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The Times OBITUARIES - October & November 2011
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Erma Crompton
Erma Harris Crompton, 84, American Falls, died Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, of causes related to age.
She was born Feb. 28, 1927 to Lawrence and Irene Harris in Ogden, UT, and was reared on the small family farm in Pleasant View, UT. She was the eldest of six siblings, including Earl (Betty) Harris, Wayne (Shirley) Harris, Edith (Ron) Finch, Laura (Wayne) Wilde and Lola (Vern) Child, all of Utah.
Erma graduated from Weber High School, Ogden, then from Weber Junior College, and went on to Utah State University, Logan, UT, where she graduated in 1949. It was at Utah State where she met Robert Phyl Crompton. Erma and Bob were married June 1, 1949 in the Logan LDS Temple. He preceded her in death on July 27, 1980.
To that union were born five children, including: Kim (Kathleen) Crompton of Spokane, WA; Brett (Debbie) Crompton, American Falls; Becky Crompton, Pocatello; Kelly (Lynette) Crompton of Pocatello; and Elizabeth (Ed) Fehringer of Hayden, ID. Lori Dawson has also been a part of the family for many years.
Erma and Bob lived in Utah for the early years of their marriage, with a brief stint in southern California, where Bob worked for various newspapers and magazines, while Erma taught at the elementary and junior high school levels and worked as a medical receptionist.
They moved to American Falls in November of 1959 after purchasing The Power County Press, and then later The Aberdeen Times.
They worked together at the newspapers for many years, but Erma also took time away from the newspaper business to work as a community education director, then multi-occupations teacher, amongst other titles for the American Falls School District.
Erma was active in local and statewide civic and professional organizations. Locally she served on the American Falls Chamber of Commerce board, serving one year as president; the American Falls Education Foundation, including president for two terms; Power County Hospital Board, including one year as chairman; Power County Senior Citizen Board, including one year as chairman; and president of the American Falls Parent-Teacher Association. She was also a member of the Power County Hospital Auxiliary, Power County Historical Society, Aberdeen Art Guild and Beta Sigma Phi. She was honored as Beta Sigma Phi Woman of the Year in 1981. She was also honored at Grand Marshal for the Power County Stampede and American Falls Day in 2006.
Very active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she served in a number of capacities over the years, including several years as chorister and music director.
Statewide and nationally, she served on the Idaho State Library Board, including one year as chairman; the Idaho AARP State Legislative Committee; the Idaho Newspaper Association board of directors, including one year as president; and the National Newspaper Association (NNA) Better Newspaper Contest Committee, including one year as chairman. She was also honored by NNA in 1993 with the Emma C. McKinney award for outstanding service to the nation’s community newspapers.
Erma played violin for the Idaho State Civic Symphony for a number of years, sang with the A.F. Sharps for a number of years, and also performed in musical and dramatic productions from her college years through many years in American Falls. She served as mistress of ceremonies for a number of Power County Junior Miss programs. She also directed the LDS Institute Choir at Utah State University, and directed choirs in Brigham City and Ogden, UT, Santa Ana, CA, and American Falls.
She played music by ear, but was especially proud of a song she composed and wrote the lyrics for which appeared in the December 1968 issue of The Children’s Friend.
Erma remained active with The Power County Press and The Aberdeen Times for most of her life until a stroke slowed her down a bit in the late 1990s. She was a resident of Spring Creek Assisted Living for the past several years and enjoyed playing music and singing for the residents there for much of that time.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. She was also preceded in death by her parents-in-law, Dwayne and Ellen Crompton, sister-in-law Sue Harris, and two brothers-in-law, Vae Priest and Harry Morrow.
She is survived by all of her brothers and sisters, as well as brother-in-law, Dale (Dixie) Crompton of Oregon, and sisters-in-law Pat Priest and Shirley Morrow, both of Utah. She is also survived by all of her children; along with eight grandchildren, Nic, Mike and Brianna Crompton, Fallon, Whitney and Jacob Fehringer, and Robert and Preston Crompton; two step-grandchildren, Lonnie (Sherrie) Stradley and Stacie (Steve) Ellis and five great-grandchildren, Steven and Sara Stradley, Skyler Stradley, Lily Ellis and Eva Crompton.
The family appreciates the loving care provided by the staff at Spring Creek Manor, Creekside Home Health and Hospice and special friend Joyce Foster.
Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 14, at 11 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, American Falls First Ward, 111 Church Place, American Falls. The viewing was from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at the church, and Monday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. before the funeral.
Donations, in lieu of flowers, would be preferred to the American Falls Friends of the Library, the Idaho State Civic Symphony or the charity of choice. Memories and condolences may be shared at

