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Sunday, February 3, 2013
James Wilford Wardle Sr.
James Wilford Wardle, 80, a long-time resident of Rigby, died September 23 at an Idaho Falls hospital where he had been a patient for two weeks.
He was born Nov. 2, 1891 at South Jordan, Utah, a son of Haston and Annie Sorena Sorenson Wardle. He grew up in Utah and married Melissa Ann Shaw April 10, 1914 in the Salt Lake LDS temple.
He lived in Teton Basin for a number of years where he assisted his father on a sheep ranch, freighted mail and hauled freight into Jackson Hole. He was also a farmer in this community for several years and worked as a carpenter. He was an Elder in the LDS church, served as a home teacher MIA counselor and Sunday School superintendent, and also worked with Boy Scouting program for many years. Retiring from his farm south of Rigby, the Wardles have since lived on South First West.
Survivors are his widow, Melissa Wardle, Rigby; son and daughters, Mrs Audrey Chase, Pocatello, Mrs. Lula Beesley, Rigby, James Wilford Wardle Jr., Hyrum, Utah, Mrs James (Phyllis) Olsen, Menan, Mrs. Wm (Verna) Poenix, Az.; and there are 24 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. A son and two daughters preceded him in death. Surviving brothers and sisters are Mrs Mary Rupp, Pocatello, Leon Wardle Apache Junction Arizona, Vernal Wardle, Pocatello, Mrs. Dellilah Penfold, Driggs, Reed Wardle, Idaho Falls, Dr. Norval Wardle, Ames, Iowa, Dr. Orrin Wardle , Fresno, Calif.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at 1:30 at the Rigby First ward chapel with Bp. Lynn Jensen officiating. Interment Pocatello Mt. View Cemetery.