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Pocatello–Jamie Birdwell Jr, age 62, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away following an illness on January 7, 2015 at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Pocatello. Honoring his wishes Jamie will be cremated under the care of Downard Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will be held 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, January 13th at Downard Funeral Home.
Mercedez Marie Chacon, age, 96 of Pocatello, Idaho passed away of natural causes associated with age at Portneuf Medical Center on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho. A full obituary will be posted here soon. Friends who wish may send condolences to the family by clicking on the link toward the top of this page.
Troy I. Carlson passed away on January 4, 2015 following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Pocatello, Idaho June 16, 1966 to Sandra L. and Ronald I. Carlson. He had one son, Troy Chance Carlson, the “apple of his eye.” They were very close and did everything together. Chance being a quick learner, Troy taught him everything he could. He married Chalyce Wolfly. They divorced.
Troy attended Hawthorne Jr High, Pocatelllo High School, and Highland High School. He graduated from Idaho State University Vo-Tech In Welding. He was Wreckmaster Certified Level 4-5.
He most recently drove “Big Rigs” in the oil fields in Wyoming. He loved to drive those big trucks hauling sand and water. His favorite color was blue and he always drove a new blue sleeper. He worked for Old West (NBI) Justice Trucking, and McKimm Trucking in Rock Springs, WY. He was self-taught in many areas and could do most anything he set his mind to. He even earned his Class A CDL himself. His first trucking job was hauling potatoes for WADA Farms. In the middle of winter on solid ice, he drove the truck down Lewisville Highway sideways never hitting pedestrians or vehicles. We always smiled. The police complimented him on his driving. He worked many jobs throughout his life such as Parts Dept. for Ted’s Chrysler and Checker Auto Parts. Others included Stan’s Pro Tow, American Fence and as a winder for VTCU. He was a long-time employee of the J. R. Simplot Co., first as a Laboror, then a Senior Plant Operator. He was a perfectionist in all he undertook.
He is survived by his wonderful son, Chance, (10), his mother, Sandy, father, Ron and his long-time girlfriend Reina Adame. Also surviving, are his aunt and uncle, Mike and Bonnie Petersen plus nieces, Candy and Brandi.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Eva L. Petersen, grandfather, William F Petersen.
Funeral services are under the care of the LDS Highland 8th Ward. The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 10th at 12:00 Noon at the church located at 2000 South Fairway Dr in Pocatello. Memorial services will follow at the Church on 1:00 P.M.
Cory, age 94, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away from causes natural to age on January 22, 2015. A full obituary will be posted here soon.
Donna Jean Cutler, age 68, of Pocatello, Idaho and formerly of Harden, Montana, passed away following an illness on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Portneuf Medical Center. She was born on May 30, 1946 to Doandl A. and Luella Mae (Weigand) Weston. With her father being a Superintendant of various school district, Donna’s family moved often, however she was raised mostly in Montana. She graduated with a teaching degree from Moorehead State College in Moorehead (Fargo) Minnesota. Donna taught elementary school in Harden and Belcourt North Dakota. She retired recently and moved to Pocatello. She married Keith Cutler on August 13, 2009 in Harden, Montana. Donna loved quilting and sewing.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Keith of Pocatello; and son, Chad Hall of Seattle, Washington. She will be dearly missed by her family and her many friends.
Honoring Donna’s wishes, she was cremated and her ashes will be placed at the Mountainview Cemetery in Billings, Montana. Friends who wish may make donations in Donna’s memory to VFW Post 735, 1484 East Cedar St., Pocatello, ID 83204.
Gerald A. Frazier 97, passed away December 20, 2014 of causes natural of age at Monte Vista Hills Care Center in Pocatello.
Gerald was born in Purdy, Missouri December 5, 1917 to James Virgil and Bessie Gann Frazier. He was the second eldest of 4 children, his brother Ephron Frazier and 2 sister Ruby Jones and Helen Jackson. The family moved to Idaho in 1930.
