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Obituary: John J. Gilster

March 5, 1925 – December 26, 2017

John J Gilster, age 92, of Filer, Idaho passed away peacefully on December 26, 2017. As he was welcomed into the Lord’s arms, he was at the home of his daughter with his family beside him.

John was born in Amelia, Nebraska on March 5, 1925 to John and Ida (Houtz) Gilster. John grew up with his four sisters. He attended school through the ninth grade and then quit to help his dad on the farm. During this time, he met the girl he would eventually marry and spend seventy-one years with, Ella Mae Kochanowski.

John was called up to serve in the military during World War II. He landed in the infantry and was shipped out to Italy. He was involved in carrying supplies to the troops along the northern Italian border. He and another soldier were in charge of 65 mules and getting the needed supplies to the men.

When the war was over he was on his way home to marry the girl that he had left behind. They were married on September 10, 1946 in Burwell, Nebraska. John spent some time farming and rodeoing around Burwell, Nebraska. Soon a family began to make an appearance. A total of three children were born to John and Ella Mae.

He gave up the active rodeo life, but right up until the end he still held his love for rodeo. He never missed a rodeo. In fact, we watched the 2017 NFR on an Ipad because the hospital did not receive the rodeo. After moving to Broken Bow, Nebraska he began working for Arrow Freight Lines. It was during this time he decided to move his family to Twin Falls, Idaho. He worked for Hank Knoffel and eventually was able to purchase his own trucks. After all of his traveling he decided he was tired of being on the road all the time and made a career change that took him to Filer, Idaho. At this time he began working for USS Steel in the fertilizer division. This took him back to his roots and began working in farming again.

After retirement Daddy and Mom spent winters in Arizona where he roped, team sorted, and lived the great life of retirement. He loved his horses and mules, and he never missed a chance to take a trip to the mountains with them. Packing and hunting with his mules and riding his horses were an enormous part of his life. He just returned in October from a hunting trip.

John leaves behind his wife of 71 years, Ella Mae Gilster, three children, Kaylyn Van Ostran (Terry), Twin Falls, Idaho, La Rae Taylor (Walt) Filer, Idaho, and Johnny Gilster Twin Falls, Idaho. He leaves four grandchildren, Tim Van Ostran Twin Falls, Idaho, Brandy Bartholomew Filer, Idaho, Michael Morrison McGill, Nevada and Derek Gilster Twin Falls, Idaho and RoseAnn Goodman (sister-in-saw) of Broken Bow, Nebraska. He also leaves a legacy of eight great grandchildren and a host of relatives, friends, and his fellow coffee drinkers. He also leaves behind his faithful companion for many years his dog, Pearl.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.

We love you Daddy and your memory will always be held close to our hearts until we are together for all time. Love you forever.

A celebration of John’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 5, 2018 at White Mortuary, 136 4th Ave. East, Twin Falls with Deacon Jim Herrett officiating. Burial will follow at the Filer Cemetery. A viewing for family and friends will take place from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening with a Rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m. at White Mortuary.

Services are under the direction of White Mortuary, Chapel by the Park, Twin Falls.

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Obituary: James R McFarlin

June 9, 1939 – December 19, 2017

Pastor James R. McFarlin, 79, passed away December 19,2017 in Lynnwood, WA with his loving wife Jenny by his side after a long battle with cancer. Jim was born June 9,1938 in Buhl, Idaho where he spent his early years before moving to Alaska in 1965. He graduated from Northwest Assembly of God Bible College. He and Jenny then went on to start The Church of the Living God and Christian Academy in Anchorage, AK. Jim and Jenny moved to Wasilla in 1998 where they opened and ran an adult family home and Meadow Lakes Christian Center. He enjoyed raising livestock, gardening, watching movies, working with his hands, fishing and hunting. He especially loved spending time with his family, and spreading the word of God. He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Jenny. His children Kathy, Cindy, Jimmy, Cona, Ninotchka, Genieveve, Ricky, Latoya and Desiree. He was blessed with over 30 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a loving man, and will be greatly missed. Service will be officiated by Mike J. Purcell at 11:00am on January 5, 2018 at Valley Funeral Home—151 E. Herning Ave. Wasilla, AK 99654 with Reception details to be determined.

Death notices (copy)

Anna Lou Bair, age 95, of Heyburn died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Meridian, Idaho. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by the Rasmussen Funeral Home of Burley.

Violet Mae Craner, 80, of Hansen passed away Sunday evening, December 31, 2017 at her home in Hansen. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by White Mortuary, Chapel by the Park, Twin Falls.

Doris Roberson Garrabrandt, 99, formerly of Burley passed away December 31, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Arrangements entrusted to Lindquist’s Bountiful Mortuary.

Mary L. Hanson, 78, of Gooding died Monday, January 1, 2018 at Twin Falls. Arrangements are pending at Serenity Funeral Chapel Life Celebration Center & Cremation Services of Idaho, Twin Falls.