Mildred Leyshon Curtis
Mildred Leyshon Curtis 90, formerly of Aberdeen, passed away Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, peacefully at Brookstone Village in Nampa, ID, which had been her home for almost three years.
Mildred was born at home near Spanish Fork, UT, on Aug. 16, 1921. She was the daughter of Lorenzo Leyshon and Jennie May Warner. She was the oldest of six children. In the spring of 1924 she moved with her family to Aberdeen, which is where she was raised, educated and spent most of her life.
Mildred had a deep love and appreciation for her parents and siblings. In their early years they loved fishing and camping. These times together were some of her fondest memories of her family (Dareld Leyshon, LaRue Schumacher, Yuvonne Edmonds, Jay Leyshon and Della Taillet).
Mildred met Nelson Amos Mitchell while he was employed by her parents on the family farm. They were married Dec. 24, 1938 and they made their home in Aberdeen. They were blessed with four wonderful children, Blaine J. Mitchell (Shirley), Rockland, Ruby Standifird, Payson, AZ, Shirleen Pierce (George), Caldwell, and Lenore Short (Floyd) Middleton, ID.
In 1950 they were divorced and Mildred went to work in a potato warehouse to help support her children. She worked for many years in the potato industry and became a federal and state potato inspector.
She married Lynn Chandler on Dec. 13, 1952. Lynn loved Mildred and her four children and worked hard to help provide for them. Due to a serious head injury the marriage was dissolved in June 1956.
Max Curtis moved to Aberdeen while employed for an engineering company and during this time met Mildred and they courted, fell in love and were married Dec. 26, 1958. Mildred gained another child from this union, her stepson Bob.
They enjoyed dancing and were often seen boot scooting around the living room. Vacations were far and few between, but fishing and camping with friends and family were among their favorite. When fall came, hunting was the first thing on their agenda, packing to leave for the Rockland valley to be with Blaine and Shirley.
Mildred loved her vegetable and flower garden, teaching her children to also love working in their yards and canning the produce they grew. Neighbors were a very important part to her and many became lifetime friends. She also enjoyed sewing in her younger years and made clothes for her children. She loved arranging flowers, making many for special occasions.
Mildred is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and enjoyed going to the temple. Visiting teaching was something she looked forward to each month and always went the extra mile. She was active in this assignment until three years ago when her health would no longer permit her to continue.
One of the most important things she will be remembered for is the way she taught her children to love one another. She had a special love for the 15 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two siblings (Dareld and Della), two sons (Blaine Mitchell and Bob Curtis), granddaughter (Shanna Standifird), and many other family members and friends whom she has reunited with.
A viewing will be held in the Middleton LDS Church Thursday, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m. (1749 Willis Rd.). Funeral services will be in Aberdeen on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the LDS Church. There will be a viewing at 1 p.m., prior to services starting at 2 p.m. Following the services she will be buried in the Aberdeen Cemetery. The family has placed their trust in Flahiff Funeral of Nampa, ID, and Davis-Rose Mortuary, American Falls.

David Andrew Foutz
David Andrew Foutz, 64, died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, Oct. 27, at his home in Spring, TX.
David was born in Pocatello, ID, on July 22, 1947, the third child and only son, of David “Harry” and Frances Verbeck Foutz. His childhood years were spent living on a farm in the Aberdeen area near Sterling where he enjoyed the great outdoors and rural life. He was blessed to grow up in a loving and supportive family that worked, played, and laughed together. An added joy was having his grandparents, uncles and their families, and special neighbors just a bike ride away. After graduating from Aberdeen High School in 1965, he attended Idaho State University.
He married Mavis Gomke on June 13, 1970. Their first son, David Walter, was born in September 1971 and tragically died of meningitis before leaving the hospital. They were blessed by the arrival of their second son, Douglas Michael, born in January of 1973.
David worked in sales and the food industry for many years. In the Salt Lake City, UT, area, he was a service technician and in sales at AB Dick Company and then a manager of several J.B.’s restaurants. In Pocatello, he worked in auto sales at Ted’s and was manager of Denny’s restaurant.
In later years, he moved to Twin Falls where he worked in sales positions at Grover’s Hardware and Will’s Toyota. While there he met Evelyn Rogers and they were married, but later divorced.
In 2003, David moved to the Houston area to be near his sister, Janice, and her husband, Riley Killian. He assisted them with the care of their mother, who was residing in a care facility. During this time his professional endeavors were cut short by a growing number of medical issues.
David had a great love for his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and his family and friends. He was a bright and gregarious man, whose warmth, kindness, and generosity touched everyone he met. He will be remembered for his quick wit, storytelling talents, and zest of life.
David was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, and son David. He is survived by his loving son and best friend, Doug Foutz of Nampa, ID; his two sisters, Janice (Riley) Killian of Kingwood, TX, and Kathleen (Bob) Satterwhite of Eagle, ID; his nephew, Steve Walker and son Michael of Plano, TX; nephew, Scott (Julia) Walker and children Thomas and Victoria of Humble, TX; and extended family and friends.
A memorial service celebrating David’s life will be held Thursday, Nov. 17, at 11 a.m. at the Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 S. 4th Ave., Pocatello, ID. Following the service, a gathering of family and friends will be held at a location to be announced at the service until 2:30 p.m. with inurnment following at 4 p.m. at the Aberdeen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please help the hungry by making a donation in David’s name to the Idaho Food Bank at 555 South 1st Avenue, Pocatello, ID 83201 or 3562 South TK Ave, Boise, Idaho 83705.

