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Miscellaneous Ada County, Idaho Obituaries


Catherine Combe
Catherine Combe, 91, of Caldwell, passed away peacefully at a Nampa hospital on Tuesday, April 17, 2001. A private family service will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 20, 2001, at the Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel, 404 10th. Ave. So., Nampa. Graveside Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2001, at the Memorial Gardens of the Wasatch in Ogden, Utah. Catherine Combe was born on March 30, 1910 in Ogden, Utah, the daughter of William and Wilhelminia DeGroot and was reared and educated in Ogden. She married George L. Combe, Sr. on June 27, 1935. They owned and operated a dairy farm in Weber County. In 1967 they moved to Eagle, Idaho where they raised dairy replacement heifers. Catherine was a very hard working individual, working alongside her husband on the farm. She enjoyed needle point and embroidery work. She took many of the items that she made to various state fairs where she won many ribbons. Her husband preceded her in death on Feb. 25, 1974. In 1995 she moved to Caldwell to live with her son and daughter-in-law and family, Paul & Peggy Combe. Catherine is survived by her children: Clyde and Marquette Combe, Grants Pass, Ore.; David Bud and Janet Combe, Grants Pass, Ore.; George L., Jr. and Lola Combe, Ogden, Utah; Brent J. Combe, Nampa, Idaho; Dean F. and Janet Combe, Eagle, Idaho; Paul A. and Peggy Combe, Caldwell, Idaho; Catherine and Stan Kopke, Boise, Idaho; 28 grand-children; and 26 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by 3 brothers, 2 sisters and 2 grandchildren. The family suggest memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimers Association, 4696 Overland Road, Boise, Idaho 83705.

Doyle R. Hardy
Doyle R. Hardy, 71, of Cascade, formerly of Nampa, passed away at a Boise hospital on Tuesday, April 17th, 2001. Doyle was born March 28, 1930, at Caliente, Nev. He was one of six children born to Frank and Ida (McKnight) Hardy. Doyle and his family moved to Homedale when he was a young teenager. While in Homedale he met Ida L. Trussell and they later married on July 14th, 1948. As a result of their union they had three children, Doyle, Debbie and Samuel. Doyle loved spending time with his family and sharing in all kinds of activities especially card games. Doyle and Ida settled in Nampa in 1955. He worked for Owyhee Sheet Metal for several years before starting J & D Sheet Metal in 1967. Doyle retired from his business in 1992, and moved with Ida to Round Valley near Cascade. Doyle enjoyed classic country and western music, four-wheeling, snow mobiling, dune buggying and motorcycling. He and Ida also enjoyed their Winter trips to Salton City, Calif., and to Yuma, Ariz. Doyle loved the desert. Doyle is survived and will be greatly missed by; his wife of 52 years, Ida; a son, Doyle F. (& April) Hardy of Yakima, WA; daughter, Debbie (& Gary) Lasher of Eagle; grandchildren, Cherie, Marcie, Jon, Gregg, Robin and Doug; brothers, Roy and Jim; sisters, Hazel Viana and Millie Shepherd; great-grandchildren, Kyle, Brady, Lauryn, Madison, Jonah, Mallory, Alexis, Gavin and Gage; and numerous other family and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Ben and a son Samuel. A Memorial Service to celebrate Doyles life will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, April 20th, 2001, at the Nampa First Christian Church (7th Street and 12th Avenue). There will be visitation Thursday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Alsip and Persons Funeral Chapel. Arrangements are under the direction of Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel (404 10th Ave. So., Nampa, Id 83651).

