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December 5th

CDR Ronald Lewis Stoddart, USN, Ret., 82

December 5, 2013

CDR Ronald Stoddart, 82, died Nov. 23, 2013 after a brief struggle with leukemia.
Ron was born on Sept. 29, 1931, in Idaho Falls, the first child of Lewis James and Verda Mae Judd Stoddart.
When he was a young boy the family moved to Blackfoot where Ron attended school through graduation.
He joined the U.S. Navy in August 1950, and followed his dream to become a naval aviator.
He married his beloved wife, Jean Marie Harvey, on Dec. 18, 1965.

Grace Smith Lilya, 90

December 5, 2013

Grace Smith Lilya, 90, of Groveland/Rose, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 at her home.
She was born July 9, 1923 in Riverside, the daughter of Don Cleveland Smith and Alice Velma Ogden.
On July 9, 1943 she married Claude Everett Lilya in the Logan LDS Temple. He preceded her in death on March 10, 2011.

December 2nd

Willis William “Bill” Cunningham, 95

December 2, 2013

Willis William “Bill” Cunningham passed away quietly at his home Wednesday, November 20, 2013.
He was born August 27, 1918 in Woodville, Idaho, the seventh child of John and Laura Cunningham. The flu epidemic was in full swing and took his mother nearly three months later. Bill graduated from Idaho Falls High School, the only one of his family to do so.
After high school, he began working for room and board at his brother-in-law’s service station. He was an avid fisherman and began tying flies and selling them. He sold a lot and soon started selling fishing tackle.

Guelda D. Moser, 90

December 2, 2013

Guelda D. Moser, 90, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away Monday, November 25, 2013 at her daughter, Caryn’s home.
She was born April 6, 1923 in Shelley, Idaho to Abraham Roy Summers and Julia Fern Arave.
She graduated from Shelley High School.
Guelda married Burdette Pixton and they later divorced. On October 24, 1953, she married Richard “Dick” Moser in Blackfoot. He preceded her in death on November 5, 1971. She then married Bill Hocking, Sr. in June of 1972 and they later divorced.

Judy M. Frederick West, 58

December 2, 2013

Judy M. Frederick West, 58, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot.
Judy was born August 11, 1955 in Idaho Falls, Idaho to Gene Frederick and Stella Wewers. She was raised in Blackfoot and attended school in the Snake River School District.
On July 5, 1984 Judy married Ray LeRoy West in Reno, Nevada.
Judy was a member of The Catholic Church.

Cloyd W. Lee, 88

December 2, 2013

Cloyd W. Lee, 88, of Idaho Falls, died Monday, November 25, 2013 in Idaho Falls.

Garry Frank Butler, 71

December 2, 2013

Garry Frank Butler, 71 of Blackfoot, passed away on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at his home in Blackfoot.
Garry was born November 11, 1942 in Sheridan, Montana to Irvan Harry Butler Sr. and Virginia Harriet Farrar. He was raised in Blackfoot, spent a lot of years in Salmon, lived for a time in Oregon and in Arizona for ten years.
In 1960 Garry graduated from Blackfoot High School. He served in the United States Army from 1964 to 1966 where he was stationed in Germany.

Sally Ann Diers, 64

December 2, 2013

Sally Ann Diers, 64, passed Nov. 29, 2013, at her home in Arco, Idaho, with her husband and son by her side.
Sally was born Sept. 18, 1949, in Blackfoot, Idaho, to Myrthin Dean "Red" and Betty Louise Halverson (Thomas). She and her twin sister, Sandra, were the third and fourth of six children.

Spencer Roderic Graves, 50

December 2, 2013

Spencer Roderic Graves, 50, of Pingree, passed away at his home, due to natural causes, on Nov. 26, 2013. Spencer was born on a US Air Base in Eureux, France on May 11, 1963. He had the distinction of having a French birth certificate, American citizenship, and was also a British subject, courtesy of his mother. At three years of age he wondered why he couldn’t speak French. This sense of humor and the ability to laugh at himself served him well over the years.
 He lived in many parts of the world but his teen years spent in England with Grandpa were his happiest times.

November 22nd


November 22, 2013

Mary Arlene Ireton Radford Wixom, 99, formerly of Blackfoot,  passed away Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 in Bend, Ore.  She will be remembered as being thoughtful and liked helping others.  She loved her family and friends. 
Arlene was born July 21, 1914 in Carlton, Kansas which is a short distance from Salina, Kansas.
She is the daughter of Elmer G. Ireton and Myrtie Baxter Ireton.  The family moved to Blackfoot and the Groveland area when she was about six years old, along with sisters, Alice and Margie.  She graduated from Blackfoot High School, also taking courses from Utah State University.

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