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07/06/19 02:42 PM #129    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Memorial Services for Sharon Wilde Marler will be on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 11 am in the LDS chapel located at 507 W 2nd N in St. Anthony, ID.  If you see a 10 am time published this is in error, as the correct time is 11 am.  

07/08/19 12:32 AM #130    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Her wings were ready

Our hearts were not ........

Pat Walsh Turman passed away from brain cancer yesterday afternoon, July 6, 2019.  I will post the obituary when it becomes available.  The family plans a memorial at the Inkom City Park in 2 to 3 weeks.  

Heaven got an angel

07/09/19 07:39 PM #131    


RaNae Green (Palmer)


A reminder that the memorial service for Sharon Wilde Marler will be Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 11 am at the LDS chapel located at 507 W 2nd N in St. Anthony, ID.

Orvid Christensen called me yesterday evening and has sent an orchid arrangement from the Class of 61.  He did not ask for donations, but I want to donate.  If anyone else does, send a check to me or Orvid, this is strictly VOLUNTARY.


RaNae Palmer

1336 Chokecherry Drive

Pocatello, ID 83204


Orvid Christensen

4120 East 100 N

Rigby, ID 83442


07/09/19 08:23 PM #132    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Classmate David L. Andersen called to say his twin sister, Karen Andersen Thorsted passed away on January 3rd.  This is her obituary as posted by Gillies Funeral Chapel in Brigham City, UT.

"Our loving wife, mother and grandmother, Karen Dee (Andersen) Thorsted, 75, returned home to her son and parents on January 3, 2019.  Karen was born along with a twin brother on July 24, 1943 in Pocatello, Idaho to Ervin Lavern and Dorothy (Roberts) Andersen.


Karen graduated from Pocatello High School, then attended Weber State University.  Karen married Lloyd Dale Thorsted on May 3, 1963 in the Idaho Falls LDS temple.  Karen loved to bake and sew for her family.  Karen loved to play games with her family and brought much laughter and fun into her home.  Karen was a wonderful friend to many and was a great example to her family through her service and faith.


Karen is survived by her husband Lloyd, Tremonton, Michelle (Michael) Beach, Virginia; Dona (Thomas) Connor, Washington; Stephanie (Cavin) Hill, Texas; Robert (Robyn) Thorsted, Honeyville; Troy (Shelly) Thorsted, Tremonton; 19 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.  Four brothers, David (Pat) Andersen, Logan; William (Lois) Andersen, Arizona; Larry Andersen, Logan and Kevin (Cheryl) Andersen, Idaho; one sister Julienne (Mark) Wasem, North Dakota.


Karen was preceded in death by one son, Brandon; a sister Janice; and her parents and a sister in law, Tammy Andersen.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, January 11, 2019 at the Tremonton Stake Center, 660 N 300 E, Tremonton.  A viewing will be held at Gillies Funeral Chapel Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 6-8pm.  There will be a short viewing before the funeral from 10-10:40 am at the Tremonton church.  Interment will be in the Honeyville Cemetary."


RIP Karen

*Note:  Two pictures of Karen are on the Gillies web site if you want to view.  I am having trouble with my scanner and unable to bring up pictures.

07/09/19 09:06 PM #133    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

I would like to encourage all classmates to use this site more, post special events in your life (maybe a wedding, new grandbabies, memorable trips, etc.), post about other classmates (with their permission) etc.  While we need to remember those who have passed away, we also need to celebrate and share the living.  

Since we just celebrated our country's birthday, I found this post by classmate Steven Streeper very worthwhile.  I am sharing it, with his permission.  It gives us a glimps into a memorable moment in Steven's life.




"Steven Streeper shared a memory, July 7, 2019. (On Facebook)

I stand by what I said back then.  In addition, I am very concerned that many Americans no longer believe in God.  I firmly believe that the men who created this country were inspired by God... PERIOD!  The Constitution is an inspired document, not to be changed by every social whim.  I believe that the blessings we enjoy come from God, not the government.  If we lose our freedom OF religion (not freedom FROM religion), we're in dire straits.