He married Noreen Blundell October 31, 1938 in Pocatello. They eventually settled on the acreage his father purchased on Mink Creek Rd. Gerald became the owner and operator of Frazier’s Poultry Farm that was started by his father. Gerald had a very strong work ethic which he passed onto his children. With countless hours together he and his son’s grew the business into one of Idaho’s largest Poultry Farms with over 100,000 chickens producing high quality fresh Grade AA eggs which they packaged and sold to various dairy distributors, grocery stores and restaurants throughout all of southeast Idaho and Wyoming. Gerald was co-owner of Frazier’s Market and Frazier’s Fruit Farm.
Gerald was a self-made poultry expert. He was the Vice President of Idaho Poultry Federation. When he wasn’t physically on the farm he was reading about poultry and consulting with other breeders and experts. He strived to make his family business “Not the biggest – Just the Best”. Our family is very proud of the business our father and his sons worked so hard to build.
Gerald was an avid sports lover. He was passionate about baseball. He played minor league baseball for the Saint Louis Cardinals Farm Team, The Alameda Redbirds. He was successful at passing down his skills and passion for baseball to his sons and grandsons by coaching and sponsoring little league baseball.
He sponsored a bowling team at Tough Guy Lanes that his sons Dennis and Bruce bowled on for many years.
He had a great love for Chrysler automobiles. In his later years you would see him tending to business on the farm driving his “GTX” which he purchased from his oldest son, Dennis.
Gerald retired in 1997 and sold the farm in 1998.
Gerald is survived by daughters, Janet (Bill) Staker, and Susan (Boyd) Henderson; sons, Bruce (Terrie) Frazier, and Roger (Susan) Frazier; 10 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren; and sister-in-law, June (Ephron) Frazier.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Noreen; his parents; sons, Dennis and Gary; grandson, Bill Staker, JR.; brother, Ephron and sisters Ruby Jones and Helen Jackson; brother-in-law, Fendon Jackson; sons-in-law, Bob Thompson and Boyd Henderson; and daughter-in-law, Judy Frazier.
The family would like to thank Rosetta Assisted Living, Access Hospice, and Monte Vista Hills Care Center for all of their care of our father.
Graveside service will be held later in March 2015. In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations be made in Gerald’s name to The Idaho Youth Ranch.
Waltraute “Wally” Grimm Goodell, age 95, of Pocatello, Idaho passed away peacefully of a sudden illness at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho. She was born on August 29, 1919 in Hannover, Germany to Robert and Hermine (Temps) Reichmuth. She was raised and educated in Hannover. She married Rudolph Grimm. Together they had a daughter, Gerhild “Jerry”; and a son, Ruediger “Randy”. The family immigrated to the United States in 1951. Wally was passionate about her relationship with God, her family and her home. She belonged to the Grace Lutheran Church here in Pocatello where she was active in the Dorcas Circle. Wally loved to garden, to cook and doing traditional physical activities including daily walks and water aerobics. After Rudolph passed away, she married Cyril F. Goodell on April 8, 1976 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Together they enjoyed traveling all over the United States and many places in Europe.
Wally was preceded in death by her first husband, Rudolph; her son, Randy; a sister, Hildegarde; and a half-brother, Adolph. She is survived by her husband, Cyril; her daughter, Jerry; a step-son, Tom Goodell; and a step-daughter, Lesley Szabo. She is also survived by a granddaughter and a great grandson, as well as numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren who dearly loved her as Wally loved them.
Memorial services will be held 4:00 P.M. on Monday, Feb. 9th at Grace Lutheran Church, 1350 Baldy, Pocatello, Idaho 83201. In lieu of flowers, friends who wish may make memorial contributions in Wally’s memory to The Grace Lutheran Benevolence Fund to help needy children. Contributions are accepted at the church’s address. Please send an online condolence by clicking on the link at the top of this page. Thank you.
Carl William Gaarsland, age 79, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away peacefully of natural causes and with his loving family surrounding on February 7, 2015. He was born on March 2, 1935 in Battle Lake, Minnesota to Agnes Christine Gaarsland.
Carl attended grade school at two different schools that each were only one room that held all eight grades with one teacher. There was no electricity or plumbing. He also attended Battle Lake High. Carl later earned his GED from Idaho State University.
