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Obituaries
Obituary: Norma Charles

April 1936 – November 7, 2017

Norma Angela Charles 81, passed away on November 7, 2017 at her home in Rupert, Idaho.

She was born in Rupert on April 18, 1936 to Joseph and Angela (Steneck) Zampedri. She graduated from Rupert High School in 1954 and worked as a teller for Idaho 1st National bank. She married Walter Charles On September 12, 1959 at the St. Nicholas Catholic Church. They lived on their farm south of Rupert for the past 58 years where they raised their 5 children. Norma was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, St. Nicholas Catholic Women’s Society, The Guadalupanas, Tops, Rupert Rifle and Pistol Club and Rupert Trail Machine Club. Walt and her were founding members of the Mini-Cassia Search and Rescue as well as Hunter Safety instructors. Norma loved the outdoors and that’s where you would find her- gardening, camping, back packing, and even hunting with her family. She loved helping in the community and at church where she could infuse her energy to get things done behind the scenes. But her greatest joy was being around her family especially her grandkids. She is survived by her husband Walter; her children Teresa (Tony) Meatte of Meridian, Tim (Valentine Kennedy) Charles of Caldwell, Tom (Marie) Charles of Moscow, Trudy Charles of Meridian, and Troy (Karren) Charles of Jerome; 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; 2 sisters Alma Hammond of Rupert and Sister Tresa (Velia) Zampedri of Maryknoll, NY; 1 brother Duane (Audrey) Zampedri of Santa Clara, CA. She is preceded in death by her parents, and 4 brothers Gene, Jake, Jack and Floyd Zampedri.

In lieu of flowers the family would like any donations to be made to the St. Nicholas Catholic School.

A Funeral mass will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 11, 2017 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church. A gathering for family and friends will be held from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. Friday, November 10, 2017 at St. Nicholas with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m., under the direction of Joel Heward Hansen Mortuary.


Death_notices
Death notices

Darren G. Czaplicki, 31, of Boise, formerly of Twin Falls and Gooding passed away Tuesday, November 7, 2017 in Boise. Arrangements are under the direction of Bowman Funeral Parlor of Garden Valley.


International
AP
Pope seeks to defuse Korea tension, push nuclear disarmament

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is seeking to defuse rising nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula and to boost support for disarmament with a Vatican conference that will bring together 11 Nobel Peace Prize winners, United Nations and NATO officials, and representatives from a handful of countries with the bomb.

For some analysts, Francis’ address at the gathering today will provide a welcome break in the heated war of words between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as Trump continues his first trip to Asia as president.

The Vatican hopes the conference will do more by further discrediting the Cold War-era idea that atomic weapons serve a purpose for deterrence and global security.

“For some people, it’s pie in the sky,” conference organizer and top papal adviser Monsignor Silvano Tomasi said. “But at this time, I think it’s very important to alert public opinion that the presence in the world of thousands of atomic bombs doesn’t guarantee the security of anyone.”

The conference is the first major international gathering since 122 countries approved a new U.N. treaty in July calling for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons. However, none of the nuclear powers and no NATO members signed on. They argued the treaty’s lofty ideals were unrealistic given the rapid expansion of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

The treaty received a boost from the Nobel committee when it awarded the peace prize this year to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, an advocacy group that was instrumental in getting the pact approved. ICAN’s executive director, Beatrice Fihn, is one of the Nobel laureates who will address the Vatican conference.

“What’s so significant about this conference is that it draws attention to and underscores the treaty and the Nobel prize, and says, ‘This is serious stuff,’” said George Lopez, who served on an experts panel that advised the U.N. Security Council on North Korea sanctions.

Francis is “keeping the issue alive and adding a new dimension,” said Lopez, who is attending the conference as a member of a delegation from the University of Notre Dame.

The Holy See has consistently opposed nuclear weapons and supported nonproliferation and disarmament efforts, and history’s first Latin American pope has strongly backed that line. But Francis brings to the table arguments based on his other papal priorities: that atomic weapons are a threat to the environment, that the costs of developing them could be put to far better use, and that the world would be a far safer place if dialogue prevailed over confrontation.

Monsignor Tomasi said the Vatican hopes to send both Washington and Pyongyang a clear message through the conference: that the only way forward is dialogue, without “excessive aggression” in rhetoric.

Francis “keeps saying we need to build channels of communication and not walls,” Tomasi said in an interview. “If the conference that we are organizing succeeds in conveying this message, we have done our jobs.”

