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Graveside services for Mary Elizabeth Roice will be held 11:00 A.M. on October 3, 2016 at Twin Falls Sunset Cemetery. She is the mother of Nancy (Roger) Wheeler of Pocatello. Friends who wish may send memories to Mary’s family by completing the online condolence tabs.
Dorothy Stensland had a radiance and inner glow that she shared with everyone she met. She made each person feel special. She was a feisty redhead with sparkling blue eyes. She loved life and lived each day as a gift from God.
Dorothy Jane, the eldest of three daughters of Walter A. and Myrtle Nelson Baynham was born on March 30, 1925 in Glasgow, MT. She graduated from Glasgow High in 1943 and was accepted into the Cadet Nursing Program during WWII. In her first year in nursing school, she also served as Grand Worthy Advisor of Order of the Rainbow for the State of Montana. Dorothy graduated from the Consolidated School of Nursing, Great Falls, MT in 1946 and worked as a registered nurse for many years.
Her high school sweetheart, Warren Stensland, returned from serving in the Naval Air Corp after the war and they married a year later on September 21, 1947. In 1952, Warren and Dorothy had their first child, Kenneth; their second child, Barbara Jo, arrived in 1956. Dorothy was thrilled both children were redheads.
Warren's career as an agronomist required some relocations where they finally took root in Idaho Falls for over 48 years. For the past six years, Dorothy and Warren have lived in Pocatello with Barbara Jo and her husband, Michael Sampson.
Dorothy had an unwavering faith, as a child in the First Christian Church in Glasgow and actively involved in the First Congregational Church in Idaho Falls. She was a Lifetime Member in the Order of Eastern Star, Henrietta Chapter 21.
She was devoted to Warren, the most loving mother to her children, and maintained deep bonds with her sisters and sister-in-law. She was delighted in being a grandmother and great grandmother and "Aunt Dodo" to her many nieces and nephews. Her friendships were lifelong. Dorothy loved her birthdays, balloons, clouds and rocks, especially heart-shaped ones.
Dorothy began her new journey on Sept. 14, 2016. She is preceded in death by her son Kenneth, brother in laws, Gail Stensland and Wayne Putz, half brother, Walter Baynham. She is survived by Warren, Barbara Jo and Michael, granddaughter, Abbie (Nick) Jordan, great grandchildren, Janika and Ryler Jordan, sisters Shirley Putz, Myrtle (Louis) Strader, sister-in-law, Ellie Stensland, half brothers, John and James Baynham, adopted grandchildren and great grandchildren; Josh, Katie and Joshlin Bauer, Blake, Kristen & Charlotte Sampson, Kip and his daughter Sophia Sampson.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on September 29, 2016 at 1:00 pm at the Central Christian Church, 918 E. Center, Reverend Roger Bray officiating. Friends who wish may send memories and online condolences to the family by completing the condolence tabs.
Rosita Anita Guerrero passed away on September 15, 2016 following an illness at Portneuf Medical Center. She was born on May 2, 1960 in Pocatello, Idaho.
Rosita was raised by her loving parents, Refugio “Güero” and Daisy Guerrero, and attended and graduated school in Pocatello, Idaho. She worked several jobs including ON Semiconductor (AMI) and Sun Valley, Idaho resorts. She obtained a CNA license and worked for local nursing homes. She loved her chosen profession as a CNA.
Rosita was known to those who loved her as “Peewee”. Peewee knew the power of life and gave her undivided attention to everyone. She wanted the best for everyone she loved. She lived her life to the fullest - always the main attraction at any gathering. Family and friends were very important to her and she cherished every moment of time spent with her family and friends.
While married to Ramiro Flynn she was blessed with two wonderful children – Aaron and Jasmine Daisy whom she loved with all of her heart. They were her life and pride and joy.
Peewee is preceded in death by her precious mother, Daisy Guerrero, four brothers, Tobias, Tony and Fred Madrid, and David Hidalgo, and one sister Della Madrid Hernandez.
She is survived by her father Refugio “Güero” Guerrero, her children, Aaron Guerrero and Jasmine Daisy Guerrero; brothers Roy Madrid and Phil Madrid; sisters Rachel Barela and Mary Saiz as well as many nephews, nieces, grand-nephews, grand-nieces, God-children and countless friends whom she considered her family.
A special thank you is extended to Julia Vialpando, Mary Saiz, and Rachel Barela.
We love you with all of our hearts Peewee. Te amamos con todo nuestro corazón.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Downard Funeral Home. Friends and family who wish may send online condolences by completing the online condolence tabs.