Dr. John Eckel Riley
Dr. John Eckel Riley, 92, of Nampa, President Emeritus of Northwest Nazarene University, died peacefully on Tuesday, April 17, after a brief illness. A service of celebration will be held on Saturday, April 21, at 4:30 p.m. in College Church of the Nazarene, 504 E. Dewey Ave., Nampa. Burial will follow at the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell. The family will greet friends at Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel, 404 10th. Ave. So., Nampa from 6-8 p.m. on Friday. John Riley was born to Rev. George Duncan Riley and Mary Jane Oliver Riley January 23, 1909 in Havenhill, Mass. He was raised in an Irish family, the fourth of six children. His father pastored Nazarene churches in New England during his growing up years. In the Providence, Rhode Island church he met the woman who was to be his life-long love and partner: Dorcas Mine Tarr. John Riley earned his B.A. at Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy, Mass. in 1930, and his M.A. at Boston University in 1931. ENC granted him a doctorate in 1950. He married Dorcas Tarr June 1, 1932, while he was pastoring the Church of the Nazarene in Auburn, Maine. They pastored together in Livermore Falls, Maine, New Haven, Conn., South Portland, Maine, and Toronto, Ontario. Their three daughters, Noel, Lynn, and Gail, were born in New England. In1944 the family moved to Nampa, Idaho, to pastor the new College Church. During his eight years as pastor, he took in 940 members, taught theology 2/3 time at NNC., and led College Church in erecting its present building. Mrs. Riley always worked alongside him. Northwest Nazarene College called him to become its president in 1952. He served as president for 21 years. During his presidency he strengthened the credentials of the faculty and the academic structure of the college, and supervised the construction of nine new campus buildings. John Riley has been a member of the Higher Commission, Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, and the State Commission on the Arts, and has served as an education consultant for the Department of World Missions, Church of the Nazarene. He was an active member of the Lions Club, a life-time member of the Nampa Chamber of Commerce, and a faithful member of the Tycoons Class at College Church. Dr. and Mrs. Riley retired in 1973, to begin five years of missionary service, teaching in mission schools in Africa, Australia, Israel and Switzerland. He traveled the world, often visiting NNC graduates in far off places. In recent years has enjoyed working in his yard, spending time with his family, and reading almost a book a day. He loved the West, adopting its rugged beauty and outdoor adventures as his own. He loved to spend summers camping and backpacking at Redfish Lake and was renewed and inspired by the majesty of the Sawtooth Mountains. John Riley authored numerous articles and five books in his lifetime: The Golden Stairs, This Holy Estate, The Wind Runs Free, From Sagebrush to Ivy: The Story of NNC 1913-1988, and Recollections and Reflections. He never sought but greatly appreciated a number of honors that were granted him during his nine decades. John E. Riley is survived by his wife of almost 69 years, Mrs. Riley; three daughters and their husbands (Noel Riley Fitch and Albert Sonnenfeld, Lynn and Ralph Neil, Gail and Brian ONeill); four grandchildren and their spouses (Gailyn Fitch and David Shube, John and Connie Neil, David and Sally Neil, Nicholas and Charlotte Gibson Zavos); and six great-grandchildren (Sheila, Sean, and Heather Neil, Ian and Fletcher Neil, and Madeleine Gibson Zavos). He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers and sisters (Gertrude, George, Mabel, Orin, and Ruth); and two great-grandchildren (Kathleen Megan Neil and Owen John Zavos). In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Riley Intellectual Life Endowment for the library at Northwest Nazarene University, 623 Holly St., Nampa, Idaho 83686.

Eva Ruthe Zahm
E. Ruthe Zahm, 73, of the Albion Woods subdivision of Boise, departed this life on Tuesday, April 17th, 2001, at 12:30 a.m. at Saint Alphonsus hospital following an extended battle with cancer. Ruthe Zahm was born on April 26th, 1927, in Boise, Idaho, to the late Fred and Mae Korner of Buhl, Idaho. Ruthe spent most of her life in Boise, raising her four sons, Kermit, Tye, Ladd, and Lance. As a renowned teacher in the Boise School System, Ruthe taught at several schools including Adams, Maple Grove, and Jackson elementary. She retired after 21 years teaching our children the skills they would need to achieve success in their lives. She is survived by her four boys; and twelve grandchildren (Jennifer, Kerry, Dustin, Heather, Mindy, Brian, Laurie and Cassandra by Kermit and wife Alise; Taylor, Ben, and Riley by Lance and wife Laurie; and Kris by son Tye and wife Tami). She is also survived by four great grandchildren (Benjamin by Jennifer and Cliff, and Ian, Marshall, and Sydney by Heather and Lance) as well as a host of in-laws, extended family members across many social and religious boundaries and many special friends and neighbors. Funeral services will be held at Summers Funeral Home on the corner of 12th and Bannock in Boise on Friday, 20 April at 1 p.m. Interment will be at Cloverdale Cemetery immediately following. The family will receive friends at Tyes residence on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. Directions can be obtained by contacting immediate family members.

Florence L. Whitsell
Florence L. Whitsell 98, of Boise, formerly of Emmett, died Tuesday at a Boise care center. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2001, at the Potter Funeral Chapel in Emmett. Interment will follow in the Emmett Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Potter Funeral Chapel. Mrs. Whitsell was born December 6, 1902, at Sweet, Idaho, a daughter to Lorenzo and Mae Antoinette (Kidman) Peterson. She moved to Emmett when she was 14 and in 1920, she married John E. Whitsell in Emmett. They lived for a while in Sweet but later moved to Emmett where she lived until moving to Boise in 1993. She enjoyed doing needlework and later in life learned to paint with oil paints. Survivors include her son, Darrel Whitsell and his wife Betty of Milwaukee, Ore.; four daughters, Norma Lawler, Phyllis Echeverria and her husband Ike all of Boise, Mary Bennett of Newberg, Ore., and Karrel Whitsell also of Boise; 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews; also surviving is a sister Thelma Carlock of Emmett. In addition to her parents and her husband who died in 1966, she is preceded in death by 5 brothers and a sister.

