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The Times OBITUARIES - September 2012
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Hilda Barrett
Hilda Barrett (Hildagarde Josephine
Wasserburger) 1912-2012
Hilda died peacefully at the age of 100 on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 at her daughter Barbara’s home in Boise, where she resided for the past two years.
Hilda was born in Montrose, NB, Jan. 14, 1912, the ninth child of Jacob and Anna Wasserburger. She grew up on a ranch near Montrose with three brothers and eight sisters. Hilda attended a one room school house near her home through the eighth grade. She then boarded with a family in Harrison, NB, in order to attend Sioux County High School where she graduated as valedictorian. After graduating from high school she returned to the same one room school and taught for two years. Her brother George and her sister Alma were among her students.
Hilda attended Wayne State Teacher’s College, graduating as valedictorian, with a BA degree in Education with High Honors. She taught in Ardmore, SD, where she met her future husband, Hank Barrett.
In 1938, she traveled to Pocatello, ID, to marry Hank. Hilda and Hank resided in Aberdeen and raised their family of nine children.
Beginning in 1938 Hilda taught Catholic religious education classes and continued to do so off and on throughout her married life, depending on the growth of the family and family needs. Overall, she dedicated approximately 40 years to this calling. Her faith was an integral part of her life, which she practiced daily. She was Idaho Catholic Mother of the Year in 1951.
Hilda taught in the Aberdeen School District for 20 years, retiring in 1977. Most of those years were spent in the junior high teaching English, reading, and a few years of German.
After retiring from the school district, Hilda continued to teach reading and English to anyone who wanted help. These students included visiting scientists at the University of Idaho Research Station in Aberdeen and other adults. She also tutored children who were just learning English until she was 90 years old. She loved to play Scrabble and used the game as a method to teach spelling and English to those she tutored. Hilda was a true teacher at heart and throughout her life.
Thank you to the many previous students who continued to send cards, well wishes or stopped by to visit Hilda after her retirement. She appreciated hearing how her positive influence had impacted the course of their lives.
During their years of marriage, Hank and Hilda often gave aid and assistance to neighbors in many ways. Their yard was a gathering place for all the neighborhood children. Her door was always open, and there was a place at her table, where her kitchen and garden provided countless delicious meals. As far back as her children can remember, Hilda was feeding the hobos and preparing food and gift baskets for those less fortunate.
She was preceded in death by husband Hank, daughter Janine, grandson Brandon, son-in-law Rick Sanchez, her parents, three brothers and seven sisters.
She is survived by children Gerald (Jerri Lou) Barrett of Bountiful, UT, Ronald (April) Barrett of Seattle, WA, Anne (Louis) Kimmett of Rupert, ID, Michael Barrett of CO, Barbara Sanchez of Boise, ID, Larry (Irene) Barrett of Aberdeen, ID, Mary (David) Rigsby of Boise, ID, and Sandra (Colby) Knudsen of American Falls, ID; 28 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and her sister Alma Broderick, of Maryland.
A viewing will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28, with a Rosary starting at 7 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Aberdeen, ID. The Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the church. Condolences and memories can be shared at
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Idaho Food Bank Children’s Backpack Program.
Helen Huskey Clark
Helen Huskey Clark, 64, of Bismarck, AR, passed away Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. She was born Oct. 27, 1947 in Sevierville, TN, to Bob and Grace Henry Huskey. Helen served as a cafeteria worker and supervisor.
She is preceded in death by her father; husband James Clark; husband Richard Schiewek; brother Ted Huskey; brother-in-law Joseph Walker; and great-grandson Christopher Gallegos, Jr.
Survivors include her mother; daughter Angela Gallegos (Gonzalo) of Aberdeen, ID; her late husband’s children Tom, Jimmy, Judy, and Patty; brother Phillip Huskey (Janet) of Roy, WA; sister Agnes Walker of Bismarck, AR; sister-in-law Harriet Huskey; grandchildren Jamie Clark, Christopher (Ana), James, and Sarah Gallegos; great-grandchild Andre Gallegos; nieces and nephews Terrie Gillham, Kerie Dunn, Shane, Chad, Robert, Brian, and David Huskey; and special canine friend Angel.
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Myrna Lee Still Devaney, 81
Myrna Lee Still Devaney, 81, of Downey, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012 at her home in Downey.
Myrna was born on July 30, 1931 in Paxton, NB, to Clinton Edman and Roma Wamsley Still. She was raised in Nebraska until she was seven, at which time her family moved to Idaho, eventually settling in Springfield where her mother worked for many years as the telephone switchboard operator. She attended grade school in Springfield and graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1949. Upon graduation she continued her education in Pocatello and earned her LPN license.
