Joe Helle, 1932-2019
Joe Thomas Helle, age 87, passed away in Dillon, Mont., on Oct. 8, 2019.
Helle was born to Harold and Alice Helle in Williston, N.D., on May 14, 1932. He spent his youth enjoying the outdoors and began his destiny in the rangelands of the West while working on the Shipstead Ranch in Scobey, Mont.
Joe went to high school in Fargo, N.D., where he excelled in swimming and other activities. He then attended college at North Dakota State University. He would later transfer to the University Of Idaho College Of Forestry, where he was the outstanding senior of 1954, president of the Associated Foresters and inducted into Xi Sigma Pi. Upon graduation from the University of Idaho with a degree in range science, he began his career with the U.S. Forest Service in Montana on the Vigilante Experimental Range in the Beaverhead National Forest. He administered the many sheep and cattle allotments. At this time, Helle was drafted and served two years with the Army Engineer Intelligence group in Korea.
After returning from the war, Helle completed his master of science degree at Idaho, with a thesis on a grazing study in Point Springs, Idaho. Helle returned to the Beaverhead Forest where he fought fires and delivered supplies with mule trains and helicopters. While based in Jackson, he met and married Agnes (Aggie) Rebish. She was his partner in all his endeavors for 57 years. The couple then transferred to the Big Timber District of the Gallatin Forest as district ranger. While in Big Timber, the couple’s two sons, Tom and John were born. Helle left the agency in 1965 for an opportunity to develop an irrigated farm in Dillon with partners Pete and Elizabeth Rebish. They later expanded the farm to include cattle and sheep. A baby girl, Karen Ann, was born completing the family
Helle was actively involved in the Montana Woolgrowers and served as president from 1988 to 1990. He also served the National Woolgrowers Association, holding numerous committee positions. He served on the original ASI executive board and was chairman of the ASI Wool Council. He served as director and second vice-president of the Western Range Association.
In 1989, Helle represented the University of Idaho College of Forestry, Wildlife and Range Sciences, as one of 100 centennial distinguished alumni.
He was a spokesperson for the livestock industry on local and national levels on such issues as wolf reintroduction, public lands grazing, endangered species, and sheep and wool improvement programs. Helle and his wife where honored to receive ASI’s McClure Silver Ram Award for their years of service and dedication. Helle’s most recent awards were honorary president from the Montana Woolgrowers and stockman of the year from the SW Montana Stockman’s Association.
Helle’s passion was for the sustainability of the range and livestock industries. He can be remembered tending the sheep in the mountains with his children and later his grandchildren at his side. He passed on his great knowledge of the range, instilling in them the importance of land stewardship.
Helle was preceded in death by his parents and brother John H. Helle. He is survived by his wife Aggie of 57 years, his three children Tom Helle, John (Karen) Helle, and Karen (Brad) Gleason; grandchildren Kyla (Alex) Keith, Bryce (Timber) Helle, Evan (Sara) Helle, Nathan Helle, Weston Helle and Claire Helle, and great grandchildren Kynzee, Kohlee, Drew, Ashton and Jack.
Memorials may be sent to the Montana Woolgrowers Association Memorial Fund.
GLENN HIGH, 1936-2019
Glenn A. High, age 82, of Lexington, Ohio, died on Sept. 21, 2019.
On Christmas Day in 1936, he was born in Paulding County, Ohio, the third of six children of the late Dorris J. and Erma Mae (Van Buskirk) High.
The family moved to Kenton, Ohio, when he was a young child, where he grew up until the end of his junior year of high school in 1953 when they moved to Mount Gilead. He graduated from Mount Gilead High School in the class of 1954. Following graduation, High enlisted to serve in the U.S. Army during peace time from 1955 to 1957, and he was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska, for 18 months.
Upon his honorable discharge, he returned home and finally got to meet his pen pal, Kathryn “Joan” Tobin, from Chesterville, Ohio, who had been sending him letters every month while he was in the military. They were married on May 3, 1959, at the Chesterville Methodist Church. During their 60 years of marriage, they raised four children: Pamela, Roger, David and Wanda.
