Dale Ellis Gossi
Dale Ellis Gossi, died June 8, 2004 in Twin Falls, Idaho.
Dale was born November 28, 1925 in Clayton, Idaho to Raymond and Eva Ellis Gossi. He was raised and attended school on the East Fork of the Salmon River. He remained in this area throughout his entire life.
He was involved in ranching most of his life. When he did decide to find outside work, he thought that he would give the Clayton Silver Mine a try for a week. He ended up spending several years there. Dale was a jack of all trades. There wasn’t anything that he couldn’t figure out whether mechanical or leatherwork. Whenever you had a problem or needed help, you just called Dale.
Dale and his brother Don spent many years hunting for big game in the Salmon River Country. Those two knew the backcountry trails as well as anyone. Later came ATVing and hunting horns. Dale did it just for the enjoyment of being outdoors. When wintertime came around Dale spent his hours putting together jigsaw puzzles. After he completed them, he glued them together so they wouldn’t come apart again.
His parents and brother Don preceded him. Numerous cousins survive him. Dale’s family would like to exress gratitude to everyone who looked in on Dale and were his “special” friends.
Services were held June 12 in Clayton. Donations can be made to your favorite charity in Dale’s name.
A celebration of life was held May 24 for Helen E. Nelson of Creswell, Oregon who died May 20 of age-related causes. She was 85.
Nelson was born May 18, 1919, in Idaho to Daniel Hice and Edith Meyers. She married Sigurd Nelson in Idaho in June of 1940. He died January 31, 1973.
She graduated from Challis High School. She settled in this area in 1957.
She worked at the Creswell Poultry Center and at the Eugene Cannery. She attended the Creswell Presbyterian Church.
She enjoyed playing bingo and buying lottery tickets. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She especially enjoyed playing cards with her grandchildren.
Survivors include a daughter, LaRue Broughton of Dorena, Oregon; a son, Harry of Cottage Grove, Oregon; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. A son, Wallace (Boone) died in 1999.
The celebration of life was held at the Creswell Presbyterian Church. Inurnment was at West Lawn Memorial Park in Eugene, Oregon. West Lawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home in Eugene, Oregon was in charge of arrangements.
Florence Oerke 89, passed away Wednesday, July 14, 2004 at Tri-County Memorial Hospital in Wisconsin.
She was born November 4, 1914 at Pigeon Falls in Trempealeau County to Albert and Nora Johnson. She married Gerhard H. Oerke on June 15, 1929 at Pigeon Falls, Wisconsin. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband who passed away July 8, 2000.
Mrs. Oerke is survived by a sister, Myrtle Smith, LaCrosse WI, three daughters, Sondra (Charles) Destival, Ridgefield, CT, Karen (William) Gardner, and Nora (Richard) Foss, both of Whitehall; and a son, David (Julie) Oerke of Challis; one niece, Barbara Baker, one nephew, Gordon Smith, both of WI; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Most of her married life was spent in Pigeon Falls where she was a member of the Lutheran Church and taught Sunday School many years and was active in Ladies Aid. She knew her Lord and loved and served Him faithfully.
Her family was very important to her and she showed it in many loving and faithful ways. She had a special place in her heart for children and the beauties of God’s creation. She taught us about trusting God for everything and we are forever grateful for her steadfast prayers for her family and any other people as well.
Funeral service was held Saturday, July 17 in Whitehall, Wisconsin. Burial was in the Pigeon Falls Cemetery.
Zenna “Joy” Roark was born March 14, 1931 in May, Idaho, the fifth child of eight born to Floyd and Rose (Higginbotham) Black. She passed away Friday, July 16, 2004 at her home at the age of 73 years, four months and two days.
Joy attended up to the fourth grade in May and in 1940, the family moved to a ranch on the Salmon River where she rode horse to attend the Ellis School. She went to high school and graduated from Challis High. Joy often helped with chores, cooking and staking hay on the ranch.
Joy was united in marriage to John Ivie on June 4, 1949 and to this union five children were born: Lynn, Arla, Jack, Kris and Judy Kay. Joy married Laddie Roark and spent many years enjoying crafts, rock hunting and time with her family. She was well known for her generosity and her big heart.