On Nov. 21, 1950 Myrna married Donald Devaney, Sr. in Pocatello. Together they had five children and made their home in Inkom. Donald preceded Myrna in death in 1970.
Following Donald’s passing she moved to Pocatello and later moved to American Falls and then to Weiser, working as an LPN in each community’s hospital. Upon retirement Myrna returned to Southeast Idaho to be near family and eventually settled in Downey.
Myrna was a Christian and attended the Christian Church in Downey. She enjoyed playing Bingo, reading and crocheting.
Myrna is survived by two sons, John (Diane) of Downey and Donald Jr. of American Falls; three daughters, Donna Lynn Devaney of Maryland, Julie (Tom) Buccahister of Carson City, NV, and Jamie Lee Zimmer of Idaho Falls; a brother, Gerald (Maria) Still of Pocatello; a sister, Judy Still of Chubbuck; three grandchildren, Miguel, Jennifer and Arlie; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and three brothers, Kenneth Burk, and twins, James and John.
A visitation was held Friday, Sept. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Downey LDS Church. Graveside funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 8, at 11:30 a.m. in the Inkom Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the care of Hawker Funeral Home of Blackfoot. Condolences may be sent to

Gordon Lee Rhine
Gordon Lee Rhine, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, flew from this earthly speck of dust and ascended to the spiritual kingdom on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012.
Lee, as he preferred to be known, was a long time member of the Baha’i Faith and, by Baha’i law, was interred at the Falls View Cemetery the following day. Prior to that a service was held at Davis-Rose Mortuary and was attended by family, friends and golfing buddies.
Born in Whitefish, MT, on Nov. 13, 1935, Lee was a farm boy, raised in Missouri and Nebraska. He met his wife, Marinell, while he was stationed at El Toro Marine Base in California. He was always proud of his Marine Corps service. Lee and Marinell were married on Dec. 4, 1957. They had four children. Together they moved to many places around the country in service of the Baha’i Faith they both loved. Leaving California in 1970, the family moved to Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and ultimately back to Idaho in 2000.
While residing in Montana, both Lee and Marinell decided to attend college and both of them graduated from the University of Montana in Missoula where they received bachelor’s degrees in Social Work in 1992.
Although much of Lee’s adult life was spent as a truck driver, he has in recent years been a respected substance abuse counselor. He and his wife opened their counseling agency Solutions for Life in 2004, and Lee has positively affected the lives of many in this community and the surrounding area.
Lee loved to golf and did so at every possible opportunity. He also enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing, and watching football and NASCAR.
Lee is survived by his wife, Marinell; three sons, Dennis Rhine (Frances) from Tulsa, OK, Richard Rhine (Bobba) from Mesa, AZ, and Robert Rhine from Pocatello, ID; and daughter, Cynthia Long (Dennis) from Summit, SD; grandchildren Rachel Rhine, Michael Rhine and Dean Rhine all from Tulsa, OK, Brandon Rhine (April) from Columbia, MO, Justin Rhine (Nubia) of Tucson, AZ, April Faeth (Kelly) from Summit, SD, Arthur Long and Amy Long from Summit, SD, Jason Rhine (Katie) from VA, Kevin Rhine from Pocatello, ID; and great-grandchildren, Alexander Rhine and Jacob Rhine from Tulsa, OK, Brock Faeth and Tristan Faeth from Summit, SD, and Sage Rhine from Pocatello, ID, and Ella and Eian Long from MN.
Lee will be greatly missed. If you wish to do so, please contribute to your favorite charity in his name.

Jackie Poulson
Jacquelyn Rae-Gean Poulson was born Feb. 22, 1981 American Falls, ID, and died tragically in an electrocution accident on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. She is the daughter of Larry Poulson and Deborah Poulson-Bailey. She attended Hillcrest Elementary, William Thomas Middle School, and graduated from American Falls High School.
In 1999 she started her career at Idaho State University and never left. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications in 2003 and was two months away from her Master’s degree in Health Education and teacher’s certificate, while planning a wedding to the love of her life (Kyle Tarpley).
Jackie competed collegiately for four years at ISU Track and Field starting with running sprinting events and moving to competing in the heptathlon her sophomore year, then continued her professional career as a heptathlete for five years. Titles earned at ISU include two times Big Sky All-American Champion, finishing seventh in the NCAA national championship, eighth the following year. She competed in the Olympic trials in 2004 and 2008, finishing in the top ten. After the trials she competed for two more years then retired and continued following her dreams by coaching for ISU up until her untimely death.
Her hobbies included her nieces and nephews, steelhead fishing, hunting, camping, her dog Nellie and spending as much time as she could with family and friends. She always had a smile on her face and was the life of the party. She wore her heart on her sleeve, but it was big enough for everybody. Jackie was loyal to her family, faithful to her friends, and genuine in life. She impacted so many souls, coaching everyone to the pinnacle of their abilities, in her career and life. She was not a quitter and always finished every task, job, etc to be the best. Jackie always put others before herself.
