Billy Joe Lore
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March 23, 1939 - April 14, 2013
"OLD SOLDIERS NEVER DIE" (THEY JUST FADE AWAY) General Douglas MacArthur
Our Soldier, Our Hero, a Child of God
Capt. Billy J. Lore, US Army, Retired
March 23, 1939 - April 14, 2013
Bill was born in Clinton, Oklahoma to his parents Gwenneth Baker of Iowa and Ray E. Lore of Oklahoma. He attended Clinton, Oklahoma Public Schools; as well as The University of Nebraska, Tampa Technical Institute and proudly, OCS - Officer Candidate School. He believed in continuing education and took numerous courses through The University of Phoenix.
He served in the US Army for 20 &1/2 years, being awarded numerous medals, two of which were the Bronze Star and Joint Service Commendation Medal. He worked for 20 years in the semiconductor industry at Zilog, Unisys. Texas Instruments and GMT Microelectronics. Throughout his life, he resided in Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska, Virginia, Germany, and Minnesota where he married Rose Marie Thayer years before moving to Meridian, Idaho in 1990.
Bill enjoyed working on and building computers. He was an avid speed reader and quick study.. He loved his family and his "grandbabies" as he called them.
He enjoyed watching wartime documentaries and old time Westerns. In addition to English, Bill spoke five languages but he always communicated with his heart. He took time with and had special interest in those in need and the less fortunate. He had the innate ability and gift to bring out the very best in others with excellent management skills.
Bill was a life member of VFW Post 63, The American Legion John Regan Post 2, Disabled American Veterans, Military Officers Association of America, past member of The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1125, and proud member of The Society of the Fifth Division of the United States Army.
He is survived by his wife, Rose Marie; daughters: Mrs. Brenda (Steve) Strope of Nampa, Mrs. Barbara ( Major Dale, USAF) Linafelter of England, and Beth Cook of Meridian; and son, Joshua Matejcek (Brittanie) of Meridian; eight grandchildren: Mrs. Taylor (Jared, E5 Staff Sergeant, USAF) Perea of North Carolina, Siera and Fawn Harris of Nampa, Shelby, Hunter and Codi Linafelter of England, Jacob and Jesse Cook of Meridian, and two great-grandchildren: Lileigh Wright of Caldwell and Dorian Perea of North Carolina. He was excited to meet, the soon-to-arrive, Tristan Matejcek.
He was preceded in death by his parents Gwenneth and Ray Lore, and a loving step-father, "Pops", and all his siblings, Rellon, Adrienne, and Jack; and by his precious granddaughter, Jesica Rose.
A gathering of friends will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Bowman Funeral Parlor at 5525 N. Glenwood St. Garden City, Idaho 83714 with a committal service to follow at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery at 3:00 pm.
The family of Billy J. Lore wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Boise VA Medical Center, the Veterans Administration and the Disabled American Veterans. We are grateful for your support.
Please send all cards in care of Bowman Funeral Parlor, 5525 N. Glenwood Street, Garden City, ID 83714 or messages maybe left for the family at www.bowmanfuneral.com
Bowman Funeral Parlor
10254 W Carlton Bay Dr
Garden City, ID 83714
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Apr. 21, 2013