Christopher Midgyette

Christopher Midgyette

Christopher Michael Midgyette, 63, passed away peacefully on May 18 at Monte Vista Hills Health Care Center with his partner Mark Neiwirth beside him.
Christopher was born in Marcelline, MO, to Martin T. Midgyett and Norma Hutchinson Midgyett, and his family later settled in Denver, CO. He traveled the world with his father as an “Air Force brat.” Then he graduated from Manuel High School with high honors and attended the University of Colorado as a chemistry major. He went on to live in the San Francisco Bay area where he worked for NASA’s Ames Research Center. At the age of 30 he enlisted in the Navy.
Later he lived in Seattle, WA before moving to Idaho in the late 1990s, working for Power Engineers in Hailey. He moved to Pocatello in 2000 and has worked for the last fifteen years at the Idaho National Laboratory on the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP).
Christopher was well known as a singer of many styles, and sang in church choirs since the age of eight. For fourteen years he loved singing with his barbershop quartet, Soundscape, which performed many concerts regionally and competed several times nationally. People have always been in awe of his deep bass voice, and he sang for many years with the Camerata Singers in Pocatello. He could always be found singing karaoke in local lounges.
He loved acting as well, and had parts in several plays and operas in Sun Valley, Idaho Falls and Pocatello. He was a member of the Pocatello First United Methodist Church where he often was the liturgist. He served as the Exalted Ruler of the Pocatello Elks Lodge in 2013-2014.
Christopher loved to cook, and hosted many gourmet dinners in his home, most notably the annual “Feast of the Beast,” a ten-course meal of exotic meats. He was a big man with a big personality and was always the life of the party. He worked hard and lived life to the fullest.
Christopher is preceded in death by his father, Martin T. Midgyett, and two sisters, Jeanette (“Jan”) Midgyett and Robin Kay Lander. He is survived by his mother, Norma J. (Paul) Schrimpsher; a sister, Susan M. Mitchell; four brothers, Martin T. (“Chipper”) Midgyett, Jr., Andrew (Teri) Midgyett, Timothy M. (Bridgette) Midgyett, all of Denver; Dexter A. (Lulabelle) Midgyett of San Angelo, TX, and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Christopher’s life will be announced at a later date.
The Christopher M. Midgyette Memorial Music Scholarship Fund has been established through Musicians West, Inc. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to Musicians West, PO Box 1142, Pocatello ID 83204, or donate online at www.musicianswest.org.  Friends who wish may send online condolences and memories by completed the online condolence tabs.

Walter J. Sullivan

Walter J. Sullivan, age 51, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away peacefully with close friends with him following an illness on May 18, 2016.  Honoring his wishes, Walter will be cremated under the care and direction of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho.  Friends may share memories and condolences by completing the online condolence tabs.