Jackie is survived by her parents, Larry Poulson of Chubbuck, ID, and Deborah Poulson-Bailey (stepfather Fred) of Chubbuck; fiancée Kyle Tarpley of Blackfoot, ID; sister Kristan Young (Kenny) of Filer, ID; brother Brandon Poulson (Melissa) of American Falls; step-brother Jason Bailey (Callie) of Pocatello; step-sister Kristen Longhurst (Kris) of Pocatello; Grandma Bonnie Ankrum Moore (Jene) of Ashton; Grandma Carol Poulson of Aberdeen; nephews Josh, Austin, Lucas, Daxton, Daeton, Dalton, Porter; nieces Kailyn and Mattie Jo; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. She is preceded in death by her grandpas Larry Ankrum and Weldon Poulson.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Holt Arena. A visitation was held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 S. 4th Ave., Pocatello. Burial will follow services at Restlawn Memorial Gardens.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at

Iris Schelske
Iris Schelske, 63 of Aberdeen returned to her Heavenly Father as she passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer.
She is the first child of Douglas and Maurine Driscoll, born on Feb. 6, 1949. She was raised in the Sterling/Aberdeen area with her three sisters and two brothers. She graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1967 and then went on to attend Utah State and Idaho State University.
On Jan. 25, 1969 she married her loving husband Richard Schelske. Together they had two daughters Chana and Amber. She was an amazing wife and mother, who created a loving home for her family. In 1985 Iris continued her education at Idaho State University graduating on the dean’s list in 1988 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. She started her teaching career in the fall of 1988 for the Aberdeen sixth grade. She blessed the lives of many students for 23 years.
She had a great love for reading and playing the piano, her beautiful flowers, cooking, spending time with her family and attending her grandchildren’s activities.
Iris is survived by her husband Richard Schelske of Aberdeen; her daughters Chana (Jeff Duffin) grandchildren Jake, Bo and Sophia, of Aberdeen, Amber (Rick Giesbrecht) grandchildren Gabrielle and Hannah, of Meridian; mother Maurine Driscoll of Aberdeen; sisters Andrea Myler, Nancy George, Shelley Driscoll and brothers Jeff and Mart Driscoll.
She is preceded in death by her father Douglas Driscoll of American Falls.
Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Aberdeen Middle School. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at Wilks Funeral Home, 211 W. Chubbuck Road, Chubbuck. Interment will follow services on Thursday in the Aberdeen Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Aberdeen Middle School Library c/o Connie Cornforth, ¬-P.O. Box 610, Aberdeen, Idaho 83210. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Wilks Funeral Home, 238-8000. Condolences may be sent to the family online at
Jay Roger Westfall, 59
Jay Roger Westfall, 59, of Aberdeen, ID, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.
Jay was born Sept. 16, 1952. He was adopted by H. Kenneth and A. Marjorie Westfall of Aberdeen, at the age of three years old.
Jay grew up in Aberdeen, going to school and working on his father’s farm.
On July 30, 1971 Jay married Kathleen “Kat” Gambill and moved to Boise, ID. They had three children, Kimberly, Jay Ryan and Gregory.
Jay started working for Boise Peterbilt in 1976.
Jay met Brenda (Hicks) Lobo in Boise, and married Oct. 11, 1996 in Reno, NV. He became a great step-father to David Hicks and Becky Lobo. In September of 2006, Jay and Brenda moved to Aberdeen, so that he could go to work as a body shop manager for Idaho Falls Peterbilt. This last February, Jay brought his grandson, David Cody Harris, to live with him and Brenda in Aberdeen.
In May of 2011 Jay got a Harley Davidson Road King. He became a kid again, it seemed. He would ride his motorcycle even when he would freeze at first, knowing that the weather would be nicer later. Jay was a hard worker, but enjoyed family, friends, hunting, fishing and riding his motorcycle.
Jay is survived by his wife of 15 years, Brenda of Aberdeen; father, H. Kenneth Westfall of Aberdeen; brother, Jon; sister, Jodie; children, Kimberly, Jay Ryan and Gregory; step-children, David and Becky; and grandchildren, David Cody, Sheridan, Nicholas and Raymond.
He is preceded in death by his mother, A. Marjorie.
There will be a Celebration of Life and Birthday Party held for Jay at 1 p.m. on Sept. 16, at Darrell and Dawn Moon’s (Mooners) in Aberdeen. There will be graveside services Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 2 p.m. at the Aberdeen Cemetery. Service arrangements have been under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home in Blackfoot. Condolences may be sent to the family at
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