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The Times OBITUARIES - March 2010
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Freeman Lilya
Freeman Lilya passed away Friday, March 19, 2010 at Renaissance Assisted Living Center at the age of 91.
Freeman was born in Salt Lake City, UT, on Oct. 12, 1918 to Ernest and Jane Simper Lilya. At the age of one year, his family moved to Bingham County and he has lived there ever since. He attended elementary school in a two room schoolhouse in McDonaldville and then attended Blackfoot High School. In 1938 he married June Anderson and they had seven children. He spent most of his life farming, at first on his father’s farm in Groveland and then in 1945 he purchased an 80 acre farm in Aberdeen where he ran a small dairy. Freeman and June were later divorced. In 1979 he married Willie Mae Beach and at that time he moved to Blackfoot After selling the farm, Freeman worked several different jobs and retired from the INEL where he worked as a janitor and delivery person. Freeman was very independent and worked hard all of his life. He raised a huge garden each year, much to the delight of his family and neighbors. He loved to go fishing whenever possible at the Rose Ponds and at Mackay Reservoir.
He is survived by his children Gayle (Bonnie) Lilya, Gary (Irene) Lilya, and Terry (Kathy) Lilya, his step-children Shelton Beach, Phillip Beach, Stella Chase and Ellen May, as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his sister Orva Parks and brother Claude Lilya, and his dear friend Dorothy Winson. He was preceded in death by his wife Willie Mae, his children Doreen, LaNae, Gene and Kaylynn Lilya, his brother Marvin Lilya and his stepson Delton Beach.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 24, at 11 a.m. at the Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Ave., Blackfoot. Friends visited with the family from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, and may visit again from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the services at Hawker Funeral Home.
Ronald Peter Funk
Ronald Peter Funk, age 94, passed away on Monday, March 22, 2010 at Ridge Wind Assisted Living in Pocatello. Ronald was born March 16, 1916, the second son of Peter and Maria Wiebe Funk.
He was a student of the Aberdeen School system and attended Bethel College, North Newton, KS, and the University of Idaho - Southern Branch in Pocatello. On April 2 of 1939 he married Elva Enns at First Mennonite Church of Aberdeen. Ronald was the owner and operator of Funk Produce Co., a potato warehouse in Aberdeen, prior to his retirement. In 1993 Ronald and Elva moved to Nampa, where they lived for 13 years before moving to Pocatello.
Ronald enjoyed traveling, fishing, inventing, and making pottery, among other hobbies. He was a lifelong learner with a curiosity about many things. He was a lifetime member of First Mennonite Church in Aberdeen and was active in Mennonite Disaster Service, Mennonite Men, Mennonite Economic Development and instrumental in acquiring the land and establishment of the Mennonite Camp near Palisades. He served on the Aberdeen City Council and during that time he was involved in the founding of the Senior Citizens Housing complexes in Aberdeen, Sportsman’s Park and the Aberdeen Golf Course.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Alvin L. He is survived by his wife of nearly 71 years, Elva; a son, Ronald Kent (Sherry) Funk of Aberdeen and a daughter, Connie (Robert) Shelley of Fort Collins, CO, as well as four grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Burial will take place at the Homestead Cemetery Friday, March 26, at 10:15 a.m. with the Celebration of Life at the First Mennonite Church, 381 W. Washington in Aberdeen at 11 a.m. on Friday, with Pastor Jerry Kaiser officiating. The family will be receiving friends at Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Mennonite Central Committee earmarked for the Haiti Earthquake relief fund and mailed to First Mennonite Church at the above address.
Fred M. Eggers
Fred Eggers went home to be with his Lord and Saviour on March 08, 2010 after living 84 terrific years. He was born Feb. 11, 1926 in American Falls, and witnessed the movement of the city of American Falls from where the A.F. Reservoir is now to its current location. He enjoyed walking the old streets of American Falls when the water levels were low.
He also took a keen interest in airplanes, trains, gardening, and his five grandchildren. He will be remembered for always smiling, laughing at himself, helping all who needed it, always looking for his coffee and cookies, and most importantly for always ‘making’ his ice cream.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Lucea Vollmer. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Dorothy Giesbrecht; his children, Cindy (Dave) Hurlbut, Heidi (Les) Wood, Ernie Eggers and five grandchildren.
A viewing was held on Thursday, March 11, at Davis-Rose Mortuary from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 12, at the Aberdeen Meeting Room (corner of 4th West and Cassia), Aberdeen, with a viewing one hour prior to the service. Interment followed at Homestead Cemetery in Aberdeen.
Stella Wiebe
Stella Wiebe, 94, former resident of Aberdeen, died Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at Kidron Bethel Village in North Newton, KS.
Born in Aberdeen to Abe and Marie (Sukau) Enns on March 30, 1915, she belonged to the first generation of natives of Aberdeen. Stella married Walter Wiebe in 1935. They had three children, Sharon (Wayne) Stucky of North Newton, Paul (Eleanor) Wiebe of Fort Collins, CO, and Miriam (Gary) Crehan of Kent, WA. She leaves behind these three children, six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by her sister, Elva (Ronnie) Funk of Pocatello.
Stella lived the first 75 years of her life in Aberdeen, where she and Walt ran a grocery store and later, a clothing establishment. After Walt’s death in 1974, she retired to a life of gardening, playing cards with friends, and knitting blankets and socks for her children and grandchildren. She also watched after her mother, who died in 1988 at the age of 95. In 1990, she sold the family home and moved into Kidron Bethel.
Those who knew her will remember her outgoing personality. A memorial service for this gracious lady is being planned for the week of this year’s Aberdeen Daze.