Robert Lloyd Hughes
Robert Lloyd Hughes, 44, of Walla Walla, Wash., and formerly of Boise, passed away Sunday, April 15, 2001, in Walla Walla. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 21, 2001, at Cloverdale Funeral Home, 1200 N. Cloverdale Rd., Boise. Cremation will follow and interment will follow at Morris Hill Cemetery, Boise. Bob was born October 12, 1956, in La Grande, Oregon to Marvin and Betty (Akers) LeGore. He spent his early years in La Grande and later moved to Boise where he graduated from Borah High School. He later moved to Medford, Ore., Coeur d Alene, Idaho and Walla Walla, Wash., where he worked in wholesale produce sales. He was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting, backpacking and canoeing. Bob is survived by his 3 sons: Tevis and Joey both of Coeur d Alene, Troy of Meridian; his mother Betty and stepfather Earl Ramsey of Meridian; his father Marvin LeGore and wife Darlene of Roseburg, Ore.; 2 brothers: Joe LeGore of Port Townsend, Wash., and Scott Hughes and wife Melissa of Nampa. He is also survived by his fiancee Tiffani Jefferson of Walla Walla; 1 grandchild Tahya Hughes; a nephew Lawson LeGore; and a stepfather Ron Hughes of Boise. Friends may call Friday from 2-8 p.m. at Cloverdale Funeral Home, Boise.

Warren Dent Combs
"IN HIS PRESENCE"
Warren Dent Combs, 80, of Salt Lake City, Utah and formerly of Nampa, went to be with the Lord on Easter Sunday, April 15, 2001. A Celebration Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sat., April 21, 2001, at the Nampa First Assembly of God Church, 312 16th. Ave. North. Rev. Jackie Marshall, pastor of the Hillcrest Trinity Assembly of God Church in Boise will officiate. Burial will follow at the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell. Friends may call at the Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel, 404 10th. Ave. So. in Nampa on Friday from 5-8 p.m. Warren Dent Combs was born December 19, 1920, in Shepherdsville, Kentucky. He was the seventh son and youngest of eleven children born to William Myron Combs and Nettie Weller Combs. He bears the family name of his great grandmother, Margaret Dent, sister of the wife of President of U.S. Grant. At the age of six, he moved with his family to Bradenton, Fla., because of his fathers sieges of pneumonia. He went through high school there and graduated from Apostolic Bible College in Bradenton, Fla. In 1940 he married Marjorie Gates, a member of a pioneer Florida family. Her great grandfather was the first white child listed in the Manatee County birth record. Shortly after they were married, they felt called to minister in the western United States. They pastored Klamath Falls, Ore., from 1941-1945, evangelized for two years, was then ordained in 1947, in the Assemblies of God and pastored in Toppenish, Wash., until 1956. He and his wife served as evangelists for four years itinerating among the Assembly of God churches in the southeast and northwest United States. He pastored in Nampa, Idaho from 1960-1973. Served again as evangelist for nine years before accepting the pastorate in Greeley, Colo., from 1982-1989. The couple retired to Salt Lake City in 1989 where he became quite active on the pastoral staff of Salt Lake Christian Center working with senior citizens. Starting his ministry in 1940, Pastor Combs had over sixty years of diversified ministry that led him into 37 states and 25 countries of the world. He served as the Assistant District Superintendent of the Southern Idaho Assemblies of God. He taught for 31/2 years in Midwestern Bible College in Greeley, Colo., and served as its Vice-President part of that time. He conducted a number of Ministers Institutes in Nampa, Idaho and also in Honolulu, Hawaii. He authored the book Pentecostal Catechism. Besides his wife, Marjorie, he is survived by his brother, Myron Combs, Bowling Green, Ky.; his son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Warren E. and Arnelle Combs, Athens, Ga.; his daughter and son-in-law, Marjean and Jack Marshall, Salt Lake City, Utah and seven grandchildren. To this list must be added a host of friends who Pastor Combs maintained active connection with in the Christian community around the globe. He was preceded in death by two sons, Larry LeRoy and Vernon Pledger. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Rocky Mountain Hospice, 2277 East Ft. Union Blvd., Salt Lake City, Utah 84121.