Carl was raised on a farm in Minnesota and then left home when he was sixteen years old to work on dairy farms. He learned the value of hard work as he milked one hundred to three hundred cows three times a day. He also worked for his brother-in-law raising turkeys until he entered the military. Carl also drove long haul for Garrett Freight Lines for 25 years and Doug Andrus for about 10 years.
Carl served in the US Army. He was stationed at Ft Bliss, Texas and Camp Chaffee, Kansas. He then was stationed two years at Ft McFerson, Georgia where he drove staff cars for officers, mostly general and pentagon personnel and foreign dignitaries.
Carl married Sara Lee Ricker. They were married for 57 years before she passed away.
Carl loved fishing at Chesterfield and Henry’s Lake, snowmobiling, camping and going south for the past 20 years.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and his brother-in-law and sister. He is survived by three sons, Robert and Hugh (Kim) of Pocatello, Idaho and Michael of Boise, Idaho; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren; one brother, David (Linda) of Battle Lake.
Cremation has been completed through Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield, Pocatello, Idaho. No services are currently be planned. There will be a family gathering at a latter time.
Friends who wish may send donations in Carl’s name to the Idaho Kidney Center.
Carol A. Harrop, age 62, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away peacefully on February 24, 2015 following an extended illness. Carol Harrop, 62. The family of Carol will receive friends at a visitation 10:00 A.M. on Sat. Feb. 28th at the LDS Valley View Ward, 1433 Gwen Dr in Pocatello. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 A.M. at the church followed by graveside in Honeyville, UT. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Downard Funeral Home, 241 N Garfield Ave., Pocatello. (208) 233-0686. Friends who wish may send online condolences to the family by clicking on the link above.
Joseph Ralph Herrera, age 84, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away suddenly at his home on Sunday, January 11, 2015. Honoring his wishes, Joseph will be cremated under the care of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho. A full obituary will be posted here soon.
Pocatello–James Hiatt, age 95, passed away of causes natural to age at Ridgewind Assisted Living. Honoring his wishes, James will be cremated under the care and direction of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho. A full obituary will be posted here soon.
Ray W. Howell was born on August 25, 1930 on a train in West Yellowstone, Montana to James Verl and Vida LaVeena (Ward) Howell. Ray was only five when his father, James, passed away. At age nine Ray was already learning the meaning of hard work as he began to hold various jobs to help support the family. Ray graduated from Pocatello High School and then while working for FMC, Ray received additional training in welding and assisted at the FMC Credit Union. He married Beverly Jones on June 24th, 1950 in Pocatello at Beverly’s parent’s home. Ray loved spending time with family and friends. They went camping, dirt bikes riding, hunting, fishing. Ray also enjoyed fly tieing.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; and one brother. He is survived by his wife Beverly of Pocatello; and children, Christy Cahoon of Graham, Washington, Gary Howell of Pocatello, Connie (Troy) Donahue of Idaho Falls and Caralee (Raymond) Nulphn of American Falls; as well as 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; one brother, Jima (Kaye) Howell of Draper, Utah.
A celebration of Ray’s life will be held privately held this summer in Mackay. Friends who wish may give donations in Ray’s memory to the Pocatello Animal Shelter, Friends of the Pocatello Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 281. Pocatello, ID 83204.
Natallia Jemison, age 37, of Twin Falls, Idaho, passed away at her home following a very courageous battle with cancer on January 25, 2015. Honoring her wishes, full anatomical donation has been made to help further advance learning in the health related areas of study. No public services are currently being planned, however friends who wish may send online condolences to her family by clicking on the link at the top of this page.
Alison Ann Jordan, age 55, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away following an illness on Feb. 1, 2015 at Portneuf Medical Center. Honoring her wishes, Alison will be cremated under the care of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave, Pocatello, Idaho. A full obituary will be posted here soon. Friends may send online condolences to the family by clicking on the link at the top of this page.
