Walter Leonard Jarboe 'Father Ray'
June 29, 1940-May 4, 2011
Boise - Walter Leonard Jarboe (Fr. Ray) died Wednesday May 4, at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise, Idaho, from injuries sustained in a fall at his home in Boise.
Walter was born in St. Mary’s City, Md., June 29, 1940, to Engel Frances and Joseph Leonard Jarboe. He had one sister, Frances, with whom he was very close.Walter and Frances grew up in the farm and seashore world of Saint Mary’s County, Md. As children they always had chores to do. Besides his chores, Walter always managed to “play altar” in the woods behind his house with a piece of board placed between two trees and Necco wafers as the communion host. So it seemed fitting that upon graduation from high school that he immediately joined the Dominican brothers. He took the religious name of Raymond, the name he used the rest of his life. Brother Raymond was stationed in Washington, D.C. at the House of Studies and in New York city at St. Vincents. Years later he decided he would like to be a priest so he could contribute more to helping others, especially the youth who found themselves in troubled situations and needing a stable force in their lives. He was often a child advocate in the court system in New York. Brother Ray moved west to continue his ministry at Sienna Heights College in Adrian, Mich., as a chaplain, a post he held for a number of years. Being on a college campus, he mentored youth. Many of the young people stayed his friends well into their adulthood and he became a guide and friend to their children also. Brother Raymond then decided to become a priest and was accepted by the Diocese of Baker, Ore. He was ordained a priest by his friend, Bishop Thomas Connolly, Bishop of Baker, March 6, 1989, in Ontario, Ore. He served mostly at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Ontario, Ore., as parochial vicar and then as pastor. Father Ray was a marvelous pastor. He was deeply loved by the people of the parish for his tireless work and dedication to all aspects of priestly ministry. He became well known for his exceptional preaching ability, and his love for the sick, dying, and the poor. He was deeply dedicated to the needs of those from other cultures and backgrounds who were increasingly involved in the Ontario parish. During the time he was in Ontario an addition was added to the front of the church and the size of the parish grew. He worked daily in the local parish school. Father Ray had a famous sense of art and decoration, and a deep appreciation of Roman Catholic liturgy. He will always be remembered for his work in decorating the church for the different seasons and feasts of the Catholic liturgical year. He designed and made many of his own vestments. In 2004 Father Ray retired from parish ministry and returned to Michigan for a few years. While there he began a job with Food for the Poor. He traveled each weekend to various parts of the country visiting different parishes raising funds to assist Food for the Poor in their charity efforts. Father Ray loved this job and thrived on being able to use his exceptional ability to preach to provide help to those in need in poor countries. Since he could live anywhere and still travel for Food for the Poor, he chose to move to Boise to be near his many friends.He bought a house, decorated it to the hilt and lined the inside and out with pieces from his extensive art collection. Father Ray’s desire to be a parish priest led him to become part of the staff at Saint Mary’s Church.While continuing to travel for Food for the Poor, he often celebrated daily Mass for the parish and for the students of Saint Mary’s School. He served as part of the parish staff and on both the School Governing Board and Parish Community Council of the parish, and was an inspiration in the environmental design of the parish decoration for all major feasts. Father Ray said he wanted to stay at Saint Mary’s forever and continue to serve the people of St. Mary’s Church helping children and families as he had always done and loving life.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his sister, Frances Louise Kilcullen, of Port Republic, Md.; family friend, Leonard Lozen; a niece, Susan Mako and her husband, Tim and their children, Emerson and Addison; and two aunts, Evelyn Adams and Alyce Jarboe.
There will be a vigil for Father Ray at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Ontario at 7 p.m. today, May 8. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at Saint Mary’s Church in Boise, at 11 a.m. Monday, May 9. There will be a viewing from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. at the church. Following the Mass there will be a reception lunch in the Saint Mary’s Parish Hall, a gift to Father Ray and his family from the Diocese of Baker. Burial will be in the family plot in Maryland. Donation may be made to Saint Mary’s Church or to Food for the Poor. Arrangements are under the direction of Summers Funeral Homes, Boise, Idaho.
