Joe Nettleton, 86, of Melba, Owyhee County, died Friday,
Apr. 7, 1995, at his home. Vigil services will be held
at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Apr. 10, at Persons-Flahiff Funeral
Chapel. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Apr. 11, at St. Paul's Catholic Church with the
Rev. Father Alfred Puccinelli, S.M., officiating.
Interment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Nampa.
Joe was born Aug. 30, 1908, on Sinker Creek in Owyhee
County, Idaho, a son of Villo and Margaret Joyce Nettleton.
He was raised on Sinker Creek where his family ranched and
he attended school for a time at Silver City, then later in
Boise and in Portland, Ore. He attended the University
of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., graduating in 1929.
He married Edith Langford April 10, 1939, in Wendell and
they ranched on the home place at Sinker Creek with his
brother, Hubert, from 1939-1943. Joe and Edith moved
to Reynolds Creek in 1943 where they raised their family and
ranched until his retirement in 1987. They moved from
Reynolds Creek to their farm on the Snake River near Murphy
and resided there until his death. Joe Nettleton was
an Honorary Lifetime member of the Owyhee Cattlemen's
Association and served as a public official in the position
of Owyhee County Clerk; served on the Idaho State Tax
Com-mission from 1945-1957 and was appointed to the Idaho
Water Resources Board serving for four years. He is a
past president of the Idaho Cattlemen's Association.
He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Melba.
Joe loved his life as a cattle
rancher and, together with Edith, built their ranch at
Reynolds Creek into one of the most successful and notable
ranches in Owyhee County. Joe loved the beautiful Owyhee
County he grew up in and also the cattle and horses which he
raised. He loved to tell stories about the horses he
had ridden and their different personalities and (sometimes)
Joe loved the
people who were around him and those friends and relatives
who were always stopping and staying at the ranch always
felt the warm welcome and hospitality in Joe and Edith's
home. He will truly be missed by his family and friends, but
they will always be able to visualize and feel his presence
in the land he lived and worked and loved, Owyhee County,
Survivors include his
wife Edith of Melba, two sons and their wives, Stephen J.
and Karen Nettleton of Parma and Robert C. and Jan Nettleton
of Melba; a sister, Emeline Nettleton of Nampa; seven
grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several
cousins, nieces and nephews.
preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.
Memorials may be made to a favorite charity or flowers may
be sent. Friends may call at Persons-Flahiff Funeral
Chapel, Nampa, from 1 to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
on Monday, and 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday; then meet at the
church for the funeral mass.