Wellington W. "Mike" Ivie
Wellington W. "Mike" Ivie of Bellevue, ID, passed away at Blaine Manor on Saturday, April 14, 2001, after a long and hard-fought illness. He was born in Duchesne County, Utah, the youngest son of Alden Ivie and Martha Ann Wheeler, on July 29, 1921. He spent his younger days in that area until the family moved to Idaho; first to Shoshone, Burley and then to the Wood River Valley. When Mike was 12 years old, the family settled on the farm in Broadford. He went to school in Bellevue, helped on the farm and with the neighbors. As he grew older, he herded sheep for John Brown and worked in hard rock mines, both in California and Idaho. When World War II changed his plans, he came home to Idaho to enlist, planning on going into the Infantry. On July 17, 1942, he left for basic training. Again, his plans were changed and he was assigned to the 334th Engineers with the Persian Gulf Command Special Services in Iran. This was to change his life, giving him the chance to learn the trade he had always wanted. He learned to operate the power machinery that was used in building roads, railroads, building hospitals and putting in water works. His varied duties included working with the native labor. After two years, he and his company were sent to France and Germany to help stop the German army advance during the Battle of the Bulge and to reassemble the bridges destroyed by the Germans in their retreat. He had the honor of a hauling the largest crane in the European Theater across the Rhine River on a pontoon bridge. He was then transferred to the 298th Engineer Battalion, where his duty was hauling large construction units to where they were most needed; a dangerous job, as he was always alone with only a sidearm for protection. After the surrender was signed, he came home and on November 14, 1945, Tech Sergeant Wellington Ivie was discharged with honors from Fort Douglas, Utah. He went to work at the Triumph Mine, located up East Fork near Ketchum; but not for long. He could never stay underground when "the grass got green". Shortly thereafter, he started work for the Bill Uhrig Construction Company. He had met Dixie Clawson on his arrival home from the Army and on March 4, 1946, they were married in Mountain City, Nev. His desire to work in his own business was realized, when he formed a partnership with Jack Myers in 1952 that lasted nine years. In 1961, he went on his own as Mike Ivie -Contractor, Inc. Many local landmarks stand as a result of his ingenuity and experience; ski lifts on Baldy, the dam that holds the lake in Sun Valley, the Loop Road, parking lots, the base for the shopping mall in Sun Valley, moving of the trap shoot building from the Loop Road to where it now stands and all the site preparation work on the entire area where Elkhorn is now situated. He and his crew installed the first double-chair lift on the Warm Springs side of Baldy. He did this on Virgin Mountain and suffered the only fatality in his 25 years of business. So, it wasn't done without bloodshed and that death always haunted him. The environment was of great concern to him. Anytime you cross a bridge and see rip-rap protecting the abutments, you're looking at "Mike Ivie". Our forests all over Idaho have "Mike Ivie" roads to carry travelers. He always said however, he could not take all the credit because "he had the best crew of men in Idaho", many who preceded him in death. A special accomplishment, which all the townspeople enjoy every day are the "oiled" streets in Bellevue. He laid the first oil on the dusty streets of the town he would forever call home. He served on the River Board, was the first and only President of the Wood River Chamber of Commerce, sat on the P&Z, served on the City Council, is a member of the American Legion and was Mayor of Bellevue until poor health forced him to resign. He sold his business in 1972, leaving the office at 219 Cedar Street in Bellevue empty, where his wife Dixie and daughter Sheila had served him so many years and so well. He continued serving the entire valley by providing technical advice and assistance in any time of need. He was especially concerned about the area wildlife and spent every year until this winter, feeding the deer and elk during harsh, difficult winters. He is survived by daughters Shirley Anne Macdonald of Redding, Calif., and Sheila Ivie Waller and husband, Darrell, of Boise, Idaho; one brother, Joe Ivie of Ashton, Idaho; four sisters living in Idaho, Mamie of Arco, Martha of Buhl, Ellen of Caldwell and June of New Meadows; seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 54 years, Dixie, on August 5, 2000; his parents; three brothers; three sisters; and Shirley's husband, Bill Macdonald. The family requests that donations, in lieu of flowers, be made to a favorite charity, the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley, P.O. Box 1496, Hailey, ID 83333; or, a donation to feed the deer and elk in the winters would please him immensely. Services will be held 1p.m., Sat., April 21, 2001 at the Hailey LDS Chapel. The family invites you to visit from 12 p.m. until 1p.m. at the church. Mike will be buried in the Bellevue Cemetery immediately following the services. Arrangements are under the care of Wood River Chapel of Hailey, Idaho.