In lieu of flowers, a Gofundme page has been established at: https://www.gofundme.com/2pz3sdqc?ssid=741452367&pos=1&pc
Jane and her twin, Nicholas were born of proud Ukrainian immigrants, Theodore and Stella Huly (Hulej) on August 23, 1924 in Detroit, Michigan. Her twin died at age 9 of mastoiditis and the death of her father soon followed, leaving the family of eight children to be raised by her single mother.
Jane started working as soon as she could, doing odd jobs to help support the family. She graduated from high school and went on to receive her stenographer’s certificate.
Jane was immediately hired by a prestigious steel firm as the manager’s executive secretary.
During World War II, she worked her way up to dynamometer tester and eventually to steel buyer, all the while continuing to take care of her mother and family.
At age 32, Jane married Mel Hoffman. They had three children, all one year apart. The family moved from Michigan to Nebraska, on to Idaho, Wyoming and then Idaho Falls, Idaho where they remained.
Jane operated Ray’s Motel until she was hired by EG&G in 1980 at age 57. She retired at age 70. Her work ethic started very early and was her driving force.
Jane was passionate about music (particularly singing) and passed up a career as the lead singer of the band “The Three Sons” to stay home to care for her mother.
She loved to paint several mediums including china, water-color and oil. Her attention to detail can be seen in every beautiful piece of work she produced.
Jane’s adventurous and independent spirit also manifested itself in her love of travel. She visited Korea, Ireland, Hawaii, England and several cities in Mexico with her favorite daughter.
Jane loved to walk the greenbelt with her two large dogs. They walked four miles every day until she was well into her 80s. Other hobbies included gardening, bowling, word games, watching old movies and being around her family.
Jane was a devout member of the Roman Catholic Church and attended Mass daily until health issues intervened.
Jane was preceded in death by her parents and siblings. She is survived by her children Elizabeth (Quintin) Hoffman Sanders, Liberty, Utah, Mark (Andrea) Hoffman of Idaho Falls, Idaho and Steven Hoffman of Pocatello, Idaho, along with her grandchildren Victoria, William, Olivia and Lucas and her beloved dog, Shadoe. Our family would like to thank mom’s longtime friends, Dina Odak and Anne Grimes for their helping mom remain in her own home until her passing. Also, our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Bradley Stoddard and staff for their kind, compassionate care over the last few decades.
Per Mom’s request, there will be no services. Mom has donate her cremains to assist in K-9 training for rescue and recovery. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Jane’s memory to your local animal shelter or rescue/recovery dog team. Friends who wish may send memories and condolences to the family by completing the online condolence tabs,
Gordon Fenton Morgan, age 80, of Pocatello passed away on September 10, 2016 at his home due to natural causes. He was born on December 16, 1935 in Malad City, Idaho to Fenton and Irene Morgan. He lived in Rock Springs, WY until his family moved to Pocatello. He attended Pocatello High School and then joined the Air Force where he served in various locations in Asia and Europe during the Korean War. After completing military service, Gordon attended Idaho State University and earned a B.A. in History. He attended Penn State University for graduate studies and returned to Pocatello in 1964 when he began his teaching career at ISU followed by positions in the Pocatello School District. Gordon derived great satisfaction from working with his hands and left teaching for carpentry where he spent the majority of his working years. Gordon was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, camping, whitewater rafting and cross country skiing. He was a wonderful storyteller and loved getting together with friends around a campfire or at home to spin a yarn or debate politics. In later years, he delighted in spending time with his grandchildren and watching them grow. Gordon is preceded in death by Carol, his beloved wife of 50 years, his sister Lois Lords, brothers Bobby, Richard and Mark Morgan and parents Fenton Davis Morgan and Irene Bigler Morgan. He is survived by his children Kellie (Pocatello), Chris (Wendy; Pocatello) and Amy (Newman Yeilding; Philadelphia, PA) and grandchildren Samantha Morgan and Aidan and Newman Yeilding. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations in Gordon’s name may be made to the Idaho Food Bank.
Dorothy Stensland, age 91, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away following a sudden illness at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho. Honoring her wishes, Dorothy will be cremated under the care of Downard Funeral. A full obituary will be in a future edition of the Idaho State Journal. Friends may send memories and condolences to the family by completing the online condolence tabs.
