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The Times OBITUARIES - December 2011
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Earl Gardner, 93
Earl Gardner, 93, of Aberdeen, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 at Bingham Memorial Skilled Nursing and Rehab in Blackfoot, ID.
Earl was born March 31, 1918 in Rigby, ID, to Franklin Gardner and Effie Pearl Clements. He and his twin sister, Pearl, joined a family of 12 brothers and sisters. He attended elementary school in Ammon, ID.
On June 7, 1939 Earl married Josephine Jensen in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They moved 52 times throughout South Eastern Idaho and Utah in their 70 years of marriage, living mostly in Fort Hall and Aberdeen.
Earl was a member of the local Carpenters Union. He worked as a carpenter and farmed. He also had worked at various other jobs. In his free time he enjoyed fishing, horseback riding and loved his animals.
Earl was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was very active in Boy Scouts and was a Ward Missionary.
Earl is survived by his children, Earline Lish of Downey, Janette (Wesley) Andrews of Salt Lake City, UT, Lucille (LeGrande) Andreasen of Pocatello, ID, Carla Wahlen of Aberdeen, Julie (Richard) Drollinger of Firth, ID, Marilyn (Jay) Jackman of Aberdeen, Linda Winona Catmull of Salt Lake City, Ida May (Larry) Nielson of West Valley City, UT, Michael (Alisha) Gardner of Sun Valley, NV, Kristy (Robert) Combs of Nauvoo, IL, Marshall J. (Kathleen) Gardner of St. Anthony, ID, and Lorin (Jolene) Gardner of Caldwell, ID; twin sister, Pearl Crow of Ammon; sister, Iris Crow of Ammon; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Josephine; 12 brothers and sisters; one granddaughter; two great-granddaughters and one great-great-grandson.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 30, at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot. Family will meet with friends and relatives from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 29, and for one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Interment will follow at the Groveland Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at condolences@hawkerfunealhome.com.
Leola P. Line
Leola Phyllis Line 81, of Aberdeen, ID, passed away Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at Highland Hills Assisted Living Center in Pocatello, ID. She was born Leola Phyllis Turner on Aug. 30, 1930 in Aberdeen, to George Turner and Phoebe Lee Turner.
She graduated from Aberdeen High School. She married Bruce (Duke) Line on June 1, 1951 in Springfield, ID. Duke passed away in 2002; they were married for 52 years. They moved to Aberdeen in 1959 where she continued to live until 2010. She then moved to Highland Hills Assisted Living Center where she lived until her death.
She worked for the Simplot Processing Plant until her retirement in 1992. She was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker. She enjoyed crocheting, quilting and loved spending time with her family. After retirement her son Terry taught her to play golf. She spent a lot of time on the golf courses in Aberdeen and American Falls with Terry and Rhonda or anyone else she could get out on the links. She loved playing in golf tournaments with her friends in Aberdeen where she won a few trophies. One of her fondest memories was going on a trip to Canada with their good friends, Clyce and LaRue Schumacher.
She is survived by her daughters, Linda (Rick) Pugmire of Blackfoot and Vickie (Steve) Christ of Inkom; daughter-in-law Rhonda Line of Eden; 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Duke; two sons Terry and Michael Line; two great-grandsons, Hunter Michael Pugmire and Andre Joseph Line; two brothers, George and Delbert Turner; one sister, Ruth Spolarich; and two half-sisters, Emma Renfro and Noretta Wells.
The visitation will be Wednesday, Dec. 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St., American Falls. The graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, at the Springfield-Sterling Cemetery. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.
Willard Paul Richard
1923-2011
Willard Paul Richard, 88, formerly of Aberdeen and American Falls, now of Loveland, CO, passed away under Hospice care at McKee Medical Center in Loveland on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, from complications due to a broken hip.
Willard was born on March 7, 1923, to Emanuel and Lydia Brandt Richard in Olpe, KS. He was the youngest of eight children. He was raised in the Olpe and Emporia, KS, area. On July 10, 1944 he married the love of his life, Ruth Ellen VanDorien in Kingman, KS. Willard and Ruth farmed west of Emporia, on the Chase County Line, until they were flooded out and decided to move to Idaho in February of 1946.
Willard farmed southwest of Aberdeen until 1972. Willard and Ruth retired from farming and moved into American Falls. He worked for area farmers and also drove truck for Partner Steel in Pocatello and Double L in American Falls, among others. He loved his 18 wheeler days and helping friends with planting crops and potato harvest. His favorite trips were the ones that he was able to take Ruth along on. They had a great love of travel that farming and dairy cattle had never allowed them to do before. Dad always talked about their trip to Caribou, Maine in the 18 wheeler.