Jeannine Wood

Jeannine Wood

Jeannine Onstine Wood of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away at her home on May 17, 2016 with family and her loving husband by her side.  She lived with arthritis a good bit of her life and also developed lupus and fibromyalgia.  She was told she would be in a wheel chair most of her life but she fooled them all and was never in one.  She fought a long hard battle with rheumatoid arthritis of the lungs and taught us all how to go through trials with courage and no complaints.
She was born on March 25, 1941 in Powell, Wyoming.  Her parents were Frederick William and Norma Elder Onstine and was the third child, and only girl, in the family.  She grew up in Powell and graduated from Powell High School in 1959.  During high school she worked at Fryer’s Pharmacy. On May 29, 1959, shortly after graduation she married Richard Lee Dellos of Worland, Wyoming in Billings, Montana.  To this union were born two sons, Robert and Dean.  They lived in Worland several years and were later divorced.  She married Clyde Sell and they moved to Green River, Wyoming.  After Clyde’s retirement, they moved back to Powell, and they divorce.  She then met and married William D. (Rabbit) Wood, the love of her life.  They traveled extensively with Rabbit’s job finally settling in Payson, Arizona before moving to Pocatello in 2004 to be closer to her family.
Jeannine worked at Mt. Bell Telephone Company in Worland for several years.  When she moved to Green River she worked for a housing development company and the Green River School District.  She was very active in the DOES Organization and was appointed to several national offices.  Her mother Norma, was also a member and she and Jeannine attended many yearly conventions across the U.S.  They both loved traveling and the companionship of the ladies in the organization.  When she was younger, she loved the challenge of racing stock cars, drag racing and riding her 4 wheeler.  She was an excellent cook and cooked at the Elks Club in Powell for several years.  Her specialty was prime rib.  Other hobbies included sewing (zippers were easy she said but never mastered the art of putting on a collar)!  She made lots of Cabbage Patch doll clothes and her own white gowns for DOES.  She loved watching NASCAR racing and she and Rabbit traveled to the Southeastern racing circuit where they were able to meet Richard Childress, the owner of Richard Childress Racing.
Whenever she got the chance, she loved to go fishing and camping.  She did lots of babysitting for her nieces and nephews.  She loved to read books, especially Danielle Steele novels.  She loved her pet ferrets Snookie, Buddie, Scamper, Slinkie and Chewie.  They gave her lots of entertainment and enjoyment.
Jeannine never knew a stranger.  She loved meeting and visiting with anyone.  She had a quick wit about her and was a friend to everyone.  Over the years she kept in close contact with many of her classmates, and looked forward each year to attending the Powell High School class reunions, where she could be together with old friends and reminisce.
A lover of life, Jeannine enjoyed all of the experiences she had, especially when she and Rabbit were traveling.  She got to go many places and do many things that she never thought would be possible.  Jeannine and Rabbit met at The Lost Alaskan Club in Mesa, Arizona, where they loved to dance.  This is also where they were married.  Their last slow dance together was in their living room just recently.  Rabbit told her they had had 25 good years and she said, “No they have been grand years.”  On Valentines day this year they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
She is survived by her husband Rabbit, sons Robert of Powell, Dean of Anchorage, Alaska, grandson Dane also of Anchorage.  Brothers, Ralph (Nora Lee), Ray, both of McCammon, Idaho, Eugene (Kay) and Freddie (Connie) of Powell, several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents Freddie and Norma and nephew TJ Onstine.  We love you Jeannine and will miss you greatly, but we are so grateful that you are no longer suffering and are finally at peace. There is a new star shining in Heaven that is looking down on us now.  You will be forever be in hearts.
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Stacey Marie Westwood

Stacey Marie Westwood

Stacey Marie Westwood, age 27, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 16, 2016 at a friend’s home.  She was born on June 22, 1988 in Logan, Utah to Ben Keller and Cheryl (Elder) Keller.
She was the twin sister of Becky.  Stacey was born first.  She lived in Mink Creek, Idaho, just outside of Preston, Idaho until she was approximately 7 years old.  Later her parents divorced and Stacey and the girls moved to Pocatello.
Stacey graduated from Highland High School in 2006.  She enjoyed all sorts of crafts and photography.  She also enjoyed taking drama classes.  Stacey married Josh Westwood on January 20, 2007.  They were sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple on October 19, 2008.
Stacey was preceded in death by her brother, Dwayne Ayotte;  her mother, Cheryl Elder; her stepfather, Frank Elder and a nephew, Spencer Ayotte.  She is survived and will be truly missed by her husband, Josh; daughters, Trinity and Alyviah Westwood; and son, Isaac Westwood.
Stacey’s family will receive friends Friday, May 20th from 9:30 A.M. until 10:30 A.M. at the LDS Caldwell Park building, 135 South 7th Ave., Pocatello, Idaho.  Funeral services will begin at 10:30 at the Church.
In lieu of flowers please donate in memory of Stacey at Idaho Central Credit Union to help with raising her children.  Friends may share memories and condolences to the family by completing the online condolences tabs.
 

Lorraine Mavis Albertson

"Lorraine (Reinseth) Albertson, 80, of Pocatello, ID passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2016 in Surprise, AZ due to complications of cold agglutinin  disease.  Lorraine, born June 11, 1935 in Fairbanks, Alaska, was the only child of Obert and Violet Reinseth.  In 1944, Lorraine and her family moved from Fairbanks to Mount Vernon, WA.   In 1953, Lorraine graduated from high school and attended Oregon State University where she was an active member of the Delta Gamma sorority.  To this day, many of her closest friends are members of the sorority.  Lorraine met her husband, Max Albertson, while at Oregon State.  They finished college and were married on September 7, 1957.
They began their married life in Jerome, Idaho.  Then, in November of 1957, they moved to Fort Monmouth, NJ and on to Ft. Huachuca, Arizona where Max was a First Lieutenant in the US Army.  Lorraine worked as a clerk at Fort Huachuca until their daughter was born in 1959.  After Max’s military obligations were complete, the family moved 8 times while Max pursued his career in agricultural chemical sales.  In 1972, the family moved to Pocatello, where Lorraine lived until her death in April.
 Lorraine enjoyed raising her children, working part-time, volunteering and spending time with friends and family.  She enjoyed the outdoors and travelling.  She enjoyed camping, first by trailer and later by motorhome.  She enjoyed New Knowledge Adventure (NKA), playing bridge, volunteering at Portneuf Medical Center, and being involved in PEO.  She enjoyed visiting relatives in Washington and watching her grandsons at their various sporting and musical events.  Lorraine was very proud of her family and where she had come from.
Lorraine is survived by her husband Max, daughter Pam (Jim) Masciotra, son Mark (Erin) Albertson.  Grandchildren – Sean Albertson, Chris (Joni) Masciotra and Kelan Albertson
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Marshall Public Library.  Lorraine enjoyed the library and could be found there 2-3 times per week.  She was proud of the fact that she had had a library card since she was a little girl in Alaska."
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Larry Fordyce

