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The Times OBITUARIES - March 2011
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Allison Claire Hearne
Allison Claire Hearne, 18 months, died Monday, March 7, 2011, at Ivinson Memorial Hospital of a sudden illness.
She was the first and only child of Christopher and Amanda (O’Brien) Hearne and was their “little buddy.” She enjoyed helping her dad fix things, developing a strong interest in his tools and there was rarely a time she wasn’t out and about with her mom or helping her in the kitchen.
She loved books and coloring and her yellow bear, “Claire.” She was stingy with her smiles, but as she got older, she began warming up to those around her and was quick to offer a “hi” and a wave to people she passed. She loved babies and puckered up in an instant to give them a kiss.
She learned “Go Pokes” (throwing her arms above her head) at a very young age and was a sidekick to her family at the Cowboy football games, attending her first one at 10 days old.
She was spunky and independent, bringing much enjoyment to all who knew her.
She will forever be loved and missed.
She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Margaret Hearne, Andy Hysong and Gwen and Vincent O’Brien.
She is survived by her parents, Christopher and Amanda Hearne, of Laramie, WY; grandparents, Paul and Katherine O’Brien, of Aberdeen; Ron Hearne, of Laramie, and Kathy Hearne, of Laramie; great-grandparents Jack Hearne, of Laramie, Twila Hysong, of Laramie, and Syd and Jean Martin, of Burns; aunts and uncles, Sharon Hearne of Valentine, NE; Brandi and Casey O’Brien of Pinedale, and Cody O’Brien of Aberdeen; and three cousins, Sydney, Haley and Nash.
Funeral services were held at Trinity Baptist Church with Pastor David Grace officiating and burial was in Green Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Allison Hearne Memorial Fund, in care of First Interstate Bank, PO Box 1307, Laramie, WY 82073.
Services were under the direction of Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home. To send condolences or to sign the online guest book, go to
Blaine Mitchell
Blaine J. Mitchell, 71, of Rockland, passed away at his home on Sunday, March 6, 2011 with his family by his side.
Blaine was born July 9, 1939, in Aberdeen, ID, the son of Nelson Amos and Mildred (Leyshon) Mitchell. Blaine grew up in the Aberdeen area.
He married Shirley Kay Groom, April 24, 1957 in American Falls, and they raised four daughters.
Blaine spent his life farming in the Aberdeen and Rockland valley with the exception of three years when he ran the Texaco Gas Station in American Falls.
Blaine loved his family and grandchildren and enjoyed doing activities with them. He spent many hours teaching them to fish and hunt.
He is preceded in death by his father, Nelson Amos Mitchell; his step-father, Max Curtis; and his step-brother, Bob Curtis.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Shirley; his four daughters, Rhonda Munk (Randy), Eagle, ID; Robyn Hohenfield (Bobby), Pocatello; Melanie Kress (Jon), Rockland; Kimberly Mitchell (Torr), Pocatello; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; his mother, Mildred Curtis, Nampa, ID; three sisters, Ruby Standifird, Payson, AZ, Shirleen Pierce (George), Caldwell, ID, Lenore Short (Floyd), Middleton, ID; his step-mother Arline Mitchell, Milton- Freewater, OR; a half-brother, Kenneth Mitchell (Carla), Walla Walla, WA; two half-sisters, Gail Barth, Spokane, WA, Jackie Ramsey, Redman, WA; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.
Per his request, graveside service and internment was held at Falls View Cemetery in American Falls at 12:30 p.m. Thursday March 10. A luncheon was held following the service. Memorials may be made to Idaho for Wild Life, Snake River Chapter, 324 Washington Street, American Falls, Idaho 83211 in the memory of Blaine.

Otto R. Deeg
Otto R. Deeg, 83, of American Falls, passed away peacefully into the arms of The Lord, at Pocatello Care and Rehabilitation Center on March 6, 2011, surrounded by his loving family.