One outcome the Vatican is ruling out — at least publicly — is that the conference could lead to a mediation role of some kind. The Vatican under Francis has facilitated talks between the U.S. and Cuba and, more recently, between the Venezuelan government and opposition.

But it has denied any interest in mediating the Korean standoff and suggested that other experienced facilitators, such as Norway, could play that role.

The United States is set to be represented at the conference by its deputy ambassador to the Holy See. Ambassador Calista Gingrich hasn’t presented her credentials yet and can’t participate in official Vatican events. Russia is sending a top nuclear expert, and NATO’s deputy secretary general, Rose Gottemoeller, is scheduled to speak.

China and North Korea have been invited, but organizers said they do not know if the countries would send representatives. Neither has diplomatic relations with the Holy See.

Beyond the current Korean standoff, there is a growing consensus — as evidenced by the 122 countries backing the U.N. treaty — that governments should no longer regard nuclear capability as the defining barometer of national, regional or global security, Tomasi said.

“Instead of ‘Let’s guarantee peace or security with the threat of mutual destruction,’ let’s try to construct in a positive way a sense of trust, solidarity, cooperation,” he said.


Obituaries
Eddy Heitz

October 27, 1953 – November 2, 2017

Eddy Heitz, 64, of Boise, Idaho passed away Thursday, November 2, 2017 at his home from cancer. He was born October 27, 1953 in Twin Falls, Idaho to Frank C. and Beverly J. Welsh Heitz. The Heitz family lived in Twin Falls where Eddy graduated from Twin Falls High School in 1972. He continued his education at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls majoring in Business.

Music was a significant part of Eddy’s life growing up and beyond. He played the Clarinet and the Bassoon and was active in band programs throughout his school years including CSI Pep Band. He also played with the Treasure Valley Concert Band in Boise during the 80’s.

He was a past Master Counselor of the Twin Falls DeMolay Chapter and received various awards within the organization including the Chevalier Degree which is the highest honor of the Supreme Council for outstanding DeMolay service.

Eddy was a Times News paper carrier

for many years until he began working as a bagger for Shelby’s Grocery Store in 1970. Shelby’s later became Smith’s. Eddy continued to work for Smith’s after he moved to Boise accumulating 20 years with the company. For the last 21 years he was employed by Albertson’s and had worked in various positions. Most recently he was the receiving clerk at the Fairview and Cole store.

Survivors include 3 siblings and his sister-in-law, MCPO James Heitz USN (Ret.) and Norma Heitz; Susan Metzger and Rita Robertson. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews Christine Robertson and partner Lee Ronald; Jennifer and Matthew Rhees and James, Jacob and Julia; Karen Metzger and Kori; Kim Metzger; Brad and Jenifer Robertson and Olive and Vance; TSgt. James Heitz Jr. USAF, Rocio Heitz and Damien; and SrA Frank Heitz USAF. Eddy was preceded in death by both of his parents, his sister Bonnie, and brothers David and Kenneth.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to the doctors and medical professionals from St Al’s, Life Care Center of Treasure Valley and Homewatch Caregivers who all provided care for Eddy.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm, Friday, November 10, 2017 at Bowman Funeral Chapel in Garden City.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Idaho Food Bank or to the Idaho Youth Ranch.


Obituaries
Obituary: Rande Ruhter

January 10, 1958 – November 3, 2017

TWIN FALLS — Rande Ray Ruhter, 59, of Twin Falls, ID passed away November 3, 2017 at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Twin Falls, ID. On January 10, 1958, Rande was born in Twin Falls, ID to Devon Sr. and Norma Ruhter. He grew up on the family farm South of Buhl. Rande attended Clover Trinity Lutheran School and graduated from Castleford High School. He continued his education at CSI where he studied farm equipment mechanics. Rande worked in agriculture related jobs throughout his life. He was a Boiler Technician at Idaho Frozen Foods and also enjoyed his employment at the Twin Falls Livestock Commission Company where he worked not only with the animals but also talked with friends, told stories, and drank coffee with co-workers, friends, and neighbors.

Rande and his wife Linda were married 32 years, together they raised her daughters Candi Sego and Crystal Mattson as well as her son Justin Mattson. He is survived by Linda’s daughters, Candi, Crystal, and Crystal’s son Justin. His brothers Devon Jr (Luella), Melvin, and Boyd as well as his sister Grace (Jerry) Owen. He is also survived by many nephews and nieces. Rande is preceded in death by his wife, parents, and brother Jon.

