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The Times OBITUARIES - May 2011
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Mark Dell Phillips, Sr.
Mark Dell Phillips, Sr., 72, of Aberdeen, passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at his home.
He was born on July 21, 1938 in Sterling, ID, the son of Frank Amasion Phillips and Lauretta Beck Phillips. He married Rosetta Jean Savage on June 6, 1962.
He worked 30 years for Simplot in Aberdeen. He was a rock hound for many years. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and wood working.
He is survived by his wife Jean Savage; brother, Elden R. (Norene) Phillips; children, Debra Lynn Phillips, Mark Dell Phillips, Jr., Brian Lee Phillips and Brenda Marie Phillips; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, and a baby brother.
The visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street in American Falls. Cremation will follow.

Margaret Lillian Strang West
Margaret Lillian Strang West, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother entered into rest on April 17, 2011 at the age of 87.
Margaret was born on June 11, 1923, in Pocatello, ID. She was the first of three children born to David and Georgina Strang. She was raised on the family farm in Aberdeen and moved to California in 1944.
Margaret graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1941 and attended the University of Idaho. After leaving the university, she joined the Waves and proudly served our country during World War II. It was while stationed at Moffett Field that she fell in love with the Santa Clara Valley and decided to make the Willow Glen area of San Jose her lifetime home. She married, raised two daughters, and spent a career in the real estate business.
Her door was always open to family and friends. She loved traveling, reading, history, and family genealogy. She was a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Children of the American Revolution (CAR). The CAR was an especially wonderful experience for her, because she was able to spend quality time with her two great-grandchildren who were members.
She was preceded in death by her husband Frank and brother Carter Strang. She is survived by her children, Kathleen Watson and Annette Elrod; grandchildren, Eric Watson, Elizabeth Calasopa, and Emily Elrod; great-grandchildren, Jessica and Gregory Calasopa; and her sister, Anne Locke.
Sincere and heartfelt thanks to Matthew Kumparak for his loving and devoted care of Margaret.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 26, at Lima Family Santa Clara Mortuary. Interment was at Mission City Memorial Park.

Funeral Notice
Joseph H. Canfield
Joseph Harold “Joe” Canfield, 83, died peacefully at his home on Friday, May 20, 2011 in American Falls.
The graveside service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, June 4, at the Falls View Cemetery in American Falls.
Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street in American Falls. A full obituary will appear in a later edition of The Power County Press and The Aberdeen Times.

Death notice
Leah Johnson
Leah Johnson, longtime resident of Aberdeen, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2011 in Sandy, UT. Funeral services will be held in Aberdeen at the LDS Ward building on Thursday, June 2. A viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 noon with the funeral service following. A full obituary will be printed in next week’s edition of The Aberdeen Times

Winford Jones
Winford Lionel Jones, 84, resident of Sterling, Bingham County, ID, passed away on Monday, May 9, 2011 at Bingham Memorial Hospital.
He was born Nov. 22, 1926 in Sterling, son of John William and Florence Viola Hardy Jones. He graduated from Aberdeen High School. Although he was drafted in November, 1944, he didn’t leave until February 1945 during World War II. He completed basic training at Camp Fannon, TX, and was trained for the invasion of Japan. While enroute to Japan the war ended before he got there and was transferred to Hawaii where he served in the military police for over a year.
In 1949 Winford received his call to serve in the Western Canadian mission for two years. It was there that he met his future wife Jo Ann Groesbeck. He returned from his mission in January 1951. They were married on Jan. 30, 1953 in the Logan Temple and have been married 58 years. He served in several capacities in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He continued farming until 1972 when he went into the seed business selling corn seed and founded the Jo-Se-Co, Inc. This he did for eight years. Later he entered into a computer software development business in Idaho Falls, ID, using the name of Concepts Unlimited, Inc. After retiring in 1990 Winford worked in his garden and yard. He loved to fish and spent many happy hours on Henry’s Lake and at the cabin in Island Park.
Winford was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and three sisters. He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann, and four children: Stuart D. Jones, William Lance (Edie) Jones, Alan Charles (Deborah) Jones and Carol (JD) Farrens. They have eight grandchildren: Heather, Marshal, Misty, Cory, Matthew, Kacey, Nathan and Tia; and three great-grandchildren; a sister, La Verne Wood; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 13, at the Lakeview Ward, 800 S. 2120 W., Springfield, ID. Burial followed at the Aberdeen Cemetery. A viewing was held from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Friday before the funeral at the church. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary.