Vernon R. Kunert of Pocatello, Idaho died February 4, 2015 at home, with his loving wife Shirley and daughter Kathy by his side. Vernon was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 29, 1925. At age 17 he enlisted in the Navy. He served our country during World War II, with honor and integrity, on the battleship U.S.S. Massachusetts. After the war he worked for Allis Chalmers as a graphic designer. He met his future wife Jane Marr at a wedding, that neither one of them wanted to attend. They were married October 11, 1947 in West Allis, Wisconsin. In 1956, Vernon and Jane moved to California, with their two oldest children. Three children followed, after the move to Southern California. Vernon worked for McDonnell Douglas, and retired after 31 years with the company. After his retirement, Vernon and Jane moved to Sacramento, California. Jane passed away in 1998, after 51 years of marriage.
In 2000, he married Virginia Kruse of Pocatello, Idaho. They were together until 2005, when Virginia passed away.
Vernon stayed in Pocatello, and in 2007 started mall walking. There he met long time resident Shirley Nielsen. They were married April 8, 2011. Their marriage was a loving, caring, and sharing relationship, which they both cherished.
Vernon is survived by his wife Shirley, his five children, Kathy Bieman (Aaron), James Kunert, Paul Kunert (Isabella), Karen Mascaro, Bette Hull (Mark), 13 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, friends who wish may make memorial contributions in Vernon's memory to the Grace Lutheran High School Fund. Contributions are accepted at the church's address: Grace Lutheran Church
1350 Baldy Ave.
Pocatello, ID 83201
Loren R. Mast, age 80, of Pocatello, Idaho passed away peacefully following an illness at his home on January 21, 2015. Honoring his wishes Loren was cremated under the care of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho. Friends who wish may send online condolences to the Mast family by clicking on the link above.
James M. Latimer Jr.May 7, 1938 - February 9, 2015If you've ever driven down Yellowstone Ave. on a sunny afternoon, you've probably seen Jim and Afton Latimer walking hand in hand. They walked together every day without fail for more than 25 years. At times they walked in Mountain View Cemetery, on Yellowstone, and on cold mornings, at the Pine Ridge Mall. James Monroe "Jimmie" Latimer Jr. passed away suddenly at his home Monday, February 9, 2015.James was the eldest child of James M. Sr. and Nell Latimer. He graduated from Pocatello High School in 1956, and studied education at Idaho State University. On August 14, 1958 he married Afton Mae Baldwin in Afton's hometown of Blackfoot, Idaho. They began their family in James' hometown of Pocatello, having three children, James, Kelly, and Lisa.James worked briefly for the Union Pacific Railroad, but spent the bulk of his career at the Kraft Foods Plant. He retired from Kraft Foods as a Maintenance Supervisor in 1986. He was also an active member of the Board of Directors for the Kraft Foods Credit Union.In his retirement, James enjoyed traveling the world with Afton and his family, visiting Australia, Europe, and all of North America. One of his goals in traveling was to build an extensive genealogical record of his family through research and visits to familial historic sites. James was a very artistic and creative person. He was interested in painting, ceramics, and sculpture. Additionally, James had a keen interest in all of the latest technology throughout his life. James is survived by his loving wife Afton; son James; daughters Kelly (Randy) Allen and Lisa (Brad) Street; his brother Donald (Dianna); sister-in-law Carol Baldwin; brother-in-law Paul Baldwin; six grandchildren, Vince and Joe Jensen, Krysten (Mike) Bullock, Jared Allen, Brianna, and Alex Street; and two great-grandchildren Conor and Madison Bullock. James was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Carol Anne Wickstrom.A Celebration of Life was held Friday, February 13, 2015 at Downard Funeral Home located at 241 N. Garfield St., Pocatello, ID 83204 at 10 a.m. Honoring his wishes, James was cremated and inurned at Mountain View Cemetery. James was loved dearly and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.Afton will continue walking every day. Jim may not be by her side, but she won't be alone.
John "Mark" McCollum Obituary John "Mark" McCollumJohn Mark McCollum, 50, passed away Fri. Jan. 23, 2015. A viewing will be Fri. Jan. 30, 2015 from 6-8 PM at COLONIAL Funeral Home 2005 S. 4th Ave. Poc. ID and for one hour prior to services at the church on Sat. Funeral services will be Sat. Jan. 31, 2015 at 11 AM at the First Baptist Church, 500 W. Maple St. Pocatello, ID 83201. Condolences to the family at www.colonial-funeralhome.com 208-233-1500
Archie L. Parkinson,73, of Pocatello, ID passed away on Jan. 7, 2015. He was born Oct. 7, 1941 in Rockland, WY to Cragg and Bessie Conway Parkinson.