She leaves to mourn her passing four children: Lynn Vega of Chino Valley, Arizona; Arla Molsee and husband, Andre of Elk River, Idaho; Jack Ivie and his wife, Dolores of Challis; and Kris Ivie and his wife, Robin of Shattuck, Oklahoma; ten grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three sisters, Elma Bradbury and husband, Kenneth, Jan Hardman and husband, Allan, Carolyn Cordova and husband, Artie, all of Challis; two brothers, Howard Black of Pocatello and Dale Black of Salmon; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Joy was preceded in death by her parents, husband Laddie Roark, daughter Judy Kay, grandson Frank W. Shull, and two brothers, Floyd and Dick Black.
Memorials are suggested to the Humane Society.
The family has chosen cremation. No services are planned at this time.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Jones & Casey Funeral Home of Salmon.
Orval Ray Lyons
Orval Ray Lyons, 79, died July 17, 2004 in Challis.
He was born in Cushing, Oklahoma March 21, 1925.
A veteran of WWII, he served in the Navy on the USS Ranger.
Ray was a retired homicide detective in Las Vegas, Nevada. Later he served as chief investigator at the Clark County District Attorney’s Office in Las Vegas.
He is survived by his wife Lois Lyons of Challis and children Glendene Hanson of Challis, Belinda Van Zee of Newton, Indiana, Donna Lyons of Las Vegas, Nevada and Carl Lyons of Fort Worth, Indiana; 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at the Veterans’ Cemetery in Las Vegas this fall.
He’ll be missed on the porch of Grandma’s Closet in Challis.
Oliva 'Ollie' Orlene Richardson
Oliva “Ollie” Orlene Richardson, 85, died peacefully in her sleep on July 27, 2004 at the Life Care Center in Idaho Falls.
She was born February 12, 1919 in Baker, Idaho, a daughter of Levi and Doris Swift Richardson. “Ollie,” as she was known by her family and friends, was raised in Baker, Idaho. She attended school there until the eighth grade, at which time she began working. Ollie was not afraid of hard work and spent her life working a variety of jobs to support her family. She was most comfortable building fence, working in the logging industry or just babysitting.
Ollie lived her entire life in Idaho, moving from the Lemhi Valley to Blackfoot, Hagerman and finally to Challis in the early 1950s, where she has resided since.
Animals brought a lot of joy to Ollie’s life, especially dogs and horses. She also enjoyed putting puzzles together, embroidering, horseback riding, and taking care of her houseplants.
She is survived by her grandson, Michael Hughes and a great-granddaughter, Heidi Hughes, both of Lewiston. She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Betty Lou Hughes and a grandson, Kim Hughes.
Graveside services were held Saturday, July 31 at the Riverside-Thomas Cemetery with Ronald Hansen conducting. A viewing was held Friday evening at the Hawker Lost River Funeral Chapel in Arco.
Loyd "Steelhead" Sammons
Loyd “Steelhead” Sammons, 90, died August 1, at the home of his daughter Chrystal McCormick of Idaho Falls. Loyd had just celebrated his 90th birthday with his daughters and their families on July 24.
Loyd was born and raised in Hitchens, Kentucky. He lived in Hitchins until he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and was sent to Camp Challis in Idaho. His CCC years were some of the “best years of my life” he later would say. It was in the CCCs he received the nickname of “Steelhead” which was the only name many of the older residents of Challis knew him by. Loyd later worked for Boeing in Seattle. At the entry of the USA in WWII, he enlisted in the Marines and was part of the battle of Iwo Jima. Following the war, he returned to Challis in 1946 where he has lived since.
On May 16, 1948, he married Doris Gardiol of Challis whose parents and grandparents had been some of the early-day pioneers in the Challis and Mackay areas. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service in the Challis National Forest until his retirement.
For more than 50 years, he was a member of the American Legion, where he was a service officer helping veterans and veterans’ widows receive their benefits. One of his highest obligations was honoring those who had fought for their country. He also was a member of the Masonic Lodge, volunteered at Senior Citizens and had a great interest in the Challis Museum.
Loyd and Doris’ yard is an object of admiration for many Challis residents. Although in recent years, Doris had to reduce the size of her flower beds and Loyd didn’t have a garden, their yard still looked neat as a pin and beautiful to boot. Loyd couldn’t resist tending the volunteer sunflowers or potatoes that popped up.
