Harold Raymond Herndon, 89, of Idaho Falls, died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at his home in Idaho Falls.
He was born May 18, 1924, in Cheyenne Wells, Colo., the son of Ora Lester and Edith Mildred Vroman Herndon. Harold spent his earlier years in Shelley, graduating from Shelley High School in 1942. After graduation, he moved to Kansas, where he worked in the Sunflower Ordinance Plant until joining the United States Navy in December 1943. Harold served in the U.S. Navy as a pilot during World War II, earning the rank of lieutenant commander. Harold retired from the U.S. Navy in 1945 and from the U.S. Navy Reserves in 1964.
He married Ima Pardue; she passed away in 1976.
He met and married the love of his life, Evelyn Weeda, on April 8, 1978. He worked as a claims adjuster for Allstate Insurance Company until his retirement in 1986. After Harold's retirement from Allstate, he drove school buses for Valley Christian High School until he retired in 1994. Harold was a member of Gethsemane Baptist Church and loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Herndon of Idaho Falls; a daughter, Diana (Larry) Grumman of Buena Park, Calif.; six sons, John (Cheryl) De Koekkoek of Boise, James (Tammi) De Koekkoek and Raymond (Alisha) Herndon, both of Idaho Falls, Timothy (Patti) de Koekkoek and Harold (Amber) Herndon, both of Lakewood, Calif., and Steven De Koekkoek of Leota, Minn.; 15 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Alvin and Cloyd; and a sister, Ellen.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at Gethsemane Baptist Church, 2345 W. Broadway in Idaho Falls, with Pastor Matthew Swenson officiating. Burial will follow at New Sweden Cemetery in Idaho Falls. A viewing for family and friends will be held at the church one hour prior to the services on Monday. Military rites will be under the direction of the Bonneville Veterans Team.
Arrangements are under the direction of Buck-Miller-Hann Funeral Home in Idaho Falls.
Online condolences for the family may be left at www.buckmillerhann.com.