Max Clayton Vanderpool, 84, of Jerome passed away Saturday, December 30, 2017 at St. Luke’s Magic Valley hospital in Twin Falls. Services are pending and will be announced by White Mortuary, Chapel by the Park, Twin Falls.

Robert “Bobby” Bell, 69, of Twin Falls passed away Tuesday January 2, 2018 at his home. At Robert’s request no services will be held. Cremation is under the direction of Rosenau Funeral Home and Crematory.

Obituary: Richard William 'Dick' Anderson

October 30, 1933 – December 29, 2017

Richard William “Dick” Anderson, 84, of Glenns Ferry, passed away, Friday, December 29, 2017, after a long struggle with dementia, with family by his side.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 6, at the Glenns Ferry Ward, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, burial will follow in Glenn Rest Cemetery, Glenns Ferry. Arrangements are under the direction of Rost Funeral Home, Mtn. Home.

Dick was born October 30, 1933, in Glenns Ferry to Arthur Carl and Edna M. Anderson. He had 3 brothers and 2 sisters. He attended school and graduated from Glenns Ferry High School in 1953, lettering in football and basketball. After graduation, he worked for the Glenns Ferry Highway District, until he was drafted into the Army and served two years in the Korean Conflict, one year in Frankfurt, Germany, and was honorably discharged in 1956.

Upon his return home, Dick began working for Shrum Motors. In January 1957, he married Georgia Lee Larsen raising six wonderful children together. Dick was on the Glenns Ferry Volunteer Fire Dept., where he served as Fire Chief for 30 years.

In September, 1959, Dick and Georgia Lee opened “Dicks Garage” on Main Street in Glenns Ferry, where Dick provided knowledgeable and trustworthy service to the community for over 40 years. In 1970, they purchased a farm west of Glenns Ferry, near the Three Islands, where they raised cattle, and crops. The land is still productive and enjoyed by the family.

They worked hard, running a business, a farm, and raising six energetic children, but there was always time for camping, fishing and exploring in between. Dick was a man of “few” words, but the ones he spoke were well thought out, and always had the most meaning.

Survivors include his wife Georgia Lee Anderson of Glenns Ferry, Mark Anderson (Elizabeth) of Boise, Rusty Anderson (Deborah) of Cambridge, Angela Anderson of Glenns Ferry, Amy Anderson of Boise, Kerri Collins (Dan) of Boise, two brothers, Jerry Anderson (Margie) of Twin Falls, Jim Anderson (Joan) of Twin Falls, sister Elaine Horrocks of Pocatello, brother-in-law Gerald Nielsen of Orem, Utah, 13 Grandchildren, 15 Great Grandchildren, to some a father figure and idolized by all, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by son Jay Anderson, parents Carl and Edna Anderson, father & mother-in-law George and Maxine Larsen, brother & sister-in-law, Arthur and Johanna Anderson, sister Donna Rae Nielsen, brother-in-law David Horrocks.

Obituary: James Ernest 'Ernie' Roland

April 10, 1923 – December 30, 2017

James Ernest “Ernie” Roland, 94, electrician and family man, passed away on Saturday December 30, 2017.

Ernie was born April 10, 1923 in Deep Creek, Idaho. Ernie attended school in Deep Creek and graduated high school from Buhl in 1942.

On September 12,1944, he married Edith C. Dillon in Wells, NV. They have made their home in Buhl for over 72 years. In 1944, he joined the US Army and served in the Pacific Theater during WWII. After the war he was a farmer in the Buhl area. After farming he worked in the electrical trade on several projects which included the Alaska Pipeline at Prudhoe Bay. In retirement, he loved gold mining in Alaska with his son Jim, where Edith enjoyed being camp cook. Ernie was a Grand Knight in the Knights of Columbus, Buhl Chapter. In his later years, he was a full-time fisherman with his sons, grandchildren, great grandchildren and buddies, which he enjoyed as much as anything he had ever done. He is known for his fishing & hunting skills and his smoked trout throughout the states.

He was preceded in death by his parents Glen A. and Nancy D. Roland and brother Carl Roland.

Ernie is survived by his wife of 72 years, Edith Roland; twin sons Gary (Nancy), Greg (Jackie), daughter Judy (Nate) and sons, Jim (Diane) & Terry; two sisters, Arlene Florence (Duke) and Dortha Shorthouse; grandchildren Chris, Michele, Jodi, Katie, Amy, Annabelle, Gregory, and Colton; step-grandsons Jeff and Ronnie Harrison; 10 great grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren and several step-great grandchildren; two brother in-laws and three sister in-laws.

Above all he cherished family and always put them first.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 5, 2018 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Buhl, Idaho. A time of viewing will be held from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., with a rosary service beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 4, 2018, also at the church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Farmer Funeral Chapel of Buhl, Idaho.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to: Buhl Quick Response Relief Unit, 201 Broadway Ave N, Buhl, ID 83316