Geott C. Ferris, 90
Geott C. Ferris, 90, of Blackfoot passed away Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011 at the Renaissance Assisted Living in Blackfoot, ID.
He was born Jan. 4, 1921 in Weiser, ID, to Ora C. Ferris and Vina May Dawson Ferris.
He attended school through the eighth grade. He grew up on the family farm in Weiser, and later ran the farm for a number of years. He also lived in Blackfoot and Aberdeen.
He was very active in 4-H while on the farm. He also enjoyed hunting. After he moved to Aberdeen, Geott always raised a large garden.
Geott made his choice to be a Christian as a young man and his love for the things of God were evident all his life.
He worked at the State Hospital South for 11 years as a meat cutter and later as a security guard for J.R. Simplot Co. in Aberdeen.
A funeral service was held Saturday, Oct. 22, at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave., Blackfoot.
The family met with friends for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to

Walter “Vern” Inskeep
Walter “Vern” Inskeep, 77, of Aberdeen, ID, passed away Monday, Oct. 17, 2011. He was a loving husband, father, and friend with a wonderful sense of humor that will be missed greatly.
Vern was born July 22, 1934, in Blackfoot, ID, to Walter and Esther Jensen Inskeep. He was raised in the Pingree-Aberdeen area, where he attended school.
Vern joined the Army where he attended the Sixth Army Food School. He served as a cook for the Army Officers in Fort Lewis, WA. On Aug. 12, 1955, he married Jean Jarrett. They were married for 10 years, had one son, Major, and were later divorced. After his discharge he was a chef at the Gay 90’s restaurant and the Red Lion in the Washington area. Vern later returned to Idaho and attended hydraulic school and worked for Tesco in Blackfoot. He married Darlene Schritter Johns on Aug. 17, 1979 and gained two more sons and two daughters.
He started his electrical career working for Wilson Nowels. He established his own electrical business, Vern’s Electric Repair, in September 1984 and retired nine years later in 1993.
Vern was a dedicated lifetime member of the American Legion Post 59. He served as Commander of the Post and held the state office of Sergeant of Arms. He received many honors and awards for his service.
Vern loved his cabin in Mackay where he and his family spent many memorable days camping and fishing. He was a talented cook and baker. Vern also loved to read, do woodworking, and work in his garden, which was his pride and joy. He especially enjoyed socializing with others. He was famous for telling jokes. Making people laugh brought great joy to his life.
He is survived by his wife Darlene, his son Major Inskeep, stepsons Gary Johns and Alan Johns, stepdaughters Teresa Johns Fettis and Trena Johns Ramos (Harvey), 18 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Gary Inskeep, Virgil “Lamar” Inskeep, Ronald Inskeep (Paula), and one granddaughter, Jessica Inskeep.
The family expresses their gratitude to the doctors and staff at EIRMC for the wonderful care that Vern received.
The funeral service was at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 149 W. Central, Aberdeen. The visitation was Sunday, Oct. 23, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Davis- Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street, American Falls, and at the church an hour before the funeral. Interment was at Aberdeen Cemetery, Aberdeen. Condolences and memories may be shared at