Otto was born April 22, 1927, to Fred and Lea Permann Deeg in American Falls. He attended school, worked on the family farm, and graduated from American Falls High School in 1944, where he enjoyed playing football. Otto then attended Vocational Technical training in welding at Idaho State University. He married Ida Pahl on Dec. 9, 1951. Otto and Ida had two sons, Timothy, in 1954 and Steven, in 1955. Otto operated the family dry farm for over 59 years.
Otto was a member of the National Rifle Association of America, served Power County as one of the rural fire commissioners, was a Power County Soil Conservation District board member, and helped establish the Power Country 4-H Livestock Sale. Otto’s hard work ethic led him to jobs in potato and sugar beet harvest, worked as a Wackenhut security guard for Lamb Weston, served the American Falls football program for many years running chains, and enjoyed supporting the sports programs at American Falls High School. He served in various church capacities and was a recent member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Otto was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed camping and spending time in the great outdoors with family and friends. Otto’s hobbies included woodworking, building farm equipment, fly tying, and creating antler mounts.
Otto is survived by his loving wife, Ida, of 59 years; sons Tim (Diane) and Steve (Lynn), all of American Falls; his grandchildren, Danielle (Jeff) Schutte, Brekelle Deeg, Michelle (John) Davis, and Amber Deeg; his great-grandchildren, Hunter and Echo Deeg-Stewart, and Tucker and Emersyn Schutte. He is also survived by sisters, Helen (Otto) Tiede and RoseAnn (Lawrence) Funk, and numerous nieces and nephews. Otto was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Esther (Fred) Kopp.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 12, at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 656 Tyhee Avenue in American Falls. Friends were invited to visit with the Deeg family Friday, March 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fireside Room at the Lutheran Church and also one hour prior to the service. Interment followed at Falls View Cemetery in American Falls. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hope House or St. John’s Lutheran Church.

K. Kim Phillips
K. Kim Phillips, 52, of American Falls passed away on Wednesday, March 9, 2011. He was born Oct. 14, 1958 in North Bend, OR, to Keith and Donna Phillips. The family moved to American Falls in 1970.
Kim’s passion for farming began at the early age of five when he joined his dad and uncles driving the tractor. After graduating from college Kim farmed his own land and raised ostriches with his brother Kevin. Later Kim was the manager at County Line Farms. His other passion was Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Taking a break from the farm he would wear his cap and sunglasses and zoom on down the road on his Harley Rocker. During the fall Kim enjoyed steelhead fishing. He is also known for his amazing craftsmanship and working with his hands.
After graduating from American Falls High School in 1976, Kim attended Ricks College where he earned a degree in Farm Business Management. While at Ricks College he became best friends with and then sealed to Joan Baird on July 7, 1982 in the Idaho Falls Temple. Kim was a member of the LDS Church and served a mission in Washington DC.
Kim will be missed by his loving wife, Joan; children Kelly (Jessie), Cody (Cierra), Shanelle and Tia; grandchildren Kamryn, Jordyn and Caleb; parents Keith and Donna; siblings Kerry (Rhonda), Kevin (Tania), Kara (Mark), Jennifer (Rob), and Jeff (Jamie); in-laws Richard and Darlene Baird, Mike (Nancy) Baird, Jim (Chandra) Baird, Barbara (Lonnie) Lewis, Daniel Baird and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his grandparents Don and Janet Vanderford and his grandfather Leonard Phillips.
A viewing was held Sunday, March 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the LDS Stake Center, 111 Church Place, American Falls. The viewing preceding the funeral was Monday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the LDS Stake Center. The funeral followed at 11 a.m. Burial was in the Aberdeen Cemetery.
Cecilia Stroschein McNutt
Cecilia Marie Stroschein McNutt, 52, of Tucson, AZ, passed away March 3, 2011, peacefully in her sleep after a long illness. Cecilia was born March 5, 1958 in Aberdeen, to Ronald and Betty Stroschein. She was a member of the Roman Catholic Church. Cecilia attended Aberdeen schools. After graduation, she earned a CNA certificate and over the years worked in health care.
