Gene Arthur Wall, formerly of Idaho Falls, passed away Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born at home on May 23, 1930, to John Michael Wall and Ella Mae Wuthrich in Rupert, Idaho. He spent his youth in Rupert, graduating from Rupert High School. After graduation, along with his older brother and friends, he headed to Kellogg, Idaho, to work in the Bunker Hill and Sunshine mines.
On Jan. 14, 1951, Gene married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Dorothy Arvilla Gransbury. They started their life together in Idaho Falls, with Gene starting his lifelong career with Mountain Bell Phone Company -- a career that spanned over 34 years. Next came starting the family, David Gene (Moalee), Curtis Kay (Susan), Sheryl Ann and Jonathan Michael. Once he retired from the phone company, another work opportunity appeared that he could do from his garage, and he became the best sewing machine repairman for the next 20 years. He also served many years with the Lion's Club and the Rotary Club.
Gene was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, hiking and any activity his family was involved in. His second home in life was the Stanley Basin area, and he instilled that love in his family as well.
For all of his adult life, Gene was a loving supporter of the LDS faith and thankful for its impact on him and his family. Gene was a loving and kind husband who enjoyed life with his family and friends until the end. He also enjoyed life-long loving relationships with his brothers and sisters: Vernon, Nola, Bill (Ella), Manerd (Marilyn) and Sharon. One thing about the Wall family is how tight-knit they all continue to be.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, John (Jack) Michael and Ella Mae, and his son, Jonathan Michael.
He leaves a legacy of nine grandchildren: Travis (Rebecca), Jason (Amy), Erin (James), Stacey (Jon), Megan (Greg), Melissa (Trevor), Miranda (Ian), Sarah and Kevin; and 26 great-grandchildren, all who know him as Grandpa, Great-Grandpa Gene and Grandpa Great.
Those of us who had the grand fortune of knowing him, know we are better people for having experienced all his wonderful stories, knowledge, humor and love. Like many members of the greatest generation, he was a good man who lived his life with honor and integrity. We love you and we miss you for now, but we will see you again.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the LDS chapel, 8620 Goddard Road in Boise. The family will visit with friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Summers Funeral Home, 3629 E. Ustick Road in Meridian. Burial will be in Dry Creek Cemetery under the direction of Summers Funeral Home.