They moved to Loveland, CO, in May of 2004 to live with their oldest daughter due to Ruth’s failing health. Ruth passed away on April 12, 2008. Willard continued to live with his daughter and looked forward to trips back to Idaho for potato harvest and his share of those famous Idaho Potatoes. He always appreciated the Richard and Rob Giesbrecht and Roy and Doug Ruff families for allowing him to take potatoes back to Colorado. He loved going back to Kansas to visit family and old friends. He also enjoyed wandering through flea markets and garage sales with Bonnie.
In May of 2010, Willard was diagnosed with Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) which made his leg muscles very weak and painful. Due to several falls, he was moved to Lakeview Commons Assisted Living in Loveland, where he lived until his death. His favorite pastime was playing with his great-grandchildren, Tadhg and Rhiannon McDermid of Berthoud, CO. They truly adored their great-grandpa and will sorely miss him. He also always enjoyed visiting with Jean Mayhew, a dear family friend in Loveland. We will always be grateful for the friendship she provided for him.
He is survived by his three daughters: Bonnie (John) McDermid of Loveland, CO; Connie (Dr. Dale) Friesen of Lawrence, KS; Debbie (Dr. Roger) Tobias of Lyons, KS, and two sons: John (Marylyn) of Marsing, ID, and Ron of Moscow, ID. He is also survived by his sister Caroline “Kelly” Elliott of Burley, ID, and his 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Other survivors include many nieces and nephews who were very special in his life.
Arrangements in Loveland were handled by Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home and in Aberdeen by Davis-Rose Mortuary of American Falls.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 20, at the First Mennonite Church in Aberdeen. A viewing took place for one hour prior to the service. He was laid to rest beside his wife Ruth in the Homestead Cemetery, southwest of Aberdeen following the service.
Willard and Ruth had a great fondness for the Palisade’s Mennonite Church Camp and a memorial has been established in their names at the First Mennonite Church in Aberdeen. Contributions can be sent to First Mennonite Church, 381 W. Washington Street, Aberdeen, Idaho 83210. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com
Jay Phillips
William Jay Phillips 81, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, surrounded by loving family.
Jay was born May 28, 1930 to Roscoe and Karna Phillips in Gooding, ID. He began his schooling in the Gooding area before the family relocated to American Falls. Jay attended the old Fairview Elementary School and graduated from American Falls High School in 1949.
Shortly after graduating, Jay enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served during the Korean conflict. After returning home from the service in January 1953, Jay met the love of his life, Betty Belville. They were married on July 25, 1953 in Pocatello. The couple had seven children but lost three of them to early deaths. They resided in several places in the Springfield/Pingree area early in their marriage. Jay worked various jobs in these early years doing everything from delivering milk and coal to working in a bakery in Blackfoot. As their children got older and ready to begin school, Jay moved the family back to his beloved American Falls where he had always hoped to raise his family. Jay worked at Lamb Weston for a few years before going to work for FMC in Pocatello, where he would work for 25+ years until he retired.
Jay was a member of the American Legion and the VFW. He was actively involved in the American Legion which was very special to him. He was a long-time life member and served in all the local offices up to Commander, then was elected District Commander, and finally State Commander of Idaho in the late 70’s. He was very proud of his country and fellow veterans and always wanted to help in any way he could. He worked with the local law enforcement agencies to start the fingerprinting program at the local grade schools and assisted with getting the Life Flight program up and going in the Pocatello area. Both projects were very dear to him.
When Jay wasn’t volunteering or serving his fellow veterans he loved to fish! His favorite trip was to Seward, Alaska, where he caught a 180 lb. halibut. He also enjoyed hunting, snowmobiling, riding his motorcycle, and spending time with his children and their families. Jay loved his family and never missed an opportunity to drop in on an unsuspecting family member. He looked forward to his family reunions when he could reminisce with his brothers and sisters. Jay never met a stranger and always had a joke to tell you.
Jay is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers LeRoy, Dean, Earl and Glenn, a baby sister Vera, his daughter Beverly and his infant sons Jay Lynn and David Wayne Phillips.