On September 2, 1978, she married Joseph McNutt. With this union they had three children.
Survivors include her husband, Joseph of Tucson; a son, Joseph (Candice) McNutt of Pocatello; and a daughter, Jennifer McNutt Lopez of Chubbuck; grandchildren, Enrique, Calvin, Jackson and Andrew; siblings, Virginia Stroschein of Chubbuck, Mark (Michelle) Stroschein of Ammon, Monica (Larry) Bethke of American Falls, Teresa (Rodger) Wagner of Frannie, WY, Kirk (Gayle) Stroschein of American Falls, Anita Stroschein of Boise, Ronda (Ray) Burgemeister of Chubbuck, Rita (Steven) Aumeier of Idaho Falls; and a very dear friend, Adam Gillenburg, whom she loved as a son.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her loving daughter, Jessica.
Funeral services were held in Tucson, AZ.
Bernice W. Evans
Bernice W. Evans, 94, slipped away at home on Jan. 12, 2011 in Beaver Dam, AZ. She was born Oct. 14, 1916 in Aberdeen, to Henry C. Wiebe and Anna Funk Wiebe.
Raised in a staunch Mennonite family of five children, Bernice always enjoyed learning, graduating valedictorian from high school. She loved music, which she studied along with education at the U of I, Southern Branch, (now ISU). After graduation, Bernice taught school in Idaho for six years before moving to Salt Lake City. She worked in accounting at Walker Bank and then became a passenger agent auditor with United Airlines where she met her future husband, Cecil F. Evans, who worked as an airport clearance officer. They married June 25, 1943 and began a life together full of adventure, self employment, land development and raising three children.
In the late 1970’s the couple bought the Beaver Dam Lodge (AZ); Bernice and Cecil fell in love with the desert, and moved to Beaver Dam in 1983. They helped their son, Bill open the Beaver Dam Store in 1979; Bernice stayed integrally involved until failing eyesight prevented her from making the daily deposits in 2008. In the flood of 2005, her home in Beaver Dam washed away and she “started over” at the age of 88. Incredibly resilient, she handled all life challenges with grace.
Bernice has been an active church member in several fellowships. Her present church home, in which she was a charter member, is the Mesquite United Methodist Church. A member of the Virgin Valley Artist Association, Bernice was an accomplished artist. Her true passion has been her family, nuclear and extended, and creating a home full of love and nurturing.
She is survived by her three children, Dix (Emily), Eugene, OR, Lynn (Brian), Beaver Dam, AZ, Bill, Beaver Dam, AZ; granddaughter, Audrey Evans, Beaver Dam; step-grandchildren Brad (Dianna) Taylor, New Jersey, Magen (Kevin) Munford, Las Vegas; four step-great-grandchildren; sister Margie Johnson of Illinois; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins scattered around the country.
She was preceded in death by three siblings, Eleanor, Evelyn, and Orlando; and by her husband of 57 years, Cecil in 2000.
A spring internment and celebration of Bernice’s life is planned May 1 in Beaver Dam. Donations may be made in memory of Bernice to: Mennonite Central Committee, PO Box 500, Akron, PA 17501.

Robert J. Michaelson
Robert J. Michaelson, 81 passed away Monday Feb. 21, 2011 surrounded by his family.
He was born on Oct. 19, 1929 in Clarion, UT, to Chris C. and Thalia Childs Michaelson; he was the youngest of seven children. When he was seven years old he moved with his family to Aberdeen, where his father was a farmer. He attended schools in Aberdeen being active in football during high school. He drove the school bus picking up the other children on his way to attend school and drove them home afterward.