Larry Fordyce, age 76, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away peacefully at his home.  Honoring his wishes, he will be cremated under the care of Downard Funeral Home.  Memorial services will be announced soon.  Friends who wish may send memories and online condolences to the family by completing the condolences tabs.

Charles Phillip Hawkes

Charles Phillip Hawkes, 86, of Chubbuck, Idaho, passed away on May 5, 2016 at a local assisted living center.  Honoring his wishes, Charles will be cremated under the care of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho.

Norma Bernice (Lee) Magee

Norma Bernice (Lee) Magee

Norma Bernice (Lee) Magee passed away peacefully on Friday, April 22, 2016 at Hospice of the Valley in Surprise, Arizona.
Norma was born January 15, 1930 in Twin Falls, ID to Molder Herbert Lee and Regina Rose (Murphy) Lee.   She received Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation at St. Edwards Catholic Church in Twin Falls where she was a life-long member.  She became a member of the St. Anthony’s Parish in Pocatello in 1959.  She was very active in the St. Anthony’s Council of Catholic Women (SACCW) and helped with hotdog lunches, various dinners, and the annual Christmas chocolate making project – which she enjoyed very much.  Norma was also a Eucharistic minister visiting local hospitals.
Norma was married to Willis (Bill) Arthur Magee June 24, 1951 at St. Edwards Catholic Church by Monsignor Joseph Patrick O’Toole.  Norma was preceded in death by her husband in 2003; her mother and father, an infant brother two half-sisters and two half-brothers.  She is survived by her sons Kerry B. (Ellen), Jerry G. (Melanie, deceased), Terry L. (Lana), and Kelly P. (Libby); 14 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Norma enjoyed attending baseball games, bowling, golf, knitting, oil painting and pinochle.  She spent most of her working life as a cake decorator and bakery manager.
Norma loved her sons, daughters in law, grandchildren and great grandchildren so very much. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to the American Diabetes Association or the Arthritis Foundation.
Funeral will be at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church on May 16th at 11A.M. 

Carolyn May Engle Thompson

Carolyn May Engle Thompson

On Monday, May 2, 2016, Carolyn May Thompson (nee:  Engle), age 79, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family and shortly after the passing of her beloved husband and eternal companion.  Carolyn was born on September 24, 1936, in Fountain Green, Utah, to Osborn William Joseph Engle and Bessie May (Peterson) Engle.  After the death of her father in Lincoln, Oregon, the family returned to  Levan/Fountain Green, Utah.
Carolyn graduated from Juab High School in 1955, after which she attended Utah State in Logan.  While attending a church dance, she met her future husband, John LaMar Thompson.  John and Carolyn married on November 2, 1956, for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake City, Utah, LDS temple.  The two shared nearly sixty years of marriage, weathered many storms, and at the end, could not be parted from one another for long.  They held hands between the bars of their matching hospital beds.
Carolyn was an exceptional cook, and she loved to gather her family around the table to enjoy a meal, laugh and share.  She never said an unkind word and loved fiercely and unconditionally.  While being a wife and mother was her primary focus, she worked for Idaho State University for over 20 years and retired at the age of seventy. 
Carolyn is survived by her children:  John Stuart (JoLyn) Thompson, Jacquelin Thompson, James Lawrence (Tammy) Thompson, Jason Lee Thompson, Jarred Engle (Margaret) Thompson, Jessie Lynne (Cliff) Kelley, and Jordan LaMar (Courtney) Thompson.  She has eighteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Carolyn is also survived by her siblings:  Walt (Colleen) Engle, William “Jack” (Karen) Engle, Loralee Nulph, Brent (Pam) Jackman, and Ava (Butch) Johnson.  She was preceded in death by her husband, John LaMar Thompson, parents Osborn William Joseph and Bessie May (Peterson) Engle, and stepfather Ralph Jackman.
The family would like to express their love and gratitude to Brandie Whiteside, Carolyn's hospice nurse, and the entire team at Encompass.
There will be a viewing from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2016, at the LDS church located at 2000 South Fairway in Pocatello, Idaho. Funeral services are Saturday, May 7, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at the same location with a viewing one hour prior. 
Funeral services are under the direction of Downard Funeral Home. Internment will be at Mountainview Cemetery in Pocatello, Idaho.   