Archie married Linda Nestor on June 19, 1971 in Pocatello, ID. They were married 43 years. Archie was a farm laborer/ mechanic. He could tear motors apart and put them back together, in working order. He worked for three generations of one family on a farm in the Michaud Area. He was proud of the fact that he was a “shade tree mechanic.”
Archie’s family was his life. He is surived by his wife Linda, two sons-Spencer (Jene) Salt Lake City and Travis (Sheri) Pocatello, a sister-Sue Waln (Russ), 8 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchldren.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, January 10th at 1:00 P.M. at the Inkom City Cemetery in Inkom, Idaho. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield ave., Pocatello, Idaho
December 1, 1924 – March 3, 2015
Margie A. Palmer, age 90, passed away on March 3, 2015 at an assisted living in Pocatello. She was born in Hutchinson, Kansas to Isaac Americus and Lillie Mae Holloway Moore, the 9th of 13 children.
She married Clifford Raymond Palmer in Wichita, Kansas on November 20, 1948. Their children included Rita Marlene (William) Ferguson, Salem, Oregon and Barbara Jean (Gary) Cooper, Coeur D’ Alene, Idaho from Clifford’s first marriage, and Fred James (Joanne) Heape from Margie’s first marriage. Nearly a year later Carl Riley (Barbara) Palmer was born into that blended family. Little did Margie realize the nomadic odyssey that would define this marriage.
In the summer of 1955 these six people crammed into an 8’X32’ trailer that Clifford pulled around the country working as a bricklayer. Margie became very adept at quickly preparing that trailer for travel, sometimes on a 2-3 hour notice. That vagabond life style took her to 12 states and 26 towns moving 34+ times, spending anywhere from 2 days to 2 years in those locations. Idaho was just one of those many states but by far the most favorite.
Margie was a can do hardworking person most of her life and often spoke of her first job cleaning someone else’s house at age 10. She also spent time as a café waitress and cook, a grocery cashier, pickle and sauerkraut packer (Wisconsin) and 20 years as a hardware clerk, her favorite job, in Las Vegas.
While living in Las Vegas her favorite pastime was playing slot machines. Nearly always lucky she is one of a very few who has beaten the odds and won more than she ever lost. Summertime would find her near some body of water with a fishin’ pole in her hand. Again she seemed to carry her luck with her and usually caught more and bigger fish than anyone else. She claimed she just knew how to hold her mouth right!
Margie was preceded in death by her husband Clifford and son Fred. She is survived by her daughters, Rita and Barbara and son Carl, plus many grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
A viewing will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, March 7th with the funeral to follow at 11:00 A.M. both at Downard Funeral Home 241 N. Garfield Ave., Pocatello. Interment will be at Mountain View Cemetery.
Donald Joey Pease, age 61, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at his home following an illness, Honoring his wishes, Donald was cremated under the care of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Pocatello, Idaho, Memorial services will be posted here soon. You are welcome to send an online condolence to the family from the link above.
Vincent Rafn, age 49, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away on February 20, 2015 at his home following an illness. Services will be under the care and direction of Wood Funeral Home, 273 North Ridge Avenue, Idaho Falls, Idaho, Friends who wish to send condolences to the family may click on the link above.
Leah Ruth Raynor, 97, of Pocatello, Idaho passed away on February 18, 2015 at the home of her daughter, Rena, while surrounded by her family. Ruth Bridge was born on December 10, 1917 to Walter Scott Bridge and Tressie Sack Bridge in Vona, Colorado. Ruth graduated from Kuna High School in 1936 where she was the senior class secretary-treasurer. Ruth was an avid softball player while in high school, earning several state titles with her team. On October 21, 1941 she married Raymon Raynor, who was later drafted into the Cox Navy during World War II as part of the Seabees Battalion. In 1942, their daughter Ralene was born and Rena arrived in 1949.
