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14A Wednesday, July 28, 2010 Feather River Bulletin OBITUARY' Phillip Lewis Oels Phillip Lewis Oels, 82, of Nampa, entered into a well-earned state of peace and rest Wednesday, July 14, 2010, with his wife at his side. Born March 22, 1928, to Cyrus Austin and Viola (Borders) Oels, in Quincy, he began life in the Quincy Junction railroad depot where his family lived and hls father served as agent and telegrapher. After graduating high school in Quincy, he enlisted in the Air Force and served most of his time in Alaska. Upon discharge in 1949, he went to work for the West- ern Pacific Railroad and spent the next 41 years in railroad service, retiring from the Union Pacific Rail- road in 1990 at Stockton. He first married Denisce i- $25 Discount On Purchase of'199 - *349 $50 Discount on Purchase of $3S0 - .*499 $75 Discount on Purchase of SSO0 - *749 $100 Discount on Purchase of S' O . s999 $150 Discount on Purchases over S999 Wardle in 1955 and stepped everything and continued to of Latter-day Saints in 1981, into the role of father to her marvel at the majesty of the and over the next 28 years two daughters, Carol and creation. Specifically, he served in many callings in Valorie. The family became loved fly fishing on a cold Quincy, Lodi and Galt and complete with the birth of mountain stream, stalking a later in Nampa, Idaho, and Sheri Lee and Phillip Lewis deer or flushing a pheasant, the Boise temple. Oels II. His second love was his It was in Lodi, that he first The marriage ended in di- yard and the flowers he so began searching out his an- vorce and, in 1965, Phil mar- lovingly planted and tended cestors, a process he contin- ried Beverly (Young) Ritter wherever he lived. His ued until spring 2009, when and gained another son, "green thumb" was well his illness forced him to stop Michael B. Ritter, whom he known as anything he stuck researching. legally adopted, in the ground grew and An easy-going man with Phil's first love outside his flourished! an off-the-wall sense of hu- family was the outdoors Phil became a member of mor, Phil made a great many where he saw God's hand in The Church of Jesus Christ friends among his co-work- Sale ends August 2nd. (Robbins Bucks cannot be used on prior sales.) a, cARP MAIN STREET, SUSANVILLE 257-7788 - CA U 448S2S 2830 ers, hunting and fishing companions, the many wards of which he was a member and the people he taught to use the Internet for genealogical research while serving at the Nampa Fami- ly History Center for nearly 15 years. Phil is survived by his wife, Beverly; his son, Phillip (Keri) of E1 Cajon; son, Michael (Cathy Lynne) of O'Fallon, Mo.; two step- daughters, Carol Foster and Valorie Jackson; one grand- daughter, Tara Brooke Oels; two grandsons, Tim and Je- remy Bruce; and two great- grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving is his only sister, Viola Louise Collins of Hay- ward. Preceding him in death were his parents, his daughter, Sheri and his brother, George. The family is especially grateful for each person who assisted with Phil's care dur- ing the last few years -- friends, members of his ward and the wonderful team of hospice workers. His last few weeks were spent at Trinity Mission of Midland where the "angels without wings" who cared for him are too numerous to mention. But they will al- ways be remembered for the concern and gentle care they provided him 'round-the- clock and the comfort they provided family members. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Ju- ly 31, at the Nampa West LDS Stake Center, 1500 Smith Ave. in Nampa. A viewing will be held from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 30, at the Zeyer Funeral Chapel, 83 N. Midland Blvd. in Nampa and at the church, Saturday from 9 - 9:45 a.m. prior to the services. Burial will follow at Kohlerlawn Cemetery in Nampa where military hon- ors will be rendered. Although Phillip loved flowers, friends are invited to make a donation to Hori- zon Home Health and Hos. pice, (315 E. Elm St., Cald- well, Idaho 83605) or to the National Alzheimer's Asso- ciation, P.O. 96011, Washing- ton, DC 20090-6011, if they choose. ! The largest gold nugget ever found in Sierra Coun- ty, known as the "Monu- mental," weighed 106 pounds and was discovered on the Sierra Buttes Mine property at approximately the eighth level in 1869. You can see what this monumental chunk of gold looked like when it was brought from the ground when you visit the Ken- tucky Mine Museum, on Highway 49 just east of Sierra City, to view the carefully crafted, life-size replica now on display. According to Carrol Hayes, whose family pur- chased the Sierra Buttes Mine in 1904, miners on their way to work at the mine saw a portion of the nugget on the trail after rain had washed away the dirt that had been covering it, They quickly began un- earthing the rest of the nugget and couldn't believe their eyes when they saw the "Monumental" chunk of gold. Experience that same sense of awe when you stop by the Kentucky Mine and Museum, open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., to view the Monumental nugget. For tour hours or more information, call 862-1300 or visit kentuckymine.org. IICheck Out Our ll