John Lamar Thompson

John Lamar Thompson

On Thursday, April 28, 2016, John LaMar Thompson, age 83, peacefully passed away  at his home surrounded by his children, grandchildren, and at the side of his eternal companion.  John was born on October 11, 1932, in Virginia, Idaho, to William Orville and Gertrude Ione (Owen) Thompson.  He was raised in the Downey/Virginia, Idaho, area where he attended school and worked on the family farm and ranch.  He graduated from Downey High School in 1951, where he played football, baseball and notoriously blew up the science lab sink.  John attended BYU on a general baseball athletic scholarship and studied biology. 
John married Phyllis Schultz after graduating High School, and they had one child together; shortly thereafter, they divorced.  John left BYU and was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  While in the Army, he was a Morse code operator stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska.  On November 2, 1956, John married Carolyn May Engle in the Salt Lake City, Utah, LDS temple for time and all eternity.  John and Carolyn shared nearly sixty years together.  As a couple, they weathered many storms and created a legacy of love while they raised their seven children. 
John can best be described as a “jack-of-all-trades.”  He worked as a farmer and rancher, mechanic, police officer, fire dispatcher, general laborer and lab technician.  John returned to college at Idaho State University and studied theatre.  John was a gifted writer and an exceptional character actor that appeared in many plays.  He also appeared in two Hollywood films, To Hell and Back and Ride, Vaquero.
John is survived by his children, Dana (Greg) Atkin, John Stuart (JoLyn) Thompson, Jacquelin Thompson, James Lawrence (Tammy) Thompson, Jason Lee Thompson, Jarred Engle (Margaret) Thompson, Jessie Lynne (Cliff) Kelley, and Jordan LaMar (Courtney) Thompson.  He has eighteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.  John is also survived by his brother Leon (Elaine) Thompson, and sisters Barbara Mickelson and Lorna (Jay) Christopherson.   He was preceded in death by his parents, William Orville and Gertrude Ione (Owen) Thompson, brothers Thayne (Betty) Thompson and William (Rita) Thompson.
There will be a viewing from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2016, at the LDS church located at 2000 South Fairway in Pocatello, Idaho. Funeral services are Saturday, May 7, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at the same location with a viewing one hour prior. 
Funeral services are under the direction of Downard Funeral Home. Internment will be at Mountainview Cemetery in Pocatello, Idaho.   

Cassie Bernice Valenty

Cassie Bernice Valenty

Cassie Bernice Valenty, 92, passed away April 27, 2016, at her home in Pocatello, Idaho.  She was born July 4, 1923 in Paul, Idaho to Cassie and Lucille Denny.  She attended her school years in Pocatello.
On January 4, 1943, she married John R. Valenty, and together they raised 3 children: Donna (Shuk), Ronald, and David.
She was the caregiver and homemaker, while John worked many long hours to provide support, often with her helping alongside.
Cassie enjoyed golfing, boating/waterskiing, snowmobiling, gardening, round/square dancing, and shopping every Saturday with her sister Shirley.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Donna, sisters Valate Hagey,  and Shirley Gibson, and brothers Boyd, Raymond, Jake, and Doug.
Cassie is survived by her sons Ron and David, brother K.J., son-in-law Kenneth Shuck, grandson Darren Shuck (Valerie), granddaughter Katie Dosky (John), 7 great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren, and various nieces and nephews.
After a very brief and private viewing, cremation will take place.  The ashes of Cassie and John are to be spread over the Tetons.
“Please watch over us until we join you in Heaven”.  With Love, Eternally.

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Clarence William Ashby

Military Rites and services for Clarence William Ashby, age 91, will be 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Mountain View Cemetery, Section 25 West.  Arrangements are under the care of Downard Funeral Home, Pocatello, Idaho.    

