Grace Derricott, St. Anthony
Grace Hayes Derricott 87, the mother of Island Park resident Vance Derricott, died Thursday, Mar. 30, 2006 in the Franklin Co. Rehabilitation Center in Preston.
Grace was born Jan. 14, 1919 at Stringtown, ID. the daughter of Alma Hess Hayes and Lottie Smart Hayes. She attended grade school and high school in Georgetown, ID. She also attended two years at Ricks College in Rexburg.
She married Wayne Smith Derricott on July 16, 1935 in Paris, Idaho. The marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. They lived at Liberty Idaho in the Bear Lake area for 14 years, then Sugar City for 21 years before moving to St. Anthony. Mr. Derricott died on Nov. 10, 1982. Grace continued to live in St. Anthony until the last few years when she moved to Preston to be near her son.
Mrs. Derricott was always active in the LDS Church serving as Young Women’s President in the Liberty LDS Ward. She served a LDS mission to the N. Carolina-Charlotte mission. She was a member of the Daughters of Utah pioneers and served as captain twice in Sugar City and once in St. Anthony.
She worked at Ricks College and as a nurse at the Idaho Industrial Training Center near St. Anthony. The family also managed the cheese house in Sugar City, which was owned by Nelson Ricks Creamery.
She is survived by her children, Delmar S. (Sharon) Derricott, Preston; Vance (Marie) Derricott, Mack’s Inn; Shirley Eva (Eddie) West, Idaho Falls; and Carol Renae (Duane) Hatch, Clearfield, UT: fourteen grandchildren and many great and great great grandchildren. Besides her husband she was preceded in death by eight brothers, four sisters and two great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday, April 3, 2006 in the St. Anthony Second LDS Ward with Bishop Myron Powell officiating. Burial will be in the St. Anthony Riverview Cemetery
under the direction of the Bidwell Funeral Home.
Nancy L. Anderson, former Ashton resident
Nancy L. Anderson passed away on Saturday, March 25, 2006 in Mesa, Arizona from complications related to Alzheimer’s. She was 80 years old.
Nancy was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister.
She was born on November 5, 1925 in Bridgeport, Texas to Ferd and Minnie Lee Sensibaugh.
She attended two years of college, studying biology, before marrying A. Leland (Andy) Anderson of Ashton on August 11, 1944.
In 1965, Nancy became the editor of the Ashton Herald, where she had worked as the women’s editor and the paper’s bookkeeper. She covered stories about the area’s people and events and wrote a column titled, “Take a Break.” She and her husband farmed east of Ashton, near Squirrel. Leland’s family owned and still owns Aspen Acres Golf Course, where she and Leland often enjoyed playing golf.
Nancy was active in the Order of Eastern Star and held several offices, including Worthy Matron. She was also active in 4-H. She ws a member of the Ashton Study Club, a women’s group that took on several community improvement projects.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
She is survived by a son, Leland F. Anderson, a daughter, Nancy L. Pierce, grandchildren Kathy Desiderio of Gilbert, Ariz., Erica Suellentrop of Blair, Neb., Bill Borger of Boise, and Sean Cazier of Rexburg, two great-grandchildren, and a sister, Virginia Fincher of Amarillo, Texas.
Her granddaughter, Kathy Desiderio, will schedule a memorial service later in the summer at Aspen Acres.
Condolences may be sent to Kathy Desiderio, 1410 E. Carla Vista Dr.,Gilbert, AZ 85296 or to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Please make memorial contributions to assist Alzheimer's research to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. To contribute by phone with a credit card, please call AFA at 866-232-8484. To contribute by mail, please mail your check or money order to The Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 6th floor, New York, NY 10001. To contribute online, please visit www.alzfdn.org
Former Island Park City Councilman dies in Utah
Carl Dee Pratt, 75, passed away at home in Provo, Utah on Monday, March 13, 2006. He and his wife, Delores, lived in Mack’s Inn in the late 1990’s.
Carl made headlines across Idaho when he ran for a seat on the Island Park City Council and received the same number of votes as Brent Ricks. He lost the seat in a coin toss, but later that year, he was appointed to the council to fill a vacancy caused when a councilwoman moved out of town. Carl also served on the Island Park Gem Community Team and managed the Island Park LDS Church’s family history library. He and Dolores also worked as cooks at the Mack’s Inn Dinner Theater.
