Memorials

Harry Edward (Bud) Betebenner, Jr

Harry Edward (Bud) Betebenner, Jr. passed away on November 21, 2011 in Boise Idaho.
 Bud was born on October 29, 1923 in Fruitland, Idaho. Bud graduated from Boise High School in 1941 and from Boise Junior College in 1947. He attended the University of Oregon and graduated in 1948. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1943 and was discharged in 1945. He trained as a bombardier and was a Second Lieutenant in the 426th AAF. He worked in pharmaceutical and surgical sales until his retirement. He married Jean Noh on October 25, 1969 in Elko, Nevada.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents Harry Edward (H.E.) Betebenner and Pauline (Jess) Henggeler Betebenner. He is survived by his siblings Marie Candaux (Harry), Catherine Conn, Margaret Bryant and George Betebenner (Sharleen); by brother-in-law, Laird Noh (Kathleen); and by four children from a previous marriage Christine Roberts (Bill), Deborah Mohrman (Mike), Stacie Bofenkamp (Dan) and Brad Betebenner (Lisa). He had four grandchildren Ann Roberts Adams, Katy Mohrman, Jesse and Molly Betebenner and numerous nieces and nephews.
 
He and Sweetie Pie (Jean) lived in Boise, Idaho until his death. They enjoyed traveling in their retirement years and have been life long Boise State Bronco supporters.

Kenneth “Ken” Gifford

Kenneth “Ken” Gifford, 86, of Jerome, loving husband, father, grandfather and uncle, passed away Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, in Jerome, after fighting a courageous Alzheimer’s battle. He was and always will be the love of our lives. He loved all and will live on through his family.
Ken was born June 16, 1925, in Woodville, Idaho, to James Alma and Sarah Annie Gifford. The sole survivor of eight children, there was a joyous reunion in heaven.
Ken married the love of his life, Iletta Beth Twitchell, March 25, 1945. They remained best friends and lovers for 66 years. Upon seeing Iletta, he would say “That’s my sweetheart!” Their marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. He held many church positions.
Ken was a brick mason in great demand for his artistic creativity. He had wit and humor, bear-hugs, a kind smile, and loving wisdom. Children always brightened his day.
Survived by his sweetheart, Iletta; daughter, Norma Jean Tarter (Ed); and son, Wesley Alan Gifford (Tammi). Son, Ronald Kenneth, preceded him in death. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, 10 greats, numerous nieces and nephews, and friends. Others “adopted” him. He will always be loved and missed until we meet again.

Jack Edmond Bonner Sr. 1931 - 2011

Jack Edmond Bonner Sr., 80, passed away September 27, 2011 in Boise. He was born on September 9, 1931, in Pocatello, ID., and was the only child of John and Julia Bonner. He was preceded in death by his parents and stepdaughter Sherry McLaughlin. Jack is survived by his children Jack Bonner Jr., Colin (Valerie) Bonner, Julie (Thomas) Behm, grandchildren Nicholas and Allison Bonner and Samuel, Joseph and Benjamin Behm. Jack was born and raised in Pocatello, ID. Jack was always "quick-witted." When asked where he graduated, Jack replied, "in the gymnasium both times" (Pocatello High School, 1949, and Idaho State University, 1953). Upon graduation from Idaho State University, Jack served active duty in the U.S. Navy as a Gunnery Officer, and member of the Admiral's staff aboard the USS Toledo during the Korean War. He then served in the Naval Reserves as an Executive Officer in the Electronics Reserve Unit and in the U.S. Naval Research Reserve Unit at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Following his military service Jack married Shirley Jane Wilson on September 30, 1960. The house was instantly full as Jack became a step-father to Shirley's three children, John, Kathy, and Sherry. Jack and Shirley had three of their own children, Jack Jr., Colin and Julie. Jack served the people of the State of Idaho as a Research Analyst for the Department of Employment for 48 years. When asked why he worked so long before retiring Jack said he really enjoyed getting up and doing something productive every day. Jack was very close to many of his coworkers who became his extended family. Several continued their dedicated friendship until his death. Jack enjoyed firearms and shooting competitions, winning several trophies which he proudly displayed in his home. He also enjoyed fishing, photography, music and motorcycles. He loved going to the Island Park area to enjoy the outdoors. He was also a proud member of the Idaho State University Bengal Boosters and attended as many of their functions as he could. Jack served his country and the people of Idaho for many years. He went to work every day and provided a roof over his family's head, food on the table and presents at Christmas. He always encouraged his children's participation in school sports and music, and always attended their events. He was a good example of a man and a true original.

Douglas L. Williams 1955 ~ 2011

Doug Williams , 56, of Boise, Idaho passed away October 2, 2011 at a local hospital. A memorial service will be held 11:00 am, on Friday October 7, 2011 at Calvary Chapel, 123 Auto Drive, Boise, Idaho. Doug was born to Norman and Nancie Williams on February 1, 1955. He was born and raised in beautiful Boise, Idaho. He proudly attended Capital High School and studied at Boise State University for two years. Doug accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the Boise Billy Graham crusade in 1983. He then began working with the youth group at Trinity Fellowship. It was there he met Cherie Burgess, whom he married on November 23, 1985. A few years later they were blessed with two sons: Jared and Jackson. For the next twenty or so years of his life he focused on being a great dad and provider for his family. Doug was born with Gaucher Disease, a genetic disorder, which left him with health challenges at an early age. He overcame these as a young adult to become an avid runner and cyclist. He once ran the Race to Robie Creek and participated in century bicycle races. He also loved the great outdoors and enjoyed camping and hiking. His love of running, cycling, and outdoor adventures was surpassed only by his love of good coffee. He supported Starbucks every opportunity he had! Doug was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2008 and became disabled at the age of 53. Then, in March of 2011, came the cancer diagnosis. He battled courageously for six months. On October 2, 2011 the Lord took him home; now he suffers no more. We are grateful for God's merciful timing. We are so grateful for the staff, nurses, and doctors at MSTI and St Luke's. The care Doug received was unsurpassed.

