Bible study, and many can attest that Harold would put the Bible studies into terms that were understandable in modern day language.
4-H had always been a large part of Harold’s life, with over 60 years of involvement. He received a Distinguished Service Award from the Idaho State 4-H in 1990 and was inducted into the Idaho 4-H Hall of Fame in 2002. He spent many years as a 4-H leader as well as an advisory member on 4-H councils.
After surviving a bout with cancer in 2006, Harold became involved with the cancer support group in Pocatello and enjoyed the new friendships he and Shirley had formed there.
Harold is survived by his wife, Shirley, of 54 years; their four children, Cheryl (Tosch) Keshian of Eagle, ID; Charles (Danice) Isaak of Great Falls, MT; Elaine (Joel) Blik of Aberdeen; and Tina (Russ) Webb of Medicine Hat, Alberta Canada; three brothers, Walt Isaak of Twin Falls, Roland Isaak of Aberdeen, Irvin Isaak of Reedley, CA; two sisters, Margie Krehbiel of Aberdeen; and Ruth Isaak of Yakima, WA; eight grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and a sister.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 17, at 10 a.m. at the First Mennonite Church in Aberdeen. Viewing will be held at the Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls, Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church. Internment will be at the Homestead Cemetery in Aberdeen. A memorial dinner will be held in the Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall after internment, where family and friends can join to celebrate the life of Harold.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of Rose-Davis Mortuary of American Falls.
The family would like to give a heartfelt thank you for the care, kindness and support from those at Access Hospice care during his short illness.
Donations may be made in his memory to the Gideons International or the Old Faithful Christian Ranch.

Grace M. Harris
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift from God, that is why we call it the present. Grace M. Harris entered His eternal presence Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009. This was a day of thanksgiving, sorrow and quiet reflection as she joined our Heavenly Father in Paradise. We mourn our loss: no more conversations, no more hearing her voice and laughter, no more of her reaching to hold our hand while she visited with us, no more hearing her quick wit and no more witnessing her pleasure in the experiences she loved — our resilient, amazing Grace.
Her first love was spending time with family and friends; hearing about what they found significant and precious. Her faith was strongly evident in her attitude and actions. She loved discussing current events, singing, music, traveling, and was very proud of her memberships, offices, and participation in the American Legion Auxiliary Post 59 and Bingham Rebekka Lodge. Grace was private, personable, and always approachable. She was blessed with a unique ability to strike up a conversation with anyone she met.
Grace was born Sept. 28, 1920, in Elsmore, KS, the sixth child of ten children born to David F. and Stella Fitzmaurice Brown. Grace came to Aberdeen with her two older brothers, Ed and George Brown in 1937 and never wanted to leave. She reluctantly accepted the sale of her home, that our Dad built for us, at Third East and Fremont Street and left Aberdeen, Nov. 23, 2003, residing in Boise until her passing. She and her family will forever be grateful to her caring friends and adopted family who throughout her life brought her fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, and shared her love, time and friendship.
Grace married Ernest R. Harris on July 5, 1940. She is survived by children, Shirley, Irene and Sonny, Rita and Steve and Bryce; in birth order, grandchildren Mike, Jerry and Sabine, Bob, Troy, Jeff, Shawna and Justin, Mindy and Trini, Nicki, Matthew, Paul, Sarah; great-grandchildren Shannon, Mindy, Benny, Ashley, Jordan, Jamie, Teauna, Hailie, Telina, Casey, Krystal, Joshua, Alyssa, Shauntae, Kayden; her sisters and brother Doris, Arnold Wayne, Alice and the families of her nine brothers and sisters.
She was preceded in death by several members of her family including her parents, twin daughters (1947), Ernie (1971), son Dennis (1984), son Ben (1993), daughter Sandra (2005), daughter Vernie (2007); siblings, Martha, Ed, Dale, Bessie, Martin, and George.
A graveside service will be held at the Aberdeen Cemetery when the weather gets warm and when all of her family and friends can be together.
A notice will be placed in The Aberdeen Times and The Power County Press when the date is set in May, June or July 2010.
Fred L. Roberts
Fred L. Roberts, 65, of American Falls, Idaho died Saturday, Nov. 27, 2009 at his home from cardiac arrest.
He was born June 26, 1944 to Chester Grant Roberts and Waneta Fairchild Roberts in American Falls, Idaho.
He worked at various jobs from farming to driving cattle truck. Until his back caused him to retire in 2002.
He enjoyed working in the yard and always had a beautiful yard in the summer. He had many hobbies from his yard to science fiction books and his Minnesota Vikings, who he always hoped would go to the Super Bowl.
He married the love of his life, Sharon Harmison, on June 24, 1966. They had their son Jeff in 1968. Fred was very proud of his son for his many accomplishments.
He is survived by his wife Sharon; son Jeff (Lynn); grandson Rook, and granddaughter Madison; two brothers, Carl (Mary Lou) and George, sister Diane (Lee) Coonradt; sister-in-law Kathy (Terry) Gull; brother-in-law Steve Harmison and numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral service for Fred will be on Thursday, December 3, at 1 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints American Falls First Ward, 111 Church Place. The viewing will be Wednesday, Dec.2, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street, American Falls, and an hour before the funeral service at the church.

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