Elsie Julia (Bradshaw) Dean
Elsie Julia (Bradshaw) Dean was lost to this earth, to her family and her friends on Saturday, June 14, 2003. She died of natural causes at the Village Health Care Center, Missoula, Montana.
Elsie was born on August 30, 1920 on a ranch, five miles north of Challis.
Her parents, Pearl (Millick) and George Bradshaw were first generation Americans. Her mother’s family were of German and English extraction and came to Idaho via Michigan. George’s parents had emigrated from Wales.
George Bradshaw homesteaded their ranch around 1910.
He personally built their two-story squared-log home in an idealic setting beside Challis Creek, near Challis.
Here, Elsie grew up with her three sisters. Her cousins lived on the next ranch and were her playmates.
Elsie attended and graduated from secondary schools in Challis before completing Henneger Business School in Salt Lake City in 1939. For several years thereafter, she worked as a secretary and stenographer at businesses in the Idaho Falls and Pocatello area.
In 1942, Elsie quit her job as a bookkeeper in the Pocatello bank to join the World War II war effort.
She traveled to Washington, D.C. where she joined the legions of young women who came to the nation’s capital to perform the multitudes of assignments which kept the wheels of government turning during that crisis.
Among her other positions, she served as secretary to one of the “dollar a year” men.
These were executives from industry who volunteered their services to the government for the duration of the war for a salary of $1 per year.
In 1943, Elsie relocated to Long Beach, California where she was again a secretary. This time she was with the United States Coast Guard.
On May 15, 1944, while in Long Beach, Elsie married Jerdon J. Dean, a career member of the United States Navy. For the next 31 years she made a home at or near naval bases throughout the United States, twice in the Republic of Panama and once in Japan. There she lived successively in Ishiki Hayama, Yokohama and Yokosuka. Suitcase in hand, she accompanied her husband when his duties in Washington, D.C. required him to travel to the U.S. naval bases scattered around the Mediterranean.
The life of a Navy wife is not an easy one. She must accept long separations when her husband is at sea or overseas. She must move her home frequently. Many times she is subjected to poor and primitive living conditions. Neither her family nor friends accompany her to these places. She must adapt to circumstances and make friends as she goes. Elsie was the perfect Navy wife. She was friendly, gregarious, outgoing and a life-long practical joker. Elsie adapted to any location at any time and made a cheerful and happy home whenever and wherever.
On September 1, 1974, Elsie’s husband retired from the Navy and they established their final home in Missoula. This was both a permanent home and a base for travel. The couple was fond of recreation vehicles with which they traveled for four to six months per year until Elsie’s health prevented travel.
Elsie was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Jean Lewis and Deane Peterson. She is survived by her husband, Captain Jerdon J. Dean and her sister Pearl McAffee, both of Missoula, Montana.
Memorial Services will be held Friday, June 20, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at Garden City Funeral Home. The family suggests that memorials be made to the Navy Relief Society, Navy Department, Washington, D.C. 20350.
J.M. James, 75, of Mackay, died Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Ketchum, Idaho.
J.M. was born April 13, 1928 in Bell City, Missouri. The son of Joseph Marion and Laura Christine (Miller) James, he was the youngest of seven sons. He was a graduate of Bell City High School in 1946 and moved to Gooding, Idaho in 1949.
J.M. married Majorie Thorton in 1950, served with the Marines and was given an honorable discharge due to the death of his wife.
He married Virginia Elizabeth Brown in the Gooding Church of the Nazarene June 28, 1953.
Drafted into the Army in 1955, he served in Maryland, Kentucky and Texas as a Specialist 3rd Class. He was honorably discharged in 1957.
J.M. worked with the Department of Agriculture for over 20 years in the ASCS office. In 1981, while working for the government, he was transferred to Mackay, where he retired in 1988.
He was an avid bowler, fisherman, enjoyed bingo, and spectating his childrens’ and grandchildrens’ sporting and extracurricular activities.
He was a member of the American Legion and Mackay Senior Citizen’s Center.
He is survived by his wife Virginia, Mackay; two brothers, Lawrence James, Advance, MO and Milford James, Lebanon, TN, and his children; Bill (Rocky) James, Darlington, Joni (Keith) Lemons, Fairfield; Doug (Angie) James, Darlington; Marty James, Jackson, WY; Jeff (Shannon) James, Mackay; Kenny James, Mackay; 11 grandsons, five granddaughters, one great-grandson, and numerous nieces and nephews. J.M. is preceded in death by his parents, four brothers; Jewel, Milburn, Cletus, and Merle James.
Funeral services were held June 16 in the Mackay High School Auditorium. Burial was at the Mount McCaleb Cemetery
in Mackay. The family requests that memorial donations in lieu of flowers be sent to Mackay Senior Citizens Center, 301 Cedar Avenue, Mackay, Idaho 83251. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Simpson-Marvel Memorial Chapel in Arco.
Howard M. Huston
Howard M. Huston, 68, of Twin Falls, died Thursday, June 5, 2003 at Magic Valley Regional Medical Center.
Howard was born February 3, 1935 at Clearwater, Nebraska to Roger and Dorothy Cary Huston. When Howard was five-years-old, his family moved to Idaho, settling in Kimberly. He attended schools in Kimberly, graduating from Kimberly High School in 1953.
Howard entered the US Air Force on January 2, 1954 and served his country proudly until he was honorably discharged after 20 years of service on September 30, 1974. On March 30, 1974, he married Delores Grandpre in Reno, Nevada.