Irene Mildred Ytuarte
Irene Mildred Ytuarte, 86, died Saturday, May 14, 2011, at the Power County Nursing Home in American Falls.
Irene was born in American Falls, Aug. 18, 1924, the daughter of Francisco and Dionisia Aguirre. Irene married Agapito Ytuarte on Dec. 20, 1943 in Twin Falls, ID. Irene and Agapito were blessed with two children, Agapito Jr. (Pete) and Maria.
Irene was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She loved all animals and children. Irene took care of many children in her younger years.
Irene is survived by her brother, Phillip (Arlene) Aguirre, and sister, Julie Zacharias; grandchildren, Martin (Tiffany) Ytuarte, Trisha Ytuarte, and Cory (Nancy) Ytuarte; great-grandchildren, Miles, Michael, Tabatha, and Benjamin; and numerous nieces and nephews. Irene will be missed dearly.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents, husband, children, four brothers and two sisters.
The family extends their deepest gratitude to the nurses and staff at the Power County Nursing Home for their love, and respect they showed to Irene over the years.
A private family service will be held. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary.

Marion Chamberlain
Marion Larkin Chamberlain passed away at home on Saturday, April 23, 2011, surrounded by his loving family. A Celebration of Life service was held at 10 a.m., Friday, April 29, at the First Presbyterian Church.
Please sign the online guestbook or leave a note for the family at www.kayserschapel.com. Arrangements are in care of Kayser’s Chapel and Crematory.
He was born on Jan. 17, 1918, in Farmington Community, KS, the son of Elmer Larkin Chamberlain and Mary Myrtie Powell Chamberlain. He was the youngest of nine children. Soon after his birth the family moved to Hatler Community, near Altoona, KS. Marion attended elementary school in a one-room schoolhouse in Hatler School District and high school in Altoona.
On Nov. 7, 1936, he married Alberta Faith Elliott, who lived on a neighboring farm. Soon after their union the young couple took over the Chamberlain family farm. Over the next several years, three daughters were born to the couple. In the spring of 1944 the family moved to the Aberdeen, ID, area where they farmed for the next ten years and where three sons were born, one of whom died at birth. During their residency in Idaho, one daughter, who had contracted encephalitis in conjunction with a bout of German measles, was institutionalized and later died.
In February of 1955 the Chamberlains moved to Moses Lake, WA, where they purchased a little jersey dairy farm on Stratford Road, in Block 40. Fifty-six years later that “little jersey dairy farm,” which became Chamberlain Dairy Incorporated during Marion and Alberta’s stewardship, has expanded to a 700-head dairy now owned and operated by his son Rex, daughter-in-law Kathy, and grandson Kyle with his son Marvin as the herd’s veterinarian.
Over the years Marion formed many strong bonds and mutually supportive relationships with other farmers. His intense interest in the preservation of the family farm and agricultural economics led to his joining the National Farmers Organization (NFO) as a lifetime member in 1968. He later became the first National Director of that organization from Washington.
Marion’s family and friends knew him as a “man of his word.” If he said he would do it, he did — no matter the personal effort or cost.