Arnold R. Howard
Arnold Ray Howard, one of the very best from “The Greatest Generation”, left his earthly bounds peacefully from home with his family by his side on April 13, 2011. Funeral services were held April 18, 2011 at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, New Plymouth. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Park View Cemetery, New Plymouth. Condolences may be made to the family at www.shaffer-jensenchapel.com.
He began life on Nov. 12, 1920 humbly born at home in Buhl, ID, with delivery assisted by his maternal grandmother Mary Annis, to parents Noah and Ethel Howard. His childhood was disadvantaged by poverty and multiple relocations making formal education challenging. His early teen years were spent working in the family grocery store at 104 N. 13th St. in Boise. He then worked as a Hotel Boise taxi driver while attending machinist school. At the age of 20, he went to work in the Bremerton, WA shipyards with a friend and fellow graduate of the machinist school.
In April 1942, Arnold joined the U.S. Navy attending boot camp in San Diego, CA, with subsequent training in electronic gun fire control. His first ship assignment was on board the USS Beatty leaving South Carolina headed toward the WWII invasion of North Africa. That was the first of six round trip crossings of the Atlantic on convoy duty escorting troops. The USS Beatty was sunk by torpedo Nov. 6, 1943 with Arnold being rescued after seven hours on a life boat in the sea … an anxious experience for a man who could not swim. It took six months, with a stop in Scotland, to get back to the States. He attended advanced fire control school in Washington D.C. before being assigned to the heavy cruiser USS Pittsburgh.
During a 30 day leave before shipping out, he went with a buddy to Quincy, MA where he met the love of his life and married Stella Mansani on Oct. 26, 1944 before the leave was over. Stella and Arnold loved and cherished one another joyfully as vowed until Stella’s death 44 years later.
The USS Pittsburgh passed through the Panama Canal and across the Pacific with the Third Fleet. Arnold related one battle off the coast of Sicily during which German tanks were off loading a train behind a hill. The fleet destroyed all tanks by blindly lobbing fire over the hill while our Air Force relayed where the shots landed so corrections could be made on the next round. Shortly thereafter, the Pittsburg was caught in high seas between two colliding Pacific storms and lost 104 ft. off the bow. The cruiser limped back to the States and as they entered the Seattle harbor in Oct. 1945, a plane dropped pamphlets on the fantail telling the sailors the war was over.
Upon honorable discharge, Stella joined Arnold as he returned briefly to his pre-war job in the shipyards. The couple soon tired of the rain and returned to the East Coast where Arnold worked as an electrician. During this time their daughter Shirley was born in Quincy, MA.
The city life did not appeal to the country boy, so the family moved to Twin Falls, ID, where Arnold worked for Floyd Smith’s Electrical Contracting. In 1949, Arnold and Stella bought an 80 acre farm Southeast of New Plymouth. They sold their dairy herd in 1958 and Arnold became a part-time farmer. Farm income was supplemented by employment at Stunz Lumber and Treasure Valley Roofing before becoming the owner of Freeway Texaco and Auto Repair in Ontario, OR.
In 1973, Arnold returned to his old trade as owner of Arnold’s Refrigeration & Electrical, specializing in dairy bulk tanks and other farm related support services. He was a long term member, and served as President, of the Refrigeration Services Engineering Society.
Work only partially defined Arnold … he and Stella gave full enthusiastic support to their daughter’s school and 4-H activities, as well as being very active in their community. From Falk School dances where several generations came together for fun, to multiple square and round dance club memberships, to dancing members of the Elks, they knew how to have fun.
Both Arnold and Stella were very active in the Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) organization at the local, state, and national levels. Arnold was named a member of the All American Team of District Commanders in 1968 and Department of Idaho Commander in 1971-1972. He served on the National Legislative Committee. Arnold and Stella traveled to Washington D.C. and multiple national conventions advocating for Veterans. This affiliation afforded the opportunity to personally meet with four different U.S. Presidents and many Idaho Congress members over the years.
Arnold loved to travel because he thought it was a prime avenue for broadening the mind. He was pleased to have visited all 50 states at least once.