Survivors include his daughters, Marie Sasser of Boise, Chrystal (Steve) McCormick of Idaho Falls and Delores (Doug) Rumble of Ammon; sisters Anna Lois Burke of Cabin Creek, W.Va and Elizabeth Rogers of Ceredo, W.Va; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and six brothers and one sister.
Funeral services were held at the Challis Mission Church, August 7. Graveside military rites were performed by Philip Kirk Post of the American Legion. His grandson, Dan Rumble who is with the Idaho National Guard training in Texas to be sent to Irag, participated in the rites as well and presented the flag to Doris.
Doris will be staying at her daughter Chrystal’s in Idaho Falls until returning to Challis with her daughter Marie later on in September.
Loyd always greeted everyone with a smile and a joke. Many Challisites were very helpful in “watching” out for Loyd in his purple car as he checked out the changes at the Challis Golf Course or the activities at the Forest Service compound.
“Semper Fi (always faithful)", the Marine Corps motto, was also true of Loyd’s life. He was faithful in his service to his family, his community and his country. Loyd was born in Kentucky and loved his heritage, but Challis, Idaho was in his heart.
Carole Ann Palmer
Carole Ann Palmer, 67, of Pocatello, died August 4, 2004.
She was born November 19, 1936 in McCammon to Albert “Bus” Hansen and Charlotte “Nona” Obray. She lived and attended schools in Pocatello most of her childhood. She attended the LDS 8th and 15th wards while growing up. She attended classes at ISU in Pocatello, CSI in Twin Falls and BSU in Boise. She trained as a librarian-media specialist and as a preschool teacher.
Carole married R.D. Palmer from Inkom on November 18, 1954 in Pocatello. Their marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls Temple on November 18, 1958.
She worked and assisted in the libraries of Challis and North Gem school districts. She implemented a preschool program in the West Jefferson School District. She co-built and operated in partnerships in Challis Lanes and Eric Lanes in Pocatello. She served on PTAs and on the library board at the Mackay Public Library.
She belonged to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She participated actively in Cub Scouts, as seminary teacher, in Relief Society presidenies and other callings in the church organization. She loved to attend church, sports and music events of her children and grandchildren, reading, writing poetry, singing, music, crafts and traveling the scenic routes of mountain areas of Idaho with R.D.
Carole loved family get-togethers and receiving love from her little pets and her grandchildren Eric, Sandy, Jason, Heather, Heidi, Loren, Jessica, Spencer, Megan, Tim and Karlee.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Jesse Eric Palmer. Survivors include her husband R.D. Palmer of Pocatello; her children, Craig (Melody) Palmer of Bountiful, Utah; Renee (Laverne) Masanque of Sherwood, Oregon, Todd Palmer of Boise and Lisa (Kirk) Lindsay of Blackfoot; a sister, Mary (Bob) Lundstrom and a brother, Edward (Myrna) Hansen, both of Pocatello and 11 grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, August 9 at the LDS 7th Ward, Alameda Stake Center in Pocatello with Bishop Revo Williams officiating.
Burial was in the Inkom Cemetery.
Estella Rosenkrance Ziegler
Estella “Snooky” Smith Rosenkrance Ziegler, of Mackay, died August 14, 2004, at her home from a long, courageous battle with cancer.
She was born March 3, 1938, in Rock Springs, Wyoming, a daughter of Leo Evan Smith and Gladys B. Pfeiffer Smith. In the early 1940s, she moved to Challis with her family. She attended several small rural schools in central Idaho and graduated from Challis High School.
She had several different occupations throughout her life. Working for Howard Baxter as a bookkeeper was her favorite.
On February 1, 1957, she married Howard F. Rosenkrance in Pocatello. They had their first home at the Wildhorse Mine. Their son Jerry was born at this time. The couple lived a short time in Roberts, Mackay, Firth and Chilly before relocating to Challis. Over the next several years their other children were born; Donna, Jim, Becky and Mary. The family moved to Cobalt for two years then back to Challis before moving to Mackay, Idaho in 1972. Snooky and Howard were later divorced.
On October 30, 2000, she married Kenneth A. Ziegler in Elko, Nevada. They lived in Mackay where they enjoyed their retirement.
