THE BLAINE COUNRY JOURNAL, NEWS-OPINION Wednesday, April 17, 2002
Wallace Cook Sharples. 92, died Monday. April 8. 2002, at the Parke View Care & Rehabilitation Center in Burley, Idaho.
Funeral services will be held at 11 am Wednesday. April 10, 2002. (today) at the Burley United Methodist Church 27th & Almo. with the Reverend Al Trachsel 0fficiatiflg. Burial will he in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Burley. Friends may call at the church one-hour prior to the funeral on Wednesday.
He was horn May 15, 1909, in northern Montana, to Judson F. and Ella Bosley Sharples. He was raised on a ranch. He went to high school until his junior year when he quit to help his dad who was a potato and wheat farmer.
Wally’s wife to be, Etsel Webb, moved West to attend the university of Montana, Western in Dillon. Montana, in 1927. After her graduation she was teaching school nearby and they spotted each other. She encouraged him to continue his eduction. Wally attended the University of Montana, Northern and the university of Missouri, Columbia, where he earned the Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration.
Wally and Ersel were married on December 28, 1929, in Dillon, Montana.
Wally served 30 years, working in Civil Services for agencies of the Federal Government in the field of personnel management. His work stations included Seattle; Coulee Dam; and Spokane, Washington; Helena, Montana; Mountain Home; Boise; and Burley, Idaho; Juneau and Kodiak Island, Alaska; and Lemoore, California. He worked with such government agencies’ as the Bureau of Reclamation, Army, Air Force, Bureau of Public Roads, and the Navy. He retired to Burley in 1969.
Wally and Ersel loved the Lord and served the church in each community where they lived and worked. Ersel was a school teacher and she loved to sing the entire song of “1 Love You, Truly” to Wally. For many years Wally went along to hunting camps in the wild country with a group of friends and as his middle name was Cook, that was his job and one of his specialties. While in Alaska, he traveled with a bush pilot to most major cites in the performance of his duties. After his retirement he and his wife traveled in the Western United States and Canada in their motor home.
Wally was a member of the Burley United Methodist Church and had been a member of the Burley BPOE Elks Lodge. Wally also enjoyed photography and taking care of his Buick and Chinook motor home.
Survivors include a brother, Frank (Gwen) Sharples of Chinook, MT; and a sister, Ruth Patrick, Malta, Montana.
He was preceded in death by his wife on May 15,1990.
Arrangements are under the direction of Payne Mortuary, 221 West Main Street in Burley.