Helen Alexas Spradling age, 95, of Soda Springs, Idaho, passed away of causes natural to age at Spring Creek Manor in Soda Springs on September 9, 2016. Honoring her wishes, Helen will be cremated under the care and direction of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho. Her cremains will be intered atWest End Cemetery in Buhl, Idaho. Friends who wish may send memories and condolences to Helen's family by completing the online condolence tabs.
Jack Douglas Stalder, 41, of Pocatello Idaho passed away on September 3, 2016 at St Alphonsus Reagional Hospital in Boise Idaho due to injuries sustained in a tragic automobile accident. Jack was born in Reno NV on January 29, 1975 to his parents Erini and Terry Stalder.
At a very young age, Jack and his family moved to Pocatello where Jack spent the remainder of his life. Jack attended Tendoy Elementary, Alameda Jr. High, Highland High School, and Idaho State University. Jack was active in scouting and was an Eagle Scout.
Jack was truly a “Jack of all trade”. Jack was an avid barterer, trade maker and yard seller. He enjoyed finding antiques and getting a good deal on anything. Jack enjoyed everything outdoors, but his true passion was fishing.
Jack first met his love Marsha on Labor Day weekend of 2007. Jack and Marsha eloped to Bozeman MT on February 3, 2010. They had two daughters together, Georgia Erini and Annie Mae. Jacks daughters were the light of his life and they adored him. Jack shared a very special bond with his sister, mother and his father was his best friend. Jack had many friends from all over the world and he valued their friendships.
Jack was preceded in death by his grandparents Doug and Betty Stalder and Grandmother Mary Hall.
Jack is survived by his daughters Georgia (4) and Annie (1), Wife Marsha, Parents Erini and Terry, Sister Rebecca, Grandpa Jack Hall, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and an abundance of best friends.
A memorial will be held in Jack’s honor on September 17 at 4 pm at the Mink Creek Group Area at Scout Mountain. Friends who wish may make contributions to the Jack Stalder Memorial fund which has been set up for his family at Wells Fargo Bank. Online memories and condolences may be sent to Jack's family by completing the online condolence tabs..
A celebration of life for Merlin (age 73 born on August 5, 1943 and died August 27, 2016)will be held 11:00 A.M. on Friday, September 2nd at Christ's Love Vineyard Church located at 2nd Ave and Benton St in Pocatello. Friends who wish may send online memories and condolences to the family by completing the condolences tabs,
Robert “Bob” C. Scott, age 62, of Chubbuck, Idaho, passed away suddenly on August 25, 2016 at Portneuf Medical Center following complication of a surgery. He was born on September 24, 1953 in Hamilton, Montana to Wayde and Bonnie Scott. Early in his childhood, the family moved to Idaho Falls where Bob grew up and received his education. Bob graduated from Skyline High School and then began his career as a milkman until he joined the Pocatello Police Department March 28, 1977. He retired from the Pocatello Police Department as a Sergeant July 19, 2005, serving for 28 years. He was well respected and known as the department’s prankster. Bob loved the outdoors and his dogs, building and remodeling projects around the house. He loved his family and friends dearly and will be greatly missed.
Bob was preceded in death by grandparents; and nephew, Nicholas Scott. He is survived by his loving wife, Cheri, of Pocatello; children, Matthew Scott of Pocatello, Lindsy (Korey) Rosen of Chubbuck; grandchildren, Madison Scott, Taylor and Lucas Rosen; parents; brothers, Mike (Pam) Scott of Phoenix, Jim (Karla) Scott of Rigby, Barry (Kaleen) Scott of Rigby as well as many nieces and nephews.
Honoring Bob’s wishes the family will be holding private services. Friends who wish may send memories and condolences to the family by completing the online condolence tabs.
Robert “Bob” Olin Grubbs, age 80, of West Magic, Idaho, passed away with his loving family with him at his home on August 23, 2016. Honoring his wishes, full anatomical donation has been made to help further and enhance education in the health care areas of study. Arrangements are under the care of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho.
Joseph Lynn Divin, age 66, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away peacefully following an illness at his home on August 19, 2016. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to Michael Jerry and Lillian Hillevi (Daniels) Divin on Feb. 16, 1950.
Joe was a gifted athlete who played football and boxed during younger years. He attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School and graduated from Pocatello High School in 1967. Following high school, Joe entered the military and served in the US Army during the Vietnam Conflict. Joseph worked as a brakeman for the Union Pacific Railroad for over 30 years.He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved camping, hiking and anything outdoors.
