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Baker, Laura - Meridian  
Laura Kristen Baker, 41, of Kuna, Idaho, passed into the arms of our Lord on June 22, 2016. A service to remember Laura will be at Living Hope Kuna United Methodist Church, 260 West 4th St. on Monday, June 27th, at 2:00 P.M. Please visit www.AccentFuneral.com to read the full obituary and leave remembrances for the family. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian.
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Published in Idaho Statesman on June 25, 2016
Baker, Laura  
Baker, Laura, 41, of Kuna, died Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at her home. Arrangements are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian. 888-5833
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Published in Idaho Statesman on June 24, 2016
Ballard, Charles R.  
Ballard, Charles R., 88, of Payette, passed away suddenly at his home Sunday, June 19, 2016. Arrangements are pending under the direction of the Haren-Wood Funeral Chapel, Payette, Idaho.
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Published in Idaho Statesman on June 23, 2016
Barnes, Fay - Boise  
Fay W. Barnes 1923 - 2016 Fay W. Barnes, 92, of Boise, Idaho went to heaven on June 17, 2016. He was born June 22, 1923 in unincorporated Weissert, NE, the fifth of six sons born to Ralph and Myrtle (Bishop) Barnes. As a young child, Fay moved with his family to the Sunnyslope area of southwest Idaho. As a grade school boy, Fay had a paper route and began to distinguish himself by courageously dealing with aggressive farm dogs and as a businessman and salesman that eventually became his lifelong vocation. During summers, Fay worked with his father and brothers in mountain logging camps around Council, ID. A masterful storyteller, he recounted tales like holding his breath while a black bear scouted his cabin. He told of hunting rattlesnakes, building forts and riding the log wagon down the road to the mill pond and then watching the horse pull the wagon out and back up the mountain. He told of playing games with the men in the logging camp, and said his favorite game was running across the logs and purposely picking out a small one that would hold his weight but cause the men to go into the water. He learned to drive on mountain roads, which came in handy during WWII when commanding officers used his driving abilities to maneuver poorly maintained vehicles over crude roads and around tight switchbacks in the jungles of Burma and China. Fay and all five of his brothers signed up to serve in WWII, and all but one saw combat. It made news when a bomb landed next to a tent with 2 or 3 of them in it but did not explode. Miraculously all 5 brothers came home alive. Inducted on Jan 15, 1943, Fay served in the Army until honorably discharged on Dec 11, 1945. He then served in the National Guard of Idaho until June 1951. After training for mountain combat at Camp Hale, CO, Fay was deployed with the 7th Veterinary Company as a muleskinner supporting the Mars Company in Burma, tending the mules that transported artillery. He told of his trip around the world with the Army, leaving the west coast on a ship loaded with mules and sailing to Australia, then on to India. Once there, he left the sea and mules behind, taking a secret night flight over the Himalayas into the Burma theater without knowing his destination. After the war ended, he sailed back to the east coast, then traveled by train to his discharge location at Fort Douglas, UT. Once home, Fay married Wanda Jenkins on Sept. 8, 1947. He started a career in retail with Woolworths, later moving to Cornet. He served as a Cornet store manager, regional manager, then finished his career with as manager of their Vista Village store in Boise. After retiring, he took a position as a men's clothing salesman at Anthony's Dept Store at Five Mile and Fairview in Boise. One year he was among the chain's top salesmen, and he and Wanda traveled to Oklahoma as a company bonus. When Anthony's closed, Fay took a position at Hillcrest Country Club, leading the maintenance crew that kept the golf carts in top shape. He worked there until his 75th birthday, when he finally decided it was time to retire. At the young age of 49, he started riding dirt bikes and then started racing in the Desert races in Idaho. He was one of a group that started the Desert Raiders Motorcycle Club. He raced dirt bikes until he was 67 years old and stayed active in the club for several more years. Fay is survived by his wife of 68 years, Wanda Barnes of Boise, one son Dave (Kim) Barnes of Kuna, ID, two daughters Kathy (Matt) Hightree of Boise and Linda (Michael) Seefeldt of Stanfield, OR, six grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers. Services will be held at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 11:00 AM, under the direction of the Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel, Boise.
