October 13th, 2011
Beloved mother, grandmother, wife, and daughter passed away on Oct. 7, 2011. Peggy is the daughter of Wallace and Diane Erikson and the wife of Kyle Speas. She was received with open arms by her son Daniel and her beloved grandmother, Sofea Elizabeth Erickson.
Peggy was active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in many positions throughout her life. She is remembered for her many years of service in the Primary and Young Womenâ€™s organizations. She loved teaching children and watching them learn and grow. She touched the lives of everyone that she served.
On Oct. 7, 2011, Sharon Mae Wallin Hansen 67, of Elko, Nev. returned to the welcoming arms of her heavenly family.
She was born May 6, 1944 to Carl & Edna Wallin in Pocatello. She was the youngest of five children. Sharon graduated from Pocatello High School in 1962.
She married James B. Hansen on Aug. 3, 1968. They resided in Springfield and were blessed with six children. James B. and Sharon were sealed in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple, Sept. 15, 1979.
Roberta Emogene Johnston, 84, passed from this life to the next on Oct. 6, 2011 in her home in Blackfoot with her family at her side.
She was born on July 7, 1927 in Page, Okla., the only daughter of Cleon and William Hollingback.
She graduated from Pocatello High in 1945, and continued her education at Utah State University for one year, and always found ways to continue to learn.
She and her husband, Paul Emigh Johnston Jr. were married Feb. 19, 1950 in Meridian. Together they raised four children, Paul III, Mark, Teresa, and Kevin.
Alan F. Archibald, 69, of Blackfoot passed away Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011 at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot.
Family will meet with friends and relatives for one hour prior to services at the funeral home.Â Condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lucille Wright Benson passed away due to complications from heart surgery on Oct. 11, 2011, in St. George, Utah.
She was born Feb. 7, 1934, in Blackfoot to Cecil F. and Anna Polatis Wright. She married J. Boyd Benson on Oct. 24, 1952, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.
Lucille is survived by her children: Debra (Edgar) Wells, Diane Mitchell, Susan (Allen) Tripp, John (Gloria) Benson, Scott (Kathleen) Benson and Lisa (David) Payne.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J. Boyd Benson, and son, Steven Boyd Benson. She had 28 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Eldon Leroy Gardner, 67, of Blackfoot passed away Oct 10, 2011 following a short illness.
He was born on Nov. 1, 1943 in Blackfoot, the sixth of 11 children of Raymond and Nina May Crow Gardner.
His upbringing on his parentsâ€™ small, rocky farm was hard but happy.Â He was the epitome of a â€śpeople person,â€ť a good husband, father, and grandfather, ranch foreman and hunting guide.Â
His interests included horses, livestock, gardening, reading, and telling stories and jokes.Â Among his many endearing qualities was his encyclopedic memory for jokes, which he told at every appropriate opportunity.
BLACKFOOT â€” Members of the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce honored six lawmen and three fire fighters on Wednesday.
President Derek Preece, well known for his stories, said he and his wife went to bed on Tuesday night and immediately fell asleep, comfortable in the knowledge that their family and their belongings were protected.
â€śWe have an awesome group of people â€” men and women â€” who do what it takes to keep our community and our county safe,â€ť said Preece.
BLACKFOOT â€” After winning the Bingham County Stone Soup competition for the fourth time in eight years, Kevin Rupe is already making plans for next year.
The clam chowder from Rupe's Burgers was the favorite among those who attended the fundraiser for the South East Idaho Community Action Agency on Tuesday.
"I think SEICAA is a tremendous organization," Rupe said after claiming another title in the friendly competition among various businesses and organizations.
Rupe, owner of the restaurant on Alice Street in Blackfoot, said he wants to give back to the community in whatever way he can.
BLACKFOOT â€” Two schools in the Blackfoot School District received recognition from the Idaho State Board of Education for their academic achievement during the 2010-2011 school year.
Blackfoot High School received a Distinguished School award and Fort Hall Elementary received two Additional Yearly Growth Awards. The schools were among 20 total in Idaho recognized for their achievement and growth on the Idaho Standards Achievement Test.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) â€” The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to consider the case of Idaho death-row inmate Paul Ezra Rhoades, effectively ending the appeals of his death sentence.
Rhoades was convicted of three murders in Idaho Falls and Blackfoot in 1988 and sentenced to death for two of them. In his petition to the U.S. Supreme Court, Rhoades said a lower court judge was wrong to refuse to have an evidentiary hearing on claims that his attorneys were ineffective when it came time to present evidence of mental illness during his sentencing.