John Casper Furniss, 84, of Ammon, passed away Thursday, May 23, 2013, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.
He was born Oct. 1, 1928, in Bates, Idaho, to William Furniss and Rhoda M. Moulton Furniss. He was raised in the Bates and Driggs areas and graduated from Teton High School.
He continued his education at Utah State University, earning a bachelor's degree in animal husbandry and a minor in chemistry.
He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served in Okinawa, Japan, as a radar operator.
On June 11, 1952, he married Verla Christoffersen in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple; they were blessed with five children.
John worked as a chemistry technician for Westinghouse at the INL and then as a chemist at Idaho Fresh Pak.
John was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; he served as a temple ordinance worker in the Idaho Falls Temple for 21 years. He and Verla served full-time missions to the Humanitarian Center in Idaho Falls and to the Idaho Falls Cannery.
He was a member of the VFW and an EIRMC volunteer. John enjoyed camping and horseback trail riding and rarely missed an early morning meeting at Bob's Kwik Serve in Rigby.
He is survived by his wife, Verla Furniss of Ammon; daughters, Sharyn Rose Curtis of Idaho Falls, Susan Jean (Jerry) Scott of Annis and Anna Lee Furniss of Denver; sons, Reid J. Furniss of Logan, Utah, and Cory Vernon (Toni) Furniss of Rigby; brother, Bud (Jean) Furniss of Rupert; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren, with two on the way.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 11 brothers and sisters, and granddaughter, Shaura Niederer.
Memorial contributions may be made to the LDS Humanitarian Fund or to the LDS Mission Fund.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, at the Ammon 11th Ward LDS Chapel, with Bishop Farrell Steiner conducting. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to services Tuesday, both at the church. Burial will be in Rigby Pioneer Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Eckersell Memorial Chapel in Rigby.
Condolences may be sent to the family on line at www.eckersellfuneralhome.com.