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Published in Idaho Statesman on June 26, 2016
Beer, Willadean - Meridian  
Willadean Beer 1924 ~ 2016 Willadean was born November 15, 1924 at the family home in Texas County, Oklahoma, near the town of Guymon in Oklahoma's panhandle. Her parents were Leslie Wayne Gloden, Sr. and Matilda Ann Walter; she had one older brother, Leslie Wayne Gloden, Jr. She and her husband, Devon Beer, met when he and his family from Idaho were visiting relatives that lived a few miles from the Glodens. They were married in Guymon, Oklahoma, on March 7, 1942. Their first son, Larry, was born December 3, 1942. During World War II and Devon's service in the Army, Willadean and Larry lived in Idaho near her in-laws. After the war, they returned to Oklahoma for a few years, and this is where their second son, Stephen, was born on August 7, 1949. In 1954, the family moved from Oklahoma to Nampa, Idaho. When Stephen started school, Willadean entered the workforce. Her secretarial career spanned more than a dozen years, first with Nampa Lumber Company and then with Grange Mutual Life. Devon and Willadean were active members of the Church of the Open Door, and later, the First Church of the Nazarene in Nampa. Among her other non-work interests, Willadean loved gardening and beautiful flowers. An accomplished musician, she also enjoyed playing the piano, and later, learning and playing the organ. She traced and documented several generations of her family tree, and was successful in achieving membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution. Willadean and Devon did a good deal of traveling in retirement, traversing much of the continental United States in their motor home. Additionally, they were able to travel to Hawaii. For a number of years, they spent their winters in Casa Grande, AZ. Willadean passed away on Saturday evening, June 25, 2016, at St. Luke's hospital in Meridian, Idaho, where she was recovering from hip surgery. She is preceded in death by her parents: Leslie Wayne Gloden, Sr. and Matilda (Walter) Gloden, Guymon, OK, and her brother: Leslie Wayne Gloden, Jr., Guymon, OK. She is survived by her husband: Devon Beer, Meridian, ID. Her two sons: Larry (Teddy) Beer, Walla Walla, WA, Stephen Beer, Plano, TX, three granddaughters: Dana Beer and Kari Beer Zehner, Walla Walla, WA, and Danette Beer Drypolcher, Goodyear, AZ, two great-granddaughters: Alexandria Zehner (John) Brown, Walla Walla, WA, and Brie'An Drypolcher, Goodyear, AZ, three great-grandsons Zach Zehner, Nick Zehner, and Ethan Zehner, Walla Walla, WA, and a great-great-grandson John Eric Brown, III, Walla Walla, WA.
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Published in Idaho Statesman from June 28 to June 29, 2016
Beer, Willadean - Meridian  
Beer, Willadean, 91, of Meridian, died Saturday, June 25, 2016 at a local hospital. Services are under the direction and care of Alsip and Persons Funeral Chapel, Nampa.
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Published in Idaho Statesman on June 28, 2016
Blankinship, Mark Allen - Kimball  
Mark Blankinship, age 58, of Kimball, SD, died June 29, 2015 in a work related accident in Sioux Falls, SD. Local memorial services will be celebrated at St. John's Catholic Church Chapel at 707 N 8th Street, Boise, ID on Saturday, June 25th at 10:30 AM. Mark Allen Blankinship was born October 3, 1956 in Boise, Idaho and was the second child to Calvin and Lillian (Shiepe) Blankinship. Mark grew up in Boise, Idaho, attending Jackson School, St. Joseph Catholic School, Bishop Kelly Catholic High School and Borah High School. Mark worked in the farming, ranching and construction industry throughout his life. Mark served in the Army for five years and later was a Sheriff's Deputy in Boise and Cascade, Idaho. Mark also worked for the State of Wyoming. Mark's number one love was ranching and he was working towards owning a ranch of his own at the time of his death. Mark spent the last years of his life in the Wyoming and South Dakota area. He enjoyed life to the fullest and was always ready to help anyone in need. Mark was a great story teller and no one could tell a story like he could He had pet names for most people…never using their real names, his way of making them special to him. Mark had great friends in the Wyoming area, and they held a service for him July 7, 2015 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Newcastle, Wyoming. Mark's family enjoyed hearing about all his antics and out pouring of love from this special group of friends. Per Mark's request, his ashes were spread in the mountains of Wyoming, and a military marker was also placed for him at the Idaho Veteran Cemetery. Mark is survived by his mother, Lillian Blankinship; brother, Rev. Calvin L. Blankinship, Jr; sisters, Debra Blankinship and Pamela Blankinship; two nephews, Scott and Candi Ryals and family and Bruce and Cassey Ryals and family; his paternal aunt, Barbara Blankinship; and two very special dogs, Pete and Buster – now living with a close friend in Wyoming. He also has numerous cousins along with numerous close friends and acquaintances in Wyoming/South Dakota, Oregon and Idaho. Mark was preceded in death by his father, Calvin, both sets of grandparents and all his aunts and uncles, except Barbara Blankinship. Mark will always be remembered for his great sense of humor and will be truly missed by all whose life he touched.