His children are grateful for the life-lessons they learned from their father. “He taught us to set challenging goals and work to achieve them. And we loved watching his serious, sometimes gruff, demeanor turn to mush when an infant was placed in his arms.” He truly loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; they returned the favor.
The Chamberlain farmhouse was expanded as the generations expanded so that everyone could gather for holidays and birthdays — with Marion presiding. In the last several years of his life, Marion’s health deteriorated from Alzheimer ’s disease; but he was blessed with exceptional, loving care from Amanda Naab-Valencia.
Marion was preceded in death by a son, Darrell Lee, and a daughter, Nancy Sara; son-in-law, Lee Anderson, and daughter-in-law, Linda Chamberlain.
He is survived by his beloved wife of over 74 years, Alberta Faith Elliott; four children - Charlotte Anderson, Ph.D. of Evanston, IL; Gayle Loescher, R.N. (husband Ray) of Olympia, WA; Marvin Chamberlain, DVM, and Rex Chamberlain (wife Kathy) of Moses Lake; 13 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Marion’s name to either the Alzheimer’s Association, Inland Northwest Chapter, 910 West 5th Avenue, Ste. 256, Spokane, WA 99204 (800/272-3900) or the Columbia Basin Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 1337, Moses Lake, WA 98837 (509) 764-4644
Myrtle “Lucille” (Stroschein) Snyder
Myrtle “Lucille” (Stroschein) Snyder was born on Dec. 20, 1924. Se was born in Sterling, ID. She was the big sister to Wandell and Wayne. Her parents were Bert Eldridge and Esther Alice Stroschein.
Lucille always stressed to the family that an education was very important. She attended school in Aberdeen, Salt Lake City, UT, and UCLA.
Lucille worked for Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, UT, as a civilian during the war. She then moved to Lost Angeles, CA, and worked for almost 30 years for the railroad as a teletype operator. She worked her way up to supervisor before retiring.
Lucille Stroschein met Orville Lee Snyder through Violet and Hazel Stroschein. They were married on June 24, 1951. Lee was a Marine pre-WWII, then head of security for NBC studios in Burbank, CA.
Lee and Lucille moved to Ventura, CA, in 1980. Ventura is where she lived out the rest of her life.
Lucille loved her life and it was full of adventure. Like her brothers, Lucille had a need for speed. She loved driving her 1964 Mercury Cougar. She would love to take the Cougar for drives letting the wind whip through her hair.
She is survived by her brother Stanley “Wayne” Stroschein (Gloria) of Blythe, CA. She is also survived by sister-in-law Dennie Stroschein, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Lucille is predeceased by her spouse Lee Snyder in 1990, her brother Wendell Stroschein, her parents, Bert Stroschein in 1962 and Esther Stroschein in 1968.
She lived her life by these words, “Throw back the shoulders, let the heart sing, let the eyes flash, let the mind be lifted up, look upward and say to yourself . . . Nothing is impossible.” You could see that every time Lucille was around she was confident in her life.
Lucille passed away on March 21 in Ventura, CA. No person is ever truly alone. Those who live no more, whom we loved, echo still within our thoughts, our words, and our hearts. We will keep her in our hearts forever.
The public is invited to a brief gravesite service for Lucille at the Aberdeen Cemetery on Wednesday, May 11, at 3 p.m.