From 1974 to 1976, Howard worked at the McClellan Air Force Base at Sacramento, California in the communications department. He moved his family to Challis, Idaho in 1977 where they owned and operated the Lyric Theater and ran an electronics repair shop.
In late 1977, Howard went to work for the US Forest Service at Challis. He was transferred to the Sawtooth Forest Service and retired in the spring of 1997 due to ill health. During that time, he moved to Wendell in 1987 where they lived for three years, spent a short period in Kimberly and then settled in Twin Falls.
Howard enjoyed playing golf, talking on the telephone, computers, hunting and fishing. He had belonged to the American Legion at Challis. He was very involved in the Crossroads United Methodist Church in Kimberly, serving as a lay leader for a number of years. He was also active in Idaho Walk to Emmaus and Idaho Chrysalis.
Howard is survived by his wife of 29 years, Delores of Twin Falls; two sisters, Simonne (Bob) Surgeon of Challis, and Selma (Charles) Madesh of LaMirada, California. Also surviving Howard are several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one nephew, Rodney.
A Celebration of Howard’s life was held June 11 at the Crossroads United Methodist Church, 205 Madison St. East, Kimberly, Idaho with Rev. Jerry Steele officiating. Entombment followed at the Reflections of History Mausoleum at Sunset Memorial Park. Military rites were by Area Veterans and Auxiliary.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials be given to the Crossroads United Methodist Church Building Fund. Contributions may be given to funeral chapel staff or mailed to Reynolds Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 1142, Twin Falls, Idaho 83303.
Frances Marie Cole
Frances Marie Cole, 75, died peacefully in her sleep on June 4 at her daughter’s home in Thousand Oaks, California, surrounded by her family.
A native of Challis, Fran graduated from Berkeley High School and attended Cal Berkeley before marrying William Cole in 1949. Bill’s 30-year military service gave them the opportunity to live and travel all over the world. Upon Bill’s death in 1982, Fran moved to Rossmoor. She was a devoted volunteer at Mt. Diablo Hospital where she helped in the G.I. Lab and the Gift Shop. Fran was also an avid bridge player.
She is survived by her daughters and sons in law Debbie and Tom Crowell and Phyllis and Bob French; brother, Philip Kirk and wife Sigrid; as well as one niece, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Cousins here in Idaho are Frank Burstedt, Bonnie Stilwill, Janette Burstedt Piva, Barbara Hammond and Mabel Schwarting.
John Claude Phillips
John Claude Monroe Phillips, 69, went to be with the Lord on July 20, 2003 at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Boise.
John was born September 25, 1933 at Sacramento, California to Henry Arthur and Kathleen Mae Phillips. The family moved to Mountain Home in 1949. He enlisted in the Army in 1950 and served in Okinawa, Japan.
He was a long haul truck driver for Arlo G. Lott Trucking Company at the time of his death.
He loved fishing, friends and family.
John married Gerri Woolley on May 19, 1984 in Challis.
He is survived by his wife at the family home, his mother Kathleen Woolley, Jerome; three sisters, Gerri Willard, Lava Hot Springs, Judy Holden of Challis and Carolyn Isenhart, Grangeville; two brothers, Dick and Roger Black; two sons, Dick Phillips, Wasilla, Alaska and John Phillips of Omak, Washington; two daughters, Debra Phillips, Bona Ark and Bonnie Kay Hanson, Pocatello, 23 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by three stepsons, Bill Woolley, Gheribaldi, Oregon, Brett Wooley of Stanley and Danny Woolley of Challis.
He was preceded in death by one son, Tony Monroe Phillips, his father Henry, stepfather Dick Black and two grandchildren.
Services were held July 26 at the Community Church. He was buried in the Challis Cemetery.
Trudy Marie Cox Kuhn
Trudy Marie Cox Kuhn, 30, of Nampa, passed away July 14, 2003, at Mercy Medical Center with family and friends by her side after a courageous five-year battle with cancer.
Trudy was born December 26, 1972 in Boise to Elmer Lloyd and Dianna M. (Stilwill) McDorman. She grew up in Challis and Owyhee County area and attended Melba High School but graduated in Gabbs, Nevada. She lived in Nampa for the past 12 years.
Trudy was a courageous fighter to the end. She participated in the Race for a Cure for the past five years and this past year placed second in the survivor mile with her son Trask. She has always kept herself in good spirits, being strong for her four boys, mother, sister and other family and friends.
She prided herself in putting others first, always baking cookies and brownies or doing whatever was needed. Kids were her major priority, her sons first, then nieces, nephews and any friends—the more, the merrier.
Trudy is survived and will be greatly missed by her four boys, Trask, Jeric, Omri and Xander; a birth daughter, Hallie; mother Dianna McDorman and step-father Larry; eight siblings, Janet and Rudy Campos, Anegla Kline, Dottie Case, Adrienne and Jim Schupp, Georganna and Phil Orr, Keri and Peter Halsey, Sandi and Phil Webb and Scott Zaval; special friends, Mike and Linda Schell and by her “Grammie” Bonnie Stilwill who took her for treatments the past three years; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father Elmer and great-grandparents on both sides.
The family suggests that memorial donations be made in her memory to a trust fund for her children at Quinco Credit Union, 421 11th Ave. South, Nampa, Idaho 83651; Trudy Kuhn’s Boys, in care of Larry and Diana McDorman.