Heyburn - William Ray “Bill” Ramsey, born in Twin Falls, May 26, 1929, died peacefully in his home Jan. 9, 2006. Bill was the fourth son born to Lucina Freestone and William B. Ramsey. He grew up in the Burley area learning from his parents the love of horses and the cowboy life, the value of work and honest living.
In March 27, 1948, he married Glenna Loveless, the love of his life, at the ages of 16 and 19, a union that fell just short of 58 years. She became his eternal companion in 1963, when they were sealed in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. Though they are now apart physically, they will always be together spiritually.
Bill and his bride eventually settled in Heyburn, where they raised four of their six children on a 40-acre farm. In 1972, they moved to Sandpoint, where they continued raising their family while building a custom butchering business. Bill, Glenna and their children worked together to run the business. Throughout his life, Bill worked as a butcher, a logger, a cowboy, and an all-around handyman. He was well-known by family and friends as a man who could fix almost anything, make anything he needed from nothing, and get things done quickly and with very little effort. Bill was a wonderful father, someone who cared deeply for his children and his grandchildren. Through his example, his family learned tolerance, how to work, how to pray, and most of all how to serve.
Bill loved horses. There was never a time in his life that he didn't have at least one to call his own. He worked with all kinds of animals, but was best known for his great horsemanship, and was asked more than once, “Is that your best horse because you use him the most, or do you use him the most because he's your best horse?” Bill often said he was born about 100 years too late. He spent most of his spare time riding horses through the mountains, hills and deserts of Idaho, and personified a son of this great land.
He was well-known throughout Idaho, as the teamster who celebrated the Centennial by taking a team and wagon the length of the State. He took the same team on the Sesquicentennial of the Oregon Trail in 1993, pulling a wagon for the Bureau of Land Management. He knew nearly every square inch of the State of Idaho, and could explain its geography and features. He truly gave reason for the people, mountains, deserts, and valleys to mourn the loss of such a great man. Don't be surprised, the next time you see a great fir tree on the mountainside, to see Bill standing near, looking up to see the grand creation and marvelling at its Maker. He did a great job tending his part of the Lord's vineyard, and in his words, “I'm tired, now it's your turn to take my lessons and continue on.”
He was a giant of a man in both body and spirit. His life has been somewhat of an endurance test with his life being spared miraculously many times and he attributed those miracles to the Lord. He had a strong will and a strong faith.
In his later years, Bill tapped into another talent as a cowboy poet. He has written over 100 poems and in reciting them has brought audiences to laughter one moment and to tears the next. His work truly speaks of a true western heritage. He was a member of the Cowboy Poets of Idaho and was well loved and respected by his fellow poets, who honored him with the coveted Silver Quill Award. He was a man of integrity and pride, without being boastful. He was never caught short to come up with a story, anecdote or joke to fit any occasion. But always the meaning or reason for the story came back to, “Do what you have to do, be self-reliant, and resourceful, problems can be solved, situations can be resolved and, what the hell, later on you'll find a reason to laugh about it.”
Bill is survived by his wife Glenna; his children, Richard D. Ramsey and his wife Cindy of Nampa, Peggie L. Dunow and her husband Chuck of Nampa, Pamela R. Heberling and her husband Max of Blackfoot, Patricia “Patty” Pierson and her husband Richard of Heyburn, Bill Glenn Ramsey and his wife Corinne of New Plymouth, and Barbra R. Jarvis and her husband Greg of Denver; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Robert A. Ramsey and his wife Lillie of Burley, and Lloyd R. Ramsey and his wife Betty of Heyburn.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006, at the Heyburn First and Second Ward Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 530 Villa Drive, Heyburn, with Bishop Frank Peterson officiating. Burial will be in Marion Cemetery
Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday at Rasmussen Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., Burley, and from 1 until 1:45 p.m. Saturday at the church.
Michael R. Hall
Michael Ryan Hall, age 28, of Burley, died Friday, April 23, 2004.
He was born Oct. 15, 1975, in Logan, Utah, the son of Clarence Robertson "Ron" and Pamela E. Hicken Hall. He received his education in Burley, graduating from Burley High School in 1995. He continued his education at the College of Southern Idaho and Idaho State University.
He started his working career at the age of 16 with Gary Hollinger at the Burley Reminder. He loved his profession and especially enjoyed the creative aspect of the printing business. He most recently was employed at United Co-op in Rupert.
Michael was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as a missionary in the Kentucky Louisville Mission and was an Eagle Scout.
He enjoyed music, photography, and playing racquetball. In 1995, he took third place in the state's Mens-D division of racquetball.