William Lee Zimmerman
William Lee Zimmerman passed away on Friday, April 15, 2011 in Yuma, AZ. He was born on Sept. 21, 1930 in Casper, WY.
Growing up, Bill had a bittersweet childhood. He fought hard during all the tough times, but, it never slowed his spirit. Bill was a Corporal in the United States Army and was stationed in France. He enjoyed being a member of the American Legion. He worked as a musician, pipe fitter, welder, and was a foreman for Uni Cal Oil Company before retiring at age 70.
Bill was fortunate enough to marry and live a lifetime with his soul mate, Charlotte Kraupie. In his younger days, he had his own band. Bill taught Charlotte how to play the drums and they made their living together entertaining others. Bill and Charlotte had three daughters, and when the girls were small they would travel with them on the road. Bill played several instruments, including the banjo, fiddle, bass, drums, and the harmonica. His favorite instrument was his guitar. In addition to having his own band, Bill enjoyed writing country music, fishing, hunting, and astrology.
Bill leaves behind a loving family including his wife, Charlotte Ann Zimmerman of Aberdeen, ID; daughter, Cheri (DJ) Nicholson; daughter, Lori (Tino) Ayala of Elko, NV; daughter, Juli George (Price Mayer) of Aberdeen, ID; sister, Shirley Joyce Pryor of Yakima, WA; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one niece; one nephew and seven cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents, Charles Milton and Julia L. Wilcox Zimmerman; brother, Jackie; sisters, Thelma and Charlotte.
We will always remember Bill’s great words and his motto, “Remember, if you enjoy what you are doing, you will never work a day in your life.”
William Lee Zimmerman passed away on Friday, April 15, 2011 in Yuma, AZ. He was born on Sept. 21, 1930 in Casper, WY.
Growing up, Bill had a bittersweet childhood. He fought hard during all the tough times, but, it never slowed his spirit. Bill was a Corporal in the United States Army and was stationed in France. He enjoyed being a member of the American Legion. He worked as a musician, pipe fitter, welder, and was a foreman for Uni Cal Oil Company before retiring at age 70.
Bill was fortunate enough to marry and live a lifetime with his soul mate, Charlotte Kraupie. In his younger days, he had his own band. Bill taught Charlotte how to play the drums and they made their living together entertaining others. Bill and Charlotte had three daughters, and when the girls were small they would travel with them on the road. Bill played several instruments, including the banjo, fiddle, base, drums, and the harmonica. His favorite instrument was his guitar. In addition to having his own band, Bill enjoyed writing country music, fishing, hunting, and astrology.
Bill leaves behind a loving family including his wife, Charlotte Ann Zimmerman of Aberdeen, ID; daughter, Cheri (DJ) Nicholson; daughter, Lori (Tino) Ayala of Elko, NV; daughter, Juli George (Price Mayer) of Aberdeen, ID; sister, Shirley Joyce Pryor of Yakima, WA; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one niece; one nephew and seven cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents, Charles Milton and Julia L. Wilcox Zimmerman; brother, Jackie; sisters, Thelma and Charlotte.
We will always remember Bill’s great words and his motto, “Remember, if you enjoy what you are doing, you will never work a day in your life.”

Wilma Ruth Kendall
Wilma Ruth Kendall, our beloved mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully on Nov. 12, 2010, in Quincy, WA.
Wilma was born in Trilby, Ohio on Dec 2, 1927 to August and Helen Schultz. In 1943, she moved to Aberdeen, ID. She took care of the Dick and Betty Davis family while in high school, later going to work in their restaurant. She also worked in potato harvest back in the days when you picked spuds “by hand.”
She attended Aberdeen High School, where she met Glee Michaelson and they married in 1945. They had six children, Marie, Lyle, Dale, Jerry, Cheri and Kevin. They moved to Pleasant Valley in 1958.
Glee and Wilma divorced in 1963. Wilma married Dean Kendall in 1976. He preceded her in death in 1994. Wilma’s son Jerry, granddaughter Misty and granddaughter Kisten also preceded her in death.
Wilma worked in American Falls, where she managed Chadwick’s Department Store. She also worked at the Arctic Circle, Morgan’s Department Store and Fargo’s Department Store in Pocatello. She always enjoyed working with the public.
Wilma held local and state offices in the Business and Professional Women’s Association and she was also very active in St. John’s Lutheran Church. She also spent lots of time making a great many quilts.
Wilma is survived by five children, Marie (Randy) Jimerson, Lyle (Donna) Michaelson, Dale Michaelson, Cheri Michaelson and Kevin Michaelson; two brothers, August and Freddy Schultz; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday May 7, 2011, at St. John’s Lutheran Church. The family will receive friends one hour before the service starting at 12 noon in the Fireside Room at church. Inurnment will follow at Aberdeen Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church in American Falls.
Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Rose Mortuary.

 
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