Ramia Ramona Moore Assous

Ramia Ramona Moore Assous

Ramia Ramona Moore Assous passed away at her home on February 24, 2016 following a long struggle with failing health.
Ramia was born in Santa Monica, CA on February 19, 1967. Shortly after her birth she moved back to Pocatello with her Mother, Paula Jenkins, to be closer to family. It was here that Paula met Dee Moore and they married. Dee adopted Ramia and together they started the Moore family. Ramona was the oldest of the five children. She attended schools in Pocatello and graduated from Pocatello High School in 1985. She also attended the College of Southern Idaho and Idaho State University.
In 1990 she married Ken Richardson and focused her attention on her new family. Ken had a daughter from a previous marriage, Natalie, who Ramia loved like her own. Ramia and Ken had two children together, Elizabeth and Boen. Ramia and Ken were later divorced.
In 2006 she met Dennis McArthur and they loved and lived together until she passed away.
Ramia worked a variety of jobs during her life until her failing health prevented her from working anymore. She enjoyed reading, sewing and playing video games right up to the time she passed away. Ramia was an affectionate and loving person, she never hesitated to tell her family and friends that she loved them.
Ramia was preceded in death by her grandparents Wally and Vinnie Moore, LeRoy Jenkins, Norma Cory and her mother, Paula Jenkins Moore. She is survived by her boyfriend Dennis McArthur, her children Natalie Richardson, Elizabeth Richardson, Boen Richardson and step daughter Dakota McArthur; her grandfather Robert Cory; her father, Dennis Dee Moore; her siblings, Don (Misty) Jenkins, David Moore, Paul Moore and Denise Moore.
A celebration of Ramia’s life will be held at Downard’s Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 11:00am. She was loved and will be missed. 

Charles "Charlie" Richard Baade

Charles "Charlie" Richard Baade

Charles “Charlie” Richard Baade, age 62, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away at his home following a sudden illness.  He was born on July 5, 1953 in Pocatello, Idaho to Herman and Ruby  (Hendrickson) Baade. Charlie was raised and attended schools in Pocatello.
       Charlie worked as a carman welder for the Union Pacific Railroad.  He loved fixing small engines.
       Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Ruby; sisters, Lois Payne and Sandra Robinson; and a nephew, Rudy Joe Pruneda.  He is survived by his sisters, Debbie (Pedro) Gallegos and Karla (Rudy) Pruneda all of Pocatello; a brother, Bruce (Becky) Baade of Anchorage, Alaska; as well as nephews, Rick Robinson, Mike (Kim) Robinson, Paul (Tawna) Robinson, and Brian Payne all of Pocatello, Tommy, Shawn and Nicolas Baade of Anchorage, Alaska; nieces, Julia Gallegos, Jessica Gallegos of Pocatello, Laura (Pedro) Lara of Melba, Teresa Hernandez of Pocatello and Christina Baade of Los Angeles.  He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Honoring his wishes, Charlie was cremated under the care and direction of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho.  Friends who wish may send online condolences and memories to the family by completing the online condolence tabs.  Graveside services will be held 2:30 PM at Mountain View Cemetery, section 46 West in Pocatello.

James Charles Bigelow

James Charles Bigelow

1957-2016
Jim Bigelow was born in 1957 in Bakersfield, California to Jean Elizabeth King and James S. Bigelow.  He graduated in 1979 from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana with a BS in Microbiology.  In 1985, he received his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Indiana, Bloomington.  After working as a researcher at the University of Utah, he became the Director at the Vermont Cancer Center at the University of Vermont, Burlington and a chemist at the National Institutes of Health.  In 1998, he co-founded Biomes Pharmaceuticals with the goal of discovering new nature-based pharmaceuticals.
Jim moved to Idaho to assume a position in the faculty of Idaho State University in the Department of Pharmacology.  Here he discovered his true passion for teaching which was reciprocated by his students.
Jim was fond of cycling and backpacking.  He was an enthusiastic caver; his special interest was discovering new species of fungi and soil bacteria from which new treatments for cancer and drug-resistant bacteria might be derived.
Jim is survived by his sisters, Katherine Shepard, Eileen Nolan, Sheila Berger and Nancy Schreiber, nieces Julia Nolan and Gabrielle Schreiber, nephews, Michael and Christopher Nolan and Elliot Schreiber, brothers-in-law, Stan Shepard, Patrick Nolan, John Berger, and Grant Schreiber, his good friend Martha Steele, many dear friends, university colleagues and students.
Memorial services will be held on Friday, February 5, 2016 at 1:00 PM at Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho, 83204.  Friends who wish may send online condolences and memories to Jim’s family by visiting www.DownardFuneralHome.com 

Keith Lynn Cutler

Keith Lynn Cutler, of Pocatello, ID, passed away peacefully at home on February 16, 2016.  Honoring Keith he will be cremated by Downard Funeral Home.  Memorial services will be Friday, Feb. 19th at 7:00 P.M. at Downard Funeral Home, 241 N Garfield Ave., Pocatello.  A full obituary will be posted here soon.  Friends may send online condolences and memories by completing the condolence tabs.