In 1979, Arnold became a Payette County Commissioner and won successive elections bringing the years of community service in this capacity to 20. During his tenure as a Commissioner, many improvements in the operation of the county government were instituted, including: a 911 emergency phone system, centralized dispatch, updated computerized record and mapping systems, and an environmentally-forward landfill. It should be noted that the hard work and dedication of the Board of Commissioners, with Arnold as Chairman, kept the county on a balanced budget while constantly improving services.
Arnold dedicated a great deal of his personal time to serving on many local boards and committees: Payette County and Western Idaho Community Action Advisory Committees, New Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, Idaho Association of Counties, and the Governor’s Energy Auditing Committee. Arnold represented locally elected officials and Ida-Ore Economic Development District as a Director on the Treasure Valley Certified Development Corporation Board. One program Arnold took particular interest in was the SBA-503 Loan program which made funds available to new businesses that created jobs.
After nearly 60 years as a member of the New Plymouth community, diminishing eyesight and other health issues made a move closer to Boise family support wise. While he missed the day-to-day interaction with his many community friends, he seized the opportunity to be more conveniently involved with the daily lives of his daughter Shirley, son-in-law Karl, granddaughter Jodane, the delightful antics of his great granddaughter Tyla Frisby Christoffersen, and included in the regular gatherings of the Christoffersen Clan. As customary with Arnold, he easily made new friends among the residents, the wonderful staff, and even the small critters at the Hillcrest Retirement Center. He found a challenging board game competitor and very special companion in Bea Greer while residing at Hillcrest. Arnold’s son-in-law made sure a connection to New Plymouth was sustained with regular trips to Dudley’s Barber Shop and lunches at the New Plymouth Senior Citizen’s Center. His 90th birthday was celebrated at the Center with many friends making it a wonderfully memorable day.
Dad’s counsel and love will be sorely missed, but his essence will live on forever in the memory of what he taught so many about how to love, what it means to be a true friend, and live with full attention to duty and integrity. For those who wish to honor him, thank a veteran for his/her service, exercise your privilege to vote, make a contribution to your community, respect Mother Earth, and use each day to value your friends and articulate your love.
Memorials may be made to the Idaho Veterans Home, New Plymouth Senior Citizens Center, or charity of your choice, c/o Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, ID 83661.
Alberta Kay Rhinehart
Feb. 2, 1937 - April 16, 2011
Fruitland - Alberta Kay Rhinehart, 74, Fruitland, Idaho, died at Payette Care Center after a long battle with cancer. She bravely fought for three years before going to be with her Heavenly Father, surrounded by her husband and loving family.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 21, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Fruitland Highway Worship Center in Fruitland, Idaho.
For directions visit www.lienkaemper-thomason.com.
Internment will follow at Rosedale Cemetery
in Payette, Idaho.
Arnold Lopez Valenzuela
Oct. 15, 1924- April 4, 2011
Payette - Arnold Valenzuela, 86, passed away Monday April 4, 2011, in Meridian, Idaho, with family by his side. Services will be held Saturday April 16, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the Corpus Christie Catholic Church, 900 N.W. Seventh St. in Fruitland, Idaho. The Rosary will be held at 9:30 a.m., prior to the mass. A celebration of his life will be held immediately following at the Eagles Lodge in Payette, Idaho, at 620 S. Main St.
Arnold was born in Tucson, Ariz., Oct. 15 1924. He was one of eight children of Jesus and Ysaura Valenzuela. As a child the family moved to Los Angeles, Calif., where he grew up. In 1979 Arnold moved to Payette, Idaho, to pursue his love for the outdoors. This is where he stayed until his passing.
Arnold is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Rudy, William, Rod, Fred and sisters, Bea and Genevieve.
He is survived by his brother, David; sons, Richard, Arnold and Jeff; daughters, Sally, Linda and Amanda; as well as many grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
In lieu of sending flowers or other gifts, we would like to honor our father, brother, uncle with a donation to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Donations can be sent to, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 42 Memphis, TN 38148, or, you can call 1 (800) 822-6344. Please mention Tribute Account Number 28136754, in the name of Arnold Valenzuela. Arrangements under the direction of Haren-Wood Chapel, Payette.
