Elwyn Bryan Brill, 80, the second of nine children of Bryan and Bessie Brill, was born Jan. 31, 1924, at Plato. He died Sept. 6, 2004, at his home at Hazelton, Idaho.He graduated from Mountain Grove High School in 1941 and entered the Army, where he served three years as a machine gunner with the 10th Mountain Division, 604th Field Artillery Battalion. He was awarded a Bronze Star.In 1947, he became a cowboy in Idaho. He traveled to Montana and Wyoming, where he operated the world’s first log mortising machine, cutting ready-made log houses. He returned three years later to Idaho, developing land for farming. He farmed for Glenn Trail and Bill Morgan in Magic Valley and worked in the seed warehouse at Eden, Idaho, for 33 years. He retired in 1989.He married Shirley Rathbun Aug. 3, 1952. They had five children and later divorced.Mr. Brill loved to hunt, fish and climb mountains. When he tired of those, he would pick berries for jams and jellies. Each Christmas, he would deliver these to family and friends.He was preceded in death by his parents.Surviving are his five children, James Brill of Phoenix, Ariz., Russel Brill of Las Vegas, Nev., Brenda Tornga and Tina Wyant of Boise, Idaho, and Steven Brill of Kimberly, Idaho; six brothers, Herbert Brill and Gene Brill of Cabool, Nuel Brill of Mountain Grove, Gerald Brill of Arlington, Va., Dwight Brill of Houston and Lyle Brill of Orlando, Fla.; two sisters, Elouise Updegraff of Manassas, Va., and Iolene Hagan of Hazelton, Idaho; 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.Graveside services were Sept. 11 at the Hazelton Cemetery with the Rev. Mike Seward officiating. “

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