Michael Joseph Friel

Michael Joseph Friel

Michael Joseph Friel, age 75, of Pocatello, Idaho passed away on January 31, 2016 at his home battling cancer. Born in Los Angeles, California on March 9, 1940 to January 31, 2016, Pocatello, Idaho.
He was raised in Southern and Central California. He spent his late teens in Calaveras County-Mukulemne Hill hunting and enjoying wildlife. He spent his 20s hitchhiking, rebuilding trucks, repairing radios and TVs, tending a beer garden between South Lake Tahoe, California and Las Vegas, Nevada. Although he entered his first semester at San Francisco State University, he postponed his education to serve in the military and joined the U.S. Marine Corps from 1963 to 1978. He retired as Captain in 1978 with a medical disability retirement. He completed, Boot Camp, Flight training and instructing, served two tours in Vietnam, living in Pensacola, FL, Subic Bay, Philippines, and Cherry Point, NC. He piloted Sea Knight and Cobra helicopters. His military decorations include Bronze Star with Valor, Air Medal, Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, National Defense Service Metal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Pistol Expert Badge. In 1980 to present, 35 years, he lived with his wife in Pocatello, Idaho. In 1993 he returned to school completing his bachelor of science in Mathematics from Idaho State University.
Michael’s hobbies and interests included electronics, and he was an avid builder of QRP Radios, cars, guns, love of dogs, liked birds and disliked cats! He traveled most of the United States, Canada, Philippines, Okinawa, Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Portugal, Spain, France, and Italy.
He was twice president and long time member of Pocatello Amateur Radio Club-KB7WYI, Pocatello Astronomy Club, and St. Anthony Catholic Community.
Michael met his Filipino wife, Melicia G. “Mimi” Friel while serving in the military in Subic Bay, Philippines. They had a civil marriage and accompanied by their three kids: Mary, Matthew and Bojo, moved to the United States in 1974. His wife and him reunited their vows and remarried again at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Pocatello, Idaho in 1982.
Michael was preceded in death by his oldest brother, Edward Friel, his older sister Rosemary Friel, and youngest brother, Patrick Friel. He is survived by his immediate family members: Melicia “Mimi” Friel, oldest daughter Mary Jane “Gigi” Collins-Wolstenhome, middle son Matthew James Friel, and youngest son Marvin Joel “Bojo” Friel and grandchildren Colby Edward Collins, Madison Jane Collins, Benjamin James Friel, and Samuel Carter Friel.
Funeral services will be held Thursday 4 Feb 2016 with the Funeral Rosary at 6 pm led by Deacon Scott Pearhill, St Anthony Catholic Church. Saturday 6 Feb 2016 Formal Funeral Mass at 10 AM, 6 Feb 2016 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Pocatello, Idaho, led by Father Reggie and Father Henry. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Downard Funeral Home. Friends who wish may send online condolences and memories to Michael’s family by completing the online condolences tabs.

Richard Holmes

Richard Holmes, age 63, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away peacefully at his home following a courageous battle with cancer.  He died on February 24, 2016.  Services are pending and will posted here soon.

Duane F. Jones

Duane F. Jones

Duane F. Jones, age 75, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away following a courageous two year battle with cancer and heart failure at his home on Sunday, February 14, 2016.  He was surrounded by his loving family.
Duane was born in Pocatello, Idaho in 1940 to Fred and Frieda Jones.  He graduated from Pocatello High School.  He retired from Union Pacific Railroad after 37 years of service.  Duane loved jeeps, owning and working on cars and jeeps, wood working and NASCAR Racing.  He belonged to 4 wheel drive clubs.
Duane married Susan in April of 1969.  He is survived by his loving wife Susan, children; Tina (Brett) Rapp, Robert (Marlene) Allen, Shaun Jones, Annette Houde, brother, Bill Jones; and son-in-law, Jeff Hall; 7 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Carlen Hall; and granddaughter, Mirriah Pannell.
Honoring his wishes no services will be held, Duane will be cremated under the care of Downard Funeral Home.  A memorial celebration will be held at a later date.  Friends who wish may send memories and condolences to the family by completing the online condolence tabs. Many thanks to Beverly Woolf, Jake and Sandi Jacaway and Jeff Hall for being there when we  needed anything.