Ruth owned the Star Beauty Salon in Star, Idaho for many years. Ruth loved spending time with her family. She managed to be coerced into spending time outdoors camping and fishing with her family. However, other than spending time with her family, there wasn’t much else she enjoyed about her outdoor experiences. She especially despised being eaten by the “no-see-um gnats.”
As a widow, she loved going to the dances at the Meridian Senior Center. Her love of baseball continued throughout her life and she was an avid Seattle Mariners baseball fan watching every televised game. Ruth also loved football, especially her Boise State Broncos.
Ruth moved to Pocatello, Idaho in July 2014 to live with her daughter, Rena. During this time, Ruth enjoyed attending her great grandsons’ soccer games and watching them return from tournaments to show her their medals. Her great-grandchildren visited her every night to see what sweet treat Grandma Ruthie had in store for them. Sometimes, they shared a bowl of ice cream, but whatever it was, she had some kind of chocolate morsel waiting for them.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Raymon, her parents, Tressie and Walter Sack, her sister Arlene Wells, and a granddaughter, Robin Slack.
Ruth is survived by her daughters Ralene Schmeckpeper (Merlyn), Rena Parsons (Bill); her grandchildren, Amy Slack (Matt Dickey), Carey Slack (David O’Connor), and Kurt Litzenberger; her great-grandchildren Ricky Robinson, Connor and Kieran Slack; a niece, Sharon Fraley, and nephew, Terry Wells.
Graveside services will be held on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Meridian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be sent in Ruth’s name to a charity of your choice.
Margaret E. Richan, age 60, of Pocatello and formerly of Leadore, Idaho, passed away peacefully following an extended illness at her home on Feb. 20, 2015. A full obituary has been printed in the Idaho State Journal. Friends who wish may send online condolences to the family by clicking on the link above.
Dorothy Robinson, age 84, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away peacefully of natural causes at Portneuf Medical Center on February 23, 2015. Honoring her wishes, Dorothy will be cremated. No public services are currently being planned. She is survived by her two sons, Gary (Kathy) Rademacher and Curtis Rademacher of Pocatello and their families. Friends who wish may send online condolences to the family by clicking on the link at the top of this page.
Alicia Magdalena Sabala aka “Slim”, age 93, of Chubbuck, Idaho, passed away peacefully at Ridgewind Assisted Living on February 6, 2015. She was born on October 7, 1921 in Shoshone, Idaho to Vicente and Maria (Camporredondo) Guisasola. She graduated from Shoshone High School where she excelled in basketball and swimming. It was during her participation in swimming that she met her future husband, John L. Sabala. They were married on April 21, 1946 in Twin Falls, Idaho.
John and Alice built a log home in Ketchum, Idaho. They operated Sabala Cleaners until 1971. Alice also worked at several places during their years in the Wood River Valley including the Round House on Bald Mountain, First Security Bank, and Intermountain Gas. One note of interest is that she never interviewed for a job; employers always asked her to come work for them.
John and Alice were very active in the community and organizations such as Papoose Club. Alice was very active in the Catholic Church as well. After retirement in 1983, they moved to Twin Falls, Idaho where they enjoyed playing tennis, golf, and entertaining kids and grandkids. They also traveled all across the country to visit family.
After John’s death in 1992, Alice moved to Pocatello. In 2011, she moved to Wilsonville, Oregon to be with her youngest daughter. In February of 2014, Alice returned to Pocatello.
Alice was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Joe, Modesto and Louis; and her husband, John. She is survived by her children, John V. Sabala of Eagle, Colorado, Victoria Otterson (Chuck) of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, Valerie Allred (Dave) of Pocatello, Idaho, and Vanessa Wenigmann (Bruce) of Boise, Idaho, as well as 12 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 1 great, great grandchild.
A Catholic Vigil Service will be held tonight, Feb. 10th at 6:00 P.M. at Downard Funeral Home, 241 N. Garfield Ave. The family will greet friends following recitation of the Holy Rosary at approximately 6:30 P.M. A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home. The family wishes to give a special thank you to Shaylyn, Courtney and Tia and the caring staff at Ridgewind.