Jay is survived by his wife Betty of 58 years in American Falls, his children LeRoy and Tamie Phillips of American Falls, Roger Phillips of Anthem, AZ, Pam and Robert Mazza of Pocatello, and Dorothy and Robert Glencross of Kalispell, MT, sister Maxine McUne of Downey, brother Merlin Phillips and sister Darlene Grimm of Blackfoot He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 19, at the Aberdeen LDS Chapel with Bishop Keith Phillips and Pastor Dean Lifshay officiating. Interment followed the services at the Aberdeen Cemetery with veteran’s honors by the Aberdeen American Legion Post 59. A reception followed at the LDS Chapel. Visitation was held Sunday, Dec. 18, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Davis-Rose Mortuary, American Falls and at 10 a.m. before the funeral at the church. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.
Jeremy Krom
Jeremy M. Krom passed away on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, from a heart attack. Jeremy, 38, of Coeur d’Alene, was called back to heaven. He was the son of Richard Krom of Quincy, CA, and Lynne Porter of Aberdeen.
He is the father of Patrick and Casey Krom of Aberdeen, Breanna, Conner, Caleb and Brooklyn of Coeur d’Alene, and Angelyn Arroyo of Chico, CA. He was engaged to Keri Tournbough of Coeur d’Alene.
Jeremy graduated from Quincy High School and worked in customer service in Coeur d’Alene for several years.
Funeral services will be at the East Lawn Cemetery on Dec. 27. Condolences can be sent to the family at lynne_82@yahoo.com

Charlie R. Littlefield
Charlie R. Littlefield, 66, of Pocatello, formerly of Aberdeen, passed away Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 in Pocatello, following lingering health complications.
He was born May 19, 1945 in American Falls to Raymond A. and Hazel (Canfield) Littlefield.
Charlie was good hearted, and enjoyed fishing, traveling, country music, and visiting and exchanging stories with friends and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents and infant brother Carl Littlefield; two brothers, Harold Littlefield and Alvin Littlefield; and a sister, Carol Clark.
Charlie is survived by one brother, Ron (Andrea) Littlefield of Pocatello; and two sisters, Jane (Jay) Simonson of Idaho Falls, and Donna (Brian) Jensen of American Falls.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, Dec. 17, at 1 p.m., at Falls View Cemetery, American Falls, with a lunch following, location to be announced. Arrangements are under the direction of Cornelison Funeral Home, Pocatello. Online guest book and condolences available at www.cornelisonfh.com.

Funeral Notice
Jay Phillips
William Jay Phillips, 81, of American Falls, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011 at Rosetta Assisted Living in Pocatello, surrounded by his loving family.
The funeral service for Jay will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 19, at the American Legion Hall, 180 S. Main, Aberdeen. The visitation will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street, American Falls, and at 10 a.m. Monday at the Legion Hall before the service.
A full obituary will be in a later edition. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.
Alfred Henry Mayer
Alfred Henry Mayer (Al) passed away Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 at Spring Creek Manor in American Falls after a long illness.
Dad was born Feb. 7, 1923, the third child of Henry and Johanna (Schweikert) Mayer in Pleasant Valley, ID. He completed his schooling in Pleasant Valley and then went to work for various farmers in the Aberdeen area. In 1944 he joined the Navy and spent the next two years in the Pacific. On Feb. 9, 1946 he married June Hoffmann in San Francisco, CA. He was honorably discharged in May 1946.
Dad and Mom returned to Aberdeen to make their home, eventually buying a 160 acre farm north of Aberdeen which was his pride. Mom passed away in 1995 and Dad was never able to recover from her loss.
He is survived by a son Gary (Lynne) Mayer, Covington, WA; a daughter Kathy (Dave) Burrup, Aberdeen; a granddaughter Korinda (Derek) Sprague, Tigard, OR; two step-grandsons, Les (Elvia) Jordan, Midland, TX and Chris (Jessica) Jordan, Tacoma, WA; one step-great-grandson, Corbin Jordan, and another on the way.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his father, two mothers, three brothers, (Theophil, Ted and Otto), two sisters (Theresa and Helena). He is also survived by three brothers (Emil, Bob and Art) and one sister (Viola).
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at Aberdeen Cemetery, with Military Honors by the American Legion Post 59.
The family thanks the Spring Creek Manor, especially Lianna, Terri and Joyce, for the care given Dad the past eight and a half years, and Alliance Hospice, especially Missy, Lisa, Eloise, Leticia, Peter, Danny, Larry and Stacey, for the wonderful care and understanding the past 18 months.
The family requests no flowers but if you wish a donation in Dad’s name may be made to the cancer or dementia foundations.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.
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