Jackie Kunze

Jackie Kunze

Jacquline Kunze (Jackie) peacefully passed on March 17, 2016, surrounded by her children.  She was born on February 2, 1947 in Pocatello, Idaho to John and Kate McCreery where her youth was spent in the Portneuf Park and westside of town.
She worked at Butterburrs for many years until she retired.  There she made lasting friendships and bonds with her coworkers and patrons.  Jackie also had many hobbies and interests including entertaining family and friends, her bowling league, Pinochle group and Poker parties.  She enjoyed camping, fishing and summer fun but Jackie’s true love was golf.  She was an avid golfer with the Pocatello Ladies Golf Association where she won many tournaments.  She always looked forward to her yearly golfing trips to Mackay and Lake Havasu.She will forever be our family’s true champion.
            Jackie met Jack and they were married on February 2, 1968 and spent 42 happy years together.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jack, two sisters Bonita Bradley and Patricia Little.  She is survived by her children Tracy, Michele and Matthew, five grandchildren, Zachary, James, Chase, Kolby and Dash, brothers Johnny (Colleen) and Bob, sisters Sheila and Marcey (Jim), nieces and nephews and her many loving friends.
            A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday March 26, 2016 at her home from 1-5 pm.  In lieu of flowers please send your donations to the Youth Golfing Association at Riverside/Highland golf course in Pocatello.  

Destry Gene Meikle

Destry Gene Meikle

Destry G. Meikle, born April 24, 1967 in Idaho Falls, Idaho, passed away on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 in Springfield, Missouri.
Destry was born to L. Ronald and Mavis (Boyce) Meikle and spent his younger years in Inkom, Idaho.  The family moved to Norman, Oklahoma in the fall of 1980.  He attended school at Little Axe, then Norman High.  He loved being with his cousins and siblings.
As he grew, he thoroughly  enjoyed learning how to repair cars and landscape yards with his dad, creating a special bond between the two of them that lasted throughout their lives.  His favorite hobby was computers.
Destry served two years as a missionary in the California, Ventura Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He truly loved God and adored his parents and siblings.  His joy was heightened when he met and married Chrischelle Baker in 1995, and his joy was full as his daughters were born.  His grownup loves became his new family and Wal-Mart.  Hired as a cart pusher he quickly became department manager, then assistant manager during his 27 years with them.  He quickly formed long term friendships with the other employees.  He liked helping and serving them.  The marriage dissolved a few years ago but his favorite past time remained spending time with his daughters.
Destry was preceded in death by his father, L. Ronald Meikle, and all grandparents listed on FamilySearch.org.  He is survived by his mother, Mavis Meikle, of Chubbuck, ID; four daughters, Courtnie Meikle, of Clinton, UT, Stevanna Meikle, of Norman, OK, Jessica Meikle, of Moore, OK, and Ashley Cremeans, of Texas; and five older brothers, Ronald (Beverly) Meikle, of St. Anthony, Burdette (Judy) Meikle, of Rexburg, Garth (Nancy) Meikle of Rexburg, Bob (Wendy) McCain, of Pocatello, Alan (Kay) Meikle, of Roy, UT; three sisters, Marlys Bauder, of Clinton, UT, Tina (Tom) Serlo, of Norman, OK, and Launa (Randy) Taylor, of Shelley; as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Destry’s family will receive friends tonight, Friday, Feb. 26th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, ID.  Graveside services will be held on Saturday at the Bedford Cemetery in Bedford, Wyoming (Near Thayne).  Friends who wish may send condolences and memories to the family by completing the online condolence tabs.  A special thanks goes to Tom Bauder for his generous help during this time. 

Danny Vernon Orr

Danny Vernon Orr, age 60, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away following an illness at Portneuf Medical Center on March 29, 2016.  He was born on May 13, 1955 in Idaho Falls, Idaho to William Stewart Orr and Laura Mae (Sabin) Orr.  He grew mostly in Blackfoot where he received his education.  Danny served in the US Navy during the Vietnam Conflict.  Danny married Brenda Walters.  Together they had three children, April, Angie and Brandy.  This marriage later ended in divorce.  He then married Sheri Wanlass.  To this union they had one son, Brock Wanlass.  Following this marriage he married Julia Ayers.  They had a son, Jed.  Finally he met and married Danette Justesen.  They have been together 27 years.  Among his hobbies, Danny loved cooking, hunting, fishing and carving.
Danny was preceded in death by both parents.  He is survived by his children and siblings, Billie Ellsworth, Perry Orr, and Bobbie Staples.  He will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.
  Honoring his wishes, Danny will be cremated under the care of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho.  A full obituary will be posted at DownardFuneralHome.com.  Friends may send condolences to the family by completing the online condolence tabs.