Alcuin A. Wiench
Alcuin A. Wiench, 84, a decorated World War II prisoner of war, died of natural causes at his home in Rogers, Ark., on Monday, May 28, 2001. His wife, Anne, and his four children were with him at the time of his death. Al was born Dec. 28, 1916, at Fried, N.D., to Francis Wiench and Clementine Lonski Wiench. Al Wiench was a teacher, coach, and school principal prior to entering the Army Air Corps in 1942 where he was assigned to the 12th Air Force. Captain Wiench, as a B-25 bombardier in North Africa, received the Silver Star for sinking a fuel and ammunition supply ship of Germany's "Desert Rat," General Rommel. On Feb. 8, 1943, his plane was shot down while on a mission over North Africa. The last man out of the burning aircraft, an already wounded Captain Wiench, parachuted from 500 feet, only to land in enemy hands. He was captured by the Arabs and turned over to German forces. Captain Wiench was a prisoner of war at the Stalig Luft 3, and other camps until liberation by Gen. George Patton's army in April 1945. Stalig Luft 3 was made famous by the movie "The Great Escape." Captain Wiench, and his fellow prisoners, actively resisted their German captors by taking part in escape activities. Al did postgraduate work at Columbia University in New York after WWII, and served the rest of his career as a school business administrator in Willow Run, Mich., and Boise. After retirement, Al and Anne joined their son, Patrick, his wife, Sally, and children in Rogers, Ark. Al was a member of the VFW, Knights of Columbus, and Lions clubs. An avid golfer, fisherman, gardener, and bridge player, Al was also the Idaho State Senior Bowling champion in 1988. He was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame at Dickinson State College in Dickinson, N.D. Al is survived by Anne M. Wiench, his wife of 56 years, of Rogers, Ark.; four children, Anthony and his wife, Dilya of Tracy, Calif., William of Pocatello, Donna and her husband, Michael Wills of Beaverton, Ore., and Patrick and his wife, Sally of Rogers, Ark. He leaves behind his grandchildren, Kathryn, Alex and Nicholas Wiench, and Benjamin and Kathleen Wiench Wills. Also surviving are his sisters, Bernice Wilhelm of Hood River, Ore., and Beatrice Hall of Enumclaw, Wash.; his brother, Roland Wiench of Great Falls, Mont.; and several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers included his children, grandchildren, and son-in-law, Michael Wills. Pall was presented as part of the Funeral Mass by his daughter Donna, daughters-in-law Dilya and Sally, and granddaughter Kathleen. Mass of Resurrection was celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, June 1, at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church in Rogers, Ark. Burial with full military honors followed at the Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Hospital Hospice, 1200 W. Walnut Street, Rogers, AR 72756.

Bernard W. Skogerson
Bernard W. Skogerson, 85, of Boise, passed away at a local hospital on Monday, June 4, 2001. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today, Saturday, June 9, at the Cloverdale Funeral Home, with Ron Carson of Elks Lodge #310 officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Cloverdale Funeral Home. Barney was born April 21, 1916, at Sheridan, Wyo., to William Bernard and Mary Theresa Skogerson. His father was a civil engineer for the railroad in his early life so they lived all over the western states. They moved to Boise in 1927. Barney attended Garfield, North Junior High and Boise High School. Barney married Adalyn G. Cooper on June 12, 1937. He worked in heavy construction for MK, Triangle McGregor, Bill Woodall and Galey Construction. He retired form Galey Construction in 1981. Barney was a life member of Boise Elks Lodge #310, and was named Elk of the Year for 2001. He is survived by his wife Adalyn; children and spouses, Barney W. and Sande Skogerson of Boise, Vicki Puou of Kailua, Hawaii, Lloyd E. and Bonnie J. Skogerson of Boise, Tom and Charla Skogerson of Boise; six grandchildren, George and Kelly Puou of California, Audra and Ryan Ambrose of Hawaii, Wendy and Eric Magnuson of Meridian, Monica and Greg Williams of Boise, Erik and Michelle Skogerson of Meridian, and Rusty Skogerson; sisters, Evelyn Bow of Boise, Mary and Arlie Johnson of Boise; sister-in-law, Bonnie Skogerson of Boise; brother-in-law, Chalas Loveland of Boise; seven great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren, Jude Johnson of California and Jon Wallesen of California; and three great-stepgrandchildren. His parents; sister, Margaret Loveland; and brother, Eugene Skogerson, preceded him in death. Memorials may be made to the Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Hospital, 600 N. Robbins Road, Boise 83712.