Marilyn Francis Driscoll 1925-2011

Our precious mother and grandmother, Marilyn Francis Driscoll of Boise, Idaho passed away Friday, July 15 at the age of 85. She was under the care of her loving family, the Good Samaritan Society and St. Luke's Hospice. She was born September 13, 1925 in Hutchinson, Kansas to Erma and William Vineyard. In her youth, she travelled extensively because her father was a petroleum engineer which led him to launch refineries all over the world. As a result, her mother dragged her along from Rome to Naples, Florence, Vienna, Austria and Hungary. Growing up, she was quite a tomboy playing baseball and football, climbing trees, and riding bicycles. As a teenager she developed a passion for cars and thoroughly enjoyed working on them with her father. Eventually, she graduated from Wichita High School North in Wichita, Kansas in 1943. After graduation, she attended Lindenwood Women's College in Missouri and Great Falls College in Montana. Marilyn married Harold Driscoll in Great Falls, Montana on August 17, 1947. She relocated to Lewiston, Idaho in 1958 when Harold was promoted to assistant manager of JC Penney Company. In 1964 they purchased the Army Navy Store and later changed the name to Driscoll's Outdoor Store. She was the bookkeeper for the store and was very supportive of the activities of the horse community. In addition to her involvement in the store, she raised three children and found time to become an avid golfer, reader, and bridge player. She was also honored to be a descendant of a patriot who served in the Revolutionary War which led to her proud membership in the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Marilyn is survived by her son, Steven of Boise, and daughters Barbara (Ron) Egland of Boise and Jan (Michael) Barrett of Roseville, California. She is also survived by her grandchildren Brian, Greg, Tommy, and Andrea Barrett and Michael and Shawn Egland. She is preceded in death by her husband, Harold and daughter-in-law Cynthia.

Buster Goode

Goode, Buster, 85, of Soda Springs, died Wednesday, November 30th at a Caldwell care center.

Harry L. Steger 1928 - 2011

Harry L. Steger went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on August 25, 2011. Harry was born June 14, 1928 in Kansas City, Missouri to Dwight and Eva Steger and older sister, Alma. In 1930, the family moved to the Mojave Desert in southern California during the Great Depression for their father to find work. When Harry was six years old his sister Marian was born. Harry attended Trona High School and graduated in 1946. He then spent one year in the Marines before entering San Bernardino Valley College. He completed his college education, earning a bachelor's degree at the University of California Berkeley. In September 1952 he entered Berkeley Baptist Divinity School where he graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Divinity. While in seminary, he met Suzanne Meyer, also a seminary student and they were married May 5, 1955, three days after graduation. Harry and Sue moved to Portland, Oregon where he began ministering at Glenhaven Baptist Church. During this time they had two daughters, Rebecca and Heidi. In 1958 they moved to Boise, Idaho where Harry had accepted a job as Minister of Christian Education at Boise First Baptist Church. He enjoyed teaching and helping others grow in their relationship with God. He was also leader of the Baptist Youth Fellowship, a ministry that instilled in him a lifelong passion for teaching youth. He left First Baptist in 1965 to pursue graduate work. He received a Master's Degree in Counseling from California State College at Hayward in 1970 and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Kentucky in 1972. He then was fortunate to receive a position as an Assistant Professor at Boise State University and the family was very happy to return to Idaho. Harry taught Child and Educational Psychology over the next 18 years and retired in 1990 as Professor Emeritus. After retiring he and Sue traveled extensively enjoying trips to Mexico, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, China, Costa Rica, England, Holland and Greece. They also visited many lifelong friends and family as they traveled throughout the United States. Harry was preceded in death by his wife Suzanne in 2008, parents, Dwight and Eva Steger, and his sister Alma Canterbury. He is survived by his children Rebecca (James) Paulekas, Heidi (David) Warren, his grandchildren, Troy Paulekas, Amaia (Michael) Tuszynski, Lukas Warren, Kyle Paulekas and his sister, Marian Micallef, along with 10 nieces and nephews. The memorial service will be held Saturday, September 3 at 10:30 at Cloverdale Funeral Home with Pastor Jack Dawson presiding. A reception will follow the service. The family wishes to thank the Cottages of Meridian, Emerson House and Harrison's Hope Hospice for their loving care of Harry these last three years.

Gertrude Elizabeth Rath

1920 - 2011 Gertrude Elizabeth Rath "Hatzy" was born on April 27, 1920 in New Jersey and passed away after a long illness on July 14, 2011 in Boise, Idaho. She graduated from Christ Hospital, New Jersey, as a registered nurse and joined the U.S. Army where she was proud to serve in WWII. She moved to California where she married Ross Rath and later moved to raise their family in the San Fernando Valley, California. The Golden Years were spent in Palm Desert playing golf and visiting with friends. Boise, Idaho became their home where Hatzy was preceded in death by her husband, Ross, of 59 yrs. She is survived by her son Steve Rath of Sun Valley, Idaho, daughter Kerry and husband Richard Morris of South Lake Tahoe, and her six grandchildren. Hatzy's final resting place is the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery with her loving husband Ross.