 

Juanita Phillips

Juanita Phillips passed away following an illness on Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at Ashley Manor in Pocatello.  Honoring her wishes, Juanita will be cremated under the care of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho.  No public services are currently being planned.  Friends may send online condolences to the family by completing the condolence tabs

Thomas Joseph Reed

Thomas Joseph Reed, 68, of Burley, Idaho, passed away on Sunday, April 17, 2016 following an illness at Cassia Regional Medical Center in Burley.  Honoring his wishes, full anatomical donation has been made to help further education in the health field areas of study.  Arrangements are under the care of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello.

Charles Henry Schwartz

Charles Henry Schwartz, age 71, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away following an illness on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 in Pocatello.  Honoring his wishes, Charles will be cremated under the care of Downard Funeral Home, 241 N. Garfield Ave., Pocatello.  There are no public services currently being planned.  Friends who wish may send memories and condolences to the Schwartz family by completing the condolences tabs.

Mary Ann Taylor

Mary Ann Taylor

Mary Ann Taylor, 84, of Pocatello, ID, passed away peacefully in her home March 30, 2016.

Mary Ann was born in Peerless, Utah, May 13, 1931 to George and Christina Bell. She received her early education in Carbon County, UT and later attended Wasatch Academy Boarding School. She married Samuel Richard "Dick" Taylor on September 13, 1949. Their son Richard Kim was born 3 years later.

Mary Ann was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Her passion was spending time with her family. A distinguished cook and baker, she also enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing. Her hobbies included archery, crocheting, sewing, interior decorating, reading and keeping a detailed daily journal.

Mary Ann finished her career as Deputy County Tax Assessor for Carbon County. Before that, she worked as a telephone operator and was successful in sales at Miller's Dry Goods. She was a licensed Hunter's Safety instructor and officer in the East Carbon Wildlife Federation.

Mary Ann is survived by her son, Richard Kim Taylor (Doris), grandchildren of mother Kathryn Dunn Kramer, Samuel Richard "Rick" Taylor (Charles Frasier), Rachel Kathryn Hazelbush (Casey), and sister Jessie Lee Lampshire (Brad).

A viewing (12pm) and service (1pm) will be held Tuesday, April 5th at Downard Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.  Friends may send online memories and condolences to the family by completed the online condolence tabs.

Clinton Timbana

Clinton Timbana

Clinton W. Timbana, age 54, of Fort Hall, Idaho was born on March 8, 1961 in Pocatello, Idaho to Frank and Matilda Buckskin Timbana.  He died unexpectedly on February 27, 2016 at his home.
        Clinton was raised in Fort Hall and received his education at Shoban Alternate School.  He worked as a fire fighter and truck driver.  Clinton enjoyed spending time with family and loved his dog, Shorty.
        Clinton was preceded in death by his wife Lillian Timbana and his parents, Frank and Matilda Buckskin Timbana; paternal grandparents: John and Maggie McAdams Timbana; maternal grandparents: Charles and Grace Ponzo Buckskin; great grandparents: Frank and Dora Hammer Ponzo; brothers: Elias Rusty Timbana, Ted Timbana, Craig Timbana; sisters: Nola Dresser and Vanessa Sitting Eagle, Eula Harris, Menyon Timbana; uncles: Presley Buckskin, Alvin Buckskin, Wayne Buckskin, Lester and Clifford Buckskin; aunts: Renelda Buckskin, Lorraine Buckskin, Orthelia Buckskin, and Francine Truchot.
 He is survived by siblings, Francine (Arlen) Shoyo, Verlon, Jon Timbana, Kenneth Timbana, Arnella Oldman, Yolanda Timbana, and Evelyn Shoyo, Rhoda George and Janet Timbana; Aunts, Lenora (Fernando) Hall, Wilma Amboh, and Denise Peshlakai-Sanchez, Aldene Pevo, Aurelia Moemberg and Delthea Smith; uncles, Kilburn Buckskin, and Linford Ponzo, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
        Clinton will be out at his home on Lodge and Hawthorne Road 4:00 P.M. Tuesday, March 1, 2016.  Burial with traditional services will be Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. at Cedar Cemetery.  Arrangements are under the care of Downard Funeral Home.