Joe was preceded in death by his father, Michael Divin; his mother, Lillian Divin; brother, Terrence P. Divin; nephew, Brandon Barrett and grandson, Charles “Seamus” McDevitt. He is survived by his sister, Jerrie Lou (Gerald) Barrett and their sons, Lou (Carolyn) Barrett and Sean Barrett; brother, Mickey (Dana) Divin; daughters, Jeina (Jerry) White, Michelle McDevitt, Chessie (Joseph) Meyer, Adell Divin (Matthew Washburn), nephew, Terrence M. (Cheli Oakley) Divin; grandchildren, Travis and Jeremy White, Ann (Bryce) Thomson, Lani McDevitt, Conn McDevitt and Cruze Meyer.
A Celebration of Joe’s life will be held at the Odyssey Bar from 2 until 6 P.M. on Saturday, August 27th. Please send online memories and condolences to the family by completing the condolence tabs.
On August 11, 2016 Bruce Hanson, age 92, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away peacefully with his loving family surrounding him at his home. Honoring his wishes, Bruce will be cremated under the care of Downard Funeral Home. A celebration of Bruce’s life will be announced soon. Friends may send memories and condolences to the family by completing the online condolence tabs.
Darrell John Bissegger was born to Martin Keith and Marcella Kent Bissegger on September 9, 1945 in Brigham City, Utah. He grew up in Box Elder County.
Darrell enjoyed fishing and camping out. He liked working on cars and was a pretty good back-yard mechanic. Darrell loved his family and friends. He always had time for a cup of coffee and conversation.
Darrell was preceded in death by his father and his brother, Ronald Dee Bissegger. He is survived by his mother; his brothers: David (Boni), Larry, and Lonnie (Ann); children, John, Heidi (Jeremy), William (Andrea), Jeremy, Lony, Kevin and step-son Donald Driggs; as well as 15 grandchildren.
Burial of the urn will be in the Providence City, Utah Cemetery at a later date. Family and friends will be notified of date and time.
Condolences may be sent to the Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, ID 83204. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the funeral expense.
Jo Elaine Rohr Dustin entered the world’s stage in Destin, Florida on April 16, 1956. She had a naval childhood, moving around the United States from Newport, Rhode Island to Adak, Alaska, just to name a few stops. This gave her the chance to truly enjoy America first hand in her formative years.
Not many realized that Jo served her country from 1974 to 1978 following that naval tradition. She was stationed in Hawaii which, as you can imagine, was very hard for her to enjoy. This was a time in her life that created many stories; such as the cane spider episode. To spare you nightmares we won’t go into specifics and definitely don’t recommend you google them, just know they’re horrific and it’s amazing she wasn’t arachnophobia for the rest of her life.
Jo always enjoyed words. Whether she was reading them or doing word puzzles she often found contentment among letters.
Music was another love. She never had a problem finding the rhythm of any song. Her friends and family can attest to record player nighttime boogies, concert memories, and, for one memorable afternoon, dancing on a bed so the neighbors below wouldn’t be disturbed by loud feet. Crimson and Clover, Downtown, I Was Made for Dancing and Born to Be Wild will all bring Jo to mind for those of us who had the pleasure of seeing her in her groove.
She met her husband, Michael Dustin, while working for an insurance company in Pocatello Idaho. They have had the pleasure of owning many pets, each one full of personality and spunk. They shared many happy years together making the most of their shared love of the outdoors.
After much contemplation Jo was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints in 2011. Visits to the temple were a great comfort to her later in life.
Throughout her life Jo faced many personal challenges. While she may not have dealt with the challenges beautifully she was always able to stay true to her beliefs. In fact, she rather enjoyed sticking it to the man and, through example, taught her family that sometimes it’s good to embrace your inner weird. Because normal really is boring.
Jo went to the big party in the sky on Saturday August 7th in Pocatello after her most recent challenge, brain cancer. She is survived by her husband Mike and daughter Wendy Harwood (Jake) of Mount Angel, OR. She is also survived by her father William Rohr (Marlys), sisters Sherry VanLeuven, Arleen Rohr-Quinn (Gina) and brother William Rohr as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles and an aunt. She is preceded in death by her mother Elaine Rohr, biological father Joe Rowley, Aunt Lucille Allen, Dan Hillebrant, cousins Cecelia Norgaard and Cindy Williams. Jo was looking forward to her family reunion just past the pearly gates.
Wendy would like to thank all those in the Pocatello area, family and friends alike, who were able to help her mother during her battle with cancer. She would like to extend a special thank you to Heritage Home Hospice and the staff at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Pocatello for their wonderful care during Jo’s final days.