Ella Marie “Angie” Schritter Hadley
1926 – 2011
Our beloved mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend, Ella Marie “Angie” Schritter Hadley passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011. She was reunited with her eternal companion, Vard, who passed away on July 10, 2010.
She was born May 15, 1926 to Emanuel and Amelia Schlecht Schritter in Blackfoot, ID. She grew up on a farm several miles out of town without running water or electricity. She graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1944. She went to Nurses Training in Boise, ID, and graduated in 1947. She married Vard Hadley in Ogden, UT, in 1948. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Logan LDS Temple in 1953.
She and Vard lived in San Jose, CA, for 40 years. She worked as a surgical nurse at the San Jose Hospital and also many years as an office nurse. She and Vard enjoyed traveling and sightseeing in the United States. They went camping at Lake Tahoe with their two children, Kathy and Tom.
She was very supportive and helped Vard with many of his school activities. She was also very involved with PTA, Little League, and Girl Scouts. She loved flower arranging, decorating and reading.
She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She especially enjoyed working with the children of the church. She and Vard loved their calling as Temple workers at the Oakland Temple. She cherished the long drive as a time for special uninterrupted conversations with Vard.
We would especially like to thank Harmony Hospice for their kind and loving care for mom.
She is survived by her daughter, Kathy McElroy; her son, Tom (Becky) Hadley; her grandchildren, Kyle Hadley, Travis Hadley, Jackson (Mallory) Hadley, Amanda (Mac) Steele, Carly (Tuomas) Groves; her great-granddaughter Tessah Steele, another great-granddaughter soon to be born; and her sister Carolyn (Dale) Lancaster.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 15, at 11 a.m. at Jenkins-Soffe South Valley, 1007 W South Jordan Pkwy, South Jordan, UT. A viewing was held Friday, Oct. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the LDS Church located at 10124 South 1300 West, South Jordan, and Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.
Online condolences at

Sharon Hansen
On Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, Sharon Mae Wallin Hansen, 67, of Elko, NV, returned to the welcoming arms of her heavenly family. Born May 6, 1944 to Carl and Edna Wallin in Pocatello, ID, she was the youngest of five children.
Sharon graduated from Pocatello High School in 1962. She married James B. Hansen on Aug. 3, 1968 where they resided in Springfield, ID, and were blessed with six children. James B. and Sharon were sealed in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple, Sept. 15, 1979.
She is survived by her husband, James B. Hansen, and her children, Joelynn (Bill) Tanner of Elko, NV, Jennifer (George) Velasquez of Elko, NV, James (Jennifer) Hansen of Elko, NV, Jaron (Emily) Hansen of Burley, ID, and Julia (Eric) Terry of Winnemucca, NV, 11 grandsons and eight granddaughters.
She is preceded in death by her son Jeffrey Michael Hansen, and grandson James Marvin Hansen, “Junior” and Baby Girl Tanner, her parents and four siblings.
In remembrance there was a viewing on Friday, Oct. 14. Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Springfield LDS Church. Burial services followed at the Springfield Cemetery.
Brenda A. Young, 54
Brenda A. Young, 54, of Pingree, ID, was called back to heaven on Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and a friend to many who all loved her. She will be missed.
Brenda was born Feb. 28, 1957 in Burley, ID. She married the love of her life, Owen Young, on Aug, 19 1972 in Blackfoot at Owen’s parents’ house. She was a mother of four children, then later in life she went to work at J.R. Simplot for 18 years in Aberdeen. Due to health reasons, she retired. She loved the outdoors, including hunting, fishing, and her number one pasttime was camping with her family.
Her husband, Owen D. Young, of 39 years who still resides in Pingree, ID, and her children survive her: daughter, Valerie (Mike) Wallace and four children of Aberdeen; son, Gary (Trina) Young and two children of Chubbuck; son, Jody (Ida) Young, three children and one great-grandchild; daughter, Jessica (Eddy) Stacey, two children and one great-grandchild of Pocatello.
She is also survived by: one sister, Joy Wilson Mayer; four brothers, John Wilson of Blackfoot, Jay (Charlette) Wilson of Pocatello, Calvin Wilson Jr. of Aberdeen, Jose (Von) Elquezabal of Aberdeen; step-father, Martin Elquezabal of Aberdeen; and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Blanch Wilson Elquezabal, and her father, Calvin Wilson Sr., sister in-law, Janet Wilson, and granddaughter, April.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at the Pingree LDS Chapel.
A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday evening, Oct. 20, at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue, Blackfoot, Idaho 83221 and for one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church.
Interment will be in the Springfield Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at

Service Notice
Sharon Hansen, 67
Sharon Hansen, 67, of Elko, NV, and formerly of Springfield, ID, passed away Monday, Oct. 10, 2011.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 at the Lakeview LDS Chapel with Bishop Lane Harker conducting. Family will meet with friends and relatives on Friday, Oct. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot and for one hour prior to services at the church. Interment will follow at the Springfield Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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