After the military, High worked at General Motors in the shipping department for 35 years. His work at GM helped he and his wife fund their true passion of farming, buying their family farm in 1961. Their 133-acre farm centered primarily around raising various breeds of sheep, including Shropshires, Targhees and Hampshires. High’s love for raising sheep started in 1951, when he began showing sheep in FFA in the ninth grade. He and his wife traveled much of the United States showing and selling purebred sheep. They also exhibited their prize-winning sheep at many county fairs in Ohio, and at the Ohio State Fair for 52 consecutive years. In 2003, High was honored to be included in the Ohio State Fair Agricultural Hall of Fame.
Previous honors included being inducted into the Targhee Hall of Fame, and being named an Ohio Master Shepherd, the Charles B. Boyles award. He was both a board member and past president for the American Shropshire Registry Association, and the U.S. Targhee Sheep Association. He also was a member of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association, Ohio Farm Bureau, and Morrow Co. Sheep Improvement Association.
High was an active member of the Steam Corners United Methodist Church.
Survivors include: his beloved wife, Joan High of Lexington; three children: Roger (Holly) High of Richwood, Ohio, David (Jodi) High of McDermott, Ohio, and Wanda (David) Berk of Upper Arlington, Ohio; five grandchildren: Adam High, Trevor (Marybeth) High, Taylor “Darby” High, and Rachel and Rebecca Berk; four siblings: Deloris (Dean) Sherman of Fredericktown, Ohio, Ruth (Wayne) Miller of Cary, N.C., Dwight (Gloria) High of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Keith (Micki) High of New Hill, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Including his parents, High was preceded in death by his daughter, Pamela Sue High in 2007; a brother, Marvin High; and a sister-in-law, Janet High.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, c/o High Family Memorial Scholarship, PO Box 182383, Columbus, OH 43218.
Philip Soulen, 1929-2019
Phil Soulen, 90, of Weiser and McCall, Idaho, passed away on Oct. 9, 2019, in Weiser.
Soulen was born May 17, 1929, in Moscow, Idaho. His mother, Beulah Johnson Soulen, had gone to be with her parents, Stella and Ben, who were living there at the time. Phil’s father, Harry Boone Soulen, was busy running his sheep in areas away from birthing assistance. Harry’s parents, Philip and Henrietta Soulen, also lived in Moscow.
He, his mother, his father and younger sister, Norma, split their time between Weiser and McCall, following the work of Soulen Livestock Company.
Soulen married Erlene Clyde of Moscow, Idaho, on June 8, 1953, the day following their graduation from the University of Idaho. His passion and dedication to the university remained strong following his college years. He served on the University of Idaho Foundation council, the College of Natural Resources advisory board, and created several scholarship funds. He was inducted into the university’s Alumni Association Hall of Fame in 2014, and he rarely missed a Vandal home football game.
Soulen loved his work in the sheep and cattle business and the friendships he made with fellow ranchers and associates. He and his wife worked with commitment to operate Soulen Livestock Company. He gave his time and talent to the industry by serving as president of the Idaho Wool Growers Association. He also served as president of the Crane Creek Reservoir Independent Water Users Company, on the board of directors of the Western Range Association, as a member of the BLM advisory board, the American Sheep Producers Council and president of Weiser Feed and Storage.
Soulen served his community and state well by accepting positions of responsibility on the Weiser School Board, Idaho First National Bank, Idaho Power Board, the Weiser cemetery district and the Weiser Memorial Hospital Foundation Board. He was a director for the Idaho State Chamber of Commerce.
Erlene Soulen died in January 2007. Soulen was fortunate to find a second love in his life. He and Adelia Simplot shared 10 years of joy, travel and companionship.
Soulen is survived by his four childrem: Teresa Little (Brad), Margaret Soulen Hinson (Joe), Helen Stevenson (Ray) and Harry Soulen (Angie); and eight grandchildren: Adam Little (Angela), David Little (Kelsey), Sam Campbell, J.P. Stevenson (Sanjay Mahtani), Bryce Stevenson, Madeline Stevenson, Philip Soulen and Grace Soulen; and soon-to-be six greart grandchildren: Henry, Dylan and Jay Little (Kelsey and David) and Jack, Josephine and soon to be born baby girl Little (Angela and Adam).
Memorials may be sent to the Weiser Memorial Hospital Foundation, 645 East 5th Street, Weiser, ID 83672; the Philip B. and Erlene M. Soulen scholarship at the University of Idaho or the Philip H. and Harry B. Natural Resources Scholarship, 875 Perimeter Drive MS 2282, Moscow, ID 83844; or the Trailing of the Sheep Festival, P.O. Box 3692, Hailey, ID 83333.