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Gary Russell Bolander of Firth passed away Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

He was born Dec. 22, 1923, to George and Nora Bolander, the fifth of eight children. He attended schools in Shelley, Blackfoot and Firth.

After graduation, he married Lois Dye on May 24, 1943, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.

Gary joined the Army Air Corps, as World War II was underway, and was a tail gunner on a B-17 bomber. He flew missions out of Africa and Italy over targets in Germany until nearly the end of the war.

To provide for his family, he spent many years as a carpenter and built beautiful homes up and down the valley. The family spent two years away from home as Gary worked as a building supervisor for the LDS church. One year was spent in Choteau, Mont., and another just outside of Evanston, Wyo., in Hilliard. Many good friends and memories were made during the family's time there.

Gary loved music and often sang in various groups or with the family. Gary loved the outdoors, fishing, camping and hiking. He loved just going for a ride "up in the hills." He also grew a wonderful garden. Even when he couldn't use all of the produce he grew, he loved to share it with others.

Gary and Lois served a mission at the Idaho Falls Temple Visitors Center and loved the people they served with. They later served as ordinance workers in the temple.

Gary was preceded in death by his wife, Lois; his daughter, Sharleen (Don) Wilson; a grandson, Ty Bolander; his parents; one brother; and four sisters.

He is survived by his children, Kent (Vicki) of Bellingham, Wash., Ralph (Donna) of Evanston, Wyo., Bruce (Judy) of Las Vegas, Michele Hepworth (Neil) of Blackfoot and Jan Shields (Aaron) of DeRidder, La.; two brothers, Vance of Firth and Von of Boise; 24 grandchildren; and 51 great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank all who helped take care of Dad at Lincoln Court Assisted Living Center and those who cared for him at EIRMC in his final days. We appreciate all of the condolences and the thoughtful expressions of love for the family.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Kimball Ward Chapel, 744 N. 600 East in Firth. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Nalder Funeral Home, 110 W. Oak St. in Shelley, and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. Saturday prior to services at the church. Interment will be in Firth Cemetery with military rites by David B. Bleak Post 93 assisted by the Idaho Honor Guard.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www .nalderfuneralhome.com.

Published in Post Register on Nov. 7, 2013
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