Helen Grube, 79, of Ashton, died Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at the Ashton Living Center of natural causes.
She was born March 14, 1931, in Ashton, to Fridericum and Florence Kathryn Owen Goebel.
She attended school in Ashton and graduated from Ashton High School.
She worked at the Gooding Hospital and earned her LPN nursing degree while working there.
She married Elmer Dean on August 28, 1949 in Boise.
He died on January 15, 1953.
She married Perry Grube on November 29, 1953 in Ashton.
They made their home and farmed in Greentimber.
She was a member of the Greentimber Good Fellowship Club for 57 years.
She was a member of the Ashton Community United Methodist Church and served in many capacities.
She was also very involved in the community.
She taught 4-H for many years. A building at the Fremont County Fairgrounds was named in her honor for all her years of service in the 4-H.
She is survived by her children Kaylen (Mike) Lenz of St. Anthony, Jeff (Gloria) Grube of Ashton, Penelope (Phillip) Sertich of Post Falls, Michael (Kathryn) Grube of Ashton, Julie (Jay) Hook of Soda Springs, Jeanne (Nick) Olson of Ririe; a brother Frank Goebel of Ashton; 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Elmer Dean and Perry Grube, and a son Joe Grube.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 11 at the Ashton Community United Methodist Church.
The family will receive friends Friday evening from 7 to 8 p.m. at Baxter Funeral Home in Ashton and Saturday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the church prior to services.
Burial will be in the Pineview Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ashton United Methodist Women in memory of Helen.
Dallas Jerome Wykle, 87, of Ashton, died Monday, September 13, 2010 at the Ashton Living Center of natural causes.
He was born October 4, 1922 in Barkers Creek, North Carolina to Carey Hamilton and Emma Messer Wykle. He lived in North Carolina until his family moved to Idaho when he was four years old. He attended school in Felt, Judkins, and Greentimber.
He married Lillie Jones on September 5, 1944 in Virginia City, Montana. They lived in Rupert for a time and then moved to Ashton. Lillie died on September 29, 2005
He was a farmer and worked for Atchley Farms until his retirement. He enjoyed having a milk cow and horses to take care of. He liked to hunt and fish and garden. He loved spending time with his family.
He is survived by his sons Herman (Alice) Wykle of Ashton and Carey Wykle of Rexburg; a sister Flonnie Dills of Arlington, Washington; nine grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, seven siblings, a granddaughter and two great-granddaughters.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 16 at Baxter Funeral Home, 717 Main Street, in Ashton. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Shults Cemetery.
Walkin' Jim Stoltz (1953 - 2010)
Walkin' Jim Stoltz set off on his last forever wild hike on Friday, Sept. 3, 2010. Our master troubadour and dear friend fought a heroic battle with cancer in Helena, Mont. He was 57 years old.
Walkin' Jim is widely known throughout the United States for his unique combination of long-distance hiking, original songwriting and photography. Jim was an adventurer, artist, poet, photographer, author and environmental activist.
In his lifetime, he accomplished numerous long-distance treks including the complete lengths of the Pacific Crest Trail, the Appalachian Trail, an east-to-west cross-continent hike, the entire U.S. Continental Divide, trips from Yellowstone to the Yukon, and many others. In total, he hiked more than 28,000 miles of long-distance trips.
When not on a long trip, Walkin' Jim could be found on any of the many trails in southwest Montana for a day hike with family and friends. He was also an avid cross-country skier. Jim also enjoyed wilderness travels by canoe.
Between trips, Jim would create, produce and perform original shows of his travels with photography and music, always incorporating his keen sense of environmental awareness and justice for all things wild. His musical, hiking, and environmental career spanned 45 years.
Jim was born in Royal Oak, Mich., June 8, 1953, to Wilbur and Audra Stoltz. He graduated from Royal Oak- Kimball High School.
Walkin' Jim began playing the guitar when he was in the fourth grade. He performed in several bands during the 1970s. He first learned his love for the outdoors and hiking with the Boy Scouts. His first long-distance hike was from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail in 1973. The following year, Jim began his Ocean to Ocean walk beginning in West Quodyhead, Maine, and ending on the Olympic Peninsula, Wash. The entire trip followed dirt roads, railroad tracks and trails.