Anyway, hope you all took a moment to thank Him, and our veterans, for your freedom during the holiday. 

Love and best wishes to you!

4 Years Ago, July 4, 2015 at 11:15 AM

Picnics, parties and parades are all wonderful activities.  They build memories and relationships, enriching our lives.  However, on this day, my thoughts turn to the Declaration of Independence, an inspired document designed to set the course of a new free Republic.

Forty-five years ago, I was on night guard duty after twelve hours of work on a surgical team, in Pieiku, Vietnam.  At midnight, the sky was lit up by hundreds of flares, including three from me and more from my fellow guards in celebration of our countries' birthday.  I was proud to be an American GI, in harms' way, serving my country to the best of my ability.

I'm still proud to be an American, though I am no longer naive enough to believe our Government serves US.  Rather, we serve IT.  That was never the intent of our Founding Fathers and I believe it is a trend that must be reversed if we are to survive as a nation.

Happy Fourth of July!  Think about your freedom and do something about it.  Get involved."



07/09/19 09:15 PM #134    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Jilene Siesser Cox, please e-mail your school picture along with the names to me, so I can post it here.    Apparently I deleted your e-mail in error.  Thanks, RaNae

07/10/19 06:46 PM #135    


Gene Dressen

RaNae suggested a memorable event, so here goes.

I was asked about 4 weeks ago by my sister if I would drive a 26' U-haul to Anchorage for her daughter, who is moving there with her husband and family.  It sounded like a good, all expense paid trip, to Alaska, so I said "yes"!  Driving at 4 a.m. 5 of the six days, we got there last Friday, knocking out 2805 miles.  Two of the days we drove 600 miles.  That number of miles aren't difficult to knock out on a U.S. freeway, but Canadian 1-laners, it was tough driving.

Just this past Monday the wife and I went on a cruise in the western end of Prince William Sound to see the glaciers.  We took a shuttle bus from Anchorage about 90 miles to Whittier, then boarded a monster catamaran powered by two big diesel engines running jet pump drives. It was a real nice boat and had no problem clicking along at 31 knots, or around 35 mph.  The tour we went on would put us in sight, and up real close, to 26 glaciers.  We were able to see calving, or breaking off of the ice and falling into the water.  The boat captain sat us within about 100 yards of the glacier face.  It was quite a sight, and noisy when the ice broke loose. Besides the glaciers, we saw many sea otter, 6 seals laying on a sheet of ice, and two whales!  One of them rolled up to the surface and dove down exposing it's tail fin, or caudal fin, as it is called.  Quite a sight!

On our way across British Columbia on the Alcan Highway, we saw 13 black bears, one was a brown phase black bear, Stone ram sheep, big bull moose still growing antler, 3 sizeable herds of  Wood Bison (different from the plains bison), with alot of new calves, and an adult black wolf!  All of these critters were either on the road or real close to it. By that I mean 20 feet!  I would stop, get out of the van, walk to the edge of the road, the bear would look at me, and go back to eating grass!  I was real careful when I did all this stupid stuff!!  The early morning starts put us on the roads when most of the car traffic was still sleeping, so the animals were still out doing their thing. It was a good trip, but I will never drive that road again with anything but a car.

That's out trip in review.  Phillips was the name of the glacier tour company.  Y'all be safe!!

07/11/19 01:13 PM #136    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Thank you Gene for a great story.  That's what I'm talking about..... share something about you, so we can all get to know each other better.  We all have many stories, can't live this many years and not have experienced a lot.


I've heard some real horror stories about the Alcan Highway through the years.  Good thing Gene was a professional driver to cover that many miles with a long trailer over that road.  

07/11/19 01:35 PM #137    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Obituary for PATRICIA ELLEN WALSH TURMAN, as published by the Idaho State Journal.