Barbara Ro Jean Walker
Jan. 7, 1931-March 31, 2011
Weiser - Barbara Ro Jean Walker, 80, passed away at The Cottages in Weiser Thursday, March 31, 2011. As she wished, there will be no services. She will be cremated with inurnment in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weiser, Idaho, next to her father and mother. She will be greatly missed and always loved. Arrangements are under the direction of Thomason Funeral Home, Weiser.
Barbara was born Jan. 7, 1931, in Caldwell, Idaho, the only child of Ralph and Augusta Havemann Walker. During her childhood, her family lived in Caldwell, LaGrande, Ore., and the Seattle-Tacoma area. She spent many happy summers at her grandparent’s farm on Mann Creek out of Weiser, with all of her cousins, aunts, and uncles. Barbara had been browsing and working in libraries for as long as she could remember. Her first job was with the Seattle Library when she was 13. Music was also another love. Barbara would spend days at the library going over music scores and books. She studied music and library science at the University of Washington, and later received master’s degrees in those subjects at Kansas State University and the University of Washington. Barbara was a member of the University of Washington Marching Band and Concert Band in the 1950’s. In 1950, Barbara was solo chair in the clarinet section in the University’s Concert Band. As was the practice in those days, women were not allowed in the marching band. In October 1950, the Huskies were going to Stanford to play a football game and the marching band was invited. Alumni in Palo Alto contacted the conductor and said they would like to also add a concert after the game. He said he would not be playing a concert without his solo clarinet and solo trumpet (also a woman) players. “If the girls don’t go to Stanford, the band doesn’t go.” The University Athletic Department reluctantly allowed both women to join the band, stating that if they played in the Stanford game they would have to play through to the end of the season. This was viewed by both women as an opportunity, not a penalty! After finishing out the season, the “gender barrier” was broken and several more women played the next season and every season thereafter. Barbara also played clarinet for the Seattle Symphony from 1951 to 1961. During her lifetime, especially retirement, Barbara participated in many music camps and seminars around the country. Her first library job was as reference librarian at Central Washington State College, in Ellensburg, Wash. Barbara was then given the opportunity to set up the music section at the California Institute of Arts in Valencia Library that was just opening. Missing the Pacific Northwest, Barbara moved back to Seattle and was hired by the Seattle Public Library to work in the history department. She was very excited when she was chosen to help organize and become the head of the Seattle Public Library’s Quick Information Center. She retired in 1990 and moved to Weiser with her mother. Barbara was the principal clarinet from 1993 to 2011 with the Treasure Valley Symphony in Ontario, Ore., where she had many special friends. She was a member of the Weiser Church of the Nazarene, the Busy Bee Club on Mann Creek, and the Payette Friday Musicale. She worked with the Intermountain Cultural Center and Museum in Weiser, the Cambridge Museum, and the Idaho Heartland Genealogists in Cambridge. Barbara’s other interests included dogs, cruising and traveling around the world, Boise Philharmonic concerts, making jewelry, and carpentry.
Barbara is survived by cousins, Veta Young, of Weiser, and Janice Friedrichsen, of Meridian, Idaho. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Sincere thanks and appreciation is extended to the staff of The Cottages of Weiser and Legacy Hospice. Memorials may be made to Weiser Church of the Nazarene, TVCC Department of Fine and Performing Arts, 650 College Boulevard, Ontario, OR 97914, or St. Luke’s Health Foundation (MSTI), 190 East Bannock, Boise, ID 83712.