Snooky enjoyed fishing, camping, reading and the outdoors. She loved to learn and took a special interest in learning about the native species of Idaho. She had many friends who loved her for who she was. She dearly loved her children and grandchildren and was very proud of them. She especially enjoyed her precious years with Kenny who was a childhood friend and devoted companion throughout her illness.
Her parents, three sisters, one brother and one stepson preceded her in death.
Survivors include her husband Kenneth Ziegler of Mackay; one brother, Neal Smith, and one sister, Fauntella Miller both of Salmon; two sons, Gerald Lee (Mary) Rosenkrance, of Mackay, James Dean Rosenkrance of Tacoma, Washington and three daughters, Donna Kay (Jim) McKelvey, of Mackay, Becky Jean (Thomas) McGowan, of Challis and Mary Ellen (Doug) Oates of Boise; step-children: Kathy Ann (James) Porter, Orem, Utah, Kris M. Ziegler, Cascade; 14 grandchildren, numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 21 at 11:00 a.m. at the Challis Centennial Park in Challis. Services are under the direction of Simpson-Marvel Memorial Chapel, 153 Lost River Ave, Arco.
Walker Lee Latimer
Walker Lee Latimer of Berthoud, Colorado, formerly of Boulder, Colorado, died July 27, 2004, of an aortic aneurysm. He was 22.
He was born April 15, 1982, in Salmon, Idaho, to Dan and Leslie (Rayback) Latimer. He was training for an apprenticeship in plumbing. He moved to Berthoud in 1995.
Latimer’s interests included art, ice hockey, and basketball. He will be remembered as easy going, happy, fun-loving and loyal.
He is survived by his father (step-mother Cindy Campbell, step-sister Amber Campbell, and step-brother Scott Campbell) of Longmont, Colorado; his mother of Berthoud, Colorado; a sister, Lacy Latimer of Berthoud, Colorado; two brothers, John Latimer and Bryce Latimer, both of Berthoud, Colorado; his maternal and paternal grandparents (William and Madell Latimer Waetzig of St. George, Utah); and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A graveside service was held Sunday, August 1 at Mountain View Cemetery in Boulder, Colorado with Bishop Michael Rayback (uncle) as the officiator.
Interment was at Mountain View Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be sent in care of Crist Mortuary, 3395 Penrose Place, Boulder, CO 80301, to be given to the family to be used toward Marfan Syndrome research.
Nathan Scott Dunlap
Nathan Scott Dunlap, 29, of Odessa, Texas, formerly of Challis, Idaho, passed away on August 4, 2004 in Odessa, Texas.
Nathan was born April 25, 1975, in Lubbock, Texas, to Samuel Jay and Mona Dunlap. After growing up in Idaho, Nathan returned to Odessa where he worked as a welder. Nathan loved riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, hunting and hiking in the mountains of Challis.
Nathan is survived by his parents, Samuel Jay Dunlap and Mona Blocker Dunlap, both of Chubbuck; his brother Gerald, also of Chubbuck; a neice, Bailey, and a nephew, Jonah as well as many, many friends.
A memorial service will be held at the Pocatello Church of Christ located at 3224 Hawthorne Road at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 21.
Martin Craig Schultz
Martin “Marty” Craig Schultz, 44, beloved son of Ginger Palmer of Challis and R. James Schultz of California, passed away July 24, 2004. Marty passed away in his sleep from cancer.
He was born June 8, 1960. He leaves behind brothers James Schultz and Robert Schultz of California; sister Karen Fitzgerald, also of California; his grandmother Margie Pollock of Challis, uncles Jim Palmer and wife Dotti of Challis and Chester Palmer and wife Martha of Texas and many nephews, nieces and cousins.
Marty was delighted with all who visited him while he was hospitalized. He was very much loved and well-spoken of as a loving, tenderhearted friend.
Donald V. Kenoyer
Donald V. Kenoyer, 85, of Libby, Montana, died Friday, August 20, 2004 at the Libby Care Center, after an extended illness.
He was born October 26, 1918 to Fredrick and Della Kenoyer at Ferndale, Washington and was raised and educated at Bellingham, Washington. In 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving with the 316th Engineer Battalion. He participated in several major campaigns in Italy including those at Anzio and Sicily and later in North Africa.
