Phil Keith McQueen
1931 - 2012
Phil Keith McQueen, age 81, died of natural causes at Emerson Senior Living in Meridian, ID on December 22, 2012. He was born on January 17, 1931 in Phoenix, which seemed appropos to his insatiable love of heat for which his wife nicknamed him the family "desert rat". Despite being painfully shy in school, with his sister's dance tutelage and his ability to listen to others, Phil was voted best dancer of his class and into the co-shared position of class president at Meridian High. He completed graduate school at Florida State University in 1964. He was a Korean War veteran. Phil had a dry sense of humor and a touch of mischief in his eyes. He shared his many loves of swimming, music, cars, jigsaw puzzles, photography, and card playing with family and friends over the years. He enjoyed politics and a good crispy fish fillet smothered in malt vinegar. Many have noted his fun-loving ways and his ability to help them find comfort in difficult times. He and his wife raised four kids, living around the country, then retired to their earlier roots in Boise, ID in 1998. He stated often how proud he was of his children and grandchildren. He loved listening to all they had to share about themselves and how they viewed the world. He credited his wife with making their homes warmly inviting and filled with great food. In their retirement years they continued to enjoy activities together and with loved ones. He doted on their cats, brushing their coats or taking a nap with one in his lap. Phil never tired of road trips, as tour guide or passenger, to see the beauty of nature. In the past year he discovered painting, producing many pieces now treasured by family in his memory. He will be sorely missed. Phil is survived by his wife of 58 years, LaRaine (Dewey); his children Desiree (Don) Taylor, Kimberly Klein (Paul), Teresa, Eric (Rhonda Taylor); his grandchildren Mercedes Klein and Jake, Connery, Kindred McQueen; his nieces Rosharon Carper, Shonna (Everett) Mead. He is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Dora Verdell (Mets); his sister, Jeane Koyle. Condolences may be sent to LaRaine McQueen at Meadow Lake Assisted Living, 650 S Arbor Lane #225, Meridian, ID 83642 or to email@example.com.
Published in Idaho Statesman on Jan. 6, 2013