Betty Heidner Wilson
Betty Heidner Wilson was ushered into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, June 6, 2001. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 11, at the Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel, followed by a private family graveside service at Dry Creek Cemetery. Betty was born March 5, 1912, at Dearing, N.D., a daughter of Charles and Ethel (Hilton) Heidner. In 1918 her father moved the family to the area of Idaho Falls and Moore, Idaho. The next year a final move was made to Salmon. Graduation from high school was followed by college at Life Bible College of Los Angeles with a major in Christian education. On Aug. 27, 1933, she married Harry Wilson at Salmon, a fellow classmate from the third grade through college. Betty made a major contribution to the 40-year ministry of her husband, a former senior pastor of Cole Community Church. Her love of children and young people became a focal point in leading many to a spiritual knowledge and life in Jesus Christ. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Harry Wilson of Boise; two cousins, Jane Neustaedter of Boise and Dr. Elizabeth Appleberry of Nacogdochese, Texas; several beloved nieces and nephews, including Gerald and Janet Boosinger of Weaverville, Calif., Carol (Mrs. Leonard) Shott of Roseville, Calif., Dona Busacker of Pocatello, Joann (Mrs. Leonard) Smith of Vancouver, Wash., Dr. Gary Heidner of El Cerritos, Calif., Johnell (Mrs. Gary) Loop of Glendale, Calif., Commander James Heidner, U.S. Naval Air Force, Ret.; and sister-in-law, Gertrude Heidner of Emmett. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Carl and Glen; two sisters, Ethel May and Dorothy (Mrs. John) Boosinger. Memorials may be made to Cole Valley Christian Schools of Boise. "Blessed are they that die in the Lord, for they rest from their labors and their works do follow them."

Glenn Vernon Watts
Glenn V. Watts, 77, of Boise, died Tuesday, June 5, 2001, at a local hospital. He was born Jan. 6, 1924, to Frank and Eva Watts. He is survived by his wife, Mary; two sons, Chuck Hite of Boise and Jack Hite of Springfield, Mo.; four daughters, Glenda Welch, Cheryl Thaute, Marilyn Watts of Boise, and Charla Roberts of Union, Ore.; and a brother, Leslie Watts. Glenn was preceded in death by his father, mother, and stepmother, Evelyn; one brother, Lester; a son, Richard Levasseur; and one granddaughter, Amanda Hite. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 11, at the Relyea Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be held Monday from 11 a.m. until service time. Burial will follow in Dry Creek Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Relyea Funeral Chapel.

Tressie H. Spencer
Tressie H. Spencer, 78, a resident of Glenns Ferry, died Thursday, June 7, 2001, at Magic Valley Regional Medical Center in Twin Falls. Tressie was born Aug. 11, 1922, at Inkom, the daughter of Russell and Clara Fisher. She was raised and educated in Mountain Home where she graduated from high school. Tressie married Virgil Janousek on March 30, 1941, at Mountain Home; four children were born of this union - Bob, Laree, Judy and Cheryl. They moved to Glenns Ferry in 1950, and were later divorced. Tressie married Eugene F. "Scutter" Spencer on Feb. 8, 1960, at Elko, Nev. They made their home in Glenns Ferry. Scutter preceded her in death on Nov. 3, 1999. Tressie managed a local teen club in the area for a short time. She loved to play pinochle and many kids found their way to her home to learn and play pinochle, often late into the night. The highlight of Tressie's life was her family, from her grandparents and parents, to her brothers and sisters, and especially her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She dearly loved all of her friends and will be deeply missed. She is survived by her son, Bob (Mary) Janousek of Glenns Ferry; three daughters, Laree Reuter of Boise, Judy (Lynn) Miller of Worland, Wyo., and Cheryl (Larry) Rose of Glenns Ferry; her loving brother and sister, Stanley Fisher and Ida Everett, both of Mountain Home; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and two special friends, Helen Devaney and Marie Warren. In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by one brother, Ray; and one sister, Leah. Graveside funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at Glen Rest Cemetery, Glenns Ferry, with the Rev. John Payne officiating. Viewing will be held Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, prior to the service, at the United Methodist Church in Glenns Ferry. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church in Glenns Ferry. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Demaray's Gooding Chapel.

Faythe E. Waller
Faythe E. Waller, 92, of Nampa, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2001, at a Nampa care center. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at the Emerson Chapel at Nampa First Church of the Nazarene, 600 15th Ave. S. Interment will follow at Kohlerlawn Cemetery, Nampa. Faythe was born Aug. 16, 1908, in Rose Hill, Kan., to Henry and Emma (Pomeroy) Brandt. She taught school in a one-room school until the time of her marriage to Cliff Waller on March 3, 1933, in Agricola, Kan. They lived in Kansas until 1939, at which time they moved to Weiser, Idaho, and then later to Nampa. She worked at local hospitals as a licensed practical nurse until her retirement in 1973. They then traveled extensively to many national parks in their motor home. Faythe was a member of the Nampa First Church of the Nazarene. Faythe is survived by two daughters, Betty J. Waller of Boise, and Mary E. Waller of Lubbock, Texas; a sister in Oklahoma; a brother in McPherson, Kan.; and various nieces, nephews and cousins. Faythe was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Emma; husband, Cliff, four brothers; and one sister. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Boise First Church of the Nazarene Library, 10332 Fairview Ave., Suite 204, Boise 83704. Visitation will be today from 4 to 7 p.m. at Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel, 404 10th Ave. S., Nampa.