"The light of our lives has left our side and is now shining over us..

Pat Turman, born May 10, 1943 passed away at home in Inkom, ID on Saturday July 6 surrounded by family & friends.  She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Dennis, daughters Tamara "Tami" Madsen (Sheldon), Michelle "Missy" Smith (Jay), 1 granddaughter, 1 grandson & grand-daughter-in-law, 4 great-grandchildren, siblings Velma John (Debbie), Sharon, Pat & CarlaDee, and many more cherished family members and friends.  Worked at Pocatello Children's Clinic for 43 years.

Heartfelt thanks to all family, friends, medical support team & Heritage Home Health & Hospice for helping our family during this journey.  Pat loved you all!

A celebration of Pat's life will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the Inkom Park Pavilion from 12:00 - 4:00 PM.  Lunch will be served.

Condolences may be made to the family at"

07/11/19 01:55 PM #138    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

A BIT OF TRIVIA:    How many sets of twins did we have in the Class of 61?  Looking through the annual I can only come up with two, which seems strange for such a big class.  Am I missing any??


David & Karen Andersen Thorsted


Mary Nelle Gertsch & Michelle Holman Woodland

8-6-19, Gene Dressen jogged my memory by adding:

Richard and David Jones.

Jerry and Larry Zaccardi (Jerry was in the class of 1962)


07/11/19 02:54 PM #139    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Judy Williams Harris notified me that Carol Murray's husband, Alfred "Bud" Peck passed away on June 20, 2019.  He was in the class of 62.  If you would like to send Carol a card her address is:


Carol Peck

415 Tablerock

Beaumont, CA 92223

07/16/19 10:25 PM #140    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

07/16/19 11:09 PM #141    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Above photo furnished by Jillene Siesser Cox.  This is the Roosevelt School 2nd Grade Miss Nebeker's class, taken May 1951.  Jillene, thanks for sharing.


Fourth  Row: Sandra Lee Mabe, Melvin Nichols, Diane Nattress, BillieGay Newsome, Douglas Taylor, Dirk VanLeuven, Janice Rose, Larry Thomsen, Donna Rae Walters.

Third Row:  Mike Rivera, Kay Sherman, Sherrie Kay Seibert, Charleen Rupp, Steven Martin, Vernon Stephens, Ronnie Brokate, Gail Marley, Arnold Hill.

Second Row:  Leonard Pickens, Carol Lynn Roberts, Roger Pellum, Fred Fuger, Earl Jay Peck, Duane Peck, Bill Garvin, Harold Pritchett, Benny Hottel.

First Row:  Sharon Sanders, Jillene Siesser, Sandra Parkin, Jack Rawlins, Marion Floyd, John Marshall, Helen Olsen, Ronny Smith, Billy Armstrong.

08/04/19 08:49 PM #142    


Gene Dressen

Richard and David Jones are twins, definitely not identical!

08/06/19 11:56 PM #143    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

I was notifed that DeVon Osborn Orgill's sister passed away:

Emmagene "Jean" Osborn Betty Bowen, born 4/21/29 passed away 8/4/19.  Funeral services will be Friday, August 9, 2019 at the Horsley Marsh Valley Funeral Home.  A viewing will be from 10am to 12 noon, with the funeral following at 12 noon.  If you would like to send DeVon a card her address is:

DeVon Osborn Orgill

P.O. Box 317

McCammon, ID 83250


08/16/19 10:19 AM #144    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Classmate Linda Lee Green Smith's brother, Al Green, passed away on August 13th.  If you would like to send Linda a card her address is:  

Linda Smith

4836 Hawthorne Road

Pocatello, ID 83202

08/16/19 10:21 AM #145    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Classmate Steve Millward has been hositalized for a couple of weeks, and transferred to a Salt Lake City hospital, seriously ill.  If you would like to send him a card, his address is:


Steve Millward

1385 Chokechrry Drive

Pocatello, ID 83204

08/30/19 07:30 AM #146    

Karen LaChance (Hartford)


Good Morning,

I wanted to let everyone know Karen (LaChance) Hartford has been in Portneuf Hospital (room 341) since a bad fall on Monday. Today (8/30/19) she is having her right hip replaced then will be staying in a rehab for several weeks   Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.   