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Published in Idaho Statesman on June 24, 2016
Bly, Vesta LaVerne  
Bly, Vesta LaVerne, 76, of Nampa, passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at her home of natural causes. Arrangements are under the direction of Cremation Society of Idaho.
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Published in Idaho Statesman on June 28, 2016
Bodmer, Bernard - Boise  
Bernard A Bodmer October 18, 1929 - June 20, 2016 Bodmer, Bernard A., 86, of Boise, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 20, 2016 at his son's home in Oregon. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, June 24, 2016, at the Cathedral of the Rockies Methodist Church, 717 N. 11th Street, Boise, Idaho, with a reception following at the church. Bernard was born on October 18, 1929, in Sharon Springs, Kansas, to Caleb and Alta Bodmer. He was the last of 6 children, Forest, Kathryn, Louis, Robert and Gerald. His father, a school teacher, moved the family to various towns in Western Kansas until ending up in Natoma, Kansas, when Bernard was in high school. It was there that he met the love of his life, his wife of 64 years, Shirley. Bernard graduated from the University of Kansas, and then continued through Kansas University medical school, having married Shirley after his first year. During that time their first son, Craig was born. After graduation Bernard and family moved to Sacramento, California, for three years where he completed his medical internship. In California the second son, Ken, was born. He next fulfilled his military obligation by enlisting in the United States Air Force spending the two years of his service at Parrin Air Force Base in Sherman, Texas. The last son, Scott, was born in Texas. After completion of his service in 1958, he bought a medical practice in Gooding, Idaho, and moved the family there. The family's rich experience in that small Idaho town set the trajectory for the rest of their lives. Through his medical practice Bernard was able to become an integral part of the community he so cherished. In those days he charged $3 for an office visit and $5 for a house call, never refusing a patient in need no matter the time of day or night. Friendships he developed there have lasted throughout his life. In 1967 he decided to further his medical education and moved the family to Denver, Colorado, where he attended the University of Colorado to complete a residency in Radiology. After completing his residency in 1970 he was blessed by the great good fortune to find a position with a Radiology Group in Boise, Idaho, and the family once again returned to the state. Over the course of the next 17 years he practiced radiology in Boise, served as the president of the Downtown Rotary Club and Hillcrest Country Club, and as Secretary of the Idaho Medical Association. Bernard completed his career in Twin Falls, practicing with a radiology group at the hospital there until he retired in 1994. His love/hate relationship with golf and he and Shirley's search for some warmer winter weather led them to Palm Desert, California, during the winter months, and finally, in 1997 they decided to move to The Desert full time. During the next eight years Bernard improved his golf game, wrote two books, and forged many great friendships. In 2005 Bernard and Shirley returned to Boise, renewing old friendships and creating new ones. During his final decade he became an accomplished woodworker, crafting keepsake furniture for family and friends. The return to Boise also brought him back to his grandsons, Mitch and Luke, where he thrilled at there every accomplishment. Throughout his life he employed a finely honed, bone-dry sense of humor to great effect, and was always ready to laugh. He had a sense of adventure that took him and Shirley to all parts of the globe, and an intelligence and curiosity that compelled him to be a life-long learner. He loved his family to the depth of his soul and his family and many, many friends were the great joy and blessing of his life. Bernard is survived by his wife Shirley, his three sons, Craig (Kari), Ken, and Scott (Theresa), and his grandsons, Scott's sons, Mitch and Luke.
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Published in Idaho Statesman from June 22 to June 23, 2016
Boss, Harriet K.  
Boss, Harriet K., 63, of Ontario, Oregon, died Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at her home in Ontario. Arrangements are under the direction of the Haren-Wood Funeral Chapels, Payette, Ontario.
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Published in Idaho Statesman on June 23, 2016
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