Jim's first recording was "Spirit is Still on the Run" in 1986. He also recorded "Forever Wild," "Listen to the Earth," "The Long Trails," and many others. Walkin' Jim produced over eight musical albums and one music video for children, "Come Walk With Me."
Jim was an accomplished poet. His poetry was published as "Whisper Behind the Wind." Walkin' Jim wrote a book, "Walking with the Wild Wind: Reflections on a Montana Journey," highlighting his inspirational travels and wilderness philosophy.
A few years ago, Jim discovered his talent for painting. He developed an extensive array of work in oils, specializing in interpretive environmental themes. He liked to work in the medium of oil-based cattle markers on canvas. Many of his paintings reflected themes from his songs and poetry.
Walkin' Jim founded Music United to Sustain the Environment (MUSE) with Craig Wagner and Joyce Rouse. MUSE is a group of professional touring musicians who are concerned about the health of our planet. Many of them draw their inspiration from the land, and feel the need to give something back to protect it. Walkin' Jim stood at the forefront of many environmental causes throughout the country.
Jim helped with the planning and design of several trails throughout the American Southwest. A short segment of U.S. Forest Service trail in northern Arizona was recently created and named the Walkin' Jim Trail.
To spread his love of people and song, Jim was employed for nearly 30 winter seasons at Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, driving horse-drawn sleighs to festive dinners where he performed his extensive repertoire of music.
Jim's life is richly entwined by a web of countless dear friends, including thousands of children throughout the country who have learned and loved his stories and songs.
Walkin' Jim is survived by his true friend, Leslie Stoltz of Big Sky; brother, Mark Stoltz of Honor, Mich.; sisters, Susan Grace Stoltz of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Lisa Mohr of Wixom, Mich.; and many nieces and nephews.
Jim's lifework and dreams centered on his desire to share the beauty, the unique character, the mood and the value of wilderness through his music, writings, art and activism. He leaves a special and enduring legacy to his family, friends and enumerable fans - a legacy directing all of us to live lives of happiness while sharing in and protecting all things wild.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, at Last Chance Ranch, 2884 Grizzly Gulch, Helena, Mont. Directions for contributions will be determined in the near future. Updated information will be available soon at www.walkinjim.com.
Arrangements are under the care of Retz Funeral Home in Helena. To offer condolences to the family or to share a memory of Jim, please go here.
David Allen Gietzen
David Allen Gietzen, 63, passed away in Salt Lake City surrounded by family on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010.
David, the son of Edwin A. Gietzen and Edith I. Braun, was born July 30, 1947. He grew up in the Twin Falls area and graduated from Twin Falls High School in 1965.
Shortly after graduation, David became involved in automobile sales and dealership management. He married Marsha A. Bullen and they had two daughters, Marcellene and Lisa Elaine. They later divorced. He moved his family to Idaho Falls, where he began his career with B.A. Wackerli Co. as a partner and general manager. He possessed determination with a vision of the future in all he set out to accomplish.
Later, David met and married Donna I. Klein. Together, they shared a lifetime of cherished memories. After retiring from Wackerli, they moved to Island Park where David was involved in land development, including developing Stonegate, and real estate with Outback Realty. He made many lasting friendships throughout his business adventures.
David and Donna made St. George their permanent residence in July 2004. He loved the sunshine and developed many friendships on the golf course at Bloomington Country Club. These friendships deepened and enabled him to truly develop his love of the outdoors through golfing, biking, hiking, and riding his BMW motorcycle. One of his most treasured memories was that of organizing and preparing the hike of the Grand Canyon rim to rim with five of his closest friends.
He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Donna; his daughters, Marcie (Matt) DeBold of Bridgeville, Pa., Lisa Miller and partner, Thel Casper of Idaho Falls; his six grandchildren, Lindsay and Wesley Sprecher, Jack and Mikayla Yonke, Taggert and Hunter Miller; two sisters, Lucy Sanders and family of Albuquerque, N.M., and Chris Gietzen and family of Columbia Falls, Mont.; his nephews and nieces; and his special godchildren, Alex Gietzen and Haylee Nelson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Marge Cole.
David was an original, unconventional and ingenious businessman, a loving husband and a good father and grandfather who displayed a wealth of wit and wisdom to all. He will be extremely missed, but never forgotten.
A rosary will be recited at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, with a visitation one hour prior at Buck-Miller-Hann Funeral Home, 825 E. 17th St. in Idaho Falls. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 1690 E. 17th St. in Idaho Falls. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.buckmillerhann.com.