Landon M. Sawyer
Landon M. Sawyer was the victim of a fatal skiing accident Friday, Feb. 1, 2002, at Monarch Ski Resort, in Colorado. Practicing for a Freestyle ski competition that weekend, Landon collided with a tree, ending his rich and promising life, two weeks before his 19th birthday. Landon was born Feb. 15, 1983, making his mother, Linda G. Sawyer, and father, Kenneth I. Sawyer, the proudest parents in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Landon was the light of his parents' lives. Ken's work in New York required the family to move to Kennebunkport, Maine, for Landon's first year of school. His grade school years were spent at Berwick Academy, where Landon excelled in academics, tennis and Little League baseball. It was during these formative years that Landon developed his lifelong love of skiing. Time spent at the family cabin in Sunday River, provided him ample opportunity to advance his impressive talents on the ski hill. Landon attended junior high school at the Cardigan Mountain School, in New Hampshire. He enjoyed his many friends while successfully pursuing excellence in the classroom. These years also witnessed championship performances in skiing and on the tennis court. Landon was raised in the Jewish faith and had his Bar Mitzvah in June 1996. The nature of Ken Sawyer's work provided Linda and Landon the opportunity to visit many parts of the world. Landon also enjoyed a loving relationship with his extended family members on both coasts of the United States. At Landon's urging, the family decided he would begin his high school education at the Lowell Whiteman School, in Steamboat, Colo. This experience would afford Landon the opportunity to continue his education, while allowing him to compete at a higher level of skiing as a member of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Landon achieved national Freestyle ranking, while benefiting from the maturing experience of private boarding school and the varied travel opportunities he enjoyed as a member of the ski team. After his mother's move to Boise in late 1997, Landon chose to live at home again and, in 1999, began his junior and senior years at Boise High School. These years proved to be some of the happiest of his full and rewarding life. Landon flourished, achieving a national ranking on the Bogus Basin Freestyle Ski Team and earning starting positions on both the football and baseball teams. He maintained his 3.9 grade-point average while participating in, and thoroughly enjoying, the social and extracurricular atmosphere at Boise High School. During these years, Landon also ably filled the role of a proud and loving uncle. Upon graduation in May 2001, Landon chose to further his education at the University of Colorado, where he could also continue his Freestyle skiing competition. While Landon was enriched by his unique experiences, loving family and multitude of friends, it was we who are the beneficiaries of this extraordinary young man's life. This fun-loving and charismatic young man did not speak an unkindly word toward anyone, and was thoughtful to everyone. Landon had an understanding and maturity far beyond his years, which permeated his presence and inspired those around him. He was a gentle and natural leader; a friend to all. Landon Sawyer was taken from the world far too soon, but we are better people for having had him in our lives. Landon is survived by his mother and father; sister, Tanya Foerster, her husband, Jeff, and nephew, Cole; sister, Dawn Dunn; sister, Tamisha Nguyen, her husband, Joe Nguyen, and niece, Shae; Landon's best friends and the loving people whose lives he touched. A memorial service in celebration of Landon's life will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the Boise High School auditorium. Flower offerings may be communicated to Carpenter's Flowers. The family encourages donations to the Chavurah Beth Shaiom Sawyer Fund, 6010 Quarry Road, Englewood, N.J. Specify "Ski Foundation" for ski scholarships to athletes in need of financial support.

