Printed on: October 04, 2012


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KENNETH HANSON 85th, Oct. 8, 1927: Ken Hanson was born Oct. 8, 1927, to Oswald and Cora

Hanson in Bagley, Minn., where he grew up with his six sisters on the family farm.

He headed west in his early years and worked for Phillips Petroleum in Conrad, Mont., and later owned the Kandace Cafe in Darby, Mont. The next 25-plus years were spent as an owner-operator of logging trucks hauling to mills in Salmon, north Idaho and western Montana.

He married Bernetta Harris on July 16, 1966, and they returned to Ashton in 1983 and owned the Imperial Club for 10 years before retiring.

Ken is very proud of his daughter, Kandace of Bozeman, Mont., and two granddaughters, Shaye and Kelsey.

During the Korean War, Ken served his country in the U.S. Army.

He enjoys the outdoors, steelhead fishing with friends in Salmon, gardening and trips to Jackpot, and his potato salad is to die for.

Our love to you -- happy 85th, and may you have many more adventures.

NAOMI LARSEN 90th, Aug. 25, 1922: Naomi Larsen celebrated her 90th birthday Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, with her children, grandchildren and friends at The Gardens in Rigby. She lived in Idaho Falls for many years until June 2012, when she moved to The Gardens in Rigby.

She was born and raised in Goshen, Idaho, to Oliver and Astrid Neilson. She was the fifth of 10 children.

She graduated from Firth High School in 1940. Shortly after graduation, she married Jay Larsen in the Logan, Utah, LDS Temple. They had six children: Jay R (Karen) Larsen, Vicki (Brent) Petersen, Lana (Jan) Kirkham, Karen (Bruce) Dobson, Kay (David) Larsen Dickson and Janaye (Shawn) Berthelson. She has 25 grandchildren and too many great-grandchildren to count.

Naomi was employed by JC Penney for 25 years. After her retirement, Jay and Naomi spent their winters in Yuma, Ariz., until Jay passed away in 1990. She then went to work for The Rose Shop for many years.

She has made beautiful quilts for her children and grandchildren and enjoyed taking care of her roses and playing Chinese checkers with her children and grandchildren.

She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Naomi has served in many callings, of which her favorite has been ward chorister. She also enjoyed working in the temple with her husband.