Cassandra Spain, age 72, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away of natural causes on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 at Gateway Transitional Care Center in Pocatello. Honoring her wishes, Cassandra will be cremated under the care of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave. Her cremains will be interred next to her late husband. Friends who wish may send online condolences to the Cassandra's family by clicking on the link at the top of this page.
Jane Turner, age 95 of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away of causes natural to age on January 4, 2015 at The Gables Assisted Living in Pocatello, Idaho. Honoring her wishes, Jane was cremated under the care and direction of Downard Funeral Home.
Theodore "Ted" O. Zerba, born on Jan 10, 1956 and lived in Coeur d' Alene, died at the age of 59, on Jan. 31, 2015 at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello following an apparent heart attack. Honoring his wishes, Ted will have a Naval Burial at Sea. A reception will be held in his honor in Coeur d' Alene. Arrangements are under the care of Downard Funeral Home, Pocatello, Idaho . Friends who wish may send online condolences to the family by clicking on the link at the top of this page.
Zitterkopf, age 82, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away following an illness on January 8, 2015, with family members by his side. He was born on March 16, 1932 in Morrill, Nebraska to Jacob and Marie (Aschenbrenner) Zitterkopf. His parents were German immigrants that were born in Russia. The family, who were farmers, immigrated to the Scottsbluff, Nebraska area. Thereafter, the family moved to the Hansen, Idaho area. At the age of 10 he met the love of his life, Bettylou Barnhill when he grabbed her hand saying that he’d walk her to school since the school bus was late. They were lifetime sweethearts, giving them 71 years of unforgettable memories. They married on March 31st in Ely, Nevada and settled in Twin Falls, Idaho to raise their family and later moved to Pocatello, Idaho.
Dad worked at Brennan Construction as a superintendent for many years and had a very dedicated work ethic. Building was his passion and he took great pride in his work. Dad never asked the employees to do anything that he wouldn’t do himself and he worked right alongside of them. Dad made lifelong friends with the Brennan family and other co-workers.
During his tenure with Brennan Construction, he met Vic Kmetz and they became “racing” buddies. They were fierce competitors and won many races at Pocatello Speedway. The boys helped Dad and Vic with the mechanics and bodywork, with the girls being in charge of making sure the machine looked sharp before race night.
Dad thoroughly loved to go “wood-choppin”, hunting, fishing, camping, growing a food garden as well as floral garden and having the family around the table for various dinners and gatherings. He was especially proud of receiving the Golden Arrow Award for his yard. When one of the family members shot wild game, it was hung in the garage and the “call chain” was begun. Family members were recruited in order to clean, cut and wrap. The same “call chain” was initiated when it came time for canning.
Dad ruled with an iron hand but played twice as hard. He had seven children living in his home, but was Dad to many. He was proud to teach young people. He enjoyed being a part of all his childrens’ lives and had special relationships with his grandkids. Dad always said, “If I had a choice to return any of my kids, I wouldn’t return a one of them”.
Dad’s wit will be sorely missed. He was a great prankster, but would give you credit for the great pranks where he was on the receiving end. It was nothing for him to try to one-up you, even if it meant that the hose came in the house in the middle of a water fight. Mom got new carpet and furniture after that little incident. His co-workers were the brunt of many pranks on the job. They gave as good as they got.
Dad will be greatly missed, but has blessed us with the privilege of having been in our lives.
Dad was preceded in death by his parents, Jake and Marie; his wife, Bettylou Zitterkopf, one sister, Betty Kuder; one brother, Don. He is survived by one sister, Mary Ash (Boise), his seven children: Paula (Stephen) Larsen, Douglas (Carrie) Zitterkopf, Larry (Deb) Zitterkopf, Patricia (Wade) Semons, Henry (Delynn) Zitterkopf, Robert (Diane) Zitterkopf and Penny (Dirk) Wilson along with eighteen grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, and one great, great grandchild.
A memorial service will be held at Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Avenue, Pocatello, Idaho on Saturday, January 17th at 2:00 p.m.