The memorial service will be held at 10 am on Saturday August 13th at Downard Funeral Home 241 N Garfield Ave. After the service she will be interred at 11:30 at Mountain View Cemetery on S Fifth Ave. In lieu of flowers friends may make donations in Jo Elaine's memory to the Bannock Humane Society, 850 Barton Rd, Pocatello, ID 83204 or the Pocatello Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 4169, Pocatello, ID 83205
Dorothy Mae Lee, age 65, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away peacefully at her home on August 6, 2016. She was born on July 2, 1951, in Pocatello, Idaho to Charles and Mary (Johnson) Heath. She was the oldest of three children. She graduated from Pocatello High School in 1969. Dorothy married Monte in November 7, 1978 in Pocatello. Together they had four children, Delina, Deana, Jeremy and Jason. Her family was her whole life and interest. She lived life to its fullest and beyond. She was the owner of Hoffbrau in Pocatello and also worked in Health Care as CNA. Dorothy was an avid doll collector and owned the Doll Connection.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parent; and a granddaughter, Christina Duddy. She is survived by her loving husband, Monte; children, Delina (Michael) Duddy, Deana Lee, Jeremy Lee, and Jason Lee all of Pocatello and step daughter Trina Carillo of Phoenix, Arizona ; grandchildren, Christopher Duddy, Caitlyn Duddy, Joshua Marsh, Anthony Carillo, and Britt Carillo both of Phoenix; a sister, Dianna Heath of Pocatello and a brother, Charlie Heath of Pocatello. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Funeral services will held 2:00 P.M. on Monday, August 15th at the LDS Alameda 5th Ward Chapel, 1440 Lakeview Drive, Pocatello, Idaho. Interment will be at the Mountain View Cemetery in Pocatello. Arrangements are under the care of Downard Funeral Home, 241
Cole Blake Thiemann, the infant son of Kellan and Ashanty, was born silently on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at Portneuf Medical Center, in Pocatello, Idaho. Private arrangements are under the care of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho. (208) 233-0686. Friends may send online to the family be completing the online condolence tabs.
Melinda Elizabeth York, age 55, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away following an illness on July 30, 2016 at Portneuf Medical Ceneter. Arrangements are pending and will be announced soon. Friends who wish may send online memories and condolences to Melinda's family by completing the online condolences tabs.
John Thomas Van Houten, age 54, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away on Friday, July 29, 2016 at his home following an illness. Honoring John’s wishes, he will be cremated under the care and direction of Downard Funeral Home. No public services are planned. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in John’s name to the POW-MIA, 5673 Columbia Pike, Suite 100, Falls Church, VA 22041
Doris Marie Suffridge, 85 passed away on July 15, 2016 surrounded by family and loved ones. Doris was born January 15, 1931; in Boston, MA she was very outgoing, caring and a religious woman. She loved the outdoors, gardening, music, and being surrounded by her family.
Doris was survived by four children, Laurie, Joseph, John, and Mary, 10 grandchildren, Anthony, Amanda, Kyle, James Jr. Chandra, Kayla, Jake, Savanna, Nathan, and John Henry; and three great grandchildren, Ariann, Alica, Aleigha. Preceded in death by her son Howard Daniel Butner Jr.
The Graveside service will be held at the Falls View Cemetery on Friday, July 22nd, at 2:30 p.m. The family would like to give a special thanks to the Heritage Hospice team. Especially Tami Moore and Kaylena Grover.
The family of Lenee Godfrey will receive friends at her graveside at Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Pocatello on Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. followed by a celebration of Lenee’s life from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. at the Cedar Hills Condo’s Club House on Cedar Hills Rd off of Bannock Hwy in Pocatello.
John S. Hale, age 78, passed away peacefully at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Pocatello, Idaho on Friday, July 8, 2016. Honoring his wishes, John will be cremated under the care of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello. Interment of John's ashes will be at the Idaho State Veteran's Cemetery in Boise, Idaho.
James Francis O’Hearn, 72, of Lava Hot Springs, ID, died peacefully on July 5, 2016 at his home. Honoring his wishes, Jim will be cremated. A celebration of life will be held at 12 noon at his home, 8784 Victory View Rd in Lava on Saturday, July 16th. Friends may send memories to the Jim’s family bycompleting the online condolence tabs.
Ronald George Wentz Jr, age 49, of Lewistown, Pennsylvania, passed away at a local hospital following an illness on July 3, 2016. Honoring the wishes of Ron, he will be cremated under the care of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, ID. Friends may send may send online memories and condolences to Ron’s family by completing the online condolences tabs.