Before completing his senior year of high school he enlisted in the United States Army. He was a Tank Driver for the 77th Heavy Tank Battalion, 7th Division, 31st Infantry Regiment at Camp Crawford, Chitose, Japan from January 1949 to May 1950. He was recalled November 1950 due to the outbreak of the Korean War and was sent back to Chitose, Japan and was then discharged in September 1951.
He married Doris Ann Long May 24, 1953; they resided in American Falls. From that marriage they had three children Von, Debra and Jalene. He was a member of the Teamsters Union working at FMC, where he served as a Union Steward. He drove concrete truck for Patton and Litton and Monroc, he was a ditch rider for Falls Irrigation in American Falls, he owned and operated his own excavation company, Michaelson and Sons, and he worked for the Union Pacific Railroad as a welder.
He married Ava C. Facer Edwards on Nov. 3, 1974. To this marriage Ava brought her five children Denise, Bruce, Marla, Vance and Rebecca. From the time he was a young man he loved hunting and fishing. In 1989 he was forced into early retirement due to a heart attack and he took up gardening and was an avid rose gardener. He also took up woodworking; building tables and rocking chairs for family and friends. He built rocking chairs for his three oldest great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Ava, children Von (Laurie) Michaelson, Debra (Brent) Moore, Jalene (Jim) Phillips, Denise (Steve) Walker, Marla (Brett) Arnold, Vance (Lorri) Edwards and Rebecca Seibert.; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his six siblings, Deon, Therald, Don, Travis, Margery and Glee, stepson Bruce Edwards, and step grandson Daniel Williams.
Services were under the direction of Colonial Funeral Home and were held Saturday, Feb. 26. Burial was at Restlawn with Military rights.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at

Margaret Nelson
Rockland - Margaret Louise Blenz Nelson, 97, died peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011 at Harms Memorial Hospital in American Falls.
Margaret was born on June 24, 1913 to Adam Blenz and MaryAnn Hudson in Wilber, WA. She was the third daughter of a family of five girls.
Margaret moved to Roy, ID, in 1927 where her family purchased the William Bowler farm.
Margaret received her education in Wilbur, WA. Later she graduated from a beauty college in Idaho Falls, and worked as a beautician in Pocatello. She moved to San Diego in 1942 and worked for Consolidated Aircraft Factory. Margaret worked as a riveter and builder of the large bulkhead braces that supported the huge wings of the B-24 bomber called the “Liberator” used in World War II.
In 1945 Margaret returned to her family’s home in American Falls. She worked at Rockland Pharmacy until she met and married Melvin L. Nelson on April 8, 1947.
On Feb. 12, 1949, Melvin and Margaret’s twin children, Maralyn Margaret and Ronald L. Nelson were born.
In 1956, the family built a home at upper East Fork where the family continued their farm and ranching operation, Rockland Valley Ranches. Margaret always took pride in the fact she kept a big yard and had a beautiful flower and vegetable garden.
Margaret took an active role in the ranching operation. When she was young and because there were no boys in the family, there was nothing Margaret could not do when it came to handling horses, cattle and farm machinery. She loved the outdoors and loved riding horseback and helping with the cattle. For many years, you could see Margaret bouncing through the East Fork meadows in her green Jeep checking cattle.
Margaret was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served as a primary teacher, secretary of the Rockland Ward primary and young women’s presidency, and Sunday school teacher.
Margaret is survived by her two children, Maralyn (Dean) Williams of American Falls, and Ronald L. (Lori) Nelson of Rockland; two sisters, Barbara (Carl) Ringe of American Falls and Claire (Dave) Clark of Minden, NV; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin LeGrand Nelson, parents and two sisters, Verna Henrietta Blenz and Leona Faye Charles.
Funeral services were held at 12 noon on Saturday, Feb. 26, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Rockland. Visitation was held on Friday, Feb. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls and again on Saturday between 10:45 and 11:45 a.m. at the Rockland LDS church. Interment was in the Valley View Cemetery in Rockland.
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