Valley County, IDGenWeb Project
Donald A Louderbough, 87, passed away at 1:10 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at the CLC, VA Hospice Hospital, Boise.
Services were held Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at the Heikkila Funeral Chapel at 2 p.m. Interment took place at the Finn Cemetery.
Don was born Dec. 12, 1924, to Agnes and Will Louderbough in Idaho Falls. He had two older sisters, Roberta and Dorothy.
His dad was a dairy farmer and moved from time to time. Don went to grade school close to Paul and then the family bought a farm close to Star, where he went to high school and was involved with the activities.
After graduation, he joined the Army Air Force and took his training at Luke Field in Phoenix, Ariz. He flew P38s and was ready for jet training when World War II ended.
He was asked to stay in the service, but his folks had moved their dairy farm to Orland, Calif., and they wanted him to come help them.
He stayed for a while, and then moved to Ririe, where he had a milk route and managed a gas station. He met his first wife, Donna, in Ririe and they had a son Chris.
They later divorced and he moved to California and worked for PGE for about six years. He also spent a few years prospecting for uranium and gold.
Then he and son Chris joined a cousin and moved to Honduras for 10 years. During that time he grew rice and was a fishing boat captain, as well as other things. He eventually came back to the U.S. and did construction work.
He met his wife, Olive, who was a widow in Boise. They enjoyed doing the same things and had a short courtship. They were married Nov. 5, 1988.
He liked her home area in Long Valley and they soon moved there permanently. They enjoyed 23 years of marriage.
He was proud of and enjoyed all the work he put into their lawn, trees, raspberry patch, garden and green house at Lake Fork.
He liked snowmobiling, motorcycling, but eventually they spent several winters in Quartzsite, Ariz. He played golf on the desert golf course, enjoyed playing bridge three times a week, four-wheeling in the desert and making trips to Mexico.
He is survived by Olive, Son Chris (Karla) and grandchildren Kristie (Nick), Brian (Elyse), Jamie, a great grandchild Aja and daughter-in-law Colleen.
He is also survived by two stepchildren Sue (Bill) Albin, grandchildren Joshua (Krysta), Megan and Garrett and great grandchildren Addisyn and Caleb and stepson Bruce (Sherry) Leaf.
A special Thanks to the CLC VA Hospice Hospital staff for the wonderful care they provided for Don his last months and days in Boise.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to your favorite charities.
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