Thank you,

Kelly Bradway

(Karen’s daughter). 


Please send cards to her home and I’ll make sure she gets them -4534 Sarah Loop. Chubbuck ID 83202

09/05/19 08:00 PM #147    

Karen LaChance (Hartford)



I wanted to update you that classmate Karen LaChance Hartford is now at Gateway Center Room 84 if you would like to call her or visit    She’s getting stronger every day and is hoping to be back home in a few weeks 

Thanks for the support 

Kelly Bradway 


11/14/19 10:52 PM #148    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Classmate Ray Snyder passed away yesterday afternoon, November 13, 2019.  Ray was in the University of Utah hospital for months last year where he underwent numerous heart surgeries.  As I said before, he was one tough Marine to go through what he went through.  I will post the complete obituary when it becomes available.  RIP Ray, our heartfelt sympathies go out to Joyce and Ray's family.  


Obituary as published by Cornelison Funeral Home:

John Raymond "Ray" Snyder Jr., 76 passed peacefully in his home on November 13, 2019 after a vallant battle with heart failure.

He graduated from Pocatelo High School in 1961 joined the Marine Crps after high school, and was an Idaho State University graduate with a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering.  He had a very successful career as an Electrical Engineer.  He was honored to be a recipient of the individual Nevada Governors Award for Electrical Energy Conservation and Leadership in 1992.  After retiring in 2000 he was an avid golfer and loved golfing with his friends Chuck and Robert.  He also loved to camp with his family in the great outdoors.

Ray is survived by his high schol sweetheart and love of his life Joyce Smith Snyder whom he was married to for 55 years  Also survived by 3 daughters, Kari (Calvin) Poe; Kellie (Chuck) Norton; Kristi (Gerard) Bluj.  Nine grandchildren, Kayla (Jake) Poe Ivie; Amanda and Brooke Poe; Hannah and Colby Norton; Kourtni, Paige, Nicholas and Noah Bluj.

As Ray would say, "That's the Spirit," "Always Faithful," and "Semper Fi."

Arrangements are under the direction of the Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello.  Condolences may be sent to the family online at  


11/18/19 10:32 AM #149    


Gene Dressen

I met Craig (Lloyd) in high school.  We became friends because I drove a 3 wheel Cushman motor scooter (two wheels in front with a cargo box in between, and a steering wheel and 3 pedals for brake, clutch and gas) and he drove that cool Harley Davidson Sport 10 with 5.5 horse power!! We bonded because of the wind in our face, and the engine between our legs! (Even though it was only 5 horse power!!) We both parked on the closed off street in between the 2 school buildings. I knew he drove the coolest motorcycle in the world!!

Just a little story about Craig and his motorcycle.  He was on his way to school one day, came over the Gould street overpass, heading towards Arthur, where he would turn left, then proceed to the high school.  When he got to Arthur, he tried to apply the foot brake but got his pant cuff, probably rolled up, caught on the foot peg and couldn't get his foot on the brake, so he banged into the rear of the stopped car in front of him,  Down he went!  The person in the car opened the door and looked out, but saw nothing, so proceeded on their way, unaware that Craig and the motorcycle were on the ground behind them.  Craig picked himself up, righted the cycle, and proceeded on his way, with no damage to him or that "real cool" motorcycle!! 

To his family, our condolences.  He was one of the good guys.  To Craig, God's speed.