Danielle Claire Baldwin ‘Pooh’
June 2, 1990- March 24, 2011
Adrian - Danielle Claire Baldwin “Pooh” set sail for the Great Unknown March 24, 2011. Danielle started out life June 2, 1990, weighing in at 3 lbs. 14 oz., daughter of Allen and Loralei Baldwin. For such a small thing, she had a lot of spunk. At the age of 21/2 years she was diagnosed with leukemia and it was not an easy battle for Danielle. She did not respond to treatment as expected at first then contracted Chicken Pox two months later. There were many stops and starts to her treatment due to illness and after only six months of remission it was back again. When Danielle learned that she had to go through all the treatments once more, her only comment was “I’m going to lose my hair again.” There’s not much hope for those who do not stay in remission, let alone those who’s remission is so short but it was just business as usual for Danielle. She suffered from Bone Marrow Depletion just short of half way through her protocol, her little body had reached its limits. Further treatment was impossible so they put her on low level therapy to give us a little more time and told us we could expect maybe three to four good months before she would relapse and be taken from us. Danielle never gave up. Months turned into years, she never gave up, even when Meningitis almost took her from us she faced it all with courage and hope. After nine years, and against all odds, she achieved one of the greatest accomplishments in her short life. In 2001 she was declared the victor in the battle against cancer. Danielle resided in Rural Nyssa and attended school in the Nyssa District until 2001. She attended Adrian Middle School and Graduated from Adrian High School in 2008. She moved to Adrian in 2006 after a fire destroyed her family home. She attended Treasure Valley Community College in 2008 to 2009. In Her spare time, she enjoyed reading, playing the clarinet, photography, and watching movies. The highlight of Danielle’s year was attending “Camp Rainbow Gold”, a camp for children who suffered from childhood cancer. She enjoyed it so much that when she reached the maximum age for campers, she volunteered as a junior counselor.
Danielle will be most fondly remembered by her father, Allen Baldwin, of Adrian; mother, Loralei Baldwin, of Payette; two sisters, Erica Foskitt, of Payette, Brianne (Tim) Davis, of Fruitland; two brothers, Cecil Baldwin and Fitz Baldwin, of Payette; three nephews, Tristen Collins, Brandon Collins, of Payette, and T J Davis, of Fruitland.
She is survived by her grandparents, Roland and Elaine Hayhurst, of Columbus, Ohio and many aunts; uncles; and cousins too numerous to mention individually but include Baldwins, Webbs, Morris’, Kathriners, Cleavers, Snyders, Keys’, Hayhursts, and Lewis’. The family apologizes if we have inadvertently left anyone out. The Family would like to invite all friends and family to attend an open house life celebration for Danielle April 16, 2011, at the Owyhee Community Church, 871 Owyhee Ave, Nyssa, Ore., anytime between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Any photos and/or memories you would like to share would be appreciated.
Those wishing to make donations in Danielle’s name are encouraged to remember the organization most nearest and dearest to her heart, “Camp Rainbow Gold.”
Cremation under the direction of Haren-Wood Chapel. We still don’t know why you left us to take this journey Danielle but we wish you “Bon Voyage”, our hearts and prayers go with you.
Laurence R. White
Dec. 12, 1939 - Feb. 14, 2011
Payette - On Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, Laurence R. White, after a battle with cancer and other medical issues, left his sweetheart of 52 years, Barbara White, and joined his mother with God in Heaven.
Larry passed away at home with his family by his side. A memorial service for Larry will be held at a later date.
Larry was preceded in death by his mother, Hilda White; father, Richard Honey; dad, George L. White and “Pop” George Amstutz; and brothers, Denny Amstutz, Bud Amstutz and Jerry Amstutz.
Larry is survived by his wife, Barbara White; brothers, John (Chris) White, James (Sharon) White and Richard Honey Jr; his four sisters, Laura (Craig) Cooper, Trudy (Jerry) Haines, Patty Krull and JoAnne Talmadge; and his four children, Cindy (Ken) Graham, Laurie (Terry) Gilliland, Nancy Stolk and George (Kayla) White; and as well as 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; aunts; uncles; cousins; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was born Dec. 12, 1939, in Portland, Ore., and then Larry joined the United States Air Force. Then, Feb. 3, 1959, he married Barbara Nelson in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Larry spent most of his life in California, Oregon, Nevada and Idaho, where he made countless friends, then in 2001, Larry and Barbara decided to call Payette home.
While we mourn the loss of our beloved husband, father, brother, and friend, we celebrate the life Larry led.
A life filled with hard work, undying love for his family and a life filled with enjoying the time God had given him here on earth.
When Larry wasn’t working you could often find him enjoying the outdoors. Hunting, fishing or playing a round of golf, were some of the things he loved but it was the time spent with his family that Larry truly cherished.
Larry will be greatly missed by all, yet live forever in the hearts and minds of all those that loved him.
Arrangements are under the direction of Potter Funeral Chapel.