He married Laura Ann Jones in May of 2000. To this union was born one son, Addison Ryan Hall. He and Laura later divorced. Michael loved his son and was a devoted father.
With the illness Michael was born with, he had many exceptional challenges. At the age of 16, he suffered a stroke. He spent many months at Primary Children's Medical Center where he learned how to walk again. His time at the hospital was not only for his personal gain, but through his love and tenderness to others, he became instrumental in assisting them in recovering from their illnesses.
He is survived by his parents, Ron and Pam Hall of Burley; his wonderful son, Addison Ryan Hall of Burley; his siblings, Rob (Tina) Hall of Montrose, Colorado, Brenda (George) Thibeault of Blackfoot, Randy Hall of Boise, and Curtis Hall currently serving in the U.S. Navy; his grandparents, Frances Hall of Harriman, Tennessee, and Ralph and Clara Hicken of Burley; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and his nieces and nephews. Also surviving is his loving friend, Arlene Moreno.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Clarence Ernest Hall.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 28, 2004, at the Burley Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2050 Normal Ave., with Bishop H. Reese Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery.
Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, at Rasmussen Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., Burley, and from 10 until 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, at the church.
Oakley - Betheen Wadsworth, an 81-year-old resident of Sequim, Wash., passed away Tuesday, April 18, 2006, in Sequim, from complications of a stroke.
She was born May 3, 1924, in Oakley, the daughter of Albert H. Hale Jr. and Mary Lucile Pettegrew Hale. She received her education in Oakley, graduating from Oakley High School. She later took college classes by correspondence while residing in Alaska.
She married Eugene D. Wadsworth on Feb. 7, 1944, in Salt Lake City. She lived in Seldovia, Alaska, from 1945 until 1965. She then moved to Kodiak, Alaska, residing there until 1970, when she moved to Sequim, Wash., where she had since resided.
While living in Alaska, she was a substitute teacher and worked in commercial fishing. She was an Alaska homesteader, having lived in five log homes that her husband built.
Betheen was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was a former Relief Society president and an early morning Seminary teacher. She enjoyed painting in acrylics, was a seamstress, knitter and a gardener.
She is survived by her husband, Gene “Whitey” Wadsworth of Sequim, Washington; one son, Ray (Jane) Wadsworth of Sequim; one brother, David Alma Hale of Sandy, Utah; her sisters, Rosemary (John) Cameron of Mesquite, Nevada, Helen Gray of Salt Lake City, Utah, Margaret Robinson of Oakley, and Martha (Ed) Bench of Oakley; five grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Albert Pettegrew Hale and Ernest Arthur Hale; and sisters, Verla Adams, Erma Peterson, Gwen Mellor and Mozelle Harmon.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 22, 2006, at the Oakley Cemetery
with Ray Wadsworth officiating.
The family suggests memorials be directed to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Perpetual Education Fund or the Humanitarian Fund, c/o Bishop Christopher King, Sequim 1st Ward, 870 Spyglass Ln., Sequim, Washington.
Arrangements are under the direction of Rasmussen Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., Burley.
Lyle ‘Smoke' Udy
Elba - Lyle Lot "Smoke" Udy, a 78-year-old resident of Salt Lake City, Utah, formerly of Elba, died Thursday, April 20, 2006, at Millcreek Health Center, where he had resided the past three years.
Lyle was born April 15, 1928, to Lot Smith and Etta Eveline Rich Udy. He and his twin sister, Loleta, were born at Elba, Idaho, in the ranch home. He attended school in Elba, and completed his education at Burley High School. He became seriously ill, which was diagnosed as osteomyolistis. He was bedfast and in body casts for several years. He gradually recovered when penicillin was discovered.
He married Tressie Irene Lewis in 1950, at Ketchum, Idaho. They had four children, three sons and one daughter. They later divorced.
Lyle worked for the railroad for several years, was a security guard, a butcher, and had worked for Anderson Feedlot at one time.
He is survived by his children, Garth (Cathy) Udy of Grantsville, Utah, and Ivan (Roxanne) Udy of Salt Lake City, Utah; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; his sisters, Josie Spiers of Oakley, Arthella Warren of Burley, and Loleta May Merrill of Albion; and a brother-in-law, Wayne Hayden of Burley.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two children, Diane and Norris; two sisters, Norma Bedke and Pat Hayden; and one brother, Darhl R. Udy.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 25, 2006, at Rasmussen Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., Burley, where friends and family may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday, and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Officiating will be Bishop Lonnie Downs. Burial will follow at Grand View Cemetery
Rhoda Ann Anderson Cox Tibbetts
RUPERT - Rhoda Ann Anderson Cox Tibbetts, 88 ,of Rupert, died peacefully Saturday, April 22, 2006, at the Countryside Care & Rehab where she had resided this past year.