Carl’s community involvement in Island Park reflected his full life of service and love for his family, church, and community. For the past seven years, he served at the Provo, LDS Temple as an ordinance worker, supervisor, and, most recently, as Volunteer Coordinator.
Carl was born on May 21, 1930 in Canutillo, Texas to Joseph Wilcken and Vilo Williams Pratt. He received his degree in pharmacy at Idaho State College. On May 29, 1951, he married Dolores Woolstenhulme in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. They were been married for 55 years. Carl then worked in the pharmacy and business profession in Tucson and San Manuel, Arizona. For many of those years, he owned and operated the San Manuel, Arizona Drug Store.
Carl was always eager to serve others. For many years he served on the School Board in San Manuel and was also elected chairman. He served energetically in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was called to many different roles in music, teaching, scouting, family history, and administrative leadership (including High Councilor, Bishop, Counselor in a Stake Presidency, and leadership roles in the Provo Temple). He sacrificed much time and energy to youth. Carl and Dolores also opened their home to Native American youth to further their education. Many young people stayed with them over the years.
Carl is survived by his wife Dolores, and children Gayle (Randy) Becraft of Mapleton, Eileen (Ross) Cox of Fairview, Alan Reid Pratt of Texas, Karen (Brad) Jensen of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Carol (Bryan) Bradley of Orem, Janet (Marlen) Heimbigner of South Jordan, Diane (Kevin) Keller of Sunnyvale, California, also a foster son, Earl (Lela) Tulley, of Gallup, New Mexico, 23 grandchildren, and 21 great grandchildren. He is also survived by four sisters: Vilo (Gurcharan) Gill of Provo, Amy Christensen of Orem, Jewel Ann Stevens of Tucson, Arizona, and Florence (Eric) Ashby of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Joseph Wilcken Pratt Jr., and a sister, Kathy Pratt.
Funeral services will be under the direction of Wheeler Mortuary, 211 E 200 S, Springville. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p. m. Friday, March 18 and from 9:30 to 10:30 Saturday, followed by an 11 a. m. funeral service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the LDS Perpetual Education Fund or Missionary Fund, 2200 Temple Hill Dr, Provo, 84604.
Harris Family Tribute
Remembering Mike Harris
Island Park lost a good soul who exemplified all the great qualities of a fun loving, hard working Island Park “mountain man” this week. Michael Dean “Mike” Harris, 48, died Monday, March 13, 2006, at Life Care Center in Idaho Falls of complications from an OHV accident in Island Park five years ago. Mike lived in Island Park at the time of the accident and had to leave the mountain to receive long term care.
Mike fully enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, snowmobiling, and having a good time with his children and friends.
Mike was a masterful wood carver, especially with a chainsaw. He made countless pieces of beautiful wood come alive as bears, wolves, and birds. His artistic legacy is well represented at the Shotgun Store & Cafe, where his carvings decorate the lounge, his trim work gives the pace a warm rustic atmosphere, and his woodburned drawings and antler and shell casing embellishments spark conversation at the bar he crafted from large pieces of fir. His carvings also decorate Island Park Lodge. And, he is remembered for his chainsaw carving demonstrations for Pratt Lumber and Stihl Chainsaws.
He carved totem poles and built log furniture and many beautiful log homes in Island Park.
He owned a sawmill in Island Park until his accident.
Mike was born on May 24, 1957, in Reno, Nev., to Larry Dean Harris and Beverly Morrow Harris. His father was a computer programmer for Morrison-Knudsen, and traveled widely with his family, so Mike grew up and attended schools in Holland, Thailand, and South Africa. They later moved to Laramie, Wyo., and he graduated from Laramie High School.
He married Linda Lee Johnson on July 14, 1977.
Survivors include his sons, Jesse Harris and Dalton Harris, both of Island Park, and Colter Johnson of Ririe; father, Larry (Wilma) Harris of Florida; mother, Beverly Harris of Rapid City, S.D.; and siblings, J.B. (Kathy) Harris of Ririe and Mary Harris of Rapid City, S.D. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lee and Pearl Harris, and Floyd and Mary Morrow.
Private family services were held under the direction of Wood Funeral Home in Idaho Falls. Friends will also get together to remember Mike at 2 p. m. Saturday, May 13 at Lakeside Lodge in Island Park. This will be a potluck affair, so please bring a dish. Harris family musicians will provide the entertainment. Condolences may be sent to the family at 4080 Yale Creek Road, Island Park, ID. 83429, or email@example.com
Elaine Jones, Idaho Falls
Mary Elaine Jones, 72, of Idaho Falls, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2006, at her home following an illness.