There will be a "Celebration of David's Life" in St. George, Utah, at a later date.
ASHTON — Thelma Hill Pence, 82, of Ashton, died Wednesday, September 28, 2010 at her home of natural causes.
She was born May 5, 1928, in Roberts, to Elmer and Amplis Kinder Hill. She graduated from Ashton High school where she formed a camaraderie with 12 other women from the class of 1946, known as the "Chubby Chucklers" whom have remained the best of friends.
She married Lorin Pence on September 24, 1948 in Ashton. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. Lorin died February 6, 2010.
Thelma was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served as president of the Relief Society and Primary, in various other ward and stake callings and as a visiting teacher. She truly loved the people she served with over the years.
She worked at the City Drugstore fountain as a "soda jerk" before she was married and then again in later years. She worked at Fremont Co-op, Fall River Electric, Jack’s Grocery Store and for area farmers during potato harvest.
If ever asked, she would say her greatest love and enjoyment came from her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her children, Robert Lorin (Robin) Pence of Rigby, Patti (Rob) Cordingley of Ashton, Julie Anne (Thomas) Kerr of Altmar, New York, 17 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and eight siblings.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 4 at the Ashton LDS Stake Center. The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Monday from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. both times at the stake center. Burial will be in the Ashton Pineview Cemetery
under the direction of Baxter Funeral Home.
Norbert R. Lenz
ASHTON — Norbert R. Lenz, 94, died in his home on September 29, 2010, of natural causes.
Norbert was born on April 27, 1916, the second of four children in the family of Walter and Laura Lenz, and raised in the farming community of Squirrel, east of Ashton. His elementary schooling was in Kelly No. 6, a country school near the Lenz home. He attended high school in Ashton and graduated in 1934.
Norbert attended Idaho State University as an engineering student. He worked as a carpenter for Morrison-Knudsen on four different air fields in the West and on Kodiak Island, Alaska. Drafted into the Army Air Corp in 1942, he rose in two years from the rank of private to Master Sargent, the highest rank he could attain without being an NCO. He was stationed in India for two years and serviced planes that flew freight over the Himalayas into China. He was honorably discharged from the service in 1945.
Norbert claimed his beloved “Jackie,” Thelma Lenz, as his bride on September 16, 1945. Their children cherish their parents' love and faithfulness to each other. Norbert and Jackie began their married life in Squirrel, where he farmed, and then in 1948, moved to a farm in Kuna. After six years they returned to Ashton and resumed farming and ranching with his brother Elmer.
In 1987 Norbert was recognized as Cattleman of the Year by the Fremont-Madison Cattlemen's Association. He bred quarter horses and Tennessee Walking horses and worked for several years as a hunting guide and pack outfitter with his brother-in-law, Fred Lenz. He also owned and operated the WL Trailer Park on the home place west of Ashton.
He spent his leisure hours trapping, hunting, fishing, riding, and camping. He rarely went anywhere without a deck of cards and played countless games of “500” and pinochle. His children and grandchildren treasure memories of him taking time to introduce and enjoy these activities with them. In his later years woodworking and shaping canes and walking sticks kept him occupied. He shared his products freely with relatives, friends, and acquaintances.
Norbert was a life-long member of Zion Lutheran Church, Ashton, where he served terms as president, elder, and trustee. His faith in Jesus Christ gave him peace and hope throughout his life and as he faced death.
He is survived by his sister, Hilma Ronfeld, Nampa, ID; six children, Ardie Kelm (Roy), Three Forks, MT; Wayne Lenz, Ashton; LaVern Lenz (Irit), Boise; Patti Schuldies (Darris) and Sharon Staeb (Rod), St. Anthony; Elaine Lenz, Idaho Falls; 14 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma; brother, Elmer Lenz; sister, Shirley Burback; son, Clendon Lenz; and grand-daughter, Michelle Staeb.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 2, at Zion Lutheran Church in Ashton. The family will visit with friends from 7 to 8:30 Friday evening at Baxter Funeral Home and Saturday from 10 - 10:45 a.m. preceding the service at the church. Burial will be in the Squirrel Cemetery.
At Norbert's request, memorials in lieu of flowers may be sent to The Lutheran Hour, 660 Mason Ridge Center, St. Louis, MO 63141-8557.