Donald L. Davis
Donald L. Davis, 91, died at his home in Menlo Park, CA, on Feb. 22, 2010. He was born in Aberdeen May 15, 1918 to early pioneer parents, EL and Hazel Davis. Don graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1936 and was a graduate of University of Idaho as a mechanical engineer. He worked as a surveyor several years in Alaska and for more than 30 years for United Air Lines, San Francisco, CA.
He is survived by his five children and a sister, Gwen Davis Reid of Firth.
A memorial is being planned in Idaho when the weather is warmer.
George Letho Speth
George Letho Speth was born May 1, 1921 and passed away Thursday, March 4, 2010.
His parents, George Speth Jr. and Emma Nuttall Speth, along with his twin brother, Dennis Theron Speth, and two sisters, Donna and Virgina, preceded him in death. Surviving are his two sisters, Joy Crockett and Colleen Obray, and one brother, Andrew Morris Speth; six children, Dennis George Speth, Theo Jed Speth, Charlene Wilde, Cheryl Huffaker, Ronald Lynn Speth and Vivian Lee Sharp; 22 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
George was born in College / Young Ward, UT. He lived there until his marriage to Thelma Chambers in the fall of 1942. He enjoyed the outdoors, golfing, was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a master gardener. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many positions including a mission covering Singapore, Malaysia and India.
The visitation was Monday evening, March 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Aberdeen First Ward. The funeral service was held at the Aberdeen First Ward on Tuesday, March 9, at 11 a.m. with a viewing one-hour prior to the service. The graveside was at 3:30 p.m. at the Smithfield Cemetery, Smithfield, UT.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St. in American Falls.

Laura Jane Short
Laura Jane Short was born on Nov. 5, 1933 in Aberdeen, to Clifford and Janet Gambill. Laura married John Short in 1950. Together they had four daughters: Linda (Guy) Gladden of Montrose, CO; Peggy (Steve) Graves of Twin Falls, ID; Debra (Rich) Stansell of Aberdeen; and Diane (Dave) Wahlen of Caldwell, ID. Laura is survived by five siblings, Maxine Lantor of Kent, WA, Elva Malin of Salt Lake City, UT, Joe Gambill of Kent, WA, Marvin Gambill of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, and Marie Harris of Pocatello, ID.
Laura was blessed with 12 grandchildren, Lisa Hemmert of Pocatello, Jason Simonson of Pocatello, Amie Schritter of Denver, CO, Joshua Schritter of Pocatello, Eric Zamora of Pocatello, Karoline Greenwall of Thornton, CO, Justi Walker of Preston, ID, Nick Zamora of Twin Falls, Mandy Koompin of American Falls, Sara Perez of American Falls, Joshua Graves of Blackfoot, ID,, and Jamie Evans of Arbon Valley, ID, and Ed Short of Pocatello. Laura was also blessed with 34 great-grandchildren.
Laura worked at Western Farmers which is now Simplot in Aberdeen. She worked there for several years and was one of the first female operators. Laura enjoyed spending time with her children and all of her grandchildren. She enjoyed playing bingo, taking trips to Jackpot, making her famous peanut butter cookies and visiting with numerous friends. Many became like family to her at her residence where she resided in Twin Falls, ID.
Laura was a beautiful strong woman and wonderful mother. She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends who dearly loved her.
A memorial service will be held at the Powerhouse Christian Fellowship at 2905 Sunbeam Road, American Falls, at 11 a.m., Friday, March 12. Interment will follow at the Homestead Cemetery at 1948 S. 2900 W. Aberdeen.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St., American Falls.

Fred Eggers
Fred Eggers, 84, of Aberdeen, passed away Monday, March 8, 2010.
Funeral arrangements are pending and under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary.
Mabel Johnson
Mabel Lida Jones Johnson, 92, longtime Aberdeen resident, passed away at Pocatello Care and Rehab on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010.
Mabel was born Jan. 21, 1918 in Hokah, Minnesota to Carl Lorenzo Jones and Muriel Alberta House. She had one sister, Glenna. She spent her school years in Minnesota. She worked for the Bare household in Brainerd, Minnesota, where she met Albert Johnson who also worked there. They were married on Jan. 17, 1942. They had two daughters Karen and Janeal.
In September of 1952 they moved to Idaho and settled in Aberdeen. They ran a dairy farm for many years and retired in 1980.
Due to failing health they moved to Pocatello in February of 2004. After the death of Al, Mabel eventually moved to the home of Rusty and Kathleen (a great-nephew and wife) where she resided until two weeks ago.
She was a member of the Senior Citizens Club of Aberdeen and enjoyed many hours of crafts and friendships there. She enjoyed reading and handwork. She dedicated her life to taking care of her family and did it joyfully even though it was hard. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Mabel is survived by her daughter, Janeal Johnson of Pocatello; a sister, Glenna Beaver of Sheridan, WY; nieces, Sandra (Joe) Eno of Martinez, CA, and Pam (Rex) Shandy of Freeman, MO; and nephew Randy (Florence) Sundquist of Ranchester, WY; also great-nephew Rusty (Kathleen) Jackman and great-niece Vicki (Jeff) Honeycutt, both of Pocatello; and numerous other nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Al, and daughter, Karen.
The funeral service will be on Thursday, March 4, at 11 a.m. in the Aberdeen Legion Hall in Aberdeen. Interment will be at the Aberdeen Cemetery following the service. There will be a viewing Wednesday, March 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street, American Falls, and Thursday from 10 to 10:45 prior to the service at the Legion Hall in Aberdeen.
George R. Jackson, 94
George R. Jackson, 94, of Springfield, ID, passed away Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 at the Bingham Memorial Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
A funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Lakeview LDS Chapel in Springfield, with Bishop Dennis Thurston conducting. Family met with friends and relatives on Friday, Feb. 26, at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot, and for one hour prior to services at the church. Interment followed at the Springfield Cemetery.
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