Rollie A. Law
Rollie A. Law, 95, of Ketchum, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2002, in Yuma, Ariz., after a short illness. Rollie was born March 20, 1906, in Havelock, Neb., to Edward and Effie Law. He was the oldest of two children. His family moved to Twin Falls, Idaho, in 1932. He moved to Idaho in 1936 to work as a landscaper for the new Sun Valley Resort. When his boss died, Rollie was promoted to the head of landscaping. He was instrumental in developing the first clay tennis courts in the region and invented a method of building an outdoor ice rink that is still in use across the country today. Rollie enlisted in the U.S. Army in June 1942, serving in A Company of the 36th Engineer Battalion. He was promoted to second lieutenant in the First Infantry Division in the Pacific Theater. He was wounded at Peleliu. He was awarded the Silver Star for his service. While working at Sun Valley he met and married his first wife, Flo, who also worked for Sun Valley Co. She died in the late 1960s after a bout with cancer. He subsequently met Gertrude who had come to visit friends and work in Sun Valley. They married in January 1971. She died suddenly in the fall of 2001. Rollie was an avid hunter and fly fisherman and enjoyed life in the Wood River Valley before development changed the landscape. He also enjoyed rockhounding, always looking for unique specimens. He was a member of the El Korah Shrine, the Masons, the Odd Fellows, and the American Legion. He is survived by his sister, Leola Tilton of Boise; and his niece, Yvonne Dettiga of Twin Falls. He was preceded in death by Flo, Gertrude, and his parents. Graveside services will be held at 12 noon Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Ketchum Cemetery. Memorial services will be held immediately following at the American Legion post in Ketchum. Arrangements are under the direction of Wood River Chapel, Hailey.

Stephen W. Smith
Stephen W. Smith, of Hailey, born Feb. 20, 1944, died of heart failure Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002, at age 57, in St. Luke's Intensive Care Unit, Boise. A man of extraordinary wit and wisdom he leaves a legacy of good humor, enthusiasm and engagement in his surroundings, intelligence, generosity and inclusiveness of spirit, and personal integrity. He was a lifelong resident and lover of Idaho, a 1966 accounting graduate of the University of Idaho and a Vandal booster to the core. Stephen grew up in Gooding and spent parts of his adult life in Twin Falls and Jerome. He and Pamela moved to Hailey in 1992. He was senior partner in Smith, Cook and Co. Ltd., a CPA firm with offices in Ketchum, Hailey and Jerome. At the time of his death he was entering his 35th tax season. Stephen was a past president of the Idaho Society of Certified Public Accountants. He gave himself generously and with enormous delight to family, including Pamela, his wife of 34 years; brother, Riley, his wife, Jan and daughter, Stephanie of Southern California; his cousin, Wes Scrivner, wife, Barbara and sons, Nick and Matt of Boise; and Pamela's brothers, Richard, James and Michael Thorne and mother, Pat Lee Thorne. Through the years Steve lent himself with that same good humor and competence to numerous causes he deemed worthy including: Hailey and Jerome Rotary clubs; in leadership positions at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Hailey; the Ezra Pound Association and newly-formed Blaine Manor Foundations in the Wood River Valley; Cursillo retreats; and Twin Falls Toastmasters #149. Steve's interests encompassed gardening, coin collecting, camping, hiking, steelhead fishing, international travel, and investing. He retained a high regard for the land and its creatures, and some of his favorite outings were spent with family or friends and pets on family farms in Gooding and Camas counties. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marshall and Ethel Smith; his aunt, Marian Scrivner-Duell; his nephew, Steven Smith; and his cousin, Lyle Smith. A celebration of Steve's life will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, located on Sun Valley Road in Ketchum. Rather than flowers, the family suggests the following options for memorials in Stephen's honor: the Emmanuel Episcopal Church Building Fund; the Idaho Youth Ranch; the Ezra Pound Association; the Blaine Manor Foundation; or The Salvation Army. Arrangements are under the direction of Wood River Chapel, Hailey.

Thomas Lee Hilton
Thomas Lee Hilton, of Boise, passed from this life on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002, at 2 a.m. He was born Dec. 23, 1935, in Ogden, Utah, to Joseph McMurrin Hilton and Cora Wallace Hilton. He had two older brothers, Macky and Wally, and a younger sister, Coral. As he grew up in Utah, he came to enjoy hunting, fishing and the great outdoors. While serving in the U.S. Navy, he married his sweetheart, Diane Louise Saunders. This young couple became parents to three children. Tom took his role as a father seriously. His desire was to give his children loving guidance, opportunities, and good values. As the family moved from Utah to California, and then to Idaho, he made sure there were good schools, church and nature to explore. His love for family grew to include daughters-in-law and grandchildren. Grandpa Tom made snowmen, ensured successful fishing trips, and cheered the efforts of each child. He is greatly missed by all. He is survived by his beloved wife, Diane; his sister, Coral (Brent); his children, LeAnn, Jim (Kathy) and Rick (Michelle). His grandchildren include Erin, Carly, Andy, Jamie Sue, Althea, Becky, Elaina and Lexy. We all express thanks to the staff at Caldwell Care Center for their compassionate and competent care of Tom this past year. After cremation, a gathering at the family home will be held in his honor. Family and friends are invited to join us Saturday, Feb. 9, between 4 and 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make a donation to their favorite charity in Tom's memory.


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