Vernon Irvin Diamond, age 60, of Emmett, Idaho, passed away peacefully at his home on July 7, 2016. Honoring his wishes, Vernon will be cremated under the care and direction of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho. Friends may send online memories condolences to the family by completing the online condolence tabs.
M. Dale Kauffmann, 88, of Chubbuck, Idaho, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, in Pocatello, Idaho.
Born in Minier, Illinois, to Magdelena (Birky) and Aaron Kauffmann, Dale was the youngest of eight children. He graduated from Minier High School and Bradley University Horological School (Watchmaking) in Peoria, IL, and served in the U.S. Army in Alaska during the Korean War. Dale met his wife-to-be, Rose, in California while on leave in 1951.
Dale and Rose were married in 1953 at the First Presbyterian Church in Decatur, Illinois, and moved to North Dakota where Dale started work as a watchmaker with stints in Fargo and Grafton before settling in Grand Forks in 1962. Their only child, Brian, was born while Dale and Rose lived in Grafton. Dale opened Dale’s Watch Service with the motto, “We’re a little out of the way, but we make it pay … for you, in quality and service.” He later earned his Graduate Gemologist degree and the business transitioned into specializing in diamonds and colored stones. The store then became Dale’s Diamond Center. In 1980, Dale partially retired but concentrated on gem appraisals while continuing to help out in his former store.
Rose and Dale moved to Arizona in 1988. After ten years in Arizona, they chose to be closer to their son and daughter-in-law and moved to Idaho.
Dale was an active member of the Community of Christ, serving as lay minister, pastor, district president, and evangelist. After retirement, he continued making jewelry in his shop, enjoyed carpentry, and often assisted his Chubbuck neighbors. He was an avid Scrabble player and enjoyed the daily Crossword puzzle.
Dale is survived by his son, Brian, and his wife, Elizabeth (Holub), many nieces, nephews, many dear friends and very special “children/grandchildren of the heart” (Allen, Jodi, Jill, Callie Jo, Didier, Anthony, and Katelyn). He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and seven brothers and sisters.
Memorial arrangements are under the expert care of Lance Peck of Downard Funeral Home. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at Downard Funeral Home, 241 N. Garfield Ave. Pocatello, Idaho. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. July 6 at Restlawn Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at the funeral home at 11 a.m. The family wishes to thank Heritage Hospice and Caring Hearts Assisted Living for the professional care provided to Dale and all the neighbors and friends who have been so supportive during this difficult time.
Mark Jacaway, 53, of McCammon, Idaho passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 with his family by his side. Mark was born to Kenneth and Cheryl Hart on October 19, 1962 in Fallon, Nevada. He moved to Pocatello, Idaho with his family in 1967, and then to Soda Springs in 1970. He graduated from the ISU diesel mechanics program in 1985 and worked as a diesel mechanic until 1988 when he assumed proprietorship of Jakes Wrecker and Towing Service in McCammon, Idaho. Mark loved his business and would often say, “If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life!” While operating his tow service, Mark was chairman of the towing association in this area for several years and was voted tow man of the year by the association.
He was married to Dalene Bowden and they were later divorced. Mark and Dalene had two children, Mark Taylor and Tabitha Dalene.
Mark had many interest including riding Seadoos at Twin Lakes and other local waterways, as well as, snowmobiling, hunting, and salmon fishing in Alaska with his good friend Denney Jones. However, his great passion was mud racing, of which he participated until just two weeks before his passing.
Mark is survived by his daughter Tabitha (Scott Murray), grandchildren Riley and Taylor, Pocatello, Idaho, Mother Cheryl Baird, (Jack), Ashton, Idaho, two sisters, Raelene Wassmuth, Pocatello, Idaho and Joni Kirkman, Monmouth, Illinois, his brother, Ken Hart, (Suzy) Pocatello, Idaho and many nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, his son, Taylor, and his sister, Stacey Jacaway.
We would like to thank all of Mark’s friends for the outpouring of support he received, with a special thanks to the people from Soda Springs to Pocatello who have helped Mark fulfill his bucket list. You are amazing…
More information will follow as to when a celebration of life in honor of Mark will be held.