Following his honorable discharge in 1945, he returned to Bellingham for a brief period of time before beginning lifelong work in construction. He worked as an operating engineer for many years on numerous major construction projects throughout the western U.S. He worked on the Libby Dam Project in the 1960s and had resided in the tri-cities area of Washington state where he worked at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation before his retirement in 1981.
He and his wife Pat resided for an extended period of time in Challis where Don pursued his lifelong passion of training and working with horses as well as being an expert backcountry horseman. As an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Don and Pat returned to Libby in 2003.
Don was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the National Rifle Association and the Brotherhood of Operating Engineers.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter as well as a brother and two sisters.
He is survived by his wife Pat of Libby, Montana; a daughter, Victoria Santeford and husband Gary of Burlington, Washington; a son, Jeff Kenoyer and wife Mary of Marysville, Washington; a brother, Clarene Kenoyer and wife Vi of Bellingham, Washington; step-children Fred Brown of Missoula, Montana; Kendra Gaustad, Bobbie Nelson, Toni Glenn and Jean Brown, all of Libby, Montana; Patsy Klare of Missoula, Montana; and Laurie Brant of Stevensville, Montana; his special buddy Zachary Chivers of Challis; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Graveside services with military honors were held Wednesday, August 25 at the City of Libby Cemetery.
Kirby Merle Power
Kirby Merle Power, 52, died on Monday, August 16, 2004 at St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center in Ketchum.
He was born January 17, 1952 in Pocatello, the child of Otto and Charlotte Power. Kirby attended Pocatello High School and graduated from the American High School at Guadalajara, Mexico in 1970. While attending Idaho State College, he rediscovered his passion for the activities provided by Idaho’s incredible natural resources and adapted this love to the endeavors of seasonal commercial whitewater rafting and winter sports in the Sun Valley area.
Survivors include his wife Nancy Jolley Power of Hailey, his mother Charlotte Power of Colorado Springs, Colo., his brother and sister-in-law Kip and Tusi Power of Monument, Colo., his nieces and nephews Caprice Power Bass, Lisa Power, Shawn Power and Kris Power, and his grandniece Caiyan Bass. From Ohio, his mother-in-law Virginia Dunlap Jolley, brother and sister-in-law Darrell Patrick Jolley and Rita Kathryn Miller and her daughter and son Paula and John.
His love of family, friends and nature and his anatomical gifting in the after life will forever enshrine his memory to those who knew him. We will miss him dearly.
A Memorial will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Friday, September 10 at Heagle Park in Hailey.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Idaho Rivers United, www.idahorivers.org, PO Box 633, Boise, ID 83701.
Cremation was under the care of Wood River Chapel of Hailey, Idaho.
Leona 'Bean' Luthy Bradshaw
Leona “Bean” Luthy Bradshaw 87, died August 22, 2004, at the Discovery Care Centre in Salmon, Idaho.
Leona was born September 14, 1916 in Rexburg, Idaho. She was the 11th child of Albert and Ellen Luthy. Her early childhood was spent on her parent’s dry farm in Herbert, Idaho.
She went to school in a one-room school in Herbert. One year she was the only girl in a room full of boys. She went to high school at Madison High School in Rexburg, around 1931. She was a sophomore in high school when she dropped out of school and stayed with her sister Florence in Archer, Idaho. She was there to help her sister Florence with her new son Roy Coates in 1935.
She went to work in Barton Flat on the Donahue Ranch. Her family writes: She met my Dad, Ray, at a dance in Mackay around 1935. She always told me Dad could “cut up a rug” while dancing. Since Mom was an “Outside Girl” (from another place-the name locals call foreigners), Mom never had any rest from dancing, and Dad was the main dancer.
Mom finally decided to marry Ray after so many dances, and drove to Arco, Idaho and got married. Bessie and Shirley Larter went with them. This was March 20, 1936.
Ray and Leona worked on the Bradshaw Ranch in Chilly, Idaho and lived by the Bradshaw Buttes and the upper slough ranch. On December 17,1937 Joyce was born. After the sale of the Bradshaw Ranch Ray and Leona moved to Philipsburg, Montana, there they owned the Sapphire Ranch, and also had a timber business, poles and wood.
A son, Keith, was born September 1, 1940. Mom said Joyce and Keith were little rascals when everyone lived on the Sapphire Ranch.