She was born Sept. 16, 1917, in Lund, to Ole and Margaret Miller Anderson, the sixth of ten children. One year later, she moved with her family to Rupert where she attended schools.
She married Earl Elmer Cox, Dec. 24, 1935, and later moved to Omak, Wash., for a few years. They were later divorced. She returned to Rupert where she lived until her death. She stayed at home to raise her five children and help take care of her parents.
On Aug. 2, 1955, she married Frank Tibbetts in Virginia City, Mont. She went to work at Rocky Mountain Chemical until it closed and later worked at Eastern Idaho Packing in Heyburn. She and Frank later operated the Red and White Café in Heyburn for about six years. Her father moved into their home and she took care of him until his death in 1969.
She took pride in raising a garden every summer and canning the harvest. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed the summer picnics and holiday dinners with the family. She enjoyed the few times she traveled with Frank when he drove for Allied Van Lines. Her grandkids put the sparkle in her eyes. She was proud of each and every one of them and their accomplishments.
She was a member of the LDS Church. Although she was not active, she enjoyed the visiting teachers when they came for a visit.
She is survived by her children, Judy Braden of Paul, Bill (Juanita) Cox of Burley, Barbara (Leroy) Klamm of Paul, Karen (Dave) Hickman of Lincoln City, Ore., and David (Beverly) Tibbetts of Stansbury, Utah; daughter-in-law, Shirley A. Cox of Wendell; a step daughter, Marjean (Orlan) Kidner of Wells, Nev.; her sister, Emma Flowers of Albion; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; a daughter, Jean Ann who died in infancy; a son, Earl Gerald “Jerry” Cox; a grandson, Daniel Gerald Cox; grand daughter, Kathy Cox; great-grandson, Matthew Hilling; her siblings, Glenn O. Anderson, Elmer William Anderson, Helen Margaret Nielson, twin sisters, Susan and Sarah, who were stillborn, Leland Nathan, Paul Herman and Mildred who died in infancy.
Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, 2006, at Hansen Mortuary Rupert Chapel, 710 6th St.. Interment will follow at the Riverside Cemetery
in Heyburn. A viewing for family and friends will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the funeral on Wednesday at the mortuary.
Dona Marie Bennett Taylor
POCATELLO - Dona Marie Bennett Taylor, 79, of Pocatello, passed away April 25, 2006, at her home peacefully of cancer surrounded by her loving children and grandchildren.
Dona was born July 17, 1926, in Albion, to Logan and Cleo Bennett. The oldest of 3 children she was raised and educated in Albion.
Dona married Lyle H. Taylor on Sept. 11, 1946. They had five children and lived in Burley. They moved to Aberdeen in 1955. In 1971 when Lyle retired from J.R. Simplot Fertilizer Lyle and Dona relocated to Pocatello where they have resided since.
While growing up she enjoyed ice-skating at Sportsman's Park in Aberdeen where she taught all five of her children how to ice skate and often helped others as well. She was always supportive in all of her children and grandchildren's accomplishments, never to miss a school program, dance recital, sporting event or rodeo. She loved spending weekends with her family at their Cabin in Island Park, which was the place to be throughout the summer for skiing and in the winter for snowmobiling. She enjoyed bowling, baking home made pies and bread, sewing, crocheting, putting together puzzles, painting and spending time having coffee with “The Mall Gang“. She was one of the finest quilt-makers for grand babies and wedding gifts. Dona and her husband along with their children and grandchildren loved to dance at any celebration anywhere. They loved to fish and socialize on the Salmon River while staying at the Salmon River Lodge.
She is survived by her children, Ron L. Taylor (Sheri) of Pocatello, Toni G. Taylor of Blackfoot, Kelly H. Taylor (Terri) of Pocatello, Jeri M. Wasia (Bob) of Blackfoot, Debra G. Taylor of Pocatello, one brother, LaVere Bennett (Jeannine) of Murtaugh, and one sister, Norma Bennett of Tucson, Ariz. She was graced with 23 Grandchildren and 25 Great-Grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Lyle and her parents Logan and Cleo Bennett.
Viewing will be held Friday, April 28, 2006, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 S. 4th Ave. Pocatello.
Graveside Service will be held Saturday, April 29, 2006, at noon at the Pleasant View Cemetery
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Southeastern District Hospice 1901 Alvin Ricken Drive, Pocatello, Idaho 83201, or the American Cancer Society in Dona M. Taylor's name.