Diane E. Cosens, age 77, of Pocatello, Idaho and formerly of Denver, Colorado, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her loving family at her home on June 27, 2016. Diane's family will receive friends at her viewing at Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho on Friday, July 1st from 6-8 PM. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 2nd at 11:00 A.M. at Gate City Baptist Church located at 500 West Maple in Pocatello. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, section 54 East. Friends who wish may send online memories and condolences to the family by completing the online condolence tabs.
Dale Kauffmann passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at Caring Hearts Assisted Living Home. Honoring his wishes, Dale will be cremated and memorial services will be announced soon by Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello. Friends who wish may send online memories and condolences to the Kauffmann family by completing the online condolences tabs.
Howard B. “Bud” Hildreth, age 92, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at a local care facility. He was born on July 26, 1923 in Pocatello, Idaho to Roy and Daisy Dennisson Hildreth.
Bud grew up in Crystal, Idaho. He received his early education, 1st through 6th grade in a one room school. His family then moved to Pocatello. Bud graduated from Pocatello High School in 1941.
Bud enlisted in the Marines February 16, 1943. He served in the South Pacific Area and was honorably discharged February 11, 1946.
He met and married Edna Mae Mathers on June 14, 1944 in Pocatello. They enjoyed 69 years of marriage prior to Edna Mae’s passing in 2013. Bud worked as a farmer and rancher in Pocatello. He owned and operated Rock In Dairy, and later raised purebred Simmental beef cattle.He also worked as a savings officer. Bud enjoyed fishing, hunting, ranching, square dancing, camping and being around his family.
Bud was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Mae; his parents; his brother, Harvey; and his sister, Delta Montague; and a son-in-law Dale Benesh. He is survived by his children, Linda Benesh of Pitman, New Jersey, Patti (Dean) Strawn Allred of Castleford, Idaho, Spencer (Theda) Hildreth of Pocatello, Keith (Karen) Hildreth of Pocatello, and Arla (Travis) Wilhelm of Pocatello; as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A private service will be held by the family at a later date. A special thank you for the compassionate care given by Brookdale Assisted Living in Chubbuck and Encompass Home Health and Hospice.
Rocky M. Ramos Sr. passed away on May 25, 2016 at his residence. Rocky was born and raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho and resided in Inkom, Idaho. He loved to ride his Harley and most importantly, loved to be with his grandchildren. Rocky was a very caring and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Rocky served in the US Army National Guard where he received numerous medals and ribbon commendations for his honorable service. He served for over 10 years. He loved camping with his large family. Rocky also enjoyed his association with Portneuf Valley Hog Group, where he served as director for a couple of years. He was also a member of the POW/MIA. Rocky was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was an Eagle Scout and served a mission in Spain.
Rocky is survived by his spouse, Sandra Marie Ramos (Stewart). Four children; Mindy L. Ramos, Erigue T. Ramos (Roxanne Ramos), Desiree M. Ramos (Roni Ramos), and Jennifer R. Ramos, as well as, four grandchildren: Deisel Ramos, Briella Ramos, Selena Ramos, and Alexandria Ramos. Rocky Ramos is also survived by his sister Juanita Burke and two brothers; Tommy Ramos and Pat Ramos. Preceded in death by his parents Ted Ramos and Lena Ramos; three brothers, Vedal Ramos, Victor Ramos and Teddy Ramos and his son Rocky M. Ramos Jr.
Rocky’s family will receive friends at a viewing at 10:00 A.M. today, June 2nd at the LDS Rapid Creek Ward Building, 801 North Rapid Creek Rd, Inkom, Idaho. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 A.M. at the church. Interment will follow at the Ammon Cemetery, 5226 East Sunnyside Rd, Ammon. Military Rites will be offered by the Bonneville County Veterans Memorial Team. A luncheon will conclude the services at 3000 Central Ave in Ammon.
Kipp Hummel, age 55, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away suddenly following a heart attack on May 27, 2016. Honoring his wishes, Kipp will be cremated. A full obituary will be posted here soon. Friends may send memories and condolences to the family by completed the online condolence tabbs.
Bobbi Jan Elkins-Teckmeyer, 48, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, left this life May 23, 2016 at her home in Pocatello, Idaho. Bobbi was the first child, first daughter of Roger Eldon Elkins and Janice LaRue, in Murray, Utah on March 27, 1968.
Bobbi loved growing up with her mom and dad and brother and sisters in McClean, Virginia, Frankfurt Germany, Sandy, Utah and Plano, Texas. She loved visiting her grandpa and grandma, Wallace (Wally) and Arnelda Poulson, in Redmond, Utah and had many stories of her childhood experiences there. She also enjoyed seeing all of her relatives and catching up at annual summer family reunions in Fish Lake, Utah.