Ray was allergic to timber so they sold the ranch and moved to Seward, Alaska. This was around 1946-1947. Mom said it was quite an experience. It was always okay for Mom to move. Where she went was never a problem as long as she had her two children and her husband. Before she moved back to the good ole Lost River Valley, Ray and Leona worked on a ranch in Tucson, Arizona.
Mom said they ended up working on the ranch they sold. She lived in many cow camps. She liked to cook and watch the wild animals. There wasn’t a day went by that the coffee pot wasn’t on or a pot of beans wasn’t cooking. Leona fed anyone who happened to stop by. She loved Morgan Creek and the dogs and horses.
Mom lost her husband of 55 years in 1991. She then moved into the Pioneer Courts in Challis. She lived there until June 2004 when her family (Keith, Rustan and Charlotte) moved her into the Challis Assisted Living Facility. She loved her new home, quiet and comfortable, and she was with her good friend Sarah.
When she became ill in August 2004, she spent a week in St. Lukes Hospital in Ketchum. On advice from her doctors, she was moved to the Discovery Care Centre in Salmon.
Leona was preceded in death by her husband Ray Bradshaw, August 3, 1991; a daughter, Joyce Bradshaw Fidler, December 17, 2003; five brothers, Henry Louis Luthy, Albert Frederick Luthy, Charles William Luthy, David Milton Luthy, and Ferdinand Thomas Luthy; five sisters, Alice Elizabeth Luthy, Adeline Alvina Luthy, Bertha May Luthy, Ellen Lelena Luthy and Florence Luthy.
Leona is survived by one sister Mabelle Irene Luthy Larter, Mackay, son Keith, daughter in-law Charlotte Bradshaw, Challis; her grandsons Rustan Bradshaw, Challis, Joe (April) Rollog, Bellingham, Washington, Jay Roilog, Boise; granddaughters Jody (Scott) Nall, Ketchikan, Alaska, Janice (Eric) Bonman, Boise, son in-law Phil Fidler, Yelm, Washington, her dear friends, Netta Jones and Sarah Gibbs, Challis.
She passed away August 22 in her son’s arms. Cremation has taken place and memorial graveside services will be September 18 at noon in the Chilly Cemetery.
Kim J. Hammond
Kim J. Hammond passed away December 20, 2004 at the University of Utah Medical Center. Kim struggled valiantly to regain his health over the past six years in Challis.
He was born December 27, 1954.
His is survived by a son, Dallas, of Wendell, Idaho, and daughter, Kimberly of Winnemucca, Nevada, and his mother, Norma Jean Hammond, formerly of Challis and currently of Winnemucca, Nevada.
Those wishing to offer condolences may mail them to Mrs. Norma Jean Hammond at 206 E. 4th Street, Winnemucca, Nevada 89445.
Clyde Arthur “Andy” Anderson, 69, Challis, passed away August 22, 2004 at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Andy was born July 17, 1935 in Bismarck, North Dakota, the son of Arthur and Betty Colvin Anderson.
He was in the Air Force for over 25 years and he loved it. He did many different things in that time. He was in the Vietnam War and he was part of the Apollo 11 recovery. He also spent time in Greenland in the dark for six months. He always talked about Samoa, and how he liked it there, and that the women were topless. He lived in Hawaii at the beginning of the service for about two years, and he enjoyed Hawaii very much. He retired as Master Sergeant and received four or five medals.
He was married to his first wife, Jan, later divorced, and they had two boys, Brandon and Bradley. He met Margaret in Las Vegas after he retired. Margaret was 26 years old while Andy was a casino manager in Las Vegas. Margaret was raised in Las Vegas and lived in Las Vegas for five years and then they later moved to Tucson, Arizona. The family later moved to Palm Springs, California and stayed for about 19 years.
The family then moved to Challis, Idaho because Andy thought it would be a good place for health reasons. Andy and Margaret have another son, Andrew Anderson, and he is now 15 years old.
His family said, “We had been in Challis for one week when Andy suddenly passed away. He was a good, sweet, pleasant, loving man, and he was a Christian. He accomplished so many things in his life. He always worked hard and took such good care of us. Andy had been ill for a few years, we were shocked when he passed away. I can’t tell you how much we love Andy. He was our rock and he will be truly missed.”
Family services will be held at a later date.
Arrangements were by Challis Funeral Home, 121 Main Street, Challis.