She was born July 18, 1933, in Blackfoot, the daughter of Warren Ferris Williams and Christina DelZel “Zelda” McNeil Williams.
She grew up in Moreland and attended and graduated from Snake River High School. She married Dale E. Jones on November 26, 1955, in Moreland. Elaine and Dale made their home in Moreland, where she enjoyed being a homemaker, and helping with the books and operating their family business, Dale’s Jewelry. They later spent time in Island Park and have lived the past three years in Idaho Falls.
As an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, she has served in various auxiliaries, including Stake Relief Society Board and Relief Society Presidency. She also used her musical talents as the primary pianist and ward organist and enjoyed participating in the ward choirs. Elaine was also a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers.
She enjoyed home decorating and estate shopping, and delighted in finding bargains for her children and grandchildren. She found pleasure in maintaining and sharing her costume collection with her family and the community. She especially loved being with her family and showed her support by attending numerous ball games. She also loved spending time with her parents and her sister’s family.
Survivors include her husband Dale of Idaho Falls, two daughters, Linda J. (Rick) Merrill, Rexburg, Holly J. (Matt) Nelson, Pocatello, one son, S. Douglas (Kiris) Jones, Idaho Falls and her 14 grandchildren, Ace Jordan, Cleat McNeil, Kash Stoddard, R. McKay “Mac” and Jett Joseph Merrill, Shea, Stewart Walker, Jace Douglas, Chloe, Eliot Dale and Ireland Jones, and Nicholas Matthew, Sloan and Pieper Nelson. She is also survived by one sister, Julie W. Martin of Moreland.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law, Larry Martin.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11: a.m. on Wednesday, March 8, 2006 at the Woodhaven Ward, 260 Castlerock Ln. Idaho Falls.
The family will meet with friends on Tuesday evening from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling, Blackfoot, and again on Wednesday in Idaho Falls at the church for an hour prior to services.
Interment will be in the Moreland, Cemetery.
Erich Kuehl, Greentimber
On Sunday, February 19, 2006, our dad, Erich Kuehl, was called home to his Lord and Savior, the fitting end of a beautiful life’s journey.
Dad was born September 7, 1913, at the home of his parents, Ernest and Ida Lohf Kuehl, in Squirrel. Erich and his sisters, Frieda and Elsie, bought and moved to the home place in Greentimber, where he lived his entire life.
He left school early to help his father on the farm. They farmed together for many years and were one of the original seed potato growers in the Ashton area. Many awards and honors were bestowed upon the fruits of their labors.
Dad met the love of his life, Dorothy Flint, through a mutual friend. After a long distance courtship, they married June 24, 1948, in Dorothy’s hometown of Denison, Iowa. Married life began at the home place in Greentimber, and continued there for almost 57 years.
They were blessed with four children, Beth (Jon) Sims, Mark (Kaye) Kuehl, Joy (Mike) Van Heule, and Lorraine (Richard) Anthony. The children blessed their parents with eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Dad’s farming life was filled with different experiences with various crops and animals. He raised dairy cattle, sheep, chickens and red angus beef cattle. His greatest love was horses, though, and he told many stories about his favorite team.
Community involvement was important and Dad
lent a hand whenever possible. He served as a director for the Yellowstone Canal, and helped organize the Ashton Seed Growers. He was one of the original members of the Fremont County Fair Board. While serving, he helped establish and build the present day fairgrounds. He was a 4-H leader for several years, leading the beef club in Ashton to several winning years.
Life was not all work, as Dad loved fishing. Many a time when he would load the kids up for a quick trip to his secret spots. He continued to do this with his grandchildren. Throwing a fish back was not his way. Every fish came home, over limit or not.
He was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Ashton, serving in many positions there. His faith was an important aspect to his life and something he taught to each of his children. Sometimes this was done by words, but mostly by his actions.
Funeral services celebrating his life were Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Zion Lutheran Church. Memorials can be made to Zion Church or the Lutheran Hour Ministries, which were important to Dad.
You wore many hats, Daddy, both figuratively and literally, and you always tried your best, and taught us to do the same.
“Well done, good and faithful servant! Come and share your Master’s happiness.”