She married Jeff Shaw and they had two daughters together, Dominique and Dontie. During this period in her life she lived in California. They were later divorced and Bobbi moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho and later married Blane Teckmeyer.
Bobbi was a licensed Aesthetic Esthetician and started a skin care business in Idaho Falls called SkinSense, Llc which successfully operated for over 5 years seeing thousands of skin care clients during the length of this business. Bobbi loved interfacing with her clients and had available to her the latest in skin care treatments. She gave up her business, SkinSense, Llc due to health issues. Bobbi was also a hair care representative and was excited to spend an entire day with John Paul DeJoria of John Paul Mitchell Systems.
Bobbi always had a great interest in art and to that end attended Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and was very excited to see this college program to completion. Bobbi loved walking with her husband, Blane, and their two black pugs Keitchu and Dobby. She also enjoyed very much, visits from her grandson Klue.
Bobbi’s surviving daughters are: Dominque and son Timothy and her partner Daniel Carlson; Dontie Shaw and her children Klue, Elizabeth, and Beckham.
Her other surviving siblings are: Becky and Jay Coley and their daughter McKenzi; Brendi and Adam Conder and their children Michael, Ashley, and Max; Wesley and Kelsey Elkins and their children Dylan, and Peyton. Brendi is now married to Jeff Heath. Adam is now engaged to Halee Kast.
Funeral services are this Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Mill Run Ward, 2020 South Charlotte Dr. Idaho Falls, Idaho, 83402. There will be a viewing at this location at 10:00 a.m. and church services starting at 11:00 a.m., with a lunch provided afterwards for close family.
Darlene Jean Groesbeck, 80, passed away on May 24, 2016, surrounded by her loving family.
Joe and Rose Riedel welcomed Darlene into the world on April 14, 1936, in Wakeeney, Kansas. They soon after moved to Pocatello where Darlene's early education was received at St. Joseph’s. She graduated from Pocatello High School in 1955.
Shortly thereafter, Darlene married Jack Lowry and had one beautiful daughter. She later wed John McKinley and had two more beautiful daughters. In 1971, Darlene married the love of her life, Norman "Keith" Groesbeck. Together they blended their five children before adding baby number six to the family. Keith and Darlene thoroughly enjoyed camping, gardening, and spoiling their pets and grandchildren together. They were married for 35 years before his passing in 2006.
In her younger days, Darlene was an avid bowler and adored dancing. But, her true passions came later in life with her love of playing games, cooking, and baking. She always had something in the oven and generously fed her family, friends, and anyone that she knew was in need. Darlene also enjoyed traveling to see her children and grandchildren.
After working for the Pocatello Police Department and Coca Cola Company, Darlene joined the Idaho State Journal in 1978. In her 32 years as a dedicated employee, she won several Halloween contests for her outrageous costumes, and she always went to work an hour early because she was the only one who could make a decent cup of coffee. Darlene made lifelong friends in both her co-workers and clients that she cherished long after her retirement.
Darlene was cheerful, fun-loving, and forever thoughtful. Her generous spirit never forgot a birthday or special occasion. Darlene also had a great talent for assigning nicknames. If you were in her circle, chances are you were rarely called by your actual first name. She truly knew how to live life to the fullest with her quick wit and playful nature.
In addition to her husband, Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, and her brothers, Gerald Riedel and Robert Riedel. Darlene provided a lifetime of memories for and will be dearly missed by her children: Jackie (Merrill) Payne; Marcie Ward; Randy Groesbeck; and, Ron Groesbeck all of Pocatello; Jennie (Mark) Korsen of Buhl; Joe (Tanja) Groesbeck of Emmett; and, her sister-in-law, Jeanette Riedel of Boise. Darlene was further blessed in life with 9 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and, numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend sincere gratitude to the staff at Copper Summit Assisted Living and Heritage Home Health Hospice, and Lance Peck at Downard Funeral Home for the extra-special care they gave to Darlene in her last days with us.
Darlene’s family will receive friends at Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave, on Tuesday, May 31st at 12 noon. Her memorial service will begin at 1:00 P.M. at the funeral home, followed by a reception and luncheon in her honor at Holy Spirit Catholic Community, St. Anthony’s Church at 507 North 7th Ave., Pocatello.
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, 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 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, 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 (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, 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, 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 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.
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.
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, 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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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 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, 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.
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, 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, 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, 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, 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.
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 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, 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 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, 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, 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, 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 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.