Rande will be remembered as a kind-hearted person who was always willing to help anyone who needed a helping hand.

A viewing for Randy will be held at Parke’s Magic Valley Funeral Home on Thursday November 9, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and following will be a celebration of life held at the Twin Falls Livestock Commission Company on Friday November 10, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.


Services
Services

Miriam Watson

TWIN FALLS — Services at 1 p.m. Friday, November 10 at the First Presbyterian Church, Twin Falls. Arrangements are under the direction of Rosenau Funeral Home.

Robert Logan

HAILEY — Final respects can be paid at the Hailey LDS Chapel at 2 p.m. Friday, November 10. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of Wood River Funeral Home.

Rande Ruhter

TWIN FALLS — A celebration of life at 1 p.m. Friday November 10 at the Twin Falls Livestock Commission. A viewing will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. on Thursday November 9 at Parke’s Magic Valley Funeral Home in Twin Falls.

Eddy Heitz

GARDEN CITY — Services at 2 p.m. Friday, November 10 at Bowman Chapel in Garden City.

Norma Angela Charles

RUPERT— Funeral at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 11 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church. Gathering for family and friends will be held from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.Friday, November 10, 2017 at St. Nicholas with a Rosary at 7 p.m. Services are under the direction of Joel Heward Hansen Mortuary.

George Watson Jr.

PAUL — Celebration of his life at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 11 at West End Fire Station, 152 S. 600 W., Paul. A light luncheon will be served after the celebration.

Bernt Kjall

MALTA — A graveside service at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 11 at the Valley Vu Cemetery in Malta. Military honors will be performed by the Mini-Cassia Veterans. A visitation will be held from noon until 1 p.m. at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St. in Burley.

Bud Taylor

TWIN FALLS — Funeral at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 11 at the Twin Falls LDS South Stake Center, 541 Orchard Dr. with viewing one hour prior to the service from 30 until 10:45 a.m. Arrangements are under the direction of White Mortuary.

Randa Stone

TWIN FALLS — Memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 11 at Rosenau Funeral Home, 2826 Addison Avenue East.

Lee Attebury Sr.

TWIN FALLS — Celebration of life at 10 a.m. Friday, November 17 at Parke’s Magic Valley Funeral Home, 2551 Kimberly Rd. in Twin Falls.


Print-specific
'Magnum, P.I.' actor John Hillerman dies at 84

LOS ANGELES — John Hillerman, who played stuffed-shirt Higgins to Tom Selleck’s freewheeling detective Thomas Magnum in the 1980s TV series “Magnum, P.I.” has died, his nephew said Thursday. Hillerman was 84.

Hillerman, who had been in declining health, died Thursday of natural causes at his home in Houston, nephew Chris Tritico said.

Besides playing manager of the Hawaiian estate that Magnum used as home base, Hillerman was known for his 1970s roles as arrogant radio show detective Simon Brimmer on the “Ellery Queen” series and the difficult boss on the sitcom “One Day at a Time.”

When Hillerman decided to retire about 17 years ago, the actor born in Denison, Texas, returned to his native state and was content leaving Hollywood behind, said his nephew. He remembered his uncle, an Air Force veteran, fondly.

“He had an outstanding sense of humor and was one of the most well-read people I ever met. You couldn’t play Scrabble with him,” Tritico said.

As for that quasi-British accent that Hillerman used on “Magnum” and elsewhere, his nephew said that was honed during several decades of playing varied roles on the New York stage before he turned to TV and movies.

Hillerman used something closer to his own voice in Mel Brooks’ “Blazing Saddles,” playing Howard Johnson, one of the comic Western’s many Johnsons. He appeared in a number of TV series, including “Valerie,” ‘’The Love Boat” and “The Betty White Show,” and in films including “The Last Picture Show” and “High Plains Drifter.”

His last credits included 1996’s “A Very Brady Sequel” and an early ‘90s appearance on “Murder, She Wrote.”

The role of Higgins was his favorite, Tritico said.

“The reason he didn’t take another big role is he refused to take a sitcom after ‘Magnum,’” he said. “He wanted to continue doing the serious work that he felt ‘Magnum’ was.”

Hillerman’s survivors include a sister, Jo Ann Tritico, and seven nieces and nephews including Chris Tritico, a Houston attorney.

At his request no services will be held, Chris Tritico said.