11/19/19 12:40 PM #150    


Stanley Zweigart

       I never knew Ray very well in high school.  I got to know him when he started coming to the class luncheons.  We developed a friendship along with his wife Joyce and my wife Toni. He told me he worked for gold mining companies and he and Joyce traveled many places in the world where gold was mined.  I asked him if he ever heard of the gold mining shows on Discovery channel.  He said yes and he and Joyce watched them faithfully each week.  I told him that Toni and I also watched them faithfully and enjoyed them very much.  Our mutual enjoyment of the gold shows deepen our friendship  and relationship.  He and Joyce came to our church services twice at Gate City Christian Church and he really seemed to enjoy it.  Our relationship lessened as Ray got so ill that he was unable to attend the luncheons and could not talk on the phone anymore.  I spoke with Joyce on the phone several times and offered my help but she said there was nothing I could do and Ray was receiving the medical attention he needed.

          I will miss Ray even though our friendship was short it was of a good quality and close.  May he rest in peace in the presence  of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen

11/23/19 12:04 AM #151    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Dean Craig Lloyd was born to Dean and Marcey Lloyd on June 11, 1943 in Salt Lake City, UT.  They moved to Idaho when he was a young boy where he grew up loving trains and the outdoors.  The love of trains would get him through many tough times in his life.  When he was a teenager, he was diagnosed with Hereditary Spherocytosis and had his spleen removed but before the procedure, his parents let him have an early Christmas present of a toy train that he kept for the rest of his life.  He joined the National Guard near the end of Vietnam War and although his unit was never called to active duty he was always ready if called he was later honorably discharged.

He served his mission in the Navajo Indian Reservation and came to love the people and the language.  While serving he had the opportunity to help build a chapel and gain a testimony of the gospel that would teach many the simple love of the Savior.  After returning home, he attended a LDS fireside in Shelley, Idaho where he met the love of his life and best friend Karen Scott.  They were married in the Salt Lake City Temple on September 2, 1966.  Craig attended ISU where he received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and began working at Partner Steel in 1973 as an Account Controller where he worked for 45 years and retired in 2018.  Craig also workied a paper route that extended from Blackfoot to Pocatello and he would often take one of his kids to ride along to help.  

Craig and Karen had 7 wonderful children Bryce, Ryan, Brett, Diana, Michael, Christina, and Nathan, whom they loved and raised in Pocatello and then in Blackfoot.  He had a tremendous work ethic and worked hard his whole life to provide for his family.  Craig loved to spend time at the Saint Anthony Sand Dunes, chasing trains, or camping at the "Lot" in Island Park.

He passed away peacefully on October 16, 2019 in his home.  He is preceded in death by his parents, son Bryce Lloyd, and niece Hannah Covington.  He is survived by his wife Karen (Scott) Lloyd, his children, Ryan (Jody), Brett, Diana (Chris), Michael (Sarah), Christina (Doug), and Nathan (Heidi) along with many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 11am in the Wapello LDS 1st Ward, 337 North 200 East, Blackfoot, Idaho 83221., where a visitation was held from 10:00 - 10:45 am prior to service.  Interment  in the Springfield Cemetery.  Arrangements were under the direction of the Cornelison Funeral Home.  

11/23/19 09:54 PM #152    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

On September 7, 2019, classmate Rita Demopoulos Haggardt was presented the "Hometown Hero" 
award by Pocatello Police Chief Roger Schei at the Stephens Performing Arts Center in Pocatello.    

Rita is the Volunteer Extraordinaire.  She volunteers for more committees, fund raisers, food drives, the United Way of Southeastern Idaho, Pocatello School District No. 25  and other community functions than I can begin to mention.  RITA, thanks for all the good that you do.




11/25/19 01:31 AM #153    


RaNae Green (Palmer)


Classmate Larry Zaccardi passed away on November 21, 2019..  A Catholic rosary service with a time to greet family will be held Monday, November 25th at 7:00 PM at Holy Spirit Catholic Community St. Anthony's Chapel on North 7th Ave.  The mass of a christian burial will be held Tuesday, November 26th at 2:00 PM at the Church.  Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, section 42 west.

The complete obituary can be read at


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