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Idaho State Journal, 05/18/04
POCATELLO - Willis Rowsell, 87, of Pocatello, formerly of Grace, passed away Monday, May
17, 2004, at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Pocatello. Willis was born October 4, 1916,
at West Jordan, Utah, the son of James Albert and Agnes Cora Park Rowsell.
He married Ethel Croney on Oct. 27, 1941, at Lava Hot Springs. Their marriage was later
solemnized in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple.
He had lived in West Jordan, Utah, Lava Hot Springs, Raymond, Grace, and the past six
years in Pocatello.He graduated from Lava High School and attended ISU, where he lettered
He was a high priest in the Grace LDS Second Ward. He had served in two bishoprics in
Geneva and Grace, and had served on the high council. He was a past member of the Grace
Lions Club. He designed the Grace High School track and football field. He enjoyed
woodworking, gardening, golf, fishing and sports, both personally and watching his
children and grandkids play. He had farmed and was the soil conservation technician for
Caribou County, and also designed irrigation systems. He served in the Army during World
Willis is survived by his wife, Ethel, of Pocatello; one son and two daughters and their
spouses, Lynn and Janeen Rowsell of Pocatello, Sheila and Clarence Burton of LaVerkin,
Utah, and Kathleen and Curtis White of Soda Springs; also 11 grandchildren and nine
great-grandchildren; and one brother, Clarence Rowsell of Salt Lake City. He was preceded
in death by his parents, a son, Brent Rowsell, three brothers and one sister.
Funeral services will be Saturday, May 22, 2004, at noon, at the Grace LDS Stake Center,
with Bishop Charles Titcomb officiating. The family will meet with friends on Friday
evening, May 21, from 7 to 8 p.m., at the Sims Funeral Home in Soda Springs, and on
Saturday at the stake center in Grace from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in the
Grace Cemetery, with military graveside services by the American Legion post of Grace.